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Tips from Allstate: Simple Steps to Secure Your Smartphone

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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Many of us see our smartphones as extensions of ourselves, keeping us connected to the most important things and people in our lives; our personal contacts, emails and photos, and maybe even our credit card numbers, bank statements and health information.

Of course, the convenience of storing so much valuable personal information on one little device can come at a price: Losing a phone can have unwelcome consequences, ranging from simple property loss to full-scale identity theft or financial fraud.

Fortunately, smartphones can be primed with more built-in protections than many other valuables, and with a little careful planning, even a loss or theft can be manageable. Here are some tips on what to do:

Securing Your Phone Before You Lose It 

Minimize the risk to your physical device in advance by installing a phone-recovery app. CTIA, a non-profit association for the wireless industry, provides a list of smartphone security apps designed to do everything from remotely locking and wiping your phone in the event of theft, to tracking your device and backing up contacts. There’s even an app that will email you a photo of someone attempting to log in with the wrong password.

The Federal Communications Commission also recommends you keep these smartphone security tips in mind:

  • Set and use your personal identification number (your “PIN”) and passwords. A PIN on your home screen is a first line of defence, the FCC says. Also, use different passwords on the different apps, websites and accounts you access via your smartphone. This can help prevent a thief who gets a hold of one password from accessing all your various accounts.
  • Don’t alter your phone’s recommended security settings. This can undermine your phone’s built-in security features, the FCC says. But do install security updates and software patches regularly, which can help reduce your exposure to constantly evolving threats.
  • Back up your data regularly — either on your computer, a removable storage device, or the cloud.
  • Be judicious with apps. Only install apps from trusted sources — which you can help ascertain by checking reviews, confirming the legitimacy of the app store, etc.

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How to Clean A Grill

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Quick and easy tips for cleaning a grill and keeping it clean

While summer may not yet have officially started, some of the more dedicated grill-masters have been cooking outdoors since the snow was still thawing. For the rest of us, it’s now probably safe to pull the old grill out of the shed or from under its cover and get it ready for the next few months. But before you fire it up, you might have to undertake a preseason grill cleaning.

We recently shared a video regarding the common misconception that there’s paint peeling off the inside of a Weber Grill’s lid (hint: it’s not paint, just grime and carbon buildup). Cleaning a grill lid’s interior was just the first step.

Today we have a video from our friends at Weber Grill, detailing the proper way to fully clean a grill that’s covered by grease and grime buildup. Thoroughly cleaning a grill fresh out of hibernation might seem like a daunting task, but this video shows how easy it can be. Keeping your grill clean will help it stay in top operating shape and extend its useful life. Check out the video:

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How to wall mount a TV: Abt Electronics

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Wall Mounting a TV can be an easy job, with the right tools and preparation.

You’ve just purchased your prized HDTV and you can’t wait to watch your favorite programming on it.  Instead of spending money on a stand, you decide to wall mount the TV.  After all, it is super-thin, so why not?  You open your TV box and your wall mount box, and realize the instructions can be a bit daunting.  Luckily Abt Electronics has developed a video that details, in easy steps, how to wall mount a TV. Check it out below. Remember to take extreme caution when installing your TV yourself. It takes a little time and patience, but will be worth it in the end.

 

How to Wall Mount a TV

 

TV Stands: Your Guide to Function and Style

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

You have already conquered the (sometimes daunting) challenge of deciding on your new flat screen TV and now you’re asking yourself, “What are my choices of TV stands for big screen TVs?” You know you need your TV stand to be functional and good-looking while delivering the best viewing experience possible. (more…)

The Battle of the (Home Theater) Big Screens: TV vs. Projector

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Battle of the Big Screens

Tonight’s main event puts two home theater mainstays head-to-head in a competition of great entertainment wonder.  When building your perfect home theater do you go with a large screen, flat-panel television or an authentic projector and screen set up? Let’s put them in a ring and let the best screen win. (more…)

Energy Saving Summer Tips!

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Summer has been around for only a few weeks, but it’s been hotter than ever.  Chances are, you have been running that A/C and staying indoors to beat the heat.  With your A/C running at full blast, you are staying cool, but you are using quite a bit of energy.  It’s hard to turn off the A/C in extreme heat, but you can balance the energy you are using by making a few adjustments to break even.

Some of the easiest ways to conserve energy can be found right in your kitchen.  Making a few changes in the way you cook food, or keep your fridge cold can save you money every month.  Here are some energy saving tips, right in your kitchen.

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What is IPTV? The Future, that’s what.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

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The newest trend in television, connected or “Smart” TV, is becoming more and more popular. With features like custom programming, streaming content, web browsing, and applications – it’s easy to see why more and more families are making a Smart TV the center of the entertainment system. These connected televisions run off what’s called “IPTV” or Internet Protocol Television, but what does that mean? (more…)

Abt’s Summer Buying Guides Keep You Cool & Comfortable and Informed

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Summer can bring scorching temperatures.  If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, visit Abt’s Learning center and read everything there is to know about picking the rightA/C in our A/C Buying guide.

