Everyone wants a fast machine. There are many ways to get a screaming fast computer, but a lot of them cost money. There are some obvious options such as a faster processor, solid state disk drives and additional RAM. However, there are also ways to ...

 

Six Ways to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Computer and more...




Six Ways to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Computer

Everyone wants a fast machine. There are many ways to get a screaming fast computer, but a lot of them cost money. There are some obvious options such as a faster processor, solid state disk drives and additional RAM. However, there are also ways to speed up your computer by tweaking some settings in your operating system. Computer World is here to help with six ways to speed up your machine. Check it out.

  1. Change your power settings
  2. Disable programs that run on startup
  3. Disable shadows, animations and visual effects
  4. Launch the Windows troubleshooter
  5. Get help from the Performance Monitor
  6. Kill bloatware

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Microsoft “Busted” for Disabling Competitor’s AV Products

Despite being a Russian company, I've always been a big fan of Kaspersky products. It is typically the first to identify new threats and is very flexible in allowing detailed configuration customization. Kaspersky has alleged that Microsoft engages in anti-competitive practices, especially where it comes to third party security software. Noted Windows guru Paul Thurrott stated, "Windows 10 actually removes third-party AV during an upgrade. After removing the third-party AV, Windows 10 tricks the user into thinking it's still installed and working." Apparently Microsoft agrees. Thurrott believes that the disabling of some third-party security software is because they are not certified for the current version of Windows 10. Yeah, right.

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Help Prevent Hacked Accounts: Use Two-Factor Authentication

You should be using two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever you can. Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security "on top of" your normal user ID and password. You've probably already seen 2FA in action. A very common method is to register your smartphone to the website. When you login with your user ID and password, typically you'll get a text message with a numeric code that has to be entered on the site in order to complete the login process. Therefore, if someone tries to hack your account, they won't be able to receive the text message and access your account.

Setting up 2FA varies by application. The Verge has a posting that tells you how to setup 2FA for a large number of online accounts such as Dropbox, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Check it out and start using two-factor authentication.

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Bixby Early Preview Available for Samsung S8 and S8+

If you have the latest Samsung S8 smartphones, Bixby is now available for early signup. You'll need to go to Samsung's website and enter your e-mail address. Bixby is Samsung's voice assistant. It is intended to compete with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. The feature I'm most looking forward to is language translation. Point the camera at words (e.g. street sign, billboard, store front, etc.) in a foreign language and activate Bixby. Bixby will then translate the words in the captured image to a language of your choice. Think of it as a camera version of Google translate. It should be pretty cool and I'm looking forward to trying it out as we travel to foreign countries.

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Google Drive Reinventing Itself

Google Drive is extremely popular, especially if you are an Android user. Right now you install Google Drive and put files into a special folder that synchronizes between your desktop and cloud storage. Google announced that it is changing its consumer version of Google Drive to be more of a backup of your computer instead of just synchronizing a folder. The new service, to be released June 28th, will be called Backup and Sync. Even the name suggests a computer backup solution. The solution is designed for consumers rather than business users. Google wants business users to look at Drive File Stream instead.

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