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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.


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!

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.

ransomware attack

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.


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

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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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