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Interesting Idea for an Old Computer

Posted by on November 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

When you get a new computer, you might wonder what to do with the old one, especially if it works.  We work with Connecting For Good in Kansas City to help refurbish and distribute these computers to needy families.  However, there are some other uses. My colleagues at Lifehacker had some interesting ideas.  The one […]

Has Your Password Been Stolen?

Posted by on November 4, 2018 at 8:47 pm

With all the recent and continuing breaches, one thing we learned is you can’t rely on a company to tell you.  Breaches are reported months and sometimes years later. If you’d like to check if yours was stolen, the website “Have I been pwned” helps.  All you do is put in your username or email […]

Which is More Secure? Your Phone or Laptop

Posted by on October 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

With many people having both a smartphone and laptop synced, you’d think people would secure them equally.  In reality, it seems people are more worried about their phone rather than their laptop (or desktop).  That’s a big mistake. This article has some interesting facts!  The ones that stood out to me are related to leaving […]

Is Your PC Dirty Inside?

Posted by on October 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm
I really need to clean this

We see all kinds of computers here.  Inside, most of them are dirty.  Some are pretty wild inside.  Most of the time it’s not the client’s fault. There’s a fun subreddit where people post pics of dusty computers.  I’ve never posted there, but I’ve thought about it.  Computers have cooling fans and sit on the […]

Use Chrome? Don’t Settle for a Boring Chrome Start Page!

Posted by on October 7, 2018 at 8:04 pm

Many clients use Google’s Chrome browser on a PC and a Mac.  It’s fast and reliable, but it’s also highly customizable. This blog post gives you some easy ideas of how to change your start page.  My favorite though is New Tab Motivation by The Mindful Tech Labs.  They also make chatbots for Facebook, so there’s no […]

Police Using Fitbit Data Against You?

Posted by on September 22, 2018 at 8:34 pm

I’m not talking the fat police either.  I’m talking about someone going to jail based on what a fitness tracker told police. The details are explained here . It should give everyone pause for concern.  The obvious thing is “don’t do anything wrong,” but the problems go deeper than that.  For example, given that people know […]

Keyloggers and What You Need to Know

Posted by on September 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

Last year, Lawrence was hit with it’s first reported keylogger attack at KU.  It’s a problem sweeping the country.  The problem in Lawrence is mild compared to some schools. For example, one student changes his grades 90 times in a 21-month period along with five of his friends.  That article explains why schools are a […]

Security Thwarted Through Forgetfulness

Posted by on August 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm

I forget where my keys or wallet is all the time.  I’ve got Tile to help me with that.  I always know where my laptop is though.  Forgetful people can ruin the best security measures. For example, a lost USB flash drive in London caused a massive panic and Heathrow Airport.  That drive had critical security […]

Save Money on Every Technology Purchase

Posted by on July 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm

You already know how quickly technology changes.  As soon as you buy something, it seems like a newer version comes out and your system is already obsolete.  If you pay with a credit card though, you have some protections. We always recommend paying with a credit card for technology.  Almost all credit card companies double […]

The Science Behind Tech Support Scams

Posted by on July 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm

Tech Support Scams are a common problem we help our clients with.  It’s a significant part of our computer repair business in Lawrence and Kansas City.  Ever wonder how these criminals can steal so much money?  There’s science behind it. This rather dense academic study from Stony Brook University explains how the scams work.  They spent […]

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