August - 2018

At The End of the Phishing Pole.

A basic diagram of what Phishing boils down to. What is it? Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is the process of "fishing" for more information about a person, often by posing as a source they would have no qualms abo...
Thursday August 16th, 2018

August 2018 Security Newsletter

A Quick Change Of Format We've been watching the statistics on these security blog posts, and they are among our least read content, so we're going to mess with the content a little. Instead of taking more of a marketing/newslett...
Tuesday August 7th, 2018

SEXTORTION: The Latest Internet Plague

INTRODUCTION Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that makes the con far more believable. The message claims to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video...
Wednesday August 1st, 2018

July - 2018

The Four Phone Accessories You Should Be Using

The Four Phone Accessories You Should be Using 1. Durable Cases The OtterBox Defender Series Case, shown in the color Vinyasa. Even though many people are opting out of repairing their phones due to many cellular service providers ...
Tuesday July 31st, 2018

The Wonderful World of Pixels: Understanding The Unit That Makes Up Everything Digital

Pixels, The Unit of Measurement Pixels: smaller than the point of a needle, able to be nearly 200,000 different colors, and something you stare at basically all day. Pixels are everywhere, from your TV screen to the screen on your smartp...
Thursday July 26th, 2018

The Armor Techs' E3 2018 Recap

E3 season has come and gone, and a ton of major announcements were made throughout the conferences this year. Check out the Armor Techs' E3 Recap below, and let us know if there are any games you're looking forward to from this year...
Monday July 23rd, 2018

Real Life in a Virtual World

Real Life in a Virtual World "LOOK OUT!" This phrase has preceded countless catastrophes. It is one of the last things you want to hear when on the worksite. "How can we prepare for this?," a question all doctors ...
Wednesday July 18th, 2018

TROJANS & MALWARE & RANSOMWARE, OH MY! - The Necessity of an Antivirus

INTRODUCTION Every week, someone brings a device into Armor because of malware. Every day, the AV-TEST Institute registers over 350,000 new malicious programs (malware) and potentially unwanted applications (PUA). These are examined ...
Tuesday July 17th, 2018

THE PROBLEM WITH PASSWORDS: Looking at Future Solutions

INTRODUCTION The problems with a password are obvious: the login system was first designed for time-sharing computers in the 1960s, working on mainframes that took up an entire lab. To use the computer, you tapped in your login name ...
Thursday July 12th, 2018

GDPR and You: What You Need to Know about Europe's New Privacy Laws

Introduction to GDPR If you're even a semi-regular internet user, you've probably seen this in the last month: you log into your favorite service, like Facebook or Twitter, and see a huge notification, "We have updated our p...
Tuesday July 10th, 2018

June - 2018

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Equations: A Technological Examination of a Screenshot From Ni No Kuni 2

Let's talk about this image: All rights to this image and the game Ni No Kuni 2 belong to Level 5 and Namco Bandai, and it is used here to discuss the underlying graphics technologies behind the game This is from a game released t...
Friday June 29th, 2018

3D Printed Homes - Is This The Future of Housing?

3D Printing Future If you’re into tech and scroll through your social feeds on any given day, chances are you’ve seen something related to new 3D printing technology. The advances come in many forms, some are for the medical ...
Wednesday June 27th, 2018

Subnautica: The Escape from 4546B

The Spoiler Warning I feel the need to preface this post with a spoiler warning. I will be discussing the underwater-survival game known as Subnautica, from its nuances and weaknesses to its strengths and story. If you haven't had th...
Tuesday June 26th, 2018

Why Not Build It Yourself?

