IMPORTANT: Crypto-Wall

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It has come to our attention the number of clients who are being affected by the Crypto-Wall virus (AKA: Crypto-Locker or Ransomware) have all of a sudden jumped.  It is important that the users on your system understand the dangerous nature of this type of virus. Here are a few facts on the Crypto-Wall virus and what to do if you get it:

–         CW (Crypto-Wall) infects a computer and network when a file attachment is opened, most often a “.ZIP” type.  Normally, ZIP files are legitimate archives of one or more compressed data files that are used to facilitate a quicker, more efficient file transfer. Thus, you cannot see the content of the ZIP file until it is opened. The CW is often in a “resume.zip” file that is sent as an Email attachment.  The content of the Email indicates it’s a resume of someone applying for a job.  However, ANY ZIP file attachment (a file name ending in “.zip”) is dangerous.

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ChromeBooks Lenovo N21

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Product Showcase Lenovo N21

If you have been shopping for a laptop or tablet for back to school this year, chances are you have heard the word “ChromeBook” thrown around a few times. If you are still unsure what makes a ChromeBook different from a traditional computer feel free to check out our article here for more details. Like other computers ChromeBooks come in a variety of shapes and sizes with varying levels of performance. Like other computers not all ChromeBooks are created equal and some may not feature the performance or build quality that others have.

The gold standard for ChromeBooks is the Lenovo N21. The N21 represents the best mix of price, performance and build quality on the market today. To start the N21 keeps things under $300.00 with an attractive price of $289.99.

In terms of performance the N21 makes use of an Intel Dual Core processor that is typically found in full blown Windows laptops. While ChromeBooks require less processing power than their Windows based counterparts, it is still important that a ChromeBook have the power to perform advanced web applications. Things like watching movies or streaming video to a ChromeBook require more power than “ARM” (processor type) based ChromeBooks can typically provide. The N21 can stream full resolution video with ease thanks to its powerful processor. The N21 also features 4GB of RAM which is essential when working on more than one thing at a time. Listening to music while researching for an assignment? No problem for the N21.

The N21’s benefits don’t stop with performance and price. For those unfamiliar with the Lenovo brand it may surprise you to know that Lenovo is actually the largest PC manufacturer in the world. With strong roots in the Asian markets Lenovo purchased the consumer PC division of IMB in the early 2000’s. Since then Lenovo has continued to produce products with the same legendary quality of IBM under a new name. The N21 is no exception to this quality and provides a strong yet light (it weighs less than 3 pounds) construction. The N21 even features an integrated handle for easy carrying between classrooms.

Interested in learning more about the Lenovo N21 ChromeBook? Feel free to call the Trinus Computer Centre at 780-968-1333 to talk with one of our back to school computing experts. If you would like to see one for yourself they are on display in our Stony Plain show room so stop by at your convenience.

ChromeBooks

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What is a ChromeBook?

If you are looking for a back to school device you have likely heard of “Chromebooks”. Despite their growing popularity many people are still unfamiliar with what the differences are between a ChromeBook and a traditional laptop. In their simplest form Chromebooks are the first true “cloud inspired” piece of hardware that has been designed in the computing world. But what does that mean? Chromebooks don’t use a traditional operating system like Windows or Mac OSX, in fact, the operating system in use on a ChromeBook will be similar to anyone who uses the Chrome web browser. This similarity stems from the fact that ChromeBooks really are nothing more than the Chrome web browser running directly on a laptop.

This makes ChromeBooks a great fit for education because most education institutions are using Google Docs to share and create documents. Rather than using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), schools are using the free Google Doc’s programs which offers a great way to save money and collaborate on projects.  The limited ability of ChromeBooks also pays dividends in the sense that students are limited in what the device can do and thus, have less avenues for distraction in the classroom. Due to the fact that ChromeBooks can’t install traditional programs or applications, students are also unable to install games on the ChromeBook.

Still have questions about ChromeBooks? Visit or call Trinus Computer Centre and have a computing expert make sense of it all.