“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” — Oren Arnold

Welcome to the Holiday Season!!  This month I want to share three things with you. 

First up, a warning:  The FBI warned that cybercriminals have been mailing out USB drives that are unknowingly used by their target victims that spread ransomware and launch cyber-attacks. The infected USB drives are sent via the US Postal Service and UPS, impersonating the Department of Health and Human Services in some cases, and Amazon in others. According to the FBI, some packages are designed to resemble Amazon gifts—containing a fake thank you letter, counterfeit gift card, and a USB—and in other cases, the USB drive is accompanied by letters referencing COVID-19 guidelines.  – (see the whole story at: cybersecurity-review.com: search for FBI: Cyber criminals are mailing out USB drives that install ransomware)

Second, we have our custom “built-for-business” computers on sale this month

Investing in a new computer isn’t something you want to do lightly.  Things to consider include:

· The amount of Random Access Memory (RAM)

· The Processor used (CPU)

· Storage Capacity

· Hard Drive Type

· Is it a Consumer PC or Business grade PC

Did you know there is a difference between consumer and business PC’s?  Most people don’t.  The cheap consumer PC’s that you pick up at the big box office stores for small amounts of money, are not designed to run eight hours a day.  Comp-U-Talk business computers are built for all day, every day use.  When you shop at Comp-U-Talk we can demystify the computer terms: RAM, CPU, Hard Drive types and speeds and operating system choices so you get the best bang for your buck.  Our systems are customizable, you get exactly what you want, without any of the shovel ware the name brands preload onto the system. 

If you are a business,  and if your business made money this year, a new computer might be a nice way to reward yourself or employees, and get the added advantage of expensing the purchase to reduce your tax burden.

Third, in the spirit of Christmas Giving, here is a fun app for smart phones. You can use it for free or pay a small fee to remove the ads forever.   It animates and lip syncs your photos to popular songs. The image below is from my visit to Bryce Canyon with my daughter.  My family has had oodles of fun animating people and pets.  You can see this full animation at:  https://comp-u-talk.com/recommends/

To get the app for yourself, search for Revive at the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Learn more at http://reviveapp.net

Until next month, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy,

Merry Christmas,