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  1. Gadgets for Dad: Geeks on Site Top Picks for Father’s Day 2017

    Gadgets for Dad - Top Picks for Father’s Day 2017

    Not sure what to get your dad for Father’s Day? We have lots of top picks for Dad this year – and prices that work for every budget.

    Our top gift ideas for Father’s Day include everything from computer hardware and software to technical support packages designed to make sure your Dad gets the most out of his new gadgets.

    Software

    Avira and Hitman Pro Combo Avira & Hitman Pro Combo
    Give dad the powerful combination of antivirus protection and PC performance booster. The Avira & Hitman Pro Combo runs behavioral scans, provides additional threat protection via scan cloud, removes malware, and protects exploit/susceptible applications. It also prevents the high risk of software crashes, slow startup process and unwanted system errors.
    $69.99

    Printers

    HP Envy 4500 HP Envy 4500
    Dad will be the envy of the neighborhood if you get him the HP Envy 4500. It’s ISO speed goes up to 8.8 ppm for printing in black and up to 5.2 ppm when printing in color. The Envy’s standard connectivity is HI-Speed USB 2 and Wi-Fi 802.11n.
    $179.78
    Epson WorkForce WF 3620 Epson Workforce WF 3620
    The Epson is another excellent choice for any father. It has speeds of 19 ISO ppm for printing in black and 10 ISO ppm for printing in color. In addition, the Workforce can do automatic two-sided printing, copying, scanning and has fax capabilities.
    $214.83

    Tablets

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4- Apple Tablet
    The latest in tablet technology is always an exciting gift. This Android tablet has a SnapDragon Quad Core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, and a 16GB flash drive. If you run out of memory, no worries, this tablet has expandable memory
    $379.98
    Apple iPad Air Apple iPad Air
    We are certain this iPad will make any father happy. This space grey beauty has an A7 Chip 64bit processor, 1 GB RAM, 16GB Flash Drive, and IOS 7.
    $449.99

    Laptops

    Toshiba Radius 2016 Newest Edition Toshiba Radius 2016 Newest Edition
    In terms of value, it’s hard to beat the Radius. It has an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB 5400 RPM. This Toshiba comes in Satin Gold and is equipped with Windows 10 and a 6 in 1 Media Card Reader
    $551.84
    Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet Microsoft Surface 3
    The Surface 3 laptop would also be a special gift for Dad. It has an Intel Atom Quad Core processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB Flash Memory. It comes in black, has DVD+RW capability and is equipped with Windows 10.
    $695.99

    Desktops

    Acer Aspire AZ1 622 Acer Aspire AZ1-622
    The Acer Aspire AZ1-622 has an impressive Intel Celeron N3150 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500 GB 5400 RPM. It comes in black, has DVD+RW capability and is equipped with Windows 10.
    $599.99
    Dell Inspiron i3459-1525 Dell Inspiron i3459-1525
    Even the father who has everything will appreciate the Dell Inspiron i3459-1525. It comes in black, has an Intel Core i3 6th Gen processor, 8GB RAM, 500 GB 5400 RPM, DVD+RW capability and is equipped with Windows 10.
    $789.99

    Service

    Onsite Tech Service Onsite Tech Service
    The ultimate gift for Dad is Onsite Tech Service whenever he needs it for a value-added price. Geeks on Site will send a friendly certificated technician to his home or office to provide support for any computer problem.Geeks on Site is a team of highly skilled computer technician professionals who are able to provide him with IT services on his terms – whether it’s a one-time fix or on-going services. We’re here for him 24/7, and with one quick phone call, on site computer support will have someone dispatched to Dad within 24 hours.
    Standard – $99/hr
    4 Hour Block – $74/hr

    Should you need any help in making the best gift selection for dear ol’ Dad, feel free to give Geeks on Site a call at 1-866-865-6077. We’re here 24/7 to provide the best support possible and we’d love to wish all the dads a very Happy Father’s Day!

