If you haven't changed the default login credentials on your router – you should!
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  • IT Xpress will be closing at 3PM today (Friday 8/21/15)
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  • 4GB is fine. 8GB is great. Any more than that except for users of memory intensive programs like professional video editing and large database use is overkill.
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  • Some great information on privacy, information sharing, and the balance of privacy vs convenience.
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  • Ad networks are being used more and more in malware campaigns. We tell clients all the time that one of the easiest steps they can take to help protect from malware is install an Ad Blocker (we recommend uBlock Origin currently for Chrome users). It's not a magic bullet – online security is a layered approach – but it helps.
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  • If you've upgraded to Windows 10 – here are some tips to fix early adopter annoyances…
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  • Bitdefender is giving away 6 months of their mobile security suite to celebrate scoring 100% Detection in the latest AV-Test evaluations. Added features include support for Android Wear devices that will let you know if you left your phone somewhere and a 'find my phone' feature that'll cause the phone to scream, even if on silent – all controlled from your smartwatch.
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  • Microsoft is looking to monetize EVERYthing in Windows 10. Solitaire? Pay up. DVD Player? Pay up. Instead of paying $15 for the DVD Player app – use VLC and donate $5 or $10 to the developers.
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  • The Start Menu is back in Windows 10, but it's not your usual Start Menu. It can be confusing on how to customize it, since there is no easy to access settings icon or 'Properties' selection. Here's an overview on all the things you can do with it. Still wish you had a Start Menu like WIndows 7? Install Classic Shell instead (just disable the Classic IE and Classic Explorer items during installation)
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  • By now you've probably heard about WIndows 10 and the many privacy issues it has – mainly because all information sharing options are opt OUT, not opt in. Here is a detailed look at those options, what they mean, and how to set them.
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  • Windows 10 presents a major intrusion into user's privacy by default. Here are many settings that can help you regain some of that privacy when you upgrade…
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  • One big change in Windows 10 is a built in search bar in the taskbar, leaving very little room for other icons. This is part of Microsoft's strategy to capture more search traffic (and ad dollars). Here's how to disable or hide the box and reclaim that space.
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  • One big change in Windows 10 is a built in search bar in the taskbar, leaving very little room for other icons. This is part of Microsoft's strategy to capture more search traffic (and ad dollars). Here's how to disable or hide the box and reclaim that space.
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  • If you upgrade to Windows 10, your default browser will be set to the new 'Edge' browser. Here is how to set it back to Google Chrome (or FIrefox). This default screen can also be used to set defaults back to things like iTunes for Music and Picasa for Pictures…
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  • Already upgraded to Windows 10? 17 Million computers already have… Here's some hidden features in Windows 10 you may not know about…
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