Top 4 Tips For Secure Computer Networks

Top 4 Tips For Secure Computer Networks

As technology continues to evolve and develop, computer networks need to be more secure. This is particularly critical considering the number of hackers and spammers waiting to get their hands on your personal and financial information. It is extremely important now more than ever for you to protect your privacy both online and offline. And to help you with this, here are some tips that you can follow to make your computer networks more secure and protect your personal information from spammers and hackers. 1. Regularly change your passwords Keeping your online accounts secure is one of the best ways to protect your privacy. The usernames and passwords that you use are your only line of defense against hackers and spammers. If they cannot get past your username and password, they will not be able to access your accounts and get hold of your personal and financial information. To protect your online accounts, it is important to create a highly unique password. Aside from this, you should also consider regularly changing your passwords. Experts recommend doing this at least once a month. Set a day in a month, where you sit down in front of your computer to change the passwords on all your account. Because you frequently change your passwords, it will not be easy for hackers and spammers to access your accounts. 2. Use social media carefully and wisely Today, a huge part of people’s daily lives is dedicated to using social media. People have become dependent on social media. If they want to learn more about something, if something happened to them, they go online and...
Causes for Slow Computers

Causes for Slow Computers

We live in a world where the Internet is key to doing almost everything. If you’re under the age of 20, you probably don’t ever remember a world without internet access. For the rest of us, we watched the old hand-written ledger system slowly morph into the data processor, and finally the Windows system we all know and depend on today. Let’s face it—some of us older adults still haven’t figured out what Wifi means! If you have come to depend on your computer for everyday living, then you have no doubt discovered the frustration of slow computers. So, what do you do about a slow computer? Read on….. Computers seem to get faster and faster all the time, and yet when they start running slow, we become crazed and impatient. Computers are bound to start running slower the older they get. Many of them just aren’t built to last more than 4 or 5 years, and this is how computer companies keep you coming back and buying new products. Let’s look at a few common causes of slow computers. Startup Programs You Don’t Need All computers have programs that open each time you turn it on. Not all programs are necessary at startup and having too many of them can definitely bog down your computer’s speed. Keep in mind that programs that start up when you turn your computer on will continuously run and that takes speed away from other programs you may need a lot more. It is quite easy to customize which programs you want to start when you boot your computer up. Look through the...
Thinking About A New Computer?

Thinking About A New Computer?

Many of our customers that have purchased a new computer recently have come to us complaining.  Why?  Windows 8. If you need a versatile and powerful system that can easily arrange programs in a windows format as you want to see them then Windows 7 is your operating system – not Windows 8. Windows without windows Do the powers that be at Microsoft understand that Windows is called windows for a reason?  The Windows 8 Start screen has no windows. The lack of windows is not the worst flaw in this new system (we will refer to this as W8).  You can still organize your desktop by dragging your applications, utilities programs and other devices into groups.  However, you cannot arrange them like  you are accustomed as submenus on the Start menu or folders within the hierarchy on your computer hard drive.  Instead, you are forced into viewing everything displayed up front. Windows 8 Crippled Computer Desktop Yes there still is a desktop in Windows 8 but it is not what users expect.  You can’t set your desktop as the default interface.  You can manage your files on the desktop but there isn’t an equivalent to Windows Explorer – which frankly I would be lost without. Microsoft has removed the Start menu with the exception of a watered down version called “simplified start.”  The Start menu has been around since Windows 95 and is a convenient tool for most of us. Just think about how many times a day you go to your Start menu?  The programs you use frequently are always at the top.  When you point to...
Refurbished Computers: To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Refurbished Computers: To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Computer problems and repairs are inevitable. No matter how much you take care of your computer, it will be plagued by viruses and problems that you need to fix. This is why you’ll have to find yourself your own computer technician to work with regularly in the future. Otherwise, you’ll have to upgrade your entire computer system once at least every five years. If you don’t have sufficient money for such kind of regular investment and expenditures, you can consider buying refurbished computers. These cost less than buying brand new computers or regularly repairing and fixing your old systems; and may be a good alternative for you if you can find a good deal. What exactly are Refurbished Computers? Generally, there are two types of refurbished computers: those that have failed to pass quality control during the manufacturing process and those that are returned by customers for repair. Instead of disposing computer systems that did not pass quality control, some manufacturers will have the units repaired by a computer technician to improve their quality. Once it is up to normal standards and are proven to work, they offer it to resellers at low and discounted prices. The other type of refurbished computers comes from customers who return their computer systems for repair. But instead of waiting for their units to be repaired, they decide to replace it with a brand new unit. The computers left by their previous owners for repair will then go through the same process as those computers who failed to pass quality control. They will be repaired by computer technicians before being sold at lower...
End of Year Update

End of Year Update

Updating Your Browser You have probably been online browsing the internet for that special Christmas gift for your son or the collectible item for dad.  More than any other application on our computers we use our browser the most.  Let’s face it, your browser is your key to being able to connect with friends on Facebook, pay your bills, play games and most important – shop! We are take a brief break from our series on being found online to give you a year-end update. Learn why it is important to keep your browser updated. Everyone has their favorite browser.  Currently I’m using Google Chrome because it is faster and time is always of the essence.  Other people like Firefox but there have been complaints lately that it can be unstable.  The most common browser that people are familiar with is Internet Explorer; however, it is known to be slower than most other browsers. Your browser, regardless of which one you choose, is vulnerable the same as any other application on your computer.  It can be hacked by the bad guys when they come banging on your computers door.  One practice that will help this situation is making sure that you are using the latest version and that you have installed all of the updates.  One of the benefits of Google Chrome is that it automatically updates every time you restart the browser. Protect Your Browser Privacy Have you ever wondered why certain websites always appear when you do a search in your browser?  The program is maintaining a complete record of all you cyber travels.  Every website you...