Don’t want mandatory Windows 10 updates? Microsoft has a tool to block some | Windows Central
This isn’t a total fix but more of a workaround. For us in the pre-Windows 10 crowd, who are picky about what Windows does and when, it will be hard to get use to always-installed updates. Although it is understandable why force this upon users – for one congruent security patching – problems have already surfaced as outlined in this Forbes article.
How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 | Windows Central
Windows 7 users migrating to 10, the start is just days away! Here is more great information from Windows Central you should familiarize yourself with BEFORE the upgrade.
No matter what follows please believe that this data breach is bad for many but – in motivation – could someone have been trying to right a wrong? Maybe, more below.
First the confusing irony, a surveillance company called Hacking Team is hacked and nearly half a terabyte of it’s data is leaked. What’s bad is that this company knows how to get into Apple iOS, Google Android, or Windows phone or computer. The crux? Hacking Team is known for having nefarious dealings with questionable governments, police states, etc. – go ahead, read on Wikipedia and see if you like them now.
Excuse the analogy but this sounds like the Edward Snowden/NSA debacle all over again. Is it possible someone was trying to expose what this company was up to? Sure. If so, unfortunately Pandora’s box had been left wide open for hackers, crackers and your cyber-savvy grandmother to access personal information. This has now become a foot-race as to who can analyze the leak first, the security industry or cyber-criminals. I would normally say happy computing but instead I’ll say, good luck.
There is no silver bullet or one-click protection for online security. It requires vigilance at all times on multiple fronts and this tip is in no way a cure-all but it will help reduce the size of your digital footprint. If the hounds of crime ever start to track your scent why not leave as few breadcrumbs as possible.
In Chrome it’s called Incognito, in Internet Explorer it’s InPrivate, but no matter what browser use this mode. Yes it will slightly inconvenience users, for example, saved IDs and passwords may not work, sites may not remember your geo-location but in the long run you will be safer. Happy computing!
Unless you want the Yahoo-experience for your web browser – default search engine/home page – pay attention during the installation of the latest Java update. If you do not opt-out then that is exactly what you will get.
A really good collection of questions and answers about the pending, free upgrade to Windows 10. To be honest, the more I read the less inclined I feel to go through with it. Anyone who’s previously upgraded knows it is never a 100% transparent process, something is always lost in translation. I have already advised my father that upgrading may not be the best decision for him.
Microsoft is positioning Windows 10 to work well with all your devices regardless if Apple, Android or – to use their own words – a 3-year-old printer. For example the Phone Companion app will assist in setting up this cross-platform integration between non-Windows phones and a PC. Even Cortana is being made available on iOS and Android! Sounds like great integration ahead for Windows 10, I can’t wait to see it all.