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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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Watch Out for Tech Support Scammers!

A few of my clients have brought to my attention (not to mention it's been in the news as well) that they have been getting phone calls from foreigners claiming they are from Microsoft and that they have been monitoring their computers and found evidence of a malware attack and want $150 or more to fix it. My clients didn't belive them and you shouldn't either.

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What is 2-Factor Authentication and Why You Should Use It

In this post I want to talk about a powerful yet underused tool that you can use to increase the protection of your online accounts and the data you store on them. It's called 2-Factor Authentication. It's not available for most websites that you have a username and password for but it is for some of the most popular ones. This is something you should enable if you store sensitive data on online accounts that support this feature.

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Zen PC: Get Rid Of Online Ads

We all hate advertising on our websites. We know they can be helpful to websites owners who prefer not to charge their readers directly for their content. They can also be helpful to consumers as every once in a while you might find a useful product or service that you might want to buy. The problem is, there's too many ads online. Some of them can be in your face and in the way of the content you actually want to view, some of them can even install malware on your computer for clicking on them.

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The Importance of Computer Security

A little over a week ago I gave a presentation for the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce Bite Size Business series of business seminars. My topic was about computer and data security for small businesses. I spent about an hour talking about all the horors of malware and how it can disrupt or even destroy your business, how to prevent malware from infecting your computer, and securing your online accounts that might have business data on it (because who doesn't in the era of the cloud nowadays).

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5 Malware Misconceptions Debunked

Malware, for those that don't know, is any type of software that is capable of harming your computer. Malware can threaten your business or personal files and prevent you from doing important tasks on your computer. Malware can take multiple forms such as Viruses, Trojan Horses, Scareware and more. Today we will look at 5 misconceptions that some people might have about malware and give you a few tips to protect your computer(s) from all that bad stuff that's out there on the Internet

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