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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 14:33

Scammers are on the Rise!

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Scammers are on the Rise!


Clients have been coming in non-stop lately for scams. Scammers have adopted new methods to steal your information, such as posing as big-name tech companies, posing as charities, and much more. 

We even had a customer who was paying for what he thought was virus and scam protection, but he was paying to have his computer hacked! 

Far too many of our customers have fallen for these scams, and unfortunately, left their computers open for more fraud to occur. We can clean these machines and get them working safely again in almost no time.   

Never give someone money over the phone or online without ensuring they are a valid company or nonprofit! 

CDM offers training and information to our members to help protect them as well. Don't fall for scammers! Let us help protect you and teach you tips and tricks to stay protected. 
 

What’s new: Us!


We have a new look! Instead of CDM Computers, we will soon be known as Technology Tailored Made! Our new brand is a reflection of the work we do, tailoring our services to you!

We also want to make it clear that we can help you with more than just computer repair. We can service tablets and Ipads as well as PCs, laptops, and Macs. Not only are we able to do your repairs, but we can help you out with a vast array of services.

These services can be customized to fit all of your needs. Have you joined our service membership program yet? It’s a great way to keep your devices running smoothly!

We may have a new brand, but we still have the same great service! Also, be on the lookout for future newsletters about events and promotions we will be running, like our Father's Day Campaign!

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 14:30

Technology can Ease Loneliness

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Most of the articles related to seniors and technology focus on the technology divide between the Boomer and Millennial generations. Rarely do we mention how technology has benefited not only seniors, but also the relationships between different generations.
 
We now have access to technology that connects the world in a way like never before. The ability to call someone at any time, video chat, post photos or instantly send videos instead of mailing them. The list never ends.
 
One of the main issues seniors deal with is loneliness. Blackage is a nonprofit in Cincinnati that focuses on senior care. Their program, Wisdom Behind the Walls brings seniors out to reconnect to the communities they were once active in.
 
Blackage states that loneliness can cause “generally decreased feeling of vitality, less energy…, greater likelihood of mental health illnesses, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., and more frequent bouts of sickness, such as colds or flu, and longer recovery times.”
 
Technology is another method for seniors to negate loneliness. The benefits of technology, especially social media for seniors are endless.
 
According to a study from NCBI, “Higher social technology use was associated with better self-rated health, fewer chronic illnesses, higher subjective well-being, and fewer depressive symptoms.”

So, consider creating a social media account if you haven’t already. Consider updating to a smart phone so you can video chat loved ones and receive videos from your family. CDM Technologies is always here to help!

Have a blessed day!
Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:53

Gender Issues in the Real World

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Madi is a senior electrical engineering major at a university in Ohio.

Her creativity and interest in design started early through her dad, an environmental engineer. In high school, four years of Project Lead the Way shaped her interest in STEM. A digital logic course her junior year and an electric guitar project became the last steps before applying those skills in the pursuit of a career.

College has its own challenges though. Mechanical and civil engineering majors usually have a small to medium handful of females, but the EECS (electrical engineering and computer science) department only has two women graduating this year. One of the biggest problems for Madi is respect.

“I know I have it easier than others, but there are times when professors are quick to jump in with opinions and it happens more with females," said Madi. "They tend to teach males in lab settings, but just do the work for girls.”

Madi also knows the comments some professors make about the women or their work happen without those men realizing the broader implications. It has a stigma attached.

This isn’t always the case. Looking beyond graduation, Madi believes things will change. Companies are excited to diversify their engineering staff and interns with females. Some claim that there is a large gender pay gap in the electrical engineering field, but her experiences have been fair. While treatment among engineers is good, there are concerns of other departments and their potential for bias.

She believes there needs to be a culture change across the board. High school has a large influence on young women and STEM. Exposure to programs like Madi was a part of is a start, but the college experience needs more energy.

“Maybe having seminars, general education, or changing the tone of conversations would help people consider different perspectives,” said Madi.

Her experience overall is fulfilling but she feels it’s taken a couple of years to stand up and fight for the respect and equality all the women in the field deserve.

After graduation, Madi wants to apply her skills in the medical field. Her interest in neural engineering and a desire to help people come from her mom’s influences as a nurse. Madi spent a lot of time around those medical staff but felt more called as an innovator. Her eyes are set on grad school and some companies even pay for degrees. Most people would bite at the opportunity to get a masters without more debt, but having diversity helps to advance more than just her personal goals, it combines different perspectives and helps to make the world a better place.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:28

Web Security Basics

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There is a lot of talk lately about web security. From the debates surrounding government surveillance to the risks of hacking, there are plenty of things to keep track of. Companies certainly have an interest in protecting their intellectual property, but the general public can help protect themselves through some inexpensive strategies. Think about all the free wifi networks you connect to throughout your day or all the places you use card information. Those add up when life gets busy, especially if you do online shopping. VPN services and some proactive identity management can offer a good baseline for securing your money, privacy, and security.

