Tech Tips & News

Am I Safe if I Don’t Bank Online?

You may have the impression that there’s only one basic activity that puts you at risk when using a computer on the internet, and that as long as you don’t do that one thing, you’ll be safe. I hear this idea from many people: “I don’t bank online, so I’m not at risk!” Usually said with [...]

Phone Scams: What’s Being Done? 

Have you ever received a fraudulent phone call? Do you wonder if anyone is doing something about this growing category of crime? The answer is, “Yes!” – and here’s an account from Reuters of police addressing the problem near Mumbai, India. Callers for dollars: Inside India’s scam call centers

New Service: IPCS Tier 1 Monitoring

Iowa PC Services is proud to announce this very smart new offering:  Continuous health monitoring of your computer.  We call it “IPCS Tier 1 Monitoring.”  This service includes: Continuous 24/7 monitoring of your computer. Regular updates of the software on your computer Antivirus Malicious web site blocking Regular hard drive maintenance Remote support availability Daily Monitoring [...]

Windows 10 Recommendation

Microsoft is close to releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 10, and the icon shown here is showing up on the lower-right corner of many computer screens, saying “Get Windows 10”. That’s because Microsoft is offering the Windows 10 upgrade for free to all who have a valid copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows [...]

Dell Command | Update

For Dell Optiplex, Latitude and Precision Owners only: Many people get themselves into trouble by downloading programs that update drivers, but if you own a Dell Optiplex, Latitude or Precision computer, there is an excellent option from Dell that will give you the “straight scoop” on driver, firmware, and bios and updates.  Dell Command | [...]

Windows 10: Free and Easy!

Microsoft is redeeming themselves after the long debacle of Windows 8: They have announced that they are giving away the next version of Windows, which will be called Windows 10. And what’s even more amazing? It will be available through Windows update! By visiting the Microsoft Technical Preview page and clicking on the “Start Upgrade [...]

Normally, this step is not necessary because Iowa PC Services takes care of this for you. However, there are occasions when you may need to enter the username and password into your ESET NOD32 Antivirus program. You can find clear instructions here.

Change how icons appear in the notification area

The notification area is in the lower-right corner of the screen, located at the far right of the taskbar. It contains program icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming e?mail, updates, and network connectivity. For help on how to change which icons show in the notification area, please see this handy article [...]

Yes, it’s true that we recommend that Java be uninstalled. It’s not that Java is malicious, but that there are definite security problems associated with having java on your computer. According to an article in USA Today, Kaspersky Lab estimated that in 2013 50 percent of all website exploitations were due to vulnerabilities in Java. Because of [...]

Help for Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition users

Microsoft recently made a change that affects all users of Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition that has made it completely unusable for many of our customers. Here is a work-around and a solution to that problem…

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