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Computer Pop-Ups Got You Down?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

 


 


 
How frustrating is it to be at your computer, just trying to get your work done, when all of a sudden you’re attacked by intrusive pop-ups? Sure, you might learn about the next big deal on hair removal products, but these distracting windows can prevent you from getting the job done.

If you are getting annoying little popups while you work there’s a good chance your computer has a virus or malware. This intrusive and often dangerous software should be removed by a computer expert. Like the ones at my PC Techs.

We provide Expert Technology Solutions You Can Trust.

You don’t have to know much about computers, all you need is our number. We can help!

Call my PC Techs at 602.456.0150 and get your work done faster.
 
 
 
 
 

Making Your Android Mobile Device Safe For Kids

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Tablets and Smartphones can be a lot of fun for kids. There are plenty of games to play, websites to look at and apps to experiment with. These devices may also seem like convenient babysitters when you’re busy with work or chores. However, simply handing your mobile device over to your little ones poses several potential problems if you don’t take the time to child-proof it first.

Device Dangers
Giving the kids free reign of tablets or Android phones opens the door for them to access inappropriate web content, rack up accidental credit card charges and possibly even damage your device. Before letting your child play, it’s important to take precautions to ensure that both they and your Smartphone or Android tablet stay safe.

Always Monitor
The most obvious way to prevent youngsters from doing or seeing something they shouldn’t is to keep an eye on them. You never want to put your child in front of any electronic device without supervision, be it the television, the computer or your Android tablet. Monitoring your son or daughter’s activity lets you catch problems before they happen and gives you opportunities to teach them what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to technology.

Keep Content Kid-Friendly
There’s a lot of content out there that you don’t want your children seeing. Fortunately there are many apps available to help you filter out anything objectionable. Mobicip is a kid-friendly browser that uses the same standards that schools do to filter out inappropriate web content. Norton Safety Minder lets you keep an eye on web activity as well as block certain sites. Other apps such as PlaySafe, Kids Place and ChildrenTV give you various tools to manage which apps, games and other content your children are allowed to access when they use your Samsung tablet or other device.

Lock Down Purchases
Accidental purchases, both of full apps and of items within apps, can result in credit card charges that you aren’t prepared for. iPhones include a setting that allows you to turn off in-app purchases, but currently the only way to prevent accidental charges on an Android phone is to block access to apps that may include them. The Famigo Sandbox app gives you a way to do this by allowing you to control which apps your youngsters use as well as minimizing access to other device functions such as text messaging.

Get a Protective Case
Whether it’s grippy or squishy, chunky or sleek, padded or gel-like, get a case for your device before handing it off to your child. Protection is more important than style. Little hands often lack coordination and are therefore more apt to drop things, including expensive electronics. Cases can even become part of the fun. Make your device look like a little person, wrap it in a high-density foam grip or nest it inside a squashy pillow. Whatever type of case you choose, you’ll know your Smartphone or Android tablet is safe and sound.

Before you let your little ones use your Android phone, Samsung tablet or other mobile device, make sure that you’ve taken the appropriate steps to make it safe. Cushion it with a case, install kid-friendly apps and keep an eye on your children as they play to ensure that they have a positive, fun experience.

 

What Does IT Take to Support the Technology for Your Business

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Most  companies today depend on technology to survive and most people make use of a computing device at some point every single day to get the job done. In an ever more connected world, people work together using a combination of computers, tablets, and smartphones over local and global computer networks. It’s a fact that technology has changed the game for modern business, and the company with the best technology wins, allowing employees to work faster and more efficiently than competitors.

What’s the best way for you, the modern business owner, to manage the critical technology for your business? There are a couple of different options. First, you can let Joe, the ‘shade tree tech’ who works in HR, handle all of the technology issues. Second, you can hire a full time Information Technology Specialist. And third, you can hire a professional outside computer consulting company to handle the technology side of your business. Let’s briefly examine the pros and cons of all three options:
 

Enlisting a Non-Technical Employee

Pros:   Cons:
  • This is the lowest cost solution
 
  • Asking someone who is not technically inclined to do technical work can easily frustrate them, leading to an unhappy worker
  • Problems are often resolved the wrong way, what seems like a working fix at the time eventually leads to larger and more costly problems
  • Without detailed  knowledge of the latest trends in the technology industry, these types of workers are unable to provide good input on hardware or software upgrades that can help your business run faster to remain competitive
  • Smaller jobs may be completed quickly, such as clearing a jammed printer, but projects that exceed this workers computer experience will take five to ten times longer to resolve than the time it would take a trained professional to do the same
  • They are unable to perform their main job functions while messing around with technical issues

 
Hiring a Full-Time Technology Worker

Pros:   Cons:
  • You usually receive a high level of technical support
  • Your business can stay abreast of new changes in technology to help remain competitive
 
