Category Archives: News

Current events and developments happening with the Internet.

Should You Update to Windows 10?

If you’re a typical Windows user, by now you’ve likely found a pop-up window from Microsoft on your desktop at least once inviting you to “reserve” your free copy of Windows 10 – even if your current system is pirated. It’s an unprecedented annoyance step for the software giant to take – what, are they going to run out of copies soon? Or is every previous OS so flawed that they must be replaced ASAP? Neither, apparently. Microsoft says that while Windows 7 mainstream support ended on January 13, technical support won’t end until 2020, and Windows 8 won’t end until 2023 – just 2 years before that for 10. Which means if you’re happy with the version you’re using now, you shouldn’t need to change at all for quite a while. In fact, if you have an older computer, you might not be able to upgrade – here’s how you can check. Granted, Windows 10 offers a slew of new features (though most can be added to older systems without installing a new system) and has garnered many enthusiastic reviews. It’s got the tablet-style touchscreen features from 8 and has brought back the much-missed Start Menu from 7 and before. It has a phone assistant, Cortana; Edge, a new built-in web browser to replace the constantly-targeted and patched Internet Explorer; an Apps Store; users can log in with face or iris recognition; it works with smartphones; help is more … Continue reading

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Promote Your Site at SWCP

Southwest Cyberport is proud of our customers. After all, they’re smart enough to use a friendly, local ISP with cutting-edge technology and good tech support, so they must know something. 😉 One of the ways we show it is by offering website owners and other customers free listings right here on this website, under the Directories menu heading. There’s our Eprom or “Electronic Promenade”, which functions like the storefronts of an online mall, displaying company logos and descriptions, a Business Directory listing sites alphabetically, and listings for those with personal webpages, too. These listings are not automatic – but all are free for members upon request. Why bother? We’re committed to supporting local businesses, and we want to celebrate the surprisingly wide range of diverse talents and interesting and unusual offerings available right here in the heart of New Mexico. It’s an exclusive, convenient place to hang out your shingle for your neighbors, and it’s absolutely free. All these directories have recently been updated; dead links removed, sites checked, and the descriptions freshened up. Your websites hosted here let the whole world know you exist; why not show off for your friends and neighbors? SWCP member website owners and those with your own pet projects are invited to sign up today, the more the merrier.  

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Don’t Panic: How Anxiety Aids the Bad Guys

Fear and anxiety are the biggest allies spammers have. Every month, for instance, that more of our customers than usual have problems with their bill, there’s also a corresponding uptick in the number of them that fall for phishing attacks. The reason why seems clear: people who are worried or feeling guilty that non-payment will cause us to shut down their accounts tend to take the phishing bait more easily, which is exactly what the bad guys want. Specifically, anxious users tend to respond far more readily to emails appearing to be from Southwest Cyberport and demanding that they log in or reply than other customers do. There’s no shame in this: these criminals are very clever, and their sneaky methods are evolving all the time. They’re constantly looking for new ways to get you to react without thinking first. It used to be that such emails had a “Reply to:” address, but that was too easy for us to block; so nowadays they more often use a Web address that is disguised to look like ours. However, the link actually goes off to some poor hacked website somewhere, where they’ve set up a small customized password-stealing page designed to look like our webmail page or like a bank or some other standard-looking login.  As soon as you enter your information, the spammers are quick to use or sell that info to other spammers to send out junk mail. Sometimes, … Continue reading

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