Cyber Criminals are Like Busy Bees

    Cyber Criminals are Like Busy Bees

    Cyber Criminals are Like Busy Bees

    Can virtual reality be related to physical reality? You might be asking what is being asked here? What I mean is can there be things in the world around us that might make the understanding of what happens on the internet more understandable. I think is it possible. Especially for more senior or upper aged generations. Be aware, Cyber Criminals are Like Busy Bees.

    Why I say this is because younger generations seem to spend much more time in a world of virtual reality than their parents and even grandparents. The reality is that there is every way possible to communicate today without even leaving your home. You could almost do everything online if you wanted to. There are becoming larger and larger amounts of people who do as much as they can on the internet without even leaving the comforts of their own home.

    The Concept

    This concept came to me today as I was taking a break from my computer work and went outside to see my flower beds. I went around and was observing and enjoying the many different flowers.

    I came to the peonies on the front yard. They have started to really come out in bloom now. I was looking at the individual flowers. I notice that the bees are very busy collecting pollen from each flower. As I watched I notice that some flowers had more bees on them than others. That was because their pollen was more ready to be harvested that the other flowers in the flower bed.

    Computer Systems on The Internet

    Then I got thinking about the many computer systems on the internet. Some are attacked more by viruses and malware than others. Someone will be asking why is that? Then others will be saying what do bees and flowers have to do with computers connected to the internet?

    Well, this scenario in nature has a great visual effect for the virtual internet reality I think. Just like some flowers were had more bees on them than others is because they were more ready for bees pollination. Some computer systems are more vulnerable than other computer systems just because of what each users knows or users to make their system more visible and vulnerable to the internet. Like the flower are out there stating here I am I am ready for pollination, so there are computers on the internet that are stating the same thing. They have no real protection or below the protection that they should have. Maybe the user(s) go to sites that they should not go to. They receive a virus or malware apps because they were in a web site that made their system accessible to them.

    Public Wi-Fi

    Then there is the availability of public Wi-Fi hot-spots. These are internet connections where criminals like to connect with. When they do they go and access non-protected systems for data harvesting and identity theft. Here again these are very busy areas where unsuspecting internet users become vulnerable to have their data and/or identity stolen.

    What can you do if you feel that you need to use these hot-spots? Well, you should have a VPN or a proxy app on your system to help protect you while on the public network.

    The next question is what is a VPN? What is a proxy? First a VPN is a virtual private network that is created so that their is secure communication between the user and office. All companies that have employees that work off site do this so that data exchange is secure. It i important to use these when out of the office. There are both consumer and corporate VPNs. If you work outside a secure environment at all you should be using one. In contrast a proxy is what a corporation will use to filter the traffic from the internet and to the internet. It is through a proxy that a corporation will let their employees access or not access specific websites on the internet. It is through a proxy that employees that are working out in the field will go through to access those needs files or apps for work. So both the VPN and the proxy are important for protection and security of all data.

    Keeping Your Information Safe

    Therefore, as a user you do not want to give access to those busy bee criminals anymore availability to your data and personal information. It is best to be accessing the internet through a secure access point. This is like a corporate server system or a Small Office/Home Office SOHO network. If you are working outside such an environment. Then, make sure that you are using a VPN that goes through a proxy if at all possible.

    If you do not have a VPN on your laptop or tablet, you can google Virtual Private Network. There are a number of free and purchasable systems. Find the one that fits your needs the best. That way you will be keeping your data and personal information better secured. I would suggest that you make it a personal policy to always use a secure connection. That is like a corporate server connection or a SOHO server connection. Do this as much as possible. You have much better opportunity to have your whole system and data safe from criminals.

    Back To The Original Concept

    So, does the physical world show you situations that can be taken over into the virtual world. Well. you be the judge? Anyway, it is important to be more and more aware of how we communicate on the internet. Following how information seems to be so easily stolen and influenced today, it is important to be aware. The greatest thing to remember is the following. Just like we can be stolen from in our physical world, we can also be stolen from in our virtual world. Security is everyone’s business. Both physically and virtually. Our security starts with us. Don’t give out more information than you have too. Be thoughtful about where you are going when on the internet. Be aware of what you are getting or seeing and reading when you are on the internet. Then if you seem to be somewhere where you should not be, leave that website immediately. Your safety and security is always in your hands. Use it wisely.

    Appreciation

    Thank you for reading this post. It was my intent to make the reader aware that criminals on the internet are like bees in a flowerbed. Forever busy getting what information and data they can. If you have any computer concerns contact us here. Our computer services are listed here.

What To Do With Your Electronic System

What To Do With Your Electronic System

A Story to Start it Off

I would like to start by telling you a story. We have this car that is starting to show its age. When we got it the vehicle had low mileage. We were told it was good shape. Over time we have found out that it has aged quickly. Our purchase was not in the great shape as we expected. What now, do we deal with the things that are happening to the car because of age. Do we purchase another car. You will always be in a place that you will have to do some maintenance on your vehicle. Just like the vehicle before it. So, we have decided to keep this vehicle a while longer. Going forward and dealing with the maintenance issues that pop up for time to time.