  • This solution costs the most to sustain, since technology employees are specialized and annual wages to retain them are high
  • For most small businesses under twenty employees, your technical worker will not have enough work to justify a full days salary
  • Without someone already on staff with a background in technology, finding and hiring the right candidates for the job can become difficult and time consuming
  • If this worker leaves unexpectedly, they can leave your business in a very tough spot

 
Hiring to a Computer Consulting Company

Pros:   Cons:
  • This solution costs significantly less than a full-time employee, for as little as $3,800 per year you can keep your technology infrastructure running smoothly
  • You don’t have the overhead associated with employing or managing a full-time worker
  • The level of technical support you receive is often higher than that of an in-house staff, since the computer professionals you will be dealing with often have many years of in-depth hands on experience
  • A technology consultant has access to resources on his team that you don’t get with a single employee, including sophisticated tools, training materials, and additional technology specialists who can assist them with projects when necessary
  • Even when employees change, your IT infrastructure is safe
  • Your business remains highly competitive, as you’re dealing with IT professionals who work with dozens of businesses each year and know about all of the latest productivity enhancing hardware and software solutions available
  • Their up to date training includes many of the latest mobile apps that can help mobilize your workforce via smartphones, tablets, and the cloud
 
  • Finding a reliable company can be difficult

For most small to medium size offices the choice between a non-technical employee, a full-time technical employee, or a technology consulting firm should be a no-brainer. At going rates an outside IT firm can save your business $44,000 per year in operating expense vs. hiring a full-time employee. An outside IT company also provides the security of knowing that your critical IT infrastructure is safely managed by trained professionals.  

What would one day of down-time going to cost you? What would one week cost? It’s not necessary for you to find out! For a minimal investment, an IT support company like my PC Techs  can come into your Phoenix area office once a week or once a month and perform routine server maintenance, computer maintenance, and make sure the network and systems are running optimally.  Beyond that, your expert computer technicians can provide group training on new software, help upgrade existing software to newer and faster versions,  and provide consultation on how to spend technology budget in a way that provides the best bang for the buck.

Save time, save money, and increase productivity by hiring the experts at my PC Techs to maximize your uptime! Call (602) 456-0150 to schedule  a free consultation today.

 

Considering an upgrade? Put those old computers to good use!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Have you considered upgrading the technology for your office? Many companies have been holding off on expensive computer upgrades for several years while, slashing workforce at the same time. This is a potent mix that has a negative impact on office productivity. If you are getting by with a small staff and old computer systems now is a great time to upgrade and improve worker efficiency.

As a Dell Registered Partner, my PC Techs can help you acquire new computers and servers for your office at 10% or 20% prices lower than our competitors. We never mark up the cost of hardware or software, and pass all of our savings on to YOU. http://www.mypctechs.com/dell.php

Do you need $20,000 in new computer equipment? Get it now for only $14,000. We have provided this level of savings to our clients for several years.

After an upgrade, what happens to your old computer equipment? We help you put the old computer equipment to good use. One Arizona company has set a great example for others, take a look at this article: http://news.yahoo.com/reliance-build-inc-donates-computers-k-4-charter-070736628.html

As discussed in the article linked above, donating your used computer equipment to a local non-profit in need is a great way to help out your community. my PC Techs currently knows of two Arizona non-profits that are looking for donations of computer equipment. If you know of anyone looking to upgrade have them give us a call (602) 456-0150. We will help them save money on their new equipment and put all of their old computer systems to great use. Everyone wins in this scenario.


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Computer Technicians – Open Interview on Saturday, July 9th.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

my PC Techs, Expert Solutions You Can Trust, is HIRING!

my PC Techs is a locally owned team of information technology professionals based in Phoenix, Arizona. We provide honest affordable technology services to business and individual clients throughout the Phoenix metro area. Our goal is to help people better their lives through technology. We provide: computer hardware repair, software support, and a complete range of business IT Support services including consulting, upgrading, and server administration.

Immediate Hire: We are hiring immediately for a mobile computer repair / IT support technician. Your primary job function will include desktop, laptop, and server computer repair, computer installation, computer networking, software configuration, software installation, virus removal, user and email management, training, and general IT support. You must be able to service calls within the Phoenix metro area. Windows and Mac experience A+. Contract to hire.

OPEN INTERVIEWS IN JULY!
Interview Address: 15815 S. 46th St., Suite #116 Phoenix, Arizona 85048
What to Bring: Bring a pen and a current copy of your resume

INTERVIEWS ON SATURDAY, JULY 9th:
11:00 AM, Saturday, July 9th

Are You a Good Fit? The right person for this job enjoys a challenge, has fun working with computers, is social, and is quick and responsive. Visit our office Saturday at the interview time listed above to apply for our open position. This is an immediate hire for the right candidate. If you have any questions, call (602) 456-0150 or send us an email.

Thank you, and we’ll see you on Saturday!




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