How to Log In to Windows 10 without a Microsoft Account

One of the biggest complaints about Windows 10 is that it forces you to log in with a Microsoft account, which means you need to connect to the Internet. However, you are not required to use a Microsoft account, even though it appears that way. During the initial setup, Windows 10 tells you to sign in with an existing Microsoft …

What You Need to Know about the Changes to OneDrive Storage Limits

Microsoft is changing the storage limits for users of its OneDrive and OneDrive for Business cloud storage services. Back in 2014, the company had significantly increased the limits. Admitting it overcommitted, Microsoft officials noted, "If we continued with the current offerings, we wouldn’t be able to sustain our growth and deliver the reliable service that you count on." The storage …

How to Protect Your Personal Information from Hackers

Hackers want to get to know you better — and it is not because they want to be your friend. Besides seeking basic information about you (e.g., name, email address, birthdate), they want to get details about your life, such as where you live and work, your hobbies, your pets’ names, and the names and birthdates of your family members. …

Hackers Are Exploiting Server Vulnerabilities to Spread Ransomware

In ransomware attacks, cybercriminals usually try to trick users into running a program that infects their computers. However, large-scale ransomware attacks in 2016 revealed that hackers have devised a new way to deliver their malware — by targeting vulnerabilities in servers. In a series of attacks during March and April 2016, hackers exploited a known vulnerability in servers running Red …

Planning to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free? Do It Soon

If you plan on taking advantage of Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer, there is an important deadline approaching: July 29, 2016. You have until then to upgrade existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices that qualify for the offer. There is no limit to the number of upgrades, so you can upgrade all the eligible computers in your business. …

How to Uninstall QuickTime for Windows and Why You Should Do So

Are any of your company’s computers running Apple’s QuickTime for Windows? Unless you need it to play content that no other program can handle, you should seriously consider uninstalling it. Apple stopped supporting this media player/multimedia framework on the Windows platform, which means there will be no more security updates for it. (Apple is still supporting QuickTime on its OS …

How to Protect the Payment Card Data in Your POS Terminals from Cybercriminals

Older point-of-sale (POS) terminals that process magnetic stripe payment cards have become popular targets for cybercriminals. In particular, a group that calls itself BearsInc is infecting these older POS terminals with malware dubbed TreasureHunt. The cybercriminals have one goal in mind: steal payment card data from those terminals’ memories. The BearsInc members are probably feeling like kids in a candy …

How to Use Windows 10’s Find My Device Feature

Windows 10’s Find My Device feature lets you see your tablet’s or laptop’s last known location in case it is lost or stolen. Microsoft included this new feature in the November 2015 Update for Windows 10. Unlike the Find My Phone feature in Windows Phones, the Find My Device feature does not let you remotely erase or lock down your …

How to Create a System Image in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes several backup tools, including one that creates system images. By definition, a system image contains copies of the drives required for Windows to run. For example, if Windows 10 is installed using the default configuration, an image of that system will contain a copy of the C drive. Everything on that drive will be copied, including the …