Happy New Year! As your Resolution #1, make this the year that you increase the security of Information Technology both at work and at home. And start with your own PC. If you haven’t updated your version of Windows 10 in a while, make sure you do soon. Microsoft recently ended support for early versions of Windows 10 which means you won’t get important security updates and fixes.
To find out which version of Windows 10 you have, enter Settings into the search bar and hit Enter. Select System > About. The version will be listed under Windows Specifications. If you don’t see Version 1709, you need to update your version of Windows.
Microsoft provides a free tool called the Windows 10 Update Assistant that will double check your installed version and take care of any needed upgrades.
If you have any questions or need a hand, contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you.
For those of us that are long-term computer users, we’ve learned many tricks to make our interactions a bit easier. And one big convenience to anyone that actually knows how to type are keyboard shortcuts. If you haven’t yet transitioned to Windows 10, you’ll be pleased to know that your favorite keyboard shortcuts are still there – plus, there are some new helpful shortcuts that Microsoft has given us. Here’s a sampling of some of these new shortcuts:
- Windows Logo Key + A, Open Action Center
- Windows Logo Key + S, Open Search
- Windows Logo Key + C, Open Cortana in listening mode
- Windows Logo Key + Tab, Open Task View
- Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + D, Add a virtual desktop
- Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow, Switch between virtual desktops on the left
- Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow, Switch between virtual desktops on the right
And some old favorites:
- Ctrl + C, Copy the selected item
- Ctrl + X, Cut the selected item
- Ctrl + V, Paste the selected item
- Ctrl + Z, Undo an action
- Alt + Tab, Switch between open apps
- Alt + F4, Close the active item
- Windows Logo Key + L, Lock your computer
- Windows Logo Key + D, Display and hide the Desktop
If you’re running Windows 7 or higher, you’ll be able to take advantage of a free upgrade offer to Windows 10 from Microsoft. Look for the upgrade through your regular Windows Update utility.
Available in several versions that roughly correspond to current Windows offerings, Windows 10 will add some familiar operational features back to the current Windows 8.1 experience, plus add a range of neat new security and productivity solutions.
One of our favorite new security features is Windows Hello. Using camera technology, infrared lasers, multiple lenses, and a special processing chip, machines with this new technology will be able to work with Windows to authenticate users visually. Coupled with some other technologies in Windows 10 like Microsoft Passport, the end will be in sight for old-fashioned and vulnerable passwords.