Start with the basics. Keep up on your accounting and utilize bank services. Websites and apps offer easy ways to check the status of your account so you’ll be the first to know when an unusual charge comes through. Keep you password as secure as possible by using combinations of letters, numbers, symbols, and upper/lower cases. According to research for the FTC, people don’t need to change their passwords frequently as long as they choose less predictable sequences and have variation from site to site. Another way to protect your accounts is to use a wallet that protects against RFID theft. This will keep your card information secure from a person using radio signals to remotely transmit your data.

There is an increasing threat of digital attacks as more systems and professions rely on the internet. The ransomware infection in the city of Baltimore is just one example of how far hackers can go as even systems with protections fall victim to an intense cyber attack. So, what is a VPN and how can it help? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a channel designed as a secure way for parties to communicate with each other. Think back to those public Wifi networks you connect to. Anyone with some minor technical knowledge can see your traffic online and potentially steal information. These protections are not an end all be all for internet activity though. Service providers and the VPN provider still have access to your traffic history. There are also many different companies to choose for a VPN which can mean variations in quality.

“The decision on which one to use is very important, however, like websites, they each have their own policies and practices with regard to how they handle your data. When choosing one, be sure to look at the practices and policies around each of the following three areas: Privacy, Security, and Geographical Blocking,” according to IT Chronicles

Understanding the risk associated with the absence of these protections is vital. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself safe, especially from virtual threats. The more you educate yourself on different digital issues, the better chance you have at defending your future.

At CDM, our goal is to always make technology accessible and streamlined for our customers. Though we can help you with your computer in countless ways, we can’t look over your shoulder while you’re at home and have a question. If you need our help, stop in or call! But in the meantime, check out these ten tips to make using your computer easier!

  1.     To find something on a web page or document without scrolling through the entire thing, hit control + F on PC or command + F on Mac and type in the phrase. Try it on this article! Type the find function for your device and type in “password” to find advice on choosing a strong password.
  2.     If you’re reading a webpage, press the spacebar to scroll down, and press shift + spacebar to scroll back up.
  3.     If you’re searching for flights or hotels online, try using Incognito mode on Google Chrome. This mode prevents websites from collecting data or cookies. That way, companies cannot see if you’ve viewed their flights before- if they know you’re interested, they will raise the prices you’re offered!
  4.     To create an especially secure password, use non-English characters on your keyboard, such as ñ or ø. (On PC: type “control + ~ + n” for ñ and “alt + 0248” for ø. On Mac, type “option + n” for ñ and “option + o” for ø)
  5.     If you’re drafting a long email, essay, or another piece of writing and need to proofread it, copy and paste the text in Google Translate or another translation tool. Then, click the speaker button to hear the text read aloud, making it easier to find any mistakes.
  6.     Are you doing research and want to find only reputable sources? Try using scholar.google.com instead of just google.com! Google Scholar only shows credible sources written by experts!
  7.     If you want to add emphasis to a piece of writing, press control + i to write in italics, control + u to write underlined, and control + B to write in bold (replace “control” with “command” if on Mac).
  8.     If you’re writing an important email, write the text of the email before you add a recipient! That way, you avoid sending it too early or to the wrong person.
  9.     To quickly find the dictionary definition of a word, type “define: [your word]” into Google for an instant definition!
  10.  If you accidentally closed a webpage tab too quickly, you can easily re-open it by pressing control + shift + T on PC or command + shift + T on Mac.

Whether you use your computer solely for personal use, or if it’s an integral part of your business, understanding how to use it properly is paramount. Lucky for you, we’re always here to help!

Choosing a new computer can be daunting. However, when you have the right advice, it can be a simple process. First, understand what your needs are. What will you use your computer for? Whether it’s for business use, communicating with friends, streaming, gaming, editing photos, or something else, CDM can help you find the device you need. Your primary use is the biggest determinant of which type of computer to purchase. With that in mind, here are a few more tips for choosing the right machine for you. After you have an idea of what you want, call us!


Laptop or Desktop?


Today, laptops are very common: many users choose them for their portability, allowing them to work or surf the web away from their desks. Laptops are especially a good choice for students, as they can bring them back and forth from school and home with ease. They also are a great option for people who travel often and want to stay connected!


However, there are still some strong advantages for desktops. From a financial standpoint, they are generally less expensive to purchase, repair, and update than laptops. They also typically feature a larger screen than laptops, making them a strong choice for people who work with photos, videos, or design. The large screen also may appeal to older generations who are accustomed to it and prefer seeing things on a larger scale.


Operating system: Windows or Mac?