Now why did I tell this story. It is because when I thought of it this story reminded me of how people many times look at their existing computer system. For many to continue using their existing computer system no matter if it is a laptop or a desktop is more monetarily efficient. Many people have gotten used to the issues that they have found a way. They are able to still get around. They have accepted the speed that their system works. Therefore, they plug along producing their work projects one at a time. Working on each project without a blink of an eye. For some it is because the system is the company’s system. They therefore use what has been provided for them until their company upgrades the system for a more current laptop/desktop. This is even true for tablets.

What To Do With Your Electronic System

Now if the system is a company system then the company’s IT Dept. will look after the upkeep of the laptop/desktop for their employees. What happens if it is your personal system, What then?

Getting back to my car story. You do what you are able to do to keep your system in top running order. Thus, you can accomplish whatever the project is that needs to be finished. What do you do if your system is showing signs of distress? That is, there are many pop ups, the system runs slow, and your apps and programs are running slow too. What To Do With Your Electronic System?

When these things start to happen many people just close the pop ups and wait a few more seconds for your system to start each app or program. People will wait a few more seconds for their documents to be saved or to work. But, there comes a time when you as a user are not willing to have this take place. You want your work to be accomplished so that you can move onto the next project. In other words, when these slow downs and pop ups start to take more time than they should so that you can accomplish your project then you become frustrated with the time factor. You come to the point where there needs to have something done to create a better working environment to complete your projects no matter what they are. What To Do With Your Electronic System?

Needed tools to improve efficiency

This is when you need tools or support to help rectify these problematic issues. Sometimes you need both. No matter what it is that is troubling your system and preventing you from accomplishing your work then you need to get your system corrected and back on the right path again.

This might mean using such programs as Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware and CCleaner to get your system back to its performance best. There are other good apps out there to be used to do the same things as the above mentioned. Then again you might not want to tackle the process of cleaning and clearing your system’s cache and temp file. You might feel that this is more that you are capable of accomplishing. There might be others issues like a corrupt file in one of your apps. There might be an outdated file in one of your drivers. There might be updates that need to be taken care of. In today’s age of system upkeep this is rare because of the automatic updates systems apps put in place.

Getting Some Expert Help

If the above paragraph is troubling to you then there are many IT Techs out there that are more than willing to help get your system back to the point where it is running efficiently. We are here to help correct such issues so you are able to back to the work that is more important. You do not have to worry about your system as we can take the worry out for you. We are able to get your desktop/laptop back to running efficiently again.

Oh, by the way if your system is needing to be retired for a new and improved system we will also let you know. Remember, just like a car when your system starts costing you more money in time and parts then it is time for a new system. There are many out there. Maybe your total work environment has changed in the passed few years. Maybe you were stationary but now it would be a great benefit to be more mobile.

Making Additional System Choices

Therefore, moving from a desktop to something like a Windows Surface, MacBook Pro, or even a Chromebook would be ideal for you. You would need to look at each system carefully. You would need to way each one to the type of systems you interact with and the robustness of the apps needed to continue the way you do your work or conduct your business. In the end these will play into your decision of the new purchase.

So, with these things in mind the next time your laptop or desktop start to make your work time for your projects time consuming look at what your system is doing. If you are getting lots of pop ups, websites are slow in loading or even you are ending up on websites you didn’t expect then your systems needs to be looked at. If your apps/programs are running slower than normal then your system needs to be looked at. When you are spending more time than what you think should be taking place to complete a project your system should be looked at. There can be more reasons than you might imaginable why your laptop/desktop is acting the way it is. Contact someone who knows computers so they can help you.

Making That Expert Decision

Also, remember these phone calls that come from someone you don’t know and wants to look at your system are 99.9% scams. Please don’t fall into their trap and get your system hijacked. You will end up with a lot of headaches and a lot of time regaining your security of your data and identity back.

Thank you for reading this post. Hope that you don’t find yourself in such a position. This is when you would like an expert to take a look at your system. You can contact us through the contact us link.

Mice and Mini

Mice and Mini

Photo by Kevin Bhagat on Unsplash

Having Your Google System Working

It is all well and good to have all the electronic gadgets these days. But, what happens when you can not get them to work with your existing electronics as you had hoped. This is what happened to me as I work on setting up a friend’s LG TV with their Google Mini. But as you would know, Plans of Mice and Mini.

This person needed to be able to control their LG TV via voice commands. They had gotten a Google Mini. It was set up and working but did not recognize their TV. This as you can imagine was very upsetting for them. When you have a disability you want things to work for you to make your life a bit easier and smoother.

Well, I started out getting some information about how to make the Google Mini and the LG TV talk to each other. Through the downloading of the Google Home App and the Google Assistant Apps the Google Mini and the LG TV where to see each other. At least that was What I was told.

Returning to the Blackboard

I followed the instructions which was given me making sure that the Google Mini and the LG TV were on the same Wi-Fi network. All looked good but there was no way that the Google Mini would see the LG TV. This became very frustrating as you can imagine.

Well back to the drawing board or as it is in today’s way of looking at things, the Internet for more information resources. Do you know that there are more people in the United Kingdom that want to show off their Google products than in North America. Any way, I spent hours upon hours searching for and listening to videos about the Google mini’s. It did not give me much to work on. There were a lot about viewing and listening to many things through the different apps. There were a few about turning on and off the TV. Great information but nothing that I learned worked with their setup.

