Finds of the Week: Windows 10 upgrade still free? / Most Common Passwords of 2016 / Gmail phishing technique fools almost everyone / Windows 10: Skip Lock and Login screens


Finds of the WeekFinds 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

Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade
Officially the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in July of 2016, but unofficially, it looks like you can still get a copy for free with these steps using the Media Creation Tool. Full details on how to get a free Windows 10 upgrade are in this article by Ed Bott.

What the Most Common Passwords of 2016 List Reveals
The 10 million passwords that were evaluated for this article reveal a few things, among them, that the most popular and most often used passwords are mostly the same ones that have made the lists of the most used passwords for the last handful of years. There are some interesting items in the article that make it worth the read, such as the fact 17% of us are using the password "123456" to keep our data safe. :) A password manager is a great idea, even if you only have a few passwords; it can help protect you from phishing sites, and most password managers have strong password generators that can create secure passwords for your  use. With a secure password manager, you only have to remember one password. Most have auto fill and other useful features, and there are both online and offline password managers. You can find our favorites here: Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager

This Phishing Scam Is Targeting Gmail Accounts by Posing as Your Contacts
You get an email from one of your contacts. It looks like the real thing and sounds like it came from someone you know. Click the attachment and you're taken to a site where you are prompted to re-enter your Gmail credentials. If you didn't check the whole URL, you just gave away your account information. Details on this scam are in the link above and the two links below, if you want a more in-depth look. This is where the above mentioned password manager would come in handy - it wouldn't fill your login information on a page that looks ok but isn't. (a thank you goes out to Bernard Z on our Facebook page for pointing that particular tidbit out).
(also found here and here)

How To Skip The Lock And Login Screen In Windows 10
Unless you need to keep your Windows 10 computer locked down when you're not around, you can skip the lock and login screens. This article tells you how, step by step. Since I'm the only one who uses my computers, and I rarely take my laptop anywhere, bypassing both screens works for me and makes start up faster.

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Your welcome, I'm glad you found the information useful. ☺


Thanks rhiannon for interesting reading. Especially for letting us know about that phishing scam.