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How to Protect Your Phone from Viruses, Malware, and Phishing

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Believe it or not, your phone is susceptible to viruses, malware, and phishing scams. Protecting your laptop or desktop computer is vital to protecting your data, but you should be keeping an eye on your phone too.

Your phone is in danger of catching a virus or malware from a variety of sources including:

  • Malicious apps,
  • Fake Wi-Fi,
  • Bad links,
  • Phishing Emails,
  • Phishing Texts,
  • And more.

Learn more about the dangers facing your phone and how to protect yourself below.

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How to Extend the Life of your Phone Battery

Charging batteries

There are a lot of myths out there about how to extend the life of your phone’s battery. In order to truly take care of your device and prolong its life, use these tips and learn to tell fact from fiction.

How long does your battery last?

The lifetime of a phone battery is approximately 2-3 years, but that’s not to say that your phone or device won’t last longer or shorter. A number of variables impact the life of your device’s battery.

Your device’s battery life is determined by “charge cycles” not time. A charge cycle is determined by your device using a net 100% of its charge.

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Most obviously, this is when you fully charge the device to 100% and use it until it dies at 0%. However, a charge cycle also includes times when your phone is at 75% and you use it to 25% (a total of 50% charge) then charge it back to 100% and use it to 50% (another 50%).

Charge Cylces from PC Mag

A charge cycle is based on the total charge like a tank of gas. You can only fill the car to half a tank two times, but you still use a full tank of gas.

Say Good Night to Your Electronics

Blue Light on your Electronics

Are you having trouble sleeping lately? Do you use your laptop, phone or tablet in bed at night?

Your phone could be the culprit of your insomnia. Your devices emit a blue light through their screens which has been linked in multiple studies to difficulty falling asleep at night.

The blue light tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime rather than nighttime. This prevents the brain from producing vital sleepy-time chemicals at night.

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How do we stop this self-inflicted insomnia?

The easiest solution is to turn off the electronics after dark. If you stop using your device at sunset or around an hour to two hours before bedtime, then your brain will naturally produce the sleepy-time alert in your body.

How Does Remote Support Work?

Remote Support with Techno Goober

Remote support is a common practice by IT Support companies like Techno Goober. It’s a relatively simple process on the Tech side, but for the user, it can be uncomfortable or even scary.

A lack of understanding about how remote support works leaves many users with questions and hesitations. Keep reading to learn more about how remote support works and save yourself some worry the next time your computer needs some work done.

How does Remote Support actually work?

If something is going wrong with your computer and you don’t know how to fix it, you call Techno Goober for help. One of our techs will either suggest that you bring the device into our office for repairs or we will suggest remote support.

Remote support is usually suggested when the fix is relatively simple or we need to investigate a little more to determine what’s going wrong on your end.

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Slow Internet Connection Driving You Crazy?

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Today, the internet is considered a necessity. Nearly everything we do has ties to the World Wide Web. Downloading, streaming, and browsing are everyday activities. Whether you use the internet for work, pleasure, or something in-between, a slow internet connection can disrupt your entire day.

Don’t let a slow connection drive you crazy. Learn how to test your connection and determine exactly what the problem is. Can’t find a solution? Trust our Tech Experts to get the job done fast.

Unfortunately, a number of things can cause a slow connection. It could be your Wi-Fi router, it could be your service provider, it could be your machine, and it could be the websites you are trying to access. To determine exactly what might be causing your problem, try the following steps.

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How Our Lives Changes After Purchasing a Google Home

Google Home

Techno Goober employs a brother-sister team. One tech and one amazing (and very humble) writer. Recently, a client approached Tech Steve (my brother) and asked about installing a Google Home.

The client wanted to know: Is Google Home worth it?

The product boasts voice-controlled services like music control, TV control, shopping lists, phone calls, texting, and smart home features like turning lights on and off. We all know that products may boast amazing services, but are the services really all that special?

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What’s Your Password?

Password security

There are a number of factors that impact the security of your password from the complexity and length or even how easy it is to guess by those around you.

To check if your password is secure enough, ask yourself the following questions. (And answer honestly.)

  • How long has it been since you changed your password?
  • Do you use the same one for more than one website?
  • How many people know what your password is?
  • How complex or simple is it?
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What the Fudge is going on with Net Neutrality?

Techno Goober supports Net Neutrality Protections

Net Neutrality has been in the news recently, but in our business, we find that a lot of people don’t truly understand what is going on. Let us break it down for you.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the principle that the internet should be free and unimpeded. This ensures that freedom of speech is maintained. This seems a little scary, so let’s break it down a little further.

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Turn it off and back on again. No really.

Turn it off then back on

We’ve all been there. Your device isn’t working quite as expected, and you are starting to get really frustrated. You give Techno Goober a call to speak with one of our expert techs, but they give you that dreaded advice.

Turn it off. And turn it back on again.

Before you get angry, this actually works. The next time your device has a glitch, your Wi-Fi is acting up, your application is slow, or your laptop is acting up, try this advice. Turn it off then turn it back on again.

Rebooting your device can help with any number of issues. It works with desktop computers, laptops, tablets, game consoles, phones, printers, and wireless routers.

When you turn your device off and on again, it resets your device, and it begins reading the code from the beginning. Sometimes the computer loses its place like reading when you’re tired and accidentally skipping a line in your book. Going back to the beginning of the paragraph, like resetting your device, helps you find your place again.

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Don’t be Caught by Phishing

Beware Phishing Attacks

Phishing scams can be dangerous for you and your online accounts. Your email provider, like Google, works very hard to ensure that its email clients are safe from phishing scams. However, that just means that when a phishing scam does get through it is especially deceptive.

What is phishing?

Phishing scams are emails, texts, or phone calls that try to trick you into clicking a link, revealing confidential information, or downloading a virus. These scams are usually easy to spot for a number of reasons, but, sometimes, they are incredibly difficult to spot leaving you vulnerable.

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