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.