Monthly Archives : October 2015

Wireless Networks Not Available After Windows 8.1 Upgrade to Windows 10

Once you upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, there are no listed wireless networks available even if your wireless network adapter is functioning correctly. Restarting the computer or trying to reinstall the wireless network adapter does not address the problem. This issue can also prevent your wired Ethernet from functioning correctly as well, whether the connections are made through a built-in Ethernet adapter or a USB Ethernet adapter.

One known issue is the unsupported VPN software from Windows 8.1 that is not upgraded correctly to Windows 10. It occurs if older VPN software is installed on Windows 8.1 and is present when the older software version contains a filter driver (the Deterministic Network Enhancer).

It is crucial to follow these steps carefully to resolve the problem. Failing to do so can consequentially lead to serious problems if you modify the registry incorrectly.  Back up the registry for restoration before you modify in case you run into problems.

AUTOMATIC FIX

  1. Download the Toubleshooter.
  2. When you are prompted, click Open.

Note If you receive a security prompt, select Yes to start the troubleshooter.

  1. In the Window that opens, follow the instructions to run the troubleshooter.

MANUAL FIX

  1. Open the administrative Command Prompt window.
  2. Run the following commands:

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This issue is set to occur when older versions of the Cisco VPN client and SonicWall Global VPN client are utilized. You can contact your VPN vendor to attain supported software for Windows 10.

The Top Website Builders of 2015

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Small business sometime skip the process of making their own customized website and rely solely on social media for their online presence. However, there are many advantages for having your own website, even if you do not have a big business. Having your own legitimate website solidifies your online existence and adds a substantial agree of credibility.  Your own site and URL allows you to possess greater control of your image on the internet. Luckily, there are many site builders in this day of age to help, even if you have little technical knowledge. Big businesses can spend up to thousands of dollars creating their websites; however, you can utilize the products included below to turn your small or sole-proprietor business into something increasingly more profitable, as a website can offer many money-making options.

Using simple drag and drop interfaces, you build everything yourself. You can include social share buttons, photos, blogs, and media players.

The first step to building a website is getting an address for it. Many site builders can register a domain name for you using the provider’s domain. For example: yourbusiness.sitebuilder.com. You can also use another domain you have acquired from a third party, but you will have to pay the site builder.  All the templates are available on these products. Some, such as Squarespace and Weebly, have templates that automatically reformat for mobile viewing. They all range in the creative freedom you possess with building the site, from restricting you to placing page objects in certain areas to more flexibility on the appearance.

Take a look at the featured website builders below. They all provide the ability to create and edit photo galleries, profiting from the site with shopping options, and tools that connect you to social media.

Weebly $8.00

Has the clearest interface out of all the site builders. Free accounts, site stats, and downloadable source code.

DudaOne $5.99

Strong mobile creation, easy to use, and has Web storefront capabilities.

Wix $4.08

Commerce capabilities and design freedom, but you have to pay for any site stats.

Squarespace $8.99

Full commerce support and looks great on mobile as well as desktop browsers.

GoDaddy Website Builder $5.99

Offers a basic yet easy to use website builder.

Jimdo $7.50

Lets you build a website for free or with a low yearly fee.

Webs $5.99

Easy to use but lacks capabilities offered by competitors such as Squarespace and Weebly.

Yola $8.33

Easy to use and loaded with site widgets.

 

 

Small Business Web Hosts for 2015

web hostsWe all live in a very connected world. If you do not already have a website for your business, take the chance to consider the advantages of the internet and the possibilities it provides for marketing yourself. Don’t miss out on the potentially lucrative opportunities that may present itself because your name is discoverable on the internet. Although creating a website can take months, a Web hosting service is your most valuable tool in getting started with your website.

Web hosts can get increasingly expensive, but depending on the features needed for your website, you can always compare and contrast the different options you have available to you. For small business owners, you will want a dedicated server or VPS hosting. A dedicated server will be more than $100 per month. It’s costly, but the advantage is having your website living in a server by itself. You would need to handle the firewalls and maintenance yourself, unless you get a managed server, which of course costs more. However, if you want to save some money, VPS hosting is another option, and you can get one for about $20 to $30 a month. If you build your website in a VPS environment, you do not share resources with other sites that are on the same server the way you would with shared hosting. Your site actually lives in a server area that has its own storage, RAM, monthly data transfers, and operating system.

