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Here’s how to take charge of the information collected about you by technology companies. Like many people, you probably have online accounts with Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and companies. We all know that these businesses monitor and store certain data about our online activities. But exactly what information do they have? And how can you review, modify, and remove it? The process differs for each company, but the goal is the same. You want to be able to see what data is stored about you, clear any data you don’t want the companies to have, and restrict the type of data they can collect about you going forward. This can be a time-consuming task as the companies don’t make the process quick and simple. But you should still make an effort to review the information being collected about you. Let’s check out the steps for four of the top tech players. Microsoft Using a Microsoft Account is handy as it gives you one set of credentials for Windows, Office, Skype, and other Microsoft apps and services. But that also means Microsoft collects a lot of information about you. To review and modify all this data collection, sign into your Microsoft … Read More
There’s more to Microsoft than just Office, Outlook, and Edge. Here’s a look at other useful programs. You may use Microsoft Office, Outlook, Edge, Cortana, and other key Microsoft apps and programs. But those are just the main events. The folks in Redmond offer a variety of other products, especially for your mobile device. You can use Microsoft Office Lens to scan printed files and save them as Word documents or PDFs. You can use Microsoft Photos Companion to wirelessly send photos from your phone to your PC. You can use Microsoft Launcher on your Android device to tweak your home screen to make it more Microsoft-friendly. You can turn to Microsoft Translator when you need to translate something on the fly. And you can use Microsoft Authenticator to easily sign into your Microsoft Account. Let’s check out these helpful Microsoft apps. Microsoft Office Lens Need a way to scan printed documents via your mobile phone? The free Microsoft Office Lens app can serve that role. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
There’s more to Office 365 than just Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You may have a subscription to Office 365 mostly to gain access to Word, Excel, and possibly PowerPoint. But there’s a lot more to an Office 365 plan than just the core Microsoft programs: You can use Office 365 to store and sync files on a hefty 1TB of OneDrive space. You can use Skype to make and receive phone calls and text messages in more than 60 countries with 60 free minutes each month. You can access your calendar and contacts. You can store up to 50GB of messages and file attachments in the online version of Outlook. And you can use most of these features and apps on a mobile device. Let’s go over some best practices for getting the most out of your Office 365 subscription. Choose Your Office 365 Subscription This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Here are several ways to dig up more space from a hard drive running on empty. You keep running low on hard disk space. You may have already taken actions to try to free up storage, such as clearing out your Recycle Bin or uninstalling applications you no longer need. But there are other steps you can take to create more space, especially in Windows 10. Here are the steps we’ll go through: You can see how much space each category of data is using and remove certain content. If your PC has more than one disk drive, you can move your profile and other folders from your main drive to your secondary drive. You can change where new documents, apps, and other content are saved by default. You can turn on Storage Sense to continually free up space. And if you use OneDrive, you can use the Files On-Demand feature to move folders and files from your computer to your online storage site. Before you go through the effort of freeing up space, what are your options? Well, disk space is cheap. You can always add a second hard drive to your computer, or move certain files to an … Read More
There’s more to OneDrive than meets the eye. Here’s how to tap into its best features. You use OneDrive to save and sync your documents, photos, and other files in the cloud via OneDrive. You may use the basic features of OneDrive. But Microsoft has continually updated and enhanced the service. OneDrive may now offer benefits that you don’t know about or just haven’t set up. You can use OneDrive to not only save and sync your files online but also share them with other people. You can fetch files from other computers. You can use a Files on-Demand feature to save space on your computer. And you can opt to back up important folders, such as your desktop, documents, and pictures. For this story, I’m running OneDrive from Windows 10. The service works in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 as well, but it’s more robust and feature-filled in Windows 10. I’ll assume you’ve already set up OneDrive and that you’re using it to at least back up certain folders and files. View Your OneDrive Files Locally and Online To easily see your OneDrive folders and files, right-click on the OneDrive icon in your System Tray. Select the option to … Read More
View and work with all your files across different storage sites with help from the right Web-based tools. You may use a variety of cloud-based storage sites to back up, synchronize, and share your files — OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, Dropbox, and more. However, by using some or all of these sites, you can easily lose track of which files and folders are on each one, which files you synchronize, and which files you share. You also have to sign in to each site separately to see and manage all the files you store online. If only there were a way to view and work with all the files across all your online storage sites in one shot! There is, by using a cloud management or cloud aggregator tool. Such websites as MultCloud and Otixo let you access, view, manage, delete, upload, download, and transfer folders and files among different cloud-based storage sites. Files Before we look at MultCloud and Otixo, here’s an option for iPhone or iPad users running iOS 11 or higher. The handy built-in Files app can deliver access to several of the major online storage sites. Through Files, you can view and work with files … Read More
Keeping Windows 10 updated can be a never-ending chore. How can you simplify the process? Microsoft uses updates to improve Windows, fix bugs, and plug security holes. So keeping Windows up to date is key to ensuring the security and reliability of your operating system. But Microsoft doesn’t necessarily make it easy: Updates can be intrusive, confusing, and problematic. You want to ensure that the updates don’t bother you when you’re working, that you’re getting all the right updates, and that the updates themselves don’t create trouble. One trick is to know how to tweak the settings for Updates. You can schedule Active Hours to prevent Windows 10 from rebooting your PC after an update. You can view a history of updates to make sure you’re getting the right ones. And you can uninstall an update that’s not working properly. You can even tap into advanced settings to determine which updates you receive and when you receive them. Let’s check out some best practices for updating Windows 10. Previous versions of Windows offer the Windows Update Control Panel applet for you to view and manage your updates. But Windows 10 has since jettisoned the Control Panel tool in favor of … Read More