Internet connectivity today is as essential to daily life as ever. We use it at home, at work, and most places in between. Emails, photos, even full-length feature films are available at our fingertips. Amidst all this growth and fast-paced communication, one important piece of the puzzle is often overlooked.... Security. Having the right amount of security can often be the only thing standing between a user and weeks or even months of downtime and headaches.
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It would seem that our local mailbox competitor is questioning our ability to handle our clients mail storage needs. I could give you 10 reasons, but I’ll only need 5, why you SHOULD consider having your mail delivered to that local COMPUTER STORE, instead of our clearly aggravated mailbox neighbor:
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1. Individualized Technology
True customization of needs is rare in the world of computers today. Every salesman in the industry is constantly trying to up-sell you into a computer that is vastly over-powered for the needs of most consumers. You are trained to listed for worlds like 'gigabyte', 'megahertz', and 'dual core', when considering a computer; falling right into the hands of the salesman as intended. Do you really know how all these bits and bytes mean do, and how they affect computer performance? Then how do you know if you need them?
The answer to this question has been propagandized by the best salesmen in the industry for years, and will undoubtedly change depending on who you ask. Many companies even have pre-arranged compensation plans in place with antivirus developers, and provide you with an answer that coincides with it; without ever thinking of your best interest. Ever wonder why new computers come with antivirus trials already installed on them? It's not because they're trying to help you out; it's because antivirus developers hope you will associate their product with the computer you just spent so much time picking out, assume it's of equal quality, and purchase it without thinking. This is no doubt the work of the best public relations experts in the field, but is what the're selling REALLY the best for YOU? Truth will vary with opinion, but fact is always fact. What are the facts? Well, here we go:
You hear a lot of talk nowadays about off-site, internet based backup systems; usually in the form of software that automatically backs up selected files for you over the internet, and stores them on a secure, encrypted server. This type of backup is also known as a "cloud based backup solution". While I strongly believe that most people still use external hard drives or USB flash devices for storage, I can see a growing trend of people moving to off-site backup solutions. In my professional opinion, cloud based backup solutions are a far better option than your standard external storage device, and here's why: As hard drive storage capacity gets larger and larger, there is a higher potential for data loss or hard drive failure. In this study by DeepSpar we can see that 38% of data loss is caused by physical hard drive failure, and 30% to hard drive read errors. So it's safe to say that 68% of ALL data loss is due to defects and flaws in the hard drives themselves. So then why put yourself at risk for what is--according to the study--a very likely chance your external hard drive backup will fail too? Here are some additional reasons why you should change your backup habits, and upgrade to an off-site solution:
So, labor charges vs service charges? In the world of computer repair, many shops will differ in their pricing structure. Many choose to stay old school with hourly labor rates, others with fancy new per-service charges, and some even combine the two. There is no question that as a client you are at the mercy of the shop to do the right thing, but are they doing the right thing? How do you know which pricing structure is the best for YOUR wallet? Well, after fifteen years in the business, and having held every position possible---from parts return to owner/operator---I'm going to break it down for you. So sit back, listen closely, and stop letting the sleazy salesmen trick you into paying for service you don't need.
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Lets face it, not everyone is a computer expert. Buying a new computer can be a very confusing, and sometimes stressful process. Much like buying a car, many average consumers are lost when it comes down to what questions should be asked to the salesman assisting them. After fifteen years of helping my customer's get the computer system that fits their specific needs, I have compiled a list of the three most important questions to ask your salesman; unless it's me of course.
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