Working with Chromecast

Then I got a Chromecast Stick and thought that this would make a difference. I worked with the Chromecast. I turned on the SimpLink on the LG TV. The Google Home App found the LG TV and the Google Mini would send both audio and video to the different apps on the Chromecast. I was unsuccessful in getting anything else to work as it should. This was the same for no matter what I would do or change on the system.

It ended up that we returned the Chromecast for the person. No matter what took place nothing was going to make the system work together it would not. Again when you are handicapped and need things to work for you in a specific way but they just don’t then the technology is not what you want.

Now the Google Chromecast was only tried. The Google Chromecast Ultra was not used on this system. It is possible the Google Chromecast Ultra might have made a difference. It is also possible from what has been said about this particular LG TV that there could be something wrong with the TV. It as it has even stopped working correctly with the XBox system.

Conclusion

So, it just go to say that all electronic things work well but there will be exceptions to the rule. It is also an important point that not everything sets up as they should. If there are any situations or issues that pertain to the existing electronic system that you are working with then adding anything to it might not work as it should. You will need to correct the existing issues. Troubling situations first before proceeding onto adding more more electronic equipment to the existing system. This is a good rule of thumb and getting the people you are working with to comply to this rule can be a challenge from time to time.

Hope this blog has been of help to each reader. Thank you for reading it. If you have any comments or like to have more information about such a system email us on the contact page.

Computers Need Service and Maintenance Too

Computers Need Service and Maintenance Too

Computers Need Service and Maintenance Too

How is that so many people think about their computer/laptop the same way that they think about their car? They install apps on their system. Without thinking they keep going to the same web sites all the time automatically. also, they open emails without thought as well.

Just like putting gas and oil in their car without any thought of cleaning other parts of the engine and vehicle out. After a while the car gets sluggish and poor gas mileage. It might even start to smoke and cough.

This is the way it is with your computer/laptop. After a lot of use things just start to run slower. You start to get pop-ups. Then, you open your browser and you find that your home page is no longer the one that you set it to be originally.

You say to yourself, what has happened? Well, what has happened is with time your system has collected unwanted items and links. These things need to be regularly cleaned out. For some people it is not important, or they are too busy with the business of life around them.

System Service Concerns

You might say, so what! Well, if you rely on your computer/laptop as much as most people do today, then it is a big deal. People do not want or can afford to have a sluggish, uncooperative. They do not want their apps working slowly, or not at all. They definitely do not want pop-ups or unwanted home pages changing. And they do not want to be directed to web sites they did not want to go to when accessing important web sites.

So, what can you as a computer user do. You can regularly clean out your cache and internet history. You can when downloading apps read carefully and make sure that all unwanted check marks are unchecked. Be aware of the links that you are clicking on when finding information for that important work project. Always take a few extra moments to be sure that what your next step is will be the correct step, no matter if it is a search link, an email link, or a work link.

Now, if you are having more intense issues, then you might consider having a more experienced person look at your system to determine what might be the issue(s) causing your system not to work at its efficient ability. I understand that maybe you do not want to have the loss of your system for several days. Is it not better for you to be able to work efficiently all the time? Is it not better to have apps open as they should without any number of pop-ups slowing down your progress?

Conclusion for Computer service

The above questions you will have to answer for yourself. Click this link to get more information that will give you more understanding on what it is that can be done to correct any number of issues. There is cleaning and maintenance support, virus and malware removal support, hardware support and many more ways that can be looked at to improve working efficiency on your system.

Thank you for reading this information. Remember to click this link for more computer and laptop support.

Spring Clutter To Summer Success

Spring Clutter Summer Success

Spring is the Time for Renewal and Cleanup

Well, how time flies! Up here in the Great White North we are now planting and getting our flower and vegetable gardens ready. The growing season is now upon us. What about you?

When you turn from your outdoor work and come into your electronic world are you seeing changes in your electronic units. Are you finding that your flower and vegetable gardens are producing better than your electronics? Are you finding that there are more electronic weeds in your system(s) than there are in your gardens?

Has your smart phone become cluttered with apps? Has your smart phone become sluggish when opening those apps? Is it just sluggish in general? Believe it or not it can happen to your smart phone just like your computer or laptop.

Has your computer gotten sluggish? Do you find new browser pages you did not want or many pop-ups that make it troublesome to work and get on the internet?

Well, just like our gardens outside, our smart phones, computers, and laptops need to be looked after and cleaned up from time to time. It is something that just needs to be addressed. It is like keeping our flowers and vegetable gardens cleaned up so that what is supposed to be in the garden will grow better and more efficiently. To be able to work efficiently on our electronics or even play on our electronics we need to look after them just like we would our gardens.

Don’t Like Your Summer be Sluggish

If you are finding that you need your smart phone, computer or laptop working more efficiently for the summer. We would like to help you. We will clean and update your system. You will a system that will be able to give you a summer worry free.
This computer support link will provide the information you need for the services we will be able to provide for you.

