Since it’s release, we’ve heard from many of you about the inventive ways you like to use your StartMeStick. Whether it’s for a worry-free online shopping experience or breathing a new life into an old computer, the StartMeStick team wants to tell you how we use the StartMeStick! Both in and out of the office.
Here are some of our favorite ways to use StartMeStick:
1. Worry-Free Online Shopping
Judy: I use my StartMeStick for online shopping to prevent user data tracking, and targeted advertising.
It’s a relief to be protected from online surveillance and data tracking by corporations that not only want to send me targeted ads, but also sell my data to other companies.-Judy
We could all benefit from a little less tracking and the peace-of-mind knowing our data isn’t able to be sold. If you want to learn even more ways to protect yourself while online shopping, check out our article here, or take our quiz on how to spot online shopping scams!
2. Bringing an Old Computer Back to Life
Cairo: My old MacBook runs at a glacial pace, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. Rather than purchasing a new Mac, I use my StartMeStick! It allows me to do everything I need online, and make use of an old device that still has some years left on it.
Because the StartMeStick resets to factory settings after each use, it is always fast and doesn’t slow down my Mac OS.-Cairo
FixMeNote: StartMeStick is currently compatible with Macs from 2006 to 2017. Macs with FusionDrives and/or from 2018 and later are not compatible.
While it can be tempting to swap out your old device for a new one, it might not always be the most economical, or ethical, as e-waste becomes one of the leading materials filling our landfills. Take our quiz here to test how much you know about e-waste!
This is especially useful right now as COVID-19 has disrupted global supply chains causing a shortage of affordable laptops. If you need a new computer but can’t find an affordable one – use the StartMeStick to revive an old computer that you have lying around. It will be fast, secure, and private with just a few clicks!
3. Assuring My Personal Info is Secure
Etienne: I use my StartMeStick to securely do all of my banking needs! It gives me peace-of-mind to know that my privacy is protected from online surveillance, and my user data is secure.
It’s also great to use if you file your taxes online, or any other time you are inputting sensitive information online that you don’t want to be tracked.-Etienne
Another great solution for protecting yourself online is to use a VPN. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network protects you by hiding your IP address. It provides privacy from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) tracking your activity online.
Our favorite VPN is NordVPN. NordVPN has over 5000 servers in 58 countries, allowing you to maintain your internet speed, and get that added protection.
4. Privacy On The Go
Jonathan: I use my StartMeStick like a portable private computer wherever I go. I can plug in my StartMeStick and establish a private and secure connection that is my own, even when I’m using someone else’s device.-Jonathan
5. Seamless Video Chat with Zoom
Laura: My computer never seemed to like when I tried to video chat. It would always freeze up, making it frustrating to communicate with loved ones. I love that StartMeStick has the Zoom application already downloaded.
This makes it so easy to start a video chat, and I never have to worry about the annoying glitching or buffering that I would experience on my regular computer.-Laura
FixMeNote: StartMeStick temporarily replaces your operating system with a fast and secure one! It never gets slowed down by dozens of applications or other files. This allows the applications on StartMeStick to perform seamlessly.
Whether you’re working, banking, shopping, or simply browsing the internet, the StartMeStick is an effective and easy way to assure your bases are covered. Keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste with this fast, secure, and private operating system on a stick.
You no longer need to worry about those targeted ads that seem to follow you from website to website, or surveillance from the tech giants. Every time you use the StartMeStick it creates a new temporary session that is isolated from the rest of your computer. It’s like using a brand new computer every time!
When you shut down the StartMeStick nothing is saved onto your computer. Meaning, no one can access any of your personal information, and it doesn’t collect any of the junk that typically slows down your computer.
How do you use your StartMeStick? Let us know in the comments below!