The Lifespan of a Laptop, and when you should consider a laptop repair

Fort Collins Laptop Repair

Laptops don’t last forever. That’s not groundbreaking news, however, you’re not alone if you’re wondering just how long a laptop should last, whether it’s time to buy a new laptop, or whether it is worth your time and money for a laptop repair on a laptop that is running extremely slow.
Tech experts generally agree that a laptop should last anywhere between three to five years before needing to be replaced. Of course, there are a number of factors that play into this number, including intended use, software maintenance, usage patterns, and computing power.
Don’t Panic IT Solutions tells us the factors that play into the lifespan of your laptop, and whether or not you should consider a laptop repair or replacement.

Intended Use
Perhaps the most important factor in determining whether or not you need to buy a new laptop is your intended use. If you are using your laptop primarily for simple tasks such as writing, creating spreadsheets, or putting together a PowerPoint presentation, you may be able to “repair” the laptop you already have (more on this later).
If you are wanting to use your laptop for state-of-the-art programs, apps, or gaming, you may experience significant slowdown or compatibility issues unless you decide to purchase a new laptop, or put a good deal of money into upgrading the laptop you already have.

Software Maintenance
If you don’t want to spend a good deal of money on upgrading your laptop and you’re not quite ready to make the leap to buying a new laptop, there are a number of things you can do to help prolong your laptop’s lifespan. One of the best things you can do would be to update your software, your operating system, or your security software.
It’s no secret that viruses and malware slow down the processing speed of your laptop and significantly shorten its expected lifespan. Staying up-to-date with your security software and protecting your laptop’s system is crucial in prolonging it’s expected lifespan. It is also crucial to stay on top of BIOS and driver updates. These updates help your laptop to work “behind the scenes”, interfacing with your laptop’s hardware to fix common problems that crop up, solve compatibility issues, and improve functionality.

Usage Patterns
Obviously the way you use your laptop can extend or decrease its lifespan. If you always leave your laptop on, it is likely that it will need maintenance or repairs much quicker than laptops that are only on while being used (fan failure or hard drive replacement are common repairs for laptops that are used like this).
Keeping your laptop in a cool space may prolong its lifespan slightly as the internal components (such as the fans) won’t have to work as hard to function properly. Similarly, laptop batteries can only be charged so many times before they begin to fail. Typically, a laptop battery starts to deteriorate after a few hundred charge cycles. Replacing your laptop battery would be the most common laptop repair that you might need during its regular lifespan. To increase your laptop’s battery life, try to avoid leaving it plugged in all the time, and only charge it when it needs battery life.

Computing Power
The most common end of a laptop’s lifespan is related to the processing speed, or when the laptop’s memory becomes inadequate for modern software. Tech experts estimate that computing power doubles approximately every two years.
Software capability increases generally in tandem with computing power, which naturally makes older laptops obsolete over time. If you are using your laptop primarily for simple tasks (as mentioned earlier), you could “repair” your laptop that is slowing down by purchasing and installing more RAM or a new hard drive until you decide to purchase a new laptop. Unfortunately., these are usually the only components of laptops that can be upgraded or repaired as other hardware replacement is difficult to perform or not cost effective to pay someone else to perform.
It is inevitable; however, that your laptop’s computing power will be outdated by the software that tech companies continue to put out. Keep this in mind as you make the decision on whether to upgrade / update or repair your current laptop versus purchase a new laptop that will last you the next three to five years.

10 Most Common Security Attacks That Will Kill Your WordPress Blog

Your WordPress blog is like your home online. You must take care of it to prevent unauthorized access and other security attacks. Failure to do so can lead to the downfall of your blog as whoever gets access to it or its code may control it and do whatever they want.

As a blog owner, you must learn about the security threats that you may face on your WordPress blog. There are several of them so you must always be on the look-out and do everything you can to prevent your site from being a victim of an attack.

Shared hosting is common nowadays. You share the hosting server with other users, making it possible for hackers to use any unsecured connection within the shared network, leaving your blog vulnerable to security problems. Consider going for one that is not shared or at least ensure that the shared server has strong security protection.

