Hard Copy Backups

Today's new digital world brings new technology and new ways of doing things when to compared to just a few years ago. Now I love technology but what would happen if one day everyone was hit with a virus and all our online data information was lost. Sure we have our cloud backup to save us from disaster. But if that failed, how can you prove that you own what you own and you have what you currently have. It might seem like a pilot for a new movie, but it's not.
Today we live in a society where it's alright to get paperless statements from the same guys that recently caused our economy melt down. Are you risking your entire life savings or existence on these guys, again?
My deep thinking is not to scare off people from the new technological age but to make them aware that it's not a bad idea to keep a hard copy of bank statements, mortgage payments, car payments, investment summary, etc. on hand. You never know when your going to need them or when they would one day be useful.
Identity theft is a may concern why many people go paperless. But in reality, your making it way to easy for someone to erase you from society should we ever have a technological melt down.
My advice to others is to make several backups of your financial information, have hard copies of bills and year to date balances. And don't ever take for granted on how far we have come in the technological era.


Super Backup

Here's an android backup application that helps you backup all your phone information to either an SD card or Gmail if necessary. It's a sweet utility to make sure that all your information is backed up and saved properly.




Looking for MAC antivirus software here's your chance to download free software for your MAC machine so that it's always protected daily.

iTunes Link


Apple OS Beta Free

Apple just recently offered it's premium beta version for free to all user's who want to experiment with their new OS. This is the time for developers and non developers to see the new OS features and new tweaks without any premium price. I hope this is Apple's new way of convincing many users to join the Apple community. Just hurry up, no telling how long this offer will stand.



Microsoft bets on XP Disaster

It's sad that this big software giant is going this way because it just showing how little they valve the product that they sell. Ending XP earlier and pushing new software on it's current customer will irritate many. Microsoft years of being the best on the block is over and if they're smart, they would do whatever it takes to keep it's current customers. It's only a matter of time before another software company takes over. Maybe Microsoft should start looking for new ways to make money and stop killing something that still works.
But in the end what this means is that April 8, 2014 is that last days for XP.



Block USB Ports

Now your entire network environment can easily be protected with the right USB Blocker tools. All you do is insert these devices into a vulnerable USB port and your done. See how easy and simple it is to do. Security at it's best.



Block Network Ports

Having problems in remote locations where user's tend to do get unauthorized access to your network or system. This company is doing something about it and helping you protect your network.
Take a fight back with unauthorized users.




If your tired of walking around with a laptop charger, here's a new device that's going to hopefully change your attitude. Not only is it less bulky but weighs less too.



Smart Ring

It's pricy but something tells me that this ring is going to change how we now receive alerts via text and emails.



IRS pays for Xp support

Recently the IRS got hit with not catching up with it's current migrating to Windows 7. The end result is that they have to cough up a big support fee to Microsoft for another year until they finish catchup. In fact if your a big business you can do the same but it's going to be costly.



Coca Cola uses

Here some great uses for the all american favorite soft drink Coca Cola. You'll be surprised on what you can do with Coke and maybe after reading this you'll probably change your mind on drinking it.



Disable WPS

If you currently have Wi-Fi you should check it to see if WPS is disabled. You'll be surprised to find out that Wi-Fi protected setup is insecure. So for now your best bet is to disable it, until the manufactures come up with a fix.



Apple Touch ID

Apple had good intentions on coming up with a data protection service for their products. It's unfortunate that some hackers had to take it for a test drive and prove how useless it's anti-theft device is. I just hope that they can beef up there security measures.



Internet Error Codes

Always wondered what those internet error codes mean. Here is the answer to some of your questions when your internet browser goes bad.

Types of Errors.

Error 400 - bad request.
Error 401 - unauthorized request.
Error 403 - forbidden.
Error 404 - not found.
Error 500 - Internal error.
Error 501 - not Implemented
Error 502 - bad Gateway
Error 503 - Service unavailable.
Error 504 - Gateway Time-Out
Error 505 - http version not supported/ DNS Lookup Fail/unknown host
Error 500 - 599 - Server Errors


Disable Metro Suite

Need to get Windows 8 back to where your in control of your computer system. Try this software called Disable Metro Suite and turn back Windows to what it should be. A real computer system without Metro non sense.



Cheap Airline Tickets

Taking a trip to paradise or need to take a flight to visit some family members and love one's. Here are some great tips to get your cheap airline tickets.

- Traveling try booking 3 to 12 weeks before your trip to get the best rate.
- Use Bing Traveler to locate the best rate.
- Fly in the middle of the week for cheap rates ex. Tuesday and Wednesday
- Fly early in the day like 4 am.
- Check these search engines for cheap flights daily Link
- Dead Zone Season for Airlines giving you the best rates  
  • January, after the 7th
  • February, excluding Valentine’s Day
  • September
  • November, first two weeks
  • December, first two weeks
More tips see our cheap flights link


Online Backup Reviewed

Here's the review for online backup. It's not bashing other vendors but it gives you the results of the best feature that they currently offer when compared to other online backup companies.

