Installing a Nest Thermostat can save you money!

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The Nest Thermostat is a revolutionary smart thermostat that is both user friendly and cost effective for our customers. With this device you can see your energy history and manage what days and seasons you spend the most on air conditioning or heating. The Nest Thermostat also provides mobile alerts when significant changes in temperature occur in your home. Receiving an alert that the temperature is too high in your apartment could mean the stove was left on and vice versa.

The most important feature of this product however, is the fact that it’s very user friendly! Unlike it’s competitors the Nest is the leader in smart thermostat market because of it’s emphasis on simplicity. All the user needs to do is spin the wheel to adjust the temperature and eventually the Nest stores the user’s patterns and it begins to adjust the air conditioning on it’s own! Once the pattern is picked up by the thermostat the energy saving capabilities of this device come out in full force.

By the Nest Thermostat picking up a pattern it will then begin to provide the customer with tips on how to improve energy efficiency around your home. This will then lead to a decrease in the amount that you pay monthly on your electric bill.

WiFi Boosters and Extenders worth it?

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WiFi Boosters (Extenders and Repeaters)
The Netgear WiFi boosters are a great and affordable way to extend your WiFi signats to dead zones in your house. It works by plugging the device to the wall, capturing your main WiFi signal and “repeating” such signal to the dead spots throughout your home. Even though the Netgear WiFi booster solution is an affordable one, it’s not necessarily the best one. If what you’re looking for is performance and speed to be delivered to those elusive dead spots in your home we recommend to go for an AP (Access Point). Installing an AP is the best solution for extending your WiFi signal with minimal loss in performance. It also features more functionality than a WiFi booster because typically AP’s are also Network Routers. With that being said they have better internal hardware and better range boosting capabilities than your typical wall outlet repeater and provide more reliability in the long run.

Benefits of having security cameras!

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Here are some benefits of having security cameras installed:
  • By having security cameras your Homeowners Insurance can be reduced.
  • Security Cameras give you the ability to monitor your home or office remotely from your laptop, computer, or smartphone. Now you won’t have to worry the next time you go on vacation about your elderly parents or pets.
  • Security Cameras help deter and prevent employee theft. A customer of ours complained frequently about employee theft, NuAge PC installed Security Cameras for them and now the theft has been eliminated completely.
  • Security Cameras can help the local police department by documenting the incident or accident. Have you ever gone to your parked car and seen a dent, gone back inside and asked for the security camera footage but were told the store does not have cameras? By having cameras now the incident is documented and helps the police out exponentially to find the culprit.
  • If you still believe that you have no need for security cameras, I will leave you with one fact. The average amount taken in a home burglary is $2500.00, that is more than double the cost of what a basic security camera system costs to install.

Don’t fall for the IDNS Domain scam!

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Like most scams this company IDNS or Internet Domain Services, preys on people who don’t know any better. This professional looking letter arrives at our mailbox every year wanting us to give them our personal and credit card information. I choose to dump it, however, if you do a simple google search on this company you’ll see that IDNS scams plenty of people every year. The scam here is that your website domain really isn’t expiring but most people don’t actually know when theirs does expire. So when a professional looking company sends a friendly reminder, some our customers have been scammed. Mailing them your credit card information essentially makes them the owner of that website domain and IDNS starts charging you triple the amount for it’s use! If you feel the need to check in on your domain registration, just give a quick call to the site you purchased your domain from (Go Daddy etc.) and they will gladly tell you. As always with computer/internet scam, if someone requests your credit card information over the phone or through the mail, please don’t give it to them!

 

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Making the case for Curved TVs

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THE ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF CURVED TVS

Curved TVs were the most hyped piece of new technology in the last year, but are they really worth the hype? Curved TVs were created so that your viewing experiencing could be enhanced by having the screen of the television curved. Below are reasons making the case for curved TVs:

1. They improve immersion

This is the biggest argument made in favor of curving TV screens. The idea is that by curving the image slightly forward, the world you’re watching seems to ‘wrap around’ you more, entering slightly more into your peripheral vision and thus drawing you deeper and deeper into the experience.

 

2. The sense of ‘depth’ is enhanced

One of the most common reactions from people watching a curved screen for the first time is that it looks like 3D, even when the source is 2D. This is because curving the edges of the image towards the viewer enhances the visual perception of depth in what you’re watching. Samsung underlines this by applying depth enhancement processing to its curved TVs that adjusts the contrast of different parts of the image to boost the sense of field depth. 

