Psst … What’s Your Master Password?

 The Benefits of using a Password Manager All of us like to think we are unique. That thinking extends to our passwords too, right? We're special and distinct, so no one could guess our chosen collection of letters, numbers and symbols. Well, it's surprisingly easy for algorithms to determine passwords and to do so extremely quickly. So, a pas...
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Picking Your Home PC browser: Chrome vs. Edge

Wondering which browser is best for your home PC?   Selecting your home computer was challenging enough. Now, we're asking you to decide on the right PC browser, too? When will the decisions end? At least we're making the comparison easier. This article helps you decide if Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge works best for you. It's estimated...
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Ransomware a Risk for Your Home Computing

Ransomware headlines focus on interrupted hospital services or downtime at several major brands. But ransomware can just as easily infect your home computer. When you're a victim of ransomware, you aren't able to do anything on your computer. Cybercriminals encrypt your files and demand you pay a ransom to unlock your device. They'll ask for crypto...
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Turn Your Tablet into a Child-Friendly Device

Turn Your Tablet into a Child-Friendly Device Tablets are convenient, light, and portable. Maybe you got a new one during the holiday, or your old one needs replacing. You can feel better about moving to the new device if you turn the old tablet into a child-friendly device. Here's how. Before giving your tablet up, clear your browsing history, ema...
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How to Spot Email Spoofing

 The number of emails we get daily can be overwhelming. We could be excused for not looking at them all closely – well, almost. Except that not taking care to review emails for signs of spoofing could be a real risk to your business. Learn about email spoofing and how to avoid it in this article. How to Spot Email Spoofing First, what is email...
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Computer Down? You Need it Now. Now What?

 What to do when your computer is down and you need it now  Ever met someone who responds to computer downtime with applause or relief? Neither have we. When a computer goes down, the individual inevitably needs it fixed fast. Yet, depending on your repair model, it could take longer than you hope. This article compares break-fix to manag...
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The New PC TuneUp

How exciting! You got a new computer for Christmas. It's sleek, shiny, and so much faster than what you had before. That's great, but it doesn't mean you should leave it untouched. This article shares several steps you might take to secure your data and keep that new device in tip-top shape. First things first. Before even logging into personal ema...
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How to Choose Home Computer Repair

 It's upsetting when a home computer breaks down: "My whole life is on there!" Then, you have to trust someone to take care of your device. It's a lot to ask, and that's why we're sharing these five tips to help you feel better about your choice of repair person. #1 Avoid the Big Brands The big-box stores have name recognition, which may make ...
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Finding the Best Place for your Desktop PC

 There's a lot of talk about the best places to use your laptop. We'll recap that discussion briefly below, but the real focus of this article is where it's best to put your desktop PC. First, why does it even matter? Of course, you care how your workstation looks, but beyond the aesthetics, airflow is important too. Computers cool themselves ...
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What Not to Do on a Work Computer

Working from home has its advantages but can also blur the line between professional and personal time. Plus, employees may grow more relaxed about what they do on their work computer while remote. This article shares things employees should avoid doing on work computers, whether remote or in the office. What to avoid doing when working remotely Lo...
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Is Your Home Smart Enough for Your Devices?

With the increasing reach of the Internet of Things, more of us have devices in the home to connect online: it's no longer just connecting a computer to a dial-up modem. In fact, it's estimated that the average home now has as many as 50 connected devices. All this could require a home network upgrade. Beyond computers, smartphones, and tablets, th...
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Secure Your Remote Work with the Right Backups

Working from home is no longer only for a few employees in special circumstances. The pandemic pushed many businesses to enable remote work. The priority was getting it working and securing access. Now that it's routine, it's also time to consider how you back up work from home. Data backup creates a reliable copy of business data. An accessible, a...
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Delivering SMS “Smishing” Scams

Smishing is high up on the list of words that do not sound as intimidating or threatening as they should. Smashing the word fishing together with the "SM" for short messaging service (aka text), smishing is a cyberscam. Especially with online shopping skyrocketing during the pandemic, delivery smishing has gained traction. Don't fall victim to...
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Quick Tip No. 79

It's surprising how few people take the time to do maintenance on their computer to ensure there are no problems and that it's running optimally. We offer a comprehensive computer maintenance service that will ensure your computer is at its best and isn't prone to problems such as hardware failure and viruses.  Below are the main mai...
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Boss Level: Keeping Your Gaming PCs At Their Best

 

 

Video gaming is a form of entertainment for all ages. The main demographic is 18–34 years, but those 34–54 are another big segment – even larger than the under-18 group – although the youngest group may spend the most hours gaming, especially during a pandemic. Regardless, PC gamers of any age want the most powerful and fastest computer they can get.


 

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Five Tips to Get the Right Printer for You

 

Buying a printer can be overwhelming. There are so many options available from different brands, and buying guides galore. Yet we still often see people with printers that aren’t the best ones for their needs. That said, we’re offering five tips to help you find the right one for you.

#1 Identify Your Needs

What are you going to use that printer for? Is it for family use? Home office use? Just as a backup for occasional documents you need to print and sign? For printing photos? For printing graphic designs? Your needs for quality, efficiency, speed, and color or black-and-white prints will influence your choice.

Different printers offer distinct perks. You may want one that prints quickly or one that is compact. Or perhaps you want one that holds a lot of paper. If your priority is photos, you may need a printer that can handle many types and sizes of paper.

If you are running your office from home, you may want to invest in a multi-function printer. These not only print but also scan and copy.

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5 Tips to Protect Your Laptop from Physical Damage

A laptop can hold your life. If you’re working from home, it’s essential to your income. For students, it’s where you keep all your notes and essays. Plus, there are the personal photos and videos. And you sometimes use it to stream your TV shows, or to video chat with friends and family. You may even make music, create art, or be writing the next bestselling novel on your laptop. So, you want to keep it in great shape. Here are five tips to protect your laptop.

#1 Don’t drop it

Or throw it, or stand on it, or expect it to withstand any serious impact. OK, that’s pretty obvious. You also don’t want to use your laptop in the bathtub or at the pool. Even a simple water spill on a laptop can damage the circuitry. If you do get your laptop wet, immediately turn it off and unplug everything attached to it.

 

#2 Open carefully

Laptops are getting thinner in every iteration. Some now even have foldable screens. The thinner and more flexible screen may look sleek and cool, but it’s also less rigid, which makes it more prone to damage. Especially on lower-cost laptops, the screen can flex if you open the computer up from just one side.

Yet, many of us hold a laptop in one hand and open the lid with the other. This can cause the screen to twist. Use both hands to open the laptop. Or get into the habit of opening your laptop from the center to avoid flex.

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DIY Computer Repair: Don’t Do It

Most people like to take a shot at fixing things themselves. With some things that works out great, but when it comes to do-it-yourself computer repair, it's probably not worth the effort. This article shares some of the things to consider before trying to do that repair solo.  #1 Computers are complicated Computer developers put a lot of...
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Making Technology Easier for Seniors

 

 

The pandemic has changed the world. More people have been pushed online in new ways, and for senior citizens this can be particularly challenging. Even registering for a COVID-19 vaccination requires going online in many countries. Plus, social gatherings and other appointments have gone virtual. Don't add to a seniors' social distance. Here's how we can help seniors with their technology needs.


 

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What to do When Your Warranty Runs Out

Most technology you buy in stores comes with a warranty of some sort. It might be included or an add-on. Still, it is unlikely to last the lifetime of the device or software, and it seems inevitable that your desktop will die immediately after the warranty runs out. Don't worry, you still have options. Murphy's Law of warranty says that you will ha...
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