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How Can I Protect Myself From Ransomware?

I’m sure you have read about the massive virus attack that has infected over 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries over the past few days. If not, let me update you. This vicious attack occurred Friday and came in the form of ransomware code-named “WannaCry” that targeted Windows computers and infected everything from government computers, FedEx offices in the US, and hospitals in the U.K. Ransomware is one of the worst types of viruses because it encrypts or locks fi

How Can I Clean Up My Computers and Tech Devices Before I Recycle Them?

Earth Day is almost here and it's a great time to discuss responsible recycling of technology devices once it has reached the end of its life. All of us have heard the horror stories about someone buying a used tech device at a flea market or garage sale and then finding tons of personal information left on the device by the previous owner. Just as you take steps to shred important documents before you throw them away, you need take this same approach when recycling your devi

How Can I Backup My Computer and Keep My Information Safe?

March 31st, is World Backup Day, the day we technology folks remind you of how important it is to back up your data. The main message to remember on World Backup Day is Your data is more valuable than Your Device! Hardware is cheap and getting cheaper. You know what's expensive or even priceless? That term paper you spent three weeks writing, the $1,000 in music and movies you have on your hard drive, and the digital video of your little boy or girl's first step. You can get

How Can I Perform Maintenance On My Computer?

With so many tech devices in our lives these days, it's important to stay on top of maintenance that needs to be done periodically on your computer, smarthphone and tablets to keep things running smoothly. Here's a look at some tasks that are often put on the back burner, but should really be carried out regularly. 1. Update your Wi-Fi router. If you're experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, spotty connections, updating your router can help. Routers usually have a life of 5 years, s

Why Shouldn't I Use My Work E-mail as My Personal E-Mail?

Hey Everyone! Most jobs come with an email address, but just because it has your name on it, that doesn't mean it's yours. It's tempting to use your work email everywhere, but it's not a good idea. Here are some reasons not to use your work email as a personal mail account: Your email address is the gateway into your personal life. You use your email address to sign into social media accounts, financial accounts and a host of other accounts that contain your personal informa

Should I Give Someone Remote Access To My Computer?

Hey Everyone! Remote computer access is the best thing in the world next to sliced bread. We use it everyday in our business and it's used by almost all legitimate computer and technical support companies to access your computer remotely from their office without the need to go to your exact location. One of the best aspects of this is that it also allows you, to watch what we are doing and how we are doing it. This can be very instructive also since you get to learn what we'

How Can I Unplug for National Day of Unplugging?

Hey Everyone! Looking for a way to disconnect from the technology you use in your daily life? You're in luck! National Day of Unplugging begins this Friday at sundown and lasts 24 hours. Created by the non profit group Reboot, every year they ask individuals, families and communities to reconnect by eliminate or to reduce technology use for a 24 period to remind people to take a break from all things digital. Today's technology has a positive impact on our lives, but it's ul

What Do I Need to Check Before I Buy a Used Smartphone or Tablet?

Hey Everyone! Buying used technology such as a smartphone or tablet is a great way to save money. Before you make that purchase, there are several things you need to watch out for such as outdated tech to stolen tech. Here are some things you should look for before purchasing a second hand device. Do NOT Buy something older than 3 Years. Even if the device's hardware is in good shape, there is a big risk that you won't be able to load it with the recent operating system. Whe

What Apps Can I Use to Have A Great Valentine's Day?

Hey Everyone! Pulling off the perfect Valentine's Day requires just the right balance of preparation and romance. But how can you manage that in today's busy world? Whether you need to order flowers or send a card and plan the perfect date, your dream Valentine's Day is just a download away. Groupon. This app will help you discover and save on 1000s of great deals at nearby restaurants, spas, things to do, shopping, travel and more. A great way to plan the perfect Valentine's

How Can I Protect Myself from IRS Scams and Tax Fraud?

Hey Everyone! The tax season is here and it's time to get your 'file' on. Keep your wits about you this season because cybercriminals are waiting to take advantage of you. These scammers use this time of year to commit identity theft and tax fraud and they use several methods to steal your information. Here is a list of ways that cybercriminals steal your identity and three tips to protect yourself this tax season. Here's how cybercriminals try to steal your information: Emai

What Tech Toys Will Help Me Get the Most Out of The Super Bowl?

