Norton 360 sloooowly becomes Norton Security

Is Norton 360 Dead?

No, Norton 360 is not dead…yet. I think what you will find when you go to renew Norton that those of us using Norton 360 are going to find that Symantec, the parent company of Norton products, is slowly fading out Norton 360 and bringing a new look and new name to Norton Security.

Norton details from Aug 2015

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Some of you that have kept up with the updates should have noticed a significant difference in the face of the new Norton 360 which I believe is the same face of Norton Security with a few little tweaks. One tweak that stood out to me was at the top was ‘monthly details’ that you just automatically got at the end of each month with Norton 360. As you can see by the screenshot above, I took the monthly details after clicking on it and placed the details screen below my ‘new tab’ page which is Norton’s Search page. I like to use Norton’s little gadgets and install just about all the little tweaks that come with the antivirus software, firewall and such. I use Identity safe also which I find to be a useful password manager.

Norton Identity Safe

If you are not already using Norton’s version of a password manager, you maybe should try it. It comes free with Norton Security (Norton 360) and does a good job of keeping up with your passwords and encrypts them but be aware that sometimes it can be annoying when Norton thinks you are filling out a passworded document and fills the areas of the document with your user name and password and you have to type over them. Sometimes if I’m working on a document or documents, I will shut down Norton’s Identity safe so it wont interfere with my filling out of forms as I also use the premium version of LastPass, another good password manager. I like to keep things on the safe side and have them both as I use complicated passwords or sometimes a password generator and that way I dont have to keep up with all of them even tho I do write them down with the first use just in case. Be well and God Bless.

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages, 9-13-15

Windows 10 Email Scam

Beware of emails from a fake site that states it would like to help you install windows 10. These have been found to contain Ransomware and when opened, hijacks your computers files and holds them for ransom where you have to pay to again access your files, photos, documents and so on on your computer. This comes from a hacker site, DO NOT OPEN!!! 

Report the email to microsoft and go to a genuine microsoft site if you intend to upgrade to windows 10.

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages

SCAM ALERT !!! Ever heard of Ransomware??

There is a scam that has been around for some time but its finally affected enough users that it is becoming news as a new alert. What this scam does is hijack all your computers most important files and you will recieve a pop up that says your computer has been hijacked and you only have the option to pay, usually in bitcoin; a new online currency and it can cost you anywhere from 2 to 5 hundred dollars up to ten thousand! Keep your computer running with reputable programs like malware scan programs and good antivirus and firewall and maybe it will not happen to you. Of course if you have a good backup your being impacted by this scam is limited. Simply wipe your drive clean and reinstall windows and replace your files with your backup. You can find all the software you need, along with the backup software by Carbonite under the above menu that has for a title, ‘programs I recommend, (and use myself) up at the top of this page you are reading only costs sixty dollars for Carbonite for a full year of backup and of course I’ll help you anyway I can if you buy it from me.

Please pay attention to this alert as it is a very lucrative and active scam going around.

Charles Sanford, 7-19-15, Sanfords Web Pages

Leaving Your Computer On 24/7—is it safe???

If you leave your computer on twenty four hours a day and seven days a week, is it safe? I get asked this question a lot in the conversations I have with people that I work on their computers. Personally, I leave my computer on 24/7 because it updates and backs up online while idle and also exposes it to the same security risks that I have while I’m actually on it with a lot of open tabs. Three email accounts and Facebook of course and a number of other things I do just like working up this article.

So…in answer to their question, I tell them that it should probably be treated as a personal preference but to be aware of what might be running in the background. If you shut your unit down, files may not get backed up at scheduled times and/or you may have a long wait when you boot up every day while you first have to deal with all the updates that would have otherwise been done while you were sleeping leaving the computer on. 

You certainly could unplug the internet cord connected to your broadband forcing you to take steps to keep that connection in an obvious convenient location for access, but again you might or should I say should have Carbonite backup which is continuous and online backup and backup your entire unit while you sleep off-site and when a document changes and that document is coded for backup at Carbonite’s setting that is not in your control and you need to leave your computer on for that. There used to be a device you could purchase that was called Datablocker which was simply a nice looking switch that would kill, physically, your broadband connection with a flip of the switch. I looked around for computer components and Tigerdirect warehouse  was out of stock not saying if they were getting any more in or not and all other sites that carried the product were no longer available and the item only sold for around forty dollars so maybe the got a lot of returns or something???..i dont know, but I leave my unit on all the time so it really did not matter for me but might have mattered for some of my readers.

