Be Good to your PC

 used with permission from HP Tech@Work

Here’s how to keep it in top shape

Let’s be real: You probably can’t swap your PC in for a new one as often as you’d like. A PC is an investment—and taking good care of it pays off in the long run. If your PC has a few years on it and you want to make it last—or you have a new machine and you want to treat it right—here are some simple ways to keep it running smoothly and extend its life.

Keep it clean

This may seem obvious, but seriously, do not let the Sriracha sauce from your lunch drip into your laptop—it’ll cause more problems than just a sticky keyboard. Make sure these other parts are spiffy as well for maximum longevity.

  • Wipe your monitor. First dust it with a cloth, then wipe it down with glass cleaner. Better yet, use monitor wipes for serious cleaning.
  • Inspect your tower. Check the air vents on the back and remove dust and buildup. If your tower opens, clean the inside with a can of compressed air.
  • Keep peripherals tidy. Use compressed air on your keyboard and wipe it down with a cloth. Check over your mouse as well—if it has a roller ball, remove the plate and swab it with isopropyl alcohol to get the gunk off it.

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The Computing Center Privacy Policy

No doubt you have been receiving updated privacy policies from anyone who you may have ever done online business with, received electronic newsletters, or signed up for additional information. The primary driver behind all the emails and privacy policy updates has been the European Union's (EU) "General Data Privacy Regulations" (GDPR). Although they have been in effect for the last couple of years, on May 25, 2018, there is now enforcement of those regularions by the EU.

As noted in our Privacy Policy, we don't market or sell to citizens of the EU. However, some of our clients may be EU citizens and therefore are covered by GDPR. Hence the need for an updated Privacy Policy and why all of the recent emails. 

Most of our suppliers, vendors, and content providers have sent us "dry" versions of their Privacy Policies. A few have lightened things up with email subjects like: "But Wait, here is one more GDPR email", "Here are the Ways we keep your Info Safe!" and our favortie: "If you're happy receiving our newsletters, do nothing!" 

So whether you take this seriously or light hearted, below is The Computing Center's Privacy Policy;

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When's the Right Time to Embrace Innovation

We get asked about new technology products and innovations all the time. We also get asked whether and when clients should "make" the move. Sometimes the answers are easy. With others, how and when are not obvious. This article discusses an innovation that may be a while before it's in general use.

When is the right time to embrace innovations in technology? Today, tomorrow, or 2057? There really isn’t a specific time or universal formula that will reveal the answer to you, but with so much innovation happening on a regular basis, it’d be ideal to know exactly when and how to incorporate new technology at your business for maximum effect.

Don’t fret—we’re not here to crush the dreams of early adopters everywhere. Instead, take a look at what you can control to better time your adventures with “the next big thing.”

Do virtual currencies hold the answer?

Imagine a technology so disruptive it has the potential to change how you live—or at least how you spend. This exercise shouldn’t take much creative energy: We’re talking about cryptocurrency, of course. If you don’t have the slightest interest in cryptocurrency, don’t check out just yet—it can offer a surprisingly apt lesson in how to welcome innovations in technology, no matter the industry or vertical.

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Online Tax Filing Tips

It's that time of year again - tax filing season. More people are filing their taxes online than ever before.Unfortunately the "bad guys" know that and can create enormous havoc should they get hold of your information.Here are some basic precautions to take to keep you tax information secure.

Online fraud is a fast growing crime. The ability for cybercriminals to be anonymous and conduct their crimes from anywhere in the world makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to curb it.

As online fraud continues to grow, a number of American citizens might face this scenario: It’s tax season, and you are getting your paperwork together in order to file your taxes. During the process of filing your taxes you may realize that it appears as if you have already filed your returns for the year. It’s possible that someone has used your Social Security number (SSN) to file taxes. As for the refund you were hoping to get, it could be in the hands of thieves and fraudsters.

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What Girl Scouts Can Teach You about Blockchain

Having trouble getting your head around how blockchain IT works and why it’s important for business?

In order to help simplify things for you (and in the spirit of it being Girl Scout cookie season), let’s look back at a model that any former Girl or Boy Scout knows well: the fire triangle.

The fire triangle is a simple way of understanding the conditions to create fire. Specifically, you need heat, oxygen, and fuel combined in order for a fire to be able to start. Similarly, you can use this model to understand how blockchain helps create the conditions necessary for digital transformation to happen.

But first, the basics.

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