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Net neutrality is dead. You’ve seen it plastered all over the internet and the news. But what does that mean to you?

What is Net Neutrality?

In a nutshell, net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. When you go online you expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.

When you use the internet you expect Net Neutrality. It is, simply, the way that the internet has always worked. Without the Net Neutrality rules, companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are now able to call all the shots and decide which websites, content and applications succeed.

These companies can now slow down their competitors’ content or block political opinions they disagree with. They can charge extra fees to the few content companies that can afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service.

exclamation mark.pngWhat’s worse, your internet service provider (ISP) – the company you pay to get internet service, can now sell all of your information, including your internet browsing history to anyone they want.


That’s right. Everything you now use the internet for can be sold by your ISP. Think about what you do on the internet. Browsing? Your history can be sold to the highest bidder. E-Mail? Same. Using an application? Yup. That can be sold, as well. Basically, whatever you do on the internet can now be sold for billions of dollars by the company you already pay for internet access. So what can you do in order to secure your privacy?


Virtual Private Networks Are the Answer

At this point it’s safe to say that the future of the internet is not looking too promising when it comes to individual freedoms and rights. Most importantly, though, is the loss of privacy. While the internet may have once been a place where the free flow of information was paramount, it is slowly being taken over by corporate interests. The notion of a free and open internet will soon be forgotten, to be replaced with something that can be controlled at many different levels. So how do you combat this? The answer is simple, you get a VPN.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is software that is used as a method employing encryption to provide secure access to a remote computer over the Internet. It extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. It is the most secure way to connect to the internet without risking your online identity, privacy and personal information by creating a secure tunnel using secured VPN protocols – hiding your original IP behind one of its own – and encrypts all your communication and passes through the secure tunnel allowing you to surf the web freely and anonymously.


In simple words, when we connect to a VPN, our original IP (assigned by the Internet Service Provider) is replaced by one of the VPN servers’ IP. For example, if your ISP assigned you an IP of USA (as you are in Baton Rouge) 2.354.452.2, then if you connect to a UK server via VPN your IP will change to This way your original IP will remain anonymous and not even your ISP can track your online footprints.

Benefits of a VPN

  • Hide your internet activity from ISP.
    I don’t think I need to explain this reason for using a VPN service any further. As told above, now your ISP has the complete access to your internet browsing history and personal information. With the help of a great VPN service, you can avert this kind of surveillance and get the benefits of anonymity in your daily life. VPN services make sure that all your connections between your devices and remote resources are clocked.
  • Use public Wi-Fi without risks.
    Everybody loves free stuff, there’s no doubt about that. Same goes with the free internet being provided at cafes, restaurants, airports, and other public places (here’s how to bypass the limit). We don’t hesitate while connecting to such networks. But, do you know that such hotspots are not safe for confidential browsing and logins? It’s one of the biggest reasons why a mobile user must consider using a quality VPN service and make a wise investment.
  • Secure your VOIP phone calls.
    VOIP, or Voice-over-IP, is a cheap way to make internet phone calls. But, VOIP services can be hacked by the attackers who have a good knowledge of internet architecture. Such cases are a good reason to use a VPN service, which can turn out to be greatly useful. But, note that your usual VOIP speed might get a little slower.
  • Stop companies from tracking you.
    No matter how much you love Google for its “free” services, it knows everything about you. If you don’t take care of your privacy settings and browse the web casually, Google stores your every search, movement, activity, download, etc. Very often people end up facing troubles and embarrassment. Well, get a VPN, hide your IP and avoid such troubles.
  • Privacy is your right.
    This argument sums up all above-mentioned reasons to use a VPN service. In today’s times, the use of VPN is growing rapidly and it’s being seen as a basic internet security practice. Even if you’re a normal citizen and you think you’ve got nothing to hide, a VPN service can act as your best friend very often.

If wish to get started with VPNs and safeguard your internet activities, there are many great options. Contact a CompuGeaux Authorized Privacy Technician for more information.


