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Windows 10 upgrade: Don’t use Express settings if you value your privacy


When you’re setting up a new or existing PC with Windows 10, Microsoft will offer to install the operating system with “Express settings.” Although Windows 10 Express settings will get you up and running quickly, that convenience comes at a cost: By skipping over custom settings, you’re agreeing to all kinds of data collection and…

How to make File Explorer’s Favorites/Quick access section work for you


Windows’ File Explorer is not just a portal to your filesystem; it can be an effective productivity tool with a little customization. Some people just aren’t fans of File Explorer’s Favorites section (known as Quick access in Windows 10). They’re missing out. Because for anyone who regularly goes back and forth between a specific set…

Java installer flaw shows why you should clear your Downloads folder


Older versions of the Java installer were vulnerable to binary planting in the Downloads folder On most computers, the default download folder quickly becomes a repository of old and unorganized files that were opened once and then forgotten about. A recently fixed flaw in the Java installer highlights why keeping this folder clean is important.…

Newly found TrueCrypt flaw allows full system compromise


by: Lucian Constantin Windows users who rely on TrueCrypt to encrypt their hard drives have a serious security problem: a researcher has discovered two critical flaws in the program. TrueCrypt may have been abandoned by its original developers, but it remains one of the few encryption options for Windows. That keeps researchers interested in finding holes…

Why Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever


by: Fahmida Y. Rashid With Device Guard and Credential Guard, Windows enjoys unprecedented protection from malware and advanced persistent threats Microsoft added two game-changing security features for enterprise users in Windows 10, but until recently, the company has been relatively quiet about them. So far the buzz has mainly been about Windows Hello, which supports face…

Why you should ditch OpenOffice and use the free LibreOffice suite


by: Chris Hoffman OpenOffice was the first big, mainstream free software competitor to Microsoft Office, and because of that, it still has mainstream name recognition—which is a problem. Developers have almost all moved to LibreOffice, the spiritual successor to OpenOffice. But OpenOffice continues to be operated as its own project, seeing little development and only drawing…