Our owner was working with a client recently trying to collect on an invoice that had stretched too far, when the client responded with a rather interesting justifcation: "Well, I just don't understand what I pay you for? I was ...
Thursday June 21st, 2018

The Art of Speedrunning: How Players Dominate Our Favorite Games

What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning in video games is a concept that seems foreign and even questionable to most. The idea of playing video games should be for leisure, which implies we should do it at our own pace. While this approa...
Tuesday June 19th, 2018

Gamification: Entice Your Employees to Succeed

Games of all kinds have become an integral part of our day-to-day activities. Whether it's that mobile game you hop on for a few minutes to complete your daily quests, to more dedicated gaming on your game console with friends, and even...
Thursday June 14th, 2018

BATTLE OF THE SMART SPEAKERS: (and Their Respective Assistants)

INTRODUCTION At the start of the year, I wrote about smart home automation, and the two main choices: the Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home (Google Assistant). At the time, I found Alexa to be the clear winner. Now that it's June, ...
Tuesday June 12th, 2018

The Armor Techs Crash Course for E3 2018

It's that time of year again, when video game developers from around the world gather in Los Angeles to give us news and a sneak peek into what they're working on and what new titles we can expect to see in the coming year. Thi...
Thursday June 7th, 2018

Power Supplies and How to Make One

Stay in Charge: Chapter 2 Power Supplies and How to Make One Do you ever wonder why there is a box you have to plug into the wall when you need to charge your phone? Notice how you always have to buy a specific one for each type of de...
Tuesday June 5th, 2018

May - 2018

Understanding the Value of Time: The Ploy of the Service Industry

Time and the Service Industry Whether you're aware of it or not, the service industry is all around us. From lawn care to plumbing to graphic design and more, just about anything where somebody does work for you is part of the servic...
Thursday May 31st, 2018

If You Love Food, You Should Have These Four Apps

I don’t know about you, but I think about food what feels like all day. I’ll complete one meal and almost immediately start thinking about the next one. Being raised in a primarily Italian household, I’m pretty useful in t...
Tuesday May 29th, 2018

THE NEW GMAIL: Google Is Breathing New Life into Email

DO MORE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR INBOX The refreshed design is appearing for Gmail users on the web, bringing it closer to the company’s tweaks for Gmail on mobile devices. Google is implementing smart replies for Gmail on the web,...
Thursday May 24th, 2018

Make Your Own VR

There are two things you need to accept before we go forward: Virtual Reality is awesome. It is an experience that is still awkwardly growing into its own, but when it is done with care for both the experience and the user, there is n...
Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

The Quick Guide to Facebook Live with Open Broadcaster Software

Engaging with followers and friends on social media has become an ever-changing activity. From text posts, to links, images, and now videos, all types of media can be used to create these interactions and to get your followers the informati...
Thursday May 17th, 2018

A Practical Guide to Arrays

I've long held that good code is like poetry (and I'm far from the only one). Everything should have a purpose, and if you ever repeat yourself, there should be a good reason. With various high-level coding languages, you can enable...
Tuesday May 15th, 2018

Pet Tech: The 6 Best Gadgets For Your Cat or Dog

We live in a world where we use technology to make almost everything in our lives easier. We set alarms on our cell phones, we ask our Google Home what the weather is, and we use apps to start our cars when it's cold out. All of these t...
Thursday May 10th, 2018

Right To Repair: The Act That Is Changing How We Preserve Devices

Each day, the amount of devices in our lives grows: from the tablet your child(ren) just had to have to the kiosks that you use to order McDonald's at lunch. Now more than ever, you're likely to have some device that isn't worki...
Monday May 7th, 2018

The 2018 Pokemon: Go Crash Course

It's about that time of year again: the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and it's not dark already when you get off of work. With the coming of spring comes a reawakening in the popularity (and playability) of the cult classi...
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

May 2018 Security Newsletter

General Security News In the good news column for April, Dutch Police raided and took down the online DDoS marketplace Webstresser, which sold DDoS attacks for relatively low prices. Additionally for the first time ever, Microsoft dev...
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

Google is Rolling out Mobile-First Search Indexing

  WELCOME TO THE NEW INTERNET   You invested thousands of dollars to rank on Google. And it worked. You rank higher than your competition for several top keywords. Your organic search traffic is going through the roof. ...
Tuesday May 1st, 2018

April - 2018

Passive Income: 3 Ways to Make Your Website Work For You

When most people think of a website, they don't see it the same way a business does. They don't see it as a business asset, meant to generate leads and drive users down to your product or service, with the ultimate goal of makin...
Tuesday April 24th, 2018