 Conclusion

If you enjoy being immersed in movies and sporting events, a curved TV is perfect for you. The future of home entertainment will be these types of TVs and although not everyone has warmed up to the idea, companies are doubling down.

Are you in the market for a computer?

Are you in the market for a computer? Purchasing a computer is no easy task and with the price of many of the devices out on the market today, you want to make sure you’re making the right acquisition. Not all computers are made the same, and unless you’re pretty familiar with computer hardware you might have a hard time determining just how unequal they are and what parts are pushing up the price. This guide will help you get a better understanding of all the necessary components that you should prioritize before you make that next computer purchase.

Desktop or Laptop?

This one is really easy, If you plan on having a steady workstation and don’t need to run around with your for-all-purposes device, consider getting a desktop and saving yourself some money. Additionally, it’s easier to change out parts and upgrade components in a desktop. If you often need your computer on the go, the choice is simple to purchase a laptop.

Know your CPU!

The simplest way to explain the processor is that it’s the brain of the computer. If you want a fast computer that boots up programs in a flash, completes tasks as soon as you start them, and doesn’t keep you waiting, then you need a strong processor. The short and simple of processors is on the number of cores and the speed (labeled in GHz) of the processor. The speed of the chip will tell you how much data it can process in how much time, so the bigger the number, the better.

Ram, the more the better

Just as the number of processor cores in a computer affects its speed and ability to multitask, the amount of Random Access Memory, or RAM, in a computer can affect just how much multitasking it can handle and how fast it will be. Nowadays most RAM is measured in gigabytes, and as is often the case, the more, the merrier. By having more RAM, your computer is able to keep more data close at hand, rather than having to go digging around through the slower hard drive for the information it needs. For basic usage on today’s standards, at least 4GB is recommended.

Hard Drive

If you plan to just have your computer and no peripherals(external hard drive,etc), you may want to opt for the biggest hard drive you can afford, since all of your files and programs will be stored on the computer. If you don’t plan to have many applications on your computer, and won’t store media on it, then you can opt for a smaller hard drive and save yourself some money. If you can handle a small hard drive but want to it be extra fast and you have the cash, consider going for a solid-state drive.

The Operating System (Mac or Windows)

The short and simple of it is that you should probably stick with what you’re familiar with, as it can be hard to adjust to a new operating system unless you’re ready to put in the work.

Apple Ends Quicktime Support For Windows

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Yesterday I received an email from a friend with the subject line “Urgent: Apple ends QuickTime Support for Windows” and at first I completely disregarded it as nothing important. However from the standpoint of our customers this is very important news as most QuickTime users rely on it for anything from looking at pictures to watching videos. With the threat of cyber security already high for personal computers, this decision by Apple could be harmful to any computer containing important personal documents or business information. Our advice is simple, uninstall it unless you completely need it. If you choose to keep it, your computer is prone to be compromised even if you have an antivirus installed. An excellent
alternative to QuickTime, is VLC Media Player and it can be installed from it’s website www.videolan.org.

 

Windows 10 Automatic Update

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Windows 10 was automatically pushed out to many machines in past year and the results have been mixed. The biggest concerns comes from users who had no idea that Windows would automatically update on it’s own. Most of our clients have not been affected by this nuisance update, however some of our customers who own their own businesses have had some compatibility issues with this update and have lost important information in the process. If you are having problems with the Windows 10 upgrade, NuAge PC wants to help those who have been affected by making you feel comfortable using the new Windows 10 update. We will walk you through this new operating system and tweak various settings so this system operates and is configured in a way that you’re accustomed to.

 

 

Backup Solutions Pros & Cons

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You might not realize how vulnerable your midterm thesis or your vacation photos are until your computer crashes, gets hacked, or infested with a serious malware and they’re wiped from your machine. Fortunately, there’s a simple step to preventing this–store your files in multiple locations. Backing up data regularly ensures that personal documents, photos, and other important files are secure in the event of a technology meltdown. Here are some backup solutions pros and cons:

MAKING A LOCAL BACKUP

Transfers data to a separate type of media, such as a CD/DVD, external hard drive, USB Flash drive, or Windows Home Server. For people who like backups of backups, especially for financial data, this provides a way to store the data off site at another location or in a bank safety deposit box.

ADVANTAGE – Backups and restores are fast and accessible. Copies can be placed off site for complete peace of mind.

DISADVANTAGE – Cost of media or server can be expensive. Even though the media might be very resilient, it is still susceptible to physical failure.

USING AN ONLINE “CLOUD” BACKUP

These backups are stored online and can be accessed from anywhere and often by multiple computers. The data is often stored in a secure online location that is accessible with a password you create.

