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Keeping you our customer up to date on the latest malware threats, computer safety and security, and technology news is one of our favorite services to offer. Best of all its free!! But its not all work without play, so occasionally we may have something to share that is tech fun, or just plain fun.
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Stop Passing the Hoax and Check Your Privacy

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Blog, Security | Comments Off on Stop Passing the Hoax and Check Your Privacy

Recycling can be good but not if it’s a hoax. Every couple of years we see an old hoax come back, updated as needed, and people continue to believe it and share it on their social media sites. 

I’ve seen several posts on my Facebook Timeline from others “warning” friends that Facebook will make ALL you posts public even deleted ones. The first thing to know, if it sounds unbelievable then it’s probably unbelievable. The other facts, Facebook is a business and publicly traded stock. As a business thier product is you and your information; and it’s used to target paid advertisements at you.  Also, they won’t do anything to jeopardize the value of the stock. They have enough access to your information which you give them everytime you post, they don’t need to bring up your past.

So, if you feel that you have something so incredible that just has to be shared on your social media, take a couple of minutes and research it. 

Now about your privacy. Today is a good time to review your privacy settings and learn what happens to your data when you post and share on your Facebook Timeline. 

To access your settings: “Click in the upper-right corner of your Facebook page. Select Settings from the dropdown menu. Select Privacy on the left. Click a setting (ex: Who can see your future posts?) to edit it.”

For more information visit Facebook’s Help Center. 

https://www.facebook.com/help/193677450678703

Smartphone and Electronics Insurance

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Deals, Support | Comments Off on Smartphone and Electronics Insurance

Smartphone and Electronics Insurance

No one likes to think of insurance because it conjures up bad thoughts. However, over the years of repairing iDevices, laptops, and game consoles only a handful of customers have been covered by insurance. As with auto, home, and health insurance;  insurance for a smartphone is often thought of as “a waste of money”; until you need it. A broken screen on a laptop or iPhone is actually a hardware repair, but I describe it to customers as a “cosmetic” repair.  It’s something that is often easily repaired with no threat of loss to the device. However, a dip in the pool, a drop in the toliet, or getting ran over; most often results in a non working device.
  This is when having the right coverage can mean a little money, or a whole lot of money. The most common insurance most owners have is thru the cellular service provider (because they earn commissions on the sale). For iPhone owners, they can opt for Apple Care. You may also check with your credit card company as some offer insurance on your purchases. There are also third party companies who offer insurance as well, and the one I recommend over all the others, including service providers and Apple Care, is Squaretrade. They not only cover smartphones, they cover practically everything electronic.  

Like auto, life, and health insurance, a little due diligence is required to make sure your needs are meet within a reasonable cost when shopping for your iPhone or other electronic insurance coverage. Later this week I’ll post some comparisons between the insurance provider, particularly for iPhones since the new iPhone 7 will be released on September 16th.

In the meantime here’s a link you may use to start your own comparisons, and save a little money. Not having insurance is not a big deal until the day your $700 iPhone becomes a paperweight.

https://m.squaretrade.com/m/iphone

Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Blog, Security | Comments Off on Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Today’s tip deals with one of the most devious and current computer threats – Ransomeware. By definition it’s “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” The majority of these attacks go after small to medium sized business, ones that most likly have inadequate security measures in place, and have the necessity to pay the ransome demands. Below is a link to an article by Malwarebytes about how to deal with Ransomeware. It’s a long read, so even a scan of the article will give you info to help defend yourself. 

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2016/03/how-to-beat-ransomware-prevent-dont-react/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Critical iOS Update Released

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Blog, IPad, iPhone, News, Security | Comments Off on Critical iOS Update Released

Critical iOS Update Released

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Apple released an out of cycle update for all iOS devices late this afternoon (Aug 25, 2016). The update closes 3 vulnerabilities that allows an attacker to open a device often known as “Jailbreak”, and perform whatever actions they deem.

It’s being reported the vulnerability named “Trident” has been used by some governments to spy on targeted people and groups. In order for the exploit to be launched, a user must be social engineered or tricked into clicking a link that will execute the attack without the user even knowing it just occurred.

This update 9.3.5, should be installed immediately. You can do so via download thru iTunes or over the air on your iPhone or iPad. On your iPhone/iPad go to “Settings” – “General” – “Software Update”. As allows, make sure to perform a back up prior to updating.

Read more about the vulnerability here: https://threatpost.com/emergency-ios-update-patches-zero-days-used-by-government-spyware/120158/

Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in News, Tech Fun | Comments Off on Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Today 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee and his NeXT computer (designed by Steve Jobs) launched the “World Wide Web”.

 The Internet day also called Internaut Day is celebrated on August 23, as the anniversary of the World Wide Web, which was developed in the CERN laboratories (Enquire / EV project) in Switzerland during 1989 – 1990, and opened to new users after that day in 1991.