Hackers who successfully gain access to your code or account may also cause users to be redirected to other sites when accessing your blog. This can be a huge issue as your audience will not be able to access your blog and they might get tired trying if they cannot reach it.

There are more blog threats out there that you must be aware of. We listed some of the most common in an infographic so you can take the step to avoid them.

See our organized and informative image below to protect your blog from these security attacks.

10 Most Common Security Attacks That Will Kill Your WordPress Blog (SBO)

Hiring and Managing your Computer Repair Shop Employees

Fort Collins Computer Repair Company
Fort Collins Computer Repair Company

This is a guest contribution from Garrett Tate of Don’t Panic IT Solutions, located in Fort Collins, CO

Hiring and Managing your Computer Repair Shop Employees

As a business owner since 2003, we have been through the ringer with employees. Sure, starting out, we were just doing all the computer repair and IT services work ourselves. I remember going into multiple businesses knowing that I was going to spend hour after hour simply setting up the servers and then the countless hours it was going to take to monitor and administer everything for that specific business. 16 hour days were the norm, I was tired, and I knew that I couldn’t sustain the long hours.

Fast forward 14 years, and we have been through 3 different storefronts, and have a very successful business. Looking back, there were the highs and lows, but every single long hour was worth it to build what we can now have. We are so proud to offer a valuable resource, whether that’s computer repair, managed it services, or just lending an ear to people who call in to help walk them through a simple issue.

What’s helped so much after the initial trials and tribulations are our coveted employees. We have been very fortunate to have many great employees, some who have stayed with us for many years. We have seen some employees that weren’t the greatest fits, and to be honest that was nobody’s fault but our own.

And that’s the reason why I’m writing this post. I want to help you, the computer repair shop owner, make sure that you have the resources to not only hire but manage the right people. If you can take one, or maybe all of the items listed below and apply them into your business, you will be on the winning side of things to come.

First, let’s talk about hiring:

  1. Hire based on Evidence. Not based on Enthusiasm. We took this piece of advice from Darren Hardy, and we wish we had made this the number one hiring thought right out of the gate! We hired one of our first employees because he was so happy, enthusiastic, and we thought he would draw customers in because of his charming personality. The problem was, he didn’t have the requisite skills to even send out emails, let alone work on computer. That hire didn’t last long, but we have gotten much better about making sure we read a resume and understand someone’s skills before pulling the trigger.
  2. Be Clear about what you want. As a hiring employer, we have to be incredibly crystal clear about what we are hiring for. If we need someone to be client facing and go into businesses to diagnose network problems, we have to make sure not only that they are pleasant to be around, but that they know how to look at a network and diagnose a problem. There are so many tools that we can use that will help us perform the network diagnostics, but if we hire someone that does not have that skill, they simply won’t last long. Make sure that wherever you post your hiring ad, you detail every single technical skill that your prospective employee must have, any soft skills that would be requirements, and discuss with your team anything that you may have left out.
  3. Ask your Advisors! I belong to a rotary club. You might have a few people you can trust either in a networking group, or, if you are really unsure, ask a trusted family member what they think your best hiring practices should be. You can run your interview questions by them, and ask them if they would recommend asking different questions or expounding on your current ones.

Now that you’ve got some great tips for hiring, here’s some tips for managing your employees:

  1. Make sure you put them in the best position to succeed. If your employees are better at repairing computers than speaking with customers, they might be better served being back in the shop working on motherboards. If you have an employee who is well spoken, smiles a lot, and gives a great handshake, maybe they can be in charge of your client interaction. If you are interchanging roles between two people who have different skills, and they are not a good fit for an alternative role, simply take them and put them in the best place where they can help you, and ultimately grow.
  2. Have weekly or monthly one-on-one meetings with your employees. Asking key questions about how they are feeling about working with or for you can work wonders with employees. They will not only feel like they are valued, but they won’t be afraid to speak with their boss – you, about problems when they come up. If you are offering a new server administration service, and one of your current employees is qualified to fill that role, you may be able to figure out that information through your weekly or monthly meetings.
  3. Compensate well. As the boss, you see the numbers for your computer repair business. You know how many clients you need to blow past your bottom line, and you know what your breakeven is. If and when you succeed, make sure that you give your guys in the shop a raise or a bonus. If they upsell a popular remote support service after they sell a PC, give them a little bonus for the improved performance. They will not only want to stay longer, but ask how they can sell more to earn more, which also benefits the business.