At any rate, this site is soon to be revamped but in the meantime, I would strongly suggest that you get all the programs I recommend under the menu ‘programs I recommend (and use myself)’; click on it and it will take you to the programs I use to keep my computer safe from prying eyes, viruses and hackers. These programs for instance SpyHunter, it has security guards that catches bad stuff from coming into your computer and if you do as I suggest; which is to run those programs and update them about every two weeks, you will see all the stuff SpyHunter keeps from getting into your machine. Beware, as I mentioned early on in the building of this site in one of my articles, SpyHunter and RegHunter are the tune of $39.99 every six months but they are well worth it. If you get them, (and I strongly recommend that you do) get the anti-keylogger too; it comes with four licenses last I checked and the first license is premium for your main computer and works with typing in all common browsers and applications, you should feel as comfortable and worry free as I am leaving my unit on for such long periods. The only time I reboot, or cold boot my computer is when its time to check on getting updates that seem to be only available when you fire up or restart your computer like Adobe flash player (weird huh?)

So bottom line is this–you want the best protected computer you can have with hackers continually working on getting into your stuff and you want a trustworthy backup in case of a system crash like I had about six months ago (Carbonite saved me on that one let me tell you) so you need both software and good hardware to supplement your computer safety and minimize risks that come with what we call the internet. Hackers and virus makers never sleep it seems. Happy surfing and enjoy your visit and share this article if you think a friend could benefit from it. And yes, its safe to leave your computer on with the right software and secure hardware…take care….ces

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages, 6-25-2015

Microsoft’s hidden ‘optional’ updates…

Is Microsoft becoming like Facebook? You be the judge on this one..sources say there are six optional updates for Windows 7 users in the operating system giant’s ‘windows updates’ and sure enough, when I went to the updates section for my computer, there were six optional updates waiting to be downloaded and installed. I have to admit, it made me think of Facebook and all the ‘social experiments’ they do without anyone’s knowledge or until someone leaks the information. At any rate, just FYI, you have six updates waiting on you…happy computing..ces

‘attack by comment’ for Word Press users

Just a short note of something for Word Press users to be aware of. Apparently, a hacker can get into your site by posting a comment and embedding a bug into the comment. After any given time, the hacker can go in and comment again and trip the mechanism that sets off the hack and then he/she has successfully gained access to your Word Press site. My personal experience when I became aware of this hack was to find that I went to my dashboard and then went to settings then on to discussions and sure enough, ‘all comments have to be manually approved’ was unchecked so I was vulnerable. I strongly suggest that for the next few updates of Word Press, that you do the same. According to sources, the problem has been fixed in this last patch update but I can manually take care of comments. I strongly suggest you do the same; just to be on the safe side…have a good week and a Blessed one as well…ces

CARBONITE…a new defense to a new threat called ‘ransomware’

Ransomware you say?…

Some of you may or may not have heard of ransomware, it is a small piece of software that once installed on your computer; will give you notice that only if you pay a fee that can run from the hundreds if not into the thousands of dollars, will lock some parts of your computer and keep you from accessing them. When and only when, you pay the fee, will your files or computer be released…MAYBE…!

Where does Carbonite come to play in all this? Carbonite is an always running, very secure way of backing up your files continuously so should you be attacked, your files are safely stored in the cloud backed up and ready to be used. Cool huh? My recommendation is to go to the website located here (<-click “here”) and get your files and photos backed up as soon as possible.

