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Major tech companies pull out of attending CES in person. Organizers say event still on - CNN
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The last time the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, was held in person was in 2020. This is a major annual event that is watched and attended by many. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases, many prominent technology companies are pulling out. This event is where we get a preview of new technology concepts or ideas and new products and services coming to market.
CES — normally one of the tech industry's splashiest annual conferences that sets the tone for the biggest trends of the year — was a more muted event last year in an all-digital format, with just 1,800 exhibitors compared to the 4,000 exhibitors who attended in person the year before.
While this year's CES event may be a smaller event than planned we can still expect some exciting announcements from the various companies participating, whether they are there in person or participating virtually.
10 Ways to Protect Against Doxxing
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Doxxing is the practice of figuring out the identity of a user and then posting their personal information online.
Doxxing essentially violates your privacy because someone was able to find out who you are and make that information public. You can protect yourself from this practice with many of the same practices you are hopefully already using to protect yourself from other cyber-incidents.
- Using a VPN
- Don't share personal information
- Be careful what files you upload
- Audit your post history
- Check your privacy settings on social media
- Search for yourself on Google
- Remove yourself from data broker websites
- Use pseudonyms
- Stop using your personal email
- Don't use Facebook for Google login buttons
See the linked article for full details.
6 Ways to Speed Up Your USB Data Transfer on Windows
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If you use USB drives to store or transfer files over time you may find that the transfer speed has slowed down. Maybe you notice it is only slower on one system and not the other. Some of the issues may be with Windows and not the USB device itself. Check out the linked article to learn how you can make changes within Windows or even some hardware changes to speed up the data transfer speeds.
6 Windows Power User Features to Make Your Life Easier
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Windows comes with many powerful features to make using Windows easier or simpler depending on the need or task. Why would you need these additional features or want to use them? There are many reasons why some of which are completing tasks quicker, accessing advanced settings, deeper customizations, etc. If you'd like to explore some of these options then check out the linked article for additional details.
Find Anything Using Enhanced Search Mode in Windows 10
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Enhanced search is another search option within Windows 10. As the name implies, Enhanced search enhances your local search capabilities by allowing you to search your entire PC directly from the Windows search box, with no third-party apps or tools needed. Enabling Enhanced search greatly improves your search success rate.
If your Windows searches don't always return what you are looking for you should give the enhanced search a try. When setting up please remember that your system needs to be plugged into power and you should do this when you do not need to use the system as the initial indexing process will take some time and will use more system resources than normal to accomplish the task. Once this initial process is complete you will be able to perform enhanced searches.
More Users Trust Amazon and Google to Handle Their Personal User Data Than Apple, Survey Suggests
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This is a very interesting survey. This survey was based on a person's perception and not what a company may actually do with their data. Many of the companies listed actually collect a great deal of our personal data. Apple is one of the most privacy-focused companies in the survey.
Keep in mind many of the companies listed make their money off of your data and the tracking they are able to do. Check out the linked article for more information on the survey and its results.
Tips & Tricks
How to Get the Best Network Speed in Your Home
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This is a very common issue I've heard from many users. They want to know how to get better speeds on their home network. The number one piece of advice I always give is to use your own router and not rely on the device provided by your internet service provider (ISP). One hundred percent of the time, when it comes to the wireless network speed, the ISP devices never give 100% of the incoming wired speed on their wireless connection but when you bring in your own router/wireless network I've seen nearly 100% of the incoming wired speed available on the wireless network.
There are other factors at play as well but for most home users their concern has been about their wireless network.
9 Ways to Tap Into the Power of LinkedIn InMail
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If you are in business you need to be on LinkedIn to network and make connections. LinkedIn is a great tool for networking and growing your business. When used the right way (many use it the wrong way), LinkedIn InMail messages can have a big impact on how effective your activities are on LinkedIn. Checked out the linked articles for some great tips on how to use InMail.
11 powerful websites that can replace your desktop software
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At times you may find yourself in a situation where you need a particular type of software but may not have it on your computer. Perhaps you are on someone else's computer or even on a public computer. Whatever the reason may be there are web alternatives or web versions of your apps you can use. Check out the linked article for more details.
It is also possible to completely work online in a web-only environment.
FAQ of the Week
7 Reasons Why You Should Shut Down Your Computer Every Night
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Each week we will address a frequently asked question. This week we are looking at reasons why you should shut down your computer every night.
There are times and reasons why you may want to or should leave the computer on but there are also a number of reasons why turning your computer off every night is beneficial.
- New computer - testing has shown that newer and older computers are more prone to hardware failure.
- Increase the computer's lifespan - constant use can wear down the components and a lot of that is degradation comes from the heat that is generated by the components.
- Enhance the computer's performance - shutdowns and reboots can free up system resources as well as clear many errors.
- Protect the computer from power surges
- Save money - the less the computer runs the less power it consumes and the more money you can save.
- Protect your privacy - if your computer is off nothing can get into it to steal any of your data.
- Improve productivity - when you turn your computer back on you have a clean slate to start from.
Check out the linked article for additional details.