Start 2018 on “Fire”

Get a Personalized Amazon Fire TV Stick from CompuGeaux

CompuGeaux is starting 2018 on “Fire”!

Nearly a year ago, I published an article explaining how to cut your home entertainment costs by “Cord Cutting”. Using my own personal experience, I detailed how to save yourself around $100 per month. That’s a savings of over $1200 a year! Even with the prices of internet already on the rise and with the internet service provider costs increases looming this year, dropping cable or satellite like a bad habit will still save you plenty of money. And now, CompuGeaux is proud to offer a new product to choose from in addition to the Dencazt Nexbox Android TV Unit… the personalized Amazon Fire TV Stick.

CompuGeaux now offers Personalized Amazon Fire TV Sticks!
Get a Personalized Amazon Fire TV Stick from CompuGeaux.

CompuGeaux now offers Personalized Amazon Fire TV!

That’s right. In addition to our Android TV set-top box, CompuGeaux now offers personalized Amazon Fire TV Sticks to help our customers save money by cord cutting. The Amazon Fire Stick is a small device about the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port. The Fire Stick enables any TV to stream content such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go, and much more over your Wi-Fi network. Like the Dencazt Nexbox boxes, these new Fire TV sticks have quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM (for less buffering) and 8GB of memory space (for those apps listed above, plus more.) In addition, I have found that it has a much more pleasant user experience (i.e. easier to use) than our traditional set-top boxes, which required a little tech “know-how”. In addition, the newest generation of the Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with the Alexa Voice Remote, making your use of the equipment even more pleasant. Trust me, holding the button on the remote (or using the Amazon Fire TV remote app on your smartphone (another really neat feature) and telling Alexa to start playing an episode of Star Trek: Discovery is about as easy as it gets!

Using the Alexa Voice Remote with an Amazon Fire TV Stick from CompuGeaux is amazing
Using the Alexa Voice Remote with an Amazon Fire TV Stick from CompuGeaux is Amazing.

So contact CompuGeaux to speak with a Cord Cutting expert to learn how you can save money and personalize your home entertainment viewing. We will work with you to determine a personalized entertainment build to meet your specific entertainment needs.

Free Delivery and Installation Deal!

For a limited time, you can waive the Delivery and Installation charge when you purchase a new personalized Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote! Click here for more information on the special!

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CyberDefense Made Simple

In light of the recent uptick in global ransomeware attacks and what some are calling a new front of cyber warfare, CompuGeaux has been hard at work looking for new ways to protect you. We believe that a complete internet defense is necessary in today’s cyber world.

Introducing our newest service, CompuGeaux CyberDefense.

This new service is complete cyber security for you and comes with two base packages:

  • CyberDefense Essentialfor home users.
  • CyberDefense Professionalfor businesses.

Both packages include the three keys to internet security listed below and each package is also customizable. A CompuGeaux CyberDefense expert and you personalize the packages to fit your unique individual or business needs.

Triple Protection to Keep You Safe

Education and Alerts

CompuGeaux has teamed up with cyber security firms to bring you the latest in news, alerts, and internet security training. Education is essential in the fight against cyber attacks.

Monitoring and Patching

Free monthly PMCS service is included with both packages, as well.  This is to keep your computer’s operating system, browsers, and other apps and software up-to-date. Outdated software is often exploited and can lead to making attacks easier.

Backup and Layered Protection

Online Computer Backup

CompuGeaux has partnered with the award-winning, online backup service, Carbonite to provide the best in computer backup services to our customers.

Layered Protection

  • Firewall Protection (Avast) –
  • Anti-Virus with Active Monitoring (Avast)
  • Anti-Spam Protection (Avast)
  • Anti-Malware (Avast and Malwarebytes)
  • Anti-Exploit Protection (Malwarebytes)
  • Anti-Ransomware (Malwarebytles)

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Get all the information on the latest in Internet Security and be ready for ransomware, hackers, or even cyber warfare. ContactCompuGeaux now to personalize your CompuGeaux CyberDefense package now!