We have been fortunate to have some great employees stay around for a long time, and because of them, our computer repair and IT company has become a mainstay in Fort Collins.

Ways You Can Reuse Your Office Gadgets

Ways You Can Reuse Your Office Gadgets

Introduction:

There are many ways to minimize business expenses, the best is to reuse and recycle the old office gadgets that are of no use.  Recycling items is very common to people but what probably people don’t know is there are many ways to reuse the gadgets. Reusing the office gadgets is the best way to save money. After all, it is the same material that you are using, only the need of the material is changed, we are using it for some other kind of need. Reusing the gadgets also shows your creativity.

How to reuse office gadgets:

Office supplies often goes sold in bulk. Help keep needy items from collecting dust or going to waste by following adopting creative ways to reuse and recycle those things. There are many ways to reuse and recycle the used or unusable gadgets in your office. Here are few ideas that you can try out. Read on the ideas:

1.  Making and using old tablets as e-readers: If you are still using the old and junk computers for business purpose, then it is time for you and your office mates to switch over to old tablets. You and your rest of the office people can use old tablets in order to read the materials that are needed for the business. Using tablets as e-readers will make it easy and comfortable for you to get the reading done. If you have some old tablets than replace them with old and worn out computers.

2.  Media Player as Storage Device: Flash Drives and Portable media devices are considered to be the most misplaced gadget in the office. If by chance it goes missing then there is no need to buy a new one. Simply find an old media player, and use it to store, transfer and save office data. The capacity of media player is very large and they are capable of storing bulks of data. Thus it can perform dual operations. We can hear music through them and at the same time can use it as a storage device.

3.  Using old computer monitors as TV screens:  If next time, the TV of the office goes burst, you can look for an old computer monitor and can replace it with the broken screen. Thus the monitor can be used as are placement for the TV. It can give both you and your ofice mates a relaxed space to breathe. Thus it is advisable to place the TV in the floor’s common area or in a office pantry.

4.  Using old CCTV as spare parts: Repairing a worn out CCTV will cost more money as its parts are expensive. What best can be done is to take that CCTV, break it apart, cut the spare parts out and use those parts to maintain and upgrade the other things in the system of CCTV. Thus in this way one can save money on buying the new parts. Thus the technique is very cost effective and it will also show creativity of oneself.

5.  Help others: It is often said that what is a thrash for one man may be the treasure for the other man. If you have some old gadgets which are really not of your use any longer then its better and advisable to donate such things to non-profit organisations that can recycle such stuffs for the use of other people. So pick up the phone and dial such non profit organisations and maintain the ecosystem of the society.

6.  Use old device to get money: There are many Tech companies in the world that can happily buy your old devices. Ask your boss or employees whether the particular device is of any use or not. If it is of no use then contact such programs and ask them if they are interested in taking such devices. Give suchdevices to them and in return they will pay you handsome money. Treat yourself and your employees happily.

Conclusion:

Old devices can gather only dust. They cannot do anything other. The best thing is to reuse and recycle these gadgets. You can also show your creativity. You can also take help from any third party organizations too in it. Thus you will succeed in maintaining a cost effective office. Reusing and recycling devices is a fun which you and your employees will enjoy doing.

Hope you have enjoyed reading it. If you have your own ideas on how to reuse and recycle stuffs then please write it in the comment box. All your comments would be entertained.

This Post is written by Margaret. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, WordPress, Gamification, website Hosting, website development and online development etc. These days she contributes on play euromillions

6 Types of Malware You Should Be Aware of

6 Types of Malware You Should Be Aware of

Malware programs can really be some of the worst stuff on the internet, and they’re more common than mosquitos in the middle of the jungle. They are also so numerous in variety that it would be nearly impossible to pick out a few specific pieces to talk about. Every hacker has their own trademarks and strategies to insert into their own malware, meaning that there are millions of different types being created every month.

