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Cloud Storage Services July 27, 2014

Posted by twiznc in Product, Services & Software Recommendations.
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Updated March 6, 2016

Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, and iDrive are the top players in the cloud storage field and all offer both free plans as well as paid/business plans that offer more features and/or more storage space. SugarSync is also a well-known brand that is feature-rich but does not offer a free plan (to compare SugarSync features with the other services click here).

If considering once of these services for personal use, click here for a good compaison article.  If for business use, click here for a good comparison slideshow.

In our experience, Microsoft OneDrive is a slight favorite due to it’s tight integration with Windows File Explorer and user’s familiarity with Microsoft products in general.

Bear in mind that both Office 365 and Google Apps provide generous cloud storage services as a part of the product offering, so if you go with one of these services then you probably will not need to consider a separate cloud storage service option.

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Internet FAX Services July 27, 2014

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Updated March 6, 2016

Click here for a good non-biased review of these services; beware of many “biased” review sites on the web that are put up by vendor but “appear” as legitimate review sites (RingCentral is famous for doing this).   eFax is by far the best known service, and they do provide a “free” service (limited to outgoing FAXing only), but you have to really search for it on their website (browse to http://www.efax.com/efax-free to access this page). The free service at http://www.gotfreefax.com/ is probably the best of the free services (quick and easy FAXing from their website), but again it is limited to outgoing FAXing only (but they don’t ad advertising to your cover page as most of the other free services do).  For an economical but feature-rich service that provides both outgoing and incoming FAX service I would recommend http://www.myfax.com/.  It offers a 30 day free trial and is only $10/month at the time this post was written.

Consumer Guides and Recommendations October 28, 2011

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Last updated January, 2018

Welcome to the Tech Wizards Blog.  In addition to general information and “tips and tricks” (see menu at left), this blog includes comprehensive consumer guides as well as hardware and software recommendations based on our experience as one of the leading tech support providers in our market. We cover all the basics including new computer purchase considerations, choosing an ISP and web browser, data backup solutions, email and SPAM tools, security and malware protection, and web surfing monitors and controls.

Click on a link below to see any of our consumer guides:

Computer Purchase Considerations

Which Version Of Windows Is Right For You?

Data Backup Solutions

Best Free Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Solution

Web Browsers, Tools & Utilities

Web Surfing Monitors & Controls

Office 365 vs Google Apps

Cloud Storage Services

Email and Instant Messaging (IM) Applications & Utilities

Email Encryption Solutions

Junk Email/SPAM Filters

Internet FAX Services

Computer Purchase Considerations October 11, 2009

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Updated July 5, 2019

We are often asked for recommendations regarding which computer to purchase and what to consider when shopping for a new PC.   This article discusses (in detail) the issues to consider when shopping for a new computer including: PC or Mac?…  Which version of Windows is right for you?…  Which computer brand?…  Desktop, Notebook or Netbook?  We also cover CPUs, RAM Memory, Drives, Monitors and Printers.

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Free Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Solutions October 8, 2009

Posted by twiznc in Product, Services & Software Recommendations, Virus, Spyware & SPAM Issues.
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Updated March 6, 2016

If a computer is connected to the Internet, it MUST have a current anti-virus/anti-spyware program installed and running with the latest “virus definitions” downloaded and installed in order to avoid being infected with malware.  This article covers the dangers of virus and spyware infections, steps to safely browse the web, and why an available FREE anti-malware product is an excellent alternative to the “name brand” internet security products (Norton, McAfee, etc.) for home users whose budget does not allow the expense of subscribing to those products.

Click here for a comparison of the major “paid subscription” malware protection products.

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Data Backup Solutions May 9, 2009

Posted by twiznc in Product, Services & Software Recommendations, Security.
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Updated May 10 6, 2017

Data backup is critical for both businesses and home users.  Unless you would be okay with your computer disappearing from the face of the earth as you read this sentence (never to return), and not miss anything stored on its’ hard drive, then you need to have a backup solution in place and backing up your data on a regular basis.  This article covers the importance of backing up critical/valuable data on your hard drive, discusses both “on-site” and online backup options, and recommends some good backup solutions (some of which are FREE).

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Junk Email/SPAM Filters May 4, 2009

Posted by twiznc in Email, Product, Services & Software Recommendations, Virus, Spyware & SPAM Issues.
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Updated March 6, 2016

This article discusses the problem of junk email messages (SPAM), steps you can take to avoid junk messages, and provides descriptions of and links to several  popular SPAM filters.

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Email and Instant Messaging (IM) Applications & Utilities May 4, 2009

Posted by twiznc in Email, Product, Services & Software Recommendations.
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Updated March 6, 2016

Communications has become a key component of computer usage, primarily via email and Instant Messaging (IM).  This article reviews the various email and IM applications and add-on utilities, and make recommendations based on the personal opinions and experience of the author.

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Web Surfing Monitors & Controls for Parents May 4, 2009

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Updated Sept 20, 2018

Web browsing monitors and controls allow parents to monitor their children’s web browsing activity, filter and block inappropriate web sites, or limit when the Internet can be browsed.  In this article we describe and provide links to several recommended monitoring and control programs.  We invite any suggestions of programs to include in these listings. (more…)

Web Browsing Tools & Utilities May 2, 2009

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Updated March 6, 2016

This article provides an overview of some of the most web-surfing tools including safe-surfing tools, ad blocking tools, Internet connection speed tests, popular password management apps, and automatic online form completion tools.

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