Desktop, Laptop, PC, and Macbook Repair

Yes we repair everything!  From complicated custom builds.  To Apple Macbook pros, airs, and I-macs.  To desktops that you bought from Best-buy or any other store.  There is almost nothing that we wont or can not fix.  If you think that your computer is acting weird or maybe you just want someone's expert opinion just stop on by!  We do free analysis. 

Now what does this mean?

Well you can bring your computer in and talk with a Reno Computer Fix technician and we can give you a accurate quote or give you some information on what is going wrong with your desktop or laptop.  From there we can devise a plan on how to either repair your computer, get your data back, or where to buy a new or used computer.  

We love the challenge!  Bring computer in for a free diagnosis!

HOW TO DETECT SCAMS

Nowadays scammers have been able to adapt extremely fast to the ever increasing defenses that many internet companies have installed. Web services like Google or yahoo have set massive defenses in place to filter out spam and scammer content yet every now and then these defenses are breached. here's some tips to avoid them,

1. A sense of urgency. With any format that a scam may come in their one similarity is the urgency they bring to the table. It may be written like so "The time is NOW to reclaim a loaded bank account ($200,000,00) that will expire if a small ($250) renewal fee is not payed" or " Your distant relatives excessively appraised estate is being auctioned off and the will states that you must IMMEDIATELY claim it with some paper work and a fee to get it processed very fast". This false urgency is used to land a target in a emotional state of panic and thus makes them more compliant to the scammers needs.

2. Quid pro quo tactics. If you come across a typical 419 scan a.k.a. the Advanced Fee Scam that gets written as follows. "X amount of money is here in this bank because Y. We need you to validate yourself with a small transfer fee and the money will be yours". The logic behind the scammer is that you will negate the risk with the prospect of a payout a few orders of magnitude larger than the "principle"

3. Bad grammar. Oddly enough the prolific use of broken English has become a staple in many scams. This is due to a heuristic technique that weeds out the smarter marks (a scams target) and leaves those that would be ignorant enough to continue the dialog.

4. Documentation. Often times documents will be added to verify a scammers validity when there's none in the first place. A simple cross reference will prove the scammer wrong in numerous ways. If the scammer was tempted enough to tie the document to a name of a bank or person of any public status you can always ask them directly regardless of what the predicament or "hook" a scammer throws at you to keep you talking to them only.

 

Links for further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_scam#Common_elements

http://www.snopes.com/fraud/advancefee/nigeria.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge6dP6YZfsQ

5 tips to keeping your passwords secure.

With everyday grows another application that recquires another password and with so many passwords we can get lazy and start using the same one over and over again.  Here are some simple things you can do to help keep yourself secure.  

  1. When creating a new password try to make it at least 12 characters long.  When we say "characters" we mean that you should use the other symbols on your keyboard such as "@ $ } - ( *"   To make it easy to remember you should use 3 four letter words.  Ex:  tacojoshhunt.  Use this new password and add symbols to it like so.  Ex:  T@c0Jo$hHun7.  Now you do not have to get all crazy but you should have at least one capital letter, one symbol and one number.  
  2. You should use completely different passwords for different things.  Like one password for your social media accounts, another password for random websites, and something much more secure for websites like your banking and emails.  
  3. It is OK to write your passwords down.  Have a small sheet of paper with all your email log ins and passwords to everything.  Take that piece of paper and hide it, put it in a safe or in your closet and only bring it out when you need to remember a password.  
  4. Try to not let anyone watch over your shoulder while you are entering your passwords.  You never know who may be lurking next to you.  
  5. Try to never log into websites on computers you do not know or do not trust.  If you know that your family friends constantly has viruses and he wants you to log into your E-bay account so that you can order something for him, avoid that situation and just go to your own personal computer.