The initial backup takes a little time and read through how to use the software and let it run in the background while you do other things and leave your computer on for a few days to a week to be sure you get everything backed up and then Carbonite automatically backups up updated files, again, cool huh? Save a headache and do this as soon as possible…ces

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages,

New Medium to Moderate Threat Toolbar

New Toolbar Threat

There is a new toolbar threat that I just got rid of using spyhunter4. You can find the removal tool here. This toolbar/homepage hijacker takes over your homepage on one or more of your browsers and is an annoyance, well to me anyway, especially when I found out that it contains malware. Of course, it is another one of those tracking type software that reports back to its origin the habits of your computer browsing. It can be dressed up to show ‘myinbox’ with various mail icons to login to your emails with which of course sends whatever information back, again, to its origin which is a threat not only as a malware app but could send private and possibly password details to an unknown source. So if you see this toolbar installed and takes over your home page, here is how to get rid of it completely from your computer. Download spyhunter4 here (or go to menu tab ‘programs I recommend’) and let it update and just run the program. It costs but I’ve had it for about two years and I run it about once every two weeks and it finds everything malware on your unit and gives you a ‘fix’ option completely removing ‘myinbox’ or the inbox homepage and its components. Good luck and happy surfing…

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages

Cell Phones Need Your Love Too !!!

Cell Phone Dangers

Yes, your cell phone needs your love and care as well as your iPad, laptop or desktop computer does. Norton has upgraded whats now considered the old Norton 360 and wrapped it all in Norton Security that you will find here on the sidebar for five devices so you can protect all your internet connected gadgets. Its a tech world now and a lot of us have multiple devices and quite a few of us now have cell phones. Cell phones are wifi connected and are just as likely to get you into a jam with its operating system as a computer can so you need protection for it as well and Norton Security provides that for cell phones.

Dont Be Left Naked

I see very few people with security on their phones. This is not a good thing because many of us surf the web or get quick telephone numbers off say safari for instance in the case of the iPhone like I have. I use Norton to protect mine from any virus or buggy website that I happen to come across using safari to say….look up the vet hospital phone number or something of that nature. Or, you get a message telling you to go to a certain site to check it out for whatever reason and if the site is new and not very trustworthy; Norton will alert you of that and give you the option of not continuing on to the site or go to it at your own risk. There are a lot of Facebook users out there and who knows someone that has had their Facebook accounts hacked and either attempted to scam someone or send bad links to their whole list of friends? Norton catches this kind of stuff and more. The trick is to keep Norton updated. Norton updates itself frequently but you can check live update and nine times out of ten there will be an update. Easy enough to keep up with though and like I said it updates on its own. I believe there is a setting in the Norton program that will allow you to set how often it updates on your devices including your cell phone.


Last week, Norton prices dropped and you could and can get a five device security program for 49.99. That is a good price to protect a device for a year for ten bucks each basically. So to summarize, dont leave your phone naked to attacks that you can otherwise prevent by using this or some kind of protection. Its a mean and nasty internet we have now. Scammers try and get elderly and disabled folks and people that just do not know a scam when they see it…if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is with scams from the internet nowadays. Also viruses are being written specifically for cell phones so there is that too. Keep your cell phone and all your internet connected devices safe from threats by getting protected as soon as possible and avoid the hassles of going through that sort of thing and the absolute best thing you can do is get backup for all your devices. You can find backup solutions on this website as well…take care of yourselves and each other and have a Blessed day/night.

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages, 2-18-15

Added new Norton Small Business Edition (for 10 devices-see left sidebar contents)

Just a short note to let yall know that I’ve added Norton small business edition antivirus and firewall protection with guaranteed removal of any virus by Symantec, the makers of Norton antivirus software. This is an extremely good buy so I thought I would put it on site for easy access of my readers. Please share and comment; also you can bookmark this page for viewing from time to time and in the near future, I will be updating and securing a email updates system for my posts that you can subscribe to as I am always adding new content to share with yall in hopes of helping you be safe with your money and secure in your digital world because there is a whole lot of people that will help you part with your money and really mess up your digital things like photos and other stuff that you want to keep. Believe me I know, I’m in the process of rebuilding my digital life by re-installing windows since my drive crashed and because my version of windows 7 is three years old, I’m somewhere between 200-300 windows updates as I type this…GET BACKUP FOLKS…you will be so glad you have it when something like this happens…I sure was/am am using backup by Carbonite now to help me restore my stuff. I’m up to my third day now installing programs and rebuilding MY digital life on my main computer. But thats how it goes I reckon, they say on newegg chat that a hard drive’s life span is anywhere between three and five years and I use mine ALOT..have a Blessed whatever time it is on your side/area of the world…ces

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages 2-4-15

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