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Why a Computer Warranty Is Important

Why a Computer Warranty Is Important

It might seem like computer warranties aren't worth the extra cost. You might figure that given the cost of a premium new machine, the chance of something going wrong is low. But every computer fails eventually---almost always at the least convenient moment.

Why We Should Embrace the Subscription Model

Why We Should Embrace the Subscription Model

Over the past decade, we've seen a shift in the payment model for software. For a long time, software was commonly offered for a one-time fee. But now, led by the rise of mobile applications, more software uses a subscription-based model.

While you might not initially think this is such a great idea, it has a lot of benefits to consider.

9 Vital Security Practices for Everyone

9 Vital Security Practices for Everyone

Digital security is paramount for both businesses and individuals. Today we have more personal information online than ever, with increasingly dangerous digital threats popping up all the time.

If you want to fortify your digital security, we have several tips to help you.

Announcement: Don’s Talk on Protection from Digital Threats

Announcement: Don’s Talk on Protection from Digital Threats

Is your company's cyber security strong enough to shield you from today's sophisticated attacks? Could you be at risk for a disaster in your business or personal life? Learn how to protect yourself and your company from digital threats.

On Saturday October 13, 2018, Houk Consulting President Don Houk will speak at the District 13 Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Symposium event in Erie, PA on the topic of cyber security.

What You Should Know About the Magecart Attacks

What You Should Know About the Magecart Attacks

You're probably aware of credit card skimming, when attackers modify a physical card scanner to steal the details of anyone who uses it. But did you know that online card skimming is a threat too?

Recently, a particular type of this attack, titled Magecart, has become much more prevalent.

15 Common Security Terms Everyone Should Know

15 Common Security Terms Everyone Should Know

We've written before about how important security is in today's online world, like how password security is not optional and some browser dangers to know about.

But there are a lot of potentially confusing terms that float around. Let's define some of the most common and important security terms everyone should be familiar with.

5 Default Windows 10 Apps Worth Trying

5 Default Windows 10 Apps Worth Trying

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft added a new kind of program to Windows. Originally named "Modern Apps" (known as Store apps now), these share similarities with smartphone apps.

Not only are they touch-friendly for users with those devices, but they're often decidedly more simple than standard desktop programs.

The Value of Simplicity

The Value of Simplicity

Of all the traits we value in the modern world, simplicity might be one of the most important. It's a common idea that "less is more", but how much does simplicity really affect the products we use and the services we rely on?

As Leonardo da Vinci noted, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

How to Make Screens Easier on Your Eyes at Night

How to Make Screens Easier on Your Eyes at Night

Thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and around-the-clock work hours for many, we're looking at screens more than ever. While smartphones and laptops let us accomplish a lot, looking at a bright screen at night isn't good for you.

The blue light that screens emit mimics the sun, which is fine during the day.