Overcoming Windows 10 Sluggishness

Overcoming Windows 10 Sluggishness

Old Machine New Operating System – Overcoming Windows 10 Sluggishness

In a world of always needing the most recent computer or laptop I am still running an older hardware system. Yes, it has Windows 10 on it, but I have upgraded the Operating System on it multiple times. I am sure that there are many computer users out there that have done the same thing to save money. The question is how many people have been able to Overcoming Windows 10 Sluggishness?

What has made this a reality for many people. Microsoft allowed people to download Windows 10 onto their existing computer. Then they could install a working version of the newest Operating System free. This was a helpful move on the part of Microsoft. I am sure that this move allowed many computer and laptop users to stay with Microsoft. They continued to use Microsoft’s Operating System.

The Sluggishness of a new Operating System on an Old Computer

The thing that a lot of people have encountered with this upgrade is sluggishness. Their working computer or laptop does not respond well anymore. I have been such an operator. Also, I have spent many hours waiting for my computer to work on some project or operation. This is true as I know that others have to. Wondering if the computer would move on or was completely frozen to the point of needing a restart.

Well in the past twelve months or so I have done a fair amount of research on these issues. I have looked into sluggishness, CPU usage, memory usage and more. I have tested my RAM, hard drive several times to see if any one of these hardware items had failed. As well, I am working with some very old hardware at this point and failure could happen. All hardware is still working well currently.

I considered what parts of the Operating System takes up the most system resources. Also, I looked at Cortana, network resources, and any application that started up at startup. If they were running in the background, were they slowing the computer down? Such research can be time consuming and may even up confusing to say the least.

Stopping Applications From Running in the Background

I shut off Cortana, I removed it from the system which helped somewhat. The big drawback with removing Cortana was that windows would not update. Yes, it would download and start the install. When the system found that Cortana was missing it would stop the install. The system then reverted back to the previous system setting. This I found out to be very annoying and dishearten.

I shut off different network resources and stopped many applications. Even without them running in the background I still ended up with the same situation. My CPU was always running at 95% or greater. My system was too old and not efficient enough to run windows 10. I would have to find another way to work on the internet and resolve my online working issues.

Relying on Another Operating System

So, I brought out an even older computer with less resources than the computer I was working on. My understanding was. If I can find a version of Linux that will work on this system then things would be even better. After all Linux is the Operating System that would resolve all the headaches of Windows.

Not so with Linux. This will work on anything almost I thought. It took some time to find a version that was lean enough and would function well on this older computer. Once I found that version which was Linux Mint it worked OK but that was it.

Now What?

Now what? Now I had two computers with different Operating Systems on each working OK but that was it. I was having trouble with audio and video on both computers. This was because of lack of hardware resources in each computer. I did not want to give up but what was I supposed to do.

Well, back to the drawing board as they say. It was back to the internet for more research. How I could be improving one of these computer systems. With their over-sized Operating System and their under-sized hardware! I choose my Windows machine.

I did not do research first. What I did was to start to look at my machine’s actual hardware resources. I remembered that Windows 10 needed 20 GBs or more of free space to function let alone function well. What I found was that my Windows System was working under 20 GBs of free space.

So, I started to find ways to increase that free space. I moved files to an external hard drive. I then started thinking about all the backup Operating System files I had. Was I going to go back to Windows 8.1? I had been working with Windows 10 for about two years now. As well, I liked it much better than Windows 8.1. So, no I was not going to go back to the previous version of Windows Operating System.

At this point I still was less that 20 GBs free. With the removal of these old backup Operating System files I would gain over 23 GBs of space. I made the decision and gained over 23 extra GBs of hard drive space.

The Completed Outcome

Now with over 40 GBs of free space my computer is running much better. I have experienced little to no audio and video sluggishness and freezing. My applications open with greater ease. Using my Windows computer has become more hassle free these days. What about my Linux machine? Well, it is still hear in my office. It does get used from time to time but much less now that Windows 10 usability has improved.

So maybe Microsoft was safe in saying that Windows 10 will work on a system with 4 Gbs of RAM. That is the amount that I have on my motherboard. The things that I have come to conclusion about are the following. You need to make sure that you have 20 GBs of free space on your hard drive. More is better. You need to store all your data no matter what it is on an external drive or in the cloud. You do not want to fill up your C Drive. Yes, I am using Cortana but I have set it to be only searching on my system only. It does not search the internet for anything.

These simple concepts have made a world of different in my computer world. It is easier to do the work I need to do. It is easier to enjoy my personal computer time as well.

Thank you for reading this post. If you have any tips or trick for Windows 10 on an older machine I would love to hear how they worked for you.

Technological Support for Disabled and Senior Groups

Technological Support for Disabled and Senior Groups


Technological Support for Disabled and Senior GroupsThere are many people out there that are in a technical age of despair. There people are the disabled and senior people. Technology bombarded these seniors on all sides. For the most of them they need the different technological items that they use. For some they have to deal with a changing world that confuses them. We need to provide Technological Support for Disabled and Senior Groups.

