[caption id="attachment_289" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Safe children computer habits in Decorah[/caption] As the father of three young children (currently 8 months(pictured above), 6, and 8years old), this is a subject I think about a lot. So far, we haven’t had to worry about it too much. Our 6-year-old knows how to use our tablets and phones to watch YouTube, Netflix, read some books I’ve loaded on it and occasionally play a few games I selected. Our 8-year-old is just starting to gain access to a web browser and messaging. They both don't get access to the devices without permission so we can keep an eye on their use. As they grow older and gains independence, we’ll re-evaluate. This article will focus on tips and advice I have compiled that will help keep your children safe online. Get Involved When your child is young, you wouldn’t let them head to the playground unsupervised. The same is true for a child learning to use the internet. It can be full of wonderful things, but there are also dark corners, just like our real world. It’s recommended that a parent supervise any internet use a young child has. I suggest going further than just idly supervising. Get more involved. Sit with them while they browse and discuss the dangers that lurk online. Talk to them about online predators. About viruses and malware. Help them make sure their social media profiles (if you allow them to use social media) has appropriate security settings. As you child gets older, they will want a measure of privacy online, so it’s best to get involved and discuss these things early on. Another thing many parents do is to make sure they are a friend or otherwise linked up with any social media profile their children use. This ...Continue Reading
5 Ways to Love Your Laptop (and Make It Last Longer) Laptops are one of the most common things we fix in Decorah, Iowa. Extend your laptop’s life with these five easy tips. Avoid sharp movements during use: While some newer laptops have an SSD drive with no moving parts, many laptops still have mechanical drives which work a bit like a record player. It has a head which is like a record player needle, and a data storage platter like a record. The head hovers just microns over the surface of the spinning disk and a knock can cause them to collide. Just like a deep scratch on a record, whatever data was on that section will be corrupted and lost. Make sure you always power down the laptop before moving it or packing it away. Keep it cool: Your laptop has 2 sure ways of telling you when it’s too hot - the fan and auto-shut off. Each component in your laptop is generating heat, and the harder it’s working, the more heat each creates. The fan runs to blow that heat out the vent and keep the components cool enough to continue operating. Because there’s no clear temperature indicator, your fan volume is the best guide to monitoring laptop heat. While the laptop is working hard (and getting hot), the fan will spin faster and louder. It’s not uncommon for it to sound like a hair dryer at times! Help it out by keeping your fan vent clear of books, blankets, and other blockages. Respect the cords: Inside those robust looking power cords are a bunch of delicate wires, begging you to be gentle. You’d think they should be able to take a beating, get bent, twisted and run over with chair wheels, but unfortunately not. Keep ...Continue Reading
We are proud to be a part of the Decorah community. Yesterday we received a message from a friend in the community wondering if we knew the owner of a specific laptop. The owner of the laptop accidently placed it into the wrong vehicle yesterday while shopping downtown. The owner of the car was kindhearted enough to contact us to help identify the rightful owner. We were then able to successfully identify the owner. The noble youngman then drove to Mabel, MN to reunite it with the rightful owner. Our local community is such a great place thanks to wonderful people like Garrett Minear.Continue Reading
Is your computer stressing you out by running slow? Taking a long time to start up? Getting lots of pop ups? Stress less and call Stress Less Tech Solutions of Decorah to schedule a same day or next day FREE computer repair tune up! That’s right for the rest of the month of February we are giving free computer tune-ups a $65.00 value! Visit our website: StressLessTechSolutions.com Call us at: 563-387-9703 Visit our office: 119 Winnebago St., Suite #4 (inside the Peace and Justice Center). *This offer is only valid for residential drop-off service. Additional charge of $20 does apply for in-home service. Stress Less! We have the solution to all of your technology problems! We offer a full range of IT services from Networking to Web Design.Continue Reading
Stress Less Tech Solutions offers more than just computer repairs to the Decorah, Iowa area. We offer a full range of IT services including help and support for smartphones and tablets. We often find people wondering how to use snapchat. We saw this great "How to use Snapchat" guide and decided to share it. Here are all the basics, as well as everything you never knew you could do on Snapchat. Enjoy! When you open the Snapchat app, it defaults to a standard back-facing camera setting. Screenshot There are buttons you can push to turn on and off your camera's flash, as well as to toggle between the back-facing camera and the front-facing, or selfie-mode, camera. Screenshot (more…)Continue Reading
