Find Your Geek!

 

Anti-Virus  

Viruses are always a problem. Some can cause great damage and end up costing you or a company major cash. We have given this advice to hundreds of people over the last 20 years. It is without question the easiest and most effective way to prevent a system infection:

READ WHAT YOU ARE CLICKING..... Very rarely will a virus infect a system without the interaction of a user. We will say it again - read what you are clicking.  

Unfortunately this isn't always going to prevent you from being infected 100% of the time. That is why we have anti-virus software and programs to help us remove viruses.

Over time we have tested and operated many different antivirus programs. Depending on your environment, your choices will vary from centrally managed endpoint protection systems to free individual downloads. Focusing on the “free” software, our choice has become Windows Defender Antivirus (Windows Security) which comes packaged with Windows 10. It really has come a long way in regards to security and protection.           

If you are still running Windows 7, you may download Microsoft Security Essentials. And having mentioned that, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. No more security updates, patches or fixes. We recommend you move to Windows 10 before that date.

Another useful application is Microsoft Safety Scanner. It is a small program that removes malware from Windows computers. It is updated every 10 days and must be downloaded every time you use it.

 Download Microsoft Safety Scanner

 

Windows 10 

Windows 10 seems to be the most compatible and interoperable Windows desktop version yet… and of course ubiquitous. Microsoft continuously tries to reinvent the user experience with navigation and menu grouping design changes which we mostly could care less about. The Search panel in Windows 10 has become a must-use tool now to quickly find what you’re looking for. There is a handy phone app, instant cloud access with OneDrive, faster Edge browser (over IE), built-in Skype and much more. 

Update your Windows 7 to Windows 10 soon.

 startmenuwin10

 

Learning Computers

Funny but this is still one of the most common questions we get. The simple answer is: use your computer. This works and is very valid. Unfortunately this tends to bottleneck your learning curve; people tend to learn an application or a process to do something they want. The understanding is just not there. Today my recommendation is to use your computer a slightly different way to learn it. www.youtube.com is a massive online training center for things like this. Try a search for computer basics. Then follow it up with computer basics Windows 10. There is approximately 8,000,000 results for just "computer basics". Once you are more comfortable with your computer and your operating system, try a few more advanced tutorials. For example, 'how to back up my data', or even more specific to your needs or wants. Below are a few sites we recommend for learning about technology and your computer.

www.youtube.com

A fantastic place to learn about computers, mobile devices, applications, operating systems and so much more.

www.seniorsguidetocomputers.com/

This is a great site. Not just for seniors but really anyone that wants to learn some basics. It is more than a how-to. It will give you a good foundation and they keep it simple.

www.e-learningforkids.org

Fun site for kids! The computer skills section is great. Learn Office, operating system and typing basics. Typing is a skill that is unrated 100% of the time. Learn to type properly!!!

 

Tech Sites

We have a passion for technology that extends to our daily lives. It isn't just a business, it is our way of life. Where do we get our tech glow on? Here are a few.

www.digitaltrends.com

www.wired.com

www.cnet.com

www.technewsworld.com

www.mmorpg.com (well a little escape can be helpful too)

www.extremetech.com