Category: StartMeStick Blog

Remote Learning and Laptop Shortages

Laptop Shortages due to COVID-19

With September around the corner, many students are making preparations to start a new academic year. In these times of COVID-19, the back-to-school season will look very different for many.

For one, with so many schools embracing remote or distance learning, technology such as laptops have been in high demand. As a result, many retail stores and computer sellers are facing a shortage of laptops.

Back to School Basics for Your Cybersecurity Needs

Heading back to school is probably going to look a little different this year. With many schools opting towards online classes, back to school shopping is going to come with a whole new set up of problems, especially considering that education is among the top targets for cybercriminals. Keep reading to prep for back to school!

How to Breathe New Life into an Old Computer with the StartMeStick

Do you have an old computer at home that you no longer use? It might have a blue screen and not start up anymore, or it is frustratingly slow and you’re tired of seeing the spinner every time you click something. Maybe you stopped receiving security updates so it’s no longer safe to use on the Internet.

Taking your computer into a repair shop is inconvenient and can sometimes cost more than $100 just for them to tell you there is nothing they can do. Buying a new computer is expensive and hard on your budget.

What if we told you that you could revive your old computers easily with just one little USB key and a few simple steps?

6 Summer Staycation Ideas for COVID Times

With stay-at-home orders in many parts of the world and hotels, resorts, and many businesses forced to shut down, 2020 has not been too great a year for vacations so far.

If you’ve had to postpone any vacation plans due to cancelled flights, shuttered locations, or simply out of concern for your own health and safety,  we have some ideas for you!

Continue reading below for some fun “staycation” ideas and ways you can add some excitement to this year’s summer vacation. 

How to Stay Safe While Shopping Online

Over the past decade, the amount of activities we’re able to do on the internet has increased tenfold. In the United States alone, online sales are expected to surpass $740 billion by 2023!

In this current time of COVID-19, online shopping has provided many of us with an easy, hassle-free, and convenient experience. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t numerous risks that come along with it. Click here to check out some online scams to watch out for!

Your StartMeStick Guide to the Tor Browser

So you’ve received your StartMeStick, and you’re probably wondering how you can get the most out of it, especially when it comes to your privacy and security.

While the StartMeStick has some great built-in privacy features, there are always ways you can go above and beyond with your privacy – which is why we’re providing you with the StartMeStick Guide to the Tor browser, our way of helping you maximize your privacy while you’re online.

The Best Chromium Extensions to Use with Your StartMeStick

Google Chrome is a great web browser and is recommended as one of the top browsers for your online needs. It’s also one of the reasons we use Chrome as our designated web browser for the StartMeStick – it’s fast, secure, can bring an old computer back from the dead, and truly remarkable when you look into how much you can really do with it.

Have a Slow Mac? Try These 5 Tips

We have quite a number of Mac users using our products. While most of our guides are designed for the average Windows PC user, today we’ve compiled a “How to Speed Up Your Slow Apple Mac” guide for all our Mac users out there.

Whether you want ‘slow MacBook fixes’ or ‘slow iMac fixes’, we have you covered! Continue reading below to see 5 basic things you can do when your Mac computer is slow.