Month: April 2016

The Benefits Of Preventative Maintenance For Your Technology

beI see on a daily basis the benefits of preventative maintenance and what happens to those who make the costly mistake of thinking they are saving money by choosing not to purchase a maintenance agreement on their technology investment.

Although it may seem less expensive each month to only call your technology company when you have a problem, over the long term this is most certainly not the case. Doing so can increase your IT support costs exponentially because small problems can quickly grow and cause catastrophic effects across your network resulting in large IT support and repair costs.

These unexpected costs will also likely come at the worst time possible because that’s just the way it goes. Having smaller regular maintenance payments you expect and budget for is a much better plan for all.

In addition you need to calculate the cost of downtime for Business. What does an hour, a day, or even a week cost your company in terms of lost revenue and damaged relationships with your clients?

Let’s take for example your network server. If you do not have regular maintenance performed on your server such as Microsoft security update installation, Virus definition updates, reviewing error and event logs and very important… checking to make sure your backups are working and can be restored from, then you can get into trouble very fast.

I’m sure that most of you reading this have at some point in your life lost a file you could not recover. Imagine for a moment you lose all your business documents for your entire company. You may think to yourself “No problem, I’ve got a backup” only to find out that because nobody has actually been testing your backup on a regular basis, they don’t work and haven’t backed up in over a year.

On top of that because nobody has been doing any maintenance or monitoring of your server, nobody has noticed that one of the drives on your server has failed so there is no longer any redundancy and one more drive failure (which could happen at any moment) means EVERYTHING is gone.

I have just recently seen a company who shall remain nameless get infected with Cryptolocker. They felt confident that their backups would save them so went ahead and deleted all the encrypted files. When attempting to restore the data, they quickly and frightfully realized that their backups had not been functioning since 2012. Think of the cost to this company!

I’m sure I don’t need to finish this story for you to understand how detrimental this scenario could be. Bottom line is a monthly preventative maintenance plan with a trusted IT company could have saved their entire business by catching these issues before they ever caused any downtime or financial loss.

If you are a business owner who thinks that you’re saving money by saying no to regular maintenance, take it from someone who works with businesses every day. You need to change your mindset and realize the potentially catastrophic effects making the decision to run your business without preventative maintenance for your technology can have.

Get Your PC Problems Resolved With Microsoft Live Support

refComputers are an integral part of everyday life; it is literary how the world moves today with many people relying on computers to get things done. You can couple your computer with a projector, gaming console, scanner, router or printer to make your life simpler depending on what tasks you have at hand. However, computer malfunctions are not inevitable; you will face technical problems every now and then. These problems can be frustrating and could even cost you if you rely on the computer to keep your business running.

When dealing with Microsoft error codes or Windows upgrade issues, the first thing you are likely to do is try to fix the problem yourself or call your techie friend to try and resolve the issues. Some people will even opt to take the computer to the nearest repair shop to have the problem fixed. They are all good options to get you back up and running, but you really do not need to go through all that effort with Microsoft Live Support.

The online support service

Technical service providers offering Microsoft product support for all users usually have Microsoft certified technicians making up the support team to deal with all issues related to Windows. The live support comes with a number of benefits to you as a user, including affordability, ease of use and reduced turnaround time to fix the problem. The agents are always on standby, meaning that you will get the assistance you need without necessarily having to wait in line. You also know you can continue enjoying your PC even when such issues arise at night because the live chat support remains open round the clock.

The Microsoft Office support brings in lots of convenience and takes the fruitless efforts off your care. All you need to do is click on chat and you will have the available agent, fixing your issue or guiding you through it easily. Whether your computer runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10 or Windows XP, you can be sure to get the help that you need. Among the common issues that you can have fixed using live support are:

· Windows upgrade issues

· Installation errors

· Update and service pack issues

· Stop errors and BSOD

· Printer problems

· DVD/ CD issues and driver problems

· Microsoft security issues

· Virus removal problems

· Windows performance and slow down issues

· Video and audio issues

These are just some of the common problems your service provider can cover, but the coverage, of course, varies from one support provider to another. The more the provider can handle the better they will be even in covering any future Microsoft issues you might face. The live support caters to the needs of individual home users, small business and IT enterprises and there is a fee for every issue fixed. When looking for a support provider, consider the charges and guarantee as well as the available packages for the support.

