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The Pros and Cons of Using Pay Anywhere Card Readers

Gone are the days of having to be tied down to a computer to process a payment in the world of small business. Thanks to a wonderful little idea called a Pay Anywhere card reader, you can actually accept payments anywhere that you can carry a smart phone.  Pay Anywhere is certainly not the only player in the game where card readers are concerned, but they are the most respected. Despite the great reviews for this product, however, there are a handful of concerns as well. Here is a look at the pros and cons of Pay Anywhere:

Pros of Pay Anywhere card readers

The primary positive for these little card readers would be the fact that you can get paid anywhere. Just being able to whip out the little thing and swipe a credit card on the spot will give you great freedom as a small business owner. It provides convenience to the customer and at the same time gives you the flexibility to do business anywhere.

Another great reason to go with Pay Anywhere card readers is because it has the lowest transaction fees in the business. It is cheaper than any other credit card processor, thereby saving you and the customer  money once again.

You can feel great confidence in the accuracy of this fine product, simply because it has been around longer than any other card reader service. It started way back in 1992 and continues to this day. That type of longevity can go a long way towards giving you confidence.

Finally, Pay Anywhere has a dedicated customer service line that can help you when you need it. Whether it is a technical problem or a customer service issue, Pay Anywhere is there to talk it over and work it out.

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5 Steps To Safely Buy Or Sell A Used Computer

Our computers and mobile devices increasingly carry our whole lives—work files, personal photos, tax information, and more. This makes used computers a powerful tool for opportunistic cyber-criminals; but there are ways to keep yourself and your data safe when it’s time to swap out your old computer. Here are a few rules to follow, whether you’re buying or selling, so you can move forward with confidence.

1. Never throw an old computer away

Not only are landfills a prime target for identity thieves, but most computers contain extremely toxic chemicals that can leach into groundwater. If your old computer is unusable and not worth the trouble of selling, drop it off at a local e-waste processing facility. They’ll responsibly dispose of the chemicals, recover valuable metals from the computer’s components, and ensure that the device is destroyed so that any residual information is completely unrecoverable.

2. Back up your data

Before scrubbing your old computer, make sure to back up all of your files—you might be surprised at what you find yourself needing later on, and hard disk space is getting cheaper every day. For this reason, you should try to keep your computer’s data organized, so you can just grab a few folders and transfer them to a flash drive in the event of sudden computer trouble. Just remember to wipe the flash drive once you’ve transferred the files to your new computer—having your backup on a portable device that you carry around regularly is a recipe for identity theft.

3. Carefully read any paperwork from a computer retailer

Just like buying a car, new is safer than used, so carefully read any contracts or agreements you’re asked to sign when buying a used computer. In many cases, small retailers may not accept any responsibility for malware that might be left over from the previous owner, so you won’t have any recourse if a registry key infection or other deep-rooted malware causes financial harm. To be safe, take the new device to a computer specialist you trust, and have them give it a thorough wipe. Make sure that the cost of these security measures doesn’t offset the savings from going used—sometimes you’re better off just looking for new laptops for sale online.

4. Don’t just reformat your hard drive

If you intend to sell your computer, reformatting your hard drive is a good way to make your personal information less accessible to identity thieves, but it isn’t foolproof—skilled specialists can often recover credit card numbers, account numbers, and passwords even from a reformatted hard drive. For the best possible results, AutoClave or DBAN (Darik’s Boot and Nuke) are the best freeware erasure options. If you want a software provider that guarantees their work, you’ll have to find a paid option, but DBAN and AutoClave are extremely secure.

5. Be wary of used computers with pre-installed software

You should be careful about any used computer with “free” software, particularly if you’re buying the computer from a private party online. A deal that seems too good to be true may be a Trojan horse for virus authors to access your personal information. A used computer that seems way beneath the price range for models with comparable specifications should raise red flags. Having said that, you can safely purchase almost any working computer as long as you completely clean it out before using it. For best results, install the erasure software from a flash drive or via a public wireless network to avoid passing malware to other devices connected to your home network.

