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Use FileVault to encrypt the startup disk on your Mac

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Use FileVault to encrypt the startup disk on your Mac

If you choose to use Apple’s FileVault (I do!), it’s critical that you record your Recovery Key. The FileVault Recovery Key has two options. You can store it yourself (the most secure way), or you can store it with Apple using your Apple ID.

When Apple’s FileVault feature (included in the MacOS) is activated, and your computer is lost or stolen, there is NO way that someone other than you (with your Recovery Key) can access the data.

I just had to inform a customer that their data was no longer available because they changed their password and then promptly forgot it. When you are required (or decide) it’s time to change a password, we advise that you pick the password you want to use in advance and write it down.

Apple laptops are popular targets for thieves, so protect yourself by enabling FileVault and activating Find my Mac. That way if the unit ever connects to the InterNet after you lose it, you have the option of locating it and erasing it.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204837

Written by Dana Stibolt

June 12th, 2017 at 5:14 pm

MacMedics in the only Apple Authorized Service Provider in Prince George’s County

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Hey Prince George’s County, Bowie, and Lanham. Once again MacMedics is the only Apple Authorized Service Provider in the County. With the closing of Simply Mac in Bowie, we’re your best bet for Apple Authorized Sales & Service. No appointments are ever needed. Just come see us at 4421 Nicole Drive in Lanham. (off of Forbes Blvd.)

http://www.macmedics.com/mobile/Lanham.php

Prince George's County Apple Authorized Service Provider and Macintosh , iPhone, iPod, and iPad service

Help Wanted: MacMedics seeks Apple Macintosh & iPhone Techs (ACMT)

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Come work for MacMedics, the company that revolutionized on-site AND in-lab Macintosh service, sales, support, and consulting in the Mid-Atlantic region. A unique opportunity to join the MacMedics team in is available for qualified persons who have a deep passion, dedication, and experience with the Apple Macintosh computer platform.
MacMedics is seeking Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians to join our Service Team in both our Severna Park and Lanham Maryland locations.

Candidates must know their way around the inside of all Macintosh models. Mac Techs at MacMedics help walk-in Apple warranty and non-warranty repairs, as well as repairing sick Macs for our on-site customers from time to time. This position at MacMedics also includes helping walk-in customers with checking in/out for service, answering Apple service questions in-person and over the phone, helping with upgrades, sales, trade-ins for Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and adding RAM and hard drive upgrades to Macs. All work performed at MacMedics needs to be accurately documented with detailed tech notes. Applicants must be prepared to work weekdays until 7:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 – 3:00. 

MacMedics is an Apple Authorized Premium Service Provider, an Apple Authorized Value Added Reseller, an Apple Authorized Government Reseller, as well as Apple Certified members of the Apple Consultants Networks.

http:www.macmedics.com/jobs

New Google 5-Star Review for MacMedics Severna Park

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“Just wanted to say thank you to Jeff at MacMedics Severna Park, Maryland for his great customer service. Last year, my daughter’s MacBook needed a new hard drive and he did a great job replacing it and getting it back to her so she could finish a project for school. She was having some minor issues after her classes ended in May so I brought back in to have him look at it. He did a quick check and advised me on our option it’s a 2009 model so it may be time for a new model. Jeff took time to go over new Apple options as well as some used models. It’s customer service like this that keeps me coming back to MacMedics. We bought my son’s computer there and I’ll be back to see Jeff when my daughter needs a new or used one. Thank You Jeff and all the great staff at MacMedics.”

Written by Dana Stibolt

May 26th, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Apple iPhone Repair Service 5-Star Review: “Life saver, absolutely amazing customer service and the price can’t be beat!!”

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MacMedics is an Apple Authorized Premium Service Provider, and as such we service every item that Apple makes, including ALL Macintosh computer models (new, under Apple Warranty or AppleCare, Vintage (over 5-years old and no longer supposed by Apple), or Obsolete models), the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. See http://www.macmedics.com/iphone for more info.