Hey Everyone! Super Bowl Sunday is almost here! It's estimated more than 110 million people will watch it on TV, and millions more sports fans will listen to it on the radio, stream it live, or watch online sports commentators and highlight videos. If you're having a Super Bowl party, going to one, or just going to enjoy it at home, here are a few tech tips that will give you maximum enjoyment out of the game. 1. Get The Right TV. It's not really the Super Bowl without a big-

What Type of Laptop Should I Purchase?

A lot of efforts are made by computer and laptop manufactures to create a divide between their home and business product lines. Most consumers are better investing in business class computers because these computers offer a lot of computing power and durability. Not convinced? Here are some things to consider: They Are Built to Last. If you want a notebook that can survive drops and spills, a business system is more likely to take the abuse. Lenovo, for instance, equips a nu

How Can I Protect My Computer and Technology In Cold Weather?

Are you like me that you're guilty of leaving your laptop and other technology devices in your car? It's convenient if you carry a lot of tech gear, but it's not good to do it on a cold winter day. You may not realize it, but freezing temps can be just as dangerous to gadgets - if not more so - as the Summer heat. The safe range for tech devices is 50° to 95° Fahrenheit or 10° to 35° Celsius. The winter months regularly dip way below that temperature range. Want to keep you

How Can I Unplug from Technology This Holiday Season?

Face-time is necessary and much needed during this holiday break. No, I'm not talking about Apple's popular FaceTime app. I'm talking about walking away from technology and unplug this week! I'm talking to parents and children. Make quality time by setting goals and rules for tech use.Here are 5 ways you can balance your tech time this week. Discuss and write down goals. Let your kids be apart of setting the goals and sharing their input. Schedule (limited) time that both t

What Technology Items Shouldn't I Buy for Christmas Gifts?

When it comes to Christmas and Holiday Gifts, we all tend to gravitate towards technology. With technology becoming more and more part of our everyday lives, its a natural to want to give our loved ones the latest tech toys. Buyer beware, not all tech makes a good gift. Check out the 3 Tech Gifts I think you should avoid. Smartwatches and Fitness Bands. I'm not saying that smartwatches and fitness bands are necessarily bad, but they aren't for everyone. The Apple Watch in par

How Can I Stop Cyber-bullying this Holiday Season?

As schools break up for the year, parents need to be on guard for cyber bullying, which spikes during the holidays. While parents are busy with holiday preparations, kids go unattended with lots of time on their hands. Unfortunately, this combination can lead your kids to unwanted online behavior including cyber bullying. Here some things you can do to curb cyber-bullying in your household this Holiday Season: Keep Channels of Communication Open. One of the best ways to stop

What Holiday Scams Do I Need to Avoid This Year?

As online transactions explode over the next few weeks, cybercriminals will do their best to try to get your credit card and personal data. Here are three ways that hackers try to trick you into parting you with data, and what you can do about it. Phishing scams. Phishing techniques usually come in the form of spam emails advertising special sales and phony gift cards. The most recent example was a massive email scam purporting to be from Amazon. But more sophisticated con ar

How Can I Stay Safe on Cyber Monday?

It's no longer a question of if you'll become a victim of a cyber incident, but when. Cyber-attacks are most prevalent around the holidays and come in many forms, including identity theft, virus infections or password hacking. Here are a few simple precautions and expert tips to help arm you and your family with the knowledge to help keep you protected and reduce their cyber security risks while shopping online include: 1. Get Email and Web savvy. Ransomware attacks will be o

How Can I Minimize My Technology Power Consumption?

One of the biggest contributor on our household's electricity bill is your technology usage. If you are noticing this and would like to cut down on your electricity use then it's recommended to configure your devices to use less power. There are different ways on how to minimize the power consumption of your computer. Here's how you do it: 1. Use External Device Only When Needed. Your computer can connect to various external devices like a printer, speakers, or an external we

What Tech Gadgets Can I Use To Get a Good Nights Sleep?

I never have a problem getting to sleep, but there are many of you out there that struggle with sleep at night. As we all know, sleep is very important for a fit body and a fit mind which is why I am suggesting these apps and gadgets that promise to help you catch some Zzzzs. There are no promises, but anything is worth a try, right? The Relax Melodies, available for free on iOS and Android, is the world's most popular sleep aid app. Relax Melodies allows users to mix and m

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