614893-609373-290One of the worst things that can happen to someone’s computer is a hard drive failure, if you haven’t done a backup, you could lose everything! It’s essential to do a backup of your files on either an external hard drive or a usb pen in case of a failure. Here are some common signs of a potential hard drive failure:

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Here in Bridge PC Repair we are always telling our customers about the importance of a good, strong password.

I recently read somewhere that around 70% of all internet users use the same password across multiple website accounts; this is actually quite alarming considering that if a hacker does manage to get the password to one of your accounts they may then have access to more than just that account. A recent online study has also revealed that some of the most commonly used passwords are “password”, “123456” and “12345678”. No wonder hackers find it so easy to gain access to our accounts!

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At Bridge PC Repair we use TeamViewer Remote Login Software to assist our clients on a regular basis and provide solutions without them leaving the office!

With TeamViewer Remote Login Software for your computer, you have everything you need right in front of you. Remote support, remote access, and online meeting software that the world relies on – 1 billion installations and 20+ million devices online at any time.
Support, assist, interact, and collaborate with people. Exchange information. Access and use technology. One tool makes it possible to work as if you were all in the same room without travel time and expenses.

If you feel you need some support, please call us here in the office on  051 560767.
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Ronan is the Director and brains behind Bridge PC Repair. With over ten years experience in the technology industry, sure he knows it all.

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Free Antivirus vs Paid Antivirus

What’s the best antivirus?

Being a home user, free antivirus is an attractive option. Especially with so many good ones. But do you actually get better protection if you pay for it?
If you’re talking strictly antivirus, then typically no. It’s not common practice for companies to give you weaker protection in their free versions. In most cases, the free antivirus protection is just as good as their pay-for version.
But I would argue that the companies who offer only a pay-for version will typically be better than those that offer a free one, simply because it takes a lot of resources to keep up with the changing landscape. And selling antivirus is how they support their research.

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Would you like some online shopping security tips to keep your purchase secure?

Gone are the times when you had to physically go to the shop to buy every little thing, now we can simply go online, find what we want, compare prices and buy. It couldn’t be easier! It can also be a convenient and fun activity, provided you take a few precautions to ensure that your information and money stay safe online.

You simply need some common sense and practical advice.

Take the time to review these tips on what to do when making a purchase in order to shop online safely and with confidence.

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Backup Computer Key

As you are aware, we here at Bridge PC Repair are always harping on about the importance of having a good back-up system in place to back up your computer files and data.

Because we cannot avail of backing up to the cloud (rural broadband is still stuck in the Stone Age), we have tried and tested numerous ways to see which back-up is the most straightforward and which can be monitored by us off-site. We are now using software that creates a back up to a designated NAS Drive and emails us here in Bridge PC Repair a fully detailed report EVERY time a backup is done.

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Cryptolocker – The Most Deadly Computer Virus that Locks all your Files

Cryptolocker Computer Virus

 

Hi folks, as we all know there are thousands upon thousands of viruses out there just waiting to infect our PC’s. Nearly everyone knows they need some sort of Anti-virus to protect their systems, be it free or the hassle-free, paid version! Up until recently I would have been advising people that the free anti-viruses out there like AVG or Avast are adequate enough, depending on what you are up to of course, but now after having 2 machines in, in the last week with this cryptolocker virus (ransomware), I am advising EVERYONE to get a good PAID anti-virus. It might cost you €40/50 for a decent one but could save you thousands in the long run.

 

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Fake Windows 10 Upgrade Emails Point to Ransomware

blue-wallpaper_windows_10_hd_2880x1800Microsoft is currently rolling out its latest operating system, Windows 10, as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Cybercriminals are capitalising on this news by distributing dangerous ransomware via fake Windows 10 upgrade emails. The emails claim that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free by running an attached installer.

The emails have no connection to Microsoft. They use a spoofed email address to make it appear that Microsoft sent them. They also feature a colour scheme that emulates that of genuine Microsoft messages. To further the illusion of legitimacy, the criminals have included a fake status message that falsely claims that the emails have been scanned for viruses and found to be clean.

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Getting started with your Chromecast

chromecastThe Chromecast is a handy little gadget that we all need in our lives. This small HDMI dongle (it’s not much bigger than a USB stick) turns any TV or monitor into a portal for online entertainment, and does it for around €40. You can get in a few places but your best bet is the Google Play Store. Postage is free and you’re buying direct from the source which always has its benefits.

The Chromecast is made by Google, but it works with almost any device; laptops (Windows and Mac), phones (Android,iOS and even Windows Phone!) and your Android and Apple tablets. This is the best feature of the Chromecast — you can use the devices you already own to send video, audio and images to your big screen. Continue reading

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