Computer Repair Myrtle Beach and Better Business Bureau

Computer Repair Myrtle Beach and Better Business Bureau

Over the years, the Better Business Bureau has helped people like you and me by seeking out less than reputable businesses and this includes the area of computer repair. When someone submits a complaint, the organization listens, gives advice on what action the person should take and then contacts the business in questions to express the consumer’s complaint. Keep in mind that the Better Business Bureau has no real authority to moderate on the consumer’s behalf; however, they do offer support when possible and provides the individual or business with a complaint current information on any schemes or frauds that criminals use. A consumer advocate from the bureau has the authority to make law enforcement agencies aware of wrongs being committed. In today’s internet world, the BBB is more accessible than ever before. You have the ability to find informative articles on local products and services such as computer repair. You can also discover what flags to look for when contracting with local computer repair companies and check to see if there are complaints against a company you are considering hiring. Many businesses that you deal with every day are members of BBB and have been rated by the organization. If you are working with a company that is not a member, this does not mean that the company is not a good candidate for the computer repair services you are seeking. However, having a good rating from the Better Business Bureau is definitely a plus. Benefits Of Computer Repair Companies Rated By BBB One bonus of BBB is their large database that covers the entire country. If a...
Myrtle Beach Computers on Professional Data Recovery Services

Myrtle Beach Computers on Professional Data Recovery Services

There are several data recovery software programs out there that are intended to assist you with recovering lost data.  Even though they may be a big help with some cases, there are other times when they don’t do anything.  In the event of software programs not being able to recover your lost data, you can count on the professional services of Myrtle Beach Computers to be there for you. As we all know, the process of data recovery is very time consuming and requires quite a bit of technical prowess in order to recover the data that has been lost.  If the data recovery is performed in the wrong way, it can lead to the hard drive being damaged beyond repair, and quite possibly the information that was stored on the hard drive to be lost forever. Even though you may know quite a bit about computers and hard drives, data recovery is something that is best left to professionals such as Myrtle Beach Computers.  They have all the equipment and knowledge to recover files, without bringing more damage to the hard drive.  They can also recover any type of file that was on your hard drive, even preview the files before they recover them.  This way, they will be able to go over with you which files you wish to be recovered. Professional services can also perform the emergency boot media.  This method allows you to recover any data from computers that cannot boot into Windows (or any other operating system) due to a failure, virus, damage to the hard drive, or loss of data.  This is ideal...
Are You Taking Your Computer Security Seriously

Are You Taking Your Computer Security Seriously

With all that is going on in the world, it seems that as time goes by we become more and more complacent.  An orange alert doesn’t mean much to us anymore.  This same complacency often applies to our computer security.  It isn’t until something happens that we wish we had taken the recommended precautions. Exactly what are we referring to when we talk about computer security?  The primary purpose of computer security is to protect your information and computer property from not only theft but also from natural disaster such as a power outage and from corruption.  At the same time, you still need for the information to remain accessible to you and others to whom you grant access.  In other words, you want to make sure that valuable or sensitive information is kept secure and safe and that the bad guys are kept out. With today’s technology, computer security is affordable and there is really no excuse for not taking the necessary precautions.  We have mentioned VIPRE in previous posts and their home license allows you to protect your home computer, laptop and iPad for one low annual fee. Here are 7 simple tips on computer security Make sure that you keep your anti-virus and firewall up to date.  There are over 70,000 new software applications being developed every day and many of these are malicious invaders that are just waiting to attack your computer.  Check with your local computer dealer on how to ensure that your spyware is current. Don’t forget to install your patches.  When you start your computer, you will receive a pop up on...
Preventing Identity Theft

