When your children are using devices that can connect to the internet, you should be using Parental Restrictions to protect them. Apple makes it very easy to set Parental Controls on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. These restrictions allow you to control a number of things including purchasing, internet browsing, downloading apps, and viewing explicit content. Learn more about Parental Restrictions on iPhone below.
Why Use Parental Restrictions
There are parents who don’t let their kids play with technology. These old-school parents sometimes shame others for giving their kids screen-time, and they boast about how tech-free their kids are. Then there’s the rest of us. We’re the ones that need a few minutes of peace to cook dinner or just want the kids to be quiet on car rides.
Letting your children have screen-time doesn’t make you a bad parent. However, you should be doing everything you can to protect your kids and your wallet from the perils of the internet.
Parental Restrictions allow your children to use their devices and give you peace of mind while they do it. As a parent, all you want to do is protect your kids. The internet makes it easier for your kids to unknowingly interact with predators. To prevent that, use Parental Restrictions.
There is a common misconception that you have to be a tech expert to understand cybersecurity. That is simply not true. There is a lot that you can be doing to protect your personal computer and your entire business with little to no knowledge of cybersecurity.
Everyone is a Target
Cybersecurity threats affect everyone. You might think that your digital footprint is small, or that your data isn’t that important, but everyone is a potential target. You could be poor or have a bad credit score, but identity theft should still be a concern.
Cyber Criminals and Identity Thieves generally follow a practice of cast a wide net to catch a few fish. They don’t care what fish they catch. They are only looking to catch one or two people that are gullible or vulnerable enough to attack.
If you happen to be the fish that they catch, they could potentially leave you with even worse credit, in more debt, and little to no way to work your way out of it. In some cases, you might not even know that you are facing a cybersecurity problem until it’s too late.
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.
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.
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%).
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.
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.
When it comes to managing your business’s reputation, there are a few key metrics you should be paying attention to. You know most of them by now:
The first one is obvious. You want to have different reviews from different customers in a variety of places to ensure that no matter where your prospective customers are looking. Encourage your happy customers to leave reviews on Yelp, Google, Facebook, and directly on your website. Bad reviews can be difficult to manage, but they will happen. Get help managing bad reviews.
You’ll want to keep your reviews fresh too. Reviews become outdated to prospective customers after a few weeks. You should aim to earn 1 new (positive) review every week. Rotate through your various review sites to ensure fresh content.
Trust for most people is built and maintained via online interactions with their peers. For some people, this may seem inaccurate, but with the rise of “fake news,” big media is losing the trust of its users.
To compensate for this loss of trust in big media, users are turning to each other. Peer to peer influence is highly trusted. That’s where reviews come in. Users leave first-hand reviews online rating your business with 1-5 stars to show their friends and followers which businesses are trustworthy.
Reviews Impact Peer Trust
If you have a business page on Facebook, you know all about reviews. These reviews may seem trivial to some, but they can play a large part in the reputation of your business online and offline.
If someone rates your business poorly, even without a genuine reason, their peers will see and trust that review. If your brother, best friend, sister-in-law, or even cousin left a poor review of a restaurant saying the waiter was rude, would you go to that restaurant or keep your distance?
Traveling for business is required for many jobs. Working while traveling for pleasure is often a necessary evil for many small business owners as well. To protect you and your devices while you’re working on the go, you should understand the dangers of public Wi-Fi.
What is Public Wi-Fi?
Public Wi-Fi is any wireless network that can be accessed in a public place. This includes wireless internet at the airport, hotel, train station, library, coffee shop, and more. There is accessible wireless internet nearly everywhere you go. Some wireless service providers even offer Wi-Fi connectivity on major highways.
It may seem relatively harmless or even safe to connect to the wireless network at your hotel or local library. But there could be dangers lurking around every corner on these strange wireless connections. Dangers that you might not even notice or have any power against.
As small businesses, it’s important for us to be conscious of the security needs of our clients and customers. As a web development company, in particular, we must always be thinking about how to maintain the privacy and security of our clients AND our clients’ clients.
As a business, it is necessary to collect information about your client. This information can be used for a variety of purposes from leads to newsletters or even internal research. The most important thing that businesses must remember when collecting any information from clients is to collect only what you need and maintain transparency.
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 last changed your password?
- Do you use the same one for more than one website?
- How many people know what it is?
- How complex or simple is it?