Learn How to Easily Secure Your Apple ID

When it comes to protecting your Apple ID, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You use this same account across multiple platforms, including FaceTime, iTunes, iMessage, and the App Store. Plus, your Apple ID account holds a fair amount of personal information and payment methods you wouldn’t want ending up in the wrong hands. If you’re wondering if you’re taking the right security measures, keep reading as we cover three easy ways you can secure your Apple ID. Read more

6 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Stress

Everyone experiences some level of stress, however, learning how to manage day-to-day stressors is essential in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Although technology can sometimes create anxiety, it can just as easily be utilised to de-stress. Computer Troubleshooters has compiled a list of the best ways to use technology to reduce stress.

How to Use Technology to De-Stress

While research suggests technology may cause anxiety, other studies argue technology could help manage everyday stresses. Continue reading to learn how to take advantage of today’s technology in order to relax.

  1. Download Stress-Relieving Apps

While using technology can make some feel stressed, others find relief in certain apps that are designed to help users unwind. According to Statista, there are about 2 million apps to choose from in the App Store. From mood tracking to squeezing a virtual rubber duck, there’s an app for almost any type of stress relief you’re searching for. Instead of scrolling through social media and creating more negative energy, utilise apps such as Personal Zen, which contains a series of games focused on reducing anxiety levels.

  1. Practice FitBit and Apple Watch Breathing Exercises

Most of today’s technology has built-in stress-relieving features for our benefit. If you own a FitBit or Apple Watch, try the breathing exercise features to relieve stress. Wearable technology can track when you’re stressed so you can learn to anticipate negative emotions and use features such as breathing exercises to calm down. If you don’t own a wearable, search for apps in the App Store or watch videos on YouTube to simulate breathing exercises.

  1. Follow Fitness Videos

Exercise is a popular stress-reliever and is easier than ever to add to your routine due to the availability of virtual fitness classes. Working out releases endorphins, which lowers stress levels. Try following videos of fitness classes such as Zumba or yoga to find the perfect workout and let off some steam.

  1. Create a Smart Home

Building a smart home can reduce the time you spend worrying about chores and keeping up with daily tasks. Create a chore chart with Amazon Alexa to keep track of what’s already been done and what still needs to be done around the house. Smart devices are created to connect to other smart devices to make your life easier. From turning off the lights to helping you find your phone, creating a smart home can help eliminate everyday stress.

  1. Stream Relaxing Music

Listening to music is one of the most common ways to relieve stress since it requires minimal effort. Listen to your favorite songs to de-stress, or listen to the top 10 relaxing songs ranked by scientists if you’re in need of immediate relaxation. For some, silence increases anxiety levels, but for others, too much noise can create more stress. If a room filled with music causes chaos for you, try using a white noise machine or streaming white noise online. Using white noise to block out any unnecessary and loud noises can also increase productivity as well as reduce stress.

  1. Ensure Your Data is Secure

While keeping your data secure may not be one of your main stressors, taking steps to ensure your personal information is safe can be reassuring. New viruses and threats emerge every day, so make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date on your computer and change your passwords to all of your online accounts at least once a year to avoid getting hacked. Keep stress at bay by taking steps to keep you and your family’s or business’ information safe.

If technology is causing you to stress instead of helping you de-stress, enlist the help of your local Computer Troubleshooters office! Our tech professionals are ready to help secure your network to ensure you won’t stress over technology.


What to Consider When Buying a Laptop

Choosing a new laptop can be difficult as there are so many aspects to consider and options to choose from. Competitors’ products and features overlap one another making deciding which computer even more problematic. Computer Troubleshooters will break down the most important things to consider when buying a laptop.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Laptop

These guidelines will help you confidently choose the laptop that’s right for you.

1. Size

Before you begin thinking about specs and pricing, you should determine how portable you need your laptop to be. Ask yourself how often will you be using it, where you will you be using it, and if you need to carry it from place to place on a regular basis. Take a look at how we define laptop display sizes:

  • 11 – 12 inches: These are most likely the lightest and thinnest laptops coming in at about 2-4 pounds.
  • 13 – 14 inches: This is a good medium sized laptop that delivers a balance of portability and usability. This size usually weighs around or less than 4 pounds.
  • 15 inches: This is a fan favourite, the most common sized laptop that weighs about 4-7 pounds. It is a decent choice when you are not planning on carrying your device as often.
  • 17 – 18 inches: A laptop of this size is ideal for a permanent or semi-permanent workspace. It offers an excellent processing power for workstation-level productivity.

