It’s no coincidence that Halloween and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month fall together! Phishing and fraud efforts peak over the holidays, starting in October and continuing through January. While data threats are undoubtedly spooky, these tips from Computer Troubleshooters can help you boost your personal cybersecurity! Read more
With billions of emails sent every day, there’s a huge opportunity for malware and viruses to find their way into your inbox. While the percentage of emails containing dangerous attachments is relatively low at 2.3 percent, keep in mind that translates to millions of emails. The best defence against malicious content delivered to your inbox is knowing how to quickly spot a threat. To help keep you safe from harmful attachments, phishing scams, and more, keep these tips in mind to identify a dangerous email. Read more
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
As more consumers and businesses alike embrace the on-the-go mentality, finding a public WiFi hotspot is easier now than ever before. While there are plenty of hotspots available – about 362 million to be exact – remember that not every hotspot is trustworthy. Be sure you’re staying safe while using public WiFi with the following tips from Computer Troubleshooters. Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Trends, The Best Laptop Brands.
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!
You’ve likely heard the term “malware” used when discussing cybersecurity; but what is malware and how does it impact your computer? Continue reading to learn all about the various types of malware and how each affects your computer.
What Is Malware?
Malware, also known as malicious software, is software that compromises your computer’s performance. There are various types of malware that wreck havoc on devices including adware, ransomware, spyware, and bugs. Each type of malware impacts your computer and your online security differently. Read more
How Can It Impact My Business?
Many questions arise when it comes to mobile device management. What happens if an employee loses their device or leaves the company? Is your company’s information safe, secure and backed up? Can employees work from anywhere at any time using this service? According to www.webopedia.com, mobile device management is a type of security software used to monitor, manage and secure employees’ mobile devices that are utilised across multiple mobile service providers and operating systems. With mobile device management, there are so many opportunities to take your business to the next level. You have the ability to oversee company-issued devices and control how devices are used within your office. Take a look at the benefits of mobile device management and the reasons why your company needs it now. Read more
While Microsoft launched the cloud version of their popular applications and productivity products in June of 2011, most small businesses are still trying to figure out what this product means for their company. Should they continue to pay for and use the premise based software as they have always done, or should they move to the subscription based cloud offering? Unfortunately, the answer to that is not any clearer today than it was in 2011 and requires research and guidance. Read more
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
On July 29th, 2015 Microsoft released the much anticipated operating system called Windows 10. With a goal to have more than 2 million devices using Windows 10 within two years, Microsoft immediately launched an aggressive marketing initiative that offered free upgrades on eligible devices using Windows 7 or higher. Microsoft’s generosity only goes so far, however, and the free upgrades will only be offered until July 29th, 2016. With the regular pop-up messages reminding users of this limited time offer, many people have been asking if this upgrade is right for them. The short answer is, it depends. Read more