  2. This Mother’s Day, Geeks on Site Celebrates the Mother of All Computer Parts: The Motherboard

    motherboard

    There’s a very good reason that a computer’s central communications backbone connectivity point is called a motherboard: Mothers are considered the heart of every family, which is why we are celebrating them – and the heart of every computer – this month.

    The motherboard is the point through which all of a computer’s components and external peripherals connect so when something goes wrong, it’s essential that the problem is diagnosed and remedied quickly. The problem is that figuring out the reasons why a motherboard is failing can be difficult to diagnose because you have to rule out every piece of hardware connected to it as the cause of whatever problem you are experiencing.

    Symptoms of a failed motherboard include:

    • Motherboard doesn’t Power on Self-Test
    • Leaking or bulging capacitors
    • Your computer doesn’t recognize flash drives or your monitor shows unusual lines
    • Slow boot up
    • Burning smell or burn marks on the motherboard
    • Peripherals stop and start working – or motherboard doesn’t recognize plugged in peripherals

    If you are skilled in trouble shooting computer problems, here are a few areas to check out:

    • Be certain that your power supply isn’t failing by making sure its voltages are operating in line with their rated output.
    • Take a look at the hard drive operation if your files take a long time to transfer, if it takes a long time to boot and if hearing noises while booting, your problem/problems may be related to your hard drive.
    • Check that the video function is operating properly. If not, your video card might be the source of the issue.
    • Run a diagnostic tool, such as Memtest86 or Memtest86+ to check that memory is not failing.
    • Finally, it’s possible (although rare) that your processor (CPU) could be the source of your system’s issues. This can be checked by downloading and running the Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool (if you have an Intel Processor).

    If you have tried these steps, or are unsure about how to go about them to diagnose any potential motherboard issues, it’s likely time to call a professional.

    motherboard infographic

    Geeks on Site Can Help

    Geeks on Site is ready to diagnose any motherboard issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re a team of computer technician professionals who are able to connect to your computer, find the issue and fix it for you.

    All you need to do is call us at 1-866-865-6077 and tell us your computer problem. Our technicians will guide you through a series of steps that will allow our technician to access your desktop with our mouse and keyboard. This Internet technology allows interacting with your computer as if we were sitting right in front of it! You don’t need to be present while we work. Once we’re connected, you’re free to go about your day or you can watch the technician work on your system and ask him questions via chat.

    FFTU (flat fee tune up)

    A FFTU costs $149 and allows us to work on your computer remotely, via the Internet, for as long as we need to, to fix your computer problem. A FFTU includes:

    • Adware/Spyware clean up
    • Software updates
    • Virus protection verification
    • Temporary files cleanup
    • Hard drive defragmentation
    • Startup optimization
    • Virus scan and removal

    Geeks for Life Subscription

    If you liked our FFTU service and would like to have us service your computer at any time in the future, you can enroll in our Geeks for Life subscription service. For only $24.95 a month, you can request a FFTU for your enrolled computer at any time during a 30-day period; you can cancel at any time. Our subscription service includes, but is not limited to:

    • Unlimited tune ups
    • Virus protection
    • Virus removal
    • Spam protection
    • Startup problems
    • Blue screens
    • Hackers
    • Software issues

    On site Visits

    We also dispatch our experienced crews to various parts of the country. With one quick phone call, on site computer support will have someone at your home or place of business within 24 hours and provide numerous resources to keep your system safe. Call us to see if your site is within the radius of one of our technician’s service areas. By inputting your zip code into our system, we are able to locate our technicians nearest to you.

    For an onsite visit, you have two options for payment. Our Standard Hourly Rate of $99/hour or our discounted hourly rate of $74/hour if you purchase a 4 Hour Block.

    Questions?
    Give us a call right now, we’re here 24/7.

  3. What Does a Virus Scan Actually Do? We Break Down How Virus Scans Work

    What Does a Virus Scan Actually Do
    It seems like we’re always hearing about some new sort of computer virus, worm or malware designed to obtain or destroy information on our devices. Sadly, some of us have been their unfortunate victims. In fact, according to an FBI survey, major businesses lose $12 million each year dealing with virus incidents. But with the right type of antivirus software, you can protect your device and the information stored in it.

