Ransomware continues to grow at alarming rate

The damage caused by ransomware is growing rapidly – growing approximately 50% more over the past year. Cybersecurity Ventures (a security research firm) predicts that global ransomware will exceed $5 billion in damages over 2017 and into 2018. Some believe that the rise in popularity of ransomware is due to the increase in value of […]


How To Protect Your Apple Devices From Critical Security Flaws – Meltdown and Spectre

The recent discoveries of the critical software vulnerabilities, “Meltdown” and “Spectre” has raised a ruckus. It’s more than just a cool-sounding name. Most vulnerabilities you know of affect your devices on the software-level. Meaning it gets slowed down or stops working “digitally.” However, these new vulnerabilities Meltdown and Spectre, can affect your devices on the […]


How To Reduce Humidity In Your Home, Without A Dehumidifier

When humidity levels rise, this can be hazardous to your health and to your computer hardware. Humidity can rise sharply with abrupt climate changes (usually due to weather). This can cause internal components in computers to rust and degrade over time – and under the most extreme conditions, can cause short circuits in your devices. […]


Re:Scam – A New Way To Fight back Against Scammers

Approximately $12 Billion is lost to phishing scams every year. Furthermore, according to APWG, cybercrime has cost New Zealanders around $257 million in the last year. But Netsafe has developed a solution to help online users fight back against scammers via their program, “Re:Scam.” Re:Scam is an artificiality intelligent software that can mimic human behaviour […]


Top 5 Ways To Protect Your Personal Info Online

The internet is getting more convenient than ever with online shopping, news, games and social media. With all these attractive incentives to be online, there is an ever increasing risk of hackers and other malicious activity. So we at Advanced Computers put together a short list to ensure you can stay safe online. 1. Use […]

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Protecting Your Network: Eight Tips

Digital thieves are constantly on the lookout for data to steal—personal information, financial records, intellectual property, etc. They may then use this data to steal money from bank accounts or to set up credit cards, or they may simply sell the personal information to a third party. Your task is to do all you can […]


Feb 2016 – Ransomware Is Here

Ransomware is a specific type of malware controlled by an organisation which will unlock your device if you pay a ransom.  This Herald report reveals ransomware hit New Zealand years ago. Advanced Computers does not charge a call out fee for on-site repairs and support, so if you suspect you have a virus, give us a call.

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Tech Tip- The Apple Watch Battery

  Image – Apple.com/nz The Apple Watch was one of the biggest tech releases of 2015. Here’s how to hack your Apple Watch battery and extend its hours.