What you can realistically learn about are the general types out there and what they look like. Many people already defend themselves perfectly, and you and your customers can as well. All are meant to harm you, and the first thing you need to think about is that there is no limitation on what a piece of malware can do except the imagination of the hacker. Nonetheless, trends do emerge.

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Here are the six main types of malware that you need to know about:

Ransomware

Out of all the types of malware out there, ransomware appears to be the most immediately menacing and hardest to get rid of. It works by effectively locking down your computer and then demanding a payment to unlock it, often pretending to be a security program in the process.

Don’t fall for it, as ransomware never leaves you alone, even if you pay the ransom. They’ll just want more. The best method to fight it is to not get it in the first place, but after that, deleting it in safe mode or a reinstall of the operating system might be in order. Don’t give in to pressure and keep a calm head should you encounter it.

Rootkits

Rootkits are the absolute worst in terms of how difficult it is to get rid of them. They hide by acting as files within your operating system itself, and are therefore nearly undetectable by scanners. They’re also undetectable to any but the most experienced of technicians, and even they would prefer to simply wipe the hard drive and start over instead of spending many hours looking through files. Fortunately, they are more difficult than other types of malware to install, and most hackers won’t find your information worth the extra effort.

Spyware

Personal data is valuable, and the creators of spyware know this. The main goal of a piece of spyware is to remain undetected while collecting information on the user, usually with identity theft as the end goal. It might also be put on your computer to scope out vulnerabilities for later attacks. A manual check of all of your files and frequent scans (with a good malware defense program) are your best hope for detecting and destroying it.

Mobile Malware

A few years ago, malware on smartphones was such a miniscule problem that it wasn’t even considered. Now it is one of the largest threats that security professionals and users alike have to worry about, and due to the limitations of the operating system and difficulties accessing the deeper functions of a smartphone, mobile malware is tricky to remove. People need to start using the internet on their smartphones much like they would on their home computer so they avoid trouble. It is also recommended that people install mobile security apps on their devices.

Adware

Adware is much maligned subset of malware that focuses on selling you things you didn’t know you didn’t want to have. They’re often paired with other types of malware to maximize effectiveness, and the ads themselves nearly always lead to a scam or legally questionable activity. The sooner it is deleted, the less of a risk that other types of malware will invade and cause deeper problems than pop-up ads from your browser or desktop.

Bots

While you might not think of bots as malware in the traditional sense, they are malicious programs used for criminal activity, in this case often to try to hack accounts. They’re the reason you have to type in verification words, and they allow hackers to sit back and let something else do all the work. While the average person cannot directly combat them, they should avoid making important accounts on websites that don’t have a defense against them.

Defenses to Use

While the nature of malware will change significantly over time, there are tools and strategies you can use in order to improve your general defense against these kinds of threats and more.

  • You need a security suite on your computer. You also can’t afford to use a free program that isn’t up to par with the rest of the industry. You additionally need to update it whenever possible, as hackers and malware distributors take advantage of the gap between average update time and update release.
  • If you are going out into the world, you need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). While most people will consider it a tool that allows people to connect to Netflix from another country, its best purpose is to keep people safe on public networks and bypass government censorship. Hackers can steal your information on these networks and use it to perform identity theft and spread malware later, so you need the encryption a VPN provides in order to remain completely safe.
  • Most cybersecurity problems are caused by people neglecting important habits, so the most important thing you need to work on is your own cybersecurity strategy. Only use websites that you trust, and don’t download any file that looks suspicious. If you let a piece of malware in the front door with an invitation, your tools won’t be able to help you.

Do you have any other thoughts concerning malware and defending against it? It is a complex topic, so any input would be appreciated in order to keep the conversation going. Please leave any questions or comments below.

CSHotline acquired by ResolveTek

CSHotline has been acquired by ResolveTek based in California. So now there are techs in California and Texas running the operation.  I have not only used CSHotline for many years with my own local and nationwide websites but ran CSHotline for over a year. A few of the biggest benefits of CSHotline to me has always been the branding and the pricing….$27 per repair!

