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Useful Information

Here you will find bits of information - some important & some not so!, snippets of my opinions - some serious & some not so!

I also include some recommendations - not always computer related but things I think are worthy of your consideration. Note I will only make suggestions of products that I either use or have used and genuinely consider worth a mention. I do not believe in random adverts all over the place!

NOTE: In most cases you will receive a discount, credit or other benefit if you use the links below - so please use the links below to make sure you get any offer. You are not committing to anything by clicking the links - but you may well become wiser and better off for doing so!


Social Media

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Facebook is the only one that works - and why? .....read on...

I am (not?) sorry to say that you probably won't find a great presence of Phillips Computer Solutions on social media. Whilst social networking can offer advantages for both personal and business use, I have never really considered it a prime importance for me. This is not because I'm against social networking (although I could find many reasons to be), it's more that if I did get involved in this side of things, I don't feel I would have the time to dedicate to it all and keep it up to date. I find it quite annoying to find so many of these media sites without out-of-date pages (many of which just appear to have been forgotten about), duplicate pages, pages that ask you to join just to view, and so on.

That said, there can be great benefits for certain business and personal use with these platforms providing a vast and instant audience and can offer a great way to share information with others ..... if done with care.

As with much online activity there can be risks and considerations to be had, and perhaps social media sites should be very high in the list of considerations when it comes to personal and privacy matters - it is almost too easy to sign-up (no real age or ID checks) to these things and post pictures, comment etc only to find out at a later time it comes back to bite you. It is not so easy to remove something once you've clicked!

So if you are after a little more info or concerned about potential risks then get in touch and I will try and help you understand a little more of the potential risks involved - whether it be for yourself, children or other.

As a final note on the matters of social networking - and probably really more for a parent/guardian awareness but did you know that many of these sites 'recommend' or have guidelines regarding age, suitability and use? Some of the age requirements are listed below for your info - this often surprises people and can be a concern when as said it can be 'too easy' to register for these things.

Facebook: Age 13
Twitter: Age 13
Instagram: Age 13
Pinterest: Age 13
You Tube: Age 18 (or 13 with parent's permission)
WhatsApp: Age 16

* Just remember that many of these sites are accessible even without registration *

 

Well Meaning Friends ...

Well meaning friends and relatives - we all have them - but beware. I have come across so many problems that have been made ten times worse by those who mean well. So at the first signs of trouble give me a call and don't let something simple become a major problem.

Read more: Well Meaning Friends...

Mobile Phone Operators

Get a free giffgaff Sim


Mobile phones, networks, data, contracts, plans, packages,.....the list goes on...AND YES I find it boring too! But it needn't be all bad and here is giifgaff that offers a great service that is almost certainly going to save you money - no contracts, no leaving penalties and you can keep your own number at no extra cost.

Internet Service Providers

plusnet  Unlimited business broadband from £15 a month


ISPs - all as bad as each other? Perhaps - I deal with a lot of problems and some are certainly worth avoiding, whether it be just poor service, convoluted pricing or something else. However I have great experience with plusnet and they have never let me down....and before you say they are not the cheapest  - I just say that sometimes you get what you pay for!

Electric Companies

bulb


Every year or so I found myself searching for the best possible deals - some fixed - some not, some long-term, some short-term (sadly they all come at a cost!) but I have found Bulb to be amongst the best offerings out there and have been very happy with their service. Take look and get some free electricity!t

Windows Vista End of Life

Windows Vista reached END OF LIFE: on 11th April 2017. Windows Vista is longer supported by Microsoft and unlike Windows XP I don't think Vista will be missed by many. However if you are still using Vista then what does this mean for you?

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Beware Bogus & Hoax Calls

This particular type of SCAM continues to do the rounds. A seemingly genuine phone offering to resolve computer problems call has resulted in many people being been duped in to parting with money - DON'T GET CAUGHT!

Read more: Beware Bogus & Hoax Calls

Don't Just Scrap IT

Before you throw out your old computer (or even sell it - the same applies), take a moment to THINK.....

Are all your personal documents, photographs etc still on there - just deleting files and emptying the recycle bin does not remove the data completely .Do you really want them to be accessible to somebody else? Don't become a victim of data theft and ensure that all your information is completely erased.

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No It IS NOT an iPad

Ok so this more of a rant then anything else - nothing more!

Lets get one thing straight:

Read more: No It IS NOT an iPad

Windows XP End of Life

Windows XP reached END OF LIFE: on 8th April 2014. Windows XP is longer supported by Microsoft and has effectively been consigned to a previous era. So what does this mean and what should you do?

Read more: Windows XP End of Life

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Facebook is the only one that works - and why? .....read on...