Category : Tips and Tricks

Hidden Features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Google Now

Google Now on Tap is probably the most useful feature. The new Marshmallow upgrade allows you to bring up Google Now without closing the app you are currently using. Simply long pressing the home button allows you to follow a few steps to activate. Once that is done all you must do is long press the home screen and that familiar Google search screen with appear atop your current page. Now on Tap also provides information to you based on you current page. For instance, if you are listening to music on Spotify, this feature can provide articles on information about the band.


Improved Cut and Paste

Highlighting in Marshmallow gives you a set of options (Cut, Paste, Search) right above the text rather than the top of the screen as in previous forms.


Voice Search on Lock Screen

Before, the only task available directly from the lock screen were the camera and emergency calls. However, Marshmallow now allows a Google voice search-no password or login required. This is a great feature when you want to look something up real quick.


Check if your Security is Up-to-Date

If your device is participating in monthly update regimes, you will be able to check its status by going into Settings>About tablet and checking “Android security patch level.” This will tell you the last time you have received an Android security patch.  Participation among manufacturers and carriers will vary.


App Permissions

Worried about Malware? You should be. The power to prevent individual apps from accessing certain functions on your phone can help. Go to Settings>Apps> [Choose the targeted App]>Permissions.


Google in the Settings Menu

Take care of all your Google settings in one easy to find place. All your account information from the Google Ecosystem can be found in the Settings menu.


Smart Lock

Smart lock allows you to store all you Android app passwords on a Google cloud. With this feature you can keep all your passwords in one secure location by going into Settings>Google>Smart Lock for Passwords. You also have the option of being able to automatically sign in to your accounts or “Never save” for certain accounts such as a banking app.


App Power Saving Exceptions

One great feature is Androids “app standby” mode, which puts inactive apps to sleep to conserve power. If you would like a few apps to keep updating despite this feature you can make exceptions by adding them to a battery optimization exception list. Go into Settings>Battery>Battery Optimization. Use the pull down menu to choose which apps you want optimized (apps set to standby mode) or not optimized (apps functioning at all times).


Easter Egg Game

Find the “hidden” game by going to Settings>About Tablet>Keep tapping The Android Version.


How to Speed Up Windows 10

Uninstall Crapware

Preinstalled software continues to be a nuisance with new computers. Get rid of these so-called helper programs by going into the Start button (Lower left of the display) and click All Apps. Then right click and choose uninstall.



Limit Startup Processes

When you start up your computer you may notice side processes unnecessarily running at all times.  Limit this by invoking the Task Manager. Start by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Esc and Switch to the Startup Tab. You’ll notice all the programs that run at startup and the impact for each one.  Right click on the status column to reject or enable the program from running at startup.


Clean up your Disk

Type Disk Cleanup from the Start Menu and open up the utility.  Disk Cleanup discovers unwanted junk files, offline web pages, and installer files and gives you the option to delete them all at once.  If the disk defragmentation is not scheduled regularly you can set it up by typing “Optimize Drives tool” in the Cortana search box next to the Start button.


Add more RAM

Adding more memory is a great way to speed up PC operations. RAM makers’ such as Crucial, Kingston, and Corsair present with you on their website which type of RAM your PC takes.


Install an SSD Startup Drive

Install a solid-state startup drive and notice a remarkable speed boost especially if you use applications that take up a lot of storage.


Check for Viruses and Spyware

Run the built-in Windows defending or implement a third-party app to check for viruses, spyware, and malware.


Change your power settings to Maximum Performance

If you’re not concern about saving electricity, utilize this option to boost the speed of your computer. Go to Control Panel>System and Security>Power Options and click the dropdown arrow on the right side to choose High Performance.


Use performance Troubleshooter

Check to see if there are any root causes for you slowdown. Open Cortana’s search box next to the Start Button and type troubleshooting. Under System and Security notice the Check for performance issues and run the trouble shooter to find out if there is anything going on. You can also run other trouble shooters including System Maintenance, Search and Indexing, Hardware and Sounds, and Programs.


Change Appearance in Performance Options Dialog

Easily do this by typing “Adjust appearance” in Cortana and selecting “Adjust for best performance.” You can also pick and choose which feature you can live without from the long list of check boxes.  Keep in mind that if you choose overall best-performance you will lose all visual effects.


Turn off Search Indexing

If you conduct a lot of searches take note that search indexing can consume your system resources.  To turn off indexing, type “index” in the Start button search box, and see the Indexing Options at the top of the list, select Modify and remove locations being indexed.  If you want to leave search indexing on but notice that it occasionally slows you down you can stop the process only when you need the extra speed.  Right-click on Computer in the Start menu>Manage>double-click Services and Applications>Services. Then find Windows Search and double click. In the properties dialog choose the new Automatic (Delayed Start) to help reduce the effect on the systems overall boot performance or simply disable to silence the process by default.



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.


  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.


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


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.

How to Create a New Profile for Office on Mac 2016


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


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


Click on the Contents folder.


Click on the SharedSupport folder.


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


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.


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.

iOS9 Skyrockets Cellular Usage. Wi-fi Assist Feature May Be Responsible

ios9Noticing a significant increase in data usage since installing iOS9? Wi-fi assist may be the cause.  The feature switches your iPhone to cellular usage when it detects you’re in a spot where wi-fi coverage is lacking. For those with unlimited data this wouldn’t be an issue; however, for those who are under a metered data plan this could result with an alarming bill next month.  With this setting you could potentially be consuming your data allowance even when you’re just at home or in the office.

It’s a useful feature, but may not be appropriate for all circumstances. The default for this feature is on, but you can switch it off under Settings>Cellular and scroll down to the bottom.  Also, you can check out your data usage by using the Reset Statistics feature found below the Wi-Fi- Assist if you want to keep a watchful eye.

Why Weak Passwords Are Harmful: Ashley Madison Hack IT Takeaways | BVA IT Consulting Blog

password_stolen-100577279-primary.idgeAs you may very well be aware, the Ashley Madison debacle revealing account emails of users has also divulged their passwords. A total of 11,716,208 silly, yet remarkably weak passwords were discovered. Passwords such as “password,” “123456,” and “IThinkILoveMyWife?” are a few of the many that were used.  These revelations only reinforce the importance of stronger passwords to keep your information secure. Never use weak passwords, and never underestimate hackers as I’m sure they continue to crack easy passwords like this time and time again. If you do happen to find yourself in a situation where you would use a site such as Ashely Madison create a completely randomized password yourself or use a password manager.


Windows 7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

So everyone has been using Windows 7 for some time now and they are fairly familiar with it, but there might still be some things you do not know. Let me help you become a more efficient user of Windows 7 with these several useful keyboard shortcuts. Learn fast and become a power user today.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Using the mouse, you can drag-”˜n-dock windows to either side of the screen, or drag it to the top to maximize it. These keyboard shortcuts are even faster:

  • Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow dock the window to the left and right side of the screen
  • Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow maximize and restore/minimize
  • Win+M minimizes everything
  • Alt+UpAlt+Left ArrowAlt+Right Arrow navigate to parent folder, or browse Back and Forward through folders in Explorer
  • Win+Home minimizes/restores all open windows except the active window

Alt+Win+# accesses the Jump List of program number ‘#’ on the taskbar