COMPUTER REPAIR AND TIPS BLOG

  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?
    Mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets are made infinitely better – or worse – by the apps you install on them. With well over a million apps on the market, it can be overwhelming to decipher safe apps from the sketchy ones. Here’s how to recognize the duds before you download them. “App” is short for “application,” and on a mobile device these little software programs come in the form of mini games, tools for things like active navigation, calendar and appointment tracking or a synced to-do list, access to Netflix, Facebook, or video chat… the options are seemingly endless. But not all apps are good. Junk apps can inundate you with pop ups, try to redirect your Internet browsing to affiliated websites, make your device run slowly, or even make it crash. If you’re just cruising the app store, looking for something new to play or try, pay close attention to the number of reviews. If you see that an app has over 1,000 reviews, it is a good indication that the app is established enough to have weeded out most of the “new on the market” bugs. If it has a lot of reviews and more than three stars, you can be generally confident that it’s safe to download. Before you click install, however, take a moment to read through 20 or more of the detailed reviews. Look for vague or suspiciously similar wording. This can indicate that the app developer may have paid a 3rd party to post fake reviews to drive up the app’s rating – a good reason to s... Read More
  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!

    When you pay by the megabyte for data through your cell service provider, the free WiFi offered at your local Starbucks or McDonalds provides a real value. Yet, there are inherent dangers in connecting to a public WiFi network, particularly if you intend on taking care of personal banking, connecting to social media, or shopping online. Here’s what you need to know before you join a free, public WiFi network. I recently read an article written by a hacker who was able to plop himself down inside a cafe and within minutes, he had accessed the personal data of every […]

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  • Nerd Chick Adventures: Technology Designed For Senior Citizens
    Nerd Chick Adventures: Technology Designed For Senior Citizens

    Studies have shown that seniors who stay connected with friends and loved ones are happier and healthier than their solo counterparts. While computers and smartphones can give Grandma the ability to access email, Facebook and countless photos and updates about the grandkids, navigating gadgets can be daunting for anyone who hasn’t grown up clicking away on a keyboard and mouse, or familiar with how a touchscreen works. Luckily, there are cell phones, tablets and computers designed specifically with seniors in mind. Samsung designed the Jitterbug5, $99, cellular phone especially for seniors. Flip it open and you’re greeted with large, raised, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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