Facebook Wi-Fi (B2B Service)

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CompuGeaux is now increasing its Business2Business services by offering installation of Facebook Wi-Fi.

Social Intelligence for Your Business

Facebook Wi-Fi – Powered by NETGEAR

Facebook Wi-Fi turns your router into a WiFi hotspot, prompting customers searching for WiFi to check in and like your Facebook Page before using the web for free. This opens the door to building closer relationships with your customers by sharing offers and announcements, boosting engagement on your Facebook page, and accessing aggregate insights about your customer base.

CompuGeaux has partnered with NETGEAR and Facebook to bring you a best-in-class technology that enables faster and seamless social connection between you and your customers, increases the visibility and discoverability of your business on Facebook, and provides deeper analytics for better-targeted marketing decisions.

Why Facebook Wi-Fi?

You will no longer need to spend time and resources providing a WiFi password to guests. Together with the intuitive setup flow (and no additional maintenance), Facebook Wi-Fi means a better user experience for both you and your customers.

How does it work?

A CompuGeaux technician will set up your router so your customers can access free WiFi by checking in to your location on Facebook. Once your customers check in, they have the option to like your Page, so you can continue to reach them with your future posts. Share offers and promotions on your Page so that when people check in, it’s the first thing they’ll see.

Will it really help my business?

Facebook has run early pilots with merchants who all saw a significant uplift in their number of check-ins, after installing Facebook Wi-Fi. Check-ins can help make your business more discoverable, as check-ins can show up in News Feed, and help people find you in Graph Search.


Turn your business into a Wi-Fi hotspot.


  • Customers simply check in to your location on Facebook to connect to free Wi-Fi.

  • Wi-Fi codes aren’t necessary and there are no new accounts to create.
  • Customers can manually check in or choose a setting that lets them automatically check in whenever they visit your location.

Reach more people.

  • When customers check in to use your Wi-Fi, their friends can discover your business by seeing the story in their News Feed.
  • After checking in, people will be asked if they also want to like your Page so you can connect with them on Facebook.

fb-3checkinsHelp people find your business.

  • More check-ins and engagement with your Page will improve how it ranks in search and Nearby tab on the Facebook mobile app.



Access aggregate demographics data—such as age and gender—from check-ins and understand peak traffic times. You’ll also be able to reach customers who check-in with Facebook ads.




Contact a CompuGeaux Consultant now to discuss how Facebook Wi-Fi can help your business succeed. Then schedule an appointment to get your installation of Facebook Wi-Fi at your business location.

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Ransomware: Protection and Prevention

Computer security is more important now than ever. In addition to  traditional anti-virus programs, computer owners and administrators should now be focused on ransomware. Ransomware attacks are growing in size and impact. Up by 128%, the number of ransomware attacks are at an all-time high and now reach over 7,000,000 attacks yearly. Both businesses and individuals are victims of ransomware. In a 2016 survey by American Internet security company, Malwarebytes; 39% of companies polled experienced a ransomware attack. 37% of those businesses attacked actually paid the ransom demands. As a business owner, you can no longer turn your head and ignore the threat of ransomware to your business.

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How Can Ransomware Affect My Business ?

Each year, millions of ransom attacks are attempted on both small and large companies. Ransomware can encrypt your company’s most important files, such as accounting, medical data, or confidential customer information. Once encrypted, you can’t get the files back — unless you pay the ransom. In February 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital paid $17,000 to retrieve patient data from hackers. The Verizon Data Breach Investigations report estimates that if 1,000 records are lost, businesses can expect to lose more than $67,000. As the size of the breach increases, so does the cost to business — exponentially. Some newer forms of ransomware threaten businesses not only with encrypting files but also leaking them online. Imagine if this happens to your business.

Should You Pay the Ransom?

Are You Vulnerable?

