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Windows 11 Common Issues and Fixes

Windows 11 Common Issues and Fixes It has been a while since Windows 11 was launched in October 2021. We were met with a few surprises aside from the obvious change to the UI design that we’d grown accustomed to with previous Windows versions; there were also a few little nuisances users have reported. We at Channel Tech have also used it (we wrote a review here, in case you missed it), gotten to know its quirks, and listed a few of the more common issues users have experienced over the last couple of years. While we’re waiting for Windows 12 to release (we hear of a ‘Windows Refresh’ happening in 2024), we’re stuck with 11, and we’re here to help you figure out how to fix issues you may be dealing with. How To Fix Common Windows 11 Issues No Audio If you’re experiencing no sound on your Windows 11

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How to Know if Your Laptop Needs Repair

How to Know if Your Laptop Needs Repair Almost everyone in this digital age owns a laptop. If you’ve ever had to update a spreadsheet, write an article, or browse for a chocolate chip cookie recipe you want to try, you have most likely used a laptop to accomplish your task. It’s become a necessity. When our device starts showing signs of wear and tear and error messages after error messages, it could get concerning. But how do you know if it’s time to call in professional help? Here are a few indicators to help you assess if your laptop needs repair. 1. Sluggish Performance If there’s a noticeable decrease in speed and performance, your laptop could be a candidate for repair. If you notice your laptop is taking its sweet time to boot up, open applications, or respond to even the simplest of commands, this could be a sign that

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How to Troubleshoot Common iPhone Issues

How to Troubleshoot Common iPhone Issues If you’ve owned an iPhone (or any device for that matter), you’ve more than likely encountered a few issues. There’s no reason to stress (at least at first), as there are always ways to troubleshoot a problem. We’ve listed down some common iPhone problems and ways to troubleshoot them.  App freezing or crashing The cool thing about having a handheld device is that you can access important apps with just a few taps. However, there will be instances where these apps freeze or crash, leaving you stuck with an app and a phone you can’t use.  Why does your app freeze or crash? This could be happening for a number of reasons. The most common being your app needs to be updated and may no longer be compatible with your current iOS. Sometimes, it could be as simple as a weak Wi-Fi connection.  In

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What Do Phishing Scams Look Like?

What do phishing scams look like? With the whole world interconnected by the internet there are a whole heap of benefits with access to information and services. However, the unfortunate flip side of that are the crime and scams that can come along with it. A big one that can create difficulty and cost a lot of money is ‘Phishing’. Phishing has impacted at lot of people in Australia, and even here in Hobart I’ve had the unfortunate job of having to report on security and Windows updates for customers who have been scammed by this sort of attack as their bank requires confirmation before they will reenable access to their internet banking. Firstly, What is Phishing? A lot of these new internet crimes and scams have new words to describe them. Oxford Dictionary defines phishing as ‘the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in

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How to protect yourself against ransomware

how to protect yourself from ransomware How to protect yourself against ransomware TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR DEVICE SAFE Any virus infection on your computer, tablet or phone can cause serious stress and may even hurt you financially. Ransomware is a particularly nasty virus, as it provides a personal threat of how your hacked information will be used to harm you. This can cause emotional, mental and financial damage. As with most things, prevention is the best cure. We want to help you stay safe online, so we’ve written a helpful guide including five steps to help protect your tech from hackers.  Keep your devices updated. Make it a habit to update your device’s programs and operating system to the latest version. Updates generally include security patches that make it harder for cybercriminals to exploit. You can set your device to auto-update if you want this process automated. Install

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Common Reasons Why Your Computer May Be Freezing

common reasons your computer may be freezing Computers freezing or locking up is a common complaint for many people, typically meaning that you have to wait for your webpage or the program you’re using to respond before you can move on with the task at hand. This can be down to a number of reasons, some may be due to software and some could be due to hardware. Old or Slow Hard Drive One common cause of unexplained pauses is that the hard drive is tied up with other activities. Windows has a lot of processes running all the time and only a few of them might be directly related to the task you’re performing. These processes include a lot of administrative processes like writing log files, keeping track of processes like printing, and making sure there’s no unauthorised access to your files. A lot of computers out there are

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