COMPUTER REPAIR AND TIPS BLOG

  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Stretch Your iPhone’s Battery Life
    My hubby's iPhone 5 was always dying on him. He's constantly on the phone at work, and he was charging it two or three times a day. I’m not a power user, but even I had to recharge every night or I wouldn't have a battery to speak of in the morning. When we upgraded to iPhone 6's, we were determined to thwart those blasted battery problems however we could. Here are some tips for conserving the life of your iPhone and other iOS devices. While these tips apply to all mobile devices, the instructions for changing settings are iOS specific. Please note, these instructions assume that your device is equipped with the latest iOS. If you’ve been neglecting your iOS updates, note that Apple recommends keeping your iOS up to date to improve battery life because new software often includes “advanced energy-saving technologies.” Starting with average Joe users, there are several modifications you can make right now to squeeze the most juice from your battery. Brightness settings. Lighting up your screen takes a lot of battery power, and the brighter the screen the more juice it drains. Manually adjust the brightness of your iOS mobile device by swiping up from the bottom of your screen and moving the bar next to the little "sun" picture as far to the left as you are able to with your current lighting. Obviously, if you're in bright sunlight, the bar will need to be further to the right, but inside you should be able to get away with dropping it all the way d... Read More
  • Nerd Chick Adventures: You’ve Been Hacked!
    Nerd Chick Adventures: You’ve Been Hacked!

    At our computer repair company, Nerds on Call, we frequently get calls from customers concerned that they’ve been “hacked.” It’s a term all over the news, from data breaches at companies like Target, Google and Home Depot, to networks of hackers that make their living stealing identities and data from victims all over the world. What does it mean to be hacked? Here are some of the signs that your personal data may be compromised, and what to do to limit the damage. Having your data hacked means that an unauthorized person or entity has gained access to your personal […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Net Neutrality Scores a Win
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Net Neutrality Scores a Win

    On Thursday, February 26th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 in favor of a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service, like landline telephone service. This ruling is part of an ongoing effort to uphold “Net Neutrality,” a term that has received much coverage in the press but yet remains widely misunderstood by consumers. Here’s what the FCC’s decision means to you. Right now, when you purchase a high-speed Internet connection from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Comcast, AT&T or Verizon, all traffic is considered equal but some sites demand more […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Lenovo Pre-Installed Adware Breaks Secure Internet Connections
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Lenovo Pre-Installed Adware Breaks Secure Internet Connections

    All Lenovo users need to be aware that the manufacturer was pre-installing an adware program, called Superfish, on new laptops up until January 2015. The program breaks secure connections to webpages, making your online activities – including passwords and any data you enter into a webpage – vulnerable to hackers. Here’s what you need to know and how to ditch that nasty software for good. Superfish tracking software is bloatware, installed by Lenovo to see where users go online in order to show you ads based on your online activity. The program scans for images on web pages that you […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Bogus Tech Support Companies Targeted by FTC
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Bogus Tech Support Companies Targeted by FTC

    On November 12, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida signed temporary restraining orders filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida to temporarily shut down two “massive telemarketing operations” that allegedly “conned tens of thousands of consumers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.” These cases mark the third such action that the FTC has taken in recent years to crack down on computer repair scams. Unfortunately, even as some of the companies are shut down, many others are popping up to take advantage […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Decoding Router Specifications
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Decoding Router Specifications

    If you’re in the market for a new router, you probably already realize it’s one of the most important hardware components of your wireless connection to the Internet. Love streaming Netflix to your Roku, or playing online video games? You need to find a device that is robust enough to handle all your needs. With so many products out there to choose from, I’ll break down what to look for and what you can ignore when making your decision. First, the goods: Wi-Fi Protcol. This is represented by a number – 802.11 – followed by a letter(s): b/g/n/ac. If you’ve […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Best Apps For Parents
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Best Apps For Parents

    We all remember the days-long-past when calling home to Mom or Dad meant you had to find the nearest payphone, and hope that you had a quarter available. Cell phones do offer convenience for parents and kids alike to more easily stay in contact. But your child having a cell phone with them at all times can have its drawbacks, particularly when parents feel that their kids’ use of said phone is out of their control. There are ways to turn your child’s phone back to your advantage. Here are some applications that can help. Qustodio (http://qustodio.com/, Android and iOS) […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Can Online Reviews be Trusted?
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Can Online Reviews be Trusted?

    Online reviews can be a lifesaver. When I recently needed to get my car fixed while out of town, I didn’t need to stop strangers on the street to ask them for a personal referral. I just pulled out my smartphone and Yelp.com (an online database of restaurants, service providers and attractions where users rate and review their experiences) told me which of the mechanics within a 10 mile radius had the most happy customers, and I could read detailed reviews to determine which was likely to be best qualified to resolve my specific issue. As more and more consumers […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015
    Nerd Chick Adventures: IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015

    Every year the IRS releases its “Dirty Dozen” list of the most prevalent tax scams, many of which use technology to take advantage of victims. While tax scams happen year round, the IRS warns taxpayers to be particularly cautious during tax season when incident rates increase dramatically. Identity theft, pervasive telephone scams, and phishing top this year’s list. According to the IRS report issued on January 27, 2015 (www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Identity-Theft-a-Major-Concern-on-the-IRS-Annual-Dirty-Dozen-List-of-Tax-Scams-to-Avoid), “tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.” The problem has become so prevalent that the IRS has […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Why In-App Purchases will Bankrupt You
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Why In-App Purchases will Bankrupt You

    Would it surprise you to learn that the top-grossing mobile apps are “free” games? While games like Clash of Clans, Candy Crush and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood are free to download, the in-app purchases that users are prompted to make throughout game play have made “freemium” games the kingpins of mobile device entertainment apps. Before you click to purchase another life, put down the phone. Here’s why in-app purchases could bankrupt you. Americans are spending more time interacting with apps than ever before. Nielsen data released in July, 2014 shows that “U.S. Android and iPhone users age 18 and over spend […]

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