    Virus, Worm, Malware: What’s the Difference?

    Because these terms are often used interchangeably, you may wonder what the difference is between a virus, worm and malware if your computer is having issues. Let’s begin with basics:

    • Virus – a piece of code that is capable of copying itself and typically has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting a system or destroying data on an individual computer. A computer virus operates by inserting or attaching itself to a legitimate program or document that supports macros in order to execute its code.
    • Worm – a malware computer program that replicates itself so it can spread to other computers, often, via a network. Almost always causing harm to the network, worms rely on security failures on the target computer in order to initially gain access.
    • Malware – also known as malicious software, is a broad term used to refer to viruses, worms, ransomware, Trojan horses, keyloggers, rootkits, spyware, adware and other malicious software. Malware is designed to disrupt normal computer or mobile operations, gather sensitive information, get access to private computer systems and even to show unwanted advertising.

    Symptoms of an Infected Computer

    When unprotected devices are infected, they:

    • Run slower than normal.
    • Show popups both online and/or offline.
    • Have programs that do not open, run slow or close unexpectedly.
    • Have browser(s) that do not display some or any website at all.
    • Show the ‘FBI’ or ‘Department of Justice’ screen, it comes up shortly after loading the computer’s operating system.
    • Present problems when trying to recognize external hardware.
    • Show a blue screen with the error code.

    Once your device exhibits the above symptoms, chances are good that it has been affected by a virus, worm or other type of malware and likely needs immediate attention from someone trained in the identification and removal of such.

    What is Antivirus Software? How does Antivirus Software Work?

    Antivirus software, sometimes known as anti-malware software, is designed to detect, prevent and take action to disarm or remove malicious software from your computer such as viruses, worms and Trojan horses. It may also prevent or remove unwanted spyware and adware in addition to other types of malicious programs. The first versions of antivirus software can be traced as far back as the 1980s.

    Antivirus software will begin by checking your computer programs and comparing them to known types of malware. It will also scan your computer for behaviors that may signal the presence of a new, unknown malware. Typically, antivirus software uses all three scanning detection processes:

    • Specific Detection – This works by looking for known malware by a specific set of characteristics.
    • Generic Detection – This process looks for malware that are variants of known “families,” or malware related by a common codebase.
    • Heuristic Detection – This process scans for previously unknown viruses by looking for known suspicious behavior or file structures.

    Although the detection tools are highly effective, no antivirus software is failsafe. If you suspect your device has been infected, you should take action to remedy the problem quickly.

    Geeks on Site Can Help

    Geeks on Site is ready to assist you with detecting, preventing, removing any type of malware 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although there are many software options available on the market, Geeks on Site relies on the expertise of the following antivirus software:

    • Avira Antivirus Pro® – available for both Windows® and Mac® OS, has excellent lab test results for accuracy
    • Hitman Pro® – designed to run alongside your computer’s antivirus software to detect and remove next-generation malware that went undetected by traditional antivirus software

    Although we feel it’s best to prevent the problem from happening by installing antivirus software before a crisis, we can help after the fact as well. As a team of computer technician professionals, Geeks on Site, is able to connect to your computer remotely to detect and remove a virus for you. All you need to do is call us at 1-888-360-4335 and tell us about your computer problem.

  4. Computer Cleanup: Why Your Computer is Running Slow and What You Can Do to Help Prevent It

    Computer Cleanup tips
    One of the most common problems that people call us at Geeks on Site to solve is a slow-running computer. When your computer is not running at optimal speed, it’s easy to get frustrated. Often, the cause is programs running in the background, but bad computer habits can also contribute to slowing your computer down.

