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September 20th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Password Tips

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Guide to Creating Strong Passwords -

These days, in the age of computers, it’s important that we protect our information.  We rely on our PC’s for just about everything and therefore making sure that nobody can hack in and steal our information is important.  Identity theft has gotten all too popular and nobody wants to fall victim to it.  The best thing you can do to protect your information is to password protect everything, and these days we have to use passwords for just about every website and software application we use, especially in the work place.  Here are some guidelines to follow when creating strong passwords:

1.  Your password should contain at minimum 6 to 8 characters

2.  Your password must be alphanumeric; containing at least:

a.  One number

b.  One special character

c.  Both lower and uppercase letters

3.  You should never use personal details (birthdays, house numbers, first or last names, children’s names)

4.  Don’t use the same password for more than 90 days

5.  Never write your password down and keep it

One guideline I try to follow when creating my password is to exchange certain letters for characters.  For example:

1.  Using @ instead of a

2.  Using ! instead of i

3.  Using $ instead of s

4.  Using 0 (zero) instead of o

5.  Inserting a character such as % in the place of a space

Geek ABC offers onsite computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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September 15th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Printer Tips

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Choosing the Right Printer-

Choosing the right printer to buy can be a daunting task.  The choices are vast and the cost can vary considerably.  Finding the right printer mainly depends on the individuals’ primary usage.  The main thing to consider is whether you are buying for personal use or for a home/small business and also what your main use for the printer will be.  Do you need it mainly to print documents or will you be printing photos?

For someone such as a student or the average printer user, a basic Inkjet printer will probably suffice.  They can range anywhere from approximately $50 to $150 for decent quality.  The one thing to look out for though is the lower the initial cost of the printer; the more it might cost you to run it, i.e. the cost of ink.  The most important thing to look at before you buy your printer is to look at the cost of the ink.

For someone running a home or small business a LaserJet printer would be ideal but they tend to be a bit pricier than the basic Inkjet.

Another thing to consider is looking at non-traditional brands.  Most of us are familiar with brands such as Epson, Dell and HP but Samsung, Kodak and Brother have come out with a lot of good printers in recent years.  I actually recommend Brother because we’ve been using the same Brother 9700 for approximately 7 years now and it’s still in great shape.

Geek ABC offers in home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.



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September 14th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Repair Service, Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Onsite Computer Repair Services

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Is your computer running slow? -

Do you often find yourself asking “why is my computer so slow?”  Well, you’re not alone.

Here are a few things you can do yourself, in order to keep your computer running like new:

The first thing you should look at is getting rid of or deleting any files that you no longer need and back up files that you don’t use often on to DVD or CD, delete them from your hard drive, and store them in a safe place.  This will give you extra space on your hard drive and improve the performance of the OS.

Next you can remove all of the useless start up programs.  Computers these days come preloaded with a number of programs that you will never use.  Go through them and uninstall anything that you don’t need.  This will increase the speed of your computer.

Third, defragment your hard drive.  Performing a disk defragmentation on your hard drive, every so often based on usage, will organize your files and boost your computer’s speed by approximately 20%.

The next thing that you can do is make sure that your antivirus software is up-to-date and running.  Poor performance can sometimes be attributed to viruses and malware so you want to make sure that you are performing regular virus scans and updates to ensure that you eliminate them.

And last but not least, one thing that users tend to forget about is cleaning up their registry.  This is probably one of the most effective methods in restoring computer speed.  Every time you install, uninstall or run a program, registry entries are created.  Over time your system will be filled with errors and this will slow down its performance significantly.  If you are unsure about making manual changes to your registry using the Windows Registry Editor, there are a number of Free Registry Cleaners available.

If you don’t feel like any of these steps have aided in improving your computer speed.  Geek ABC offers in-home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.

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