When considering the costs of a web host, it is a better idea to wait until you know what features you need before committing to an annual plan. You may want to shop for a web host that has unlimited monthly data transfer and email, the choice between solid state or traditional hard drive storage, and customer support 24/7. If you are selling a product, get a web host that offers a Secure Sockets Layer certificate, which encrypts the data between the customer’s browser and web host to protect purchasing information. Depending on the company you go with, it could be free of charge or up to $100.

Don’t forget the importance of site uptime. Once your site is down, your clients and customers will have difficulty reaching you or accessing your products and services.  Although all sites can potentially suffer from ups and downs, it’s essential to choose a web host that does an excellent job at keeping sites up and running.

Take a look at these featured Web hosts and decide which is best for you.

InMotion Web Hosting $7.99

Pros: Easily import WordPress Blogs, offers free web-building tools, unlimited email, great customer service and 90-day money-back guarantee.

Cons: Basic web builder makes sites look visually dated and you need to create separate logins for all add-ons.

Dreamhost Web Hosting $10.95

Pros: Many security features, extensive domain management, unlimited data transfers per month, cloud storage plans and money-back guarantee.

Cons: No site builder, has high setup fee with monthly plans, long wait with customer service chat, and lacks Windows based dedicated servers.

HostGator Web Hosting $8.95

Pros:  Offers shared and dedicated Web hosting plans, Weebly site-building software and great customer service.

Cons: No one-step WordPress import and lacking security in email.

Hostwinds Web Hosting $4.50

Pros: Linux or Windows-based server option, unlimited email and monthly data transfers, great VPS hosting plans, and Minecraft server hosting.

Cons: No managed WordPress Hosting and hard time find cancellation option.

GoDaddy Web Hosting $3.49

Pros: Windows and Linux based servers, 24/7 customer service, email is tightly integrated into Microsoft apps.

Cons: You need to pay for the website builder and complicated WordPress setup.

1&1 Web Hosting $5.99

Pros: Easy-to-use tools for website building, free domain transfers, and no set-up fee.

Cons: Competitors have longer money-back guarantee and Website Builder Plus tier is required to add code for templates.

Bluehost Web Hosting $5.99

Pros: Great range of Web hosting options, usefull add-ons, backup tools, one-step integration with CloudFlare, easy to use interface, and offers Weebly software.

Cons: No monthly shared hosting and persistent upselling.

HostMonster Web Hosting $6.95

Pros: Great customer service, Weebly software, useful add-ons, and free domain transfer

Cons: Pricey options, no monthly hosting plans, and lack managed WordPress

SiteGround Web Hosting $9.95

Pros: Integrates with CloudFlare, Automatic backups, excellent support material and great customer service.

Cons: Not a lot of storage and bandwidth, no month-to-month shared hosting and no Windows server option.

Top Security Suites of 2015

The Best Security Suites for 2015

Malware, hacks, and data breaches are unquestionably possible if you do not tend to your security needs. Keep yourself and your computer protected from harmful intrusions by investing in top notch security. Take a look at the list compiled below as these are the leading security suites of 2015.

 

Bitdefender Total Security 2016 $69.95

  • Scored Excellenbitdefender1t in anti-malware, anti-spam, and anti-phishing tests.
  • No hassle firewall
  • Parental control
  • System tune-up
  • Advanced startup optimization
  • File encryption
  • Anti-theft
  • Password Manager
  • Secure browser

 

 

Kaspersky Internet Security $79.99

  • Spam Filterkap
  • No hassle firewall
  • Parental Control
  • Remote monitoring and management
  • Bonus features

 

 

 

 

 

Symantec Norton Security Deluxe $69.99

  • symantecBest at malicious URL blocking and antiphishing
  • Spam filtering
  • Password Management
  • Performance Optimization tools
  • Online Management
  • Powerful protection for Android and Mac

 

 

 

 

Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 $59.95

  • Accurate spam filterbitdender2
  • Tough firewall
  • Revamped parental Control
  • Password Management
  • Secure browser
  • Ransomware protection

 

 

 

 

Comodo Internet Security Complete 8 $69.99

  • Live remote tech support/Remediaticomodoon for any security problems
  • Virus free guarantee
  • VPN for protection on public networks
  • Local and online backup system
  • 50GB of hosted online backup

 

 

 

 

 

