So. Many. Yellow. Bars. At least that’s what it looked like… A few weeks ago, I plugged my iPhone into my computer with the intent to upload the entirety of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix audiobook to my phone’s library for a road trip back to Buffalo (8 hours in the car by yourself can get a little lonely).
If you have a computer, you’ve probably had a computer problem. The severity of each problem can range from just having a slow computer to the infamous SBBOD (Spinning Beach Ball of Death). No matter what the problem is it can really set you back if you don’t know how to deal with it properly. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the most common computer problems we’ve seen and what we believe you can do to fix them.
We’ve put out a lot of blogs about IT news, some of the services we provide and ways to improve your small businesses cyber security just to name a few. But, what we haven’t covered much is what IT is. It’s a pretty large field filled with a plethora of subfields which means, at least for the average consumer, finding the right IT support can be as difficult as driving down the highway backwards with no mirrors (pretty hard). In this blog we’ll break down what IT support is, who needs it and how to get it.
If you are a Russian-speaking Android user you could be in trouble (and if you don’t speak Russian you might be in trouble too). A piece of Android malware has been causing some serious havoc for Russian users around the world. It’s called “Android/Samsapo.A” and it has developed a habit for abusing people’s contacts and infecting the devices of those contacts. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Android has been afflicted by such malware prompting Android users to look for ways to defend themselves from hackers and viruses. Here are a few precautions you can take to better protect yourself.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s been the major focus of politics and politician’s for the past couple years (and probably ever since politics was invented (thank you Greece)… I think?). It used to be easy to debate about jobs in America. Where do we want jobs? America! Great, case closed (not much of a debate). But in today’s globalized world that question has a much more convoluted answer as businesses try to find ways to cut costs and boost their profits which often means that they outsource jobs from America to some other country.
In our last blog we discussed how to diagnose whether your computer has been infected by a virus or malware (or any other kind of insert-prefix-here ware). It’s important to be able to diagnose the problem. But a diagnosis without a plan of action to fix your computer’s affliction is about as useful as going to the doctor, finding out you have strep throat and just going back home (not very useful).
What is a Computer Virus?
Viruses, spyware, adware, malware, scareware, ransomware, worms (yay! one that doesn’t have ‘ware’ at the end), rootkits, bots and droppers (gross) are all potential problems for your PC. Problems that could expose you to things like identity theft and corporate espionage. But many of them are largely ignored or brought to professionals who won’t explain exactly what’s wrong with your computer.
A little over a month ago, Mozilla launched its’ newest version of Firefox and internet users have had some time to examine all of the ins-and-outs of the updated browser. It’s no secret that the old version of Firefox had become extremely dated. It was a browser living in the modern age who refused to upgrade from their Stone Age tools. Luckily, Mozilla decided to launch Firefox 29 which is a little more advanced than its’ predecessors. What do we think of it? It is kind of Chrome-y.