XP Shame

Here at Geeks Central average about 1 XP machine for repair every week. Why? Often the XP machine is attached to a piece of industrial equipment (i.e. a roof top air conditioner.) To upgrade the machine could cost thousands of dollars. Another scenario is an old machine that was put in storage but has all

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Batteries

I am often asked “is it safe to keep my laptop plugged in all of the time?’ The answer is, sometimes. Newer laptops have a failsafe that keeps the battery life constant, no matter how long it is plugged in for. Unfortunately, older laptops do not have this failsafe. So, to preserve the battery, it

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Data Disposal

When you get rid of an old computer, it is critical to make sure that your personal information has been removed properly. This can be done by: Using professional grade software to wipe the hard drive. Physically remove the hard drive and destroy it. Be safe, don’t give your personal data to strangers when you

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What to Look for in a Technology Professional?

Picking a good IT provider is critical to your computer’s health. Here are several things to look for: Are you comfortable with the person and the company they represent? Some of the most personal parts of your life are stored on your computer and trusting someone else with that can be difficult Do they have

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Surviving Revenge Porn

We recently had a client recently had a client who had their phone number and photos posted on a website that solicits for prostitution. This kind of abuse has been coined “revenge porn.” Revenge porn can include having your personal information compromised on adult sites, having explicit pictures posted of you, or general sexual harassment.

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Responsible Facebook Surfing

By geekssite48324355, May 12 2017 02:29PM Facebook is a great way to keep up with friends and acquaintances. Unfortunately, there are bad people lurking in the shadows. They are waiting to steal your identity, your data or worse. There are a few basic things that you can do to stay safe. 1. Avoid those games

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Replacing Technology

By geekssite48324355, May 11 2017 11:42PM The pace of new technology is breathtaking. Every day something new is being introduced. With new technology, there is always a push to upgrade. But when it comes to technology, our mantra here at Geek Central is “don’t replace until you have to.” The only time a person or

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Hard Drives: The Untold Story

By geekssite48324355, May 10 2017 09:09PM Hard drives are the main storage area of most computers. If were to open up the metal case of a traditional hard drive, what you will see are disks on top of one another. The hard drive works much like an old record player. It has an arm that

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Staying Safe While Traveling, A Few Steps

By geekssite48324355, May 9 2017 12:00AM If you do a lot of traveling, it can sometimes be difficult to protect your personal security. Here are a few useful tips that may keep you from having your information compromised. 1. Do not use the shared cell phone chargers at the airport. This is an easy way

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1-800-Scammer

By geekssite48324355, May 9 2017 05:03PM If you receive a pop-up telling you to call a 1-800 number because your computer is infected, don’t. Instead turn off your computer immediately. Restart it. If the message persists, take it to your local IT shop. Under no circumstances should you call the number. Once you let them

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