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How to create secure and memorable password

by Vladimir Sobur Posted September 23, 2016 in Computer Advice, Customer Care, General, Newsletter

We’re required to have a multiplicity of online accounts in order to access many basic services nowadays, from email to banking to healthcare provider portals. Each one of these online services needs its own unique password, but creating and remembering passwords for so many different services is daunting for even the most tech-savvy individuals.

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That’s why we here at LaptopMD have come up with the following collection of tips and tricks for crafting memorable passwords that are safe, too.

Basic guidelines
A strong password is:
  • a good minimum password length is 12 characters;
  • try to include 3 out of 4 of the following: numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters;

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  • definitely avoid using dictionary words, either single or in combination, as password crackers often use dictionary files to guess passwords.

Bruce Schneier’s Method
Back in 2008, Bruce Schneier came up with a method that still works today. In short, the method is to shorten a sentence that you can remember into an acronym.As Schneier writes: “My advice is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. Something like “This little piggy went to market” might become “tlpWENT2m”. That nine-character password won’t be in anyone’s dictionary.” You can also just take the first letter or two of each work in the passphrase and generate an acronym that way. Interestingly enough, this can be far more secure than merely using the longer passphrase as your password.

Reverse the phrase
Come up with something memorable but too worried about its guessability? Try reversing the phrase. This trick can turn practically any series of words into gibberish.

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Combined with mixing up the capitalization and extra symbols and numbers, you can create an easy to recall yet random-appearing passphrase.

Include extra spaces
Did you know you can include spaces in your password on most sites? This little-used trick can do a lot to improve your password’s security,

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especially when placing the spaces randomly within the phrase.

Random Password Generator Site
You can also turn to online password generators to easily create a random series of characters without giving it too much thought. PasswordsGenerator is the most popular of these owning to the sheer variety of options it provides,

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but there are dozens of other sites available too. The only trick, of course, is remembering the password afterwards.

Conclusion
For us at LaptopMD, your computer health is our passion. Part of digital health depends on having strong defenses against attackers.

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Make sure to follow our password advice, and you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe and secure.


6 Greatest Causes of Data Loss

by Vladimir Sobur Posted September 16, 2016 in Computer, Computer Security, Customer Care, Newsletter, Tips for Devices

The data we so meticulously save to our devices is always at risk. Here at LaptopMD, we want everyone to save themselves the devastation of losing that data.

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In that regard, here are the six most common causes of data loss we encounter.

Hardware Damage
Hardware is not meant to last forever and rarely lets you know when it’s about to die. The worst part is when hardware dies, you lose your data. This is why it’s advised you update or change hardware every few years.

Computer Theft or Loss
Someone breaks into your home or car and snatches up your computer, laptop or tablet.

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You leave it in a cab or coffee shop and all your efforts to recover it fail. For many of us, loss of data means a lot more to us than the hardware.

Damaging Software
The biggest thrill for a hacker is finding a way to crack what’s supposed to be the latest firewall or antivirus platform. Someone somewhere is virtually attacked every day. While it is advantageous to be connected via your devices, it means opening yourself up to numerous risks.

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From stealing data and slamming you with spam to making you think something’swrong with your computer so that you can pay hackers to “fix” it, these hazards can be hard to avoid.

Power Failures
The latest operating systems are capable of performing auto-saves to memory before a computer loses power. But that shouldn’t be relied on for protecting data. A shutdown can also disrupt reboot operations and make accessing data difficult later.

Damage as a Result of Mishap
We drop our computers. We spill liquids on the keyboard and watch in horror as our machines die.

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Replacing a computer is a hard pill to swallow, but losing your pictures, files, music and other data hurts. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely anyone will design a waterproof computer any time soon.

Accidental File Deletion
Probably the number one issue brought to us is losing whole files or parts of files. The major reason data is lost is due to the fact there are not appropriate workflow procedures and backup strategies in place.

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These would save a lot of time.

Now you are unprepared!
Even in today’s sophisticated world of technology and knowledge of the risks, more users than not still operate without regular backups. Backup daily, install the latest anti-virus solutions and be ready to reinstall your OS should you have to. If you’re regularly backing up,

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your files will not be in danger if you encounter any of the above issues. In the worst case scenario, you can contact LaptopMD. We use the latest tech to review and save data where possible.


