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8 Essential Tech Tips for Optimizing Your Computer and Online Experience

Tech Tips for Optimizing Your Computer and Online Experience

Technology is an ever-evolving field, and it can be tough to keep up with the latest tips and tricks to optimize your computer and online experience. In this article, we’ll cover some essential tech tips that will help you get the most out of your computer and the internet.

First and foremost, it’s crucial to keep your computer and software up to date. This ensures that you have the latest security patches and features, which can help protect your computer from viruses and other malware. Additionally, staying up to date with your software can help ensure that your computer runs smoothly and efficiently.

Another important tech tip is to use a password manager. With so many online accounts to keep track of, it can be easy to reuse the same password across multiple accounts or to use weak passwords that are easy to guess. A password manager can help by generating and storing unique, strong passwords for all of your accounts, so you don’t have to remember them all.

Backing up your data is also crucial. Regularly backing up your important files and documents will help protect them in case of a computer failure or other data loss. This can be done through an external hard drive, cloud storage, or other methods.

Keeping your computer clean is also important. Regularly cleaning out old files and programs can help keep your computer running smoothly and quickly. This can be done by using a cleaning program or manually going through your files and folders to delete anything you no longer need.

Using anti-virus software is also essential. Make sure to install and keep anti-virus software up to date to protect your computer from malware and other malicious software. This can help protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other types of malware that can cause damage or steal personal information.

Be Careful when browsing the internet. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources and be careful when entering personal information online. This can help protect you from phishing scams and other types of online fraud.

Learn keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time when working on your computer. This can be especially useful when working with a lot of files and programs at once.

Be mindful of your privacy settings. Review and adjust the privacy settings on your devices and accounts to control the data that is shared and collected. This can help protect your personal information and keep it private.

By following these tech tips, you can help ensure that your computer runs smoothly and efficiently, and that your online experience is safe and secure. Remember to stay up to date with the latest technology and to always be vigilant when using the internet.

In conclusion, these are the most essential tech tips that will help you optimize your computer and online experience. By keeping your computer and software up to date, using a password manager, backing up your data, keeping your computer clean, using anti-virus software, being careful when browsing the internet, learning keyboard shortcuts, and being mindful of your privacy settings, you can help ensure that your computer and online experience are as safe and efficient as possible.

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The internet can be a dangerous place for anyone




You might think hackers or computer viruses are some of the only things you need to worry about when you or your family is on the internet but there is a hole array of different types of attackers in the world with different intentions. One you might never see coming is a Social Engineer, its not just the weirdos you see on movies like #Taken in foreign lands that you need to worry about.
Social Engineering in a rough simple description is an online scam artist these people will go to great lengths to befriend you or one of your friends or family members to gain access to what they desire it might be as simple as a password to a website or as bad as financially information, What ever it is they will use every lie hack or scam they possibly can to gain your trust, The internet is more full of these people then you or i will ever be able to count some more skillful then others and some willing to goto greater lengths..
Even the smallest details you give someone in any random conversation can give them more information to engineer you..
Say you mention your Animal and how much you love it they then know how to retract to animals to make you like them more,
Say You show them a picture they can then more then likely find the location that the picture was taken and alot more information that you or i may never know through Osint Tools

This is of course a very short generalized version of the definition of what a social engineer is but we did our best to explain it Proper information and more definitions and attack entry’s are listed on Norton’s website tho its worth the read if you or your kids spend time on the internet it can be dangerous for anyone after all

https://us.norton.com/blog/emerging-threats/what-is-social-engineering

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Windows 11 Should You use it ?

Windows 11 is Microsoft’s brand new operating system, And as such its still riddled with problems and will likely stay that way for quite some time as Microsoft older system windows 10 still regularly has bugs,
One big issue is Windows 11’s bugs are all brand new and still mostly undocumented making possible repairs/patches much more difficult.

Putting windows 11 on an older machine right now will cause you to have all sorts of problems if the universal drivers are not compatible with your machine which they likely are not Microsoft does not have a real human team working on updates for windows 10 its all computer automated, And as such errors generally occur much more often as super simple tasks/ undocumented incompatibility’s will slip by the automated computers algorithm until it “Eventually” picks up on it and pushes an update out we cant confirm but we image windows 11 is built the same way….

So should you upgrade to windows 11 ?.. Probably not yet

If you are on a newer machines 11th gen intel or higher you will probably ok to upgrade to windows 11 today start with a test to check if you are compatible simply going to your update section on your windows 10 pc in settings will tell you but if not you can try and follow this article from Microsoft HERE

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Virtualization Can Be Used For A lot of Things

What is Virtualization ?, where can i get it ? and why do i want it ?..
Well virtualization is a computer-generated simulation of reality to put it simply
but in an attempt to make it even easier to understand
The many Faces of Virtualization, It can turn your machine into multiple machines with just one set of hardware, no need to have 3 or 4 desktops/laptops running even if you need separate operating systems..

