Practical Computers Inc. Computer repairs and sales - on location and remote Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:24:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Importance of Backing Up Your Data Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:21:30 +0000 Data is Irreplaceable:

We cannot stress enough how important it is to back up your precious pictures, documents or anything else you deem irreplaceable.  When a hard drive goes bad, it can very easily take your pictures and documents with it.  Sometimes they are salvageable, other times they are not.   There are also viruses that directly target these types of files and hold them hostage.  There are occasions where we can retrieve files locked by a virus.  A good anti-virus such as Kaspersky is your best defense against these viruses, which is why it is important to have a good one installed.  But a proper backup should always be in place.

There are many ways to back up your information.  Some are done manually, some are automatic.  We will discuss the pros and cons of each method. The first form of a backup is using an external hard drive, or flash drive.  The process is the same for both these devices.  It is very simple; you navigate to the files or folders that you want to back up.  You will then do a copy and paste the items in the flash drive.  This is a very cost effective way of doing backups, however you have to remember to do it!  *Protip – Remove the flash drive or external hard drive after backing up!!

The second way is to use a program that specializes in making backups such as Acronis.  With Acronis, backups are be done manually or automatically.  It will also do a full system backup, not just your personal files.  If you were to have a hard drive go completely bad, we can use the most current backup image to restore to a new hard drive.  By doing this the computer will be just as it was at the time the last backup was complete.  You are also able to open an image and recover specific files or folders.  The best and safest way is to use an external hard drive.  However once again you have to remember to do the backup.  Acronis can also be setup to backup at a regular interval on its own, but the device that the system is backed up to needs to be always connected.

With a proper backup solution you will never have to worry about any of your data being lost or destroyed.  If you’re interested in getting something set up to protect your data give us a call, or drop on by and we can go into further detail and recommend the best solution for you!


Computer-related Cold Call Scams Sun, 06 Aug 2017 19:40:07 +0000 Don’t believe what they say:

You get a call out of nowhere and it’s someone telling you they are calling on behalf of Microsoft to let you know your computer is causing errors.  The person on the other end will go to great lengths to get you to let him/her on your machine.  Do not under any circumstances allow anyone on your computer that you do not fully trust.  You don’t let just anyone into your house, so why should they be allowed into your computer.  This is a scam.  They will steal documents, they will steal passwords, and they will cause way more harm than good. 

The people doing this scam are from all over the world.  India, the Philippines, and yes, even here in the States.  Just a couple of weeks ago a “tech firm” based in Florida was shut down by the FTC for running this kind of scam.  It is said they got away with scamming several million dollars from unknowing victims who bought their worthless repair contracts and software.  So even if the person on the other end has no accent and is saying all the right stuff, remember they are a total stranger and likely trying to scam you.

What should you do if they ever call?  This is an easy one.  Simply tell them you already have someone you trust to maintain and care for your computer.  After you tell them that, they may not call again.  However, there are some who are very persistent.  They will call over and over again.  Tell them they are wasting their time and to stop calling you.

Hopefully this notice finds you before they do.  If it does not, don’t fret and give us a call at (541) 726-7775.