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  Windows (all) Tip -  How to beat ransomware: prevent, don’t react   

How to beat ransomware: prevent, don't react

Picture this: You've spent the last few weeks working on a tribute video for a friend's 30th wedding anniversary. You collected photos and video clips and edited them together, laying over a soundtrack of their favorite songs. It was a real labor of love.

When you finally finish the project, you go to copy the file onto a DVD and what the? a strange message pops up.

"The files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 96 hours to submit payment, otherwise your files will be permanently destroyed."

You've been hit with ransomware.

You didn't back up the anniversary video. In fact, you haven't backed up any of your files in months. What do you do?

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Published on May 23, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
  Windows (all) Tip -  The Windows firewall is the overlooked defense against WannaCry and Adylkuzz   

Despite all the attention currently focused on Windows computers being infected with WannaCry ransomware, a defensive strategy has been overlooked. This being a Defensive Computing blog, I feel the need to point it out.

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Published on May 20, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  Chrome Browser Tip -  You should disable automatic downloads in Chrome right now   

Google Chrome users on Windows are advised to disable automatic downloads in the web browser to protect authentication data against a new threat discovered recently.

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Published on May 20, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  FireFox Tip -  Bookmarks Organizer for Firefox   

Bookmarks Organizer is an excellent add-on for the Firefox web browser that scans for dead and redirecting bookmarks, as well as empty name bookmarks currently. Scans are fast, and users have options to deal with all errors and issues with a single click, or by going through the results manually to verify the findings, and process bookmarks individually.

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Published on May 20, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  iOS Tip -  Apple releases updates for iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1   

On Monday, Apple released iOS version 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 to the public, after a month-long beta testing period for each revision.

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Published on May 15, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  Gmail Tip -  How to Enable Undo Send in Gmail   

You have email regrets. Everyone does. Perhaps you knew it was a bad idea or a "reply all" disaster the second you hit Send. But that's life; you live, you learn.

Except if you have Gmail, that is. While Google can't exactly invent a time machine, its "Undo Send" feature within Gmail can recall a mistakenly sent message.

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Published on May 13, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  MS Excel Tip -  Excel 2016 cheat sheet   

Are you getting the most from Microsoft Excel 2016? Get to know the key new features.

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Published on May 13, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  Win 10 Tip -  Make File Explorer open to This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10   

Windows 10 users may have noticed that by default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access. That is, when you click on the Explorer icon, you will see the Quick Access folder location open up as follows.

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Published on May 11, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  OS X Tip -  How to Disable Safari Extensions on Mac   

You can disable third party Safari extensions on the Mac without completely uninstalling them. This can be helpful for troubleshooting purposes, various testing scenarios, and many other situations, whether you're a developer, trying to determine if and which particular extension is causing an issue with Safari, or even maybe just giving a trial run to a similar extension.

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Published on May 11, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
  Win 10 Tip -  How to disable Windows 10 Wallpaper compression and improve image quality   

Windows 10 automatically compresses your wallpaper images and reduces it to 85% of the original image quality, before setting it as your desktop background. This helps in saving valuable disk space and improves performance to a certain extent but compromises on the image quality. While the process is immensely useful for PCs with moderate specifications, if your system has plenty of RAM, you can disable the wallpaper compression in Windows 10. Here's how to go about it.

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Published on May 8, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
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