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The Best Way To Manage Your Photos

As a computer consultant I see lots of ways that people manage their files and photos and honestly, some of them are better than others. I've seen some people take pictures with their iPhones and back them up to iCloud, some taking photos with a regular digital camera and either putting a memory card in their computer or directly connecting the camera to their computers and just storing them in a folder somewhere on their computers. I feel the best photo management solution is one in which you have an unlimited amount of cloud storage where photos are backed up and are accessible and manageable on any device. The methods I just mentioned just don't seem to fit the bill in all of those areas. There is only one solution that I feel is the best that checks all those boxes for me and that is Google Photos!

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7 Things You Can Do Right Now For Free To Increase The Security of Your Computer

Hey folks! Security for your computers is a big deal regardless of whether or not you run a small business or use Facebook at home. With all the hacks, scams, and malware out there it can be hard to keep up with the latest to ensure you stay safe. Fortunately, as your computer consultant I have your back with 7 easy tips to increase the security of your computer without spending a dime. Are you ready? Let's get started!

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5 Tips for Buying A New Computer

Hey folks! It's that time of year where people are buying new computers either for themselves or their loved ones. The thing is, there are so many different computers on the market today how does one decide which one is the best to buy? Well because everyone's needs are different, I can't really recommend a specific computer to people. For some, a tablet or a Chromebook is best suited for their needs. For others, a fully powered Windows, Mac, or Linux PC might be better. I do have some tips on what to look for in a good computer though, here are 5 of them!

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Why You Should Speak Out In Support Of Net Neutrality

You've probably heard a lot of stuff in the news and on social media on Net Neutrality and how the FCC is planning to kill it off. You may have also been asked to contact the FCC and tell them to not end Net Neutrality and you're probably wondering, why should I care? I'm not typically the type to get political on my business site but I find this is a universal issue that everyone no matter what your political affiliation can get behind. This issue affects all of us, whether you are a small business owner or a retiree so I wanted to give you my expert knowledge on what Net Neutrality is and why you should be fighting for it if you aren't already.

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What To Do If You Come Across A Scam Message

I've had several clients last year have issues with finding scam ads on their computers saying things like "Your Computer Is Infected" and "Your Computer Is Locked, Give Us A Call To Fix It" or something like that. In each of these cases there isn't actually a virus on the computer but these messages do do stuff in the browser that can scare you into thinking something is actually happening even though it's not. When in doubt, I always encourage all my clients to give me a call to get whatever the problem is fixed, even if it's just a simple question. Today, I'm going to do you one better and give you a few tips on how to avoid these messages and what to do if you come across one. Knowledge is power folks and I want to give you the power to avoid these scams once and for all!

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Managed Antivirus vs Free Antivirus: Get The Best Protection For Your Home Or Business

Many computer repair shops and remote tech support firms install free antivirus software on client's computers that don't have one installed after a tune up or a virus removal. In fact Windows 10 actually has built in virus protection. But are the free options really adequate for protecting your computer? I am finding that this is not the case, I used to install free antivirus too but I stopped doing that and started offering a managed antivirus. In this post, I will explain why I did this and why it provides better protection for your home or office computers.

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How To Fix Slow Windows Updates

If you use Windows Vista, 7, or 8, you might be having a serious problem on your computer and not even know it. The problem is with Windows Update. In the summer of last year a major Windows Update bug happened that affected Windows 7 users the most, it caused Windows Update to take hours, even days to check for updates. The results were devastating!

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Self Help: How To Boot Your Computer Into Safe Mode

Sometimes when a computer has a really nasty virus or there is a serious error, it can be so screwed up that a remote support connection or some on-site services just can't be done in it's current state. A good troubleshooting step is to boot the computer into Safe Mode. I'm going to teach you what Safe Mode is and how you can get into it on your computer so you can self troubleshoot some issues or allow a remote support tech such as myself to remote in to be able to fix your computer when it's not possible normally.

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The Importance Of Backing Up

Many people don't backup their computers and they should. You don't know how valuable your personal or business data is until you've lost it. Backing up can be really easy on the wallet and painless to actually do and it's worth it to protect your files. Find out why and how you should backup in this post.

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PSA: Please Keep Your Computer Maintained

Computers are awesome. They connect us to the world and help us get stuff done in new and efficient ways. However, if they are not properly maintained, they can slow down, start acting weird, or worst of all end up with a virus. It's basically just like your car, if you take care of your car it will take care of you. The exact same thing happens with computer. The trouble is, some people don't know how to maintain their computers and some people just don't want to or can't because they are already busy with the work they need to get done.

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Self Help: Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection

In today's post, I'm going to talk about how to deal with the dreaded Internet outage. Those are always so frustrating because they seem to happen right when you need to work on something important, ugh. Anyway, there is a quick and easy way to figure out what the issue is and you might even fix it just by trying each step. Make sure you follow each step in order until the issue is either solved or you know who you need to call for help.

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Is Your WiFi Network Safe From Hackers?

WiFi is awesome and it's plentiful! Almost every household is using a wireless router to connect all of their laptops, smartphones, and tablets to their super fast cable or DSL Internet connection. More and more businesses are starting to add WiFi to their stores, making it easier to get online wherever you are without using as much cellphone data. However, most WiFi routers when not set up properly can make your WiFi network a treasure trove for hackers to pull data out of your computer and allow them to make money off of it. You may already have taken steps to protect yourself but there may be steps you don't know about or haven't thought about. In this blog post, you will learn how to take the security of your WiFi router to the next level.

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