More details about this day. Click this link below: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internaut

Summer “Break”

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Summer “Break”

Summer “Break”

 Its back to school time again, and Summer Break is over. But, is there still a “Summer Break” in your pocket or backpack? If so we’ve got one more break for you, a price break. If you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad in need of repair, now is the time to schedule a repair. We’ve dropped the cost to have your iDevice repaired.

To help even more, thru this weekend all iDevice’s that get scheduled for repair will receive an additional 10% off our new prices, or a Tempered Glass Screen Cover.

Most repairs take 1 hour, or same day! We use only the best quality parts and include a warranty on all repairs.

Get your iDevice scheduled today. Contact us via phone or text at 806-553-0832, Facebook or via our website at: MaxM Technology. Thank you for trusting us to take care of your technology needs, and mobile devices.

Offer ends 8/28/16, at 11:59pm

Patch Tuesday

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Patch Tuesday

This months patch brings a small number of security updates at nine; but 5 are rated as critical. The

emote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities.

Turn on and use Automatic Updates
Turn on Automatic Updates.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:

Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, by pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), then tapping or clicking Settings, tapping or clicking Change PC settings, and then tapping or clicking Update and recovery.

Tap or click Choose how updates get installed.

Under Important updates, select the option that you want.

Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click Apply.

Windows Vista and Windows 7
To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:

Click Start, type Windows update in the search box, and then click Windows Update in the Programs list.

In the left pane, click Change settings.

Select the option that you want.

Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates or Include recommended updates when downloading, installing, or notifying me about updates check box, and then click OK.

What’s Your Password…Manager

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Security | 0 comments

What’s Your Password…Manager

password_stickiesIf you are reading this, then you are on the internet;  if you are on the internet then you probably have multiple accounts that require a username and password.

 The average user has 60 online accounts, 5 social media accounts, 4  financial accounts, 2 email accounts, and numerous one-time use accounts. Here’s the bad part; the average number of passwords used for all online accounts, 2. Here’s how it gets worse, the average user doesn’t use a complex password, and the password will more than likely fall into the top 10 worse passwords list.

By now you should be asking yourself “What do I need to do to become better at managing passwords?” Well just in time for your needs; I’ll start a series of short posts about how to use Password Managers, Password Generators, and best practices for one-time use accounts.

The best part, I’ll be give away a one year subscription to Password Manager tool.

And the Survey Says…

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

And the Survey Says…

First, a thank you to those who participated in the MaxM Technology, Survey Monkey online survey. The results are in and a few questions have unexpected results while others are expected. Below I’ve briefly commented on each question and its results followed by a link that you can use to view the survey results in depth.

Question 1

The targeted ISP companies were represented almost equally in this survey.

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Question 2

The results for this question I think are probably off. With ATT leading in the first question by 51%, the result here should be 51% or even lower, unless all participants are actually on Uverse. Perhaps some of the Wi-Power users answered that their service is High Speed.

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Question 3

This was one of the key questions, and the result was as I expected. Since ATT opened their Uverse service to the entire town, internet speeds and reliability have dropped proportionally. My service has gotten better than it was a couple of months ago, but in the late evenings, my service is horribly slow, when by .

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Question 4

This one surprised me. I didn’t expect the responses to be this high, net even 50 percent. Good job to those who know how to do this much in knowing how to test their ISP speeds. However, we are going to be working on this one in the next post.

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Question 5

So here is where we begin with helping those 95.7% who would test their internet speeds again, or for the first time. Watch for a post later this week, where we begin the next phase in help you learn about your network.

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Question 6

Across the four options, the results are pretty close. However, anything below a rating of “Very Good”, does not look favorably on the ISP. With that said, a combined percentage of 75 I’d consider not satisfactory.

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Question 7

The only reason for this question was to help ensure the participants were within the survey area. The focus of this survey is intended for Canadian and the surrounding area serviced by the ISP’s.

Q7

The survey provided a large of input from your our customers and future customers as needed. Our intent is to take this information and find the best way we can help ensure as customers of the area ISP, we are getting what we pay for and its a reliable, satisfactory service as provided by whomever the ISP.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-CF66G5GT/

Product Recommendation – iBlason iPad Case

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Accessories, IPad | Comments Off on Product Recommendation – iBlason iPad Case

Product Recommendation – iBlason iPad Case

One of the best cases I’ve seen/used for kids and iPad protection. The only other recommendation is a tempered glass screen cover. 

 i-Blason ArmorBox Kido Series Light Weight Super Protection Convertable Stand Cover Case for Apple iPad 4 iPad 4G iPad 4th Generation iPad with Retina Display iPad 2, The New iPad 3 (Pink) 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008J80FP0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_KJ4lxbM7X6GBN