Browser Extensions May Be Looking At Your Data

Have you ever noticed the message you see when you install a browser extension in Chrome, for example? For most browser extensions, a message appears stating that the extension can “Read and modify all of your information on the websites you visit.”

Have you ever noticed the message you see when you install a browser extension in Chrome, for example? For most browser extensions, a message appears stating that the extension can “Read and modify all of your information on the websites you visit.” Refer to below image where we are looking at DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension, an Internet privacy company, on their permissions:

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Viewing a Chrome extension for permissions

What! Does not look secure to me as it reads all data on your device. You want to remove this browser extension and similar extensions for privacy issues.

To review your Chrome browser extensions:

  • Open Chrome, and click the 3-dot hamburger icon in upper-right hand corner.
  • Click on More Tools, then Extensions. They will be listed alphabetically.
  • Find a browser Extension that is enabled. Click on its Details button. Now, scroll down to the Permissions and Site Access sections to view how it is accessing your data.

You may be surprised as to the information the Extension is collecting on you. Let’s explore what this is about.

This is for modern day browsers like Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Screenshots are from Chrome desktop version

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This means that the browser extension has full access to all web pages you visit. It can see which web pages you are browsing, read their content and look at everything you write. It can even modify the web pages; for example by inserting additional ads. If the extension is malicious, it can collect all your private information; from web activity and emails you write to your passwords and financial information; and send it to a remote server on the Internet.

I am tired of receiving fake emails, texts, tweets, posts, and so on. Recently I have been receiving media from Thank You, USPS, Wells Fargo, Cox Communications, and so on.

This is primarily due to my accounts being compromised and sold. Another reason is some browser extensions is watching my activity.

If a browser extension is completely reliable and trustworthy, that’s fine. The browser extension may behave responsibly and not capture any data or interfere with your banking information.

We do not say that you have to uninstall every browser extension you have. Instead, you just realize the enormous access you give to the browser extensions you install and act on accordingly.

See below image for a popular Chrome extension, Todolist, permissions allowing access to its web site:

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Viewing a Chrome extension for permissions

But keep this in mind; if you do not trust the add-on, you may not want to run it in the first place. We recommend you click the Remove button to delete any extension you do not trust. See following image:

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Removing a Chrome extension

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How to Enable Two Important Features on iPhone

On the iPhone, there are two features you should be using; the SOS Contacts and Comprised Passwords.

On the iPhone, there are two features you should be using; the SOS Contacts and Comprised Psswords. Let’s explore how to use these two features.

This is for iPhone running iOS 14+

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Create a SOS Contact

First, ensure that your most important people are in your Contacts. Now, search for your Health app either from your App Library (your last screen) or the Spotlight Search (your first screen). We are using the Spotlight Search. Just type the name “health” in the search box (without the quotes) and click the result. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Health app

Next, the Summary screen will be displayed. Now, click the Review Medical ID Access link. See Below image:

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Displaying your Health Summary screen

Next, the Emergency Access to Medical ID screen will be displayed. Click on the Review Medical ID button at the bottom. See following image:

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Displaying your Medical ID screen

Now, your Emergency Contacts will be shown (if any). Click on add emergency contact to add a SOS contact you want notified in case of an emergency. Refer to below image:

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Displaying your Emergency Contacts and add one

SOS also contacts emergency services. A red asterisk icon will now appear next to Emergency Contacts in your Contacts list.

To send an SOS, hold down the power button on the right and one of the volume buttons on the left at same time. You can either use the Emergency SOS slider, or keep holding the button. A countdown will start, an alert will sound, and when the call goes through to 911, messages are sent to your Emergency Contacts. See below image:

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Accessing your Emergency SOS slider

Security Recommendations

iOS 14 features Security Recommendations, which are handy if you store a lot of passwords in iOS, be it for apps or website visits. It will tell you if a password appeared in a known data breach/leak, and suggest you make changes if you have repeated passwords (because that is a big no-no).