    Here are some steps you can take to keep your computer running at peak performance:

    1. Restart your computer at least once per day.
      Rebooting your computer ensures the latest software and OS updates have been applied and gives your computer a “fresh start,” per say.
    2. Make sure you have minimal programs load at startup.
      Open the Task Manager to see what programs are running in the background and how much memory and CPU is currently being used by each program. You may see your antivirus; spyware protection program or other security program is running in the background. While a scan is running, it is common to notice a decrease in the overall performance of your computer but it’s important to allow the scan fully.
    3. Don’t run multiple security programs on your computer at the same time.
      Running multiple security programs on your computer at the same time can cause these programs to conflict with one another so it’s best to use one comprehensive program.
    4. Remove browser plugins and extensions, especially those you don’t use.
      In your browser, click the menu icon “≡” at the top right of the browser window, select “Tools” or “Settings” and then select “Extensions” to open a new “Options” tab. Uncheck “Enabled” to disable an extension/plugin or click “Remove” to delete it completely. These can often be helpful but they can also slow down your browser quite a bit.
    5. Delete temporary and unwanted files.
      Freeing up space on your hard drive is easy and very important. Ideally, you should have at least 200-500MB of free space in your hard drive to give your computer the space it needs to run properly. Click on the Start button, select the “Find” option and then click on “Find Files for folders”. In the named box, type “*.tmp” to search for any files with a “tmp” file extension. Make sure the “Look in” section of the search box is pointing to the C: drive and not your document folders. Click “Find Now” to start the search and delete all files found.
    6. Run Windows® updates at regular intervals.
      Windows updates keep your computer performing at optimal levels so you may need to take a few moments to ensure all of the latest updates have been installed. Depending on the version of Windows you are running, you should be able to easily find the necessary updates online or click on the Start menu, select “All Programs” and “Windows Update”. Then, select “Check for Updates” and click “Install”.Keep in mind that if you are on a corporate network, you may need to contact your administrator, you may be unable to perform Microsoft updates.
    7. Update all your programs regularly.
      Typically, software programs will prompt you to allow them to run updates. Allowing these updates ensures you are running the latest version of the software that has had all issues resolved.
    8. Defragment your hard drive regularly.
      Fragmentation makes a hard drive do extra work that can slow down your computer. Removable storage devices, USB drives, for example, can also become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter in Windows rearranges fragmented data so your disks and drives can work more efficiently. Click on the Start button, type “Disk Defragmenter” in the search box and then select the disk you want to defragment.

    While all of these tips are helpful, they may not solve the problem. If that’s the case, you may want to have your device evaluated by a professional.

    Geeks on Site Can Help

    Geeks on Site is ready to diagnose why your computer is running slow and take the steps necessary to fix it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re a team of computer technician professionals who are able to connect to your computer remotely to evaluate the problem.

    Questions?
    Give Geeks on Site a call right now at 1-888-360-4335, we’re here 24/7.

  5. Hasta la Vista, Windows Vista: End of Lifecycle Support!

    Every journey must come to an end, and the one we had with Windows Vista is not the exception. Microsoft will discontinue Windows Vista on April 11th and all of the systems or programs that are currently running the operating system will no longer receive technical support or security patches.

    If you are a Windows Vista user, this means your computer can be exposed to cyber-attacks in the future, due to security vulnerabilities. Fortunately, Geeks on Site has some recommendations to avoid this.

    Windows Vista Users, it’s time to upgrade!

    It’s true that when a piece of software reaches the end of its lifecycle, it can continue to operate just fine for approximately 5 years or until the computer breaks down. Although, this isn’t a desirable option. Without a supported operating system, you become the most vulnerable target for hackers and you can lose all of your data.

    Windows Vista

    Browsers like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer have dropped support for this operating system. Mozilla will do the same and Firefox plans to end it this coming September. Windows Vista will be an obsolete operating system and you have two options to avoid this eventually from affecting your computer:

    Option 1. Upgrade your operating system.

    If you’re thinking about upgrading your OS, you can definitely do it only if your PC meets the system requirements for the latest Windows versions. Since Microsoft is now investing resources towards more recent technologies, the best operating system you could choose is Windows 10. You can buy an upgrade to Windows 10 and do a clean installation. Remember, if you need help with the installation or need to double check if your computer is adequate for Windows 10, give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

    Option 2. Contemplate buying a new PC.