Plus, this type of service is not only cost effective as compared to hiring techs but gives you time to concentrate more on building your business vice working in your business. Plus, no long term commitments….

Below are some of the benefits of CSHotline.

Completely Branded
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We offer 100% branding between you, CSHotline and your customer. They will be warmly welcome by your business name all the time.

24×7 US Based Tech Support
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We now have 2 operational call centers in Texas & California to cover all of United States and Canada.

Offer Unlimited Support Plans
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That’s right, You can also offer Monthly or Annual Plans to your customers. Our Plans includes all services we offer under PC & MAC, Accessories, Router & Networking.

Offer More Services
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Why stop at Tech Support Service. You can now also offer Web Design, Internet Marketing & Software Development services to your clients and that too with 100% Branding.

Enhanced Backend
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Control every part of your business using CSHotline Dashboard. You can set pricing, check messages, daily reports, view tickets, assign calls to our team and more.

Mobile App (Coming Soon)
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Your customer can get support in one touch for their PC’s and Gadget using your own custom made mobile app.

CSHotline vision is to provide great returns to computer repair business owners and continue to build something that is growing rapidly with a lot of upside.

To know more about Pricing and Getting Started with CSHotline visit http://cshotline.com/pricing/

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Top 5 Interesting techniques which secure your PC

Data loss can be a serious problem if something happens to the computer. All your vital files and important details can suddenly go haywire causing innumerable loss to your personal and professional prospects. Till recent past running an anti virus was the only solution to secure your computer. However, the advent of technology has brought a rapid change in this thinking process and today there are numerous interesting ways of securing the computer and the data alike.

Below are listed top five interesting ways of securing your computer. Try these and see the difference it makes towards keeping your computer safe from data loss.

1.) Operating System Updates

If you are also among the bandwagon who prefer to use Windows, the need of keeping the copy of windows safe by installing Window updates is imperative. Over 90 percent of computer users are using Windows and prefer updating their software from time to time.

Windows updates help you protect the computer against numerous bugs that might infect your computer occasionally The best course of action to ensure that automatic updates for the windows are on. Additionally, you can ensure that the same are being updated manually . Make it a habit to check the windows updates at least once a week and update accordingly.

2.) Firewall

Firewall allows data moderation that is being allowed in and out from the computer. Hardware firewalls as router prevents important data from either leaving or entering the system. You can install software firewalls too as this can monitor the programs from spending and receiving data.

Different options available

You can opt for Windows Firewall that is included with Windows XP SP2 and Vista. As this is already available in the system, you should be using it always. To ensure that it is running in your XP you should go to start option, check on the control panel and activate the Windows Firewall. For those having the Vista version, the same can be done by going to the start menu, checking the control panel, accessing the security option and ensuring that Windows Firewall is turned on.

3.) Web Browser

An interesting thought, though it might surprise you is that you should use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead of the traditional Internet Explorer. Though IE9 may be having significant improvement over its previous versions, Firefox and Chrome come up with additional security features that has many additional security features. An interesting fact about Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is that these are secure from phishing sites that can cause innumerable loss.

4.) Use the Antivirus

Viruses undoubtedly are the most common threat to your computer. Thankfully, a range of anti viruses are available that help keep the system secure and safe. Some of the popular ones are Avast, Avira, AVG and Norton. Try installing a free version or buy one.

5.) Spyware

A common threat, Spyware can cause irreparable damage to the system including data theft. You can use Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Anti Malware and Spybot Search to secure your system.

These interesting ways of securing your system and ensure that your PC is safe, all the while.

About The Author: Brianne is a writer/blogger. She loves writing, travelling and reading books. She contributes in Thea Miller

 

 

Computer Security: Tips to keep your favorite browser more secure

Almost all computers have web browsers installed in them. These browsers are used to surf the net and perform a lot of online activities. A few of the most popular web browsers are Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari. Since these web browsers are also used for online banking and other financial transactions, or your computer may have sensitive and confidential documents stored in them, it is very important that these browsers are secured. This is to prevent malwares, spywares, adwares from being downloaded and installed in your computer without your knowledge. This could result in catastrophic results in the long run.