First, launch your Settings (the gear icon) app. See following image:

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Your Settings app

Next, scroll down and tap the Passwords option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Passwords option

Now, the Security Recommendations screen will be shown. The number to the right indicates security risks found. Next, tap on the label. See below image:

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Your number of security risks

Now, on the Security Recommendations screen, toggle Detected Comprised Passwords to On. Next, go through your list of compromised passwords and click the Change Password link as necessary. See following image:

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Enabling the Detect Comprised Passwords toggle and reviewing your risks

Note! Some of your comprised passwords may be from old leaks. You know you have changed it since the date of the leak. If so, click the label to open the entry, then click Delete Password.

Next, go back to your Security Recommendations screen to check if your comprised passwords has been resolved. Now, exit Settings.

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Alfred North Whitehead

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How to Keep Windows 10 Calculator Always on Top

No matter who you are or what your profession is, the Calculator app is one of the most used applications. If you use the Calculator app extensively, here is how you can keep Calculator “always on top” in Windows 10.

No matter who you are or what your profession is, the Calculator app is one of the most used applications. If you use the Calculator app extensively, here is how you can keep Calculator “always on top” in Windows 10.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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In the Windows 10 build 18956 (20H1), Microsoft added this new option to the Calculator app.

The Calculator has a number of different modes, including Standard, Scientific, Graphing, Currency Conversation, and more. Note! This feature only works with the Standard mode, but it is still handy.

This feature is pretty useful when you use the Calculator in conjunction with some other app. If you are writing a document and need to do a couple of quick calculations, switching between applications each and every time is a bit annoying. So let us save some time and enable this feature.

First, open the Calculator app from the Start Menu pinned apps or Tiles; or click the Cortana Search box in the taskbar, type calc then open Calculator from the search result. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Calculator app

Now, the Calculator will open in the last mode you used. If you are not already in Standard mode, click the hamburger icon in the top left and select it. See below image:

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Accessing the drop-down menu to select Standard calculator

Next, tap the keep-on-top icon next to the Standard title. See following image:

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Selecting the “always on top” icon

The Calculator will pop-out to a slightly smaller window that will always “stay on top”. You can drag it around by grabbing the top bar. To slightly resize it, grab the edges of the window. Refer to below image:

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The Standard calculator

To close the window, just click the “X”. No more switching back and forth between windows to do simple math.

An alternative Calculator that I recommend is Calc Pro HD. There is a free and paid version. It offers a more attractive interface plus more features. The paid version offers 10 calculators to meet your needs.

Although “not always on top”, it is “always available” by allowing you to use voice commands to perform your calculations!

Before downloading, log in to your Microsoft account. Now, Click here to download from the Microsoft Store. Next, install and run. See below image:

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The Calc Pro HD calculator

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How to Reinstall Missing or Deleted Canned iPhone Apps

Every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch comes pre-loaded with a ton of useful apps from Apple, but sometimes those apps can go missing. If that happens, you may wonder where they went, why they disappeared, and how to get them back.

Every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch comes pre-loaded with a ton of useful apps from Apple, but sometimes those apps can go missing. If that happens, you may wonder where they went, why they disappeared, and how to get them back. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the iPhone

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The apps that this can happen to include iTunes, FaceTime, Reminders, Stocks, Calendar, Music, Calculator, News, Notes, and many others; in fact 27 apps can be deleted. There are a number of possible reasons why an app has disappeared. It could have been moved or deleted. That’s obvious. Less obvious is that “missing” apps may still be on your device but have been hidden.

Find App Using Spotlight Searcn

First, before you try to reinstall a missing app, make sure that it’s not simply hiding on your device. On your Home screen, swipe downward with one finger near the middle of the screen, and your Spotlight Search bar will appear. Now, type in the name of the app to see whether its icon appears in the results. In our example, we are searching for the Stocks app. Although Stocks appears in the results list, it’s not the right icon. Refer to below image:

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Using Spotlight Search

If you see the app in the results, then the app is installed. But where is it? It’s possible that you can not see it on a cluttered screen full of apps, or it might be hidden in a folder somewhere. Also, with iOS 14 and higher, the app could be in your App Library but not present on your Home screen.

