Patch Tuesday, August 2018 Edition

Adobe and Microsoft each released security updates for their software on Tuesday. Adobe plugged five security holes in its Flash Player browser plugin. Microsoft pushed 17 updates to fix at least 60 vulnerabilities in Windows and other software, including two “zero-day” flaws that attackers were already exploiting before Microsoft issued patches to fix them. Patch Tuesday, August 2018 Edition

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Setting up and how to use the Your Phone app on Windows 10

Your Phone for Windows 10 is currently in testing, so here’s how to set it up. Want to try out the new Your Phone app on Windows 10? We’ve got you covered with a quick how-to showcasing all the steps you need to take to get things set up and ready to go. How to use the Windows 10 Your Phone app

Right now, the Your Phone app only works on Android, and it allows you to see and share photos from your Android device directly on your PC. You must be a Windows Insider for this feature to function at this time. So, to begin, you need to open up the Your Phone app on your PC. How to set up and use the Your Phone app on Windows 10

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I didn’t find this feature useful at all as and Iphone user.  Hopefully android and windows phone users find this feature more useful.

How to uninstall the Mail app on Windows 10 (and then reinstall it again)

If you want to get rid of the built-in Mail app on Windows 10, we’ll show you how. On Windows 10, the Mail app comes with the Calendar companion, and together they offer the default experience to manage multiple email accounts and calendars on your device. Although the app offers a great experience for most users, it’s not for everyone. But if you try to remove it, the Settings app won’t allow let you because it’s a built-in app. Luckily, you can use the PowerShell command-line tool to remove the Mail app on Windows 10 permanently or reinstall it to fix sync and other issues. How to uninstall the Mail app on Windows 10 (and then reinstall it again)

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I personally do not recommend the Windows Mail app because it has been very buggy since it was released.  I suggest using Microsoft Outlook.  However if you use Windows 10 mail app and are having problems, This solution might help.

Is Antivirus Software Still Needed?

Antivirus software programs remain prominent in the tech market, but fewer people are buying them, despite the fact that scammers are more active than ever, and newer and more innovative ways to harvest personal data continue to emerge. This article explores the reasons why many appear to have lost faith in antivirus software but also why it still has a role to play in keeping you safe online. The expansion of the internet  In times gone by, antivirus software was the only defence against unwanted entities making their way into your device. However, these days, internet powerhouses such as Google and Facebook actively fight this themselves, and the positive effects of this trickle down to make the net safer for everyone else. Clearly, these giants of the internet have far more power to tackle viruses that the likes of Norton and AVG Ultimate which are often sold along with a new PC. So you may wonder what I’m getting with AVG Ultimate, for example. Is Antivirus Software Still Needed?

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Compared to 10 years ago, I see a fraction of viruses on computers these days.  The majority of infections that I encounter are malware, adware, and ransomware.  However, I would recommend using at least a free antivirus.

FBI Warns of ‘Unlimited’ ATM Cashout Blitz

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning banks that cybercriminals are preparing to carry out a highly choreographed, global fraud scheme known as an “ATM cash-out,” in which crooks hack a bank or payment card processor and use cloned cards at cash machines around the world to fraudulently withdraw millions of dollars in just a few hours. FBI Warns of ‘Unlimited’ ATM Cashout Blitz

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Google Public DNS turns years old

(Sunday, August 12th, 2018, at 00:30 UTC marks eight years, eight months, eight days and eight hours since the announcement.) Though not as well-known as Google Search or Gmail, the four eights have had quite a journey—and some pretty amazing growth! Whether it’s travelers in India’s train stations or researchers on the remote Antarctic island Bouvetøya, hundreds of millions of people the world over rely on our free DNS service to turn domain names like into IP addresses like Public DNS query growth and major feature launchesToday, it’s estimated that about 10% of internet users rely on, and it serves well over a trillion queries per day. But while we’re really proud of that growth, what really matters is whether it’s a valuable service for our users. Namely, has Google Public DNS made the internet faster for users? Does it safeguard their privacy? And does it help them get to internet sites more reliably and securely?In other words, has made DNS and the internet better as a whole? Google Public DNS turns years old

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How to access files on network devices using SMBv1 on Windows 10

If you can no longer access network files, chances are your device is still using the SMB version 1 protocol, which is no longer supported on Windows 10. Here’s a workaround to regain access to your files. Server Message Block (SMB) is a networking file share protocol included in Windows 10 that provides the ability to read and write files and perform other service requests to network devices. Usually, you’ll be using SMB to connect to devices that don’t run Windows, such as a router with file sharing capabilities, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), or other computers running Linux. Although there have been three major releases of the protocol, there is a chance that you may still have devices running the original version, such as SMB version 1 (v1) which is old and insecure, and Windows 10 no longer installs it by default starting with the Fall Creators Update and April 2018 Update. As a result, you’ll get error messages like “You can’t connect to the file share because it’s not secu How to access files on network devices using SMBv1 on Windows 10

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Surface Go 64GB eMMC – How much slower is the $399 model anyway?

Here’s our first look at the entry-level Surface Go, and its slower storage. With the reviews of the new Microsoft Surface Go landing one thing is obvious: everyone is looking at the more expensive $550 version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as the one to buy versus the $399 option with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of space. Part of that is just the expectation of 8GB of RAM is better especially if using something like the Chrome browser. But the real concern is the type of storage used – eMMC – which is expected to be significantly slower than SSD found in the more expensive model. If you don’t know the difference, we wrote an excellent primer on how the two storage formats compare. But what about real-world benchmarks? Surface Go 64GB eMMC – How much slower is the $399 model anyway?

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Lenovo Miix 630 (review): A solid Windows 10 on ARM PC for those on the go

How to create Windows 10 system restore points automatically on startup

You can create system restore points every time Windows 10 starts, and in this guide, we’ll show you how to do it. On Windows 10, System Restore is a feature that works like a time machine that takes your computer to an earlier point in time to reverse system changes using a restore point. This feature is particularly useful to recover from a number of issues when your device isn’t working correctly without affecting your files. Usually, new restore points are created automatically before a significant event occurs, such as when installing a new app, driver, or software update, and you can even trigger them manually. The only caveat is that using a restore point that isn’t recent may end up undoing many unnecessary changes. However, if you want to make sure there is always a fresh restore point available, you can configure System Restore to generate additional checkpoints every time you start Windows 10. How to create Windows 10 system restore points automatically on startup

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I thought this would be a very handy post for when Windows updates causes major problems.  It is very nice to have a solid restore point to go back to. It can save you hours of work and $100’s on your computer repair bill.

How to enable or disable Wi-Fi and Ethernet network adapters on Windows 10

If you have to disable a network adapter you don’t use, or one that doesn’t work, in this guide, we’ll show you the steps on how to do this on Windows 10. Although a network adapter is an important part of your computer — it connects your PC to your local network, and thus the internet — sometimes you may need to disable it. Regardless of if you need to turn it off to just shut down things you’re not using, or to save battery life, or to keep your computer off a network, you have your reasons. The only problem is that while you can use the Settings app on Windows 10 to manage network settings, Settings doesn’t include an option to enable or disable network adapters. Here’s how to do it. In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to disable and enable a network adapter using GUI and command line tools. How to enable or disable Wi-Fi and Ethernet network adapters on Windows 10

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More Windows 10 tips that I thought you might find useful.