Deciding between a Window or Mac operating system is largely a personal preference. Some users are diehard Mac fans, while others are loyal to Windows. In choosing between them, consider what you’re familiar with. If you’ve only worked with Windows devices, are you willing to learn an entirely new operating system?


The other biggest determinant is what other devices you already own. If you use an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or other Apple product, you may enjoy how those devices can interact with a Mac operating system. Various apps will sync under your Apple ID and allow you to access the same content across devices. For example, if you save something in Notes on your iPhone, that content will appear on your Mac. On the other hand, Windows computers, tablets, and Xbox products all operate on the same system (Windows 10), which creates a more streamlined experience.


Processor


Processors impact how fast a computer operates. The main types are the Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 or i9. The Core i3 is the least expensive option, but is also the least powerful. However, if you’re looking to spend under $500 on a computer and only need basic computing abilities (like having a few web tabs open, sending emails, typing, etc.), the Core i3 would be a great choice for you.


Core i5 processors are a balance between moderate price and performance. They will provide decent speed and be efficient enough for the average computer user, especially if you’re on a budget. However, if you have a larger budget and want the fastest, most powerful option, a Core i7 processor or above will take very little time loading and will allow you to work quickly.


Memory


The memory of a computer is measured in gigabytes (GB). Standard computers feature eight GB of storage, which is plenty for most users. The only reason you would need more is if you frequently run multiple large applications at the same time. People who use their computers for streaming and gaming may opt for 16 GB options.


Price


Of course, your budget is an important factor for your decision. If you’re working on a tight budget, you can still purchase a computer to surf the web, use email, and other simple needs. Today, inexpensive computers are advanced enough to run common tasks. However, if you can spend slightly more, a computer at a mid-price will be dependable if you’re looking to get work done.

If you’re confused about which computer is right for you, you have a resource: CDM! We are here to help you choose the right product for your needs and to supply you with it. Or, if you’re wondering about whether to repair your current computer or purchase a new machine, stop by and talk to our computer experts. We are here to tailor technology to you!

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:55

Technology is the Future of our Youth

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Technology is getting more advanced every day. While new phones and gadgets grab a lot of attention, many workers have a reason to be concerned for how the future of tech will influence their occupations. A report from Marketwatch indicates the advancing rate of automation puts between 30 and 40 million American jobs at risk. 

 

Those statistics are especially daunting for younger generations who have to find a career as nearly a fourth of the traditional market shifts. Still, the loss of many positions will open the door to new opportunities in STEM jobs. No one says change is easy, but there are good things that can come from it. The next generation has to adapt to the rapid rate of tech growth if they’re going to excel in a digital world.

 

Part of the problem with attracting young people to STEM is a lack of fun or creative ways to engage them. If a middle school or high school doesn’t have early engineering programs, it can be much harder to get kids involved. There are also other groups and sports battling for their attention. Funding STEM programs are a part of the solution, but not every district can afford to add more classes or teachers.

 

If normal schooling doesn’t cover all the bases, what can parents do for their kids? The short answer is to get involved. An environment that values creative and intuitive minds is one where the culture of STEM can thrive. Beyond what a parent can do at home, it’s important to take summer opportunities seriously. There’s plenty of time to have fun and learn. CDM Computing combines the two while preparing students for the future though their nonprofit, Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer). Teaching kids meaningful skills like computing, coding, robotics and circuitry will create a desire to innovate in the face of adversity. 

 

Ask questions that make your children think and support their involvement in technology. No, that doesn’t mean parents should let them play video games all the time, but those consoles and computers will play a role in their futures. Technology and design should be a hands-on experience to show a child what they can accomplish when they apply themselves.

 

These tools are important for the development of kids and benefit everyone by advancing the same technologies which challenge us today. Plus, kids take their success with them. After building their own computers, students can continue to experiment with the hardware and programs to expand their skills.

 

Camp Schedule:

 

Explorer 1- Simple Machines and Basics Robotics - June 3 - June 7, 2019
Explorer 1- Computing and Automation - June 10 - June 14, 2019
Explorer 1- Robotics and Automation - June 17 - June 21, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Python Coding and Logic Thinking - June 24 - June 28, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Circuitry (12 & up) - July 1 - July 5, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Robotics (12 & up) - July 8 - July 12, 2019
Explorer 2- Applications Galore! (9 & up) - July 15 - July 19, 2019

 

No child should lose an opportunity to learn because of a lack of funding. While public schools aren’t always fortunate enough to have the resources for technology classes, Sponsoring education through camps like BYOC can make a real and positive change in the lives of children. 

 

If you’re interested in joining CDM’s camp, signing up your child or sponsoring, go to www.CampBYOC.com to register. Contact our Cincinnati office at 513-549-8308 with any questions.