Find App Using App Library

To check your App Library, swipe all the way to the left (to the last page) and look for it. In my case, it’s in the Recently Added box because I just added it in creating this blog post. See below image:

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Using the App Librtary

Download App From App Store

If you do not see the app you are looking for in the Spotlight Search results or the App Library, then the app is not on your device. Fortunately, every removable iPhone app is available for free download again from the App Store. To get it back, open the App Store app. See following image:

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Accessing the App Store

Next, when the App Store opens, type the name of the app you are looking for in the search bar and tap the Search button. Refer to below image:

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Searching for the Stocks app

Some third-party apps have similar names to the built-in apps and may show up in the results. To confirm it’s the real app you are looking for, tap on its entry in the results list to see if it’s from Apple. See below image:

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Finding the Stocks app

Now, the app you want will be free to download; you will see Apple’s iCloud download icon in the listing instead of a Get or Buy button. If you see an Open button, you already have the app on your device. See following image:

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Download the Stocks app from iCloud

Check if App is From Apple

Next, when you are ready to download, just tap the iCloud download button and the app will be downloaded to your device. Once downloaded, you may ccheck if this is the correct app. Open the app and tap the blue link at the bottom labeled, in our example, About Stocks and Privacy… Refer to below image:

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Check to see if we have the correct Stocks app

Now, read the verbage for mentioning of Apple. In the below image, a reference is made to Stocks are provided by Apple News:

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Verifying the Stocks app is from Apple

Repeat the above process with any other missing Apple apps you want restored. Next, exit out of all open screens.

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How To Turn On Dark Mode for the Kindle

Dark Mode is a huge trend right now, with phones and laptops moving to offer dark mode over the past few years. That’s extended to apps and websites too; and the Kindle is no exception.

Dark Mode is a huge trend right now, with phones and laptops moving to offer dark mode over the past few years. That’s extended to apps and websites too; and the Kindle is no exception.

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The Amazon Kindle has, in fact, offered Inverted Mode for many years, only moving to offer Dark Mode on some devices more recently, and changing the name to “Dark Mode” in the process so people will know what it is.

Kindles That Support Dark Mode

First of all, you need to make sure you have a supported Kindle. Currently the list includes:

  • Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2018)
  • Kindle Oasis 3 (2019)
  • Kindle Oasis 2 (2017)

Checking Your Software

Dark Mode is really one of the accessibility features, but there’s a quick setting to turn it on.

First, make sure your Kindle is running the latest software (5.13.4 or higher). To view your software release number, select

Settings > Settings > Device options > Device info

Turning on Dark Mode

Now, from a book, tap at the top of the display and hit the Settings icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

If you are on the home screen, you will find it at the top of the page.

A selection of icons will appear including Dark Mode. Tap to turn it on or off. See below image:

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Turn on/off Dark Mode

It’s that simple. Remember since the Kindle uses a front lighting system, you can still change the level of illumination or the color temperature (if you have those options) although with less white space on the page the effect of this is dramatically reduced.

You will also be able to find the Dark Mode option in

Settings > \Accessibility > Invert black and white

To update the software on your Kindle, go to

Settings > Device options > Advanced options > Update your Kindle

If the Update your Kindle option is greyed out, you have the latest software.

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How to Use Chrome Reading List on iPhone and iPad

Google Chrome’s Reading List feature can help you save articles for later, so you never miss something good.

Google Chrome’s Reading List feature can help you save articles for later, so you never miss something good.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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What Is the Reading List

The Reading List is exactly what it sounds like; a list of things to read. It’s a similar concept to the bookmarks that we have used in web browsers, but with a more focused purpose.

Instead of saving an article or story to a folder in your bookmarks, you can put it in the Reading List. The list syncs to your Google account if you are logged into Chrome, so it’s available on your desktop and smartphone. That makes it a little easier to access than bookmarks.

The other benefit over bookmarks is the offline feature. Pages saved to your Reading List can be read without an internet connection at your convenience. You do need an internet connection to add to the list.

First Method

Chrome for iPhone and iPad offers two ways to add pages to your Reading List. It can be done from Chrome or from another app.

For the first method, first, open Chrome on your iPhone or iPad and find a page to save for later. Now, tap the Share icon in the upper right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Share icon

Next, select Read Later from the menu. See below image:

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Selecting the Read Later option

That’s it! The page is in your Reading List.

