Laptop computers are great to own for their mobility and convenience. Unfortunately, laptop screens can be easily cracked or broken. Some causes of a cracked screen are obvious: the laptop being stepped on or dropped. Other causes, like leaving something on the keyboard and closing the lid can crack a laptop screen as well. Symptoms of a cracked laptop display are an obvious crack with a black spot and discoloration across the screen. Cracked laptop screens may work for a while but ultimately they will fail or the distortion will become a really annoying problem.
Laptop screens can also fail. Symptoms of screen failure include no image displayed, colored lines, low light, and discoloration. If you experience any of these issues, your screen likely needs replacement. Laptop Screen Replacement is a very common repair for a laptop and can be done quickly and affordably.
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Since most of the world’s households have at least one computer and probably a smart phone a great many people have been targeted by computer scams in recent years. Computer scams have cost the public over a billion dollars in 2014. Scams can come in many forms and range from obvious to very sophisticated scams. This post gives you some rules for avoiding computer scams.
Common Computer Scams
One of the most common form of a scam come in the form of an email. Usually, the message is from someone pretending to be a friend or family member in need of money. Usually, these are sent by email address with weak passwords that allow hackers access to someone’s email inbox and contact list. Also, some scam emails that pretend they are from a financial institution needing you to enter your debit card number and pin number to “verify” the information. No financial institutions and businesses will ever ask you for this information via email.
A recent common form of computer scam has been the cold call from someone pretending to be a computer technician claiming that your computer is full of viruses. The scammers prey on the public’s lack of understanding and talk the user into allowing them remote access to their computer. Once they gain access they typically generate bogus screens claiming to be viruses and then demand money to “clean” them. Often, the scammers secretly set up a password on the computer, if the victim hangs up or refuses to pay them money the user will be unable to use their computer.
Avoiding Computer Scams
As these computer scams become more and more common, the public needs to be very aware when online or when anyone contacts them with any request. As a golden rule, you should never give personal information out unless you are certain who you are talking to and never allow anyone you do not know access to your computer.
Apple Mac Computers are a great platform and generally very easy to use. One great thing about them is that they generally require little maintenance but here a few great things to do to take care of your Mac and Keep your Mac running Great.
Make a backup of your hard disk. This is important because even though the platform is very stable and doesn’t require lots of maintenance it is difficult to recover data if the hardware is damaged or a malicious program has damaged your computer. Using Time Machine is a great way to create a backup so you can recover files that have been damaged or lost in case of a hardware failure or software failure.
Install OS Updates
Apple typically releases updates that address known security issues. Your Mac will run best with the latest OS X update. To enable automatic notifications of updates go to Software Updates in the preference pane and setup notification of updates OS X and Other Mac App Store products.
Don’t install crap
On the Mac there are lots of tools that are just going to make your computer run slower and annoy you. Be on the look out for anything that is “toolbar”, “enhancer”, “optimizer”, “accelerator” “cleaner”, “doctor”, “tune-up”, “derangementer”, “defender”, “protector”. Especially if the product requires a fee. Most (but not all) performance optimizing software for the Mac is bogus and you would be better off without it.
Macs are susceptible to Trojans
A trojan is malicious software (“malware”) that the user is duped into installing voluntarily. Such attacks were uncommon on the Mac platform until around 2011, but are now common, and increasingly dangerous.
There is some protection against downloading malicious software but I would not rely on it. If you don’t know that something is legitimate don’t run it. Always check checksums on Open Source packages and verify that the installer is digitally signed before installing it.
Never download anything from a website that says your computer has a virus.
Keep free space on your boot volume
Filling up your home folder until you get warnings is not a good idea. A free tool OmniDiskSweeper may help you identify large files that can be deleted. If you really need more space investigate getting an external drive or upgrading your drive.
Using the tips above should keep your mac running great for a long time. If you need help with your Mac Blazedog Computer Consulting can help.