Where to find system properties on your computer

When a malfunction pops up on your computer, we want to get you back up and running as soon as possible. Oftentimes, Method technicians will pull up your computer's system properties to get a brief rundown of your device. System properties is the first place to start when it comes to... read more

How to take a computer screenshot

You're working on your computer and an unknown error pops up on your screen. You're unsure how to screenshot the error message before it goes away. An easy solution is to take a screenshot, which will snap an image of your computer. This comes in handy when you want to report an issue to... read more

Smart Toys Vulnerable to Hacking

Thinking of buying some high-tech internet-connected toys for your little ones this holiday season? Maybe think twice. Toys have gradually become more advanced and technology-oriented in recent years, from mini kid tablets to smart, talking Barbie dolls. While many of these toys offer exciting... read more

How to stay safe with Two-Factor Authentication

What is it? Spy movies illustrate security as an elaborate system. An agent sneaks into a secret facility and can only gain access if they present multiple types of identification. Unlocking the door requires a 10-digit passcode, an eye scan, and an audible code. Two-factor authentication is the... read more

How to keep your computer hardware clean

Simple ways to clean your desktop or laptop computer Dust is the bad cholesterol of the computer system. Too much dust and the air vents in your computer clog up, which leads to overheating and underperformance. Dust in other accessories, such as keyboards and mice, can cause malfunctions and... read more

How your website can be mobile friendly

Previously on Method… We discussed the popularity of mobile browsing and why your website needs to become mobile friendly. As of April 2015, Google has tailored its search results on smartphones to display mobile-friendly websites first. Not to mention, more than 50 billion Google searches... read more

Why your website needs to be mobile friendly

Here are a few reasons why your business needs a better mobile website. Your phone is a high-tech encyclopedia. We use it at work, at the gym, and at the mall to avoid eye contact with the kiosk salesman. As a result, the majority of online browsing is moving toward cell phones and tablets and... read more

Now's your last chance to get Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 The deadline is approaching: If you want to download Windows 10 for free, you’ve only got until July 29, 2016. A year ago, Microsoft released its newest operating system, Windows 10, which offers multiple desktops, the personal digital assistant Cortana, and a revived Start... read more

Method Technologies Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers

9th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology June 3, 2016: Method Technologies ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to Penton Technology’s 9th-annual MSP 501 list and... read more

Chat with companies directly via Facebook Messenger

Ever make a phone call and get placed on hold by a machine to connect you to a human being? You could be waiting anywhere from five minutes to an hour just to speak to a representative. Now, within Facebook’s messaging app Messenger, you can send messages to businesses and get a reply from... read more

How to Find Your Lost or Stolen Smartphone

It's happened to all of us. You dig into your backpack and suddenly your phone isn't there. Panic ensues. But if you have a tracking app installed on your smartphone, there's no need to worry. Apple and Google each offer apps to help in exactly this scenario: Find My iPhone and Android Device... read more

5 Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Battery

It's a constantly asked question: How do you improve your smartphone battery, so you're not left with a dead brick at the end of the day? The Wirecutter and The New York Times recently tackled this issue, publishing a handy list of both battery-saving tips and myths that all smartphone users... read more

Google stops security updates for Chrome on Windows XP and Vista

We hate to break the bad news, but if you’re running Google Chrome on Windows XP, Vista or Mac OX S 10.8 and lower, it’s time to stop. Why? Google has announced that starting April 2016, Chrome will no longer receive updates or security fixes for these platforms. This change affects... read more

Worst Passwords of 2015 and How to Protect Your Passwords

We know remembering passwords can be hard. But that's no excuse to slack off when the alternative could be getting your data and personal information stolen.  SplashData, which provides password management applications to consumers and businesses, recently released its annual "Worst... read more

Update your iPhone and Mac OS Right Now

On Friday, 2/21/2014, Apple released iOS 7.0.6. On Tuesday, 2/25/2014, Apple released OS X 10.9.2. More new releases from Apple, what's new, right? Well these updates are a BIG deal. There was a security hole in the prior versions of the iOS and OS X software that left Apple devices prone to... read more

What is the CryptoLocker Ransomeware Infection

Really nasty. That is what it is. This malicious software (malware) has been spreading through fake emails that disguise themselves as coming from legitimate companies such as FedEx or UPS. The malware has the ability to find and encrypt files you have access to no matter where they are located:... read more

Best Places to Work in Orange County 2013

Method Technologies was recently named as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Orange County. The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. This county-wide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize... read more

Keep Your Head in the Cloud: How Managed IT Saves You Money

If you are starting a small business, there are two questions you are likely to be familiar with asking yourself. The first question is, “How can I make money?” and the second is, “How can I save money?” Managed IT services are a form of IT support that produces some of... read more

Virtualization and Cloud Security

In another article, we reviewed the benefits of virtualization and cloud technology versus ownership of a private on-site server room. We reviewed how Managed IT services are an invaluable choice for startups and small businesses. Now we will address a more serious question that could not only... read more

How Managed IT Can Save You Money

Managed IT companies are characterized by charging businesses by the package with a monthly payment. Isn’t that a waste of money? Can’t I just call an IT guy to come out or hire someone? Maybe Managed IT is right for you, maybe it isn’t. Let's see what a managed IT company... read more

Managed IT Minimizes Photocopier Security Risks

Did you know that your photocopiers are potential security risks? The fact may surprise you. Think about the office that you work at. You probably have one or two copying machines that everyone shares. Think about what kind of things you copy on the machine. Maybe forms, flyers memos, etc. But... read more

Windows 8: Where is the Start Menu

The highly anticipated launch of the new Windows 8 operating system had the tech geeks and the rest of us alike a little taken aback by all the new changes to its interface. Designed for optimum mobility between handheld devices and desktops, it seems that Microsoft was attempting to cater to all... read more

Implications for Microsoft’s Skype Buy-Out

Users will Need Computer Support For the Skype and Windows Live Messenger Merge In May 2012 it was confirmed that Microsoft had bought out Skype to replace Windows Live Messenger. The buyout, estimating $8.5 Billion in cash, has had a number of implications on both companies and their users. The... read more

Benefits of Organic SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Organic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Organic SEO refers to a process of naturally getting your website listed higher on Internet searches. These results show up in section of search results pages that are not marked by "Ads". These are the organic, or natural results for a search... read more

What Is Paid Advertising (Pay-Per-Click)

Paid Advertising (Pay-Per-Click) When searching for something on Yahoo! or Google, you will notice that there are sections on the top or the right-hand side of the page that are of a slightly different color and marked with text like, "Ad related to..." or "Ads". These results are based on the... read more

The Difference Between a Virus, a Trojan, a Worm, Spyware, Adware, and Malware

Let's be clear that regardless of the differences between a virus, a trojan, a worm, spyware, adware, or malware, the key point is that you do not want any of these things on your computer. All of these things have one thing in common and that is to cause damage to your machine. Obtaining good... read more

How to Get a Site Listed in Google or Yahoo

There is very little more frustrating than to spend a great deal of money on a website for your business and never seem to be able to find it in any online search. If you are ever in a situation where you point more people to your website than your website points people to you, you need to either... read more

Create a Free Website VS. Professionally Designed Sites

First, let's cover what the purpose is of having a website. To sum it up into one word: Advertising. The number one purpose of having a website is to get your business seen by the online community in hopes that people will visit and buy into whatever product or idea you are propogating. Whether... read more