Why You Should Use a VPN

Think You’re Safe? Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Use a VPN

At LaptopMd we’ve covered security in depth on our blog. Today we want to talk about a hot topic – Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. Once upon a time VPNs were only for businesses or security experts.

Nowadays, with the rise of censorship, tracking, and internet hacking, VPNs are something casual users are considering, and that’s probably a good idea.

It’s pretty easy to get a VPN app from the Microsoft, Google, or Apple store and install it with a few clicks on a button. Typically only basic configuration is needed. You no longer have to be a security expert to protect your right to privacy.

As you can see from this popular VPN website, VPNs aren’t extremely expensive either. In fact, you can get a pretty robust VPN with strong encryption for as low as the cost of two coffees a month.

Here are five reasons why you probably should be using a VPN:

Device Protection

How many times have you logged onto wi-fi at a coffee shop, store, or airport to take advantage of the free connection? It’s easier than you think for a malicious hacker to sniff out your information, or even fool you into connecting to a fake site, giving them the ability to download malware straight to your computer or phone.

VPN tunnels send data from a server straight to your phone; all data is encrypted. That means that even if you are on an unsafe network, hackers won’t be able to interfere, or even see what you’re doing.

Evade Tracking

VPNs direct all of your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel. You have the option to choose a server in any location, and choose a different IP. This can be useful if you need to access sites at work or school when the network is severely restricted, blocking various sites, but accessing these sites will enhance your studies or work.

Avoid Being a Commodity

Did you know that internet service providers can now collect and sell your data as they would like? Every time you log online, every move you make is tracked, and monetized. Congratulations, to advertisers, you, as a person are now a product.

Advertisers buy your internet history so they can analyze what sites you visit, where you currently shop, what your interests are and more so that they can make their advertisements more appealing to you.

Actually, more people may be interested in what you are doing online than you think – social media sites, and yes, hackers. A VPN protects you from becoming a product that can be sold.

Access Geoblocked Content

Unfortunately, not all countries are afforded the same privileges as we have in the US. Some countries in the world are subject to censorship or a government controlling what you see online. If you are visiting one of these countries, a VPN will bypass content restrictions so you can access simple streaming services like Netflix and YouTube or your religious or political readings.

Privacy is a Right, not a Privilege

New Yorkers can’t go anywhere without being caught on surveillance camera. We’re followed and watched by advertisers, cell networks and tracked by social media sites and our ISPs. If you believe that privacy is a right, not a privilege, look into a VPN. You don’t have to be doing anything wrong to be spied on.

Your life is not for sale, so you should stop companies from profiting off of it without your permission.

If you’re interested in network security, or internet security, talk to one of our techs today and we’ll be happy to help. We remove Viruses, Malware, do data recovery and love to talk tech in general.

 

We’re Moving! But not far…

Starting on Saturday, January 5th 2019, LaptopMD will be upgrading to a new office space to better serve the community! You will be able to find us at 247 W 38th st, Suite 602, New York NY 10018.

The new location will only be a few blocks away from our previous location. We will now be centrally located within 5 short minutes from the Penn Station, Port Authority, and Times Square bus stations and subway hubs.


247 W 38th St, Suite 602, New York NY 10018.

Our commitment to provide exceptional service to the community drives everything we do. As such, the move to the new office will help us with our mission to provide excellent care to a greater number of people.

New office, same great care. Remember, we’ve only moved a few blocks away, so starting on January 5th, come visit us at the new location!

Exciting News: New Office, Same Awesome Service!

Well, after months of planning, dreaming, designing, and deliberating, we are renovating our office! That’s right, we’re redecorating with you in mind.

What does this mean for you? Well, let’s start with the technician area. They are, after all, the heart of what we do. We’re expanding their area, incorporating state-of-the-art design and technology. With more space, a better layout, and better tools, our techs will be able to handle your repairs faster and more efficiently. They’ll also be able to take on more complex jobs that we were unable to handle before. All in all, you’ll get better work, faster! Who can argue with that?