    When installing a new operating system, you have to consider your hardware. PC manufacturers installed Windows Vista from 2006 to 2009, which means most of these machines are now 8 to 10 years old. If your PC doesn’t meet the requirements for Windows 10, you should consider buying a new one that does. Here at Geeks on Site, we also have quality equipment so you can upgrade to Windows 10 without stress. Also, Geeks on site includes free set-up of your new computer by a certified technician.

    Don’t be an easy target for cyber-thieves and keep all of your files protected. Giving up to Windows Vista and switching to Windows 10 is the right long-term investment for any PC user.

  6. Avoid Data Theft: Encrypt Sensitive Data Today!

    Are you the one that stores sensitive data in your PC? We all do it or have done it before, especially with information such as passwords for bank accounts, credit card numbers and even tax information. Getting to know how to encrypt sensitive data is a must if you have this type of information in your computer.

    Have you ever heard about encryption and why is it important to safeguard your information? Briefly, encryption is known as the translation of data into a secret code or algorithm, which makes very difficult for hackers to have access to your data. Trying to break encryption codes is a mathematically daunting task and it can take months or even years. This is why hackers give up when trying to decrypt files.

    Details: Encrypt Sensitive Data

    What’s the Best Way to Encrypt Sensitive Data?

    Encryption is a critical component of security that protects your files even if your PC gets stolen, and it makes you less vulnerable to cyber-theft. According to how valuable the information you have on your PC is, there are two different ways to encrypt it:

    Onsite Encryption

    The most traditional way to encrypt sensitive data is by using a free file encryption software such as VeraCrypt or FileVault. But, if you own a Windows 10 PC, we have great news! Windows 10 has its own encryption software called BitLocker. You might be wondering: “how do I get started?” To encrypt your data using BitLocker follow these simple steps and protect your files from cyber-thieves today:

    1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

    2. Click on the “Turn on BitLocker” button and choose how you want to unlock your drive during startup: Insert a USB flash drive or Enter a password. If you select to choose a password, make sure to create a strong password mixing uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols. Once you have typed it in, hit “Next”.

    3. In the following screen, you will be given options to back up your recovery key in case you forget your password: Save to your Microsoft account, Save to a USB flash drive, Save to a file, Print the recovery key. Choose the one that is most convenient for you and keep the recovery key in a safe place. Afterwards, click “Next”.

    4. According to your current scenario, select an encryption option: Encrypt used disk space only (faster and best for new PCs and drives), Encrypt entire drive (slower but best for PCs and drives already in use). Click “Next” and you will see a new screen with two encryption options: New encryption mode, Compatible mode. Tip: New encryption mode method provides additional integrity support against cyber-attacks.

    5. In the next screen, make sure to check the “Run BitLocker system check” option and click “Continue”.

    6. After completing all of these steps, restart your computer to begin the encryption process. BitLocker will ask you to enter your password to unlock the drive, once you do that, you’ll see the status of the encryption process. In some cases, the status can be “encrypting” depending on the size of the drive. But you can still work on your PC while the process continues. Once it’s ready, the drive level should read “BitLocker on”.

    Cloud Encryption

    According to a recent study about cloud security, on premise environment or public cloud users experience an average of 61.4 attacks, while service provider environment averaged only 27.8 attacks.

    If your data is too valuable for you, consider to use cloud encryption services from a trustworthy provider such as Carbonite. This specific provider makes sure to encrypt sensitive data before moving it to the cloud. Carbonite uses a 128-bit Blowfish encryption and later on send the information using a Transport Layer Security (TSL) to one of their professionally managed data centers.

    Keep in mind that encryption is another layer of protection that’s highly recommended but it’s not the only one. To safeguard your personal information you also have to take into consideration securing your Wi-Fi network and having computer backup solutions.

  7. How to Protect Personal and Financial Data

    Saving usernames, passwords, financial and other personal information online is a very common practice for many users. Learning how to protect personal and financial data from cyber-thieves should be a PC priority.  Having your information safe will not only prevent you from cyber-theft, but also from personal identity theft, financial scams, medical benefit fraud and much more.

