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With ransomware becoming so common these days, it feels like we’re getting a bit numb to this especially malicious — and potentially expensive — form of digital attack. But a recent ransomware event in San Francisco is a reminder that we must stay ever vigilant to threats targeting our digital devices.Read More
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A reader discovers that his carefully created backups are totally useless for restoring his PC. Plus: Why would a PC fail to boot properly in the morning but work fine the rest of the day?Read More
For many Windows 10 users, the relatively rapid changes to the OS have been a frustrating experience — especially with the major upgrades such as the Anniversary Update. Fortunately Win10 has extensive administrative tools that are virtually unchanged from Win7 and Win8.1.Read More
One of the original Windows Secrets subscribers wrote in to recommend the drive-analysis tool, Hard Disk Sentinel. He stated that the app warned him of a failing drive before the drive became unusable. Drive failures are arguably the most destructive form of data loss — especially as drives grow into the terabyte ranges. All too often, however, when a drive starts to crap out, it does so without an obvious warning to the user. And as we at Windows Secrets know, (based on the help requests we receive) many users don’t have backups.Read More
Among the biggest angst many users experience when a drive fails is the loss of photos. It’s like having part of your personal and family history torn away. The cloud is an excellent place to archive images, but it, too, has its hazards. A synching mistake can cause photos to vanish permanently. Or as one Windows Secrets reader reported, your precious image files are suddenly be compressed to a lower resolution.Read More
Microsoft’s push toward monthly roll-up or cumulative updates that contain both security and nonsecurity (aka “quality”) fixes should make updating Windows faster and easier. But there’s also a dark side to this new methodology.Read More