Seniors and Technology

For seniors it is an age that has changed around them. They might have been in a business position. It was then transformed from mechanical to technical. Or it might have been an office position. Again, technology changed this position to a computer position. Either way they have had to learn new work situations on the job. This might have been challenging to them. Now they retired they see no need to pursue this tech/computer way of life anymore. Unfortunately, the world around them has grown with the age of computers. Thus, they still need to be able to understand technology to be able to do every day things. Remembering my in-laws. One is good at using the computer while the other fears the computer. With Technological Support for Disabled and Senior Groups will lessen their technological fears.

This is the way it is in the people group of seniors. Some are able to grasp the age of technology while others are not.

Seniors Who Make a Difference

Remembering the retired 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya who has created an app for the iPhone. There is no reason for her to create this app, except that she can and did do it. This is one way that she has keep her mind active and healthy. She could have stopped working with her mind when she retired but she chose to continue to keep her mind active. Her app is for seniors 60 and over to be able to play an old traditional Japanese game. Masako hopes that the creation of the app will help to pass this tradition on to the next generation in Japan.

This creates purpose for Masako. I see from this example that computers can create purpose for seniors. There are many ways to use the computer technology that would be of great benefit to the aged in the world.

So many people retire and then don’t do that much. Many of them watch TV. Yes, there are many other ways to engage your mind after retirement. There are books to read, puzzles to create, people to take to, games to play. These all have to have the seniors engage. The user has to engage with their computer. Without engagement the person will sooner or later, deteriorates into nothing.

Seniors who use computers after retirement should also help other seniors. They can help in the use computers. There could be senior gaming groups, programming groups and even app programming groups. With so much of the computer technology aimed at the younger generations. It would be a great asset to have a seniors’ group that would take it on themselves. Thus, to aim a section of today’s technology towards the seniors 60 and over.

Disabled and Technology

Now that I have touched on seniors let us look at the disabled community. Before there was all this technology. Many disabled people were much more reliant on others. To help them with not everyday life but also help them with being a productive asset in society.

Now with the involvement and growth of technology the disable people sector is able to do more. They able to be a greater asset to the society that they live in. This is a great plus for the community they live in. Disabled people can now have purpose. The economic sector has a great group of employable persons to choose from.

I know many disabled people who with the help of technology are able to now engage in the community around them. They are able to hold work positions and get out more to be with their co-workers, friends and family members.

This technology is vast. From prosthetics to voice and hearing recognition software. There is even sight recognition software. You now have implants that help with both sight and hearing impairment.

While all the above is well and good. There are groups in the disabled and senior sectors that find technology difficult. The technology does not or is unable to meet all their needs. There are many reasons for this, but I am not going to go into them at this this time.

Helping Seniors and the Disabled

I have put this information together because I see a need to help in these two areas of life. Working with these two groups is challenging and rewarding. There are many obstacles to overcome in these two areas. They consist of fear, uncertainty, and capability for everyone involved. Also, there is availability of the technology needed. Of course, there is the learning curve factor. Finally, there is the expense to put the technology in place for use.

Yes, these are many hurdles to get over when dealing with the need of technology. Especially for the disabled community. But, here again these can be overcome and achieved. I have seen success for many disabled people with the help of others.

Conclusion

I am finishing this post with the hope that people understand that I am committed to helping. That is any person has a disability and needs technology. Also, any person who is a senior who needs help with their technology. You are always able to contact me through this contact link.

Seniors and Computers

How Far Have Seniors and Computers Come

Seniors and ComputersWe are in a new era. At the turn of the 19th century the world was facing an industrial revolution. When the 20th century the world had already experienced the technological revolution. Now we are needing to deal with Seniors and Computers.

The technological age has brought with it so much more to learn and understand. The information is 100 times more than the industrial revolution. It has produced so much more mental understanding than ever before.

People have had a concern with a generation gap. This made it hard for young people to communicate with older people. The technological gap has not only made it difficult to communicate between generations. It has made communication difficult between people within the same generation. Also we have a gap with Seniors and Computers.

We have people today that got along well for years by doing. Being able to read or not read was not the question of concern. Now with so much to read to be able to stay up to date with technology at times it has become an issue for some people.

The good thing with technological advancement there are now electronic readers. These help many people. This is a great thing now. It has not always been that great though.

Personal Experiences With Seniors

I finished helping a couple in their late sixties early seventies. They had two computers. On was very old and was at the point that upgrading was out of the question. The two computers were Microsoft based O/S.

They decided to go and a new computer. The new computer of choice was a MacBook Air laptop. The lady of the family already had an iPad.

They brought the new computer to me to set it up. They also wanted her data moved over to the new computer from her Acer laptop. He wanted his data moved over from his old laptop to her Acer laptop. This process of setting up the new MacBook air laptop and moving the two sets of data over was not a big deal. I completed this project without a hitch.

When the couple came to get the new computer all was well. What I can say is the wife is quite good with computers while the husband is not. Technology for him is quite challenging at times. This is OK.

I went ahead and help answer the wife’s questions that she had before they left. The husband on the hand was more reluctant to get any questions answered. Thus the gap with Seniors and Computers.

They have called since then with more question that needed answers. I am always glad to help answer any questions that anyone has.