    6 Tips to Protect Personal and Financial Data

    From time to time, when we need to purchase an item online or when we need to access a specific bank account from our PC we are required to provide personal information. Unfortunately, by doing this, we are often exposed and vulnerable to cyber-theft. Therefore, sensitive information should be safeguarded and you can accomplish that by following these tips and best practices to protect personal and financial data:

    1. Encrypt your data. Encryption helps you to protect data from people that you don’t want to see it. You can encrypt files on your PC so that no one can open them without a password, whether a malicious hacker hacks your computer, intercepts an important email, or someone breaks into your home and finds your computer. When browsing the web, and you want to purchase something online, many reputable companies, like iTunes, use encryption within their websites to prevent cyber-thieves from stealing one’s credit card and personal information while they are using the site to checkout.

    2. Secure your network. Wi-Fi hacking protection is an important step to follow when protecting personal information. Using a secure w
    ireless network prevents hackers from gaining access to your network, as well as the computers and other devices connected to the network, so they can’t look into your personal information.

    3. Don’t reuse passwords. It is tempting to reuse passwords; however it’s not recommended. Having a repeated password for different accounts can allow hackers to access different sensitive information on different platforms, or websites, since they were able to figure out one of your passwords once before. Hackers can use that password to try and use it in each of your other accounts and if you have the same password, it can be dangerous as they have gained access to a whole new list of information.

    4. Avoid storing private information in public computers. If you need to use a public computer, like the ones at the library, a cyber café or even a friend’s computer, always remember to log out of the accounts you accessed and never choose to save login information if prompt.

    5. Identify phishing. Phishing is known as the malicious attempt to obtain sensitive data. You can identify phishing if you receive an email with instructions to visit a website and update personal information, such as passwords, credit card, bank account numbers or social security number. To prevent this type of malicious activity, refrain from opening emails from unknown senders.

    6. Back up your data. A recommended method to protect personal and financial data is to back up all your data. You can either choose an onsite backup like an external hard drive or an online backup like cloud services. It’s always good to have both.

    Lately, learning to protect personal and financial data is a growing concern, as well as challenge. By following these tips one can be even more secure than you think. It is always important to remember that if you don’t want to encrypt and back up your data, or secure your network on your own we are here to assist you at any time.

  8. Computer Backup Solutions: Preventing PC Data Loss

    Computer backup solutions are one of the most important security and prevention tools any computer user can rely on. With a backup solution you minimize the chances of losing data from human and computer error.  Many of us have experienced a computer that locked up and provoked data loss; which is definitely not gratifying. But, the truth is, we can lose data because we did not take the appropriate backup measures.

    Fortunately, in today’s world there are several ways one can prevent data loss. Among the many computer backup solutions there is backup software, databases and sometimes entire computers dedicated to migrating copies of files and information onto the internet or external devices. Of these solutions, Cloud backup, as well known as online backup, is generally preferred as it gives you the opportunity of accessing your files from any internet-connected device.

    How to Use Computer Backup Solutions in Your Favor

    There’s always a possibility of data loss, and having a backup plan for your data and files is a smart move; it prepares you for any unexpected, unfortunate event. Here are a few tips to effectively use computer backup solutions:

    1. Consider: What should you backup?

    Forget about the actual computer programs that you have installed on your computer (for example, Adobe Photoshop or iTunes). You can easily download and install all of the computer programs you once had, again. The most important thing to back up is: your personal information, documents, musiDetails about computer backup solutionsc, images, videos and any other personal data you may have in your PC (Remember this data should be backed up regularly).

    2. Take Action: How to back up your data?

    You can back up your data using the following computer backup solutions: an external hard drive or the cloud. Both are beneficial and it is actually recommended to have an onsite backup, which can be an external device, like an USB external hard drive that you can purchase in any electronic store, as well as an additional online backup solution, such as “the cloud”.