Preventing Identity Theft

Your identity is important and needs to be protected.  Criminals will use your name, address, social security numbers and credit card information to commit other crimes.  You need to pay close attention to your personal information to protect yourself. Here are some ideas. Make sure you purchase and use a shredder.  You will want to shred all documents that contain any personal information – even direct mail pieces.   This will ensure that no one can get information about you or your family. This may seem obvious, but never loan your credit cards to anyone even family members or close friends. They could lose the card or it may be stolen and it will be days before they realize that it is gone. Always avoid mail or telephone requests that are promotions offering instant prizes in exchange for your information.  Even something as small as asking for your address so they can mail the prize.  Often they ask for information that could easily be obtained and then move into more personal information.  Once you start talking with them it is easy to give out personal information without realizing it. Along these same lines is responding to emails requesting even basic information.  I am sure you have received the email stating you have inherited money.  Most of us know to trash these emails and ignore them.  However, other emails seem to be legitimate and appear to come from your bank or other lending institutions.  If you think your bank may be contacting you, stop and talk to them – never reply to an email. Are you a Facebook user? This is...
5 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe From Ransomware

5 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe From Ransomware

Ransomware is ending up being significantly popular. The term refers to a type of virus which holds your data captive for cash. This is how it works: you will get a notice that your data is encrypted, and in order to get it back not encrypted, you have to pay a specific amount for a tool that will do the decryption. Ransomware wasn’t an issue until a couple of years back as cash paid as ransom would have been easily traceable and hence the offenders would have been caught. However, with the arrival of digital currency such as Bitcoin, the appeal of this type of highway robbery became popular. Bitcoins are untraceable, which makes them ideal for ransomware. The only other technique which is untraceable is money itself, and it is easy to see why that isn’t really practical. Ransomware initially appeared in 2013 and differs from other types of viruses. The first difference is that it asks you for money rather than just causing monetary damage. Another difference is that ransomware is generally run by computer hack experts. When you pay the ransom, you will get the decryption tool despite the fact that the hackers could have easily run away with your money. The file encryption used is typically 128-bit or higher, which means there’s practically no chance for people to get their data back unless they pay up. Ideally you will have a backup, in which case you can restore the backup. If you do not have a backup, or if the backup is itself encrypted, then your only available option is to pay the hackers or...
Hurricane Season – Importance Of Recovery Planning

Hurricane Season – Importance Of Recovery Planning

In the Myrtle Beach area it is officially hurricane season. Although we have been lucky the last few years, every business should have a plan to protect their data in the event of a hurricane. Even though disasters can occur at any time, recovery planning often doesn’t cross the mind of business owners or individuals. Most just carry out their normal day to day routines, never aware of what could result from a disaster. Then, when disaster does strike, most tend to freak out and wonder just what they can do to fix the situation at hand. If you are prepared for a disaster or hard drive failure, then your business will be able to deal with anything that happens. Here are some steps to take: Step one – is to analyze your business or operations. You should determine how often your systems go down, and how you can manage operations without the equipment. You should also find out how long it would take you to fix the equipment, and what your business can do to make ends meet when the equipment is unavailable. Step two – identify the risks of possible disaster. This can include computer failure, loss of power, hardware problems, etc. You should always include the causes as well as the solution in your plans. If your office suffers from disaster and cannot be used for a period of time, you should always have another location that you can go to continue your business. Step three – have a dedicated team that will work on fixing any problems should a disaster occur. This team should be responsible for your recovery plan...
The Right Prescription for Your Phone!

The Right Prescription for Your Phone!

Does your SmartPhone or iPhone suffer from: Water Damage? Broken Screen? Broken Flip? Broken Antenna? No Signal? Do you need your phone unlocked? We name it – we have a prescription for it! You can save money with our new cell phone service instead of spending money on a new phone or worse yet – waiting nearly a month for the manufacturer to fix it.  Wouldn’t it be better to spend an average of $50 and have your cell phone fixed?  We service all models through all carriers: Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Siemens, Sanyo, Blackberry, Treo, Nextel, Sprint, Cingular, T-Mobile, US Cellular and all others! Call 843-488-4100 or stop by PCRx today and you will be back in business in not time! PCRx Computers 408 Main Street Conway, SC 29526 (843) 488-4100...
Password Management Is Like Budgeting

