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Security tips according to Edward Snowden

You might have heard of Edward Snowden. He leaked thousands of documents that revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s spying programs. This article gathered his major points on staying secure and getting rid of spying online.

Voice calls and text messages encryption. Today, there are plenty of applications with the encryption functions. And some of them most of us use on a daily basis, like WhatsApp, Telegram, ICQ. Snowden’s choice is Signal messenger (available for both iOS and Android). The application was developed by Open Whisper Systems, and the company also offers calls encryption.

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Stop Windows 10 From Using Your PC

Did you know that Windows 10 can grab updates from other computers, including yours? Here is how to turn that off.

Windows 10 is all about updates, that’s why one of its features is update delivery optimization. When Microsoft servers are busy, this feature turns your computer into an update-sharing hub, both within a local network or over the web. It is actually peer-to-peer file sharing.

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Who is spying you online?

Most internet users are unaware how the websites trace their activity on the web. Let’s find out the ways of tracking and what they do with all that information.

Every second you spend online, you are giving away your data in voluntarily thanks to… cookies. Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer and allow connecting websites get identifying information about you and your activity on the web. Like Hansel and Gretel breadcrumbs these cookies even trail that sometimes helpful by saving your browsing preferences or showing you relevant information. So everybody knows your name, tastes and interests.

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How to Fix High Memory Usage in Windows

Okay, you may have already noticed it – your Windows 8.1 consumes high CPU usage. The problem and resolution are mentioned in recent Microsoft bulletin KB3053711.

A lot of users have reported about the problem when running taskhost.exe. The good news is that it is not a virus or an exploit that can harm your PC. Here what Microsoft support says in the report:

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Beware: New Phishing Techniques Are Here!

Have you already heard about vishing and smishing? It’s not a joke, but a tricky and smart scam scheme. New frauds are increasingly sophisticated and you are much more likely to get one from someone you trust. It’s not a “Nigerian prince” letter anymore. Let’s have a close look.

As we know, phishing attempts come via email or instant messages in a form of attachments or links to the fraud websites. There you will be asked to enter your personal or even banking information and then scammers will use this info for their own (not very good) purposes, but it’s not all.

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Don’t Miss a Free Windows 10 Upgrade!

It will expire soon. So if you’ve been waiting till the last moment to decide whether or not you want to upgrade your PC, it’s the best time to make your decision.

You must have heard that an offer of a free Windows 10 upgrade for users running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is available till July 29, 2016. The next day a price for a full version of Windows 10 Home will rock to $119 or $199 for the Pro edition.

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How to Stay Secure on Facebook

While Facebook gives you a full access to your sharing settings, sometimes it is difficult to set them the best possible way. Plus, the changes of platform are made regularly and things that worked yesterday turn useless today.

In this article we won’t highlight general issues like passwords or two-factor authentication. Let’s stick to particular Facebook features.

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Tips To Stay Secure on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most popular business oriented social network. Because of its huge popularity, security issues should be a matter of concern. While its accounts are already protected, we advise you to take some additional steps to ensure your data is 100% safe.

  1.   Check your “Privacy and settings”. This section allows you to decide on what you want to share, display or receive. These settings on LinkedIn seem a little bit complicated. There you will see many of them, but here are the most important ones.

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The U.S. government recommends: Uninstall Apple’s QuickTime from your computer immediately

Are you using QuickTime? Well, you should seriously consider uninstalling it. And here is why…

The U.S. government recommends all Windows users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime audio/video program. According to TrendMicro, Apple’s QuickTime contains two critical security vulnerabilities. However, Apple is no longer responsible for the new updates. So do not hesitate to uninstall it as soon as possible.

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Are You Still Using Windows XP?

You are not alone. According to TechCrunch data, Windows XP remains the third most popular operating system with its 10.9% market share. It was released more than a decade ago, far-far away in 2001. That’s the year when Euro started its circulation, the first iPod presented and first movie on Harry Potter released. Yes, it was so long ago. That’s sad.

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