After you’ve discovered which unit works best for you and your home, head on over to our Outdoor Grill buying guide and find the perfect grill.  You may even want to try a few recipes to perfect your culinary creations.

If you have any questions about the products we sell, our learning center is the go-to source for all your information.  Whether it is a blender or an HD 1080p TV, never be without professional help from our experts at Abt!

5 Products That Make Any House Smarter

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

All 80’s babies should remember the Disney Channel original movie, Smart House. It starred the, now SAMCRO first lady, Katey Sagal, as the avatar named PAT. PAT could cook, clean, and entertain, making her occupants lives as comfortable as possible. Take a look at the list of products below from Abt that can turn your home into the smart house of your dreams, without the constant fear of an iRobot-like attack on your family or whirlwind of destruction that lovely old PAT turned into.

Linksys EA Series High Performance Smart Routers

Turn the heat on before you get home, or make more ice without getting out of the hammock in the back yard with these cutting edge routers. The new Cisco Connect Cloud feature turns your wireless router into the smartest hub in the house. Not only is it the fastest Linksys router available with dual-band performance for uninhibited connection speeds, but has its own application market for controlling your connected home from any mobile device or browser.

Samsung 28 Cu Ft Stainless Steel Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

A fridge with a built-in touch screen and Wi-Fi is a no brainer. Specialized applications designed for your refrigerator lets you leave notes for family, displays photos, and more.  Users can manage their calendar, and even check recipes through Epicurious and find ingredients before even opening the fridge. The fact that it’s an Tier 1 Energy Star model (highest efficiency) doesn’t hurt either.

Sonos Connect Music Player

Enjoy the sound of music in every room of the house. The Sonos Connect Music Player connects to the equipment you already have in place, and through a Wi-Fi connection, can stream internet radio, your iPod or iPhone, or music from your computer to any room in the house with another Connect device, or receiver. You can even listen to different music in different rooms.

Samsung 64” Series 8 LED Flat Panel 3D Smart TV

What smart house is complete without a smart home theater system? Smart features bring you customized streaming content from providers like Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, and more. A full web browser, and application market at connectivity and convenience, while Family Story and Fitness help you stay in shape and connected with the entire family. Change the channel with your voice, swipe through apps with a wave of your hand and enjoy a custom experience by loading your personal settings with a facial recognition system.

Sony 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet

Sony Tablet will be the wireless control for the entire home. Connect it to the Sonos system with an Android application and control a whole-house audio system. The built-in universal remote will control all your Samsung Smart TV and a Cisco Connect Cloud app will give you access to all the smart appliances on the network, not to mention all the native applications and thousands of others on the market to smart-ify your experience.

Did I miss something? What would you add to your smart house?

 

 

 

 

Tablet Vs. Laptop: Which is right for you?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The New iPad is flying of the shelves at record breaking rates, according to Apple. As the iPad and other tablets continue to increase in popularity, a lot of consumers are reaching a crossroads in their buying habits. Do they continue to work with on laptop or switch to a tablet? Hopefully we can help find a solution that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is “What do I need it for?” Are you going to be running any demanding software? If you answered yes, a laptop might be the best choice. With faster processing, more memory and the option for a dedicated graphics card, a laptop will bring you high performance in a portable package. Laptops also give you the utility of an optical (CD) drive and full-size keyboard, access to more ports, bigger screens and a significant amount of durability, not found in a tablet. Avid gamers will also prefer a laptop due to their higher processing and graphics capabilities.

If your needs tend to lean towards the multimedia, social networking and gaming style; the portability and accessibility of a tablet may fit your needs. Touch screens gives users a unique interactive experience that allows for simplistic navigation.  Applications give users control beyond that of traditional software and essentially allow for a complete integration of the tablet into any lifestyle. Users can listen to music, browse the web, check their email and edit photo and video on a screen size around 10 inches. The biggest advantage of the tablet is its portability. Most tablets weight around one pound and can easily be stored in backpacks, purses and briefcases alike. Optional docking stations and keyboards gives tablet users access to some of the utility features of a laptop.

The bottom line is that your choice depends on what you are going to use it for. Take some time to really think about how you use your current set up and what you want out of your next one.

Basic and first time users will find the touch screen navigation of the tablet simple and intuitive. Users that demand higher performance will benefit from the utility and power of a laptop. While both options can be considered portable, the tablet is undoubtedly the lighter and more compact option. Whichever option you feel is right for you, come let Abt’s team of experts guide you through the buying process and provide you with a complete solution to meet all your current and future needs.

Do you know which style you want but not sure which product you like best? Take a look at our iPad and laptop buying guide for more information or browse our collection of tablets and laptops to find the right choice for you!

-Scott H.