Tips For Improving Your Computer Security

Tips For Improving Your Computer Security

Nowadays, increasing numbers of people are utilizing their computers for to do lots of things ranging from communication to internet banking as well as from trading to online shopping. While we carry out all these things more often, we open ourselves to probable online criminals like hackers and crackers. Even though a few might be wanting to phish your personal identity and pertinent details for selling, others would just like to use your computer as a channel where they can launch a cyber attack on their other targets. Provided here are some simple and affordable methods that you can use to secure your computer. 1. Always create backup copies of valuable information. You should also keep them in a secure place that is not on your computer. 2. Make sure that your operating system, software, and web browsers are updated. Upon startup, computer system must inform you in case updates are available. Because of this, it is highly recommended to regularly turn off your computer and reboot it. 3. Set up a firewall. Keep in mind that your computer will be more vulnerable to worms, viruses, malware, trojans, and adwares if it does not have a reliable firewall installed. You should take into account the advantages as well as the differences between software and hardware based firewall applications. 4. Make sure that your browser and email settings are secured. Why do you have to do this? JavaScript and Active-X are the favorite tool of hackers when placing noxious applications in your computers. Although relatively harmless, cookies still track your activities in the internet, which can aid in building your...
What is Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing

As a small business owner you need every advantage you can get.  Many business owners are turning to the cloud for this advantage.  Cloud computing can help small businesses grow at a faster pace while at the same time saving money. The concept is that you turn to other companies to store your data and to share software applications over the internet.  There are some risks involved, but it can make small companies grow bigger at a faster pace and save money. Uses of Cloud Computing Most companies use their own computers to store data.  If you have large amounts of data, for example a gaming company, your need for storage will outgrow your available space.  Many companies are opting for cloud computing rather than purchase additional on-site storage. Cloud computing allows companies to store data and only pay for the storage space they use. Think of this like your local storage facility.  You want a small storage area, you only pay for a small area, if you need more space, you upgrade to a larger storage container. Many hospitals are turning to cloud computing for software applications that streamline the admittance process. These programs can be accessed using a mobile device eliminating the need for tablets or laptops.  The staff has quick access to patient information right in their pocket. Revenue from cloud computing is expected to double by the year 2014. There are risks in using this new technology.  Amazon suffered a major shutdown due to cloud computing in April of 2011.  This raised questions on the reliability and security issues of using cloud computing.  You are...
4 Tips to Help Your Computer Survive a Storm

4 Tips to Help Your Computer Survive a Storm

Myrtle Beach Computer Repair experts at PcRx would like to give you some great advice for this time of year when we are experiencing a lot of thunderstorms. Tip #1 If it’s raining out, save often. This sounds so simple but how often do we forget.  If you are in a Microsoft Office program such as Word or Excel, you can use the short cut key <ctrl> + S.  It takes about 2 seconds to save a lot of hard work.  Note – this short cut works in a lot of programs so give it a try. Tip #2 If it’s storming out, turn off your computer.  I know – you have a lot of work to do and just can’t stop. Believe me you will be glad you did when you don’t blow up your computer. Tip #3  If it’s thundering out, turn off your computer and unplug it from the wall/electric source. Ok, if you are not going to take this advice, make sure you have a good backup program.  Give us a call and we can help you out with this. Tip #4 To avoid doing 1, 2 and 3, consider getting one of these devices. Not only do they save your computer from a meltdown, but keep your computer running during the storm. Plug your modem into it and you are still surfing away while lighting is going on. It’s pretty cool to see the first time you are running on a battery during a storm. It’s like a having your own Yankee candle – you can just keep on working. They run about $80,...
Choosing the Best Computer

Choosing the Best Computer

Your computer just quit – now what do you do?  Do you buy a new computer or fix the old one?  One rule of thumb is that if your old computer is more than five years old, you are probably better off buying a new one.  Many computers that are five to nine years old have components that are failing (called planned obsolescence.)  You need to do your homework before purchasing a new computer. Questions to ask before purchasing a new computer What is your budget for a new system? Computers prices have come down in recent years and you can purchase a computer between $200 and $2,000 depending on what you need. Take a look at what type of computer will best suit your needs.  Do you need a laptop, desktop or tablet?  Each type of computer will be different in their portability, size and functionality.  Here is a brief recap of the different types of computers: A desktop will be the least portable of the three, however, it can handle heavier workloads.  You can add multiply displays for multitasking and even use a desktop computer for your entertainment center for movies and games. Laptops will come in various sizes depending on your needs. The larger laptops come with a 17 inch display making them easy to read and use but harder to transport. In order to conserve the batter life, a laptop typically does not have the capabilities of a desktop system. Of the three types, a tablet is the most portable.  You can do a lot of computing on a tablet but the screen is smaller...
Buying A Laptop On A Budget – Five Important Things That You Must Consider First

Buying A Laptop On A Budget – Five Important Things That You Must Consider First

With the introduction of iPads and notebooks, laptop computers are getting more advanced and thinner.  These innovations have also driven the price of a laptop down. Even with a reduced price, a new laptop can be a major expenditure for the average consumer on a budget.  You want to get the most for your dollar while at the same time getting the features that you need.  Add to that getting a computer that is not outdated the minute you walk out the door of the reseller. Five Main Areas to Consider When Purchasing a Laptop The Size of the Laptop In most instances, the size of the laptop is a personal preference.  If you have a specific size in mind, you may have to pay more than if the size doesn’t matter to you.  The most economical laptops in today’s market weight around 8 pounds.  There are laptops that are ultra portable weighing in at 3 pounds, however, you will pay a higher price for these sleek new systems. Your budget will go much further if you stick to a mid-size laptop. The Screen of the Laptop The size of the laptop and the screen size tend to go hand-in-hand.  In most instances, a 15 inch screen that comes with a standard laptop is more than adequate for most users.  Be cautious with purchasing a laptop with a larger screen such as a 17 inch screen.  One of our customers came in looking for a case to carry their computer and we had to special order a case due to the size.  The savings they received from purchasing a...
Computer Related Christmas Gifts

Computer Related Christmas Gifts

Everyone has people on their holiday list that are hard to buy for.  I know for me it is my dad.  He has lived a long life and has everything he has ever wanted – at least everything that I could afford.  Then it dawned on me – his greatest treasures are photos and many of these are stored on his computer.  I casually asked him if his computer was backed up and he look at me like “Why would I need that?”  He said that most of the information that is on his computer was in hard copy form somewhere in the house.  I thought of all of our unfortunate neighbors in the north that recently experienced tropical storm Sandy and lost everything.  How would he feel if this happened to him? So what am I getting my dad for Christmas? Computer backup from PcRx.  It will give him (and me) the peace of mind knowing that he won’t lose precious memories in the event of fire, storm or a computer crash. You may not think this is the most personal thing in the world, but I am sure it will mean a lot to my dad. Other Computer Related Gifts That You May Not Have Thought of: Do you have a business owner in your family?  If so, they are often so busy running their business they don’t think about what will happen if their computer goes down and they need help.  PcRx can customize a maintenance plan to fit their specific requirements.  This could not only include their computer but also their cell phone, printers and...