Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for an IT Computer Support Job

  According to the report, conducted by career website, AfterCollege, from a March survey of 600 college students, 79% of students have done at least one internship in the past six months, but 57% of those internships were unpaid and 76% did not result in a job offer. Below are some of the mistakes recent graduates make. Not applying for enough jobs According to the survey, 44% of students only apply to between one and five jobs at a time. Students should go after 30-40 jobs at once. I agree that it makes sense to consider numerous possible employers, but I think it’s also wise to set your sights, on one firm or a handful of companies where you feel truly motivated to work. That said, you shouldn’t wait around for your efforts to bear fruit. Do pursue alternatives in the meantime. The best-case scenario is that you get more than one offer and can use it as leverage to negotiate the terms you want from your target employer.   Failing to do enough of their own networking. While 57% of students say they wish their schools offered more networking opportunities, there are students that don’t take it upon themselves to ask their career offices for help. Half of students either haven’t used their school’s career office, have had a bad experience, or feel the office needs improvement. I have begun to connect with MATC alumni to see where they stand, ask questions about the market, and begin new relationships. Alumni can teach students about the day-to-day realities of a job, how to craft a resume, how to interview,...
How to share files in the cloud using Dropbox

How to share files in the cloud using Dropbox

Dropbox is a safe and secure way to share documents, pictures, and video files. Since they are stored in the cloud, your hard drive won’t be bogged down. You are protected with up to 120 days of version history and deletion recovery. You can invite specific people to share your files, and designate what types of permissions other users have to your files. All changes automatically update, and can be accessed from all devices, provided you have the app downloaded and set up to sync. Each user must enter a six digit security code to log in, or you can authorize a one-time sign in, using active directory. If you or your company are sharing files with someone who is no longer part of your organization, with administrator privileges, you can suspend or delete a user’s account as needed. Also, you can implement an expiration date if the person/persons only need access for a specific amount of time, so they’re log ins will no longer be effective. There is also a Dropbox badge that will appear if one of the files is being updated/changed/edited by another member, which will prevent confusion or duplication on projects. As an added layer of protection, Dropbox offers remote wipe, in the case that someone’s device is stolen or lost, which will prevent access to documents. Setting up an account is quick and easy when using the Basic/Standard version. I have had this for a few years now, and although the layout has changed from time to time, the ease of navigation has never stumped me. The main menu is fairly simple. You would...

How to use Google Hangout – Step by step tutorial

I am happy that you are interested in learning more about Google Hangouts! This is a great way to connect with family, friends, coworkers, and many others, no matter where you are. You'll find that setting up Hangouts on your PC, cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device, is quite user-friendly. Phone calls will need to have access to your WiFi or Data connection. You can even send text messages with Google Voice or Project Fi. Your first step is to navigate to https://hangouts.google.com If you aren't logged in already, you will be prompted to log into your Google account, You may need to install the Hangouts plug-in which allows your system to access your camera and microphone on the device. You will only need to do this once.  You may change your settings at anytime if you need to turn off or deny someone from contacting you. Once you're logged in, you will be able to choose from your contacts that are linked in your account. You can search by typing their name or email address, and this will auto-populate suggestions      Under the menu bar at the top-left corner, you can click to open and see options as shown below If you click the Settings icon (shaped like a round gear) you will then navigate to the more advanced settings area. If you are in a meeting or cannot be disturbed, you are able to opt-in to either hide or show your activity. Also, the option for Do Not Disturb can be changed here for sound notifications for incoming messages or phone calls. I have found that when you are in different rooms...

How to validate that your home router is not compromised

You first want to check that your DNS (Domain Name System) is connecting you to the proper sites that you enter. The DNS is the underlying way that when you type Google.com in your address browser, the cache (temporary memory) will automatically know to take you to that website, so you don’t have to enter 172.217.0.142, which would be hard to remember a certain strand of numbers to reach a designated website. Sometimes, if your computer is not protected by antivirus and anti-malware app software, it is possible that a scammer may try to point your computer or network towards a different IP address. You are most likely using your ISP (Internet Service Provider)’s default DNS Server. You can use a third-party, such as OpenDNS or Google Public DNS.  When using an open DNS Server, you’ll also notice that there’s an option for content filtering, and may also speed up your connection the first time, to a domain name, depending on how far you are from their server and your ISP. One way to verify this, would be to connect to your banking institution online. I have an example below. **DO NOT LOG IN** On the main page, you should see a ‘lock’ icon, which shows you are secured through their site. Once you’re signed in, then you should see the address bar change to something similar like this. You can check your router’s connection by going to the command prompt from the ‘Start’ menu on your desktop, or use Cortana to search, and type in “CMD”. Once the menu appears, hit ENTER on your keyboard, and you will...
How to find assembly instructions and replacement Parts for your computer/laptop/mobile device

How to find assembly instructions and replacement Parts for your computer/laptop/mobile device

How to find disassembly/reassembly instructions for laptop When it comes to your laptop or mobile device, you want to know most, if not all, of the ins-and-outs of your purchase. This is a big investment, and you’ll need to have the proper information to be able to not only maintain, but repair if need be. Your first step will be to locate the User Manual. Since manufacturers do not want to spend time and money on printing and collating these in paper form, it is left up to the recipient to locate said item. This can usually be found on the website (ie. HP.com, Lenovo.com, etc.) Sometimes these websites may not have a match to your device, if it is an older model, since the manuals would go on for days. If this is the case, you may find better results by using the infamous ‘Google’ and type in the model number of your computer along with the words “user manual”. This type of search will give you countless results, and it is then up to you to determine the best match/fit, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Now, as my laptop is a Lenovo ideapad 310, I would type that entire description, which would better fit and minimize the search results. One of the websites I trust is https://www.manualslib.com They have a plethora of manuals for different products. This site is super-friendly, and easy to navigate. I downloaded my manual and stored it on my hard drive, but also on a USB drive in the case that the laptop crashes and I wouldn’t be able to...