Personal Experiences With Family

Then there are my in-laws. My mother-in-law is quite adapt in using a computer. Mind you she is of an age that if something changes then my mother-in-law has a learning curve to deal with for a while. It takes her some time to understand new things on the computer these days. But, my father-in-law comes at the computer as if he is coming towards and angry bull. He has no patience and wants to get the job done without any issues. Well, you almost can guess the outcome with my father-in-law. There is very little progress at the best of times.

By the way my in-laws have had their computer for more years than you want to know about. It is a good computer and is still accomplishing the tasks that they need it to do. This is good as it aids to the learning curve that seems to be always there for them when using the computer.

Seniors and Handheld Devices

Oh, yes, then there is the new item on the block called cell phones. I am finding that cell phones are very confusing for people 55 to 60 and up. With the computer it was only emails. Now with cell phones it is email, messaging, texting and of course the apps. More things to learn. A smaller screen to use them on. This contributes to more mistakes and issues. All due to the fact that eye sight is not so good in the older generations. Then there is the issue of the adult fingers trying to make those tiny keys on the cell phone keyboard work. Also spelling words as they should with correctness is also difficult.

Reasons For The Stories

Why do I tell you all this. Because technology is difficult for some people. It does not matter their age. Some people can not grasp how to use the computer, cell phone. tablets etc. That is OK. Not everyone was and is able to grasp science, mechanics and those types of things either.

What can happen is the following. We as people who know how these things work can help them. That is walk them through the technological challenges. We can answer their questions. Also we can show for them how things work on their computers, laptops, tablets and cell phones.

I have been sure glad for people to help me out with the spelling of different words. This is my weakness. I do use the many bells and whistles to help me with my grammar and spelling. I also still ask others around me how to spell different words. I also have them read what I have typed to see how it sounds to them.

Understanding Technology in Time

In time that people’s misunderstanding of the technological age will lessen. There will still be people who are not technical minded and will always need help. The Internet of Things will change the view of technology. As more people use these different items and work on them the better people will become.

The technical age is teaching people how to use computer, laptop, tablets and cell phones. Many times this is like the building of homes are. One will be good with this app or set of apps for work. Another person will have a different app or set of apps they are good with. This is like having framer, plumbers, roofers, finish carpenters etc.

Why will this always be you might ask. It is because the computer world is so diverse. You are able to do so many different things through a computer system now. Computers are for much more than crunching data and data type information. You can use them for arts, science, gaming, school, work, and research.

Computers and The Handicapped

The computer can now help the handicapped. This group includes people with visual challenges, people with physical challenges. Also people with hearing challenges and more. These people have voice and movement activated aids that can do more than ever before for them. They are able to go to school, work and take in many extra functions because of the computer world we live in now. Yes, technology is not perfect. Handicapped peoples still have challenges to overcome. It is much better for them today than it was even 10 or 15 years ago.

It comes down to the make and model of computer that will fit your needs. Some like the PC. Then there are those who like the Apple. Here again there are those that like the Chomebook. What will be your device of choice.

Microsoft Technology

While the Microsoft PC, desktop or laptop, has the most going for it being the dominate system. You are able to get the most applications for it. It is the most used thus the most accepted for of file format. Sharing files is easy. The drawback is that these systems can be the most attacked by viruses, malware and spyware.

Apple Technology

Then there is the Apple. Many have stated for many years the Apple O/S is the safest system to be using. They come in both desktop and the laptop. After the hacking of the iCloud there have been many questions about the safety of an Apple product. The use of Apple laptops is large in the graphic arts fields. They have the best graphics for such application work. The big drawback with the Apple is they do not have the greater system use base. Thus, conversion of communications to the PC is a reality. This is so their documents are readable. With the new application versions this is a thing of the past.

Chromebook Technology

Then there is the Chromebook. These laptops are new on the computer scene. Here again they have an O/S that is separate from the other two major O/S systems. The thing that makes the Chromebook system popular is the following. They work well with the social network and cloud base computing. Everything is through the Internet these days. You work, do schooling, communicate and send messages all over the Internet. How things have changed. The big thing that is catching peoples attention is that they are not gaming computers. Because of this they fit in well for school and work projects.

No you are not able to do heavy computer work on them. This includes heavy application coding and CAD work projects. The handling of regular school and work projects you will find works with ease. The Chromebooks are also light and very portable. These attributes make it simple to take them from one point to another point easy. They are virus free environments. Thus making connectivity with other networks a much safer process.

Yes the Chromebook has some drawbacks. They need a network connect for full functionality. They have very small on-board hard drives, usually 16 to 32 GBs in size. You need to store your data and documents either in a cloud storage or on a thumb drive. They are no good for gaming. Accessibility of everything is though the Internet. This means apps and stored files. They are available at a fraction of the price of most other laptops.

I am able to access both my Google account and my Microsoft account without any issues. I have read from some people. Their model of Chromebooks has difficulty accessing a Microsoft account.

Users’ Reviews

From what I have read in other people’s reviews. The Chromebook is very good for people who are technology challenged. There have been many people who have purchased a Chromebook. These Chromebooks have been for their ageing relatives. Each of the ageing relatives seemed to be able to access their email and social accounts with ease. They do not have much of a learning curve. They were also able to do the other tasks they needed to do with a computer without much trouble at all.

