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Shutting Down Windows Does Not Fix the Problem

shutting down windows does not fix the problem

Most of us know that the first thing to try when something isn’t working right on the computer is to shut it down and restart it. With Windows 8 and 10, however, it’s likely that shutting down windows does not fix the problem or problems. Why is this? Windows doesn’t shut down completely when you use the shutdown feature. Why Doesn’t Windows Shut Down Completely? Windows has a Fast Startup feature that is set to default unless you change it. It’s a hybrid of the hibernate and shut down features so that your operating system loads much quicker when you…

Why Are There Two Folders for Program Files on My Computer?

Two Folders for Program Files

You might have noticed that your computer has two folders for program files instead of one, and you might be wondering why. Here’s a brief explanation for why your computer has two folders for program files and why this is absolutely necessary for your operating system and programs to run smoothly. Why Are There Two Folders For Program Files? Nearly every running computer these days are capable of processing 64 bit code and are also running a 64 bit version of Windows. Chances are, however, that your computer still runs quite a few 32 bit programs (x86). These two codes,…

9 New iOS 10 Features You Might Not Know About

New iOS 10 Features

Each time Apple comes out with new iOS updates, the biggest changes are noticed while the fun little features might get overlooked. Here are 9 new iOS features that you might not know about: 9 New iOS 10 Features Photos: In a matter of a second or two, you can click the home button to wake your phone and swipe left on your locked iPhone. Voila! Camera is ready for action! Lots of new photo featuresThe iOS 10 Photos app uses facial recognition to group people (after it analyzes your photos which can take a day or so, plugged in.)…

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Hacking and rumors of hacking have been scattered all over the news and social media since the election came to a conclusion. No matter who you voted for, hacking is a legitimate concern for every individual or business plugged into the internet or other network. To top it off, there’s been a new wave of fake Amazon delivery emails going out which can increase your risks of being hacked (or scammed!) Here are some basic tips to prevent hacking: Four Tips to Prevent Hacking Use advanced passwords and 2-step authentication-– This is a no-brainer but one that is commonly overlooked….

2016 Best Tech Gifts $100 or Less

2016 Best Tech Gifts $100 or Less

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner for holiday shopping. Are you in search of some techie gift ideas? Here’s a short list of 2016 best tech gifts $100 or less to consider for this year. Nine of 2016 Best Tech Gifts $100 or Less iPhone Nomad Key ($20) – A simple lightning cable replacement to carry with your keys. Never worry about not having a lightening cable with you. Tile Slim Tracker (from $30) – We all know that person who is constantly misplacing their phone. This is a practical gift they can appreciate. As long as…

Business Continuity – Importance of Data Backup and Recovery

data backup and recovery

If you’ve been in business for a while, chances are good that you understand how important it is to have a complete data backup and recovery system in place. Why Complete Data Backup and Recovery is Essential for Every Business, Big or Small If your workstation or server holds important data that becomes unrecoverable, or your hardware becomes destroyed during a flood or fire and you do not have a complete data backup and recovery system in place, you are taking a huge risk with your business. Not only have you lost data, but you’ve also lost valuable work hours…

Reduce Location Services Risks

location services risks

Using smartphone apps, especially social media apps, increases location services risks when this feature is enabled. Marketing companies pay money to use this information to advertise location-relevant information directly to you. Social Media Location Services Risks For apps like Foursquare, Facebook or Twitter, however, the location services risks include automatic publishing of your location information online, which is likely permanent and searchable. This could leave you, your home, or your family vulnerable by allowing others to know when you aren’t home or where you’re planning to be. How You Can Reduce Your Risks You can reduce your risks by disabling…

What You Need to Know about the New Windows 10 Release

Windows 10

Get ready for tomorrow, July 29, 2015, when Microsoft will release the new Windows 10 operating system to 190 countries across the world. Here are some of the highlights about the new Windows 10 that we know: The new Microsoft browser has been given its official name for the new Windows 10 release: the Microsoft Edge. It was formerly known as “Project Spartan”. A FREE upgrade will be available to those users who currently run Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. The catch? You have to upgrade your operating system within one year from the release of the…

Strategic Purchasing Plan – Getting the Most from Your Technology Purchases

strategic purchasing plan

Just about every business today uses some form of technology, namely, computers and software. Computers have become so much a part of how we do business now days that it’s a fairly safe assumption that you will eventually need to upgrade your systems and equipment. When it comes to investing in new technology, however, how do you know you are getting the most from your technology purchases? Before you buy anything, a strategic purchasing plan should be in place. Things to Consider When Creating a Strategic Purchasing Plan Where is your company or industry heading? What equipment or technology do…

Gone Phishing – How to Identify a Phishing Scam

Identify a phishing scam

Phishing is a type of cyber-attack/scam where an attempt to obtain personal information is made by posing as a legitimate company, typically via email, to gain your trust. Companies such as AOL, Sony, and Target have all fallen victim to phishing scams. Cyber scams are constantly evolving, so how do you identify a phishing scam? How to Identify a Phishing Scam – 5 Ways While some phishing scams can be quite obvious and rather hilarious, don’t be caught off guard. Here are some tips you and your employees can use to help identify a phishing scam: The email address or…