Back-to-school. Are you ready?

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.

Back-to-School with LaptopMD

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.

Back-to-School with LaptopMD

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!

Back-to-School with LaptopMD

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

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.

The record with LaptopMD

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.

The record with LaptopMD

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

How To Set Up Parental Controls

It’s the summer, your child is no longer in school for about three months, and they have nothing better to do than surf the internet all day. If left to their own devices, they could end up seeing some pretty inappropriate things.

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So how will you keep them from seeing something they shouldn’t see? Parental controls for your home network are the answer.

Through Your Router
This is the easiest way to configure your settings. Your router serves as an entry point for all internet traffic on your network. By setting up web filtering here, you’ll be able to control what your child sees not just on a computer, but on a tablet, their cellphone, and even their game consoles.Some routers come with parental controls that are already built in. Usually it’s shown on the box and explained thoroughly in a manual if the feature is available.

LaptopMD and how to set up parental control

For those that don’t have built in controls, OpenDNS can be used to select what your children can and cannot see. You’ll have to configure the DNS settings on your router so you can use OpenDNS. Click here to set up an account with them and configure your web settings. You can select what type of websites to block, and when one is clicked on your child will be redirected to a “This site is blocked” message.
If you don’t want a device to be configured, just manually change the OpenDNS settings. But remember, now anyone can change the settings.

Windows 7
This program has built-in controls that will allow you to control when your child logs in and what types of programs your child can access. It’s really helpful if your children use different accounts than you do.

LaptopMD and how to set up parental control

It’s useful, but it doesn’t have web filtering. To make up for this, Microsoft does offer Family Safety, a program that can let you set up web filtering through Windows 7.

Windows 8 and 10
Both Windows 8 and 10 have integrated parental controls so that Window 7’s time limits are combined with web filtering from the Family Safety program to give you all the power you need, plus new features.

LaptopMD and how to set up parental control

In case you need a little more help on how to configure parental settings for Windows 8, click here.

Through Third-Party Software
Configuring parental controls through third-party software is just as effective as the following methods above. A good portion of internet security applications have parental control options built in. If one is present, check for the settings.

LaptopMD and how to set up parental control

There are programs of this type that you can pay for, such as the Net Nanny that everyone knows about, but you don’t have to pay to protect your children. The web is full of free web filtering options. One good example is Norton. They offer, for free, a Norton Family application, and it works rather well according to users. If this one doesn’t suit your needs, you can always search the web for others.

And finally
Hopefully this guide has helped you better understand how to implement parental controls. If it’s a bit too much and you’re still confused, it’s okay. We can come by and do it for you, it’s not a problem at all.