The Dangers of Ransomware

The Dangers of Ransomware

Though there are multiple threats to personal and organizational data, the most recent disclosed attack reported by the United States news agencies related to an advanced ransomware attack.  Wong (2015) discussed the attack against Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in which a ransomware infection encrypted a large numbers of important medical records, effectively freezing hospital operations until a ransom was paid.  While multiple attempts were made to circumvent the attack, the end result is that the medical center had to pay roughly $17,000 United States dollars in ransom to recover their data (Everett, 2016).  Ransomware is a type of malicious software…

Why Choose a Linux PC

Velocity Micro specializes in custom builds for all types of PC users, including Linux. The following post will go over just a few of the reasons why some power users are choosing a Linux PC over Windows. Open Source First and foremost, all versions of Linux are Open Source, meaning it was created and distributed by the global community and the source code has been made freely available. So what’s the advantage to you as a consumer? Along with the support provided by the open source community, as we’ll discuss later, Linux’s Open Source origins mean the OS is free…

Kaby Lake vs. Skylake – Making the Case for Intel NEW 7th Gen Core Processors

Earlier this month, Intel released its 7th Generation Core Processor (time flies doesn’t it?) aka Kaby Lake. There’s already been a ton of press coverage on the new chip’s performance, but from an end user’s perspective, what are the real world advantages of Kaby Lake vs. Skylake, its predecessor? Background Since the first Core processors, Intel has followed what they call a “Tick-Tock” engineering model. The “Tick” is a new shrinking of the chip’s microarchitecture (usually referred to in nanometers) with the following “Tock” being refinement and improvement of that new architecture. With this model, every second generation brings a…

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Computer

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]With the holidays around the corner, you might be thinking about buying a new gaming computer. To ensure that you are happy with your purchase, determine your needs and what is most important to you. Having realistic expectations is also smart, as gaming computers can be incredibly expensive. Below are a few mistakes to avoid making when buying a new computer or workstation PC. Mistake #1. Not buying based on your needs. Some shoppers purchase high end gaming computers just because they have all the latest features. But if you’re not going to use that touchscreen or you…

Thanksgiving vs Black Friday vs Cyber Monday: When to Shop for Gaming Computers

Years ago, if you wanted to score a great deal on a gaming PC before the holidays, you would have shopped on Black Friday. Today, you not only have Black Friday but also Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Not to mention, Black Friday is an entire season these days rather than a single day. So if you’re looking to buy a new gaming computer, which is the best day to shop on: Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Which Shopping Day Gives the Best Discounts? According to research from DealNews.com, if you only have one day to shop it should be…

Water Cooling vs Air Cooling

  If you’re shopping for a custom gaming, workstation, or enthusiast PC, you’re probably at least considering investing in water cooling. But is it really worth the extra expense? Is water cooling really better than air cooling? Let’s go over some of the advantages of water cooling vs air cooling and discuss which solution is best for what type of user. So what is water cooling anyway? Water cooling is the practice of using a liquid powered cooler – very similar to a car radiator – which takes advantage of the superior thermal properties of water to dissipate heat from…

Pros and Cons of Using Voice Chat in Games

Although gamers rely on their keyboards for many things, it does become tedious to communicate with other online gamers this way. Various shortcut keys have made communicating online faster and easier, but nothing compares to the convenience of being able to talk into a headset and share messages with others in real time.   Pros to Online Voice Chat   There are both pros and cons to using online voice chat. The advantages to real-time communication are obvious. For one, you don’t have to waste any time typing out messages in your game. You can keep engaged without having to…

Should I Get an Extended Warranty on My College Student’s Laptop?

As you get ready to send your child off to college, you might be wondering whether or not that extended warranty was the right way to go. College students aren’t always the most reliable group. Is it possible that your child may leave her laptop in the library or drop it on the way to class? Even if your child is responsible, what about his peers? What happens if his laptop gets stolen or damaged? Extended warranties can be worth it. Laptops are particularly prone to damage because they are mobile and tossed around quite a bit. Also, student laptops…

Features to Look for in a Student Laptop

We hate to admit it ourselves, but the start of school is just around the corner. While you may not be ready to start shopping, you’re better off getting it done and out of the way. You beat the shopping rush, get first pick on school supplies and can even score some great deals, particularly on the more expensive items like laptops.   Late-summer is one of the best times to shop for student laptops. Manufacturers know that students are in need of new computers, so they discount their prices to make them more attractive and affordable. Many will also…

Touch Screen Laptops: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Thinking about getting a new laptop computer? One of the cool features that many new laptops have these days is a touch screen. We use touch screens all day long on our smartphones and tablets, so why wouldn’t we want the same for our gaming computers? Well, not so fast. Touch screens look pretty neat, but there are things you’ll want to consider before making your purchase. We’d hate to see you pay more for a feature you won’t like. Let’s talk about the pros and cons to touch screens and whether one is right for your computer needs.  …