Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
Block Windows Updates with Windows 10 Update Switch
If you have Windows 10 Home edition, you probably know that there's no way to stop Windows updates on your machine unless you have a Wi-Fi connection that's set to metered or use a wireless hotspot (which Microsoft normally sets automatically to a metered connection. If you're on a wired, or ethernet connection, there was no way to block Windows updates, until now. Ghacks has a good write up of a free portable program that can set network connections to metered connections, allowing you to block updates. I suggest reading the whole article if you want to try the program as there are some details that are good to know. You can find out more about metered connections here.
What is a system repair disc and how to create one in Windows
Windows system repair discs come in handy for troubleshooting computer problems. System repair discs let you boot up your computer when nothing else works (unless there's a hardware failure, which is a different issue) and offers options for repairing your system. There are several good articles on the internet on how to create system repair discs, but I like this one because it covers Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10. Note that in Windows 8.1, the option to create a repair disc disappeared - the option there is to create a repair USB drive instead (link included in article).
Eight things you need to do right now to protect yourself online
Most of us probably know or use many of the suggestions in this article but a few may be new or of use. Practicing good password protocols is a good place to start and using a good password manager can help if you have more than a few passwords to remember. They are also good at generating strong passwords. Some things, like two factor authorization, aren't that useful if you don't have cell phone or live in an area where coverage is spotty and/or unreliable, or if you travel often. The article mentions full disc encryption - if you have Windows, they suggest BitLocker but they fail to mention that BitLocker is only available in Pro and up versions of Windows. Not to worry though, we've got you covered with our Best Free Drive Encryption Utility selections. It's also a good idea to install anti-ransomware on your system. This is a good free program for Windows users: Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware. For more Windows security, see our Best Free Windows Desktop Software Security List.
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