Computer Problems? Come check out our new Computer Repair office in Decorah, Iowa. We are happy to announce that our new office located in Decorah is officially open for business. This new location will allow us to better support all of our current and new customers in the entire area. We will continue to offer our onsite computer repairs but in addition to that you can now bring your computer directly to us. Our new Computer Repair office is located at 119 winnebago Street, Suite 4, Decorah, Iowa 52101. We are currently open by appointment and will soon announce our new office business hours. We still continue to offer our 24/7 support by simply calling us at 563-387-9703. Thank you to all of our customers for helping us achieve this milestone. It wouldn't of been possible without you.Continue Reading
The temperature is currently -6F. in Decorah, Iowa today. With the forecast calling for it to only get colder this week here is a simple tip form your local computer repair experts. Don't forget your laptop, tablets, or cellphones in the car. With the temperatures this low it will not take long for your electronics to freeze. Well some devices may still work after being warmed up there are many side affects of letting your device become frozen. The screen could potently crack (We do replace laptop and tablets screens from $50-$150 depending on the model). It is very hard on the batteries health. The device may work but you will soon notice a significant decrease in your electronics battery life. (Thankfully we also replace Laptop, Tablet, and Cell Phone batteries in the local area including Decorah). Condensation may occur on the vital parts that make your electronic function. (We fix this also). So to sum it up please remember to bring in all children, pets, and electronics during these frigid times. If you do forget your laptop in the car and you live in the Decorah, Iowa area don't stress bring it into Stress Less Tech to get it repaired today.Continue Reading
With the temperature in Decorah, Iowa currently at -4° and the wind chill below -10° it may truly be too cold outside for your to bring your computer into our office to get it fixed. We understand! That is why we offer our on-site computer repairs at no additional charge. With this free service option we can come directly to your home or office and work on your computer. Live outside of Decorah? No Problem, we service the entire area including all of Allamakee and Winneshiek county. What are you waiting for? Give us a call to schedule your same day on site computer repair 563-387-9703Continue Reading
We are very excited to announce that we have began moving our computer repair operations into our new office located in Downtown Decorah, Iowa. This new location will help us better serve all of our customers computer repair needs in Decorah and the surrounding areas. We will post future updates when the new office in Decorah is ready. In the meantime don't forget we always offer on-site computer repairs to Decorah and the surrounding region. This service is Wonderfull for you as our customers especially as we enter these cold months of winter. Instead of having to carry your computer in the cold outside just give us a call and you can enjoy a nice warm cup of hot cocoa while we work on getting your computer fixed.Continue Reading
Stress Less Decorah, We are here to help. We know how stressful it can be to have a slow computer. Thankfully we offer the best tune-up service around. Our full 35 point system tuneup includes installing the latest updates, cleaning the files on your computer tweaking your system files for optimal performance, and removal of unwanted programs. When we are done with our tune up your will start faster, run faster, and you wont be receiving any more stressful popups. We offer our tune up service on-site to all of Decorah and surrounding areas as well as remotely to the entire nation. So What are you waiting for! Start stressing less and give us a call to schedule your same day appointment right now! 563-387-9703Continue Reading
Just yesterday, I was helping a local church in Waukon. They had just gotten a new computer and needed some general computer training. The pastors wife is the primary person who runs their computer so I was teaching her how to do various things on it. She had brought up to me that their old laptop was still sitting at our local competitors shop in Waukon. She said the reason they had gotten the new computer was because their old laptop screen had gone dark. She informed me that our local competitor quoted her $175 to change the ballast in her laptop. I was shocked as we do the same repair for only $65. What really startled me though was she said she dropped it off over a month ago and since declining to do the repair asked the technician to transfer her data to a USB flash drive. They initially told her that it would be ready in a few days. She said she still hasn't gotten the flash drive and has stopped by numerous times. Each time she stops by she informed me that they simply tell her that they will get to it right away and should have it done within a day or two. I can not believe it has been over a month! To me the whole situation seems like a very stressful one. This type of service to me is absolutely terrible and inexcusable. We know how stressful having to get your computer repaired can be. That's why we felt it was necessary to offer a stress less solution to all of your technology needs. Whether you need help getting your computer repaired or you need to setup a website for your business. We are here for you 24/7. Because of stories like one mentioned above we ...Continue Reading