Conclusion, Know Your Computer Needs

It is important that you know what you need in a computer. A large majority of people are now purchasing laptops. This is because of the great informational Internet highway. Not all laptops are for everyone. Like the couple I setup their new Apple MacBook air they choose an Apple laptop. As my in-laws still use their ageing desktop. I have purchased an Acer Chromebook laptop. There are people who need to buy Microsoft PC laptops. We each have chosen our product. Also we continue to use our exist product. This is because our current system meets our current computing needs.

Thus, I would like to say that purchasing a Chromebook is for you. I am unable to make that statement. I enjoy my Chromebook. It meets my existing computing needs. The Chromebook laptop might not meet all your needs. You need to understand your computing needs. When you do then you will be able to choose the correct laptop system for you. Remember knowledge is power. With that knowledge you will be able to buy within your budget.

Thank you for reading this post. Please leave your comments. On how well your needs of a computer matched up with your final computer/laptop sale.

The Future of Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality Today

net neutralityNet neutrality is big in the news these days. I have read a fair amount about it and it seems that it is a bigger deal in United States than Canada. What is it? How will the Internet respond if net neutrality is not in place? These are two big questions. The people and government in the United States are doing their best to answer right now.

People, organisations and the government are up in the air about it. Net neutrality has a lot to do with free speech. The belief of more that some that if net neutrality disappears. Then the freedom of the Internet will be gone. Others believe that it is impeding in the forwardness of business. This includes corporate growth. Then there are those who want to regulate the freedom on the Internet. This will give them access to information at anytime from anyone.

People’s Belief of Net Neutrality

People believe the following. If net neutrality disappears then the ability to surf the Internet will disappear. without paying high prices to do so. The belief is with the lost of speed to surf the Internet there will come a higher payment price.

I can not speak for the United States population. But here in Canada even though they say we have net neutrality there is a Internet access tiered system. It is already in place by the big cable and Internet providers. People and organisations in the United States do not want the tiered system. The fear is this will bring higher costs to the internet service.

Net Neutrality Abroad

There are some countries around the world that already regulate the Internet. Both coming into and through their country’s boarders. From what I have seen and read. There are organisations in the United States that fear this would happen. That is to say if net neutrality disappeared.

Freedom of speech, freedom of the people. Having the Internet now a day is like having electricity. If people were to loose the Internet, they would not know what to do with themselves. It would be like someone turning off the electricity, people do not know what to do with themselves. All this freedom is in the hands of the person with electrical switch.

Like a couple of weeks ago we had a horrible storm go though our city. It shut down our electricity because a transformer station went down. We had no TV,radio, Internet,and at one point the storm was so bad we had no cell service. We had to find new ways to communicate, entertain and busy ourselves for the rest of the night. For most people this was an inconvenience. What is be portrayed is a much more painful situation that would last longer than one night.

The Painful Loss of Net Neutrality

The belief is that the lost of net neutrality will make everything painful on the Internet. This is hard to say. What I do know is that the corporations in the United States are larger than the corporations in Canada. I am sure they have much to gain without net neutrality in place.

I know from reading. At times the main cable and Internet providers have stepped in. They have prevented information from reaching the public eye through the Internet. That is here in Canada. Is this wrong? Well I guess that the individual user has to decide. The Internet is not regulated. Also the belief is that Internet should be self regulated. This means the each user much set up their own guards and fences while on the Internet.

Corporate Use of the Internet

There are many sites. The Internet has many users. You can find many abusers on the Internet. Each person who enters onto the Internet has to position themselves as a user or an abuser. It has been the abusers that have caused so much concern by government. With the mass amount of information travelling through the Internet. People and organisations now have more concern. This has made the corporations want to create freedom restrictions laws.

I am sure that corporations and Internet providers are receiving enough revenues. They are able to cover the costs of serving the Internet to the public. If they did not then they would not be in business today. These corporations want more money. They also want new ways to get revenues from information sources.

Personal Use of the Internet

I remember the time when I went from snail mail to paperless to cut down on the garbage mail. I am sure that this one is for sure. The general public will see an increase of junk email if net neutrality disappears. These businesses and corporations will have more access to people’s information. This will allowing for more junk email.

I am not sure if it will be the junk mail that people will mind so much. It could be the extra minimal costs for this web service or that web service. There are so many web sites now that charge an extra charge to use their web site services. To have your own Internet provider to do the same. Many users would be up in arms about that. If this becomes the end result with the lost of net neutrality then the general public will have a lot to say.

Government and the Internet

Everything in time will have some government ruling attached to it. The government what to have a piece of every pie. Will this be true of the Internet as we see it today. I do not know. There will be always change. Many times not for the better of the common person or small to medium business.

All we can do is voice of views and options. In doing so we can then hope that the right people grows hear what we are saying. Then we can hope that they will take our concerns to the correct government officials. From there we can only hope they hear and do the best thing for all who concerned.

Final Words on Net Neutrality

In conclusion, we have enjoyed the benefits of net neutrality for a great season. There have been a lot of good and a lot of not so good because of net neutrality. It would be our desire as it is for others to be able to enjoy the benefits of net neutrality moving forward. There has been a lot of concern put forward about the loss of net neutrality. Also, the negative effects of the remove of net neutrality.

