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Hardware Ad Blocking with PiHole

Posted by Allen Murphy on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 04:34 PM

What is PiHole?

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Virtual Private Networks and You

Posted by Allen Murphy on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the information you view and post on the web? Before today, the answer hasn't been anything remarkable. Now however, a change in privacy laws has made that answer somewhat concerning to users who value privacy. Internet Service Providers or ISPs like Verizon and Comcast are now able to sell consumers' browsing data on the public market. Some consumers are taking extra steps to keep their data private.

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Tags: Security, Technology, VPN, Internet

Firewalls: Hardware vs Software

Posted by Robert Chapman on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 @ 04:36 PM

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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Cord-Cutting 101

Posted by Sample HubSpot User on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 05:22 PM

With the cost of cable on the rise, many consumers are finding financial comfort by switching to streaming services. From Netflix to Spotify, almost everything is available instantly. These services are available on most devices at a cost far below that of a cable bill but what a lot of people don't know is that it's easier than ever to be your own streaming service! Find out how! Call Computer Escape or message us on Facebook!

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Tags: Important Information

5 Reason Why Integrated Services Can Help Your Small Business

Posted by Robert Chapman on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

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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Tags: Important Information

Carbonite Online Backup: A Breakdown

Posted by Robert Chapman on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 04:34 PM



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Tags: Product Reviews, Important Information

7 Ways To Increase Productivity Using The Cloud

Posted by Robert Chapman on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 02:15 PM



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Tags: Computer Repair Tips, Product Reviews, Important Information

3 Reasons to buy a custom PC

Posted by Robert Chapman on Fri, Jul 05, 2013 @ 11:15 PM
In an age where consumers are constantly bombarded by so called "deals" on brand name computer systems by high pressure mega retailers, one has to wonder: What ever happened to the custom PC? While many custom PC makers still exist, their market tends to restricted to a niche group of enthusiasts and gamers. The basic home PC market has been flooded with low-cost computers by major manufacturers for over a decade in order to flush out the old fashioned, mom-and-pop builders that dominated the very same market in the early to late 90s. You may want to ask yourself a few simple questions: Why did manufacturers try so hard to push out the little guys? Did the mom-and-pop stores really offer a better overall solution to HP, Dell, Gateway, and IBM? Though these questions are still a matter of debate, the fact that custom PC dealers can still offer a valuable solution with benefits arguably better than mega corporations, still rings true today. Here are three reasons why you should consider custom next time you're in the market for a computer system:

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?

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Tags: Product Reviews, Computer Buying Tips, Important Information

Antivirus: Which is REALLY the best?

Posted by Robert Chapman on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:42 AM

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:

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Tags: Computer Repair Tips, Important Information

3 Reasons Why You Should Change to An Off-site Backup System

Posted by Robert Chapman on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

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:

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Tags: Product Reviews, Important Information