Built for Failure: The Unfortunate Truth about Consoles

Picture it: you're coming home from a long day of work or school and you're ready to kick back, relax, and pwn noobs on your game console. You sit down, grab your controller and start up your console, only to be greeted with a b...
Thursday April 19th, 2018

Corsair VOID Gaming Headset - An Armor Review

Corsair VOID Headset: An Armor Review Features: Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound RGB Dynamic Multicolor Lighting Microfiber/Memory Foam headband and ear cups Fully adjustable headband Noise-Cancelling Microphone USB C...
Tuesday April 17th, 2018

Epic Games Epic Game: Fortnite Battle Royale

Epic Games: The Beginning Epic Games has been around since the early '90s, where they started as Potomac Computer Systems. After publishing his first game ZZT, the CEO Tim Sweeney changed the name of the company to Epic MegaGames, an...
Wednesday April 11th, 2018

Tech-xercise: Keep Your Kids Moving

Techxersice, Keep your kid moving. Too often, I see my kids playing video games. Then their behavior gets a little out of control, so then we end up implementing a TECH STRIKE! No video games, no television, no tablet; just b...
Tuesday April 10th, 2018

Make It Useful Again: Turn That Old PC Into a DIY Home Media Server

One of the more ridiculous aspects of technology is just how quickly a piece of tech can become outdated. There's an old joke among hardware enthusiasts that by the time you can afford the best hardware available, it's already been ...
Thursday April 5th, 2018

April 2018 Security Newsletter

Chicago-based Orbitz was in the news this month for a data breach. The consensus seems to be that the breach took place sometime between October 2016 and December 2017. If you're wondering how a company that builds itself on successfull...
Wednesday April 4th, 2018

Artificial Eye-telligence: How Google is Using Your Eyes in Medicine

AI + EYES = ♡ Google’s New AI Can Predict Heart Disease just by Looking at You ___     INTRODUCING VERILY     What’s that old proverb, “eyes are the window to the soul?&rdq...
Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

March - 2018

Stay In Charge: An Insight into Battery Technology

In today's world, batteries are the unsung hero. We often overlook these bricks of inconvenience. With their large size and seemingly limited function, most people often don't bother to learn more about them and just go with th...
Thursday March 29th, 2018

Browsing Browsers: What Should You Use To Surf the Web

The Selection of Browsers At this point in the Internet's lifespan, most (if not all) of us are aware of at least a few different browsers used to navigate the web. All of the big names in technology have one: Google Chrome, Microsof...
Tuesday March 27th, 2018

The Four Essentials For Successful Email Marketing

Sending out emails for your company can be a totally nerve-wracking experience. Anxiety gets built up by asking yourself questions like, “What if my content doesn’t get clicked?”; “What if a bunch of people report me...
Thursday March 22nd, 2018

Night Of The Living Pop-Up

Picture it: you're on Facebook doing the usual—checking on family, clicking links to interesting articles that might come up in your feed, or even playing those (sometimes ridiculous) Facebook games. Out of nowhere, a window appea...
Tuesday March 20th, 2018

The Business of I.T. and Time Relativity: A Brief History of Armor

To start a business or not to start a business, that is... not the question. The real question is do you want to learn the hard way or the right way? — David Galica Over the span of 15 years, Armor Techs has evolved into the divers...
Friday March 16th, 2018

Forest Cities: One Man Brings Kashyyyk to Life

Or, One Man's Solution to Battle the World's Pollution Problem ___     INTRODUCTION   In the wake of President Trump's decision to remove America from the Paris Climate agreement, you'd be fo...
Friday March 9th, 2018

The Ins and Outs of Search Engine Optimization

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? A quality product speaks for itself. Your business excels in its field, and you need a website that won’t sell you short. Armor websites have the quality and unique content to put you on th...
Thursday March 8th, 2018

8 Seconds to Failure: Attracting Visitors in the Digital Age

In the age of digital media, the average user of any website, app, etc. has an attention span of between 6 and 8 seconds. With only a fraction of a minute to convince a visitor to use your website for whatever purpose they may have in mind ...
Tuesday March 6th, 2018

How To Dominate The Ever Changing World of SEO in 2018

Get on Top of Your SEO with These Quick Tips   What a crazy world we live in. Technology is constantly changing, and it's increasingly difficult to stay on top of the times. This is especially true for businesses trying to main...
Thursday March 1st, 2018

March 2018 Security Newsletter

Let's be upfront: it's 2018, and if you've been paying even partial attention to the news, you know that the trend for technology stories is [Company] Data [Breach/Leak] day after day. According to self-reported data, compa...
Thursday March 1st, 2018

February - 2018

Work Smarter, Work Harder, Work Stations: The Custom Computer

We use computers for just about everything in the digital age, from communications to entertainment and everything in between—including a ton of work. So, when people need a computer, why do they just go out a buy a name brand compute...
Tuesday February 27th, 2018

Mobile App Standouts: Our Top 8 Mobile Apps of 2017

Between Google Play and the App Store, there are over two million apps to choose from. Without a copious amount of time to wade through all of these apps, it can be hard to find the quality ones in the pool. Without having some quality apps...
Thursday February 22nd, 2018

Smart Cities: Impressed by Smart Home Devices? Just Wait to See What is Coming.

INTRODUCTION At this year’s CES, there were more vendors listed as selling smart-cities technologies than gaming products. According to research firm Gartner, smart cities will house 9.7 billion IoT devices by 2020, with more ven...
Tuesday February 20th, 2018

The Bite of Bytes: The Importance and Challenges of Software Preservation

Software has advanced incredibly in the last few decades. From operating systems that help manage and universalize the interactions between software and hardware, to small applications that simply tell you the time. The way we interact with...
Wednesday February 14th, 2018

Email Etiquette 101: Five Best Practices for Writing Professional Emails

Email Etiquette 101: Five Best Practices for Writing Professional Emails While it may seem like email is on the out and texting is now the standard—email is still the main way that businesses communicate with one another and within...
Tuesday February 13th, 2018

Creative Content Counts: Why Content Creation is Key

Managing a business in the age of the internet has fundamentally changed. Advertising is a rapidly evolving and dynamic market, where only the most original, engaging, and relevant content benefits your business and generate a return on inv...
Thursday February 8th, 2018

A 4 Step Guide to Your Phone's Long, Happy Life

In 2018, it's uncommon to see anyone without a mobile device. It's even rarer to come across someone who hasn't had issues with their device, from screen cracks, to broken charging ports, and just about everything in between. Wi...
Tuesday February 6th, 2018

The Virtual Tunnel You Never Knew You Needed: A Brief Guide to VPNs

A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that creates a network-encrypted tunnel into your firewall, maintaining a level of security that is often important for businesses. This basically simulates an internal network connection thro...
Thursday February 1st, 2018

January - 2018

Project Fi: Google Throws Down the Gauntlet to Traditional Carrier Plans

Introduction Even though Google introduced Project Fi over 2 years ago, chances are that you haven’t heard of it. I’m here to convince some of you to ditch your old carrier for Fi—Google isn’t even paying me to wr...
Tuesday January 30th, 2018

Crypto Miners Ate My Server

The news is filled with companies changing their names to things like “Long Blockchain” to boost their stock prices, and other seemingly ridiculous news stories as the financial word whips itself into a fervor over BitCoin, Cryp...
Thursday January 25th, 2018

Logitech MX ERGO: An Armor Review

Logitech MX ERGO Advanced Wireless Trackball: An Armor Review Price: $95 (Amazon) $85 (Newegg) Features: Wireless Functionality Battery life of up to 4 months (1 minute of charge can give up to 1 day of full use) Adjus...
Monday January 22nd, 2018

Social Media Marketing Tips: I Post, What, When, and How?

Running your business’s social media accounts can be a daunting task. This is especially true when you realize the time and dedication it requires. Sure, it’s easy to run a personal account and post random thoughts you have thro...
Thursday January 18th, 2018

PC Gaming: Custom Builds to Get You Started

Custom desktop PCs are something people seem to be very interested in but are intimidated by—between cost and the plethora of parts available, building a custom PC can be a headache, especially when keeping future upgrades i...
Tuesday January 16th, 2018

Smart Homes: Why We Love Smart Home Automation (And You Should, Too!)

INTRODUCTION What if all of the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, doorbells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, co...
Thursday January 11th, 2018

Top Ten Open Source (Free) Software to Save Your Business Money

Open-source is defined as software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed or modified. Generally, open-source software comes with an application that is ready to go out of the box. This software...
Tuesday January 9th, 2018

Parallax Implementations: Three ways to use this eye popping effect

Parallax is a fairly old visual effect. The effect works like this, by varying the speed of the movement of two or more flat planes, we can simulate depth, lending the 2D elements a feeling of 3D space. In modern web design, parallax eff...
Thursday January 4th, 2018

Your Passwords are the Weakest Link: Here's How to Improve Them

We've all heard it for at least a decade: passwords should have at least one uppercase letter, one symbol, and one number. That'll make them secure and hard for someone to guess, right? Well, that's not entirely false, it will m...
Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

December - 2017

Social Media Sematics: Targeting on Facebook

    Many businesses are struggling to keep up with present-day marketing trends, especially when it comes to methods of capturing your ideal audience on Facebook. Facebook is a blessing for small businesses, as it’s ano...
Thursday December 28th, 2017

Love Yourself and Love Your PC: 5 Steps to Prolonging the Life of Your Machine

Introduction Computers, unlike a lot of technology in our lives, should have regular maintenance done to keep the machine running in tip-top shape. Between too much data on your storage device, malware and viruses, and even the dust buil...
Tuesday December 26th, 2017

Heads in the Cloud(s): Why We Love Cloud Storage (And You Should, Too!)

Introduction All physical storage media, including hard drives, flash drives, and even solid-state drives fail eventually, and without a backup, your precious data could be lost forever. Moving your files, photos, and documents online...
Thursday December 21st, 2017

Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Replace or put it in a time capsule? Should you Repair or Recycle your Electronics?

Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Replace or put it in a time capsule? Should you Repair or Recycle your Electronics? We've all had issues with our electronics. They start glitching, will not start, and cause a level of frustration like ...
Wednesday December 20th, 2017

Logitech G430: It's Blue

If you’ve ever come into our office, it would be pretty easy to see how much we favor Logitech products here at Armor. We’ve got Logitech keyboards at all the development stations, as well as Logitech track balls and Logitech wi...
Tuesday December 19th, 2017

Razer Kraken USB Headset - An Armor Review

Razer Kraken USB Headset: An Armor Review Price: $60 (RazerZone) $60 (Newegg) Features: Advanced 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Engine Unidirectional analog microphone Padded headband and ear cups Fully adjustable headba...
Thursday December 7th, 2017

Inbound Marketing and You

One of the most challenging hurdles for businesses to overcome in our experience seems to be keeping a consistent sales flow – no matter the industry. Finding good, consistent leads to convert into customers for your products or servi...
Saturday December 2nd, 2017

November - 2017

Why Choose Arrow Over WordPress?

One of the most common questions I get asked by new clients and consultants is why we use a custom Content Management System (CMS) in 2017 when there are widely available free and Open Source frameworks like WordPress. The answer is that Ar...
Tuesday November 21st, 2017

The Logitech G710 Keyboard - An Armor Review

Logitech G710 Mechanical Keyboard: An Armor Review Price: $120 (Newegg) $90 (Amazon) Features: Cherry MX Blue, high-speed mechanical keys Adjustable dual-zone backlighting Six programmable G-Keys, 3 Macro settings 26...
Tuesday November 7th, 2017

October - 2017

Inbound 2017 - Armor Goes Outbound to Boston

Inbound 2017 Armor Goes Outbound to Boston   Last month Armor had the opportunity to travel to HubSpot’s Inbound 2017 Marketing Conference in Boston. With several sessions, big name keynote speakers, and the chance to ...
Friday October 27th, 2017

September - 2017

A Short Guide To Password Security

All of the online security in the world can be useless if it depends on a weak password. Statistically speaking 95% of users use an insecure or repeated password that puts them at much greater risk for breach of data. In 2015 2 in 5 peo...
Friday September 29th, 2017

Clear Text Login Discontinued

On Monday October 2nd at 6:00pm we will be changing the password transmission policies of our server. Up until this point we have permitted cleartext logins and logins with older encryption protocols, while adding support and recommend...
Friday September 29th, 2017

November - 2016

Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is an exploit, on servers, that can be used to get random chunks of data to return from a server.  Most servers have all passwords encrypted, such as banks, social network sites, web hosting companies, and a wide ran...
Saturday November 5th, 2016

The End of XP or is IT?

As most of us know Windows XP will stop support on April 8th, 2014.  This operating system had a good 14-year run and will still keep going until some systems finally suffer from hardware failure.  Do you need a new computer now? ...
Friday November 4th, 2016

MOBILE RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN

Do you search for services on your cell phone or tablet?  If you are reading this you do.  At the Armor Marketing at Design Company, we perform internet marketing tasks such as mobile responsive web design for our clients and act ...
Thursday November 3rd, 2016

We have refurbished laptops, desktops, and more!

We have awesome refurbished laptops. Dell, Alienware, Asus Republic of Gamers, HP and more! Get yourself a nice refurbished laptop to get your work done. A refurbished laptop is less than half the price of a new one. If you lose or break a...
Wednesday November 2nd, 2016

New Name, same Techs, tougher I.T. Service

Snare Systems, over the years, has developed into a wide range of IT solutions for business and home users. Therefore, we have grown into Armor Technologies. We have two main divisions of our company. The first is the Tech & Repair Shop...
Tuesday November 1st, 2016

October - 2016

Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and Business Development

Here it is - The new Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce and Business Development Web Site. This design is running our latest Content Management System (CMS). They have a sharp gallery system, a banner ad module that tracks statistics, a host...
Monday October 31st, 2016

Whats not to love about the new iPhone 5?

What's not to love about the new iPhone 5? For those of you who have been awaiting its launch be not afraid for it is out! Some of the new and outstanding features about this new device include a larger 4-inch Retina display, an 8MP rea...
Sunday October 30th, 2016

University City Barber Shop, DeKalb IL

Armor Technologies has had the privilege of creating a website and designing the branding for another great business. We have implemented a newer version of our Content Management System (CMS) on this site that is built around the current S...
Saturday October 29th, 2016

FBI Moneypak Virus - We can remove it!

Believe it or not, hackers are becoming even more and more inventive every day. Now security researchers warn users about a new deceitful attacker called FBI Moneypak. This virus extended from a group of Estonians that the FBI has stopped. ...
Friday October 28th, 2016

Want to learn how to use a Server? Buy a refurb cheap!

Here at Snare we not only repair and refurbish desktops and laptops but we also build new servers and refurbish old ones. It is always good to have an extra server to test new systems you have developed and whether you are a professional or...
Thursday October 27th, 2016

LINE-X Dominator and Armor Laptop Raffle

The DOMINATOR, a tornado intercept vehicle is coming to town. LineX of Greater Illinois is hosting an event at DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC where you can see the Line-X coated storm chasing vehicle first hand.Armor Technologies wi...
Wednesday October 26th, 2016

New products in store and online!

Armor Technologies has recently expanded the number of products we have available to our customers! In store: We have more products available in the store and have also added an online shopping cart! Some of the products we have available...
Tuesday October 25th, 2016

Want Protection from Viruses?

We have been recommending Avira anti-virus for years now. Avira has a good free-for-home-use version that can help protect you from the regular Trojans or Root-kit Viruses that try to get you to buy something to remove them. They also have ...
Monday October 24th, 2016

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can work for you!

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine's "natural", or un-paid, search results. This is referred to as organic search results. The more the sit...
Sunday October 23rd, 2016

We Can Recover I.T.

If you believe your hard drive is failing or you accidentally deleted data you need, turn your computer off and bring it to a professional. Continued use of the computer risks damage to the hard drive during failure or risks writing over th...
Saturday October 22nd, 2016

Is your slow computer worth keeping? Yes!

Your computer as a word processor, internet browser, and multifunctional tool is still worth keeping, it may just need a little optimization. Here at Armor Technologies Tech and Repair Shop we can take your old system that may just have pro...
Friday October 21st, 2016

Is your web site working for you?

When your website was designed, it probably did the bare minimum of what a website can do. We recommend re-visiting the functionality of your website every 3 months. When you work with a web developer, you will find there are maintenance pa...
Thursday October 20th, 2016

Mobile Responsive Web Designs

Welcome to Armor Technologies Tech and Repair Shop and our new Responsive Web Site Design. Responsive Web Design (RWD) essentially indicates that a website is designed to use CSS3 media queries. These are extensions of the @media rule. This...
Wednesday October 19th, 2016

The Word Press Myth

Word Press is an out of the box blogging Content Management System (CMS) that anyone can install into their website. There are thousands of sites that run on it. Does that mean it is something you should use? Does it add value to your compa...
Tuesday October 18th, 2016

Looking for the right web developer?

Looking for the right web developer? Do you feel like a fish out of water? A website is one of the most important marketing tools that a company can have. Not only can it be used as a marketing tool, it can become useful for project managem...
Monday October 17th, 2016

How the Digitizer / Touch Screen Works

There are two layers of glass for the digitizer assembly. The first is simply glass, which is what you touch. The second is attached to the glass and senses the touch via an electrical field which transmits and receives based on the "r...
Sunday October 16th, 2016

Game Console Repair

Armor Technologies is a full-range game console repair shop. What makes our repair services so special? We offer all game console repairs from Red Ring of Death XBOX fixes to PlayStation 3 Blu-Ray drive replacements. Imagine that you’...
Saturday October 15th, 2016

TEXT ARMOR TO 36000

Sign up for Armor Deals by texting ARMOR to 36000. We will be putting out coupons for deals on repair and on parts and cables. Next week we will be putting out an Armor Deal for $12.00, 10ft HDMI Cables!!!! Sign up now!!! ...
Friday October 14th, 2016

No.1 Virus Problem

One of the main issues we see at Armor are computer viruses. A seemingly benign link or email attachment quickly turns into a havoc-wreaking software monstrosity and next thing you know you´re hauling your computer down to us to get f...
Thursday October 13th, 2016

Windows Rot

During the normal lifespan of a computer you can expect to install, then probably uninstall, dozens of programs, hundreds of Windows updates, and who knows how many registry edits. After all of this is done your computer is significantly di...
Wednesday October 12th, 2016

Route This Suggestion.

Being a modern and ever-expanding society most households, which ten years ago had one very expensive "family computer" in a central location, now have many low-cost laptops and desktops strewn throughout the home. That central co...
Tuesday October 11th, 2016

Ubuntu, the next OS.

If you can not afford a MAC, and you are tired of fixing your windows system, then maybe it is time to try Ubuntu on your PC. Ubuntu is a Linux distributed Operating System (OS). An operating system is what makes your computer work. The cor...
Monday October 10th, 2016

Open in Rochelle

Armor Technologies is now also open in Rochelle Illinois to continue to offer I.T. Repair solutions for the area. We are fixing PC, MAC, Server, Laptop, and Desktop Computers, Cell Phones, Game Consoles, and some general electronics. We als...
Sunday October 9th, 2016

Game Over

Game Consoles are made to fail. We fix all of them. Some, however, are not worth fixing. We focus on the seventh generation gaming systems such as the PS3, Wii, and Xbox360. These still have a good chance to be worth it. We fix the Xbox 360...
Saturday October 8th, 2016

Refurbed computers work too!

Armor Technologies Tech and Repair Shop offers refurbished computers. Many corporations and normal computer users abandon working computers in good condition after just three or four years of use. While this equipment may be outdated for th...
Friday October 7th, 2016

Internet X-plorer

Internet Explorer is the No 1 browser for downloading a new browser.  In 2003 IE had over 60% of the market.  If you ever have a question about IE check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer. The mighty browser has ma...
Thursday October 6th, 2016

Turn off that computer!

