Daily Windows Tips – Using OpenDNS’ Secure DNS In Windows 8

Few days ago we wrote a blog post about using OpenDNS’ DNS infrastructure in Ubuntu to protect your computers from threats. This post is also going to show you how to do the same in Windows, including Windows 8.

You see, the Internet is like jungle. There are folks who use the Internet to install viruses and spyware programs on users’ computers to use as bots or ask for ransoms in order to remove these programs they installed in the first place.

And because the Internet is a valuable resource, we all use it along with the bad guys to carry on other activities. But one thing to do before connecting your computer to the Internet is to make sure it’s protected by antivirus program. If you don’t, you may be inviting trouble.

Installing antivirus software is the first step in protecting your computers. Another thing you may want to do is use a secured DNS provider for all your machines.

Using a secured DNS providers add additional layer of security to your computers.

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Windows 8 And Ubuntu Filesharing Made Easy

In a networked environment of a Windows domain or workgroup, each machine is able to access content from one another via Windows Explorer when filesharing is enabled. Windows makes this easy. Filesharing is the most efficient way to distribute and manage content between separate systems. When filesharing is enabled on all your Windows computers that share the same network, each will be able to see its neighbor’s content like video, music and pictures easily.

But what if you have a mixed environment with Windows and Ubuntu machines? Will it still be possible to share between Windows and Ubuntu computers?

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Enable BitLocker Drive Encryption On Older Computers Without TPM

BitLocker Drive Encryption helps you protect your files on an entire drive. It will deny access to hackers and anyone who steals your computer and tries to access your information without authorization. It is a cool technology and it comes with Windows 8 and 8.1 Pro and Enterprise.

One downside with BitLocker is that it doesn’t work by default on some older computers without Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a special microchip that provides advanced security features on computers. Without this module, BitLocker will not work without first enabling some settings. If you attempt to enable it on a computer without TPM, you’ll get “This device can’t use a Trusted Platform Module….”

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How To Sign In Automatically Using Windows 8 Computers

If you want to automatically sign into Windows 8 without always typing your password, this brief guide is going to show you how. One of our readers asked me few days ago about this. She wanted to know if it was possible to automatically sign in to Windows without always typing passwords on her personal computer.

The answer is yes. It’s possible but not secure. Logging into Windows without password isn’t secure but if want your kids to use the computer by just turning it on, then enabling this feature may be ok.

When you installed Windows or configuring your profile, you’re prompted to create a username and password to protect your account. This is how Windows keeps track of user profile and how it protects user accounts.

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Perform Disk Error Checking In Windows

This article applies to Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8. It is going to show you how to easily perform disk error checking or scan disk to check your hard drive for errors if you think there’s a problem with it. The reason I’m writing this is because one of our employees at a local company here came up to me few days ago and demanded that she gets a new hard drive as the one in her laptop is bad.

I asked her “how do know” and she told me because Windows sometimes won’t startup when she turn the laptop on. After doing some digging, I found that some of the components drivers for the laptop weren’t installed and was causing the laptop to hang at times. After updating all the system’s component drivers, the machine worked without problem ever since.

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