ActiveX, Java, VBScript, JavaScript are some of the software features that add certain functionality to the web browser. But they can also add vulnerability to your system too. Some browsers allow these technologies to be disabled, while some allow the use to be customized on the basis of requirement only.

Let us see how some of the most popular browsers can be secured more.

1. Internet Explorer (IE):
Undoubtedly one of the most popular and most used browser around the world. The browser also supports a whole lot of softwares and plugins, which makes it a little more vulnerable than the rest.
To change settings for IE, select the internet options from Tools. Then select the security tab.
On this tab various security zones are on display. Select each zone and use custom level protection for all. When clicking on the custom level, a second window opens up, which allows to customize your settings for each zone. Clicking on the default level button and putting the slider control to High will make your browsers more secure, and also disable several features like ActiveX, Java and so on that makes it vulnerable.
For the trusted zone sites, which lists sites that you trust, set the security level to medium. Once you are fully assured about a site you can add it in the trusted zone, this will enable extra functionality for those sites.
The privacy tab is used for cookie settings. Use advanced button and select automatic cookie handling override. While session cookies are less risky than the persistent ones, it is better to use manual handling of cookies most of the times. In certain cases you may use ‘always allow’ option.

Use the advanced tab to disable “Enable third-party browser extension” option. Also turn off sound in web-pages option as that needs processing un-trusted data. Also select “Always show Encoded Address” option to protect against IDN spoofing.

2. Mozilla Firefox:
Mozilla Firefox is very similar to internet explorer and is also another very popular browser around the world.
Select Tools and then Options to edit Mozilla settings.
Select “Always Ask me” where to save files option. This cuts down the risk of files getting downloaded and installed without your knowledge.
The privacy category has the browser history and cookies option. Disable the option to remember anything like your entry in forms and search bar. History of your web browsing can also be disabled.
For Cookies select ‘ask me’ every time for better security reason. In the privacy option check the tracking option that tells “tell the website I DO not want to be tracked”, and never remember history. In the security turn off remember password option and you can turn on a “master password” option.

3. Apple Safari:
Apple Safari web browser supports most features similar to Mozilla Firefox. The features for Mac OS X and Windows are mostly similar.
To change settings you need to select preferences first. Blocking pop-up windows will be the first step to securing your browser more. In the download section, disabling “open safe file after download” will be a good option.
It is better to use ‘AutoFill’ options only with appropriate protective measures.
Disabling options like plug-ins and Java will make it safer. Also disabling the first three options that appear on the security tab will be safer.
Disabling JavaScript and Cookies will be a better option.

4. Other browsers:
Many browsers are there for use. They include Netscape navigator, Opera, Google Chrome etc.
All these browsers have security options. Use their settings tab to select and deselect the options that we have already discussed. Moreover use their help pages or tutorials to understand their security set-up and act accordingly. the most important features in keeping your browser secure is that do not allow add ones, do not allow any form of download without your knowing, and do not allow browser to save password and cookies.

Conclusion:
Web browsers are man-made and will have vulnerability. It depends on our discretion and simple use of common sense to make them secure. Using multiple browsers and dedicating each for separate purpose will be an excellent idea. Most importantly do not click on any link at random.

About The Author: Brianne is a blogger by profession. She loves writing, reading and traveling. Beside this she is fond of luxury cars and wishes to own one day Audi Sport Quattro

The Difference Between A Rootkit Virus And A Regular Virus

When most computer users think of malware, they think of viruses and rootkits and all kinds of bad things that they don’t want on their computers. While they are right about the “bad” part, many users don’t understand that viruses and rootkits are quite different, and virus protection software might work well against one while being completely ineffective against the other. But what is the difference?

Viruses are the bombers of malware. They are made to invade your computer, perhaps send themselves to other computers, and to launch a specific kind of attack. Whether it’s a popup window telling you to click to claim your prize or an e-mailed link that mysteriously sends itself to everyone in your address book, it’s there for a purpose, and it’s not going to be quiet about that.