Probably of more immediate concern to you, we’re getting a new customer waiting area with all sorts of amenities. What amenities? I’d love to tell you, but it’s a surprise. You’ll just have to stop in on our grand unveiling and see for yourself (date TBA). What I can tell you is it’ll be bigger, full of stuff to do, and make you feel more at home than you’ve ever felt before at a repair shop. We’ve been consulting with countless designers and planners to make sure every one of your needs are taken care of.

Last, but certainly not least, the whole office is getting a cosmetic makeover. New Paint, new design, new architecture. We promise a stunning experience from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave with your laptop repaired.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial DayWhether you’re headed to the beach this weekend, spending time with loved ones, or soaking up the rays here in New York City, I would like to wish you a safe and pleasant Memorial Day.

As the nation pauses this extended weekend to honor those who have fallen in service to our country as well as departed loved ones, let us not forget the victims of recent natural disasters – tornado victims in the Midwest and those families still dealing with grief from the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan earlier this year.

On behalf of the LaptopMD team, I would like to wish you and your family a safe, enjoyable, and beautiful Memorial Day Weekend. May we never forget those who have passed and departed our company and remember the great people we have around us each and every day. May this weekend be a wonderful start to your summer season.

Happy Labor Day from LaptopMD+

On September 5th 1882, several hundred New Yorkers gathered in Union Square for a parade to celebrate the strength and might of labor unions and further embolden their campaign against horrendous working conditions. Over 100 years later, we continue to commemorate Labor Day not only as a day of championing workers rights but as a day of rest and relaxation for all as we transition into the fall season.

This weekend, LaptopMD+ wishes everyone a very happy and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend. We hope that you have a great and enjoyable unofficial end to the summer season and you are able to take advantage of the weather this weekend.

LaptopMD+ will be open on Labor Day, September 5th for your computer and laptop repair needs but with shortened hours of 11am to 6pm. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6th.

Happy Labor Day New York, you deserve this extra day off!

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882 via Wikipedia

New Faces, Same Great Service

Things are changing fast here at LaptopMD+! First we had the office renovated and redesigned, then the website redesign, and now new employees. That’s right, we’ve hired two new people to make your LaptopMD+ experience better than ever.

First we have Steve, our new technician and floor manager. He’s just as handy with a customer as he is with a screwdriver, and that’s the way we prefer it. Coming to us from a long background of helping people fix their electronics, we think Steve has the potential to snag the “Favorite Manager” crown away from the current king, Nick. Let us know what you think!

We also recently procured a new intern: Sam. Sam is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as any intern should be, and joins our marketing team (that’s us!). Over the next couple of months, we will be imparting all of our knowledge to Sam in the hope that one day, he too may be as awesome as the rest of us. He’s also going to be helping us out on the phones, so if you hear him pick up, tell him ‘Hi’ for us. Also, look for Sam’s upcoming blog series: “The Trials and Tribulations of a LaptopMD+ Intern” coming soon!

Laptop MD joins forces with Data Recovery Clinic!

We are excited to announce that Laptop MD now has joined forces with Data Recovery Clinic. Steven, the lead technician at Data Recovery Clinic, has been providing emergency data recovery from hard drives and raids of all configurations for over 23 years.

DRC, established in 1989, attributes their high success rate due to their cutting edge ATOLA data recovery equipment and highly trained technicians in data recovery. They have successfully recovered data from all over the globe and from all types of media. If your data can be recovered, then they can recover it. If you don’t believe us, just ask: NASA, 3M, Lucent, Pepsi Co, Chicago Stock Exchange, Sandia National Labs, CAGEMA INC, Raytheon, Dell, HP, IBM, Compaq, Norton Utilities, and many, many more whose data they have successfully recovered.

With their “no-data no-charge payment system”, it’s a win-win for anyone who has been faced with the disastrous failed hard drive, flash card, or memory stick at the most critical moment. Come to Laptop MD and let us battle “Murphy’s Law” for you.

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