Topics: business information
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!
Nothing lasts forever, and in the world of computers and electronics, lifespans seem to be getting shorter and shorter. New versions of devices and programs come out so frequently that it’s almost impossible to keep everything completely up-to-date. But there’s good news: you don’t always have to.
This may seem counterintuitive, but you really don’t need to worry about updating your programs as much as all the internet tipsters make you think you do.
Spam is an insidious problem for anyone who’s ever used email. Everyone gets occasional unwanted email, but what do you do when you start to get an abnormally high amount of these emails? And what if they are not just unwanted advertising, but something more malicious—like scams or phishing attempts?
Topics: business information
Reliable business communications systems are vital to your company’s operations and growth. Being able to connect with customers is one of your most basic needs! But today’s business phone system options are anything but basic. If you’re still using a premises-based hard line phone system, you probably also have a patchwork of mobile devices to supplement your old technology. You could be getting better service, better performance, and an overall better deal by upgrading your business phone systems.
Windows 10 was an update to the operating systems of most non-Apple/Macintosh computers that Microsoft released in 2015. It had significant issues and caused a lot of confusion. One particular area that was especially problematic was how to upgrade a computer running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. Since software upgrades are usually available at reduced rates (or for free) to customers running older versions of the program, it’s necessary for users to input an identification marker to activate the upgrade upon installation.
The Blue Screen of Death.
The Spinning Wheel of Death.
At some point, every computer user experiences a crash: when your computer freezes, hangs, or shuts itself down. If your computer crashes, it could be a sign that there’s something seriously wrong with your operating system or hard drive. And if your hard drive crashes, it can take all of your data with it—sometimes irretrievably. Knowing the facts about hard drive crashes can help you safeguard your data and prevent loss.
IT has become an increasingly important investment for businesses, but computer technology can be expensive. As a result, the typical rationale when contemplating a replacement or upgrade of computer equipment is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Although this rationale may work for some non-computer equipment, the true cost of using old computer hardware and outdated software can be more than you think. Ultimately, this risky practice could end up costing you a fistful of dollars.
Are you thinking about moving your business IT, network, data, and/or telecommunications services to the cloud? This is becoming more and more commonplace in the business world, so it’s a good time to discuss “cloud” versus “local” services. How do you decide which is correct for your business?
With so many different models and features available in the portable computer world today, it's easy to get lost in the marketing jargon when trying to choose a laptop. First and foremost, it's most important to identify how you're going to use the computer. This will help ensure you get what you need and don't pay for features you won't use.