Everyone is vulnerable to a ransomware attack. There is no silver bullet. However, you and your business are especially vulnerable if any the following are true:

  • You use legacy (old and outdated) software.
  • Your browser and/or Operating Systems are not patched or updated regularly.
  • You operate with outdated equipment.
  • You don’t have a legitimate backup plan.
  • You lack a comprehensive cyber-security strategy.

What do you do if you are a victim?

Proactive Ransomware Prevention

The best protection is prevention. Take these steps to keep ransomware from harming your business:

  • Patch your system – Keep browsers, OSes, and other software applications up-to-date.
  • Educate users – One of the most common ways that computers are infected with ransomware is through social engineering. Educate users on how to detect phishing campaigns, suspicious websites, and other scams.
  • Back up files – Make secure copies of your data on a regular basis and store them offsite. We recommend storage on a secure cloud server with high-level encryption and multiple-factor authentication.
  • Invest in layered security – Installing multiple layers of cyber-security protection can detect and block  ransomware attacks before they happen. For the best protection, we recommend these layers: 
    1. Firewall,
    2. Anti-exploit,
    3. Anti-virus with active monitoring,
    4. Anti-malware, and
    5. Anti-ransomware.

CompuGeaux Can Help!

Take your first step in proactive ransomware prevention by contacting CompuGeaux! A business solutions consultant will brainstorm with you to find a personalized solution to prevent and minimize any affects of a direct ransomeware attack on your company computer systems.


Cut the Cord and $$$ave

It was once only a small niche in the technology field but it has become the next trend in mainstream home entertainment. I’m talking about the “cutting the cord” phenomenon and it is growing exponentially. In the past few years, the number of “cord cutters” have continued to rise each year. Since 2011, it is estimated that over five million cable and satellite customers have dropped their pay television services. Now YOU can “cut the cord”.

Why Cut the Cord?

People will give all kinds of reasons to cut the cord. Some say they did it for better selection. Some say it is a matter of “convenience.” They said they liked the flexibility and convenience that OTT services, such as Netflix, gave them. Some leave cable in order to watch certain shows not available on cable, such as Orange Is the New Black on Netflix or 11.22.63 on Hulu. But the number one reason people cut the cord is simple – they want to save money.

$ave Money by Cutting the Cord!

How to Cut the Cord?

So the question now is… HOW?!?! Well, it’s actually incredibly easier than you think. This being said, there is some necessary equipment you still need to purchase. In addition, don’t forget that you will still need internet, so you will still have to pay for that service, probably from the company you are currently paying for television. In addition, you may want to get a higher tier internet speed. Streaming is best over faster internet.

Streaming is Better with Fast Internet Speeds

What Else Do I Need?

HDTV Antenna

The first equipment you should buy has nothing to do with streaming at all. It has to do with getting you access to the numerous local over-the-air (OTA) high definition television (HDTV) stations broadcasting in your area. It’s amazing to me that many people has no idea that you can catch your local television stations in HD without a cable or satellite provider, usually with better quality since the broadcasters don’t “smash” the signal like the at TV companies do.

And there is a host of free channels over the air. Since the 2009 digital television transition, local television stations have been able to not only offer higher definition video and better sound quality than before, but also offer multiple digital subchannels on their frequency. This is known as multicasting, and has allowed a crop of entertainment-based specialty networks (also known as “diginets”) to be created specifically for subchannels, most commonly those airing reruns of classic television series, movies, and other specialty programming. You can see a full list of the available OTA broadcast channels in your area using tools at Tablo (which also makes a great DVR for OTA stations).

PROTIP: I use the indoor GE Pro Crystal HD Amplified Antenna to catch local stations in my metropolitan area. If you are in a rural area, you may want to consider an outdoor antenna.

