TECH TIP TUESDAY – 5 Ways to Secure Yourself Online

5 Ways to Secure Yourself Online

1. Only connect to wired and WiFi networks that you know

2. Bank and shop on reputable sites + HTTPS secure and verified

3. Use secure password 8+ characters with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. Use a different password for each account

4. Lock your computer when away from it.
Windows: Windows key + L
Apple: Control+Shift+Eject or the Power Key

5. Don’t click on anything that is not familiar or are suspect on websites or email. If you’re not sure check with your tech pro.

Ultimately the goal is to achieve Total Data Security!

Contact us for Data Security suggestions, options and Data Solutions!

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Brendon S. Bean
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TECH TUESDAY – Backup Your Data! – June 25th, 2019

Backup… Backup and when in doubt… You guessed it Backup Your Data

Last week we suggested a fixed external hard drive for backing up your data. This week we are making a suggestion on a mobile device to backup and exchange your data.

The mobile storage device we are proposing is fairly small, has a fair amount of data storage and physically has “shock” protection, or resistance. Not shock from electricity but the shock from bumps and drops. Keep in mind this is protection, not shockproof. The drive in the enclosure is a spindle drive with moving parts, so huge or excessive shocks may cause damage anyway to moving parts.

Like anything, if this device is taken care of and you are mindful of your surroundings this device will last as long as your laptop.

As always if you have any tech related issues. Contact us for assistance!

Mobile Shock Resistant Drive – 2TB
https://amzn.to/2ZAlLK1

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Brendon Bean is the owner of Bean Data a Computer, Network, Web and Information Technology related services company in Gray Maine. For inquiries related to this article, technology-related issues and or topics that may be used in future articles feel free to contact him at info@beandata.com

TECH TUESDAY – Backup Your Data! – June 18th, 2019

Here at Bean Data we always suggest that clients have their data backed up!

Listed is just one of the devices we suggest. We have many for our own use but also have deployed them for our clients. Either as a personal individual backup or one that is a secondary backup to a server or network storage device. We like this drive because it’s really meant to stay on your desktop and not to be mobile.

One rule to follow when purchasing a drive. Make sure its at least twice the size of your desktop or laptop hard drive. That way you have plenty of space and have the option to perform multiple backups. Cloud storage is also another option, but for many having their data within arms reach is more reassuring.

Next week we will post a mobile drive for your data, and cloud storage the week after that. Have a great week!

As always if you have any tech related issues. Contact us for assistance!

Here is an External Drive that will take care of most of your backup needs. Click the link for more info:

Seagate 4TB External Drive – USB 3
https://amzn.to/2FkqGXL

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Brendon S. Bean
Bean DataServicesContact Us

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Brendon Bean is the owner of Bean Data a Computer, Network, Web and Information Technology related services company in Gray Maine. For inquiries related to this article, technology-related issues and or topics that may be used in future articles feel free to contact him at info@beandata.com

Keep your Internet Browser up to date!


Why Update?
 
1. Better Security!
2. Better Functionality!
3. It’s Free!
 
Please note that some will update automatically… If they don’t prompt you they likely are not updating automatically.
 
 
Update Microsoft Edge: Updates via Windows Update
 
 
Update Safari: As of September 24th, 2018. apple no longer offers Safari updates for Windows.
Till next time….

Brendon S. Bean
Bean DataServicesContact Us

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Brendon Bean is the owner of Bean Data a Computer, Network, Web and Information Technology related services company in Gray Maine. For inquiries related to this article, technology-related issues and or topics that may be used in future articles feel free to contact him at info@beandata.com

Tech Tip Tuesday – March 12th 2019 Edition

1. Be Careful With Unfamiliar WiFi Networks

Be wary of unsecured WiFi networks in coffee shops, airports, hotel lobbies, and other public places. Without basic network security, your computer is a sitting duck – out there in the open for any hacker or cyber criminal who feels like sending a malware package your way. When in doubt, use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your connection and repel attacks.

2. Get a Phone Case and Screen Protector

Despite phone makes claims of different types of glass, remember… Phones are resilient, but not indestructible. Drop them the wrong way and you’ll be living with the consequences.

The choice between purchasing a brand new phone or buying a protective enclosure to deflect kinetic energy is no choice at all. Quality cases cost as little as $20 and as much as $100+-

The same goes for screen protectors. They’re even cheaper – as little as $3 to $10 apiece, depending on screen size and width. While they won’t protect against violent impacts, they’ll resist scratching indefinitely under normal circumstances.

Overall… No matter how careful you are and what type insurance you have on your phone its better to add another physical layer of protection than not have it at all.

3. Shut It Down Properly Every Night

It only takes a minute each day to shutdown your machine., and it could prolong your devices’ life for months or years. It’s especially important for Windows machines since Microsoft only patches systems in shutdown mode.

Also, how you shut down matters. Avoid “cold booting” your machine: holding down the power button until the system shuts itself off. That’s for emergencies only – otherwise, it just stresses your hardware and software. Take the extra minute or two to shut down the machine properly, using your operating system’s shutdown button.

It’s your call whether you want to apply this tip to your mobile devices. I personally only shut down my smartphone for updates, since I like to be available for emergency calls and alerts through the night.