Recent 5-Star Review:

“Life saver, absolutely amazing customer service and the price can’t be beat!! I found MacMedics online after being totally disappointment with my local Apple store that said my water damaged iPhone 5 could not be repaired; it wouldn’t charge. Instead, they sold me a brand new iPhone to the tune of $800+ after it was all said and done. I looked online and found that the charger could be repaired, so off I went to find a repair shop. Walked into MacMedics and Sam checked my phone and said he thought it could be repaired, had to order the part which would arrive the next day. Sure enough, he called me the next day and said the phone was repaired. Cost me less than $90. I will be returning my brand new iPhone to the Apple store tomorrow. So glad I didn’t take those guys at their word. If I ever have another issue with my iPhone or other Apple product, I will go directly to MacMedics and bypass the Apple stores all together. I highly recommend MacMedics and will be referring them to all my friends. Thank you Sam for fixing my iPhone and saving me hundreds of dollars. I wish all service techs had your skill.”

Hurricane Joaquin is Coming: This Would Be an Excellent Time to Purchase, Check, or Upgrade Your Backup Plan!

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Hurricane JOAQUIN could destroy your data and you backup. Prepare now!

Hurricane Joaquin will most likely hit the Mid-Atlantic area, and it will likely destroy some data in some way.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic area, MacMedics clients and friends should unplug their computers and remove and store backup hard drives in a dry place if you’re not going to be around when the rain and wind hits us.

Power surges via power lines and lightning hits via Comcast’s network seem to be the leading cause of damages to our client’s Macintosh computers.

Pro Tip: When disconnecting your computer system from power, unplug everything attached to your network, even the COAX cable from your cable or satellite box as that appears to be #1 surge source (based on past repairs). In regards to power surges, if your power DOES goes out (or starts to flicker), disconnect from power, as surges can also occur when the power comes back on as well!

This might also be a good time to enhance your back up plan by adding an off-site back up. MacMedics hosts Crashplan for our customers. If you’re interested in having us host your off-site backup, just call us at 1-866-MAC-MEDICS.

For our friends and clients in the Mid-Atlantic region, MacMedics recommends that you back up your hard drive via a “clone” use Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner, as that way you can “test” your back up to insure you have a good, bootable copy.

Take that back up put it in a Ziploc bag and have it ready to go with you, if you should need to evacuate. Also, hurricanes bring the rain with them, so plan ahead to protect your computer AND your back up. If you have to leave, put a garbage bag over your computer. If you have a light roof leak, that might be enough to save your computer.

The important thing is to PLAN AHEAD. Your back up is not complete if it’s not:

1. Automatic
2. Redundant
3. Off-Site

Here is the official Federal Emergency Check List for businesses:

• Conduct a room by room walk-through to determine what needs to be secured

• Obtain plastic to cover electronic equipment in the event of roof leakage

• Move electronic equipment away from windows

• Elevate electronic equipment off of the floor in the event of flooding

• Back-Up your systems and if possible store your back-ups off site

• Protect business records

• If you plan on being out of your business for an extended period, consider shutting down unnecessary electric breakers in the event of power surges

• If possible shut off gas valves leading into the business

• Consider alarm systems may not function during extended power outages.

• Remove valuables and cash to a safe location

• Move company vehicles to an area safe from flying debris and falling trees. Make arrangements with nearby parking garages to house vehicles if possible

• Remove expensive items from display racks, particularly near windows.

• Consider window breakage

• Understand your insurance policy and keep it in a safe location

• If you have a number of employees, establish a phone tree to distribute information

Here’s a few more tips from MacMedics:

1. If you do not have Ultra Call Forwarding, be sure to forward your business phone lines to your cell phone BEFORE you lose phone and/or power to your phone system.

2. Your alarm system should contain a small back up battery, but you can extend that greatly, by plugging your alarm system into a high capacity UPS system.

3. If your server is not set to Auto Restart after a power failure, it’s not to late to turn that on.

We have tons of posts on Time Machine and we even have a free White Paper on it If you’d like a copy, let us know. If you’re not using an automatic backup, your data is at risk!

P.S. If you are going to be where the hurricane is, then you DO need to go get a Ziploc bag right now, and put it with your iPhone. That way if you get caught outside or you’re checking out the surf at the beach, your iPhone is protected.

Written by Dana Stibolt

October 1st, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Help Wanted – Bookkeeper for Apple Reseller/Service Provider (Lanham, MD)

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Help Wanted – Bookkeeper for Apple Reseller/Service Provider (Lanham, MD)

Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Employment type: full-time

Help Wanted – Bookkeeper

MacMedics, an award-winning Apple Reseller and Service Provider serving the Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia areas, is seeking a full-time Bookkeeper to manage its daily bookkeeping functions. This position will be based out of our office in Lanham, MD.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

• Customer Invoicing and Accounts Receivable
• Item Purchases and Accounts Payable
• Administration of Customer and Vendor Contracts
• Inventory Control
• Sales Tax Reporting

In addition to the above, the bookkeeper will also pitch in with co-workers in answering the phone, greeting customers, and handling other office functions.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following attributes:

• At least 2 years experience in a bookkeeping position
• Coursework in Accounting at preferably the college level
• Familiarity with Apple products (Mac users welcomed!)
• Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills
• Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated

MacMedics has been in business for more than 25 years and offers a fun, stable working environment. Benefits offered include:

• Competitive Salary
• Quarterly Bonus Plan
• MacBook Pro Computer and Apple iPhone (with plan)
• 100% company paid health/dental insurance w/ a company funded health care savings account
• 401k Savings Plan w/ Company Match
• And more!

If you are an experienced bookkeeper, love using Macs, and are looking for a great working environment at a successful company, we’d love to meet you!

See http://www.macmedics.com/jobs for more info!

MacMedics Macintosh Data Recovery Case Files: Army Ranger

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You might recall on Veterans Day we put out an offer for a free data recovery for a veteran who needed some help recovering photos of their service, important life events, and all of their data. Nobody stepped forward.

I am happy to report that we found an Army Ranger who was in need of our services after he dropped his 13” MacBook Pro.

The metal on the edge of the right palm rest (where the hard drive lives) was dented out from the impact of the fall where the force pushed the hard drive so hard it pushed out on the metal in an imprint of one of the edges of the hard drive.

We never really thought that we would be helping to the degree that we did. We were not able to recover 100% of the data due to the damage, but we got most of it. The number of photos of gravesites, combat memorials, and fallen comrades this Ranger had been staggering. It was our honor to bring this data back to him at no cost.

In the process of recovering his data, we decided that we would also fix his broken MacBook Pro screen as well.

If you see a veteran, let them know that you support them, and if you have the ability to pay for their meal, toll, haircut, or help them out with a repair bill why not do it? He told me they are not looking for a free ride, but as Americans there is no way we can ever re-pay the debt to our service men and women. So, if you can do something to acknowledge their service and sacrifice, you should.

MacMedics Washington DC Seeks On-Site Macintosh Engineer/Tech

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We’re MacMedics, an Apple Authorized “Mac-Only” Macintosh consulting, service, and sales company that provides Mac Service and Solutions the entire Mid-Atlantic region. We’re looking for experienced On-Site Macintosh Technicians/Consultants/Engineers to join our Washington DC office FULL-TIME. If you’re an IT professional at most places, we’re guessing you work long hours. Not at MacMedics! We only expect our employees to work 40 hours a week. Don’t accept any old Mac IT job if you’re never going to see you family again, or have to be “on-call” on the weekends. Come see us and find out if MacMedics can be a good fit for your new Mac career for 2015!

MacMedics (an Apple Authorized Premium Service Provider & Apple Authorized Value Added Reseller), an award-winning regional Macintosh consulting and service company, with offices in Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia is seeking more on-site Macintosh Engineers to join our Washington, DC AND Baltimore, MD service and support team. As a MacMedics Macintosh Consultant/Engineer, you will be directly involved in providing and recommending Macintosh service and solutions for our thousands of on-site Macintosh clients. Some of the markets we service are; graphic design freelancers, small graphic design studios, large scale advertising agencies, in-house advertising departments, commercial printers, video production houses, colleges, universities, as well as Federal, State, and local government agencies.

The functions of this position would include: on-site Macintosh hardware and software consulting and troubleshooting, networking, cross platform integration, and backup & server configuration. Qualified individuals must have EXTENSIVE knowledge of Mac OS X and long-term experience with the Macintosh product line with a strong emphasis on the use, configuration, and troubleshooting of graphic design applications. Experience with Photoshop, InDesign, and font management is absolutely essential!

A strong compensation package with performance incentives, a Macintosh MacBook Pro computer, company paid high-speed Internet access and Apple iPhone (with plan) are all provided. Other valuable benefits such as company paid Apple and Adobe technical training and certification; low-cost heath/dental insurance and a 401k plan with company matching are also included.

If you’re interested in being part of a well-established consulting company and making new and exciting and things happen, you’ll love working with MacMedics! Our service team members are focused on helping our customers and doing whatever it takes to do so. If you’re being held back, finding yourself doing more Windows work that you were planning on, tired of red tape and politics, and you want your efforts and contributions to count for something, then this position would be perfect for you! If you’re an under-appreciated/under-paid Mac fanatic, then MacMedics is where you need to be!

If you’re a current or former Apple Store Genius with extreme Mac skills and you’re investigating on how to take your Macintosh support career to the next level, we’d love to speak to you.

http://www.macmedics.com/jobs

MacMedics Baltimore (Near BWI) Seeks An Apple Certified Macintosh Technician

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Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Opening In The MacMedics Baltimore Office

Come work for MacMedics, the company that revolutionized on-site AND in-lab Macintosh service, sales, support, and consulting in the Mid-Atlantic region. A unique opportunity to join the MacMedics team in is available for the right person.

MacMedics is seeking an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician to join our Apple Service team. Candidates must know their way around the inside of all Macintosh models. You would be working mostly in the MacMedics office in Severna Park, MD (near BWI) handing walk-in Apple warranty and non-warranty repairs, as well as repairing sick Macs for our on-site clients from time to time. This position would also include helping walk-in clients, answering the phone, helping clients trade-in and/or upgrade their Mac or iPad, add RAM and hard drive upgrades, and documenting your work with tech notes.

This position does have the potential for career advancement into other roles at MacMedics.

We’re looking for a for self-motivated person who is incredibly detail oriented and who can speak to clients on the phone with clarity and communicate well via email and tech notes.

The right applicant must be an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician and have at least 3 years of Apple hardware and software experience.

This job could be a path for career advancement for someone who is a Genius currently employed at the Apple Store who wants to get away from working in the mall, crazy retail hours, or working the night shift.

As a member of our team you will be entitled to the following:

1. A 40-hour work week. We love our work, but we know to be our best, our people need to be fresh and ready to think on their feet. Lots of IT firms promise big bucks, but they are weak on benefits and heavy on the hours.

2. A competitive salary that matches your experience.

3. A bonus plan that rewards you going the extra mile. If you can create results in a number of categories, you can add on serious dollars to your annual salary.

4. A real full-time job with a paycheck every two weeks. Lots of IT firms are looking for Mac folks to help them, but many of them only want to “contract” the help so they don’t have to pay benefits.

5. The best health and dental insurance money can buy, and MacMedics pays 75% of the premium! After 2-years of working at MacMedics we pay 100% of your insurance. And in both cases, not just for you, but also for your spouse and children.

6. A 401K program with company match. We pay all the management fees and take whatever percentage or fixed figure you desire right out of your paycheck.

7. A MacBook Pro laptop computer, iPhone, and company paid iPhone service plan.

Please e-mail resume and cover letter to jobs@macmedics.com.