Second Method

For the second method, find a web page or link that you would like to read later in any app. Now, tap the Share icon in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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Accessing the Share icon

Next, find Chrome in the app row and select it. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Chrome app

Now, from the Chrome menu, tap Read Later. See below image:

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Selecting the Read Later option

Next, to access the Reading List on your iPhone or iPad, open Chrome and tap the three-dot menu icon at the very bottom right-hand corner. See following image:

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Accessing the menu icon

Accessing Your Reading List

Now, select the Reading List option from the menu. The number indicates unread pages. Refer to below image:

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Selecting your Reading List option

Next, the Reading List will open with Unread pages at the top and Pages You’ve Read (if any) at the bottom. Pages marked with a green check are ready to read offline. See below image where we have only one Unread page:

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Viewing your Unread page(s)

Now, tap Edit in the bottom right-hand corner to manage the list. See following image:

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Selecting the Edit link

From here, you can select page(s) and delete or mark them as read. To mark them as read, checkmark an entry and tap the Mark Read blue link at the bottom of your screen. Refer to below image:

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Marking page(s) as Read

If you want to mark page(s) as Unread, checkmark an entry and tap the Mark Unread blue link at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

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Marking page(s) as Unread

The Reading List is a great feature if you use Chrome on multiple devices. Rather than depending on a separate third-party app, you can save websites for later reading right inside the browser.

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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

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The Hidden Video Editor in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that works a bit like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. You can use it to trim videos or create your own home movies and slideshows. You can even have it create videos automatically. Lets explore how to find and use the Video Editor.

Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that works a bit like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. You can use it to trim videos or create your own home movies and slideshows. You can even have it create videos automatically. Lets explore how to find and use the Video Editor.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Open Video Editor Inside of Photos App

You can get started with a custom video project by launching the Photos app from your Start menu. Enter “Photos” (without quotes) in the Cortana search box next to Start. Now, click the the New Video button and select an entry from the drop-down list. Also, you can switch to the Video Editor app. This is confusing; launching the Video Editor inside of Photos. Where to launch the Video Editor depends on what you are trying to do. (See section on Determine Where to Launch the Video Editor below). Refer to below image:

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Selecting a new video inside the Photos app

Open Video Editor Outside of Photos app

Also, Windows 10 now lets you launch the Video Editor from the Start menu, too. First, click the Start menu. Next, in the Cortana search box next to Start, enter “Video Editor” (without quotes). Now, in the upper left-hand corner, click the Video Editor app shortcut. See below image:

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Selecting the Video Editor app outside of the Photos app

Now, launch the New video project shortcut in the upper left-hand corner. If you have used the Video Editor, a Welcome Back message will be displayed. Note! You are now in the Photos app under the Video Editor tab. See following image:

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Selecting a new video project

This shortcut opens the list of “Video Projects” in the Photos app. From here, you can create a new video using the New Video tab, then click the Add button and chose a location for your photos. Also, you may edit an existing video using the Pencil icon. Refer to below image:

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Create or Edit a video

Determine Where to Launch the Video Editor

To quickly make smaller edits on individual videos—for example, to trim an individual video rather than combining multiple videos together; you must open those videos directly in the Photos app from File Explorer.

Using the File Explorer

First, select an image from the File Explorer, open the image in the Photos app, Now, click on the Edit & Create button and select an entry from the drop-down list. See below image:

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Create. add effects, or edit a video

From here, play around with the various tools and effects. Click Finish when done to export your video in mp4 format. Have fun in creating and editing your videos.

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How to Make an Audio Call on FaceTime

Tired of low-quality cell phone calls? Thanks to FaceTime, you can make audio-only calls with crystal-clear high-resolution sound using an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac.

Tired of low-quality cell phone calls? Thanks to FaceTime, you can make audio-only calls with crystal-clear high-resolution sound using an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac. 

Facetime, the built-in video calling app on Apple devices, has an undisputed audience base. Besides its video calling services, users also count on it for making audio calls to their friends. Reason being, its seamless and error-free connectivity in a secured environment. 

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FaceTime Audio Explained

Most people think of FaceTime as a video chat service, but it also supports audio calls that operate like regular phone calls. Your device’s video camera is not used, and it stays off during the call.