Some people use Roku to Cut the Cord

Streaming Equipment

So now that we got the OTA stuff out of the way, let’s talk about the streaming services and the equipment you need for those services. Most Smart TVs have the essentials – Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon – already installed and ready to connect, but if you have an older model or “dumb” TV, there are still ways to get to the stream services you need. These include Roku boxes, Apple TV boxes, Chromecast devises, Amazon Fire sticks, X-Box and PlayStation consoles, and Android TV boxes. You can even use some Blu-Ray/DVD players and even your PC. Tom’s Guide offers a great article on the Best Streaming Devices 2017, but I’m going to tell you about the two devices I personally use.

Dencazt Nexbox: The Dencazt Nexbox Android TV box is ready for the future. It is 4K UltraHD ready and comes with my very own custom Kodi build, allowing you to stream on-demand television and movies, as well as listen to live internet radio. It is a “must-have” for any cord-cutter and also comes installed with other important streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now. Contact CompuGeaux for more info on the Dencazt Nexbox.

Microsoft Xbox One: The Xbox One isn’t geared to cord-cutters, but if you are a gamer looking to cut the cord, the Xbox One is the way to go. Seriously, there are an amazing assortment of apps. Everything from American television networks to Rosetta Stone can be found. I personally use the Sling TV app (more on Sling TV later) on my Xbox One. You can see a list of Xbox apps here.

Cut the Cord Using Many Apps, like Netflix and Hulu

Streaming Services and Cable Replacements

When it comes to streaming services, there are numerous options out there, but there is also the Big Three. Netflix, which is best for binge television viewing. At a cost of about $8/month, it is the most popular streaming service out there, and 27.1 million Americans are currently regular monthly customers of Netflix. In my opinion, this is the most necessary streaming service to have. Then there is Hulu Plus. This service costs around $8/month as well. It differs from Netflix considerably, as Hulu focuses more on recently-aired TV show, with network and cable shows often showing up on the service the day after airing on TV. Amazon Prime Video, much like Netflix, is better for general viewing.

But how will you watch the latest episodes of Doctor Who? Not every show currently on TV is on Hulu. This is where the fun begins… picking your customized viewing packages from the streaming and cable-replacements services available. Currently, you can go ahead and look at each network individually, but that’s a lot of work and some network streams will not give you complete functionality without you signing in to your provider. Luckily, services like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV now exist to give us a clear alternative to traditional cable and satellite services.

I personally use Sling TV. It’s a great service, but it does have it’s shortcomings. For example, the service does NOT have a DVR services, although you can pause a few shows on some of the channels. I have the $40/month plan that includes all of their basic cable television offerings. This does not include any premium networks such as HBO or Showtime. Since I use my Dencazt Nexbox for movies, there really is no need for me to spend that extra money.

Cut the Cord

So go ahead and do it! I spend a total of $70 each month to watch whatever I want whenever I want. You can do the same! Call CompuGeaux now and schedule an appointment and we will work with you to build you a cost effective cord cutting alternative to your cable or satellite television provider.







Preventative Maintenance Computer Services

Preventative Maintenace Computer Services by CompuGeaux

Happy New Year! 2016 is history and the new year has begun. How about starting 2017 off right with a preventative maintenance computer services (PMCS) plan from CompuGeaux.

What is PMCS?

CompuGeaux’s PMCS plans bring you affordable managed computer services at a cost lower than most. Available for business clients and individuals and families, we will perform troubleshooting, anti-virus and malware checks, and a list of other computer services for a year. Think of it as an oil change for your computer, with scheduled maintenance throughout the year.

You wouldn’t go over 3 months without changing the oil in your car, right? Well, why do you go longer without preforming routine maintenance on your computer? Like your car, you use it every day for business and fun. Also like your car, your computer has moving parts, a cooling system, and is in need of regular maintenance. Like your car, when your computer goes down, it will cost you money; money for repairs and also money lost in business. And with regular internet security breaches, you want to make sure your personal and business information is safe BEFORE there is a problem.

