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Cutting The Cord With Cable

Cutting The Cord With Cable

Cutting The Cord With Cable For years our household was paying an average of $250/month for our cable "package". That package included internet, a phone line and of course, cable. Our cable package contained more channels than we would ever need or watch, but we had...

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Smart Water Choices

Smart Water Choices

Smarter Water Choices Like many Americans, we were consuming A LOT of bottles of water each week. While it's just two of us in our household, we are active and drink a lot of water. Week after week we were purchasing cases of water at the supermarket and lugging them...

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Facebook Safety – Part 2

Facebook Safety – Part 2

Facebook Safety - Part 2 April 4, 2018 Facebook is currently under fire for some serious data privacy issues. In short, a U.K. based political data analytics firm procured the personal data of over 50 million users without their knowledge or consent. It wasn't a...

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Facebook For Business

Facebook For Business

Facebook For Business You're starting a new business and getting your marketing plan in place. Now, it's time to get socially connected and Facebook seems like a great place to start. The difference between a Personal Profile vs. a Business Page A Facebook Profile is...

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Powerful Talk at Maine Live

Powerful Talk at Maine Live

Powerful Talk at Maine Live Death from substance abuse has no bias.  A client and friend of Helpful Website Jim Godbout of Jim Godbout Plumbing and Heating knows—over the years, he has lost 44 friends and fellow community members to substance abuse. Listen as Jim...

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#ShareKindness

#ShareKindness

#ShareKindness Being kind is a simple way to give back to the world. One simple act of kindness can change a persons entire day, and ultimately their life. I think anyone can recall a moment in time where you were having a less-than-perfect day, when one simple...

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Cell Phone Safety

Cell Phone Safety

Cell Phone Safety A common decision for parents is figuring out what is the right age to give their kids a cell phone. There are many components that go into the decision making process and every parent / child relationship is different. One thing to know is that a...

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QR Code 411

QR Code 411

What is a QR Code? Short for Quick Response Code, a QR Code is a matrix barcode. It's a black and white pixelated image that appears on packaging and advertising. Similar to a UPC barcode, a QR code system can be scanned with your smartphone to quickly take you to a...

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Changing / Adding A Facebook Page Admin

Changing / Adding A Facebook Page Admin

Over the years I have seen businesses change hands and organizations that change board members. When these types of changes take place, it is important to properly transfer ownership or allow access to the business or organizational Facebook pages. Here is how you do...

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iPhone 7 Frenzy

iPhone 7 Frenzy

Available September 16, 2016, with limited colors available as the jet black is already sold out during pre-orders weeks earlier. People longing for the latest iPhone can order online at www.apple.com to expect an availability date for the first week of October for...

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#hashtag

#hashtag

Unless you are living under a rock, you have been hearing "hashtag" being tossed around a lot lately. Not everyone knows what it means or what purpose it serves, so let me explain it to you in very simple terms. The #hashtag is a metadata tag and a...

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Unsolicited Support Phone Calls

Unsolicited Support Phone Calls

SCAM ALERT! It recently came to my attention that a friend of mine received a phone call at their home from a person claiming to be from a company that needed to help them with their computer. They did not have any issues with their computer that they were aware of...

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Bulk Email Advice

Bulk Email Advice

I often get the question from clients about whether or not they can use their email application (Outlook, Apple Mail, etc.) to send out bulk newsletters. In short, the answer is "No", and here are just a few reasons why: Email Limitations & Blocking Typically an...

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What Is “The Cloud”

What Is “The Cloud”

No, it's not a mysterious collection of data floating around aimlessly in the sky. They have been around since the Internet began. The term "Cloud Computing" sounds more complicated than what it really is. It's just a name that describes a group of servers on the...

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Great Logo Design

Great Logo Design

One of the first questions we typically ask a new client is: "do you have a logo?" The reason we ask this question is because it will help us to identify your brand and create a website that is consistent with the image you are developing for your business. It is a...

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Mobile Website vs Responsive

Mobile Website vs Responsive

As smart phones and tablets become more popular, should you consider building a mobile website or a responsive website to accommodate this growing audience? Here is some information to help you make a smart decision: 1. A Separate Mobile Website A Mobile Site is an...

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Facebook Safety

Facebook Safety

Facebook is the world's most popular networking site. At a rate of 1,000,000,000 + users, it's not going away any time soon. Many users have a few close "friends", and even more see friends as a way of collecting tokens. It doesn't matter how well they know the...

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Smart Data Hogs

Smart Data Hogs

Applications along with social networking, high definition cameras, gaming, and e-mail  among other things, are true data hogs as our smartphones have practically become handheld personal computers in our pockets. Anyone with a smartphone is comfortable with the term...

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10 Tips To Prevent Spam

10 Tips To Prevent Spam

Spam is probably one of the most annoying things most people have to deal with on a daily basis when it comes to having an email account. We've assembled some helpful tips so you can keep that unwanted, unsolicited email to a minimum: Let's start with prevention. The...

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Domain Registry of America Scam Letter

Domain Registry of America Scam Letter

We have had several clients throughout the years who have contacted us regarding "phoney bills" relating to domain names they have registered. The letters come from "Domain Registry of America" or "Domain Renewal Group" and they really look like a bill indicating that...

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Setting Up Your New Email Account

Setting Up Your New Email Account

Clients of Helpful Website Hosting Services typically have access to POP accounts. Here are the basic instructions to get your email application set up. Before you start you will need: Your email address:  username@nullexample.com Your email password. Your server...

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