Everything You Need To Know About Surge Protectors

puiIf you have a computer, tablet or any other valuable electric device in your home you need to have a surge protector. This is a device that protects your electronics from voltage spikes. Traditionally, voltage ranges between 110-120 volts. When there are problems, the voltage increases up to 170 volts putting your devices at the risk of getting damaged.

Voltage spikes are brought about by many factors including: tripped circuit breakers, lightening strikes, downed power lines, malfunctions at the power company, and on/off cycles of large appliances and tools.

How the surge protector works

The protectors have a simple working formula-they short-circuit power surges and redirect them to the electrical ground. The devices have the capability of working up to 200 volts. Extremely high spikes brought about by lightening can damage the protectors; therefore, you should protect them from damage by unplugging them when lightening is too strong.

Factors to consider when buying surge protectors

For you to buy the right protector you need to consider these factors:

Type of protector: There are four types of protectors in the market that you can go for: battery backup, wall mount, whole house and surge protector strip. Each type has its pros and cons. You should research and find the one that is right for your needs.

Number of ports: The number of ports in the protector that you choose should be informed by the devices that you are looking to protect. If you are looking for a protector for your home appliances, you can go for a protector with many ports, but if you are looking for a travel protector, go for a protector with a few ports to make it easy for you to travel with it.

Absorption rating and clamping voltage: Absorption rating is the amount of energy that the protector can absorb before it fails. The rating is usually given in joules. For ideal results, go for a device with absorption rating of 700 joules or higher.

Clamping voltage is the voltage that triggers the protector. Go with a device with a lower clamping voltage. The voltage can be 400 volts or less.

Certification: To have peace of mind that your devices are fully protected go for a protector that is certified by Underwriter’s Laboratories. The protector should also meet UL 1449 standards.

Warranty: Even the best brands of surge protectors fail. To avoid wasting money, go for a protector that has a warranty. Before you make the purchase, understand how to file a warranty claim in the event the protector fails.

 

How To Select A Trustworthy Online Computer Repair Tech Support Service

suiMost of the times customers try to know the important points about the matter so as they can deem to have. Or even if you have purchased, the only striking part is the repairing or the servicing of it. Supposedly, as you are working on your PC at midnight and it halts, what will you do? Are you going to call any technician to tell you how to repair? Over there, we will suggest you online computer tech support. They only need the ones who are talented, experts and can effort on their system efficiently.

Generally, users are less aware of such things. They just call or take the system to the repair shop. In that case, choosing the online repairing would give lots of benefits. Customers can even think that who is trustworthy, which should be chosen?

Mentioning below some important factors that can make your selection easy:

Certified company: Before choosing anyone for the online support, a user must keep an eye that they are certified or not. Check their work and see since how long they are working in this field.

The quality of support: You must notice if they are well working or not. They should be able to handle all the software, hardware and such problems. The work they do must be of good quality and should be able to grip everything.

Direct access: The dealing of the company must be direct with the customer as they should not linger on the work. As the user asks for any solution, they must be ready to tell them without saying to wait for a long time.

Mode of support: Since the errors are uncertain, they can come up at any time. Therefore, a user must check the points where they contact the technical team. They must be contacted through a phone call, emails along with online support. One can easily chat for their problem. To get in reach with the team, tech support number should be there for 24*7.

Experienced team: Don’t go with the one who offers you cheap deals. Go for the team who is qualified and must be able to tell you any solution. The team must be experienced and should have a good customer base.

Offered specialities: With the problems they solve for you, the well-talented team must have some specialities. They must offer you some add-on things to help you in a better way.

These are some of the main points which customers must think of. Consider these surely before you prefer any of the technical team. There are many of the companies offering online computer tech support for your system.

Make it sure that you are known to all the things beforehand. There are numbers of great technical teams assisting for all the PC issues and guidance. Whenever a user is in any problem, they can reach them through remote support and they will assist them without any doubt.

Rose Hilton embraces two careers, one as a full-time digital marketing professional and the other one as a technical article/writer/blogger. She has always been a tech expert and is constantly on a guard for new tech trends to feed her need for technology.