Windows 10’s Disk Cleanup is no longer the best tool to free up space

It’s time to embrace Storage sense on Windows 10 and let Disk Cleanup go. On Windows 10, Disk Cleanup has been a handy tool for freeing up space after upgrading to a new version and for getting rid of junk files on your hard drive. However, beginning with the October 2018 Update (version 1809), Windows 10 is deprecating the tool in favor of Storage sense, which offers a modern experience with more features. You can continue to use Disk Cleanup, but it’s probably time to stop. The reason isn’t just because the tool will no longer be maintained and future updates may break it, but also because concerns of potentially accidental deletion of personal files, and with version 1809, Windows 10 is also introducing a new option that allows you to delete everything within the Downloads folder. The option isn’t new, it was first introduced with Storage sense, but since most people have been using Disk Cleanup for years, and they’re used to checking every item in the list without giving it a Windows 10’s Disk Cleanup is no longer the best tool to free up space

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18262

Hello Windows Insiders! Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18262 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring AND those who have opted in to Skip Ahead. REMINDER: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If this makes you Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18262

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update breaks internet for apps — here’s the fix

If your apps can’t connect to the internet after upgrading to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, try these workarounds. Since the original release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) on October 2, we’ve seen numerous reports of issues with the new version, including data loss-related problems, bugs in the user interface, and driver compatibility issues.

In addition to the big pile of reports, many users have also been experiencing network problems with apps. On the official Microsoft forums and across the web, users have been reporting that after upgrading to version 1809, Microsoft Store apps can no longer connect to the internet, even though there’s a working network connection and classic desktop program can connect without issues.

Although there could be many factors that contribute to connection problems, in this particular case, it appears that the October 2018 Update is to blame. The good news is that Microsoft is aware of the issue and eventually a fix w Windows 10 October 2018 Update breaks internet for apps — here’s the fix

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Modernizing Transport Security

It has a long history stretching back to the nearly twenty-year-old TLS 1.0 and its even older predecessor, SSL. Over that time, we have learned a lot about how to build secure protocols.TLS 1.2 was published ten years ago to address weaknesses in TLS 1.0 and 1.1 and has enjoyed wide adoption since then. Today only 0.5% of HTTPS connections made by Chrome use TLS 1.0 or 1.1. These old versions of TLS rely on MD5 and SHA-1, both now broken, and contain other flaws. TLS 1.0 is no longer PCI-DSS compliant and the TLS working group has adopted a document to deprecate TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1.In line with these industry standards, Google Chrome will deprecate TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in Chrome 72. Sites using these versions will begin to see deprecation warnings in the DevTools console in that release. Modernizing Transport Security

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Building a Titan: Better security through a tiny chip

To better protect that information at a hardware level, our new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices include a Titan M chip.We briefly introduced Titan M and some of its benefits on our Keyword Blog, and with this post we dive into some of its technical details. Titan M is a second-generation, low-power security module designed and manufactured by Google, and is a part of the Titan family. As described in the Keyword Blog post, Titan M performs several security sensitive functions, including: Storing and enforcing the locks and rollback counters used by Android Verified Boot. Securely storing secrets and rate-limiting invalid attempts at retrieving them using the Weaver API.Providing backing for the Android Strongbox Keymaster module, including Trusted User Presence and Protected Confirmation. Titan M has direct electrical connections to the Pixel’s side buttons, so a remote attacker can’t fake button presses. These features are available to third-party apps, such as FIDO U2F Authentication. Building a Titan: Better security through a tiny chip

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Here are 5 reasons why the Surface Go makes a good device for kids

Is the Surface Go a good tablet for kids? Absolutely. Here’s why. The Surface Go, Microsoft’s latest and most portable device, is undoubtedly suited for those on the move. It’s fun to use, it’s built to match Surface quality standards, and it has the hardware inside to act as an able companion for everyday tasks. Visiting Microsoft’s Go webpage, it’s clear from press images that children are included in the intended user group. Here are 5 reasons why the Surface Go makes a good device for kids

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I thought this would be a useful post for those wanting to purchase a new computer for their child.  Its very durable ad the battery stays charged for a really long time.

There are many different factors that you must consider when buying a laptop for a kid.  This article will help you narrow them down and make the proper choice.

Fiserv Flaw Exposed Customer Data at Hundreds of Banks

Fiserv, Inc., a major provider of technology services to financial institutions, just fixed a glaring weakness in its Web platform that exposed personal and financial details of countless customers across hundreds of bank Web sites, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Fiserv Flaw Exposed Customer Data at Hundreds of Banks

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This is why banks make me nervous as heck.

Chime in: Have you had good or bad experiences with McAfee AntiVirus?

The antivirus debate is a hot one. Many people swear that the Windows Defender Security Center baked into Windows 10 is enough to keep a PC safe, while others go to great lengths to find the perfect antivirus that balances performance and security. When buying a new laptop, many manufacturers will include a trial period for third-party antivirus software, including McAfee AntiVirus. Windows Central Forum Member Closingracer recently created a thread asking whether or not McAfee is indeed worth re-upping a subscription. I just bought a Dell G7 and it came with 1 year free of McAfee. I usually avoid both like the plague but I do have some recent experience with Dell since I got an All on 1 for free to review and liked it so I figured between price and the fact it is the only laptop with the 1060 Max Q under $1,000 I will get this laptop. Chime in: Have you had good or bad experiences with McAfee AntiVirus?

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I have had both good and bad experiences with Mcafee antivirus.  To be honest with you I haven’t had a good experience with the product since John Mcafee sold the company several years ago.  I currently recommend Sophos Antivirus and Malwarebytes for security.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17738

Hello Windows Insiders! Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17738 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC We fixed an issue where on Windows 10 in S Mode, launching Office in the Store might fail to launch with an error about a .dll not Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17738

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Lets keep our fingers crossed that this new Widows 10 update will be better the last several duds that Microsoft has released in a row.