ADVANTAGE – The most secure method and can be accessed anywhere. Backups can be setup to automatically happen in real time.

DISADVANTAGE – Usually requires a subscription cost and regular online access.

Random Pop-Ups Annoying You?

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If you are seeing random pop-up ads asking to update Adobe Flash Player or Java within Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome, then your computer is infected with an adware or a potentially unwanted program. These update pop-ups are not from the developers Adobe Flash Player or Java. These pop-ups are annoying and they’re used by cyber criminals to spread adware and browser hijackers on every user’s computer. The fake update Flash Player or Java pop-up ads are caused by an ad-supported extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, which is distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. This malicious browser extension is typically added when you install another free software (video recording, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When this malicious extension is installed and you browse the Internet, an ad with a fake request to update Adobe Flash Player or Java will randomly pop-up. The malicious web page will display a pop-up box stating that you need to updated or install Flash Player or Java to view a video. If you click on the “Download”, “Run Update” or “Click to install now” button, instead of installing an update for Adobe Flash Player or Java, you’ll agree to download an adware or a malicious programs onto your computer.

When infected with this malicious program, other common symptoms include:

Advertising banners are injected with the web pages that you are visiting. Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks. Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software. Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this fake update Flash Player or Java adware. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

 

Signs My Computer Has A Virus?

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NuAge PC has been getting plenty of phone calls lately from concerned customers who are wondering why their computer is acting very unusual. The truth is 99% of the time this means your computer has been infected by a virus or malware. With this “Signs my Computer has a virus” post, NuAge PC is using our platform to give our customers a basic idea as to the warning signs that your computer may have a virus.  Listed below are some of the most common signs…


​​1. Slowdown: Does it take longer than usual for your operating system to boot up? Are you waiting too long for some of your programs to start? It’s a known fact that malware has the tendency to slow down your operating system, your Internet speed or the speed of your applications.

2. Pop Ups: One of the most annoying signs of malware is represented by the unwanted pop-up windows. Unexpected pop-ups which appear on the system are a typical sign of a spyware infection.

3. Crashes: If your programs or your system regularly crash or the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) appears regularly, it’s a clear warning that your system is not working properly and you should look into it.

​​4. Running out of hard drive space: Regarding the hard drive, you also need to check if your physical storage space has been increasing lately or if some of your files disappeared or had their names changed.

5. New Browser home page, new tool bars and/or your browser opens unwanted websites: Did you notice your home page has been changed and you don’t seem to know why? A new toolbar seems to be placed at top of your web browser? Have you tried to access your favorite blog, but you were sent to a different address?This usually happens when you visit a website and you accidentally click an online link or a pop-up window. This action triggers the download and install of a secondary software, which is not only annoying, but also malicious.

​6. Unusual messages or programs starting automatically:​ ​If, all of a sudden, you see programs opening and closing automatically, your Windows operating system shutting down without reason or you have strange windows in the booting process and Windows lets you know that you lost access to some of your drives, this is something you should worry about.

7. Your security solution is disabled: Your antivirus solution doesn’t seem to work anymore or the Update module seems to be disabled.

8. Your friends say they receive strange messages or e-mails from you: Are your friends telling you that they received suspicious e-mails from you or instant messages from your social media account containing attachments or links? 


Disregarding these warning signs can be very harmful to any computer especially if the computer contains valuable information. We’ve hear stories from some of our customers about them losing all of their business payroll information or other important personal documents because of viruses corrupting their computer. If your computer has any of the symptoms listed above contact us today at (305) 421 -7264 or schedule an appointment with one of our technicians on our website, www.nuagepc.com. With your computer it’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive later.

Beware Of The Harmful Locky Virus!

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The Locky Virus

If you haven’t heard or read about ransom ware viruses, this email is for you. These viruses could be harmful to all of your business information stored on a computer or laptop. A type of ransom ware called Locky has infected hundreds of thousands of computers in the last month. The Locky Virus usually comes in the form of an unsolicited attachment from an unknown sender. Once this attachment is opened the Locky Virus spreads throughout your computer and locks you out. If you are locked out the only way to regain access is the pay the attackers a ransom.

Advice from our technicians

  • Backup your computer regularly and keep a recent backup copy off-site. Backups that are not kept off-site and still connected will be locked by the virus.
  • Be cautious about spam emails
  • Do not open attachments such as zip files or .rar files from unknown senders.

If you would like one of our technicians to consult you on the proper backup solutions needed (we recommend Carbonite), feel free to give us a call today at 877-NuAgePC.