While we are performing our on-site computer repair services to the Decorah area, we get asked a lot "What's the best way to make my laptop last longer." Here is some tips to ensuring you get years of life out of your laptop. Owning a laptop is common practice these days for end-users and businesses alike. They help get the job or tasks done, while being portable. Students can study at the local coffee shop with them, or employees take them with them on travel. They are the ultimate component when being mobile and still being able to keep up on their email, social media, work, etc. Some consideration has to be taken when it comes to having a laptop computer and making sure that it will last and continue to chug along happily all the way through. (more…)Continue Reading
You would be surprised by the number of clients that we work with in West Palm Beach that when we point out that it looks like they have a malware infection had absolutely no idea. Many times we were working on there computer for other reported issues when we discovered there malware infection. So what exactly is malware? well malware is any type of malicious program on your computer in which their intent is to either disrupt your computer operations, collect sensitive data from your computer, or gain access to your personal and private computer files. How to tell if you have an infection: Well there are many signs that you computer may be infected. Some of them are more obvious well some of them only a well trained technician can pickup on. Here are some of the easiest signs to spot if you have an infection. 1. Unexpected Antivirus Disabling: Many malware programs are designed to disable your antivirus software that would otherwise eradicate them, so if your antivirus system is suddenly not operating this could be a sign of a much larger problem. 2. Erratic Email: If you hear from your contacts that they’re getting strange emails from you that you did not send yourself, this is a strong indication that your system has been infected (or that your email password has been stolen). 3. Popup ads appear: Even when no browser is open you receive ads displaying on your computer. Adware programs bombard their victims with advertisements. Sometimes they're ads for legitimate products, other times they contain links to malicious websites, sites that will attempt to drop more malware on your PC. 4. Browser Redirection: Browser navigation gets redirected. Not every site redirect is malicious, but if you find that trying to reach Google takes you to an ...Continue Reading
A lot of our computer repair calls that we receive in Decorah, Iowa and the surrounding area start out like this "I just downloaded this one program and now theres a bunch of other junk." We are always here to repair your computer for you. Once an unwanted program has snuck it's way into your computer remember to stress less and give us a call. We will help you fully remove it from your computer, we will also remove any infections / viruses that got download with these programs. Many times after we fix the issue though our biggest concern is making sure that You, our customer is educated on how to prevent this from happening again in the future. Well it just so happens that a friend of ours who is also a technical blogger wrote a great article on that very subject of how to avoid this from happening in the future. So we decided to share it Original story Have you ever opened up your browser, and all of the sudden your home page is different or there is a tool bar at the top you don’t recognize? You probably recently installed some new program, and it had extra software “wrapped” up with it. You probably agreed to install it, without even knowing it, as annoying as that may be. (more…)Continue Reading
Safe mode can be used in numerous situations. Safe mode is a special mode built into windows which allows us to start your computer when it does not want to run properly in normal mode. It works by starting your computer using only the absolutely needed software, drivers, and services. Because of the fact that is using minimal resources it allows us to work on your computer faster. Since it only loads necessary software many times when we boot into this mode it prevents viruses / infections on your computer from blocking us from connecting and removing these infections. Steps: 1. Shut the computer completely off. 2. Locate the F8 key on your keyboard. 3. Push the power button on your computer to turn it back on. (more…)Continue Reading
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