I hope that the consequences of the removal of net neutrality is not that great. Keep expressing the importance of net neutrality. To your congress person and your world so that everyone who will hear. And as always, remember, If we have net neutrality or not, Internet security begins with you. continue to do all in your power to make and keep the Internet a safe place to be. Especially for our young people and children.

Have you checked your computer and cyber security lately

Where is Computer Internet Cyber Security Now

Computer Internet Cyber SecurityIt is the mid of the year now. Have you thought of how well your Computer Internet Cyber Security is right now. Compared to your Computer Internet Cyber Security at the beginning of the year? Have you seen anything unusual in your emails, website directs? Have you experienced any website page redirects while you have been on the Internet?

This year so far has been a year of more cyber crime activity that in previous years. We have been witness to the largest radsomware experience the world has seen. Not to mention all the viruses, spyware, and malware which is out there.

Recent Experiences

I have had a couple of experience with a couple of my clients recently. You know it does not matter your age or your gender. When you are on the Internet you are vulnerable to every cyber crime that is out there. You might even end up with a situation which looks like a cyber attack but isn’t.

First Client’s Experience

Now getting back to my clients. I had a client who received a false cyber attack. The web page screen wanted them to call Microsoft. Thus, to have their computer scanned for viruses and computer issues. First of all, Microsoft contacts no one on their computer or viruses issues. This has never been the way of doing things. Microsoft, Apple, and any other big corporation has never contact people. These companies are not concerned about their computer issues.

I was able to correct this attack of false computer issues. One thing that people can do for themselves. On a regular time frame clean out their browsers history, cache and cookies. What this does is delete any connective web Internet information. Thus cyber criminal app links are not attracted. People do not realize that there are links roaming the Internet all the time looking for open ports. It is through these cookies that bigger viruses can come in. For this client they were aware enough to stop what they were doing and get off the Internet. They were also wise to have an trained computer person look at their system. Thus, to make sure there was no lasting cyber attack issues on their system.

Second Client’s Experience

The second client that I want to talk about I have not seen for a very long time. This client receives a lot of communication through email. Over time they build up. For this client they had built up until their email deleted folder was very large. Also over time your temp, computer deleted folder and Internet history and cache build up. Well this client was in a panic. They could not delete anything, move anything or install anything. Panic was what turned them to me. I came over to their place of business, looked their computer system. I realized what the situation was. I then processed to complete the needed task at hand.

Their computer system needed a real good cleaning. I had to start cleaning the system out without any added software. That was because I could not install any of my cleaning applications. Once I have the browsing history and cache removed I was then able to install my cleaning software. I was then able to do a thorough clean of my client’s computer. The end result amazed me. I cleaned out of the computer system 101 Gbs of temp, deleted, history and cache files. On top of that there were close to 2000 deleted emails removed. My Client’s computer is back to working as it should.

What to Pick up From These Experiences

This last experience shows that it is important to maintain your computer systems. That is on a regular time frame. This scenario could have ended in disaster. The client could have lost all their important apps, data and files. This could have been disastrous for their business and clientele base.

This also brings up a great point. When you are dealing with personal and business data and information. Please be very careful. Before I helped these clients with their computer and Internet issues. I read an article on data and information security.

What We Can Learn From Other Experience Situations

One of the largest security companies in North America did some hardware upgrades. That is on they system. The article stated that their SSD drives were not as well data cleaned as they should have been. Client information got out. Oh my, this was not good for the security company. The security situation reveals the importance of making sure. Thus, that all data and information both personal and business is secure.

There is no use to touch wood these days. In an era when everything is at our fingertips we need to continue to educate ourselves. It is important to know how to keep your data and information safe and secure. There is so much on the Internet now. So many people are storing their data online. Also, companies and organizations are now storing their business online. People are even storing their security passwords online. It is important to have knowledge of the cloud companies. Read and have knowledge of their security history record.

Experts Also Need to be Safe

Even I store data online. It is important to have the correct knowledge about all you do online. I use a program called LastPass for password security. With a system like this you only need to remember one password to be able to access all your other passwords. There are other companies with password apps out there. All you need to do is your research on each security company. Then you will understand if they have a great, good or average track record. That is for keeping their clients’ data safe and secure.

Conclusion of The Matter

I can not stress enough the importance of personal knowledge. This is on data, information and Internet security. The more we use the Internet and exchange information with others the more we need to understand. There are important boundaries of data exchange. Do not give out more that you need too! Do not go to places on the Internet that appear or have a reputation of being insecure. Be knowledgeable of your family’s Internet use. This way you can instruct and teach about the importance of safety and security on the Internet. Set times for the Internet to be available and when it is not available for use in your home. Understanding Internet usage and safety is important. The security of all who use the Internet is also important. This is important for both home and business.

Because you are able to go about anywhere on the Internet, everyone needs to remember. Security and Safety of you data and information begins with you. Thus, it is important to remember. Stop, Think, and Connect should always be everyone’s thought pattern. When going on a computer and connecting to the Internet today you should be always careful. This is important because so much is now done through the Internet. Thank you for reading this post. Remember that security both computer and Cyber Internet begins with each person. This is for whoever uses a computer and accesses the Internet.