Mac Os X El Capitan Running In Virtual Box

In this photo you can clearly see our
Windows 10 machine running
Mac Osx El Capitain in a virtual Machine installing MacOS Sierra onto a Usb Drive.. The possibility’s are endless

There are many programs for virtualization. In The photo above we are running something call Virtual Box it will run virtual machines right from your windows desktop, Its excellent for learning the ropes of virtualization and even good for some real world work plus its free.. For any sort of real heavy duty work you will want to virtualize from a dedicated machine, Meaning an operating system Specifically designed for Virtualization windows 10 is out the window. There are many many options out there for Bare metal Virtualization operating systems like Proxmox if you are into open source Programs, Vmware or Microsoft’s Azure.

What type of machine is best for Virtualization ?.
A server built for it, but any computer can do it as long as its got the specs for it.
You Will Need
A processor with enough cores to run as many machines as you want.
Enough Ram for your Machines
And Enough Hard drive or preferably solid state drive space.
graphics isnt as important but a good compatible video card can and will help your virtual machines perform better depending on the way you have implemented your vm..

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Bad Laptop Batteries can Cause Fires

Inflated Laptop Battery

Inflated / bad batteries can cause a lot of issues the most concerning being a fire and or explosion..

How can you tell if a laptop batter is bad or inflated. You cant always sometimes they even test as good, but subtle things will indicate they maybe inflated and a danger to you and your home.. For example the laptop pictured above is plugged into a known good charger but not charging..

This example of an inflated laptop battery you can clearly see the palm rest of the laptop is budging upward it also made the touch pad very difficult to use as the pressure from the inflated battery is causing it to not seat correctly..

This particular laptop should have a slight curve in this area but not as much as it currently does this is an indication the battery is inflated..

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Inflated Laptop Battery
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What is Streaming ? How does it work ?

What is streaming what does it have to do with my computer ?
that is a difficult question to answer streaming depending on the context can mean many things.
But for a General answer we will say streaming is a transmission of data.
A few examples would be video files from Netflix to your computer or Music files from Youtube to your phone This would be considered a downward stream as you are essentially downloading or streaming the information to your device..
one example of an upward stream would be a Gamer streaming content to twitch.tv they are uploading this stream from the local machine the game is being run on to a remote server over at twitch headquarters or where ever they keep there servers..
These are of course just a couple of example of what streaming is and how it works but hopeful you get the general idea.





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Ram What is it why do you want more of it in your computer ?

Ram or Random access Memory is exactly what it sounds like. Ram is what holds the programs that randomly get accessed as the computer gets used.. Its the large video file you just clicked on to watch, or the Microsoft office file you are about to edit. Ram much like cpu cores is better when there is more. Some applications take 3gb ram just to open others can take much more ram, if you like to multitask you definitively want the most ram your computer system can handle..





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What are cores and why do i Want more in my processor for my computer ?

Cores are essentially the main brain of your computer, They are part of the Central Processing Unit or Cpu for short, They do a little bit of everything from converting the keys you use on your keyboard, to usable signals both you and the rest of your computer can interpret ether through the lcd screen into a notepad or in a game where you need to click stuff .
The more you have the more you can do in basic terms.. Many photo or video editing apps make use of multicore processors by using one or more core to draw lines while others make colors. That’s a very basic explanation of it but you get the idea of what a cpu core is and why you want more from it i hope.



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What is a solid state drive and Why do you want one in your computer ?

A solid state drive is a component in a computer, to be more specific it is the component or drive that keeps all of your personal data/installed applications safe. So anything you have in the file folder system things like Pictures, Music, Movie Files or Games are stored in your solid state drive, Applications you downloaded from the internet will also be stored here so Microsoft office any word processing programs or video playing applications.

Solid state drives are non mechanical objects that rely solely on electrical current to move data, traditional hard drives used in older machines used a rotating metallic disk similar to a cd the data can only move as fast as the disk can physically move..

With electrical current now being the only thing to wait for in SSD’s it means your data/large movie or application files will move from one folder to the other much faster and reliably.

Upgrading to a solid state drive asap is recommended as more and more applications will be built with the speeds they bolster in mind and will eventually make mechanical disks obsolete.

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E-Waste Recycling Is Free With Us

Ecycle Waste Electronics
Uvalde Computer Repair

Contact

  • Contact: Miles West
  • Cell: 830 240 0686
  • Address: 530 West Daniel Street Uvalde Tx 78801
  • Website: www.UvaldeComputerRepair.com
  • Email: Tech@UvaldeComputerRepair.com

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Electronics Waste Harmful ?

Old electronics that are sent to the landfill in your trash bag, can cause contamination that will affect the land for years to come. The raw materials that are used to make most computers are very hard on the earth when mined out. These materials can be recycled when sent to a Proper E-Cycle Facility

Procedure

  1. At Uvalde Computer Repair we believe in getting the most use out of everything. So we diagnose any electronics that get recycled with us. We repair what we can the reset gets broken down recycled at several different facilities depending on what the material we have accumulated.

  1. All old personal data gets several passes with our Data Destruction Software to ensure Nothing is left from the previous user..

  2. You can drop off your old electronics, computers,network equipment, smart phones or tablets at our location 530 west daniel street or we can pick it up from you give us a call and let us clean out your storage room..
  3. Businesses with lots of old I.T equipment and not sure what to do with it ?. we can help.