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Wed
25
Jan
John Lister's picture

Windows 10 Security Simplified

Microsoft is to launch a simplified all-in-one tool for keeping track of security in Windows 10. It's based around what Microsoft is calling the "five pillars of protection." The new tool will be called the Windows Defender Security Center. As the ... name suggests, it's a mixture of Security Centre (a longstanding menu in Windows) and Windows Defender, Windows 10's built-in security software which replaces the old Microsoft Security Essentials. It's currently in testing among users who have signed up for 'fast ring updates', but will be introduced to the general public via ... (view more)

Tue
12
Jul
John Lister's picture

Facebook to Offer Secure 'Secret Messaging'

Facebook is to let users send messages which cannot be read by anyone other than the recipient. It's also continuing to work on a feature that allows users to send temporary messages which self-destruct. The new feature is referred to as end-to-end ... encryption . That means it's set up in a way that, even if the message is intercepted, it can't be read by anyone other than the recipient. This is done by maintaining the encryption from the sending device to the receiving device, regardless of the route it takes across the Internet. Secure Shell (SSH) , which is commonly used to connect a ... (view more)

Wed
16
Mar
John Lister's picture

Google Email Automatic Reply Tool Expanded

Google is expanding a feature that automatically suggests quick email replies that you can send with one click. It's moving it from mobile only to the desktop, though won't yet be part of the main Gmail tool. The feature, called Smart Reply, debuted ... on the Inbox by Gmail mobile app. That's a separate tool to Gmail, though lets you access the same email accounts. The difference is that the app contains several tools designed to make it easier to deal with large numbers of messages, particularly for people who work on the move. Smart Reply works by scanning the content of an ... (view more)

Tue
08
Dec
John Lister's picture

Engineer: Microsoft 'Going Too Far' Forcing Win10 Upgrade

A software engineer has accused Microsoft of going to extreme lengths to push users into upgrading to Windows 10. Josh Mayfield says Microsoft is in a cat and mouse game with users who are explicitly trying to avoid an upgrade. We've previously ... reported on Microsoft's tactics to make Windows 10 an automatic upgrade for many users . Microsoft went as far as to recently reclassify the operating system as an optional update to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, meaning it will automatically install for all users who have set their machines to trust Microsoft and accept all updates. As things ... (view more)

Mon
19
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Do I need to Reserve Windows 10 to Upgrade (even after a format)?

Infopackets Reader Jeff P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have the 'get windows 10' app on my PC, however, when try and install Windows 10, I get multiple error codes and it won't upgrade my system to Windows 10. Is it possible for me to reformat my hard ... drive, then reinstall Windows 7 (clean), download all my windows updates, then use the Windows 10 media creation tool and install Windows 10 from that? My major concern is that I will lose my reservation for Windows 10 after I format my hard drive. Can I reserve my Windows 10 upgrade again later, especially after I format my hard drive? " My ... (view more)

Fri
31
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Windows 10 Upgrade Failed Error 80240020

Infopackets Reader Sam T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have clicked on the 'Get Windows 10' app in my tray bar and it still says it's reserved. I read that I can force the upgrade by using entering 'wuauclt.exe /updatenow' in the command prompt -- ... however, I keep getting a message that Windows 10 Upgrade Failed, with error code 80240020. I searched for 'windows 10 upgrade failed 80240020' on Google and have read a number of posts, but I can't seem to figure out how to make this work. I keep getting an access denied error. Can you help? " My response: Many ... (view more)

Fri
05
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Windows Update Won't Update

Infopackets Reader Sam G. writes: " Dear Dennis, My Windows Update won't update. It happened when I upgraded to Windows 8.1; I had over 100 updates to download. I managed to download most of them but there were a few that failed. Windows Update says ... the error code is 8007045B on the failed updates. I did a search for 8007045B in Google but the information is conflicting, confusing, and for the most part all the articles I've read go around in a loop. I also came across an article on PC World which says to do revert my restore point - but that didn't work, either. Apparently ... (view more)

Fri
01
Aug
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'FocusWriter 1.5.2', and 'SynWrite 6.6.1225'

FocusWriter 1.5.2 This unique word processing tool limits distractions by expanding to include the entire display. You can access the hideaway interface by moving the cursor to the edges of your screen. This tool is compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, ... and Windows. http://gottcode.org/ SynWrite 6.6.1225 SynWrite is a completely free and open source code editor, making it a great tool for people who write, edit, code, and design content for the Internet. Special tools found inside include macro recorder, code highlighter, and expressions. http://www.uvviewsoft.com/ (view more)

Wed
21
May
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'Google Hangouts 2.1.1', and 'Microsoft Debug Diagnostic Tool 2.0'

Google Hangouts 2.1.1 This popular tool allows users to quickly and easily start video conversations with groups of friends, family, and colleagues. Users can then send each other videos, photographs, and other files. Hangouts can be used on a ... computer, smartphone, and tablet PC. http://www.google.com Microsoft Debug Diagnostic Tool 2.0 Is your computer too slow or constantly crashing? Microsoft's Debug Diagnostic Tool allows users to troubleshoot annoying performance issues by providing a comprehensive analysis of your system. This newest version provides an entirely new and more ... (view more)

Mon
16
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Hardwipe 3.0.3', and 'Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.4'

Hardwipe 3.0.3 Worried that the files you recently deleted are still accessible from your computer? Then give Hardwipe a try. As the name suggests, this program performs a permanent sanitizing for your computer, forever eliminating any files you no ... longer want. http://www.hardwipe.com Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.4 Protect your computer against various malicious software programs -- including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom -- using Microsoft's own Malicious Software Removal Tool. This tool check your computer for any infections and then helps you take immediate action. http://www. ... (view more)

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