FaceTime Audio is a great alternative to regular phone calls because it uses the Internet to place free calls with crystal-clear high-definition audio compared to a regular phone call. Since it’s an Internet call, your Apple device can take advantage of the extra bandwidth to make the call sound much better. The only requirement is that both ends of the call own Apple devices that support FaceTime, which includes iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Macs.

Make a FaceTime Audio Call

First, on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap the FaceTime option. See below image:

Accessing FaceTime option

In the FaceTime settings, toggle the switch beside the FaceTime option to turn it on. See following image:

Enabling FaceTime

Now, search for the FaceTime app from your Search screen (your first or last screen) or locate the app on a Home screen. Refer to below image where we are searching for the app:

Accessing FaceTime app

Next, launch the FaceTime app. On the main FaceTime screen, tap the plus button (+). See below image:

Selecting the add button for a FaceTime Audio call

In the To: field, enter the name or number of the person you are trying to call. As you type, your Contacts list will be searched and any matching contacts will appear below. Just tap to select the person you want to call. See following image:

Entering and selecting a person to call

Next, tap the Audio button. If the Audio button is greyed out or does not appear, the contact you are trying to call does not have ‌FaceTime‌ enabled or has not set up a ‌FaceTime‌ account. Refer to below image:

Selecting the Audio button to make a call

Your call will be placed. You will see a message at the top of your screen denoting this is a FaceTime Audio call. During the call, you can switch to a video FaceTime call using the FaceTime icon, or you can disconnect by tapping the red phone receiver icon. See below image:

Disconnecting the FaceTime Audio call

Making a FaceTime Audio call on the Mac is similar to the above steps. One of the coolest things about FaceTime is that it works between all major Apple devices, so you can use your Mac to call iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

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How to Create a Restore Point and Recover in Windows 10

Has Windows been acting flaky? It could be a specific piece of software that’s wreaking havoc on your system. Maybe you have installed a new application or driver. Perhaps Windows is crashing or blue screening and you have no idea why. Do not worry because all is not lost if you have a system Restore Point waiting to roll your PC back to functionality.

Has Windows been acting flaky? It could be a specific piece of software that’s wreaking havoc on your system. Maybe you have installed a new application or driver. Perhaps Windows is crashing or blue screening and you have no idea why. Do not worry because all is not lost if you have a system Restore Point waiting to roll your PC back to functionality.

This is for devices running Windows 10. Also works for Windows 8 and 7. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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A Restore Point is essentially a snapshot of Windows at any given time. You can create restore points on a regular basis, and if Windows ever breaks, you can bring it back to a point from before the problem occurred. The best part of using this method over a Recovery Drive is that only system files and settings will be affected, while all your documents and personal files will be left untouched.

Windows automatically creates a Restore Point, if enabled, at key moments, such as when you install certain software programs and drivers or apply Windows updates. However, you should manually create these points yourself on a regular basis, perhaps once a month, to ensure that your system can be restored to a recent state in the event of a mishap. You should also create one before you attempt any type of major change to Windows that could inadvertently lead to unstable behavior or other issues.

Create a Automatic Restore Point

First, locate the Restore Point utility by clicking Start and entering the text “restore” (without quotes) in the Cortana search box located next to Start. Refer to below image:

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Entering the Restore search criteria in Cortana search boc

Next, click your search result, Create a restore point, in upper left-hand corner. See below image:

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Selecting the Control Panel applet to Create a Restore Point

Now, you will be taken to the System Protection tab of the System Properties window.

If System Protection has not yet been enabled, the Create button is grayed out. In this case, select the drive you want to protect and then click the Configure button.

If System Protection is enabled for a drive, highlight the drive and click the Configure button. See following image:

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Selecting a drive to Configure

Next, click the Turn on System Protection radio button if not enabled. You will now need to decide how much disk space you want to devote to all your restore points. If you run out of space, the oldest restore points will start getting deleted. If you have ample free space, then you may want to devote more storage for the restore points. Otherwise, you can stick with the suggested percentage, usually anywhere from 1% to 3% depending on the overall size of the drive or move the slider to the percentage you want. Once set, click OK. Refer to below image:

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Configuring the drive and amount of storage space for a Restore Point

Your restore points will be created automatically at certain key moments. You can repeat these steps if you have other drives that you wish to protect. You can also return to this screen in the future to delete all existing system restore points if you are running low on disk space. To do this, click the Delete button and click Continue to confirm the deletion.