Trend Micro Internet Security 2016 $79.95

  • Great Antivirustrend
  • Accurate spam filter
  • Optimizes PC health
  • Secure deletion
  • Scans social media security settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete 2015 $79.99

  • Small and light on Resowebrooturces
  • Quick install and scan
  • Good malicious URL block
  • Full feature password manager
  • Mobile support
  • Remote management
  • PC optimization
  • Online backup and Sync

 

 

 

Check Point ZoneAlarm PRO Antivirus $69.95

  • Powerful firewzoneall
  • 5GB of hosted online backup
  • Credit monitoring
  • Identity protection
  • Password Management

 

iOS 9 Tips and Tricks

For those who have upgraded to iOS9, you may have noticed a few distinct differences from iOS 8. Aesthetic differences such as a new font and Siri’s colorful waveform animation are some of which that are notable.  Although there have been past mobile operating systems that haven’t gone so smoothly, 50 percent of iOS users have upgraded to iOS9. Time will tell if the jump is worth it, but here are some tricks and tips that will give you the most out of your upgrade.

Move to iOS: Helps people move off the Andriod platform to a device running iOS9. Data including contacts, photos, mail, calendars, and message history can be moved into iCloud.

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Six digit backup security code

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Search box inside Settings

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Manually go low power: Go into Settings >Battery and it’s at the top. This mode conserves battery life by turning off a lot of background functions like app refresh, automatic download, location services, and visual effects. The battery life indicator turns yellow when activated

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Drag to select photos: If you have a whole page of photos to delete, you can click select and drag your finger across the images. The selected images will get a blue check mark.

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Shoot high-speed video: Default setting is 1080p video at 30 fps. You can double this at 60 fps to be extremely smooth by going into Settings >Photos & Camera> Record Video. You can also drop the quality to 720p HD at 30 fps to save space.

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“Hey Siri”: You can turn on your digital assistant and train the phone to recognize your own voice by saying “Hey Siri.” To set up go to Settings>General>Siri and turn on the “Hey Siri” option.

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Spotlight Search: When you swipe right, Siri has app suggestions you may want to open under the Spotlight search. You can turn off the Siri suggestions and keep that area empty until you type in a search term.

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Turn Siri off: If you’ve experienced Siri’s voice feedback go off unexpectedly you can turn her off when switching the ring to off/mute on the side of the phone. Go into Settings>General>Siri>Voice Feedback and select “Control with Ring Switch.”

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Lowercase keys: Lowercase letters are shown without using the shift key. You can turn this off at Settings>Accessibility>Keyboard>Show Lowercase Keys

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Apple Maps: You can tap the Transit option on the upper right of Apple maps to help with commuting.

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Access Apple Wallet quickly: When your phone is locked, double push on the home button.

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Selfie Album: There is an album dedicated just for selfies in the Photos app.

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Turn off Shake to Undo: Go into Settings>General>Accessibility>Shake to Undo.

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Wi-fi Assist: This feature automatically switches you to your cellular data when you are in an area with poor Wi-Fi. If you don’t have unlimited data be wary of this feature as it could consume a lot of your data allowance.

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Health App now has reproductive help: You can track sexual activity, menstruation ovulation tests, and basal body temperature.

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Photo scroll: At the bottom of the Photos App you can go through the whole photo collection.

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Ad Block in Safari through the App store.

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Get desktop Website: Hold your finger on the refresh icon in the address bar to get the “Request Desktop Site” button if you do not like a mobile website.

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Make a website PDF: Press the share button within a Safari website. On the top row on the Share Sheet you’ll see Save PDF to iBooks. You can then go into the iBooks app to share the PDF.

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Notes Update: Notes integrates better with Mail, Photos, Safari, and Maps. You can create checklists, change font size, and make handwritten notes.

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Mark Up Email: You can easily attach a photo by holding a finger down in the message to get a pop-up menu that gives you an option to insert a Photo or Video. You can also select Markup and draw on the image.

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Share and save a voicemail: The voicemail area of the Phone app now has a share button. You can send it over to Email, Notes, Messages, or Facebook Messenger.

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How to Create a New Profile for Office on Mac 2016

 

Open Finder app and locate Microsoft Outlook in the Application folder.

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Hold the CTRL key and click Microsoft Outlook to bring up the menu and select Show Package Contents.

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Click on the Contents folder.

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Click on the SharedSupport folder.

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Once in SharedSupport folder, double-click Outlook Profile Manager.

