Everyone knows that we live in an age of raging technology. It is everywhere we look, and becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives every day. We are completely surrounded by all things technological, whether we like it or not.
My opinion? I love it. Having constant access to the Internet in countless different ways is an awesome thing. I have access to dozens of types of entertainment, thousands of learning resources, and friends and family that I do not get to see often. These are some of the great things about technology. But, as is the case with just about everything, it is not ALL good.
The Internet, in all of its captivating glory, can be a very dangerous place; to everyone, for sure, but especially to young ones. There are millions of appealing traps online that are alarmingly easy for unsuspecting kids (of all ages) to get caught in. These traps often lead to viruses that will infect your computer and damage your files; but more importantly, these traps can occasionally lead to things that are harmful towards kids.
The best thing we can do to avoid these traps is to try to put up good defenses against them and actively monitor kids' technology usage.
On computers, the first step is to make sure you have a trustworthy Anti-Virus program installed that will alert you when something does not seem right with your machine. The Mobile PC Guys highly recommends WebRoot Secure Anywhere, which constantly scans and does a great job defending against viruses. If you have us install it for you, not only will it let you know when something is not right, but it will also let us know, so you will definitely be taken care of. In addition, at $35.00 a year, it is much cheaper than most competitors, AND has a higher success rate.
The next step would be to constantly monitor what websites your kids are visiting. Discuss with them which websites are safe and which ones are not, and create a special folder of bookmarks just for them. Let them know how important it is to not share any personal information over the Internet unless they have your specific permission to do so. The Internet is a perfect place to apply the age-old saying, "Better safe than sorry!" Encourage your kids to come to you with any questions they might have about their Internet adventures.
These guidelines also apply for tablets, iPods, smartphones, etc. Although these devices do not get infected with viruses as much as computers do, it is just as easy, if not more so, to stumble into those dangerous and harmful traps. Make sure kids understand that once something is posted on the Internet, it is there forever. Nothing really goes away. Encourage them to strongly consider what they share and with whom they share it.
Internet safety is a serious issue, and especially for young ones. Our generation is so accustomed to all things technology-related, but do we really know how to use them cautiously yet? I am certainly still learning, as are many others. The best thing we can do is encourage those around us to be responsible with their technology usage, and try to lead by example.
Safe Internet-Exploring, everyone! Or Google-Chrome-ing. Or Mozilla-Firefox-ing...or Safari-ing.
(Just no Microsoft Edge-ing, Windows 10 users. It is not very secure!)
We are having lots of clients bringing their computers in for service, after “windows”, “microsoft”, or some other name they reconize called them to warn them about problems with their computers. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Microsoft doesn’t just sit around and call people to help them with their computers. The same goes for HP, Dell, Acer, ASUS or whoever else they might say they are. These people are simply trying to mess with your computer and separate you from your money. I want to bring this to your attention because there have been a lot of issues lately with people saying Microsoft has been calling them with PC related issues. This is totally false. Microsoft doesn’t call people. Third party companies are scamming people into buying their services to repair their PCs when their PCs really don’t need servicing. These companies will say they need to log into your PC to show you hundreds of error logs, these error messages don’t mean anything and are not harming your computer. They will tell you how bad these errors are making your computer run and how they can fix the problems for $100 to $300 or so. These errors are natural occurrences within a PC that happen over time. Honestly they don’t mean anything, every once in a while we will look at these logs when trouble shooting a very specific issue but they are pretty much worthless errors. Same with HP, Dell, Acer, etc. They aren’t just going to put their phone # on the top page of Google or give you a call on the phone. Also it is almost nearly impossible to get a hold of Microsoft. If you google microsofts phone number, you will be calling one of these scam companies.
Federal Trade Commission Combats Tech Support Scam:
Warning: How to avoid this Scam: Never let somebody login to your computer, unless you know who they are such as a trusted company you can go and look them in the eye. Always ask for credentials. Never give anyone your payment info over the phone to fix your PC – there is a good chance they will install some nasty software and you will never see your money again. Hang up the phone and call The Mobile PC Guys or a trusted certified repair shop in your area.
We have spent the last few months testing and running Windows 10 in our shop environment. Recently, we have received many calls pertaining to the window 10 upgrade. The main question is, of course, whether or not you should upgrade. Let me try to answer this inquiry by saying this:
"It is really a decision that make for yourselves." I would suggest reviewing the facts and weigh out whether this is the best move for you.
I understand that this isn't the answer many will want hear; just a simple yes or no is desired by most. However, it just really isn't that simple. Anytime you upgrade or install a new operating system, it changes your computing system. Therefore, we need to consider things like, legacy hardware you may have attached to your computer, older programs written for older operating systems you may still depend on daily, and may other concerns.
Here are some of the facts for you:
1. When can I upgrade and how much will it cost?
Windows 10 launched July 28th. Anyone running a legal version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 has the option to upgrade free through Windows.
2. What if I am running XP or Vista?
The cost will vary from $125 to $225 based on which version. Further, it may not be able to do an upgrade at all. Thus, leaving you to need a reload. A reload will require you to back up data, reinstall drivers and programs. You can do this your self if you know how, or most computer stores will be able to do it for an additional $165.
3. Will my older programs work with Windows 10?
Maybe. You will need to check with the software developers of any programs that are not produced by windows to find out.
4. Will my printer, scanner, other devices work with Windows 10?
Maybe. As with all new operating systems, Microsoft tries to work with manufacturers to make it as compatible as possible. However, they all will not be compatible.
5. What about Apps?
Microsoft has made apps cross platform that will adapt to whatever operating system you are using from windows 8 forward, so long as they are purchased from the Windows Store, and ran on a Microsoft operating system, from 8 forward.
6. What about a Start Menu?
If you hated Windows 8's full screen Start screen, your in luck. Microsoft has brought back the old fashioned start button. It is nestled on the lower left of the screen with that familiar pop-up menu of shortcuts.
7. What about Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer will remain a part of Windows for compatibility reasons. However, it has been replaced by a new browser called Microsoft Edge.
8. Will Windows 10 run on my computer?
The Minimum specifications for Windows 10 are a 1Gz processor, 1 GB of Ram and at least 16GB of Hard Drive or Storage space. As you can see, its a tight little package, not requiring much in the way of resources. If you are running a computer that's currently running Windows 7 or later, you should be fine.
9. I have been seeing the promotion to get it free, but I am afraid to in stall myself. Can you help?
Yes, simply bring in your computer for a tune-up and tell the staff you want to upgrade to Windows 10 while its in the shop. Our fee for a full system Tune-Up is $120. This will include the upgrade to windows 10 and a tune up to make sure it will run optimally. However, reconnecting printers, etc will be your responsibility.
10. Where can I find out more about Windows 10?
There is plenty of information circulating the web right now about the new Windows 10. Our best suggestion for further information is to visit the Microsoft website: