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Armor Techs is the reliable choice for Smart Phone Repair, Computer Repair, and General Electronic Repairs. Explore our I.T. Services and Internet Marketing department to get your business seen through functional Social Media, Web Design, SEO, and more!


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Armor Techs stays up to date on the latest trends. Our focus is to bring current industry issues to light, explain simple DIY tech tutorials, and most of all give everyone a better understanding of the I.T. and Marketing world. Check out our blog here!



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I.T. Service and Electronic Repair are performed by our certified technicians in-house or on-site. We diagnose your device's failures and provide you with an inexpensive method of solving your problems.

We take care of computer repair, smartphone repair including all iPhone and Android devices, tablet repair including all Apple, Android, and Windows devices, game console repair, data backup and recov...

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E Waste Recycling - Go Green With Old Electronics | Armor Techs

Armor Techs is working hard to make the world a greener place. We are happy to properly dispose of your old electronic devices. From giant old computers to tiny cell phones and everything in between - we recycle it all. All e-waste is collected at our main office at 143 E Lincoln Hwy DeKalb, IL 60115.

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Armor Techs is the reliable choice for Phone Repair, Computer Repair, and General Electronic Repairs. Our I.T. Services and Internet Marketing department get your business seen through functional Social Media, Web Design, SEO, and more! Visit us in Downtown DeKalb, IL, or contact us by phone at 815-754-0505.

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Blog - Web Design, SEO, & Computer Repair | Armor Techs

Armor Techs stays up to date on the latest trends. Our focus is to bring current industry issues to light, explain simple DIY tech tutorials, and most of all give everyone a better understanding of the I.T. and Marketing world. Check out our blog here!

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Here you will find the Armor Techs Web Design and Branding Questionnaire, please complete and return this questionnaire so we can get started on your project as soon as possible. Your responses will help us determine the direction and overall feel of your company's brand.

Bitcoin to Bacon - How much Bacon Can Bitcoin Buy You? | Armor Techs

Ever wondered how much bacon you could get for your bitcoin? Don't worry because the Armor Techs have taken the guesswork out of it for you. Check this page frequently so you can see exactly how much Eickman's bacon you can get for your bitcoin. What better investment is there?!

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Computer Repair - Laptop Repair, Screen Repair, & More | Armor Techs

Computer running slow? Need a screen repair? Armor Techs offers fair prices for computer diagnostic, repair, memory upgrade, operating system install, virus removal, screen repair, and more. See our full list of computer repair services here!

Data Recovery - We Get Your Lost Data Back | Armor Techs

Is your computer crash leaving you without your valuable data? Armor Techs data recovery can recover your lost and corrupted data in all hard drives and solid state media. Lost data can be recovered whether the hard drive has crashed, has been damaged, or has been the victim of a natural disaster. Find out more!

Game Console Repair - Sony, Microsoft, & Nintendo | Armor Techs

Armor Techs services all major game console systems and most retro consoles. Whether you have an original NES, a PSP, or an XBOX One, we will diagnose and attempt repair on any gaming console so you can continuously re-live your favorite gaming nostalgia moments.

Sony Console Repair - PSP, PS2, PS3, & PS4 | Armor Techs

Armor Technologies will perform a diagnostic and repair your Sony PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PS4 and PSP game console. The main repair services we offer are yellow lights of death, blu ray drives, firmware flash, and PSP LCD screen replacements. Any other type of repair we are more than happy to take a look at.

Microsoft Console Repair - Xbox, Xbox One & Xbox 360 | Armor Techs

We will perform a diagnostic and repair your Microsoft game console including Xbox, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. The main repair services we offer are red rings of death, optical drive replacements, and firmware flash. Any other type of repair we are more than happy to take a look at.

Nintendo System Repair - Wii, Wii U, DS, DSi, DS lite | Armor Techs

Armor Technologies will run a diagnostic and repair your Nintendo Wii, Wii U, GameCube, DS, DS Lite, DSi, or 3DS. The main repair services we offer are for red lights, unbricking/firmware flash, DS LCD, and DS hinges. Any other type of repair we are more than happy to take a look at.

Device Repair - Tablet, Cell Phone, and Media Players | Armor Techs

Armor Techs services all major mobile device models - whether an iPad, iPod, iPhone, HTC, Tablet, Samsung or any other device - we fix I.T. Our most popular repairs are LCD screens, battery replacements, and charge ports. Any other repair we are more than happy to take a look at.

Apple Device Repairs - iPod, iPod touch, iPad, & iPhone | Armor Techs

Armor Technologies can repair your Apple devices including iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Our most popular repairs are LCD screen replacements, battery replacements, and charge port replacements. Any other type of repair we are more than happy to take a look at.

Samsung Mobile Device Repair - Galaxy S's, Nexus, and Note

Armor Technologies can repair your Samsung mobile device. We specialize in Screen Repair for all of the Galaxy S's, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note.

HTC Android Mobile Device Repair - One X, S, Evo, and more

Armor Technologies can fix your HTC Android Mobile Device. We specialize in Screen Repair for the One S, One X, One V, Evo 4G LTE, and Droid Incredible.

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Armor's Web Development and Graphic Design Studio

Whatever your business needs, we will help! Website design, SEO, graphic design, and more. We do it all and make it easy for you with our custom content management system.

Branding, Print Graphic & Logo Design - Web, Brochures, Business Cards

Armor Technologies can make the idea of your creative brand a reality. Through logo design, website design, custom business cards and more, Armor inspires confidence in your brand by establishing credibility.

Armor Managed Services - We are your Local Outsourced IT Department

Armor Technologies is your Local Outsourced IT and Internet Marketing Department. Armor IT is Flexible, Stable, and offers 24x7 support for most services. Let Armor be your IT!

Reviews - Armor Technologies - Computer and Phone Repair Great Reviews

The Team at Armor Technologies would like to thank our wonderful customers who have been with us over the past 14+ years. Read our reviews today!

Social Networking Media - Facebook, Twitter, Google, Online Marketing

Armor Technologies gets you seen! Social media networking is of high importance in marketing today. Armor creates internet credibility for your company through Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms.

Armor’s Policies - Privay, Data Security, Product Return, Shipping

Armor Technologies abides by clear policies for privacy, data security, shipping and product return. If you have any questions on our policies, look here!

LG Mobile Device Repair - G5, G4, Nexus 4, Optimus G

Armor Technologies can fix your LG device. We specialize in Screen Repair for the G5, G4, Nexus 4, and Optimus G.

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Need a Phone Repair? How about sharper Internet Marketing? Armor Technologies' repair techs, programmers and design staff have the experience and skills to get your job done the most effective way possible!

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ARROW Enterprise Resource Planning

The Arrow ERP is a system to build, manage, and maintain your website that works with your business to provide the optimal experience for visitors and internal work.

College Tips and Tricks

Being a college student is probably one of the most expensive things you can do. We've gone ahead and compiled a repository of useful resources, textbook downloads, and other tools that might help make your college experience a little bit easier (and cheaper!)

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Daily Security Checkups with Armor

The start of 2018 has already shaped up to be an interesting time for web security. Many web-hosts are reporting a significant increase in malicious events, but your clients are relying on you to assure them a safe and pleasant browsing experience on your website. There are no 100% perfect ways to protect your website, but any security professional will tell you that the first step is information. In light of this, we are offering a new service to get you th...

We Sell Bitcoin - We Make it Easy to Buy Bitcoin Locally

Looking to buy bitcoin locally? Armor is proud to be the place! Simply create an account on the LibertyX app, stop in with your cash and LibertyX code in hand, and get bitcoin!

Armor Device Repair - Computer, Cell Phone, Game Console and General Electronics

Let’s face it, we’re always on our phones and we’ve all dropped our phones (and watched them fall in slow motion while our life flashes before our eyes). Armor is here to fix all of you computer woes, including Apple devices. We can fix anything from the latest and greatest consoles, all the way back to vintage consoles.

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Employment - Full & Part Time Available Positions | Armor Techs

Looking to join the Armor Techs team? This is your first stop in the application process. Armor is a great place to learn, sharpen your skills, and work in fast-paced team environment. We offer full time or flexible part time positions. See what positions we have available and provide a PDF resume.