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In Outlook Profile Manager window, click the Add (+) button and type a name of the profile, then select the gear icon and select Set as Default. You can then close out of the Outlook Profile Manager and re-configure your email within Outlook.

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iOS 9 Lockscreen Bypass Allows Access to Contacts and Photos

An iPhone user recently discovered a trick that allows people to bypass the devices passcode and gain access to Contacts and Photos apps.  If you use an alphanumeric rather than a four-digit passcode, you probably have nothing to worry about.

The exploit itself has quite a few steps:lockscreen bypass

  1. You first enter the wrong PIN four times.
  2. On the fifth attempt you enter three numbers and bring Siri up by holding the home button.
  3. You ask for the time once Siri is up, click on the World Clock tab, and add a new clock.
  4. After entering a few letters, select them to share in a text message. You then have access to iOS’s Contacts app, which also grants access to photos.

Although it is a few steps to take, it can be done. However, even though you have access to contacts and photos, there’s not much else you can do as the phone is still technically locked.

If this is a concern, you can weaken this exploit by disabling Siri on your lock screen.

Microsoft Releases its Own Hybrid Laptop, the Surface Book

 

 

microsoft-surface-bookMicrosoft has unveiled the first laptop it has ever released on its own, the Surface Book. Described by Microsoft’s Panos Panay as the “Ultimate laptop,” the Surface Book specs seem to live up to his words. The Surfaces Book is a 13.5-inch, magnesium alloy laptop with high powered internals that also has the ability to detach from its keyboard to become a surface tablet. The laptop is just .51-.90 inches thin and weighs 1.6 lbs.

The laptop’s unique ability to become a tablet is possible because the battery and the Intel Core processor are built into the screen half of the laptop, while the GPU is in the keyboard base.  The concept is to use the device in laptop mode for heavier tasks such as typing, playing games, or editing vSurface-Book-image-1-e1444134958401ideos and detaching from the powerful GPU base for lighter tasks.

In laptop mode, the Surface Book’s keyboard has a back-lit chiclet-style keyboard and a multi-touch glass track pad. Microsoft says that the battery life will last up to 12 hours in laptop mode and 3 hours in tablet mode; however, it all depends on your usage.

Microsoft’s Pinay boasts that it is the “thinnest and most powerful PC ever created.” Topping out at 1TB storage and 16GB of RAM, the Surface Book will cost you.  128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM starts at $1,500, while the fully loaded laptop will costs over $3,000.

Samsung’s First Mainstream SSD is the Fastest Yet

The 950 pro hasamsung-ssd-950-pro-m2-x4-2015-09-22-01s been recently launched by Samsung. The gum stick-sized M.2 PCI Express device is Samsung’s first consumer SSD that uses vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology to deliver speed. The 512GB can read at 2.5GB/s and write at 1.5GB/s, surpassing its predecessor, the SM951 SSD. This is Samsung’s first mainstream device to use Non-Volatile Memory Express, designed precisely for SSDs to absorb less power and last longer.  The SSD uses Samsung’s 2nd generation 32 layer V-NAND, rather than the 480-layer chips that was previously announced.

The 950 Pro outshines the SATA-interface 850 Pro, exceeding it with four times the read speed and triple the write speeds.  The new SSD can withstand 20G vibrations and 1500G of physical shock, which is befitting for rugged devices. With higher bandwidth and lower latency for high-end PC and laptops, the 950 Pro is ideal for professionals seeking advanced performance.

You will be able to easily buy one next month for $200 (256GB) and $350 (512GB).

Malware Affects Thousands of WordPress Sites

wordpress-malware-200x200According to security firm Sucuri, a significant number of Wordpress sites have been hit by Malware. Thousands of corporate and personal websites have been compromised by a new “visitorTracker_isMob” malware over the last few weeks. Evidently, visitors who attempt to visit the affected sites are redirected to a Nuclear Exploit Kit landing page, which probes their system for vulnerabilities and delivers ransomware threats. Around 95 percent of the compromised websites Sucuri has detected are running Wordpress, 17 percent of which have been put on Google’s blacklists.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself from such attacks is to update your system as much as possible, including installation of the most recent operating system updates that Microsoft or Apple offers.  Also, make sure you run antivirus and anti-malware apps routinely as well.

If you’re a Wordpress user, keep your plugins updated, including premium ones. It is also recommended to check if your website is currently being affected through WordPress’s Free Security/Malware Scanner.