Electronics have a limited lifetime.  If you are not using your computer, turn it off.  The energy saved could save you $20 a month.  This will also decrease the possibility of data loss.  The longer your hard drive is s...
Wednesday October 5th, 2016

Recommended Virus Scanner

Armor Technologies is currently recommending Avira Virus Scanner. The free version offers root-kit support. However, you will have to put up with the pop-up box to close out every other day. Their pro version of the virus scanner is less th...
Tuesday October 4th, 2016

September - 2016

Soft Business

The only constant in the business world now is the fluid nature of the change itself. Modern business practices are changing to meet the demands for better return on investment, as well as improved customers satisfaction. Technology has adv...
Friday September 16th, 2016

Technically Creative

Armor Technologies was founded 12 years ago in the City of DeKalb as Snare Systems. A repair shop in its earliest days, Armor, under its former name Snare Systems, quickly began to expand the range of the services it offered. Armor has evol...
Thursday September 15th, 2016

Process Improvement with 5s and Armor

A successful business can still be unprofitable. When a company has implemented and institutionalized a system of waste as part of its business model, then external productivity may not be enough to keep it growing. 5S is a commonly used to...
Wednesday September 14th, 2016

Composition

Composition or The Importance of Framing Composition is one of the most important aspects of film, and it is one of the easiest for beginners to overlook. Have you ever seen someone doing that thing where they frame a shot using their ha...
Monday September 12th, 2016

Home Automation and the Apps That Make It Possible

Home Automation and the Apps That Make It Possible By Stephanie Sylvester How smart is your home? At ArmorTechs we believe in building or remodeling to achieve a home with great efficiency so that homeowners can save money, feel secure in...
Sunday September 11th, 2016

Creating a High-Tech Home Office for Your Ecommerce Business

Starting an e-commerce business takes drive, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. But these qualities can only get you so far. You need a workspace that’s optimized for productivity, with tech that meets your demands and helps y...
Saturday September 10th, 2016

Digital Marketing Sales Funnel

The internet has opened up a lot of things to our world: Cat videos, forum trolls, and digital marketing. Salesforce.com estimates that consumers are 75% of the way to making their decision to buy your brand BEFORE they ever visit your stor...
Friday September 9th, 2016

Does your I.T. infra-structure need help expanding?

We have a small army of technicians, designers, writers, engineers, marketing strategists and I.T. specialists ready to manage your web presence. Armor Technologies is ready to work for you. Armor is saving you money in I.T. costs while inc...
Thursday September 8th, 2016

What should I.T. cost? Don’t Get Over Sold.

This question is a common problem in the computer and web arena with a number of shops to choose from.  At home you need your computers and mobile devices up to speed and at work you need your tech running at top speed and your website...
Wednesday September 7th, 2016

What is an Armor Tech?

So what is an Armor Tech? An Armor Tech is a technician that is always in training on current technology and is required to have a certain set of skills.  The list of skills is based on Problem Solving, Work Ethic, Customer Service, an...
Tuesday September 6th, 2016

Websites Without Borders

With all the changes in technology, custom software is becoming affordable for any business. Using web application software is not just for websites.   We can create an online time clock for your employees, inventory tracking syst...
Monday September 5th, 2016

5G: The Future is now (kind of)!

Mobile networks constantly innovate. In the 1980s, when wireless technology began to go mainstream, the 1G analog networks supported the bulky, brick-like mobile phones from that era. The 90s saw the introduction of 2G digital networks, whe...
Saturday September 3rd, 2016

Eat, Sleep, Mobile, Repeat

When a consumer picks up his phone, is your brand in his hand? Mobile apps have become the most immersive medium for consumer engagement. Today’s consumer is overloaded and you need a way to reach your target audience with immediacy. ...
Friday September 2nd, 2016

August - 2016

Have You Met the A-Team?

Have you met some of the A-Team?  Between Rochelle, DeKalb and Geneva there are several Technicians, Designers, Programmers, and the Support Staff that manages and keeps the shop going day to day.  Get to know Toni and Linda. ...
Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Go Mobile or Go Home

 Go Mobile or Go Home The mobile user evolution has become a driving force in online commerce in recent years. Google has tried to address this trend by altering its algorithms to favor sites that are optimized for mobile responsivene...
Tuesday August 30th, 2016

Keep I.T. Local

Why keep your IT local? In today’s market, we know that our customers have options. IT companies saturate the market and offer more and more for a bargain.  Foreign companies offer services at below-market rates, and, while not e...
Monday August 29th, 2016