    Backing up on an USB external drive is easy. If you have a Windows PC or Mac, follow these simple steps to back up your personal data on an external drive:

    External Drive Backup for Windows

    1. Plug the USB external hard drive in; go to the Start Menu, type “backup” in the search box, and press Backup and Restore.

    2. After, click the “Set Up Backup” button. Choose the external drive you plugged in, hit “Next”, choose the option “Let me choose” and click on the data you want to back up (remember, personal data), and hit “Next”.

    3. On the last screen, hit “Save Settings and Run Backup”. Keep your PC on while Windows is backing up your files. If you want to back up your data regularly, you could either repeat this exercise whenever you need to back up new files or use Windows Task Scheduler to schedule daily backups.

    External Drive Backup for Mac

    1. Plug the USB external hard drive in; go to the Start Menu, type “backup” in the search box, and press Backup and Restore.

    2. After, click the “Set Up Backup” button. Choose the external drive you plugged in, hit “Next”, choose the option “Let me choose” and click on the data you want to back up (remember, personal data), and hit “Next”.

    3. On the last screen, hit “Save Settings and Run Backup”. Keep your PC on while Windows is backing up your files. If you want to back up your data regularly, you could either repeat this exercise whenever you need to back up new files or use Windows Task Scheduler to schedule daily backups.

    Cloud Solutions

    Once you have your first backup, this is a good time to set-up a cloud or online-based backup system as well. You can use cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or other similar cloud storage services. These services work well for a small amount of files, since they offer a few gigabytes of space for free.

    Another way to back up data on the cloud is by using commercial solutions, like Carbonite, that automatically and continuously backs up all of your files and stores an encrypted version on the cloud for you. This keeps data and files safe from accidental deletions, hardware failures and malicious attacks. In addition, these types of paid-cloud solutions offer more benefits, including unlimited cloud storage and sometimes external hard drive backup as well.

    Depending on the Cloud solution of your choice, there are different ways of uploading your computer data up onto the system. Typically, when you create your account there is an introduction that teaches you how to use the program, but if you want a little extra help, give a local tech a call to help you get started.

    Computer backup solutions are necessary; you don’t know when, or how, your files could get lost, deleted or infected by a virus. These solutions protect your computer from data loss and make data recovery quick, as well as stress free.

  9. Technology in Business Communication: Improving the Workplace

    Technology in business communication has dramatically changed the workplace over the years and has been improving our daily operations since its existence. It has contributed to making our workplace and workflow more efficient, as well as increasing our productivity.

    The digital revolution took place in late 1950s and the entire world noticed this transition from the industrial era. But since this initial transition, there have been hundreds of additional developments in both the technology and business industries. These developments have brought us what is known as technology in business communication; which has been increasing productivity among departments and companies all over the world.

    5 Ways Technology in Business Communication has Improved the Workplace

    Influential businesses around the globe are aware that technology has reshaped the way we work today. When the digital era first started, the process of adaptation took some time, nonetheless the reward was priceless. These are 5 benefits from technology used in business communications:Technology in Business Communication

    1. Increased Communication. Do you remember a time at work when you had to send a handwritten letter to your boss who might have worked in a different located due to either travel meetings or important projects? The average respond time could have been days. Today, technology gives us the opportunity to communicate via email, messages, Skype or FaceTime, within minutes and most importantly, from any part of the world.

    2. Improved Level of Security and distribution. “Back in the day” we used to store piles of paperwork in a locked safety cabinet or safe. Today, technology allows businesses to save up to thousands and thousands of sensitive information and files, encrypt such files and store on a single PC, external hard drive or cloud drive. With a proper antivirus like Avira, and security tips to protect your devices from hacking, the appropriate departments have access to these files and can share among one another within seconds while keeping files safe.

    3. Visual Quality. Do you remember when you used to write your reports with a typewriter? And you had to do it carefully to keep paper quality? Nowadays, computers have software tools like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, which can make your reports more visually attractive. As well as correct mistakes as many times as you would like without having to worry about paper issues or constantly restarting.

