After 10 years, support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. Change can be difficult and if you are in the Los Angeles area we are here to help you upgrade to Windows 10 or transferring your data to a new computer.
What does end of support mean?
As of January 14, 2020, your computer running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and fixes.
Windows Operating System Security
You can continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates but… You will be at greater risk for viruses and malware.
The best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10.
Depending on the age of your computer and its specs the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.
While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, we highly suggested cloning your current system to a new solid state hard drive and upgrading to Windows 10 from the new drive with your data still in tact.
Backing up your data is important
Backing up your data is a top priority. Windows 10 has a great backup tool for backing up your data regularly to an external hard drive that we suggest setting up after your upgrade to Windows 10 is complete or after your new computer has been set up with all of your data in tact.
We highly suggest setting up a cloud data backup along with your local Windows 10 backup using Carbonite, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, or any comparable cloud based backup system.
Tech Help LA is now recommending and installing Ring Video Surveillance devices for customers in Los Angeles and nearby areas. Contact Tech Help LA by phone (213) 986-5722 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule an install date and we can bring the devices with us on the day of installation or install what you have ordered yourself. The install, setup, and training should take 1-2 hours per device more or less depending on the desired install location.
Ring Video Surveillance devices gives home owners the piece of mind of always keeping an eye on things on demand using the live view feature as well as constant motion recordings from anywhere using your smartphone. All Ring devices feature integrated HD cameras with night vision, providing a clear view of your property, day and night. Call Tech Help LA (213) 986-5722 for an easy installation and training experience.
RING FLOODLIGHT CAM REQUIREMENTS
-EXISTING FLOODLIGHT ELECTRICAL WIRING
-LONG RANGE WIRELESS NETWORK
-HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE
-IPHONE, IPAD, OR ANDROID MOBILE DEVICE
IMPORTANT NOTE: We only perform hardwired Ring device installs that are replacing an existing hardwired device already connected to power. If you are replacing an existing hardwired doorbell or light fixture please send a picture of the existing devices for our review. Email pictures to email@example.com or via text to (213) 986-5722.
GET RELIABLE WIFI WITH APPLE AIRPORT NETWORKING DEVICES. REPLACE YOUR EXISTING ROUTER WITH AN AIRPORT EXTREME DIRECT AT YOUR MODEM AND ADD ADDITIONAL AIRPORT EXTREME DEVICES FOR LONGER RANGE WIRELESS ACCESS THROUGHOUT AREAS OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS FOR ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AND YOUR PRIVATE NETWORK AND OTHER DEVICES.
CONTACT US AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO UPGRADE YOUR NETWORK AND OR EXTEND YOUR WIFI.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
How does Ransomware work?
Computers become infected with ransomware and other viruses usually accomplished by tricking someone into clicking on a Universal Resource Locator (URL) or link.
Ransomware can also spread by clicking on an attachment.
Ransomware is largely distributed by email typically containing documents like fake mail delivery notifications, energy bills or tax returns, according to reports from security company Symantec.
When users click on a bad link or attachment, the ransomware encrypts the computer’s hard drive, locking people out of computer files, including photos and music libraries and a screen may appear threatening to destroy the files unless a ransom is paid.
Recent reports are now finding new ransomware that can infect computers without clicking on anything.
Windows Operating System Security
It is well known that Microsoft computers often called PC’s are the most vulnerable to viruses and malicious hacks.
Microsoft’s latest computer operating system Windows 10 comes equipped with security utilities that are designed to protect computers from malicious attacks but does not protect the computer from the user’s own mistakes and falling into Internet traps that invite problems directly.
Mac Operating System Security
Although Mac’s have been known to be immune to viruses that would normally infect a PC in the past, there are increasing reports confirming that mac computers are also at risk to viruses and can surely be infected with ransomware.
Apple has announced recently that they have revoked the digital certificate that is required for ransomware to be installed.
How can I protect my computers from Ransomware?
If you use a Mac or a PC it is essential that you stay on top of performing all of the latest and newly released operating system security updates. This alone makes a big difference as it pertains to security and even general performance.
There are many tech support companies that provide security services for home and business computer users. If you are not 100% confident that you can maintain your own computers and protect your data using a reliable backup solution you should contact a trustworthy tech support company and have a technician check and maintain your computer at least 1-2 times per year.
Ultimately, think of your computers, devices, and your network like you do your cars or even your physical body. You need to perform recurring maintenance and checkups to ensure the best health and performance. If you do not have the knowledge or expertise to do these things yourself, you should contact a professional.