2. Battery

If you intend to keep your computer in a stationary desk setting, the battery life should not affect the decision-making process, as you can readily use a nearby outlet. Otherwise, when buying a laptop, you want to choose a device with sufficient battery life. One that will last 7-8 hours is fitting for work days on the go. Although manufacturers proclaim estimated battery life, you should further research reviews from consumers on their experiences with a specific device.

3. Storage

The amount of storage space you need is a personal preference and may not be a big concern for you. It is customary to store most of your data in the cloud instead of filling your laptop with music, videos, and large files. SSDs (solid-state drives) are an option, or you can always purchase an upgrade. However, those options can get pricey. Note that many light and thin laptops mean not as much storage space so you’ll most likely have to rely on the cloud.

4. Brand

Some consumers only prefer a particular brand whether it be Mac, Dell, Microsoft, and so on. It may depend on the operating system you favor or what purpose you will be using this device. Other buyers want their devices to sync by using the corresponding operating system such as Apple iOS. But to help make this decision an easier one, consult this buying guide by Digital TrendsThe Best Laptop Brands.

5. Price

When it comes to buying a laptop, you want to choose a device that meets your needs but also your budget. Price is a significant factor because if you can’t always afford the superior laptop with all the features you desire, so you may want to consider choosing a more suitable alternative.

Did we miss any key aspects that you consider when buying a laptop? Share them in the comments below! Remember, if you are exploring security services for your new device or need data backup and recovery for your current device, Computer Troubleshooters offers business and residential IT services that are tailored to meet your needs and budget. Contact a CT location nearest you!

Computer Troubleshooters Conference 2017

The Annual Computer Troubleshooters Franchisee Conference was held at The Park Inn, York this year. We had some interesting speakers and the franchisees enjoyed the various presentations. Read more


Computer Troubleshooters Welcome Three New Technology Franchisees to the United Kingdom Team


Computer Troubleshooters is delighted to welcome Ian Bell, Jem Stephenson and Damian Stuart to our network in the United Kingdom. Bell, Stephenson and Stuart join Computer Troubleshooters’ team of international franchise owners who provide onsite computer services and IT solutions to small and medium-sized businesses and residential users. The three franchisees recently completed their new owner training in the United Kingdom and are eagerly preparing to open their new franchise businesses. Read more

Computer Troubleshooters Annual Conference 2016

The Computer Troubleshooters Annual conference was held just outside Oxford at the Oxford Belfry Hotel. We had a good attendance with John Davies, CEO and Jeff Harcourt, COO from CT Global, Enda Folan from CT Ireland.

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Solve 5 Common PC Tech Support Problems Yourself

If you have a computer, you’ve probably had a computer dilemma. The severity of each problem can vary from just having a slow computer to the notorious “beach ball” spinning. No matter what the problem is, these issues can be very irritating and get in the way of your work. That’s why Computer Troubleshooters has compiled this list of 5 common PC tech support problems and how to solve them yourself. Read more

Scottish Franchise Week

Computer Troubleshooters joined the British Franchise Association last year and had the opportunity to attend various events as part of Scottish Franchise week organised by the British Franchise Association, of which we are members. Read more

8 PC Maintenance Mistakes that can kill your Hardware Lifespan

All computers have a lifespan, and as they get older they’ll keep reminding you of this fact as they start getting noisier, running slow and giving error messages. Many of these problems can be avoided by taking care of your computer to make it run smoother for longer.
Weather your machine is brand new or several years old, it is never too late to get started. Read more

2015 Computer Troubleshooters Conference

15 Years of Service

Computer Troubleshooters started in the UK in 2000 so we felt that this years conference should be special to celebrate 15 years of service. We held the conference in Bury and because that is Gill of CT Business Solutions N Mcr‘s local area we were able to work with some of her contacts. Local companies such as GJ Plastics, Prime Photographers and Bella Balloons. Read more