4 Steps to Keep your Computer Safe

July 27, 2012 – 12:18 pm
Modern day computers need to be constantly protected, so to speak, thanks to the existence of viruses, spam, pop-ups and so on and so forth. If left unchecked, these unwanted applications or files can hamper our system’s performance. So, here are a few steps by which you can keep your computer safe: #1: Anti-virus Protection Even though most systems these days come with antivirus protection, it’s important to understand that in order to enjoy maximum benefits, one should not forget to renew the service once the term if over. Ensuring that you have antivirus software at all will ensure that you are able to keep your computer clean from common issues related to viruses and spam. #2: Check to see if Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on The next thing that you have to do is to find whether Windows Defender or Firewall is turned on for real-time protection. First, you’ll have to find ...

3 Steps To Determine Whether an Apple Macintosh Or PC Is Right For You?

July 20, 2012 – 12:17 pm
If you are looking for a new personal computer, a bit of research will tell you that there are PCs available using platforms based on MacOS, Windows and Linux. What makes the decision of figuring out whether any of these PCs are right for you hard is because there is very little between them Yet a comparison between their weaknesses and strengths will help you determine which PC is right for you, and so here are a few steps to do just that: Step #1: List out what you want to do with your computer While basic functions such as web browsing, scheduling and management, multimedia playback and document manipulation are usually no different on these platforms, there are certain advanced features that are best on certain platforms. For example, if you’re a gaming enthusiast, then Windows would be your choice as opposed to the other two. Content creation, the other hand, is where ...

4 Steps to Buying the Right Assembled PC

July 9, 2012 – 12:08 pm
Almost anyone knows the difference between branded and assembled PCs, where the former is built to meet general computing needs while the latter is custom-built for purposes that cannot be met by their branded counterparts. Although, there are advantages to both types, what becomes apparent is that a lot of thought must go into buying an assembled PC. So here are steps that can help you buy the right assembled PC: #1: Decide whether you want a laptop or a desktop If you’re planning to work from one location, then a desktop would be a good idea. However, if you need to move around for your work, then a laptop would work well instead. What one must keep in mind is the fact that assembled desktops are common rather than laptops. #2: Make a list of what you might use the computer for As mentioned earlier, an assembled computer is usually built for specific needs. So, ...

3 Ways by Which You Can Save Money Using Office 365

June 27, 2014 – 12:54 am
There are a number of reasons why an Office subscription might be the thing you require be it the Microsoft Office apps for the iPad. Probably an hour of free world minutes on Skype or even 27 GB of OneDrive storage for each user which is also just as tempting. However, you don't have to pay $10 a month or $100 a year. You can get some time for free while also saving money on the aforementioned standard rate. So, here are three ways by which you can save money when using Office 365: #1: Enjoy one free month The first thing that you should know about Office 365 is that you get one full month free of cost. For that, you’ll have to set up a free Microsoft account – your Xbox Live, Outlook.com or even your OneDrive account should do. Be advised that if you do provide your credit card, you will be ...

Explaining Diamond-Like Carbon

June 20, 2014 – 3:23 pm
Diamond-like carbon is made under controlled circumstances inside a laboratory. Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC There are seven varieties of “man-made diamond” to be found. These materials are meant to replicate the hardness and luster of a naturally occurring diamond, but they are produced in a laboratory under controlled conditions. As a result, the synthetic materials are usually considered “perfect.” On a molecular level, the materials are nearly indistinguishable from those of a naturally occurring diamond, but there are definite differences apparent to those in the know. Diamond like carbon is used in materials that would benefit from the extra durability, like drill bits or saw blades for construction. You’ll also find the material inside of the housing in hard disks, and the engines of modern day sports cars use the dust to coat their parts too. The main benefit is reduced abrasion, which is especially important in high performance tools. Natural diamonds sometimes ...

3 Photo Apps That Will Transfer Your Photos Easily

June 20, 2014 – 12:53 am
Probably one of the best features of a smartphone is the ability to take pictures just about anytime and anywhere. While that might seem simple enough, the truth is that getting them off your smartphone and on to your PC can be a real headache. Instead of having to deal with wires, a better idea would be to use photo apps that are already on your phone or can be easily downloaded. That said, here are 3 photo apps that makes the task of transferring photos effortless: #1: OneDrive This storage option offered by Microsoft is very similar to DropBox, in terms of its backup method.  Not only can you upload pictures by using Wifi but you also get 3 GB of storage completely free. With Windows 8 combining SkyDrive and OneDrive, it's very simple to upload pictures that will end up on your PC easily. Just set OneDrive to download your camera backup folder ...

Windows 7 – A Simple Replacement for the Outdated Windows XP

June 16, 2014 – 12:54 am
No matter what you think, it isn't safe using Windows XP anymore for the simple reason that it's a magnet for malware. Well, it's almost been a decade now since the operating system has been around and so, it's being phased out as Microsoft has released Windows 8 instead. Speaking of which, your only options include replacing XP with Windows 7, 8 or jut opting for Linux altogether. Among the three, Windows 7 is the simplest to try since it has the least learning curve than the other two. Yet before you purchase a copy, it's good to know whether your hardware can support Windows 7 or not. In order to find out, it's a good idea to install and run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. In more cases than not, you will have to obtain a 32-bit version of Windows as most if not all XP PCs did not use 64-bit processors. If you'd like to ...

Face Recognition Time Machines

June 13, 2014 – 2:36 pm
Written by: Allied Time Invest in your time and money on time systems that offers a great value on offering a hygienic, secure and fast verification of your employees’ identity when they punch in at work everyday. We guarantee that all our products are created in such a manner that each employee is secured with their identity and that it would only take them less than a second to verify themselves when they come in for work. Our leading attendance technology has been acknowledged by our long list of happy and satisfied customers because we make sure that we only create and offer a really great electronic time clock or other products that we offer. Visit our website and browse through our many featured products that have proven to be bestsellers over the years. We carry all sorts of time machine systems and we are confident that the solutions that we ...

2 Features in Windows 8 That Will Help You Manage Disk Space Easily

June 9, 2014 – 3:35 pm
Managing your disk space is now easier with Windows 8.1. In the past, people had to use My Computer or My PC and File Explorer to get basic information about the space on your drive. But all that's changed now since two features in the PC Settings makes the task of managing your disk much easier, and they are: #1: Disk Space For this, open the Charm bar and select Settings and after which, select Change PC Settings. Once the PC Settings app is open, then move to PC Settings and Devices as well as Disk Space. Since you are checking for disk space, the results will take a while to pop up especially if you have a number of files on your disk. Just keep in mind that these summaries are grouped by folders that are named specifically and NOT the Windows libraries. So, in using this tool, you'll be able to find out which ...

3 Ways to Protect Sensitive Data on Storage Devices

June 9, 2014 – 12:54 am
With the growing possibility that deleted files can be recovered from your PC especially if it is passed on to someone else, there's a growing threat that someone can gain access to sensitive information and blackmail you with it. That said, here are 3 ways by which you can protect sensitive data from just about any storage device: #1: About Drives If you use mechanical drives, then it is possible to recover data from these older forms of storage. In order for you to prevent this from happening, you will have to overwrite the drive with something else. This applies to external solid state drives such as USBs and SD cards and so on and so forth too. External drives have a feature called TRIM which ensures that all memory cells are deleted permanently. #2: Use Windows 8 Prior to Windows 8, people had to use third party software to delete files permanently from one's ...

Why You Don’t Need to Encrypt All Your Backup Files

May 27, 2014 – 3:41 pm
The golden rule pertaining to your data involves carrying out steps to backup and encrypt all your files. If it wasn't for backup, all your files be it audio, video, documents and spreadsheets and so on and so forth would be gone in no time from your hard drive. Also, if your hard drive fell into the wrong hands, they'd have access to all your sensitive (and personal) information which could result in identity theft among other disasters. Simply put, the best case scenario is to not only backup your files but encrypt the sensitive files in the same hard drive. While some commercial backup programs come with an option to encrypt files, it doesn't seem to make sense to some experts to encrypt their backup files. For the simple reason that if you are worried about people reading sensitive information off your external drive then you should also worry about them being able to ...

IT and cooling units

May 24, 2014 – 6:27 am
Written by MovinCool At first blush, one would think that “what’s the relation between IT and air conditioners? Does this mean that IT guys feel uncomfortable and sweat just like the rest of us when it gets warm?” Well of course, they’re every bit as human as we all are. But if you take a second and think, you’ll realize that computers, terminals, and all the equipment these guys run consume a whole lot of power – and when we talk about large power consumption, that means an equally large amount of heat generation too. Computers love the cold, and that’s because these machines function a whole lot better if it’s temperatures are maintained at a certain level. Computers that get too hot can malfunction or totally break down. Circuits and chips inside these things can warp, or even burn up if it isn’t cooled properly. That’s why IT equipment need ...

How to Improve Placements

May 23, 2014 – 3:01 pm
This article was written by Ted Dhanik Most display advertising networks won’t disclose the placements that you are bidding on, but they do offer a host of other resources that can help you trim the fat. If you know what to look for, and how to reduce those unnecessary clicks, you can strategically shave hundreds off of your monthly budgets. Exclusions The targeting you exclude is as important as the things you include in your campaign. By excluding, you can narrow down the target audience until you get to the specific group of people you want to advertise to. Think about exclusions like broad match keywords, or keywords that include relevant variations.. You need some data to tell you what is or is not working, then you review your analytics and profit analysis to determine which banner advertising placements are good to exclude. Targeting Targeting encompasses more than just the age group you want to ...