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In Windows 10, starting with April 2018 Update (version 1803), Microsoft introduced a new app called the Diagnostic Data Viewer. It is a tool that you can download and install on your Windows 10 PC to see what diagnostic data you are sending to Microsoft. The information it displays is structured into categories and can be filtered as you wish. But even so, understanding it is not easy for a non-technical user. If you want to know what information about your computer Windows 10 is sending to Microsoft, here is how to get and use the Diagnostic Data Viewer:
ESET is one of the top security vendors in the world, and many IT security organizations have endorsed their products. Their most complete security solution is called ESET Smart Security Premium and, besides the usual antivirus engine, firewall module, or web shield, it also bundles additional tools like a password manager and data encryption. We were curious to see what ESET Smart Security Premium 2019 Edition has to offer and how good it is for protecting Windows computers and devices.
CyberGhost has built itself an excellent reputation because it offers one of the most secure and reliable VPN services in the world. The company follows a strict a no-logs policy, the network of VPN servers that it maintains is large, and the price per value ratio is one of the best that you can find. These are just a few reasons why you should consider subscribing to CyberGhost's premium plan. We use CyberGhost on a regular basis, and here is why we recommend it to all our readers, and anyone that is interested in a great VPN service:
Every web service that cares about user security loves multi-factor authentication. Also known as two-factor authentication, it requires users to verify their identity through two independent pieces of information: something you know and something you have. When authenticating, users are using traditional security tools like passwords or PIN codes, but they also have to confirm their identity by tapping on a push notification or by entering a one-time code received via SMS or displayed by an authentication app on their smartphones.
One of the less visible features of Windows 10 is that Windows Defender offers improved security using cloud-based antivirus protection. When enabled, Windows Defender sends information to Microsoft about any problems it finds. This information is then used to gather more information about the problems affecting you and other users of Windows 10. With your help, Microsoft can develop new anti-malware signatures and fixes that can help deal with malware more effectively.
There are times when your computers and devices may be infected by malware that is difficult to remove with traditional antivirus. On other occasions, the malware blocks the installation of any antivirus, and you cannot remove it manually. In such delicate situations, you need to boot an antivirus in a safe recovery environment, so that it can run before the operating system is loaded. This is the only way to disinfect that kind of malware. For such situations, Microsoft has created Windows Defender Offline - a free tool that does a good job.
We recommend that you install a security suite on your Windows 10 computer, that provides more features and better protection than the built-in Windows Defender Antivirus does. We appreciate products like Bitdefender, ESET, F-Secure, and so on. When you install a security suite, Windows Defender Antivirus gets disabled because it is not a good idea to simultaneously run two antivirus products that offer real-time protection. It is a recipe for failure, conflicts and performance issues.
SmartScreen Filter, Windows SmartScreen or the Windows Defender SmartScreen are the same protection feature, with different names, depending on the Windows version that you are using. While it helps protect your computer from malicious files, apps, and websites, some users consider it annoying and want to disable it. If you want to turn off the SmartScreen Filter, here is how it's done:
For any company, security is crucial. Employees and the way they communicate represent one of the most significant security holes. Email messages, files sent through the network, on USB memory sticks or portable hard drives, these are all things that can be intercepted relatively easily. That is why one of the most critical aspects for the security of a company or institution is how the data is encrypted and how the access to information is controlled. We would like to take a look at one of the best encryption solutions, that can be used locally but also managed remotely.
Windows 10 Home users cannot block Windows updates. They are automatically downloaded and installed. In theory, this is OK. However, some updates can be faulty, and cause system stability issues or crashes. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a tool that anyone can use to block some updates from being installed. It is named "Show or Hide Updates" and you can use it to block or unblock Windows 10 updates for drivers, and Microsoft software. If you want to find out where to get this tool and how to use it to block unwanted updates for Windows 10, read this tutorial: