Windows 10 privacy settings now span several pages and if you have any wish to stop Windows sending massive amounts of your data back to Microsoft, you need to understand all of them. Here’s how to stop Windows 10 dialling home, part two. Continue reading
Windows 10 carries over the built-in Microsoft antivirus program, Windows Defender. It’s robust and constantly updated, but as a free, bundled application, is it actually up to the very important job of PC security? Is Windows Defender the best antivirus for Windows 10? Continue reading
A firewall restricts unauthorised access to your system by intruders, blocking certain types of network traffic. Firewalls can be implemented in software or in hardware. The hardware version is generally more secure than a software firewall installed alongside the operating system. Continue reading
“It’s in the Cloud…” The Cloud has become a go-to word in computing across all levels of users, even my septuagenarian neighbour, who doesn’t even own a computer. Although she does have a smart phone and a smart TV. Trouble is ‘the Cloud’ is actually several types of cloud. Continue reading
Microsoft’s Edge browser uses Bing as its default search engine, but Edge can use any search engine that supports OpenSearch as its default. The option easily accessible — it’s not buried as it used to be in Internet Explorer and doesn’t require browser plugins to ‘install’ a search engine. Continue reading
If you want a conventional website, you’ll need space on a web-server somewhere to run it. That usually costs money. The more space, better bandwidth, better facilities you want, the more it’s likely to cost you. But the Internet is also inundated with offers of free web hosting. And like ‘free lunches’, there are many definitions of ‘free hosting’. Someone has to pay for it in some way.
The obvious one is on-site advertising. Even the best free hosting services reserve the right to lob some ads onto your pages, even the discreet and hopefully tasteful kind such as you find on WordPress.com. So the key question is how much of a free lunch is free hosting and will it give you the kind of web presence you want? Continue reading