Add notes, lists, links, photos, audio and more to Google Keep.
When and where you need it
Keep something as simple as a grocery list to saving important website links to access anywhere at anytime. Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing.
Share what you keep with others
Next time you go to the store, share your shopping list with your husband, wife, or assistant on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. No need for text messages back and forth. Get things done together, faster.
Find what you need, fast
Quickly filter and search for notes by color and other attributes like lists with images, audio notes with reminders or just see shared notes. Find what you’re looking for with ease and quickly, and let Keep do the remembering for you.
Always within reach
Keep works on your phone, tablet and computer. Everything you add to Keep syncs across your devices so your important stuff is always with you. Syncing across your devices requires access to the Internet.
Keep your thoughts in sync with Google Keep.
If you need assistance or training using Google Keep, contact Tech Help LA and schedule a one hour Google Keep training (onsite or remote). You will be amazed at how Google Keep will organize and simplify your digital operations. Tech Help LA recommends Google Keep to any person using Gmail or Google’s business G Suite services. Enjoy!
A simple and easy way to speed up your computer is to clone your existing Windows or Mac hard drive to a new solid state hard drive. This should also give you peace of mind as it pertains to the local data stored on your computer. We use special software to make an exact copy of your current hard drive onto a new solid state hard drive. Many people think that adding more RAM is the only way to speed up a computer but that is false.
There are no moving parts to an SSD. Information is stored in microchips. This affects speed tremendously since your data is not limited by a mechanical arm with a read/write head. Your data is also safer due to this technology.
Do I still need to backup my data?
Yes, at Tech Help LA we highly emphasize the importance of backing up your data either locally or even better in a secure cloud such as Carbonite, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox. Even if your data is stored on a solid state drive you still should have a continuous and seamless data backup in place in case of a fire, theft, user error, or physical damage.
Contact us for a free phone chat and we can help you plan and schedule cloning your computer to a solid state drive and setting up your continuous back.
Tech Help LAtakes pride in focusing on the most important aspects of our customers operations pertaining to their computers and mobile devices. All computers need regular maintenance. The Internet although convenient and helpful, it also has a random malicious nature that can cause various problems for users and their devices.
Our top priority above all things is to make sure that our customers know the importance of security and backing up their data regularly.
We highly recommend that you contact us to schedule a computer maintenance network and backup check appointment or a 5 minute phone consultation to speak to a tech about your current backup solution.
Tech Help LA is now recommending and installing the Ring Doorbell device for customers in Los Angeles and neighboring areas. You can purchase the Ring Doorbell device online at Amazon – Tech Help LA. Or you can contact Tech Help LA by phone (213) 986-5722 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule an install date and we will bring the device with us on the day of installation. The install, setup, and training should only take 1-2 hours or less.
The Ring™ Video Doorbell lets you answer the door from anywhere using your smartphone. It features an HD camera with night vision, providing a clear view from your front door, day and night. Call Tech Help LA (213) 986-5722 for an easy installation and training experience.
RING DOORBELL REQUIREMENTS
-HIGHSPEED INTERNET SERVICE
-WIRELESS NETWORK ROUTER
-IPHONE, IPAD, OR ANDROID MOBILE DEVICE
A built-in rechargeable battery lets you install the doorbell anywhere, or connect it to existing doorbell wiring. Motion-triggered alerts sent via the free Ring™ app (iOS® and Android™) notify you of arriving guests and deliveries. Cloud Recording ensures you’ll never miss any activity at your home. With Ring, you’re always home.
CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, announced today that Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory.
“This is great news for Nevada. Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty years. I am grateful that Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada. These 21st century pioneers, fueled with innovation and desire, are emboldened by the promise of Nevada to change the world. Nevada is ready to lead,” stated Governor Brian Sandoval.
“I would like to recognize the leadership of Governor Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for partnering with Tesla to bring the Gigafactory to the state. The Gigafactory is an important step in advancing the cause of sustainable transportation and will enable the mass production of compelling electric vehicles for decades to come. Together with Panasonic and other partners, we look forward to realizing the full potential of this project,” said Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors.
“On behalf of the State of Nevada, I would like to acknowledge this monumental day and provide my initial support. This is a significant opportunity to make a major stride to improve our statewide economy. I look forward to receiving the necessary information so the Legislature can meet and take necessary action to support this major industry coming to Nevada,“ stated Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.