Rootkits, on the other hand, are the ninja of malware. They slip in quietly, secretly. There’s no visible attack, no flashy pop up window, no long list of e-mail replies from friend and family telling you you’ve sent out a virus. No, they are trickier than that. A rootkit gets into the very operating system on your computer, sets up a nice little nest, and carries out its dirty deeds without drawing attention to itself.

How can this mischief happen? Simple. Both malware programs were designed by people to achieve a certain end. Viruses and rootkits are just designed differently.

Virses are files added to your computer somewhere in the hard drive. Thousands of new viruses are discovered daily, and many antivirus software programs do a good job of either protecting your computer from the virus or finding and eliminating it if it does get in. It’s a pretty straightforward process, and it happens all the time.

However, rootkits are sneakier. They replace key parts of your operating system, insinuating themselves into vital files without adding any new files. Some rootkits can replace your master boot record, so they are activated before your antivirus software even launches. As a result, many antivirus software programs will scan right past a  rootkit and upon finding nothing out of the ordinary, declare your computer to be just fine.

Once it’s in your computer, a rootkit allows other operations to run and conceals those from your view, so your computer can be doing things you don’t even know about, like letting in other users or granting administrator rights to strangers. These are not a once and done popup window; they can allow continued and repeated access to your files by an outside person, who is probably up to no good.

A rootkit is much harder to eliminate than a virus. Sometimes a complete wipe of the hard drive, erasing absolutely everything, is required to get rid of the infected files. If you think you might have a rootkit on your computer, you should seek technical support before trying to wipe your own hard drive.

After all, what’s the point of erasing your computer and reinstalling infected files on a clean system? Professional tech support can help you identify and eliminate your rootkit problem while preserving as much of your data as possible.

For More information on this you can find here – RemoteComputerRepair.com

Computer Security: How Android Phones Is Best Choice For Remote Data Wipes

Android phones are really popular these days, if you haven’t heard of them already then you must probably be living under a rock! Also known as smartphones, these phones make use of a technology known as android which offers different kinds of applications and features along with cutting edge technology. Android is huge these days, giving stiff competition to the iOS (Operating System of the Apple iPhones). The Android operating system is based on Linux and is considered to be one of the most sought after operating systems for cell phones across the world.

Is remote wiping of data possible?

A few years ago, remote wiping of data was a task that seemed highly impossible but today, thanks to the advancement in case of technology and science, it is possible for one to wipe off the data of one’s cell phone completely, even from a remote location. Of course it would be easier and more convenient to have the phone handy when it comes to wiping off its data, things aren’t always this way. For instance, in case the phone gets stolen then you can wipe off the entire contents of your phone even when you are nowhere close to the phone. Thus, this definitely proves to be a great feature in order to prevent sensitive information located on your phone from being used by thieves.

Why are Android phones most suitable for such wipes?

The answer to this question is actually, ‘why not?’ When it comes to computer security, it is definitely not risky to purchase an Android phone because these phones are the best choice when it comes to remote data wipes. Since Android phones support the operation of apps therefore one can download certain apps for performing such a function from the internet. Of course one has to go through the most popular or common types of remote data wipe apps in order to see which would make the most sensible purchase. Thus, with an Android phone you do not have to worry about your private, sensitive or confidential information ending up in the hands of strangers or outsiders who shouldn’t be knowing about them.

Examples of some apps that offer remote data wipes

One of the best apps that offer the facility of remote data wipes would be Mobile Security. This is an Android app which aims at allowing the user to clear off or ‘wipe’ off all their personal and private information. It also allows one to sound one’s alarm tone on the stolen mobile through remote access. Therefore this app is definitely very useful, and everything is carried out using a simple web interface.

Another useful app would have to be Android Lost. This app offers a different kind of servicesand can perform multiple fun actions like locating one’s GPS networking and other matters.

Conclusion

It can be said in conclusion that there are different types of mobile phones’ Operating Systems that offer remote data wipes facility but Android still remains to be a very suitable option.

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