1- CrashPlan - it's not number one because it's great, but if you consider pricing important. Then CrashPlan would be your first option on savings.
2- Carbonite it's still in work in process if you don't mind slow uploads and bandwidth throttling speeds.
3- Mozy use to be very popular a few years back, but that all changed when it dropped it's unlimited plans and started a tiered plan in early 2011.
4-SOS Online Backup, it's not the cheapest when compared to apples and oranges. But it has a continuous data backup feature that backups a new version, the instant a file is changed, not seen elsewhere.
5-Linedrive is the military grade AES-256 program with competitive pricing.
6- Bitcasa are making small but important movements and in time I hope that they will be better.
7- Backblaze - if your worried about complicated or confusing online backup, this company will take that fear away.
8- SpiderOak - it's a unique refer a friend program that can get you 12 GB free.
9- SugarSync - if you want more than an online repository for safety, you'll like this one.
10- Acronis True Image Online - you can backup 5 computer images online with one account.



What is Cryptolocker

What is Cryptolocker and why you should be concern? Well let's just say it's not a good thing to get onto your computer and if your computer gets infected it's going to cost nicely.
Cryptolocker is a new type of malware that once your computer is infected, it will demand money from you in order to remove it. Not a good thing if your in the middle of something important while computing.
There are a few software's in the market that will help you fight it, but nothing is fool proof.

Later on during the year, I plan to purchase a license product that helps fight against CryptoLocker attacks.  Feel free to email me at support@pcmaestro.us for more information.



Reset Browser to Default Settings

Every once in a while when your web browser starts acting up or it has been infected with a virus and the virus was removed. It's a good idea to reset the browser settings.
Malware and viruses have many times affected what's currently showing up on your web browser. So by resetting the web browser, everything goes back to it's original state.



PS4 Teardown

Recently purchased a PS4 and now you want to know how to dismantle the unit, just in case it ever breaks down and you can fix it. Easily done with these instructions.

Technician breakdown Link
Disassemble Link
Easy Fix Link


LG Self Healing Phone

You'll be amazed on how this LG G flex smartphone puts up with daily scratches and bending. For a smartphone it's a new way of life to live longer.
Check out the video and if you have the extra bucks do the test's.



Free Domain for Life

Can this be true? Can you really have a free domain for life. Well this domain re-seller makes you think so as long as you renew your hosting site witth them, they will renew yearly your domain name for free.
Prices start at $3.20  a month and it's not bad if your trying to save a few bucks a year on the domain name renewals.


Note use coupon code    WEBMAG25 


Lego Math

For those parents that hate lego, here is some good news that will make you change your mind of giving your children more lego accessories. Lego if used in a mathematical way. Can teach your child math. If your children hate math, this is a good way to strengthen their skills. So keep those lego's coming.



Kashoo Accounting

Get ready for the new generation of Accounting that is cloud based and has tons of extras. It's said to be even better than using Quickbooks and Excel. If you in the market for cloud Accounting. Give Kashoo a try and take accounting to another level.




Want a better way to organize your workforce from the palm of your hands. This great application works with Android, iOS and Blackberry. So now managing your schedules with staff and schedules is a thing of the past.



Windows Update 8.1

Windows Update 8.1 has new recent changes when compared to Windows 8. The recovery console is now located in the Windows Update Menu and it sure makes things a lot easier.




Talk about bits and pieces on the web. Here is the new generation youtube via short clips. I think this is the beginning of something very interesting.



Spy Dialer

Just got a call from an unknown number and want to call it back to see who it came from. Here's a cool way to dial back that call online without having the user know that you called.
If their voicemail has there company name or name, then you can easily playback their voicemail to see who it is.




It's no secret that some programs have been out for a while and telling you that's something wrong with your computer. When in reality there is nothing wrong. The full blame goes back to the software manufacture.
I try to stay away from companies like this because in the long run you can never trust their integrity. I believe that if there software is good, then it should sell itself and you don't need to give the user false alarms that your computer is infected. You decide?



Different Types of Virus

There are various types of computer infections in the world that  when you get infected most technician's usually would tell you that you have a virus instead of something else.
In the computer world these are the types of computer infections you can get such as a Malware, a virus, a worm, a trogan, spyware, adware, keylogger, a bot, a botnet, a rootkit and ramsonware.
There all bad news for technicians when they appear on your computer. They not only take control of of how your computer performs but what it does on a regular basis.
Now If I was going to explain to a customer that they had a Rootkit, it could take hours or days to explain to them what a Rootkit does. Not all users are tech savvy to understand computers. So  telling a user they had a virus is more understandable since everyone does get a virus and most user's are aware what a virus is. This is the reason many technician call infections a virus. In the end your computer gets infected the similar way and is inaccessible.
For those user's who really want to know the various types of virus infections in the computer world. Here is the list with a brief explanation on what it does.