Scheduled PC Maintenance

Scheduled PC Maintenance

With CompuGeaux PMCS, we will get “under the hood” of your computer regularly, preventing both physical buildup and junk from software from slowing down your computer. In addition, we will check the security of your computer, protecting you from viruses, trojans, malware and spyware that put your personal and business information at risk. Wouldn’t you like to have the piece of mind that CompuGeaux PMCS can provide? Give us a call and we’ll get you started on a routine preventative maintenance computer services plan that is right for you. We’re here to help!

Start 2017 off right by scheduling preventative maintenance computer services

and troubleshoot before there is any trouble.

PhishFinder – The Adult Friend Finder Hack and How It Can Affect You (Phishing)


Big news this week in the tech world. On Monday, November 14, 2016; 412 Million users of Adult FriendFinder and other sites operated by FriendFinder Networks woke up to find out that their information had been stolen in a hack of the company’s database. 340 million credentials were stolen from, which says it allows users to “find sex, hook-up, and chat.” The hack also includes 7.1 million users from, 1.1 million from and 1.4 million from It is a massive security breach and you can read more about it on Phishing

Everyone goes nuts about the Adult FriendFinder Hack

How Does This Affect You?

So how does this affect you? I mean, you don’t even have an account with any of the affected sites, right? There’s nothing for you to fear. You’re surely not on a list of hacked email addresses, so why do you have to bother worrying about this hack? Unfortunately, you DO have to worry. After successful hacking attacks such as this one, it is only a matter of time before the phishing email messages begin.

How Phishing Works


I’m sure many of you clicked on the click-bait link I linked above. That’s an example of how phishing works. The above picture shows exactly how the never-ending loop of phishing scams. After big hacks, the phishing emails come with a fury. Even today, phishing emails preying on people who may or may not be connected to FriendFinder accounts. So what do you do when you see an email like the one below? The answer is quite simple, you DELETE it.

Attention {Name},
Your email address has come up as a user of the smut site, Adult FriendFinder. Unless you wish to have your info splattered across the internet for all to see, click here to delete your info.

Phishing emails are Scams

If you feel you may be a victim of a phishing scam, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at CompuGeaux to set up an evaluation.

Don’t be a victim!

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CompuGeaux Now Offering Business Tech Services!

Technology is the Future of Business

In order for any business to survive, it must be ready to adapt in order to grow. Stagnation is death. Either a business is growing or it is dying. CompuGeaux is growing and adapting. We are proud to announce that we are releasing new business tech services to our slate of residential offerings.

Our new, improved website now has a B2B Services section. There, we will be posting new services geared to helping other businesses with new tech tools and solutions. CompuGeaux has already introduced GeauxLocal SEO and some GeauxBeacons proximitry marketing and we are poised to offer more services soon, including social media marketing and reputation management services.

GeauxLocal SEO

This new offering helps businesses better their rankings in Local Search engines and directories. GeauxLocal SEO is an intensely thought out and effective ranking service. Where 99% of Local SEO services fail, we excel. Our decisions are data backed, based on the crawling of 100s of 1000s of top ranking Local Search directories and pages. If it doesn’t impact rankings head on, we don’t mess with it.

GeauxBeacons: Proximity Marketing

Proximity marketing is the localized wireless distribution of advertising content associated with a particular place. It utilizes location technologies to directly communicate with customers via their portable devices. Transmissions can be received by individuals in that location who wish to receive them and have the necessary equipment to do so. Uses of proximity marketing include distribution of media at concerts, information, social applications, retail check-ins and local advertising.

More Coming!

Technology is the future of marketing and the future is here! CompuGeaux is proud to be at the forefront of providing innovative B2B technological solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. When your business partners with CompuGeaux, you will get the very best. From innovations in cutting edge solutions like beacons and geo-fencing, reputation and online reviews management, social media marketing, and other custom web solutions; CompuGeaux can give your business the competitive edge it needs to overcome obstacles and grow to its full potential. Stick around and see the future Business-to-business tech solutions CompuGeaux  will soon be offering.