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Jul
28

Beware These Social Media Scams

 Huntington Volvo? Rowe Subaru? What will your hilarious quiz results be when you enter your fourth-grade teacher's name and first model of car? You may think it's silly entertainment … until it isn't. Many fun social media questionnaires are set up by hackers to steal your identity. It seems like a harmless collection of random facts from you...
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Jul
14

6 Uses for Your Old, Extra Computers

 When you've upgraded to a new computer, the old one is a bit of an albatross. You paid good money for that desktop or laptop, and you want to continue to see return on investment. Plus, disposing of that technology feels wasteful. It's not as if a computer is going to compost itself! To help, we've provided seven solid ideas for how to repurp...
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Jun
16

Stop Your Tech from Stalking You

 Unless you're a reality television star, you probably don't like the idea of being watched at all times. So, why would you want your technology to know all about you? With digital technology today, it's far too easy for our devices to turn creepy. Here are some suggestions to stop the stalker-like tendencies of the technology you rely upon. T...
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May
12

Doing Business in Microsoft 365? Backup Your Data

Many business tools are moving to the cloud. One popular option is Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365. This unified platform consolidates Excel, Word, and PowerPoint with collaboration and communication tools. Added apps and services help streamline operations, too. Simplifying your IT infrastructure can also cut costs and reduce duplicati...
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May
05

What to Do If Your Data Is Included in a Leak

What to Do If Your Data Is Included in a Leak Data breaches are now daily occurrences and can happen to any business. The April 2021 leak of 533 million Facebook records was one of the largest known data leaks, but even if you weren't affected by that one, you may still be at risk. There is no easy way to know if your information has been leaked. W...
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Apr
28

Is Your Instagram Account Secure?

Why would someone want to target your Instagram account? You share what you ate, maybe the books you read, the shoes you bought, or that really cool image of the sky above. How is that going to help a hacker? Read on to learn more. OK. Your obvious love of chicken and waffles isn't going to mean a lot to a cybercriminal, not unless your password is...
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Apr
21

Are Your Passwords Compromised?

 News of a big brand suffering a data breach is all too common today. But if you don't get an email from such a company, you could mistakenly be thinking it doesn't affect you. The thing is, large breaches are happening all the time. Cybercriminals then put access credentials online, and other bad actors buy and exploit those email addresses, ...
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Apr
07

Time to Replace Your Laptop Battery?

Your laptop computer may feel like a lifeline. It has everything important on it, both personal and professional! Regrettably, the time does come when you need to replace it. Yet, some computer problems could be solved instead by replacing the laptop battery. Some computers now come with a variation on the car dashboard indicator light. You may see...
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Apr
07

5 Tips to Protect Your Laptop from Physical Damage

pto 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 ...
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Mar
21

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 ...
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Mar
17

Five Tips to Get the Right Printer 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 colour or black-and-white prints will influence your choice. Different...
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Feb
03

Less Common Cyberattacks for Accountants

Check the news any given day and you might see a report about hackers accomplishing a data breach, or of a ransomware attack encrypting all company data until it pays up. These are the well-known types of cyberattack, but there are less common cyberthreats accountants should be aware of, as well. There is almost a malware malaise now. You've heard ...
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Jan
06

Why You Need to Uninstall Adobe Flash Player

All good things must come to an end – it's inevitable with computer software. If you're using Adobe Flash, the day has arrived. It's time to uninstall Adobe Flash Player. Adobe stopped supporting Flash Player on December 31, 2020. What does this mean? Adobe is no longer issuing Flash Player updates or security patches. The company "strongly recomme...
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Nov
11

Streamline Your Smart Home Technology Setup

Fifteen years ago smart technology in our homes meant we had a computer and maybe a smartphone. Now, we have speakers that talk to us, lights that anticipate our arrival, and doorbells that display video of our visitors, as well as the computers, tablets, phones, earphones, video game consoles, and more. It's all cool, but it's also complicated. In...
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Nov
04

What Computer Repair Can Be Done Remotely?

There are many problems with isolation. We don't want to get you started. We know it's true, but one issue we can help with is computer repair. Yes, there are problems with your home devices that we can address remotely. Perhaps before sheltering in place you were willing to make do, or you're only facing challenges now. You're working at home, kid...
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May
14

Solving Your Work-from-Home Internet Woes

Your internet used to meet your needs. You could check social media and stream a TV show whenever you wanted without trouble. Now, since working from home, you're finding your internet service more frustrating: it's too slow when you want to send and receive large work files, or erratic when you take part in video meetings. Here's help. Blame your ...
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May
14

Tips for Trouble-Free Online Meetings

Online meetings are the new norm for many, but that doesn't mean people magically know how to enjoy a trouble-free online conference experience. These tips can power more successful meetings. Many businesses today are working from home with a reliance on Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or GoToMeeting. But even with these platforms of...
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Mar
17

“Have you tried turning it off and on?”

There's one solution to tech problems that everyone knows: turning the device off and then back on again. This go-to move is a bit of a joke in the IT industry. Who needs help-desk support if you can find a power switch? Surprisingly, this approach actually does solve a lot of problems. Take the Microsoft Windows Blue Screen, for instance. If you s...
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Mar
13

Is Your Business’s IT Ready for the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus is spreading as fast as feared. Business must be ready for the worst. One priority? Protecting the health of employees. Preparing the way for remote working is one top recommendation. News of the virus, which the WHO is now calling COVID-19, has prompted urgent interest in remote work. Business collaboration software, virtual deskto...
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Jan
01

How To Make Your Photos Last A Lifetime (and Beyond)

How to Make Your Photos Last A Lifetime (and Beyond) Digital cameras are great, and thanks to smartphones, we have one with us almost all the time. We're taking more photos than ever before, and building a lifetime of digital data. But despite the enormous value of these photos and videos, most people don't have a backup. It's time to shine a light...
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