Author: Chelsea Gierymski

Virus – Spyware – Malware – Ransomware

Public Service Announcement In the past month there have been an increase of infections. Please read the information below as it can affect both your home and work computers. Here is the first important rule: Do not open any Email file that has a file extension of: [.exe] Executable program. [.vbs] Executable program in Visual Basic. [.zip] Executable unzip program that may contain the above files. The [.exe] or [.vbs] means that the file is a program and will run when it is opened. What may happen when it runs? Freezes I locks you workstation I modifies your workstation...

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Do You Want to be Happier?

Almost everyone strives to be happier in all aspects of their life. Happier people tend to accomplish more, and who doesn’t want that? Belle Beth Cooper, co-founder of Hello Code, created an app called Exist that turns data about you into insights about your life. Here are Ms. Cooper’s 11 science-based ways to be happier. Smile more. A study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts improve their...

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How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

Pestering pre-recorded calls are reaching record highs, and even hit our cell phones; here are ways you can try to stop them. The first time I was greeted by that uplifting automated call on my iPhone I shrugged it off. The second time, I actually worried I might have unknowingly pulled a Martha Stewart. The third, fourth and 10th times, I was furious these low-life scammers wouldn’t leave me alone. We are in the midst of a robot apocalypse. Instead of wiping us out with liquid metal lasers guns, they’re crushing us with robocalls, those unwanted, pre-recorded intrusions into...

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Hammond Police Warn Residents of Scam

Hammond Police are asking residents to call 911 if anyone suspicious approaches them posing as a repairman attempting to gain access into homes.  A 78-year-old Hammond man told police he was outside about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday trimming bushes at his apartment in the 4300 block of Dearborn Avenue when he was approached by a man wearing a yellow vest and holding a black radio. The suspect — described to police as Hispanic and having a mustache and small goatee — told the resident he was there to replace a portion of his broken sidewalk. According to police, the suspect then suggested...

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Pregnant with Your First Baby?

Finding out your pregnant can bring on many wonderful emotions, but can also produce fear for the future. Bringing a child into this world is beautiful and rewarding, but it can also be costly. Nurse-Family Partnership provides support to first time parents to help them succeed. Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. A registered nurse visits you in your home throughout the pregnancy and continues to visit until the baby is 2 years old. The program is FREE to all eligible women. Any woman who is pregnant with her first child, meets...

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