Finds of the Week: Does Windows 10 Spy on You? / Unblock Flash in Browsers / Send Large Files Online for Free / What PC Files to Back Up


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.
(note: site has autoplay animated GIF ads)

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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Yesterday I had to solve the flash problem after I updated to Firefox 55.0.3 on 64-bit Windows 7. I keep flash set to "Ask to Activate". When I went to a tennis site to watch a US Open match, no flash window appeared and there was no pop-up asking to allow flash. It looked like the Firefox update had broken flash.

On the Firefox plugin roadmap I found this: "Starting with Firefox 55 in August 2017, users must choose which sites are allowed to activate the Flash plugin. Users will have the choice to remember the Flash setting per-site. This change will be rolled out progressively during August and September 2017." On my own Firefox I saw no way to tell Firefox to allow flash on my tennis site.

I solved the problem by setting flash to Always Activate. That was the only way I could get Firefox to let me watch the tennis match. Ironically, the Firefox change to increase security resulted in me having to set my flash to be less secure and run all the time.

I am using Firefox 55.0.3. Flash continues to work fine for me, and I have chosen the setting for "Ask to activate".

I have the same situation as Anupam. I've found that some privacy or ad blocking add-ons interfere with Flash playing.

Thanks for the input, Anupam. I'll experiment. Perhaps my problem is specific to my setup or specific to the web site I was using.

Yes, it's quite possible :), as Rhiannon suggests too.