Create a Manual Restore Point

Head back to the Configure screen (second image above). This time, highlight an available drive and click the Create button. See below image:

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Selecting to create a manual Restore Point

Next, type in a name for the restore point. Since the current date and time will automatically be added to the name, you might want to include a note about the action you are about to take or another reason for the restore point. If you have multiple drives, include the drive name or letter in the name. Now, click the Create button. See following image:

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Assigning a name for the Restore Point

Windows will tell you if the restore point was created successfully. Now, click the Close button. Refer to below image:

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Pop-up message indicating the success of creating a Restore Point

You can repeat the above steps if you want to create a restore point for your other drives. When done, click OK to shut down the System Protection window

Restore to a Previous State

If you have an issue, you can return to the System Protection window and click the System Restore button. See below image:

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Selecting the System Restore button

At the Restore system files and settings screen, Windows explains what System Restore does. Click Next to continue. See following image:

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Verbage screen about the Restore

Now, select a drive restore point, then click the Scan for affected programs button. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Scan for affected programs button

Windows scans for any applications that were added since the last restore point in order to delete them and looks for any that were removed in order to restore them. It also scans for any programs and drivers that might be restored but may not work correctly and may need to be reinstalled. Note the results if Windows finds anything important. After the scan completes, click Close to return to the previous System Restore window. See below image:

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Displaying the results (if any) of the scan. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to this screen!

Make sure the restore point you want to use is selected. Now, click Next. See following image:

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Continuing the Restore

Windows will display a Confirm your restore point window. Next, click the Finish button. Refer to below image:

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Confirming your Restore. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to this screen!

You will be told that the System Restore cannot be interrupted. Next, click Yes to continue. See below image:

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One last chance to back out of the Restore. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to this screen!

Windows will bring your system back to the restore point you selected and reboot, telling you that your files and settings are being restored. Once Windows is back up again, you can log back in. 

Next, you should receive a pop-up screen regarding the success of the Restore. You may now need to reinstall any applications, drivers, or other software that were removed. You will also want to play around in Windows to see if the problem that prompted you to restore it has been eliminated.

You are now finished. Now you know how to create a system Restore Point for all your hard drives and restore your system to a previous state. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

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How to Turn On Safer Browsing in Google Chrome

Google has some built-in tools in Chrome that attempt to make browsing safer. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool.

With Safe Browsing, you get alerts about malware, risky extensions, phishing, or sites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe sites.

Google has some built-in tools in Chrome that attempt to make browsing safer. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool. Let’s explore how to turn on this feature.

This is for the desktop version of Chrome and Android. Screenshots are from Chrome on Windows 10.

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Enhanced Safe Browsing Explained

Safe Browsing is a list of dangerous URLs that is maintained by Google and used to protect users from malicious sites. Enhanced Safe Browsing builds upon this feature with some additional tools.

With Enhanced Safe Browsing enabled, Chrome shares even more browsing data with Google. This allows for threat assessments to be more accurate and proactive, though it does present a privacy concern in itself. You are letting Google monitor your browsing.

Per Google’s description, Enhanced Safe Browsing enables the following:

  • It predicts and warns you about dangerous events before they happen.
  • It keeps you safe on Chrome and may be used to improve your security in other Google apps when you are signed in.
  • It improves security for you and everyone on the web.
  • It warns you if passwords are exposed in a data breach.

Enable This Feature

The feature is available for Chrome on the desktop and Android. It is not available for iPhone and iPad. The process for enabling it is very similar on both platforms.

First, launch Chrome. Next, select the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon in the top-right corner of Chrome. Now, choose Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Selecting Settings

Next, go to the Privacy and Security section. See below image:

Accessing Privacy and security option

Now, on the desktop, click Security. On the Android, it is called Safe Browsing. See following image:

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Accessing the Security option

Next, click or tap on the radio button to enable Enhanced protection. Refer to below image:

Enabling Enhanced protection

Now, exit Settings. You are finished. You will not notice anything different in your everyday browsing, but you will now have better protection. In the event that something is amiss, Google Chrome will give you a warning.

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