With the multiple rumors surrounding the upcoming overhaul of Windows 10, speculation set in with a possible Windows 11.
On the Microsoft Docs, however, a small but significant note was made for Windows 10 Home and Pro. The Support page shows a retirement date of October 14th, 2025.
When end-of-life happens, the operating system will no longer receive security or quality updates, although Microsoft may decide to extend the deadline slightly at some point in the future, as it did with Windows 7. Once support ends, users will no longer be able to contact Microsoft for advice in the event of problems with that OS.
What this states is simply clear: Windows 10 End of Support will be ending in 2025. This could mean that the Microsoft event happening on June 24th will be announcing the future of Windows OS – whether its name is Sun Valley, or Windows 11.
There are so much confusion, as well as many questions that Windows users are asking, but we have to wait a couple more weeks for the answers.
Apple’s WWDC is happening this week, and announcements have already been overflowing.
iOS 15 has been one of the main topics of this conference. Many of the apps involved with their devices are getting upgrades, including Messages and Facetime.
Yesterday, Apple announced a well known security feature to the operating system: 2-Factor Authentication. According to TechRadar, “iOS 15 will include a built-in authenticator that will help generate verification codes for online services that support 2FA, eliminating the need to download a third-party app, like Google Authenticator or Authy.”
2FA, or Two-factor authentication, was intended to provide the highest effective level of account security. You will set up your accounts in the Settings App, and the feature will simply fill in the code automatically.
It’s no secret that hackers are looking for new ways to inject harmful malware into potential victims’ computers in order to breach their privacy and steal sensitive data. Sideloading is just another way to do that.
If you have an Android, you may be familiar with the term ‘sideloading’. This feature allows users to install apps from different types of sources. While this might be an advantage to those who prefer no limitation, it could also be problematic.
According to Bitdefender, “Using a combination of tricks to persuade users to install apps outside of the official store, criminals spread most of their malware through sideloading.”
It’s important to remember to download content from legitimate sources. Not doing so could potentially welcome attacks to steal information.
Computer piracy has unfortunately seen a surge in popularity, affecting not just big companies but also individual users of technology. And with advancements in the tech world growing over time, hackers are becoming more intelligent on backdoors and software vulnerabilities.
Firewalls and anti-virus software are important steps to take because they are effective weapons against invasive spyware, attempting to firewall and uninstall any suspicious material detected on your system. Keep the security software up-to-date.
Make a backup of all the files that are important to you and that you trust personally. Keeping backups to all your files would also guarantee that your data is not destroyed if your computer crashes.
Emails, text messages, files, graphics, and connections from unknown senders should be treated with caution since they have the potential to contain malware. Certain websites and pop-ups can even corrupt your computer with malicious material.
Every year, Microsoft releases two major updates, with minor patches and improvements throughout. This Windows 10 May 2021 update should be released within the next couple weeks.
According to WindowsLatest, “Microsoft also explained that Windows 10 version 21H1 will be rolled out in phases and users won’t be able to download it immediately.” Thankfully, though, they explain that Microsoft includes Update Assistant and Media Creation tools if you would prefer to update your PC manually.
And just for clarification, while this update is the first “major” one to come out in 2021, there’s nothing major about it in any way. There are no high-end features (those will be released in the October update) and only a handful of improvements will be included:
Windows Hello Camera Support
Windows Search Improvements
Note for Windows Insiders: The preview may carry bugs that can affect your device. To become part of the Windows Insiders Program and try out upcoming features before anyone else, sign up here! Be sure to read the Important Notice before agreeing to join, as it adds a variety of risks to your computer.
In order for Microsoft developers and support to understand the urgency of different computer issues, color-coded screens of death appear.
Most users who utilize Windows 10 have dealt with the ever-infamous Blue Screen of Death. However, there are a handful more of them out there. Screens of death often result in lost data and an action to restart your PC.
Here are just a few:
The Orange Screen of Death pops up when there are hardware issues occurring. If you use more than one monitor, or if the computer is attempting to turn on from its sleep, this color may show up.
Graphics drivers can cause a Red or White Screen of Death if it is malfunctioning.
If users are included in the Windows Insiders program, they may come across a Green Screen of Death. This happens when errors in the testing phase occurs. It was said the Green was to distinguish between the Windows Insiders build and the updated release, in which it turns Blue.
2-Factor Authentication, simply put, is just extra security. But why utilize it? Cyber attacks are reportedly one of the top rated risks in 2020. It’s expected for these attacks to double in size by 2025.
As the Covid pandemic continues, more and more people will work remotely as a safety precaution. However, with that comes a dire need for extra security. Thankfully, 2-Factor Authentication can help lower the risk for any potential attacks – even if someone knows any of your passwords.
With a trusted phone number, you will be provided with a verification code to a newly signed-in computer. When you put the code in, you’ll be able to access your accounts. It may sound annoying going through additional steps, but it saves the hassle of potential hacks that could harm your computer or steal your personal information.
On your iOS device, go to Settings. From there, you’ll click on your name at the top, and then to Password & Security. Turn your Two-Factor Authentication on. You will then put in the phone number you want getting verification codes.
On the Apple menu go to Apple ID in your System Preferences. Under your profile picture, go to Password & Security. Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
In the Google Play Store, you can download the Microsoft Authenticator app. Once installed, add your personal account in the app.
Sign into your Microsoft account on your computer. Once that’s done, click on the Security tab and turn on the Two-step authentication. Follow any instructions given to process and confirm.
It wasn’t too long ago when Apple announced their own M1 chip, replacing Intel chips in their upcoming devices.
At the virtual Apple Event last week, information and specs were shared about it, claiming to revolutionize their products’ overall performance. This new technology shows a 2x faster CPU performance in the M1. Also, the M1 only uses 25% performance of what a PC normally uses. Now, production of the next line, M2, is underway.
According to MakeUseOf, “Similar to its predecessor, the M2 chip will integrate multiple discreet components onto a single chip, a design referred to in semiconductor talk as “System-on-a-Chip” or “SoC”. The article states that the M1 combines the CPU, GPU and Neural engine (Apple’s artificial intelligence and machine learning accelerators) all on a single silicon die.”
It’s stated the new M2 chip could be available in July of this year, since Macbooks are going on sale around that time frame.
Today is the ever famous Apple Event. Nicknamed their ‘Springloaded’ event, it is rumored Apple will be sharing a handful of things they’re working on. For example, iOS 14.5 may be highlighted in this keynote, addressing its release date.
One of the features listed in 14.5 is the App Tracking Transparency. This particular one has been the cause of controversy. App developers will have to request permission of the user for ad targeting.
Those who create free applications and rely on ad tracking could see a decrease in revenue due to Apple’s upcoming iOS feature. But this doesn’t mean that ad tracking is disabled.
“Ads are still permitted,” states TomsGuide, ” it’s just that they can’t be personalized based on your history with other apps or websites. Whether that will impact click through and ultimately revenue will depend on how clever the contextual advertising is. Just because an app doesn’t know the websites you visit, that doesn’t mean it can’t guess your preferences and interests based on what app you’re using.”
Hopefully the Apple Event will share the release date with us so preparations can be in order.