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Don’t depend on old unsupported applications

When an application is no longer supported by its maker through updates for security and functionality, it’s risky to use since you might not even know what unpatched exploits it contains. Old versions of QuickTime, Windows (especially XP) and many other everyday programs are perfect examples and should be avoided in favor of newer ones. […]

Disable push notifications on Windows when sharing your full screen

When you have to share your screen for a videoconference meeting, you should limit visibility to only the applications you need to display. If you must share your whole desktop or an entire monitor, turn off notifications so you don’t inadvertently share personal information during the call. From the “System” menu for Settings, select “Notifications […]

Set a timeout screen lock for Windows laptops

Ensure that your device automatically locks, restricting access to the data, if it’s left unattended for a certain amount of time. Select “Settings” from the Windows menu. Then, click “Systems.” From there, tap “Power & sleep.” Adjust your sleep settings to a suitable time frame. Make sure your screen is set to lock by checking […]

Pin regularly used applications to your task bar–remove those you don’t use

Windows users have many options for quickly accessing frequently used applications they. To pin applications to your task bar, open the app, right-click the icon in the task bar and select the pin option. But be sure to control clutter by right-clicking and removing less-used apps. Doing this periodic review can also help remove possibly […]

Use Windows Hello on your PC

If you have a Windows-based PC, consider enabling Windows Hello if it’s available. Windows Hello allows you to log in using a biometric credential such as a fingerprint or face/iris scan. It’s much more convenient and secure that having to type a password each time.

Upgrade from Windows 7

Mainstream support for Windows 7 is ending in 2020. That means continuing to run it will come with major security liabilities. If it’s on your main PC, consider upgrading to Windows 10. Replacing Windows 7 with a free Linux-based operating system, like Debian or Ubuntu, is another option.