Finds of the Week: Privacy Tools / Learn to code for free / Graphics for DIY and crafts / Block Windows 10 Creator update


Finds of the Week

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

Privacy Tools
Privacy offers up many alternatives to popular apps and programs that provide more privacy than mainstream tools. The list of tools is fairly extensive, in categories such as VPN's (Virtual Private Network), browsers, email, search engines, messenger clients, cloud storage, cloud servers, file sync software, password managers, file encryption, secure operating systems and much more. As an aside, none of the VPN services listed are free, though two of the email services listed are free. I've used both of them and so far everything has gone smoothly with both services. There's quite a bit of good information and links to additional information here for anyone interested in privacy on the internet.

10 Websites that Will Teach You Programming for Free
If you want to learn to code, here's a nicely curated list of good quality websites where you can learn code for free. Different sites teach one or more programming languages so if you want to learn a specific language there's a good chance you'll find it.

Free Graphics for Do It Yourselfers, crafters, and everyone else
The Graphics Fairy offers up over 5,000 free graphics, many of them vintage style, for anyone to use in various projects. All graphics are free to use for projects created for resale or your own creations, with the request not to more than six images in one project. There's a premium membership plan for some images. Check the New Here/FAQ page for tips an on printing, image transfers and ideas to use the graphics.

How to block Windows 10 Creators Update from installing
Windows 10 Creators Update is due out tomorrow, and a few sites are recommending holding off on getting the update just yet. Here are a handful of ways to stop or defer the update, should you wish to. Here are a few articles that may be helpful in making the decision:
Here all the differences between Creators Update and Anniversary Update
Don't rush to install Windows 10 Creators Update

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Am I not getting it?

Looking at "How to block Windows 10 Creators Update from installing" I get mainly an ad for REIMAGE PLUS. That thing has a few times too often been marked as a PuP by Malwarebytes version 2.* and Emsisoft Emergency Kit.

I have never before heard of Windowsreport, so that they say "... 100% safe download and endorsed by us" does not cut it for me. I'd love to get your comments on that. TIA.

Reimage Plus is an ad on that site. It is difficult hard to detect as an ad, as it's placed dirctly under the image in many of their articles. It has a very light background that makes it hard to see that it's an advertisement. Since it's an advertisement, I would disregard it. Ad blockers don't flag it as an advertisement. If you visit the site not using an ad blocker, there are a handful of advertisements in the articles.
I find it distressing that so many sites with useful information go to such lengths to place ads, but many of them have useful information and need income to stay viable and depending on what sort of advertising the site uses, often have little control over what ads are displayed. Most of the writers on these sites derive some or all of their income from site advertising.
Gizmo's is an all volunteer, community run site, and the ads that are run here pay for the costs to keep the site running.

I just checked it. The reimage plus was a link that was easy enough to ignore, in fact it was so easy to ignore it took me a minute to find it.. Didn't find any other suggested download from their site. What I did find were suggestions relating to blocking updates, well written methods that should be easy to follow.

good onya rhiannon !

you've done it again with this weeks hot finds. In particular, the Privacy Tools.

Thanks! :) provides a fascinating and comprehensive summary of the global surveillance of all internet users and detailed options for maximising privacy even for the most paranoid users (not that any solution is foolproof).
I have tried some of the Firefox browser tweaks and other suggestions including the W10Privacy app which offered far more options than the more well known O&OShutup10 and S&D Anti-Beacon but I found it not very user friendly and many of the options seemed to have nothing to do with privacy at all but those options that I elected to run on my new Creators Update ran without any issues at all.
It looks to be a work in progress with real potential for those of us with privacy concerns and I will monitor how it evolves over time.
The Privacy Tools link was a real eye opener and thanks go to Rhiannon for posting it in Finds of the Week.

I'm glad you like it. I found it to be a rather impressive collection of tools and information for just about all levels of privacy concerns, from midly interested to extremely concerned about privacy. :)

Everyone... Visit the Privacy Tools link...Wow!