3 biggest problems with laptops and computers

by Vladimir Sobur Posted September 12, 2016 in Computer, Computer Advice, Customer Care, laptop, Newsletter

The use of electronic devices for everyday tasks, school, work, and entertainment is so ingrained in our society that it’s hard to imagine life without them. We may know that humans survived without computers and laptops for thousands of years, but in today’s world, they have become more of a necessity.

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Due to how important laptops and computers are in our world, it’s frustrating and stressful when they break, especially if you have an upcoming deadline to meet. At LaptopMD, we have observed and analyzed what are the three most common reasons for their breakage, so that our customers can decrease the chance their computers break down again:

Overheating
One of the most common causes of damage to computers is overheating. Most people don’t realize their devices are overheating because there are no noticeable signs of a problem.

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They only become aware of the problem when their laptop either shuts down during use or stops powering on. An inexpensive and easy way to prevent overheating is to use a laptop cooling pad.

Hard Disk Breakdown
Another common reason computers stop working is hard disk breakdown. Because there is high demand for hard drives with more space, manufacturers have sacrificed quality for the sake of quantity. This means that hard disks cause problems more often than they did in the past.

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When buying a new laptop, consider how much disk space you really need and whether or not the device’s hard drive is of high quality.

Power Unit Problems
The third biggest problem with laptops and computers is power unit problems. A computer’s power unit is responsible for converting main AC to low voltage DC power. Without this function, computers wouldn’t be able to use the power.

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Sudden changes in voltage can cause damage to the computer. Overheating and dropping the computer can also cause damage to the power unit.

And the last
Now that you know the three biggest problems with laptops and computers, it’s unlikely you will ever experience them because you’ll know which prevention methods to implement.

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At LaptopMD, we hope that your device will last forever without giving you problems. However, if anything ever happens to it, we’re here to help you.


Back-to-school. Are you ready?

by Vladimir Sobur Posted August 28, 2016 in Computer, Computer Maintenance, Customer Care, Newsletter

August is almost over and it’s that time of the year again – the time when children return to school. Parents often spend many hours gathering the required items on their children’s back-to-school lists. However, there is one thing parents rarely consider: their child’s laptop.

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Children will spend countless hours during the upcoming school year using their laptops for classes, homework, and online research. Is your child’s laptop ready for school?

The back-to-school deal
LaptopMD is here to help parents and their children have a successful school year! Malfunctioning effects, such as broken keys, slow processing, viruses, and flashing screens, are all needless distractions. Typing class notes, Google searches, and using software applications should be fast and easy. Our technicians at LaptopMD just want to make sure that your child receives credit for his or her hard work and having a properly functioning laptop is essential to your child’s academic success.

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To celebrate the back-to-school season, LaptopMD is running a special promotion! From 8/26/2016 – 09/11/2016, all laptop repairs are 10% off at our Manhattan and New Jersey locations!

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This discount is good for all laptop and PC repairs, including:

• Screen replacement
Virus removal
• Keyboard replacement
• Hinge repair
• Battery replacement
• Motherboard replacement

Together we can make it!
So, if your child’s laptop isn’t working properly, needs a tune-up, or even an upgrade, bring it to LaptopMD! We will fix it and return it to you as good as new! We will make it homework-ready, so your child is prepared for the upcoming school year! Together, we can make it a success!


The Olympic Games 2016

by Vladimir Sobur Posted August 20, 2016 in Apple Devices, Newsletter

It’s an exciting time for all sports fans around the world right now, whether your favorite sport is currently in season or not because of the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio.

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New world records have been set at the Rio Olympics so far, and we won’t be surprised if another record is broken before the Olympics are over. At LaptopMD, we are about to reach one of our own milestones too: fixing 10,000 iPhones.

The record
We have fixed 9,993 iPhones at the time of this writing. Very soon, someone will be our 10,000th client. Not only will we be celebrating our milestone, but that 10,000th customer will be too because we’ll fix their iPhone FREE as a thank you for helping us hit the 10,000 mark.

Be that lucky person
Don’t waste any time in submitting an iPhone repair request with us as we only need seven more customers at the time of this writing.

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There could be just one left as you’re reading this. Cross your fingers and hope that you’ll that lucky person.