27 Jan 2017

Is Your Computer Worth Saving

Deciding on when you upgrade your technology is not always a simple task. When you’ve experienced issues with your computer system, you can choose to live with the system, purchase an entirely new system or attempt to repair the system you already have. Each of these options carries with it its own set of benefits and negatives, and there are a few things you may want to consider when making the decision.

Is the issue with software or hardware?

Many people believe that when their computer begins to slow down or act strangely, it’s time for a new

system. In fact, when a computer begins to slow down, it usually means that there’s a software problem that can easily be fixed through IT services. It’s often better, in this situation, to take a data backup and then attempt to maintain the computer. If the computer can’t run new software suites, that likely means that it’s getting old; if it’s struggling to run software suites that it could run before, it’s more likely that you simply have a software issue.

Is there a single issue wrong with the hardware?

Most often, either the hard drive or power supply of a computer will fail first. These parts are not usually too expensive to replace. If there’s a single item wrong with the hardware, such as one of these replaceable components, you’re usually better off contacting an IT services professional to get the hardware replaced rather than purchasing an entirely new computer.

Is the issue affecting your productivity?

If your computer is simply too slow or too old to run your current software systems and you’re finding that the issue is affecting your productivity, it may be time to replace your computer system entirely. Replacing your computer system is the most expensive option, but it also enables you to take advantage of new technology and boost your productivity; it also ensures that you won’t lose access to your valuable technology when you least expect it.

When in doubt regarding your computer system, always defer to an IT expert. In general, desktop computers usually need to be replaced every three to five years. Laptops are often replaced anywhere between two to three years, depending on the circumstances under which they are used. Technology cycles move very quickly, and keeping current on technology often does demand that you upgrade or replace your equipment quite frequently. However, there are ways to make older technology work with you if you are determined to do so.

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22 Jul 2015

What is DKIM

Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM)   Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) lets an organization take responsibility for a message that is in transit. The organization is a handler of the message, either as its originator or as an intermediary. Their reputation is the basis for evaluating whether to trust the message for further handling, such as delivery. Technically DKIM provides a method for validating a domain name identity that is associated with a message through cryptographic authentication.   Introduction DKIM attaches a new domain name identifier to a message and uses cryptographic techniques to validate authorization for its presence. The identifier is independent of any other identifier in the message, such in the author’s From: field.   The first version of DKIM synthesized and enhanced Yahoo!’s Doman Keys and Cisco’s Identified Internet Mail specifications. It was the result of a year-long collaboration among numerous industry players, during 2005, to develop an open-standard e-mail authentication specification. Participants included Alt-N Technologies, AOL, Brandenburg Internetworking, Cisco, EarthLink, IBM, Microsoft, PGP Corporation, Send mail, Strong Mail Systems, Tumbleweed, VeriSign and Yahoo!. The team produced the initial specification and several implementations. It then submitted the work to the IETF for further enhancement and formal standardization.   DKIM.org
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22 Jul 2015

What is SPF and why is it complicating my life?

Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is an attempt to control forged e-mail. SPF is not directly about stopping spam – junk email. It is about giving domain owners a way to say which mail sources are legitimate for their domain and which ones aren’t. While not all spam is forged, virtually all forgeries are spam. SPF is not anti-spam in the same way that flour is not food: it is part of the solution.   SPF was created in 2003 to help close loopholes in email delivery systems that allow spammers to “spoof” or steal your email address to send hundreds, thousands or even millions of emails illicitly.   SPF is a protocol developed by a group of motivated volunteers, joined by a mutual desire to improve the operation of the internet. It is NOT a commercial product offered by a for-profit corporation. The SPF protocol is being adopted by a growing number of domain hosts and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and, as in any technology evolution, there will be some bumps on the road. While the people behind this website and the people who have helped develop SPF may be able to help you understand how to solve problems when they arise, they are not directly responsible for the problems you may be experiencing.   SPF today is a relatively young technology. It is not user friendly if you are not familiar with e-mail protocols. We know that and we are working on it, but in the meantime, we are here to help if you need it.   The SPF Project by Scott Kitterman
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15 Jul 2015

Anti-Spam Policy

This sets forth our policy with regard to the use of “Spam” marketing techniques in connection with Internet Marketing. In the event that we deem you to be in violation of these policies, we shall immediately revoke your membership rights and close any active account.   We have a strict policy against spamming. We forbid the sending of unsolicited mass Emails or unsolicited Emails of any kind in connection with the marketing of our programs, products and services.   We reserve the right to terminate your account and participation in our programs “for cause” if we deem you to be in violation of our anti-spamming policies. We also reserve the right to suspend your account and participation pending review upon receipt of any complaint or other evidence that you may be engaging in any spamming activity.   We consider spamming to be any activity whereby you directly or indirectly transmit email messages to any email address that has not solicited such email and does not consent to such transmission. We also consider spamming to constitute posting advertisements in newsgroups in violation of the terms of participation in such newsgroup, that are off topic, or in newsgroups that do not specifically permit advertisements. We also consider it spamming when advertisements are placed on message boards or in chat rooms when they are not permitted by the terms of participation in such message boards and chat rooms.   If you are “spammed” by anyone regarding our products, services, website, or any other matters, please report this activity to postmaster@tech-life-support.com.
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13 Jan 2015

You Have a Computer Virus – Now What?

It strikes horror in the heart of every PC owner. Your computer has a virus. The first thing you need to do is take a deep breath and try to remember that all (hopefully) is not lost. Next, you need to confirm the fact that you actually do have a virus. If a message appeared on your computer screen saying that a virus was detected, that is actually positive news. That means your antivirus software detected a virus and it has been removed. If you are still leery, go into your antivirus program and check its virus detection log to put your mind at ease. But what happens if your antivirus software has expired or you never installed it in the first place? The first thing you should try to do is to install it. If all goes well, the antivirus software you install should be able to detect and remove the virus (if you really do have one). Many people assume that if their computer is running slow, they have a virus. This is not always the case which is why you need to install antivirus software. The best case scenarios are the ones listed above. Unfortunately, some sophisticated viruses and malware infect your computer and download other types of malware. In such cases, boot your computer into safe mode. Windows will not allow third-party software to load while it is in safe mode so by doing this you’ll be able to run your antivirus program without interference from the virus. If this doesn’t work, try an antivirus rescue CD. An antivirus rescue CD is able to do its work while the hard drive is not enabled, making it much easier to clean up infections. If your worst nightmare comes true and all truly is lost, you need to clear your computer to the condition it was when you took it out of its box after purchase. This means erasing everything on your computer. After this is complete, you will have to use your Windows reinstall disc. Hopefully you have backed up your computer files and programs on your computer but if not, you should do this before you reinstall Windows. Erasing everything off of your computer is always the last resort. If you have questions or are unsure if you are doing the right thing, it is always good to contact a reputable IT support service for assistance. Bringing in a professional in a case like this can make things go a lot smoother – after all, it is better to be safe than sorry. Finally, even after you are up and running again, it is vital to find out how your computer was infected in the first place. If you don’t, you might find yourself in the very same situation sooner than you think.
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07 Jan 2015

Protecting Your Home Computer from Data Loss

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07 Jan 2015

Benefits of Hiring a Remote IT Service Provider

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