4. Always Have Your Firewall Running

Your operating system’s firewall is your device’s first line of defense against malware. With rare exceptions, it should always be up and running.

This is especially important when you’re installing new programs, and doubly so when you’ve downloaded the program files from a source other than the developer or manufacturer. (Generally, you should avoid downloading any files from an unverified source.)

Turning on your firewall is easy. If you have a PC desktop or laptop, read Microsoft’s primer here. Mac OSX v10.5.1 and later have application firewalls that provide protection for specific apps; you can read more about those here.

Under some circumstances, your operating system’s firewall can interfere with specific programs. This is an issue with certain multiplayer games and older versions of Apple iTunes, for instance. If you suspect your firewall is fouling up your computing experience, check with the applicable program’s developer for troubleshooting tips.

Till next time….

Brendon S. Bean
Bean DataServicesContact Us

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Why does my machine (device) take so long to start?

Whether it’s your PC, Desktop, Laptop, or even network data serving devices etc.

There are a number of things that can make the device be slow to boot up and is also causing issues running smoothly.

Here are 8 reasons why your machine may be slow and sluggish.

Common Causes

•    Fix slow performance by freeing up space on your hard drive…
•    Too Many Programs Running on Startup. …
•    Too Many Background Programs Consuming Resources. …
•    Loads of Temporary Files. …
•    Corrupted or Fragmented Hard Drive. …
•    Too Many Files on Your Drive. …
•    Too Many Open Windows. …
•    Not Enough RAM.

Lots of things as you can see cause devices to become slow! but they can be corrected! No one likes to use a slow machine or slow device especially when we have a small window of time to get things done.

Solutions!

If you need assistance with any of these items listed contact us today to schedule a time to have your device tuned up, upgraded and ready so you can get back to business!

Regards,

Brendon S. Bean
Bean DataServicesContact Us

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Brendon Bean is the owner of Bean Data a Computer, Network, Web and Information Technology related services company in Gray Maine. For inquiries related to this article, technology-related issues and or topics that may be used in future articles feel free to contact him at info@beandata.com

Two Steps forward, a few steps back… Operating System Aggravations

As aggravating as it is, often the technology that we have today was brand new six months ago. As quickly as things change in the world having the latest and greatest often yields painful learning curves and the need to update and upgrade our wares constantly.

If there is one thing that I have learned over the last 20+ years is that the latest and greatest technology can often be a pain the backside for the first few months you have it.  A prime example is computer operating systems. No matter the operating system, Windows, Apple, Linux etc. There are always several things that have changed from the previous version.

I remember managing a Network Operations center about the time Windows ME and Windows 2000 was released. When our support techs got a call and new operating system was released the support technician, would cringe, take a deep breath and proceed with the support call. The difficulty was not knowing the OS. The difficulty was explaining to the client over the phone how what and where to find things. Much different from today’s ability to connect to the client’s desktop directly with a secure remote connection program.

Most PC users would agree that Windows XP was one of the happiest, celebrated operating systems. Easy to navigate, not very difficult a learning curve. Despite the missed promise of not having to reboot for every little thing, XP made everyone happy for well over a decade. Till Microsoft informed that the operating systems would no longer give extended support after April 8, 2014. A sad day indeed. People have used XP for a long time and got used to its nuances good and bad.

Windows Vista… initially, there was a lot of confusion especially in the area of performance issue related to gaming, installed bloatware, software compatibility, and energy consumption. Through time most of these issues were resolved through a few service packs but issues were often caused by hardware driver compatibility issues and software updates.  Not Microsoft. Windows 7 brought new life into the Windows brand with several features reminiscent of Windows XP… but where did the start menu go… Oh, there’s is a windows button in its place.

Windows 8 by far had been disappointing in respect to the navigation and overall aesthetics. Social media style tile menus, even more, confusing keyboard shortcuts to switch from tiling to the desktop. After an outcry from the populous Win 8.1 was released and changed operating system items to be friendlier. If your still really put off by Windows 8 and its menu scheme there are several “classic shell” or overlay programs that can help give your OS that XP/Win 7 feel. If you have the means I strongly urge anyone to update from Windows 8 to Windows 10. I assure you, you will be much better off.

For data on the lifecycle of currently supported Windows operating systems, check out this official Microsoft website:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

Here are release notes on MAC/Apple OSX:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS

In closing… With technology, there is a period often during the initial release that there are bugs, problems and design flaws that the original manufacturer may have overlooked despite focus groups and general testing. Waiting to get the new smartphone, laptop, OS, smartwatch after a few months of its initial release in some cases will give time to iron out some functional issues and save you some money and heartburn.

By keeping up with your Operating system security patches and releases you will be in good shape. With the addition of a good antivirus and malware protection suite…. But that’s another matter altogether.

Till next time….

Brendon S. Bean
Bean DataServicesContact Us

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Brendon Bean is the owner of Bean Data a Computer, Network, Web and Information Technology related services company in Gray Maine. For inquiries related to this article, technology-related issues and or topics that may be used in future articles feel free to contact him at info@beandata.com

Happy New Year! Out with 2018, in with 2019!