How Many Screens of Death Are there?

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.


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Why Use 2-Factor Authentication?

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.

iOS

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.

Mac

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.

Microsoft App

In the Google Play Store, you can download the Microsoft Authenticator app. Once installed, add your personal account in the app.

Microsoft Web

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.


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Apple’s M2 Chip Already in Production

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.


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App Tracking Transparency Talk: Apple Event

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.


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Shake Active Window to Minimize Other Windows

Aero Shake

Microsoft incorporates both practical and fun features. One of the many features, introduced in Windows 7 and included in Windows 10, is called Aero Shake. Users could see this as a way to organize, which is quite handy.

Aero Shake allows users to minimize all open, idle windows except the currently active window rapidly. To use this feature, simply click on the window, drag it, and shake it back and forth. Once finished, you will notice the other window(s) minimize immediately.

Enabling and disabling is just as easy. Head over to Multitasking under the Systems tab of the Settings application. Turn on or off by clicking the toggle to the left or right.


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New Display Option to Improve Battery Life

Windows Insiders is a Microsoft program for users to see and test new features before they’re sent out to the public. Currently, Insiders are testing many upcoming features, such as camera settings, news and weather on the taskbar, and more!

Another improvement included in this year’s major update sheds light on battery life on laptops. This one is named “Content adaptive brightness control disabling“, or CABC, and unfortunately comes with a restriction.

The preview build states that while CABC disabling enhances the performance of the battery, the downside involves the lack of image quality.

CABC helps improve battery performance on PCs, but with the trade-off of decreased image quality. It can result in distracting brightness changes that interfere in experiences where image quality is of high importance such as for creative professionals looking for color accuracy. 

Source: Windows Insider Blog

This feature is said to be rolling out over time with certain Dolby Vision and VESA DisplayHDR devices, so keep a look out for it.


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Facebook Data Leak

Over the weekend, the large social media site endured quite the breach. According to MacRumors, the personal information of over 553 million Facebook users all over the world was leaked. One of which was its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

While the information appears to be old, the details in the shared database include phone numbers, Facebook IDs, names, locations, birthdates and email addresses, all of which could be used in social engineering attacks or hacking attempts.

Source: MacRumors

The Facebook server breach apparently occurred back in 2019. Once found, it was quickly patched up by August of 2019. The stolen information was then posted on a website for hackers to use among other cyber attacks.

What can you do?

You can check your phone number and your e-mail by using the Have I Been Pwned website. Be sure to also keep an eye out for any kind of e-mail or phone scams.

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Copy and Pasting

Most Windows 10 users know of the useful copy and paste shortcuts (CTRL + C / CTRL + V). Clipboard History, a Windows 10 feature, shows a list of items copied to the clipboard.

Mike Tholfsen, the Product Manager on the MicrosoftEDU team shared an amazing tutorial on how to utilize of Clipboard History on TikTok, shown below:


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The Importance of Windows Security

As the number of remote workers continue to climb, safety and security become even more of a priority to OS software. We as Microsoft users understand the basic necessity of keeping our PC safe. Windows 10 includes a built-in app, called Window Security to scan for viruses, along with firewall and network protection.

In the US alone, data breaches fell to an estimated 1.1 billion in 2020. It is predicted, however, that the number of data breaches in the US will rise to over 1.4 billion in 2021.

Source: Safety Detectives
Covered Options

To get the most out of Windows Security, click on the Start Menu and type in Windows Security in the search bar. Choose the first app option. You’ll find it covers all bases, providing:

  • Virus & threat protection
  • Account protection
  • Firewall & network protection
  • App & browser control
  • Device security
  • Device performance & health
  • Family options

From the Virus & threat protection tab, you can quickly scan your PC to find any possible threats.

Dynamic Lock

Windows 10 also provides a helpful little feature to assist those who are susceptible to forgetting to lock their home screen. When your Bluetooth, which must be linked to your computer, is out of range, the feature called Dynamic Lock automatically locks your device or PC. Find this feature by following the directions:

  1. Start Menu
  2. Settings
  3. Accounts
  4. Sign-in Options
  5. Dynamic Lock
  6. Check box “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away”

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How to Screenshot by Tapping iPhone Back

If you have an iPhone, you will want to try this feature out!

I just recently found out about this simple, yet wonderful feature on the iPhone. Screenshots can usually be taken by holding down the power button and the volume button simultaneously. It can be frustrating, however, if you don’t, as if not done properly you will just turn off the screen.

Here’s how you can screenshot by just tapping on your iPhone’s back:
  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down to Accessibility
  • Under Physical and Motor, click on Touch
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on Back Tap

From there, you will find Double Tap and Triple Tap are your options. If you click on one, you’ll find a list of uses, such as Home Screen, Mute, Siri, among others.

Click on Screenshot.

And there you have it. When you double tap (or triple tap, whichever one you chose), a shot of your screen will appear. Super easy and quick! Be sure to check out the list and see if any of them are worth utilizing with the back taps.

Note: I do have a case on my iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the double tap STILL DOES work. I’m unsure if it will work with all cases.


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