It's late at night and you're preparing a report for an important meeting tomorrow. Suddenly, your screen goes black and you can't restart your computer. Sheer panic sets in as you realize you've lost everything—not only what you've been preparing for the last several hours but all the documents and photos you've been accumulating on your computer over the last several years. Now what?
Topics: data backup
Viruses and malware are can slow down your computer, plague you with unwanted popups, threaten the security of your personal information, and/or attempt to gain unauthorized access to your computer, so it’s vital that you take aggressive steps to protect yourself. You may already know that one of the best ways to outsmart these nasty problems is to stop clicking “yes” or opening clickbait, but what about emails?
Can just opening an email message expose you to malware or other security threats?
If you read our blog regularly, you know I write frequently about how to cut down on email spam, prevent adware and malware, and foil viruses and online security threats. While technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, traditional communications methods still suffer from spam, too: telemarketers, robocalls, and potential fraudsters continue to target consumers via telephone.
Topics: computer security
If you’re a business owner, I encourage you to ask yourself the same question about your own line of services.Why would any business hire your company to do something they could possibly figure out on their own? How hard can it be? Whether you're a plumber, roofer, lawyer, or hairstylist, there’s probably a YouTube channel that could help people figure out most of the same things, right?
Topics: managed IT services
We’ve all been there. You’re working on that project that needs to be done by morning. Four cups of coffee deep, trying to stay awake, and then it happens: the coffee cup falls over and its contents run all over your computer. What do you do?Well, that is exactly what we will be addressing today. Taking immediate, appropriate steps can help protect your data and possibly allow you to save your machine.
Computers have changed a lot in the last 30 years. Rather than one family PC, many families now have multiple computing devices, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktop personal computers. The recommendations on how to care for your computers has changed as the technology has changed. Nevertheless, one of the most common questions computer technicians are asked is “Should I turn my computer off every night?”
If you’re still using an office phone system from the 80s, it’s time to upgrade. Newer office phone systems offer benefits like shared resources, lower costs, and advanced features to connect all of your communications systems.
Topics: business phone
Not all computer breakdowns give warning signs in advance, but (fortunately) many of them do!We all have a busy schedule, and computers have become irreplaceable tools in our lives. From keeping track of appointments to keeping in touch with old friends, keeping up with work to keeping on top of the latest news, your computer is a vital part of your household. Being without your computer can be as detrimental as being without your vehicle and make your daily life impossible to keep up with.
Just like a car, your computer frequently signals when it has problems. Ignoring these warnings can allow a simple problem to turn into a severe one! Here are some warning signs you should never ignore to make sure your computer continues to run smoothly and prevent major breakdowns.
Both home users and business users alike can avoid up to 94% of Windows exploits and malware infections by one simple change: using a “non-Admin” User Account. In this blog post, I'll explain why you shouldn't use the default "Admin" account, which offers full, unrestricted access to all your computer's vital operating systems and files, for your regular computer use. I’ll also explain how home users can set up additional user accounts; for business users, your IT service provider should have this implemented already if they’re following industry best practices. And, if all this seems like more than you want to deal with, I'll also give you a hands-off option!