We have quite a few great topics to cover this month, including some holiday shopping tips, information on protecting laptop data, Internet Explorer 7, and this month’s Microsoft Updates, so I will get right into it!
Shopping days before Christmas are almost in the single digits. If you don’t know what to get someone for Christmas, we are the perfect gift idea! If you would like to purchase My Computer Works’ service for a friend or family member as a great holiday gift, we will provide you with a gift certificate to hand to your loved ones. Call our sales line at 1-866-363-0580 to get one today!
Also, I want to congratulate Gerri Barten of Phoenix! Gerri was the winner of our iPod drawing this month.
We are going to continue with another iPod drawing for January. If you sign up an additional subscription for service OR if you refer a friend or family member to us before JANUARY 10th, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a brand new iPod Nano!
Tell your friends and family to mention your name when they sign up for service with My Computer Works! The more new subscriptions you sign up, the more chances you have to win!
Call 1-877-MCW-MYPC to sign up a new subscription and take advantage of this promotion!
Feel free to forward this promotion to your friends and family; you can enter more than once!
AND…My Computer Works can help you set up your new iPod Nano!
Did you know that online retail sales this year are going to hit $27 BILLION? More and more people are buying holiday gifts online and having their gifts shipped directly to the recipients. It’s less time consuming and you never have to leave your chair. If you're concerned about the security risks of online purchases, though, I’ll give you one less thing to worry about. A recent study finds that most e-commerce sites are more secure than the average physical retail establishment's Point of Sale (POS) systems! Even so, here are a few tips you should always remember to keep you safe when shopping online.
Always purchase from a secure site. When you are typing in your credit card information, there should be a little yellow lock in the bottom left-hand corner of your web browser. This signifies that your data is secure. The web address will also begin with https://.
Purchase from sites you know. Buying a camera from www.imgoingtostealyouridentity.com just to save $20 probably isn’t the best idea. Try to shop from stores you know.
Don’t shop from a public PC. Don’t go to your nearest public library to use their computer for your holiday shopping. You don’t know who will be on it after you to access information that might still be on the computer.
Use only a trusted network. While it’s fun to sit in the coffee shop on the corner and sip your latte while you shop online, it also isn’t safe. Unsecured networks, commonly wireless, can be an easy way for people to access your personal data.
Always double-check your credit card statements. After getting the bill, verify that the charges shown match up with what you purchased.
Have fun shopping online!
Internet Explorer 7.0
As some of you might know, the new Internet Explorer 7.0 is out. While it has great new usability features, some websites won't display properly and some applications won't open or operate correctly while using it. If you find that Internet Explorer 7.0 is causing problems with some of the websites or applications you use frequently, you can uninstall it by going to “Add or Remove Programs” in the Control Panel, then clicking “Remove” on the Internet Explorer 7.0 entry. After you restart the PC you will then have Internet Explorer 6 to use again. If you think Internet Explorer 7.0 is causing problems on your machine and you want help uninstalling it, you can also give us a call at 1-877-629-6972.
Protecting Data on a Laptop
I read an article in the Wall Street Journal last week recounting yet another laptop that contained thousands of credit card numbers being stolen. While this is a heavily debated subject around here with advice ranging all over the board, I’m going to give you just a couple of the easy tips that can help protect your information. First off, passwords are your friend. It’s always smart to have a password log-in to Windows when you start your machine. Longer passwords that have both letters and numbers are preferred. Second, password-protect those documents and spreadsheets that contain sensitive data. In both Microsoft Word and Excel, if you go to “Tools”, then “Options”, and click on the “Security” tab, you will see a field named “Password to open:”. You can type in your password here. WARNING: There is no way to get back into the file if you forget your password, so while it is a safety precaution, use it at your own risk. If you have highly sensitive data, the best bet is to have an expert encrypt the data and password-protect your hard drive, but these aren’t things you should attempt yourself. If you have any more questions on this topic, call us at 1-877-629-6972.
As always, this is your monthly reminder about Microsoft Updates. It was a slower month for updates this time around, with only three of the updates being critical. Whether there is one update or many, it’s still important to download these regularly to protect your computer and its contents. Check out the link below if you would like to read more about this month’s updates. If you would like help with these updates or have any questions, call us at 1-877-629-6972.
Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!
President and Founder
My Computer Works
Official Terms and Conditions for iPod promotion: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Customer may also enter drawing at company headquarters located at 15905 N. 81st St. #205, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Offer for current customers only. Only one iPod will be given away. Drawing will be held on January 10th, 2007. Winner will be notified within one week of drawing with directions on claiming prize. iPod Nano is a trademark of Apple Computer and Apple Computer is not affiliated with, or a sponsor of, this promotion or MCW.