Content Marketing - Blogging, Web Page Content | Armor Techs

Content marketing is often overlooked for business. Regularly rotating content is key for SEO and thus getting your website seen on the internet. At Armor, we can write industry related blogs and generate web page content to express your image to your audience accurately thorough words.

Polls - We Want To Know What You Think | Armor Techs

Armor Techs wants to know what you think! Check here for the latest polls based on gaming, computers, and the overall tech world. Current polls include your favorite game announcements from E3, your favorite speedrunning games, your favorite digital assistant, and your favorite peripherals.

House Calls - Convenient In Home I.T. Services

Armor Techs is happy to provide house calls to our clients who have busy lifestyles. Our experienced technicians can assist you with I.T services such as repairing your computer, virus removal, setting up internet connections, and much more. We’ve been in the business for 15 years and help make your home a convenient, functional workplace.




Digital Marketing Sales Funnel

Allow me to introduce you to the most misused and misunderstood word in all of sales and marketing: FUNNEL. It’s not just for digital marketers, online or offline, e-commerce store or dry-cleaner, if you have a business and you have customers then you have some type of funnel (even if you call it something else). You might call it a “marketing funnel,” “conversion funnel,” “marketing pipeline,” “sales funnel,” “sales pipeline,” “sales process,” “sales cycle,” or any...

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 "return" from your finger or stylus. The digitizer and LCD work independently from one another. So if one fails, it won’t necessarily cause the other part to fail. With cracked glass, you can see the content on your screen, but there is broken glass which makes it ...

The Logitech G710 Keyboard - An Armor Review

The Armor Techs review the Logitech G710 Mechanical Keyboard. One of the best upgrades we've gotten the opportunity to work with, this mechanical keyboard boasts Cherry MX Blue switches, adjustable backlighting, and so many more features. The Armor Techs highly recommend this keyboard.

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 meet thousands of other marketers, this was something we knew we couldn’t miss.

Razer Kraken USB Headset - An Armor Review

The Armor Techs Review the Razer Kraken USB Headset. Use as a softphone interface and for music during the day is great, but the comfort leaves something to be desired. Overall a recommendation from the Armor Techs as a budget option.

Logitech G430: It's Blue

Does the G430 headset live up to the Logitech manufacturing and sound quality expectations? Read here to find out!

Email Etiquette 101: Five Best Practices for Writing Professional Emails

No business wants to send emails that aren’t taken seriously simply because they are poorly written and styled. Check out this guide for basic email etiquette!

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

Custom computers are one of the most beneficial pieces of hardware you can invest in for yourself. Curious why? check out this article!

Tech-xercise: Keep Your Kids 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 blocks, art, and books. It works well; however, there seems to be a pattern. Once they get back their tech it's just more getting in trouble again. So, is my virtual babysitter not working? Yes, at least not to the extent it needs to be. The solution we’ve found is kind of surprising—spending more time wi...

The Ins and Outs of Search Engine Optimization

A quality product speaks for itself. Your business excels in its field, and it's important to have a website that won’t sell you short. But with that website comes the importance of SEO. Find out why SEO is so important to your business here.

8 Seconds to Failure: Attracting Visitors in the Digital Age

In the age of digital media, the average user 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, it's important that your website works in every way. Find out how to capture your audiences' attention here!

Creative Content Counts: Why Content Creation is Key

Content marketing is the most effective way to advertise our businesses in this ever-evolving age of the internet. But how and why? Find out here!

Oh F@$% No, or How I Learned to Let Go and Accept the Windows Updates

Windows Update is a cold unblinking reality for users of Windows 10, and for all the benefits it does provide, sometimes things turn for the worse. Join us as our lead developer recounts his experience with the April 2018 update.

Get Your Tip Top Typography Tricks To Teach To Others

Text is written/printed work, regarded in terms of its content rather than its physical form, i.e., the words. Font is a graphical representation of text characters in a specific family that may include different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design. The word font is derived from Middle French fonte "a casting," the term refers to the process of casting metal type at a type foundry. It is a set of printable or displayable text characters in a specific style/size, e.g., 12pt Helvetica L...