Password Management Is Like Budgeting

Editor’s Note: From time to time we ask an expert/professional to write a guest article for VSN. Such is the case this week when we asked our friend Ken Klein of Healthy Passwords fame and author of a book with the same name to pen an article on the ins and outs of passwords. Ken has done a really nice job on the subject, exclusively for you our VSN reader. healthypasswords.com Everyone is talking about how to make strong passwords lately. A recent article told readers ” ‘x!, ZTuLV5m4]9|82cK’ is a pretty good password, whereas ‘my1cat2co3coa4’ is not “. The author was in favor of using password managers for all password needs. Calling two long scary passwords “pretty good” supported the author’s affinity for password managers. The truth is, not all passwords have to be strong. Good password management is like budgeting. Your budget will fail if you don’t determine your inflows and outflows. A good password strategy begins with taking inventory of your sites categorized by risk level. Financial, tax preparation, dating, and medical sites are the highest risk sites. Depending on your comfort level, credit cards may fall between high and moderate risk because personal liability is typically lower with a credit card. Low risk sites hold no more than an email and a few sites settings. Every other site is moderate. After taking inventory, a strategy may be determined. There is no perfect strategy for everyone. Some people track hundreds of passwords and others have dozens. There are four good password management tools: Your brain and a system (formula approach). Commercial password managers. Password Scramblers (hashers)....
Anti-Virus Software

Anti-Virus Software

Anti-Virus software consists of programs on your computer that make an attempt to identify and keep computer viruses off your computer. The anti-virus software will most likely use a couple of different techniques to make sure the viruses stay off your computer. The software will start to scan all your files you have saved so that it can search for known viruses that will match definitions in a dictionary made only to detect a virus. Having anti-virus software will protect your computer from any virus an unknown person could give you. The software will identify suspicious behavior from any computer program that might show signs of infection. These analysis may also include data captures, port monitoring and other methods that you may or may not be familiar with. Almost all commercial anti-virus software use both of the following approaches, with an emphasis on the virus dictionary approach. The approaches are: The dictionary approach suspicious behavior third other approaches In case you’re wondering if we are talking about your computer or your children, we are definitely describing your computer although you may get a little laugh while reading this and thinking this computer is as bad as my children can be sometimes. At least for our computer we can get an anti-virus which will help solve a lot of the problems that can occur when you have a computer. Myrtle Beach Computers has talked about the dictionary approach; now let me explain what this is. If there is a piece of code in your file that matches any virus identified in the dictionary, then the anti-virus software can use one...
Keeping Your PC, Mobile phone or Tablet Clean

Keeping Your PC, Mobile phone or Tablet Clean

Computers, Mobile phones, as well as handheld tablet computers are basics of life. Nevertheless, these modern conveniences require some standard maintenance to stay in functioning order. Clearly you can’t just scrub them with old soap and water. So exactly what do you do? Learn ways to clean your digital devices using easy organic methods. An Ounce of Prevention Ideally you are reading this because you just purchased a brand-new digital device and desire cleaning information available for future reference. If so, there are plenty of preventive tasks you can do to safeguard your device from culprits such as streaks, dust, and even scratches. Seal your display screen– this does not interfere with usability. A Mobile phone or tablet can be carried in a case that protects it from harm. If possible, avoid eating near electronics; nevertheless, if by accident food does spill, clean if promptly. Lastly, read the instruction manual that came with your device – it was written for a reason – to figure out the manufacturer’s expectations for treatment. Periodically Dust Your Equipment Dust is the largest bugaboo for fragile digital systems. Clean dust off your phone, computer, or tablet computer consistently to avoid accumulation. The good news is that you do not need a bunch of difficult, pricey, or ecologically damaging equipment for this maintenance job. Cleanable, recyclable microfiber towels or gloves are suitable for cleaning electronic devices. Furthermore, you may want to make use of a non-shed, soft, long-handled brush to get into tiny spaces. Tweezers could be used to meticulously grab small globs of dust or various other particles. Compressed air spray is occasionally...
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