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Daily Archives: February 1, 2021

  • Why your reseller for Microsoft 365 matters

    Posted on February 1st, 2021 at 01:20 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    MICROSOFT 365

    Why your reseller for Microsoft 365 matters

    By Amy Babinchak

    Many suppliers sell Microsoft 365 plans. Not all are created equal.

    Many people and businesses think that Microsoft is the sole source of Microsoft 365 plans. That is not true; you have a choice of suppliers. Microsoft has partners or resellers who also sell the service. What you need to know is that not all of them offer you the same thing, because Microsoft has different types of relationships with partners. To confuse matters even more, purchasing from Microsoft directly has limitations. Understanding your options before purchasing is essential.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.4.0 (2021-02-01).

  • Microsoft OneDrive: The basics

    Posted on February 1st, 2021 at 01:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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    Microsoft OneDrive: The basics

    By Lance Whitney

    Want to be able to back up and synchronize your files with Microsoft OneDrive
    but aren’t sure where to start? Here’s a primer on getting started with OneDrive.

    Microsoft OneDrive is an effective tool for automatically backing up and synchronizing your documents, photos, and other files. By backing up your files to OneDrive in the cloud, you can recover them in case you accidentally delete or lose them. And by synchronizing your files, you ensure that they’re accessible from any computer or device running OneDrive.

    OneDrive is automatically included and accessible in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. Those of you still running Windows 7 can manually download and install it. Beyond Windows, OneDrive is available for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android, so you can access it from any computer or mobile device. I use OneDrive as my primary backup and synchronization service and find it very convenient and helpful.

    But OneDrive can be tricky to set up and configure initially, especially if you’re not familiar with its various settings and options. Let’s look at the basics of OneDrive to see how you can get started and use it most effectively.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.4.0 (2021-02-01).

  • Set up a guest network that’s actually secure

    Posted on February 1st, 2021 at 01:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PUBLIC DEFENDER

    Set up a guest network that’s actually secure

    By Brian Livingston

    In the computer industry, too many things that should be simple and easy are instead complicated and hard for the average person to understand. Take Wi-Fi routers — please!

    In my column on January 25, I showed you a way to protect your most essential computing devices by placing them on a different network from easy-to-hack Internet of Things devices. The trick uses two different Wi-Fi routers.

    But what if you have only one device? A cable company often installs a gateway that offers several wired Ethernet ports as well as Wi-Fi. In that case, you don’t have two devices to play with — you have just one.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.4.0 (2021-02-01).

  • Have you enabled Win10’s ransomware protection?

    Posted on February 1st, 2021 at 01:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LANGALIST

    Have you enabled Win10’s ransomware protection?

    By Fred Langa

    This free, optional feature is disabled by default but, if enabled, can help protect and recover your PC from a ransomware takeover!

    It’s easy to enable the ransomware protection, but you should know about its quirks and drawbacks before doing so. Here’s how to decide whether this optional protection is for you and, if so, how to get it going!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.4.0 (2021-02-01).

  • Changing Patch Watch and giving you more information

    Posted on February 1st, 2021 at 01:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    Changing Patch Watch and giving you more information

    By Susan Bradley

    • A big change to Patch Watch
    • Install updates at this time
    • Security update for Secure Boot DBX can be skipped if you want (KB4535680)
    • Server administrators need to watch out for KB4535680
    • Conexant drivers STILL causing issues getting to 2004
    • Use targetreleaseversion setting to be on Windows 10 2004 or 20H2
    • Windows 7 ESU update process

    A big change to Patch Watch

    One of the big takeaways of the survey we did a few weeks ago was learning that the vast majority of you do NOT read the patching spreadsheets that I spend hours and hours (truly!) to create. Instead, you are more interested in finding out about when it is safe to patch and, more importantly, what patches to avoid. If you remember Sally Fields on the stage of the Oscars, saying, “You like me, you really really like me!” — well, clearly you really don’t like those spreadsheets of patching information.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.4.0 (2021-02-01).