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Protecting Your Privacy Online

We’ve talked a lot in previous posts about some of the tools and habits you need to keep yourself safe on the internet. We’ve told you how to avoid malware, what to do if you get malware, how to keep yourself safe from phishing emails and phone scams. Most recently, we talked about securing your cell phone. Today, we’re going to talk about some basic tools and practices you can use to protect your privacy online.

Software Updates One thing that we touched on when we talked about protecting yourself from malware was the importance of keeping your software updated. That tip bears repeating here. By keeping your web browser updated to the most recent version, you make sure that you’re getting the latest its developers have to offer in terms of built-in privacy protection. For example, in the aftermath of Facebook’s recent privacy scandal, Mozilla updated the Firefox browser so that certain privacy protection features are now turned on by default. Keeping your browser updated is a simple a…
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Security For Your Cell Phone

Cell phones have taken an increasingly important role in people’s lives since they first started to see widespread adoption in the ‘90s. With the rise of the smartphone a decade ago, that process has accelerated, to the point that for many of us, our cell phones are vitally important tools for certain aspects of our lives. They’re the keeper of our calendar, our contacts, our family photos, they’re our means of communication with friends and family, how we find our way in a new place, and so much more. As our phones have taken on greater importance, the need to secure them has also grown. That’s why today’s post will be focusing on ways to secure your cell phone and its data.

Keep Your Phone Backed Up The first step to securing your cell phone is keeping your data backed up. That may seem odd at first, since we don’t normally think of backups as a security feature, but think of it this way: what’s the most important thing on your phone? It’s the data, right? When we panic over a lost p…

The Importance of a Clean Computer

In previous articles we’ve talked a lot about ways to keep your computer “clean” in a metaphorical sense: clean from malware, clean from junk files that will slow down your computer, etc. Today, we’re going to talk about the importance of keeping your computer clean in a literal sense, as in, clean from dust and dirt and debris.

Before we get started it’s worth noting that most of this article applies to desktop PCs a lot more than it does to laptops. Laptops can get plenty dusty on the outside, but on the inside they’re typically sealed up a lot tighter than desktops, so they don’t tend to have as much problems with dust as desktops.

Why Dust Is Bad So, you might be wondering why keeping your computer clean is a big deal. Well, it turns out that dust on your computer isn’t just unsightly, it can actually impact your computer’s performance. As dust builds up inside a computer’s case, it can act as an insulator, causing components to overheat. This is especially true for the processor, …

Avoiding Junk Phone Apps

In previous articles we’ve talked about keeping your computer safe from malware and from excess apps and files that can slow down your performance. What we haven’t talked much about before is the best way to protect your phone. The truth is that while your phone is safer from malware than your PC in many ways, you still need to be careful about what you download, and be aware of what certain apps are doing with your data.
Malware Now, you may be thinking, “can my phone really get a virus?” The answer is “yes, but…” While there are legitimate malware threats out there that can infect your phone, there aren’t many programs that really infect your phone the way malware infects your computer. This is especially true for iPhones, since Apple’s “walled garden” development philosophy heavily restricts the access third party apps have to the device’s basic functions.

So, in other words, malware for phones does exist, but most of the time the threats to your phone are going to come from apps th…

What To Do Before Selling Your Mac

In our last few articles, we’ve given you information on what you need to do before selling (or donating) your electronics. We’ve covered iPhones and iPads, computers, and Android devices. Today, we’re wrapping up the series with some information on what you should do when it comes time to part company with your Mac.
Backup Your Data Step one of getting your Mac ready to sell is the same as step one for the other devices we’ve covered: back everything up. There are a few ways to go about this, but the simplest is to use an external hard drive and Apple’s built-in Time Machine software. Plug in your drive, set Time Machine to perform a backup, and then all you have to do is wait. And if you’ve already been using Time Machine, then you’re in even better shape, since all you need to do is make sure your backup is current.

Sign Out of Your Accounts Once the backup is done, it’s time to start signing out of your accounts. You’ll need to sign out of iTunes, iCloud, and (if you’re running OS …

Phone Medics Plus Repairs iPhone 8 Backs

Apple's made lots of changes to their iPhone line over the years, some changes have been great, others have been not so great. Some of those changes, though, have been a bit of a mixed blessing. For example, beginning with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in 2017, the newest iPhone models all have a glass panel on the back. While this glass makes the phone look fantastic from an aesthetic standpoint, it also means that now there's one more thing on your phone that can break.

Fortunately, back glass repair is one more service we offer at Phone Medics Plus. Our experienced repair technicians have the skills and the knowledge to handle even a tricky repair like this one.

So when disaster strikes and you find that your shiny new phone's beautiful glass back is broken, bring it to the phone repair experts at Phone Medics Plus. You can give us a call, book online, or visit our repair facility at 91 E. Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island.

Getting Your Android Phone Ready to Sell

At Phone Medics Plus we’re dedicated to helping you keep your phone in great shape for as long as you own it, but we also know that there will come a time when you want to upgrade to a newer phone. We want to be there for you during that process, too, so that the transition from your old phone to your new phone is as smooth as possible. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do before you sell your Android phone.

Backup Your Stuff The first thing you should do is backup your phone. We talked about how to backup your Android phone in a previous article. To recap, there are several ways to backup your Android device’s data. Use your Google account to backup all of your account data, calendars, contacts, web bookmarks, app data (for Google apps and apps that use Google Play Services), wifi passwords, and device settings. Use an app like Google Photos to backup all your photos and videos, and an app like SMS Backup and Restore (free in the Google Play Store) to back…