Is “Free” really free when it comes to Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware?

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I love benefiting from the free use of so many different software products available nowadays. I Google things for information, I use free Apps to organize life, track exercise, keep grocery lists, etc. I use free versions of streaming to listen to music and podcasts. The only real cost of these free options is putting up with the advertisements aimed at me, which is fine with me.

When the subject matter is deploying an Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware on my computer, what is the point of paying for them when there are products available that come with no price tag?

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Can Someone Spy on Me Through My Webcam?

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Recently I was working with my accountant and I noticed he had a piece of electrical tape covering his laptop’s WebCam. This wasn’t the first time I noticed someone covering up the camera on their laptop with tape or a sticky note. I was curious: did he know something I didn’t? So I asked him: “Are you worried someone might be watching your boring accounting stuff?” He told me that he had seen it on a client’s computer years ago. “I don’t really use it anyway, so why give people an opportunity to spy on me?” After my interaction with the CPA I decided to check the validity of this security concern with our Fidelis IT gurus. If my WebCam presents a security concern, a piece of tape wouldn’t be a good solution for me since I use Skype for Business frequently as a big part of our internal collaboration.

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Buyer Beware! Copper Clad Aluminum

Recently I have seen a re-emergence of “less than” quality of copper cabling for structured cabling solutions. When following up to see how my quotes were progressing I was being told that we were considerably higher than our competition. While we’re not always the “less expensive” solution we are for the most part pretty competitive. After asking for a few more details these potential customers that found “way less expensive” solutions were using CCA or Copper Clad Aluminum cabling. Not apples to apples.

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