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Mike Hurt

Store Manager

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No, Your Phone Isn’t Listening to You

Posted by Mike Hurt on Sep 12, 2018 12:26:00 PM

You’re out with friends chatting about a co-worker’s baby shower on Saturday afternoon. By the time you get home, your Facebook feed is showing you ads for diapers. Obviously, your phone is listening to you and showing you targeted advertisements…right?

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Topics: computer security

How to Keep Your Social Security Number Secure

Posted by Mike Hurt on May 29, 2018 5:56:00 PM

Your Social Security Number (SSN) enables government agencies to identify individuals in their records and businesses to track each individual's financial information. It was originally created to track the earnings histories of U.S. workers for use in determining Social Security benefit entitlement and calculating benefit levels. Nowadays, however, it is commonly used by both government and private entities to identify an individual and report all sorts of information, including financial data and credit history.

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Topics: managed IT services, computer security

My Computer Is SO Slow. How Can I Speed It Up?

Posted by Mike Hurt on May 15, 2018 7:54:00 PM

Even if you have the patience of a saint, waiting for your computer to load can be some of the most maddening moments of your day. Those seconds (or minutes) that you wait for programs or web pages to load can be incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, most of the time you can get rid of those delays without too much trouble or expense. Start by asking yourself the following questions and performing the most common troubleshooting steps.

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Topics: computer security, computer maintenance

What Should I Do If My Facebook Account Is Hacked?

Posted by Mike Hurt on May 1, 2018 6:03:00 PM

Many people use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to keep up with news and current events, and to entertain themselves with funny videos, games, and other content. Users’ accounts often contain a great deal of personal information, including photos of friends and family. As more and more applications integrate into the Facebook platform, it’s more important than ever to ensure the security and integrity of your Facebook account.

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Topics: computer security

Can My Mac Be Infected with a Virus?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Apr 16, 2018 7:16:00 PM

Many people are passionate about their Apple products for many good reasons. Apple’s user-friendly devices integrate easily and offer simple solutions to many consumers’ professional and personal needs. It’s a common misconception, however, that Macs are virus-proof. Although Macs are less likely to become infected with malware, spyware, or viruses, they are not immune.

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Topics: computer security

Internet Slow or Not Working at All? Try These Tips

Posted by Mike Hurt on Apr 4, 2018 7:11:00 PM

The internet has come a long way from when you had to patiently wait minutes for websites and pictures to load, but when your internet slows down, seconds of delay can feel like eons. If websites are slow to load, refresh, or time out before completing actions, or if your internet connectivity is spotty or altogether failing, start by trying these troubleshooting tips.

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Topics: computer maintenance

Checklist for Finding a Good Cloud Service Provider

Posted by Mike Hurt on Mar 20, 2018 5:01:00 PM

One of the most valuable and vital components of any business is the data that keeps it running. It’s essential that business owners back up this data effectively and comprehensively as part of regular, ongoing business operations. For personal files, backing up your home computer ensures that if your hard drive is damaged, destroyed, or suffers a complete failure, you won’t lose precious data. If you don’t regularly back up your data at home and at work, you could lose everything—forever.

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Topics: computer security

My Laptop Won’t Turn On. Help!

Posted by Mike Hurt on Feb 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM

You flip open your laptop to get some work done, expecting to see your login screen, but nothing happens. The screen is black, and there are no signs of life. What do you do when your device won’t power on? Here’s a checklist of potential problems to help you troubleshoot before calling in the professionals.

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Topics: computer repair

How to Safely and Easily Upload & Store Your Photos Online

Posted by Mike Hurt on Feb 8, 2018 4:04:00 PM

One of the things most people use computers and cell phones for nowadays is taking and storing digital photos. This can be a giant step forward from the shoeboxes of yellowing Polaroids, or it can be a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re storing your digital photos and videos on your computer’s hard drive or an external hard drive without any backups, you’re setting yourself up to lose your precious memories—forever.

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Topics: data backup

You Could Lose Everything If You Don’t Back Up Your Data

Posted by Mike Hurt on Jan 22, 2018 11:02:00 AM

As the saying goes, nothing is certain except death and taxes. Our technicians, however, would beg to differ: hard drive failure isn’t a matter of “if” but “when.” Your computer’s hard drive won’t last forever. Unless you back it up regularly and properly, when it dies, it could take your data with it.

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Topics: data backup