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How to use your Mac safely in public places

If you use your Mac in public places, it makes sense to take precautions against theft, loss, and hacks.

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Android Pie and Project Treble: Did Google's upgrade fix work?

It's finally time for the first real test of Google's effort to improve Android upgrades — and the results reveal some sobering truths.

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Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4487044 (OS Build 17763.316), released Feb. 12, 2019.

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Why Android upgrades absolutely matter

If you think Android OS updates are relevant only for what you see on the surface, you aren't thinking deeply enough.

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Windows 7 add-on support to cost up to $350 per PC for 3 more years of patches

A Microsoft document offers details on how much it could cost companies to maintain Windows 7 PCs if they don't migrate to Windows 10 by early next year.

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It's time to block Windows Automatic Updating

Patch Tuesday’s tomorrow, which means today offers an excellent opportunity to make sure your machine is braced for impact. Here’s your step-by-step guide to blocking patches as they come out the chute, so you can install them...

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Microsoft: Watch out for zero days; deferred patches, not so much

Yesterday’s Blue Hat IL presentation from MSRC shows that, in 2017-18, the threat from zero days far exceeds the threat of delaying patches by 30 days. Moreover, the vast majority of zero days are used in targeted attacks, not in...

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Linux tip: How to use the hostnamectl command

In this Linux tip, we look at the hostnamectl command. It’s a command that provides information on a particular system – including but not limited to its hostname – and even allows you to make some changes.

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Android Upgrade Report Card: Grading the manufacturers on Pie

Six months after Pie's release, how have Android device-makers done at getting the upgrade into users' hands? The grades are in — and they aren't exactly exceptional.

Throwback Thursday: Pick a card, any card ...

It’s all so random.

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How to harden Windows workstations and servers from attack

Use these basic settings to make it harder for attackers to Windows hardware.

Is Chrome OS Right For You?

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Chromebooks aren't like regular computers — so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you find the answer.

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Why Windows may never get another killer feature

It’s a combination of things, but mostly it’s a shift in focus.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 again posts growth as deadline focuses minds

For the second month in a row, Windows 10's user share jumped by more than one full point, indicating that next January's end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 may be spurring upgrades.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 19H1 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 18329, released on Feb. 1, 2019.

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Top web browsers 2019: Firefox scores second straight month of share growth

For the second straight month, Mozilla's Firefox gained user share in January. That puts its share back where it was in mid-2018.

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The January Windows and Office patches are good to go

There are some rather obscure issues, but by and large, now’s a very good time to get Windows and Office caught up on patching. If you want to avoid Win10 1809 for now, block it. Watch out for the, uh, edge cases, and patch away.

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