Tips and Tricks

How To Dispose of Old Electronics

Comments Off on How To Dispose of Old Electronics Written on December 28th, 2013 by
Categories: Computers and Electronics, Holiday Shopping, Tips and Tricks

Recycling Electronics

When disposing of your formerly loved computers, tablets, phones, and other electronics there are two key factors to keep in mind: your data and the environment.

 

Protecting the Environment:

Electronics contain toxic pollutants, including mercury and lead. Please do not dispose of your old iPad, phone, or any other electronics into your garbage. Doing so is harmful to the environment and is illegal.

Geeks on Wheels is now offering eWaste recycling at no charge.

We are accepting retired computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones for environmentally friendly recycling. Simply bring your old electronics to our office at 47 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY.
Additionally, many municipalities in Westchester offer eWaste recycling by appointment or drop off at a local waste facility.

 

Protecting Your Data:

Whenever you dispose of electronics it is highly recommended to remove any sensitive data the device may contain. The process to do this varies based on what the device is.

Remove your data from your iphone before recyling

Erasing iPhones and iPads

This is a fairly simple process. Head to Settings, then General, press Reset, and finally select Erase All Content and Settings.

Deleting Data from Android

For most Android devices, go to Settings, Backup & Reset, and select Reset Phone.
 

Erasing Computer Hard Drives

Securely deleting the data from a desktop or laptop computer is a bit more complicated and does take some time. The correct way to do it is using software the overwrites everything on the hard drive multiple times. This ensures that the data is not recoverable.

Our technicians are available to securely erase any hard drive for you.

We use specially designed software that performs a random multi-pass overwrite of your data to ensure that nobody can read your sensitive data. We perform this service as a discounted rate. Please give us a quick ring to let us know you are going to bring the computer in, 914-562-1800.

 

 

How to remove your Google Web History

Comments Off on How to remove your Google Web History Written on February 24th, 2012 by
Categories: Tips and Tricks

March 1 is the day Google’s new unified privacy policy goes into effect, which means your Google Web History will be shared among all of the Google products you use.  You can opt out of this tracking if you like.  The link below contains information about this and instructions for opting out.

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57382925-285/how-to-remove-your-google-web-history/

Solved: Unable to Save / Remember Password for Mapped WebDav folder

Comments Off on Solved: Unable to Save / Remember Password for Mapped WebDav folder Written on June 2nd, 2011 by
Categories: SharePoint, Tips and Tricks, WebDAV

Symptom:  In Windows Vista/7, after you map a WebDAV shared drive, such as a SharePoint document library, you are required to type your password every time you open it.  Clicking the “Remember Password” checkbox seems to have no affect.  Additionally, you get an “Unable to connect to network drive” message when you start the computer.   This is particularly a problem when the WebDAV share is located outside of your local network (on the Internet).

Solution:  When you check the Remember Password box, Windows is actually saving your password.  You should be able to see it in your  Credentials Manager Control Panel.  The problem is that as a security feature Windows does not allow this password to be sent automatically. (This only applies to WebDAV shares that are outside your local network.)

With a little registry editing, however, we can set the system to allow saved passwords to your external WebDAV servers.  (I believe you can wholly disable this security feature also, however it is not recommended).  By the way, modifying your registry incorrectly can cause damage to your computer, so always back up your registry first by using the export command with the registry editor.

We find the solution to this problem in Microsoft KB 943280 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943280/en-us).

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
  4. Type AuthForwardServerList, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type the URL of the server that hosts the Web share, and then click OK.Note You can also type a list of URLs in the Value data box. For more information, see the “Sample URL list” section in this article.
  7. Exit Registry Editor.

Here are some sample URLS you might use for reference:

https://*.Contoso.com
http://*.dns.live.com
 *.microsoft.com
https://172.169.4.6

If you are connecting to an SBS 2008 server, for example, the entry would probably look like this: remote.domain.com.

Avoid using wildcards here, if used improperly they can completely lift this security feature.

I hope this helps save some people some frustration.  I nearly pulled my hair out dealing with this one.

Managing Spam with Multiple Email Addresses

Comments Off on Managing Spam with Multiple Email Addresses Written on October 10th, 2010 by
Categories: Email, Microsoft Outlook, Small Business, Spam Management, Tips and Tricks

Managing Spam with Multiple=

Every day our time is wasted by unsolicited email.  Spam filters help us separate out the stuff we definitely don’t want to be bothered with.  They fall short, however, in separating the important stuff from the maybe-I’ll-read-it-later materials.

Here is where we can utilize multiple email addresses to save time.  When you shop online, sign up to receive information about a product or service, join a bulletin board — give them a secondary address.  Keep private the email address you print on your business cards and use to collaborate with colleges, clients, and friends.  Many people can tell you from experience that once some online marketers get a hold of your email, they will never give up sending you spam and they wont stop selling your email address to other marketers either.

Executive Summary
  • Use a secondary email address for online activities such as shopping and forums.
  • In office environments create departmental email addresses which can be shared by multiple employees for increased productivity and quick business data access.
  • Use a program such as Microsoft Outlook to make comprehensive view of multiple email accounts quick and simple.

One you have the really important email separated out from messages containing sales receipts and product updates, you can work more efficiently.  If you are having a busy day, you can stay focused on the inbox that matters, and when you need to find that receipt or are wondering if some company or sales person out there has sent you a discount offer, give your second inbox a look.

If you are a small business this comes with added benefits — You can share such an inbox with other employees. I recommend setting up an email account such as purchasing@yourdomain.com and adding this inbox to Outlook for everyone in the company with the ability to spend money on its behalf. This provides you with a single email inbox where you know you can find every invoice from all of our major vendors, for example. How much did that new inventory item one of your employees just purchased cost? A quick search for the part number gives you the a list of every time this item was ordered, what it cost, and even what the invoice number was.

A great way to manage two email accounts to use software such as Microsoft Outlook, and set them up as separate inboxes that you can conveniently click between.

Organizing your email is a simple and effective way to improve productivity. If you would like assistance from a pro on best managing your email call 914-562-1800.