Buying or selling a used computer can be a great option. When it’s time for an upgrade, practice good identity protection by keeping these security tips in mind.


Patricia Shuler is a staff writer from Oakland, California. She’s an admitted tech-junkie who’s quick to share her honest opinion on all things consumer electronic—including up-to-date news, user reviews, and “no holds barred” opinions on a variety of social media, tech, computer, and mobile accessories topics.

Don’t be scared by scareware

Have you ever used your computer only to find a pop-up on your screen telling you that your computer is in urgent need of repair, or that you have a virus? If so you have been the target of something called scareware. Scareware cases are increasing, and more and more people are falling victim to the fake warnings. Let’s take a look at what scareware really is, and how you can avoid a costly mistake.

What is scareware?

Scareware is becoming a huge problem and many people have fallen for the scam. Scareware is nothing more than a pop-up that will appear on your computer screen. The pop-up will tell you that you have registry problems that need to be fixed, or that you have dozens of viruses that need to be taken care of immediately. The pop-up will include a link to a piece of software that will look like and will act like a virus killer.

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Google handles Android Smartphone security breach smartly

We trust our electronics to pay bills and make purchases online, not to mention they store all of our personal information. With so much information stored on devices like Android smartphones and consoles like the Sony Playstation 3, one has to wonder just how safe and secure they are. The answer it seems is that they are not very secure at all.

Google calls foul play

Just recently Google dropped a bombshell and confirmed that there was a major security flaw in its ever popular Android operating system. Seeing that there are over 400,000 Android smartphones and tablets being activated every single day, the amount of loss that could have occurred could have been catastrophic.

A team of German researchers discovered that Android devices that were connected to unsecured Wi-Fi networks could have easily been hacked from remote operators. Once hacked, all information stored on phone could have been accessed by the hacker. Fortunately Google reacted swiftly, and quickly sent out a patch to Android devices around the world.

How can you stay safe on Android?

While the exploit has been fixed there are still some things that users of Android devices can do to make sure that they are safe.

By going to the app store and downloading an Anti-Virus app, end users can have peace of mind that their phone will be protected in the event that they download an app that may contain a virus. Users should also try to refrain from joining unsecured networks, like the ones you would find at Starbucks, or the local library. One last thing would be to only install applications that you know of, and never install apps that come from anywhere other than Google authorized app stores.

As a user of an Android powered smartphone I can say that I am incredibly happy at the way Google dealt with this problem. They moved quickly, identified the problem, and fixed it within 36 hours of the breach. If only all companies were equal when it comes to this.

Sony falls victim too

If you had not heard about the Android problem, then you surely have heard about the breach that Sony has suffered. Sony’s highly popular Playstation Network which lets users play and purchases games online was recently targeted by hackers.

The biggest difference between the Sony breach and the Google breach is that Sony reacted very poorly to the situation. In fact everyone who had ever signed up for the service (some 50 million) had all of their information stolen, including credit card numbers, phone numbers, and addresses.

Sony’s security around the Playstation network was incredibly weak. In fact there was not even a Firewall protecting its servers. The hackers were smart, and they left hardly any traces of the attack. The only thing that was found on Sony’s servers was a calling card left by a group called Anonymous.

After many attempts to fix the security flaws in its network, Sony has failed every time. When they say they have fixed the problem, the network gets hacked again. Two months after the initial attacks, there has been a further 10 breaches in their security systems.

There are obviously some flaws in the security that companies employ when it comes to protecting your personal information, but do not let it stop you from using, and enjoying the many wonderful things that your gadgets can do. Just be careful what information you share, and you should be just fine.

This guest post is by Brett Day ,  from Moore, Oklahoma. He is a featured contributor for Associated Content in Technology. He has a huge interest in the world of technology, home theater, and video games. Brett loves writing and sharing his knowledge on all of these subjects.

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