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How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

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Susan Bradley: Windows 10 Thanksgiving-week patches

Computerworld blogger Susan Bradley takes a look at the latest patches from Microsoft, just in time for Thanksgiving in the US.

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Totality Services launches remote IT support for WFH workers in the UK

IT support provider Totality Services has launched a new venture, WFH IT Support, offering to help UK-based SMBs and displaced workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Gmail encryption: Everything you need to know

This easy-to-follow guide will help you understand what's going on with Gmail encryption and what you can do to maximize your messaging privacy.

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A pre-Thanksgiving all-clear to install patches

As the US gets ready for Thanksgiving, Windows 10 users can be thankful for one thing: you can go ahead and install Microsoft’s November updates on laptops, desktops and workstations.

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How to stay as private as possible on the Mac

Privacy means vigilance, so make sure your Mac is as vigilant as possible on your behalf. Here's how.

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Deciphering (and understanding) Microsoft’s patch management options

The pandemic this year forced admins to scramble to keep their Windows systems up and running (and properly patched) at a distance. So it's important to understand what options are available and which work best in different situations....

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Microsoft exhorts enterprises to quit text, voice multi-factor authentication passcodes

Microsoft Authenticator, the company's app-based authenticator, and Windows Hello, the umbrella label for Microsoft's biometrics technology, are better methods of authentication, a Microsoft exec says.

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Browser updates are back for Update Tuesday; testing may be needed for Windows patches

Microsoft this week released 112 updates to its Windows, browser, development and Office platforms. But there were no zero-days or reports of publicly exploited vulnerabilities for November.

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The November Patch Tuesday aftermath

There were a few surprises in this month's updates released on Tuesday, including Office 2010 updates, some Intel Microcode updates you can probably skip and fixes for Outlook memory issues.

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Online privacy: Best browsers, settings, and tips

Everything you do online is tracked when you use your browser. But you can fight back.

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11 Android settings that'll strengthen your security

Android's own native security options aren't always obvious — but they're absolutely worth your while to embrace and understand.

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For Patch Tuesday, it's time to pause those Windows 10 updates

After introducing herself, Susan Bradley offers advice on dealing with Patch Tuesday and on picking the right version of Windows 10.

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On a personal note...

Woody Leonhard looks back a bit, looks ahead to retirement — and shares good news about who's picking up the Windows patching torch.

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How to give Chrome a super-simple security upgrade

Fortify your browser with a handful of quick clicks on your computer and your phone.

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Get Microsoft's October patches installed — and seriously consider Win10 2004

Odd ancillary patches have their problems, but the mainstream October patches look pretty reliable. The big question: Is Win10 version 2004 up to your stability standards. I’m skeptical -- especially because it has few worthwhile...

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The New Normal: When work-from-home means the boss is watching

The rise of remote work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred faster adoption of employee monitoring software by companies who want to boost productivity — and keep an eye on workers outside the office.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: October 2020

The big news with this month’s patches – aside from the usual smorgasbord of strange errors – has more to do with the patches that are outside the regular cumulative update stream. Remarkably, we didn’t get any security fixes for IE...

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