Forest Cities: One Man Brings Kashyyyk to Life

In the wake of President Trump's decision to remove America from the Paris Climate agreement, you'd be forgiven for feeling a little negative about the future of the planet. These forest cities designed by Stefano Boeri could be the long-sought solution to climate change and our pollution problem.

Web Layouts of the Future: Why You Should Use CSS Grid

An evangelist's guide to CSS Grid. We at Armor are glad that Grid is finally being widely supported in all major browsers. Let our Lead UI/UX developer explain to you why.

September Security Newsletter

How vulnerable is your email account, and what exactly can someone do if they get access to it? If you haven't ever asked these questions, maybe you should. Email is now a constant part of our lives, and we should be taking a few simple steps to keep it working for us, and not against.

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.

The Four Phone Accessories You Should Be Using

We all have phone accessories that we have grown to love. While we may not notice them on a day to day basis as we've grown so used to having them, there's still moments where we recognize their significance. Check out our favorites and let us know what you think!

A Short Guide To Password Security

A short guide to some simple password tips and tricks. Please note, the advice in this blog post is no longer considered to be the best standards, please instead view our other blog post at:'s-how-to-improve-them

Clear Text Login Discontinued

No more clear-text logins. We dropped support for these and will not be re-implementing it. Please read this blog post to better understand how this will effect the way you interact with our services.

Why Choose Arrow Over WordPress?

The internet is full of Content Management Systems for you to choose from. Join us as we compare the worlds most popular CMS WordPress, with our custom built solution geared towards small business.

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 services can be a major headache because you typically wind up chasing several potential clients, but only converting a fraction of those you're after. Luckily, with inbound marketing, your job is made easier since the leads come directly to you – and opt...

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

A brief description of why someone's first option should be to repair their electronic devices as opposed to the second best option, which is recycling.

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

Data backups are important to maintain precious data. Cloud storage is an easy and efficient solution to protecting your data.

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

A 5 Step guide to prolonging the life of your PC.

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

We've been fed the same rules for 15+ years about passwords, but we've come to realize all we're doing is confusing ourselves, and helping computer guess them.

Parallax Implementations: Three ways to use this eye popping effect

A parallax effect is created by varying the speed of the movement of two or more flat planes, thus simulating depth. Here are three ways to use this effect

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

Running your business’s social media accounts can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be! Read about how Armor uses various tools to improve our presence

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

Open source software is free to use and offers many of the same functionalities as paid software. Check out this list to see the best open source software.

PC Gaming: Custom Builds to Get You Started

Want to build a custom gaming computer, but don't know where to start? We've put together three functional, budget-friendly custom builds for you to try out!

Crypto Miners Ate My Server

With the rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies, some hackers are bugging webservers to have users mine currency for them - just by visiting websites.

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? Read about how Armor Techs got to where it is today and the steps we took to stay afloat and succeed. Thank you for a wonderful 15 years!

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

With software advancing rapidly over the last few decades, how do we preserve prior work to prevent making the same mistakes again? Read our thoughts here!

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

Smart home automation is on the rise, and we're loving it! Read the latest automation news and how Armor is using our Amazon Echo to automate our shop.

Mobile App Standouts: Our Top 8 Mobile Apps of 2017

Finding apps that hold our attention is getting ever-harder. Check out the Armor Techs' app standouts of 2017 to take some of the guesswork out of the equation!

Logitech MX ERGO: An Armor Review

Looking to upgrade mice? The Logitech MX ERGO is a perfect selection - check out the Armor Techs review today!

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

Tired of cellular carriers taking advantage of you? Check out our guide to Google's Project Fi, and consider making the switch today!

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

Keeping your business safe is a priority, but often times a network may be overlooked and left vulnerable. This is where a Virtual Private Network comes in!

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

We've all had woes with our phones. Luckily, there's a bunch of tips and tricks to help prolong and protect your phone. Check out this article to find out how!

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

2018 could very well become known as the year of the smart city as global populations continue their migration into tech-heavy urban centers.

How To Dominate The Ever Changing World of SEO in 2018

SEO has changed a lot in the last couple of years. Google is definitely running the show in regards to the internet, and it can be difficult staying on top of their ever changing algorithm full of rules. So we've compiled a quick list of some of the best SEO practices for 2018. Check it out here!

March 2018 Security Newsletter

Armor Techs' monthly security newsletter. This issue covers compromised OpenCarts, continued malicious activity against Wordpress, the Blacksmith desktop framework, continued development of a centralized NOC solution, and Arrow 7.

Browsing Browsers: What Should You Use To Surf the Web

At this point, most (if not all) of us are aware of at least a few different internet browsers used to navigate the web. Whether your favorite is Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or the classic Internet Explorer, this guide gives a brief overview of each one. Check it out and choose your favorite today!

The Quick Guide to Facebook Live with Open Broadcaster Software

With an abundance of people watching more than an hour of videos on Facebook and YouTube per week, it's safe to say video is creeping into the top marketing position. Part of the video marketing that is on the rise is Live Streaming. Learn how to live stream here!

The Art of Speedrunning: How Players Dominate Our Favorite Games

With SGDQ (Games Done Quick) fast approaching, what better time to talk about speedrunning than now?! Speedrunning video games is a lot like regular running, with the goal to get from start to finish as fast as possible. Read about the speed running culture, and about Games Done Quick itself here!

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

Learn how to take that old computer out of the closet and put it to work streaming your media to all of your devices. This tutorial uses all free and open-source software, so the only cost of this project is time.

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

Let your website work for you! Your website can be a great way to monetize your business. Through various advertising and marketing efforts, your website can be making you money if you use it the right ways. Find out how Armor recommends monetizing your website for the greatest gain here!

Night Of The Living Pop-Up

We've all seen the dreaded pop-up windows telling us that our computer is infected with a virus. Unfortunately, this isn't something that is going to go away any time soon, so it's best to learn how to protect your computer and your valuable data. Find out how to here!

The Four Essentials For Successful Email Marketing

Sending out emails for your company can be a totally nerve-wracking experience. Many of us have unfortunately been in the position of an email blast not performing as well as we intended. Try this guide for your next campaign to ensure your marketing efforts work!

April 2018 Security Newsletter

Armor Techs' April 2018 security newsletter. March brought more data breaches, Android phones pre-installed with malware, and more, but Armor continues to have your back.

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

Woman or man, adult or child, rich or poor, American or otherwise: heart disease does not discriminate. It’s the number one killer of men & women, in the United States & around the world. So how is Google using your eyes to determine your heart health? Find out here!

Google is Rolling out Mobile-First Search Indexing

Mobile-first indexing is exactly what it sounds like: it means that the mobile version of your website becomes the starting point for what Google includes in their index, and the baseline for how they determine rankings. Read about how this is affecting search results and web design here!

A Practical Guide to Arrays

What exactly are arrays for? Why are they important? Our lead developer gives his opinions on these two questions, while giving some practical, and some less than practical, examples of how he has used them in his career.

Epic Games Epic Game: Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite has blown up in popularity over the last couple of months, and we totally understand why. Ever since Epic Games dropped the battle royale shooter game, it has kept players on their toes and consistently coming back for more. Read all about Fortnite and why everyone loves it here!

Corsair VOID Gaming Headset - An Armor Review

We love our tech gadgets at Armor, and we especially love our headsets. The Corsair VOID boasts Dolby 7.1 surround sound, RGB lighting, memory foam ear cups, a noise-cancelling microphone, and more! So, did the VOID meet expectations or fall short? Read our review on the headset here!

Built for Failure: The Unfortunate Truth about Consoles

Many of us know that terrible feeling that occurs when your game console is not powering on or performing properly. Unfortunately nothing is built perfect, and there are various reasons why your gaming consoles may break and need repairing. Read about how to keep your systems healthy here!

Gamification: Entice Your Employees to Succeed

Gamification in the workplace is a way to subtly reward your employees for accomplishing tasks. It came to rise in the early 2000's with the game Farmville and is now used in the workplace across mass variety of industries. Learn about how to use gamification in the workplace here!

May 2018 Security Newsletter

Armor Techs' May 2018 security newsletter. April brought infected x-ray and MRI machines, Android manufacturers lying about security updates, Drupal vulnerabilities, and more, but Armor continues to have your back.

The 2018 Pokemon: Go Crash Course

With the coming of spring comes a reawakening in the popularity (and playability) of the cult classic Pokémon Go (GO). If you've lost touch with the game, have no fear - you can check out the latest updates to GO to get you back into filling your Pokédex here!

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

With the influx of devices sky rocketing year after year, it's no surprise that these electronics occasionally get damaged. The problem is, manufactures will do about anything in their power to avoid paying out on their warranties. States are now introducing a law to protect you! Read about it here!

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 - Including our pets! Pet tech is designed to make your busy life just a little easier, as well as ease your mind when you aren't physically with your pet. Read about our favorite pet tech products here!

Make Your Own VR

VR is two things: Awesome and Expensive. Join us as our Lead Developer explores a method to make it a little more affordable. Warning, this project involves a lot of software configuration and frustration. It is not for the faint of heart.

SEXTORTION: The Latest Internet Plague

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 of you while you were watching porn. The sender threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? The email references a real password previously tied to the recipient’s email address.

THE NEW GMAIL: Google Is Breathing New Life into Email

Google is rolling out new changes to email - and so far we are impressed. The popular mail client is updating the layout with a new sidebar, implementing a confidential mode, nudge system, and more. Read about how Gmail is about to make your work life easier here!

If You Love Food, You Should Have These Four Apps

With the rise of tech, it only makes sense to take advantage of what the app store has to offer in regards to food. Here are some of the best food apps for delivery, recipes, and diet tracking. If you consider yourself a big fan of food like us, you definitely need to check these out!

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

Whether you're aware of it or not, the service industry is all around us. One of the biggest issues with being a part of the service industry is getting all parties involved to understand the value of time, and that time spent needs to be compensated. Learn how to value your time here!

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

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a data protection act that promotes secure, transparent, and easy-to-access data. It also puts all of the control of personal data to the user, rather than the company that possesses it. Privacy and security are main concerns of GDPR.

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. Read Armor's expectations from E3 here!

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

Siri and Cortana have officially joined the race with Alexa and the Google Assistant for the fight of the best smart speakers. Read about the pros and cons from the full lineup of smart speakers here, and decide which will win the race in your opinion.

Why Not Build It Yourself?

Every contract developer and designer has probably had to deal with the mentality of: "Well, I just don't understand what I pay you for? I was talking to my friend and he said that I can do all of this myself." Well, if you're curious, this is why.

THE PROBLEM WITH PASSWORDS: Looking at Future Solutions

Today, the right password can get you almost anything. That's why it is vitally important to your security to have a strong one. But deciding on a strong password isn't always the easiest thing. It needs to be easy to remember, yet hard to hack at the same time. Read more about passwords here!

Subnautica: The Escape from 4546B

Subnautica is an underwater survival game that begins with your ship being shot down and crash-landing onto a planet covered in water. Aside from the outstanding graphics, this game leaves you on the edge of your seat with constant anticipation. Read about Subnautica here!

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

With all of the advancements for 3D printing in the medical field, and even food, it's no surprise that the next step was to print actual homes. This is a great innovation as it can help fix poverty in many parts of the world at a low cost. Read more about this awesome invention here!

What is Internet Marketing?

It's 2018, and that means that businesses have been on the internet for over two decades at this point. Whether you sell products online, or you simply have a website meant to funnel visitors to your contact form, your business probably has an online presence. Being online isn't quite a free service, however, and that means that your online presence should be adding to your bottom line.

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

Everyone has inevitably had to deal with a malware, trojan, or some other variety of virus. Anti-virus software is definitely a must, but for the more 0-day exploits, it's also important to have an anti-malware software. Check out our blog for more information.

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

Modern games have a number of technologies behind their good looks, but most of them can be summarized as clever ways to use the resources available to do the impossible. Join us as we go through a few for a recent release: Level 5's Ni No Kuni 2

Monkeying Around: Donkey Kong Country

I find it extraordinarily hard to believe that this post is going to be foreign to anybody—with a series that's been around since 1994, most people reading this blog have had it around for a good chunk of their lives, and it's been everywhere. From the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) all the way to the Nintendo Switch, this series has been continually having us explore new worlds, find new secrets, and meeting new characters. And besides the main series titles, there have been count...

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

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 smartphone, and even the print on the business cards in your wallet. Learn about pixels here!

Real Life in a Virtual World

Virtual Reality is thought to be something solely for gaming, but as of late, VR is being used to simulate real life in a virtual world. VR is now being used for miners, surgeons, and in schools. Take a look at this post to see all the ways VR is being optimized today!

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, and let us know if there are any games you're looking forward to from this years E3!

August 2018 Security Newsletter

As someone with a website, there's always a possibility that you'll get hacked. The important questions to ask are, "how did it happen", and "what did they do". Let us walk you through a hypothetical, and let you in on one of the ways we try to prevent it.

At The End of the Phishing Pole.

The internet and Phishing have historically gone hand in hand, but all Phishing scams follow a few fundamental rules. Join us as we talk about Phishing, how you can protect yourself from it, and how to identify it in the wild.

Additional Security: The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

The Armor Techs' blog is full of posts discussing security and passwords, and this post is going to be in much of the same vein. The security of your data on the web is becoming (read: has always been) super important, and the companies we rely on to use our data fairly and transparently aren't upholding their end of the bargain. On top of that, there are countless people and companies participating in less-than-legal practices to obtain your data, whether it be phishing, hacking, or scamming it...

7 Signs that Your Computer or Phone Is Hacked...and What You Need to Do about it

The main idea is that if you have been hacked or a virus has been found on your computer make a list of all the recent passwords to accounts you may have used. Remove your computer or phone from any internet or data connection. Change any of those passwords to your accounts on a clean system for safety and security. Get your computer and phone fixed and follow safe internet practices.

Mirror, Mirror On The Moon

It all started on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin left a mirror on the Moon’s surface 49 years ago. This mirror was placed so that astronomers could fire lasers at the moon to calculate its distance from the Earth. A pulse is sent and scientists record the following data: the duration of the initial beam, the velocity of the light, the duration of the flash on the mirror, the energy collected back, the wavelength of the laser, a...

The Robotic Ecosystem of Artificial Life

With Rolls-Royce pioneering robotic cockroaches to repair airplane engines, a variety of robotic animals are making their debut on the tech-world stage

Looking to the Future: True Wireless Charging

Nikola Tesla first envisioned a wireless power transmission system in the early 1890s; he even attempted to build an experimental station, Wardenclyffe Tower, which he hoped would be the first in a worldwide wireless system. Today, phones, smartwatches, and other devices sometimes come with inductive charging coils, which let them charge wirelessly through resonant inductive coupling. But this method relies on direct contact between the device and a charging pad—hardly the untethered future Te...

Optimizing Google Chrome through Extensions

The internet has become one of the biggest tools we use in our everyday lives, and what browser we use is how we experience everything the web has to offer. Google Chrome is one of the biggest and best browsers out now but like every other browser, it does have its issues. Here are a couple of extensions or plugins to help make your experience using Chrome even better. Also, above the description for these extensions is a link to download these from the Google Chrome store.

Dawn of the Killer Robots

We are at that stage in the real world, where we are starting to get more complex AI, and robots are getting integrated into more aspects of our lives. We are starting to attempt to weaponize these cold machines to take over for our warm-blooded soldiers. Right now, we actually have authority figures pledging against the development of weaponized robots. The founders of DeepMind, Skype, and Tesla (to name a few) are at the forefront of this call to action.

The Benefits of Local Hosting

I'll have been with Armor for two years come October, and I've been our Server Admin for a year and a half at this point. In that time, I've dealt with clients hosted anywhere from Arizona to Germany, and I can tell you that, without a doubt, nothing compares to being able to walk downtown and talk to your hosting company; nothing compares to being able to walk upstairs and log into the server terminal and poke around, even if the SSH server isn't running.

The Top 3 Free Antivirus Programs

Everyone using a PC nowadays knows how important it is to have some sort of antivirus installed. The question usually comes up, but which one should I install? Should I pay for antivirus software? Do I need to install more than one? Well, we hope to answer some of those questions here and also give you a couple of options on what we recommend to install. Those being Avira, Avast, and Bitdefender.