    4. Quick, accessible Information. The Internet is another technology used in business communication. Trips to this virtual library can take place within seconds! Getting the information you are looking for has never been easier and/or faster. Have you heard of a single company that doesn’t use internet in their daily basis? That’s right, today having Internet access is as important as having a computer, because of the accessible information you can get while using it at work, which can increase knowledge and substance different work reports.

    5. Increased Efficiency. Last but absolutely not least, efficiency. Here is a great example of how technology in business communications has increased efficiency: remember how credit cards used to be put under a carbon paper to get physical impression? We know what you’re thinking, it was tedious and it took a while. Today credit cards are swiped through a card reader and the payment is made! Additional ways efficiency has increased are; computers are also a handy tool to process data, and employees are working faster than ever and this is making their workflow smoother.

    Technology in business communication has made the workplace more efficient and has increase productivity. It’s easy to keep information up to date, file your work and share with others. As technology continues to impact the way we work, it’s important for us to stay constantly learning and opened to new initiatives that could positively impact our daily lives.

  10. Tech Tips for Security Maintenance for New Devices

    Have you gotten a new PC, cell phone or tech device this holiday season? Here are 5 tech tips for security maintenance to ensure protection for new devices, keeping them fast and durable no matter the digital adventures you decide to take them on in the New Year.

    5 Tech Tips for Security Maintenance Tech Tips for Security Maintenance for New Devices

    As you may know, during this time of year there is a general increase in security breaches and other dangers. So if you have received a new device for the holiday, use this guide diligently.

    1. Don’t let the battery dry out.

    While this might not be a primary concern when you first purchase a new device (since the battery as well new) it is important to keep in mind throughout its lifespan. Take for example, after an average 300-500 cycles of charging your smartphone, there is a chance that the device won’t be able to hold as much electricity and in turn the battery life will last a shorter period of time every charge thereafter. Many manufactures recommend keeping your phone charged at 50%. And if you think about it, it makes sense. Just like your Christmas tree, you never want the base to be left with 0% water, but neither do you want to 100% full, right? Otherwise, you might have a sick tree on your hands.

    2. Trim unwanted applications from your desktop or home screen.

    During the winter, many people trim the branches around their homes to protect themselves from hazards storms. So when you get your new device, and if you transfer old data, including apps or documents, take a moment to revise that data and trim anything that is unneeded or unwanted. Make sure you scan what is remaining to protect yourself from a storm that might have been brewing even before you moved or settled into your new device.

    3. Don’t be afraid to change the locks.

    It’s always recommended to lock your device, and to consistently change passwords as it is one of the tech tips for security maintenance for new devices. When you get your new device, try to set up a code, or even better, a password that uses both numbers and letters. Using fingerprint readers on computers, phones and tablets are extremely useful, but when a device has a lot of sensitive data and access to services, it is NOT a good idea to use this feature. Why? You simply can’t change your fingerprint. And if you use something that is unchangeable for a password, you simply cannot change your password in the future.

    4. Block out burglars.

    The holiday season is a prime time for burglaries, especially when valuables are in plain sight. To protect your data from digital burglars, there are several things you can do.

    • Begin by securing your home Wi-Fi network.
    • Use a VPN, a virtual private network on your PC.
    • Use an additional Firewall.
    • Encrypt your data, even on USBs and SIM cards.Use applications such as Signal or WhatsApp that offer encryption as a feature as part of their services.
    • Check and configure app privacy settings, and enable remote location and device wiping.
    • And much more depending what kind of device you are using.

    5. Update your insurance policies.

    This is probably the most important to establish when it comes to tech tips for security maintenance. It only takes a few steps and is as easy as a,b,c.

    • Backup your data
    • Install and run your anti-malware, virus and malware protection
    • Update software and operating systems

    When you purchase something, you try to have the top of the line protection plans and security, right? Using monthly subscription services, along with dual protection such as Hitman Pro and Avira antivirus can be the true key to maintaining the quality and life of your PC or other tech device.

    These tech tips for security maintenance in cohorts make for a great protection for your new devices – whether they are a gift, upgrade or simple a necessity.