2015 Top 10 Tech Tips for Resolution

We computed your Top 10:

1. Check your backup procedure: Backup solutions are not a “set it and forget it” process. Definitely need to verify the process is still working and that the destinations drive(s) are functioning.

2. Check your anti-virus software program: Make sure it is up to date, that it is scanning regularly. (Microsoft Security Essentials is available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for free)

3. Tidy the desktop: Clear off old icons, files, and folders.

4. Organize: Keep your computer software all in one place and easily accessible.

5. Insurance: Inventory all your computing hardware.

6. Establish one location: Use one notebook, one folder, whatever it may be, for all your User ID’s, login passwords, email passwords, router settings and anything to do with computing.

7. Change passwords: Time for a better password then yesterday. Help keep the bad guys out of your account by using both your password and your phone. Always sign up for 2-Step verification.

8. Replace power strips: Use a power surge protector. Power strips are great for plugging in lamps, speakers, pencil sharpeners, but not your monitors, routers, backup drives, computers, etc.

9. Replace worn devices: All computing devices fail.

10. Maintenance your computers: Every 3-6 months – clean out temp files, patch it, updated it, stop unwanted startup programs, check the antivirus and backup process.

These 2015 Top 10 tech tips for resolution have been brought to you by tech3Support. Happy shiny new tech year. Best of luck with your other resolutions too.

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Windows 8.1 ISO’s

If you want to install or reinstall Windows 8.1 and don’t have installation media, you can get the step by step from Windows support page. You’ll need to use a PC with a reliable Internet connection and either save the installation files to a USB flash drive or burn an ISO file to a DVD.

You will need to create the media disk and then save it or burn the ISO to a flash drive or DVD.

Win8.1media

Oh, and it’s FREE! (Of course. you will need a valid Windows 8.1 license key to use your ISO)

 

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CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5000 | Geek Tool of the Day

Time to update your CD burning software. CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs.

And it also comes in a “portable” version!

Oh, and it’s FREE!

User Support Editorial Report – July 2014

Latest Technology

Google Invents Smart Contact Lens with Built-in Camera:

google-smart-contact-lens-glucose-sensor-640x353Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. The camera would be very small and sit near the edge of the contact lens so that it doesn’t obscure your vision. This new smart contact lens would have a tiny CMOS camera sensor just below your pupil, control circuit, and some method of receiving power wirelessly. Read on

                                  

Tips & Tricks

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How to Create Shortcuts in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1
How to Easily Send Emails from the Windows Task Scheduler
How to Merge Duplicate Contacts in MS Outlook 2007/2010/2013
How to Force SkyDrive to Store Your Files on the Hard Drive in Windows 8.1
How to Sync Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks in Outlook with a Smartphone or Tablet

Computer Safety

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips:

If you run a business and have valuable customer data to protect or even if you just enjoy visiting sites online and shopping at eCommerce hubs and want to keep your personal information safe, you may worry about hacker attacks. But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Here are 10 ways to keep your personal or business information safer. Read on

 

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User Support Editorial Report – February 2013

Office 2013 QuickStart Guides

Dell Backup and Recovery Media Request Form

Have you bought a new DELL laptop or PC lately? Notice that you didn’t get any CD’s with it? And you aren’t sure what to do with the annoying DELL Backup and Recovery software pop ups?

If you haven’t run the DELL Backup and Recovery software to create re-install disks (rescue disks) for your computer, I suggest you do. I recently had a 3 month old Windows 8.1 PC corrupt out and the only option was to re-install the OS.

Of course, there was no rescue disks for that wayward system, but I did find this option. All you need is the Service Tag number and a system still under warranty. (Typically less than a year old)

Click on this link and follow the steps to order your recovery media.

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(Received the install CD the next day and fixed the system)