Tech Tips

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11 Jul: Backing Up Data Is as Easy as 3-2-1

Deciding to back up your data is the first step to ensuring that your important photos, documents and files are protected against loss or damage.

How you approach backing up that data can increase that protection.

At Geek Squad, we recommend you follow the “3-2-1 backup strategy.” That is, we want you to make sure your data is protected by having at least three copies in two different formats, with one of those copies off site.

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When we talk about 3 different copies, we mean three totally different devices.

29 Jun: Tips for Share-Worthy Fourth of July Fireworks Photos

Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans across the country “ooh” and “ahh” over colorful fireworks displays while taking pictures to share with friends and family.

And every year you snap photos, too, hoping it will be the year you finally capture that perfect image.

But hope diminishes when you review your album and find dozens of lousy photos… again.

We’ve all been there, but it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to capture those share-worthy shots to show off to friends and family whether you’re taking photos with your smartphone or DSLR camera.

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24 Jun: How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe from Summer Heat, Sun

Too much sun or heat can be bad for your body, and bad for your tech, too. So, while you’re taking steps to stay cool this summer, make sure to do the same for your smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices.

High temps can permanently damage your phone’s internal components, causing the miniature circuit board to flex and warp and the battery to overheat. Direct sunlight can also hurt the screen, causing it to pixelate, crack and become unresponsive to touch.

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17 Mar: Helpful Hints for Spring Break Success

More than half of Americans say that relaxation is the main reason they’re taking a spring break trip this year.

You’ve prepped, packed your bags and are well on your way to having the best vacay ever. But to have an even more relaxing and stress-free time, take note of this advice for getting around, staying connected and capturing memories.

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Going abroad? If you don’t have an international phone plan, you can still stay connected. Turn off your cellular data and keep your phone in airplane mode.

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16 Mar: Shenanigans Sink Your Smartphone? Here Are Tips For Drying It Out

If you find your festive self in a bit of mischief this St. Patrick’s Day and your smartphone ends up in a pint (or pitcher) of beer, worry not.

Best Buy’s Geek Squad Agents have seen all types of tech shenanigans, and they have some handy tips for drying out your liquid-logged device. Consider the advice below so you can get back to enjoying your green beer, taking your orange-bearded selfies and dancing to your favorite Celtic tunes.

So if your gadget took a swim.

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10 Mar: Have the Best Spring Break Ever With These Pre-Travel Tech Tips

Spring is in the air, and millions of Americans are packing their bags, looking forward to rest, relaxation and adventure. But before heading to the airport or putting the car into drive for that spring break destination, it’s important to make sure your tech devices are ready to go.

There are all kinds of gadgets to help keep you occupied while you’re traveling, capture memories while you’re there, and make the most of your vacation.

Make sure you check off these pre-trip tech tips.

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18 May: Prevent Tech Tragedies with Six Geek Squad Tips

Lost or stolen laptop. Cracked smartphone screen. Computer crash in the middle of a term paper. We’ve all heard the horror stories, experienced the moments of panic and faced the consequences.

What’s the best way to prevent these tech tragedies? Be prepared. To help you with that, Geek Squad shares the top six tech problems our clients experience and tips for preventing them from happening in the first place.

1. Make recovery media as soon as you purchase your new computer.