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
How Much Does Windows 10 Spy on You?
Windows 10 collects quite a bit more telemetry data than previous versions of Windows. The areas that Microsoft collects data on users fall into a few areas, such as how often or how you use Windows features and apps, user accounts, diagnostic information, location, usage of Bing services. This article covers the three privacy settings, what items you might or might not want to disable and how to change those settings. If you want to completely turn off all telemetry in Windows 7, 8, and 10, see this article.
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Unblock Flash in Chrome and Firefox
Most modern browsers are phasing out Flash in advance of Adobe Flash's end of life scheduled for 2020. If you have Flash content you want to view, here's how. The articles cover making sure that Flash is installed in your browser, how to install it if it isn't, and how to load Flash content on websites. (note: site contains large inline advertising)
- How to unblock Flash content in Mozilla Firefox
- How to unblock Flash content in Google Chrome
How to Send Large Files Online for Free
Some email clients and services (like Gmail) limit the size of files you can send over email. Here's six ways to send large files online, for free. These are all easy to use, so you can get files sent quickly and easily. (note: site contains autoplay video and large inline advertising related to article content, can be confusing)
Which Files Should You Back Up On Your Windows PC?
Most of us know that we need to back up our music, photos, documents, videos and other files, but how about the App Data files, or where Outlook stores your email? This article is a good overview of what files to back up and what you don't need to backup. It's good practice to keep these kinds of files backed up since most of us add and delete content from them regularly. Another good idea is to have a whole disk image handy and updated, then you can easily add content from the files that are changed most often. See our picks for the best disk imaging/drive cloning programs here. (note: site contains large inline advertising related to article content, can be confusing)
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