Has Google Maps Been Tracking Your Every Move? Find Out.
Google is probably logging your location, step by step, via Google Maps.
This location history page has actually been available for several years, since Google first rolled it out as part of Latitude, its now-defunct location-sharing app.
We’re highlighting it again because it’s trivially easy to turn off Google Maps location-tracking, if you want to.
We all know that no matter what ‘privacy’ settings you may try and implement, our information is all being collected and stored somewhere.
Apparently this record only happens if you have ‘location services’ switched on in your phone; so if you decide you don't want to be tracked. Turn off your location services in your phone.
Want to know if you are being tracked? Visit this link to see what Google has recorded about your travels:
Check Your History:
How to Turn Location Services Off and Delete Your History:
How to delete your location history:
View your location history using Google’s web page.
Set a time period to view — up to 30 days at a time.
Select the period you want to delete.
Click the “Delete history from this time period” link on the left side of this page.
If you have multiple Google accounts, check the history for each one.
To turn off location tracking in Android:
Go to the Settings app.
Scroll down and tap on the Location section.
Tap Google Location Reporting.
Switch Location History to “off.”
Note: For greater privacy, you can also turn off Location Reporting, but this will keep apps like Google Maps from working properly.
How to turn off location tracking in iOS:
Open the Settings app.
Scroll down to Privacy, and select Location Services.
Disable all Location Services by setting the top slider to “off” — or scroll down to disable specific apps one by one, such as Google Maps.
The Mobile PC Guys Team
What Anti Virus Should I Use?
One of the most common questions we are asked is "What Anti Virus should I Use?". That is an excellent question, and we love it when people are interested in their cyber security. There are many great anti virus programs available today, many of the best programs are really common names in the consumer computer world. Regardless of which anti virus you choose, please keep in mind that anti virus programs are just a small part of an overall security system or mindset.
Anti virus programs are generally updated many times per day, however because hackers and cyber criminals change or modify virus and malware programs often; there is no guarantee that your program will catch the modified threat.
The best protection is "you", If something doesn't look right, most likely it isn't right. Be careful what you click on and why. For instance, if you like to play online games. Look for a safe site, that has good reviews or better yet a paid site. You ask why would I pay for a site when all the free ones exist? Well the answer is simple, nothing in life or the internet is truly free. I promise you a person did not spend 95k dollars getting a programming degree, buy or lease server space and then spend multiple years developing a game to give it away for free. So its either supported by advertising, malware to sell your browsing habits to ad companies or its a paid site. Either way they are getting paid.
We found a great anti virus software when the cryptolocker virus was hitting everyone. It was the only one that protected against it. Honestly, we had never heard of it prior to this. So we started selling it and replaced all our AV products with it. The name of it is Webroot and it has been amazing. We have never found a product that worked as well as it and its cheaper than most of the leading "big name" products.
You still need to be careful what you do online, have your computer tuned up yearly and run a manual malware removal tool every three months. But Webroot is a great product as part of your overall protection plan.
For more information on Webroot visit:
Computer Give Away December 15th, 2015
Register to Win an HP All-In-One Computer System with Windows 10. There are two steps to register to win, drawing is 12-15-2015.
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Fall Computer Tune-Up
As fall approaches, it’s time to make sure your computers have had their tune-up for the year and everything is in top shape. If your computer is running slow, sluggish or just not itself; then bring it in and let the experts at The Mobile PC Guys get it ready for the season ahead. Remember a complete Computer Tune-Up will keep your computer running at peak performance and make it last longer. As each of us surfs the World Wide Web, we collect junk. There are more Malware threats now than ever before.
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: