How to turn off intrusive Windows 10 settings

How to turn off intrusive Windows 10 settings

With Cortana following you around — from spamming helpful suggestions based on what you’re typing to displaying extremely precise and personalized ads based on your online search — Windows 10 can often feel intrusive. Here are a few tips you can follow to leave Microsoft’s watchful eye behind. Turn personalized advertising off For those unaware, […]

Distributed spam hides illegal activities

Cybercriminals are fairly experienced at avoiding detection. By the time you notice they’ve infected your computer with malware or hijacked your account, serious damage has most likely already been done. To make matters worse, they have another way to hide their illegal activities, and it involves sending thousands of spam emails. Understanding DSD Distributed Spam […]

Apple introduces new features in iOS 11.3

When you updated your Apple devices to iOS 11, you may have noticed the significant decrease in battery life. To solve that issue, Apple is releasing iOS 11.3, which comes with battery performance fixes and more features. Here’s everything we know so far about the new OS. Battery management features You might recall the infamous […]

How to enjoy a better laptop experience

Did you just get the newest MacBook Pro? Or the Lenovo Yoga 920? Either would be very exciting, but before you start showing off your new purchase, there are five steps you should take to make your laptop experience even more enjoyable and long-lasting. 1. Update your laptop’s operating system One of the first things […]

Virtual DR: The best anti-ransomware tool

From CryptoLocker to WannaCry, ransomware has grown in sophistication and scope over the past few years. And given its widespread success with hackers, more ransomware attacks will likely be developed further into 2018. In anticipation of these attacks, many experts are saying that virtualized disaster recovery solutions may be the best way to defend against […]

4 new features for Bing Search

Although the internet is a seemingly endless source of information, you may find that unless you ask the right questions, you won’t get the right answers. As a way to accommodate a greater variety of user queries, Bing has recently been updated with four new features. Validating answers using many websites Before the recent update, […]

Android users, meet Amazon’s Alexa

Because Amazon Echo sold like hotcakes during the holidays, Alexa became the darling of Christmas 2017, taking over our homes and hearts. With the Android version of the app now enabled with voice control, Alexa can continue to smoothly make its way into our lives via our smartphones. Until recently, the Amazon Alexa app could […]

Skype offers end-to-end encryption feature

Transmitting voice conversations over an internet connection can be risky, with no way of knowing whether or not anyone is tapping your calls. In response to this concern, Skype has just released a new feature that can encrypt all conversations, ensuring more privacy when calling or texting. Benefits of using Private Conversations Named ‘Private Conversations’ […]

Differentiating Groups, Yammer, and Teams

Yammer, Outlook Groups, and Microsoft Teams have plenty in common. They’re all Office 365 tools designed for sharing files and communicating with colleagues. So what differentiates each from the other and when should you use them? Here’s a quick rundown to help you decide. Outlook Groups With Outlook Groups, every member gets a shared inbox, […]

Issues found for new Windows patches

Despite security being one of Microsoft’s top priorities, it has been recently discovered that there are two vulnerabilities in computer chips, named Meltdown and Spectre, that put private data in jeopardy. As a solution, Microsoft has released an update to fix this vulnerability. Issues with Microsoft’s Spectre and Meltdown patches After the January 3rd announcement […]

Beware of the Meltdown and Spectre patches

Installing security patches is usually such a humdrum task that even the most inexperienced users handle it. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with the Spectre and Meltdown fixes. This time around, we recommend you skip installing the update and let an IT professional handle it for you. Unsecured data storage Spectre and Meltdown […]

How to stay safe from Spectre & Meltdown

Like many security flaws, the Spectre and Meltdown bugs can leak critical data from computers and mobile devices for hackers to exploit. What makes them unique is the vast number of PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones they affect. But if you use an Apple device, there are fixes that can help you temporarily protect against […]