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October 14, 2013

Top Tech Tips to Get Your Week Going

It’s the start of a new week, which opens the door for many new opportunities and surprises. Some of those surprises, however, may not be so exciting or welcome.

When it comes to IT support, these “surprises” are frustrating more often than not. Here are a few tech tips from the Apex team that will hopefully get your week started on the right foot.

Keep Adobe and Java up to date: They provide updates to their programs as well as their security, which helps prevent your computer from getting infected.

Regularly check for viruses and malware: These infections could slow down your computer as well as steal any information on it. Seeing how an estimated $400 million is lost in the U.S. annually due to poor data protection practices (according to a survey commissioned by EVault), you certainly can’t take the risk.

Keep unnecessary programs from starting up with your computer: It will help speed up your boot process. On Windows systems, you can do this by running Microsoft configuration from the Start Menu's search box, then going to the “Startup” tab.

Keep everything visible on all monitors: If your application seems invisible yet the icon is visible at the bottom, the app is probably hiding just off-screen. This can happen if you have dual monitors and then switch to a single monitor. To resolve, press Alt+Space, then hit “m” for move. Next, using just the arrow keys, move up, down, left or right in one direction (if it doesn't work, try other directions). You can hold the arrow keys down to move it more quickly in a certain direction. When the window is visible just hit Enter to lock it in place.

Use quotes during Web searches: When you’re searching for something on the Web, put quotes around phrases that must be searched together. For example, if you put quotes around “electric curtains,” Google won’t waste your time finding one set of Web pages containing the word “electric” and another set containing the word “curtains”.

For more top tech tips, follow Apex Technology Services on Twitter @apextechservice.

Edited by Justin Reynolds

Apex Technology Services
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