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?Make your cloud safer: How you can use two-factor authentication to protect cloud services

Two-factor authentication is no longer an optional feature. If you use modern cloud services, this extra layer of security can dramatically reduce the risk of a hostile takeover. Here's how to get started.

Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14352 marks countdown to summer launch date

In a bygone era, today's release of a new Windows Insider build would have been part of the Release Candidate phase. Today, it's just one of many stops on a sprint to this summer's Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Windows 10 tip: Mount (and unmount) any ISO file instantly

Disk image files in ISO format have mostly replaced old-fashioned shiny disks. Windows 10 includes the ability to mount any ISO file as a virtual DVD. To unmount the file, you need to use a slightly illogical command.

New OneDrive app arrives for Windows 10 desktop, but some features still missing

The new app, now free from the Windows Store, offers most of the features currently available in a web browser. But OneDrive users expecting the long-awaited replacement of the "placeholders" feature will be disappointed.

How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version

The year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. But what if you're not ready to upgrade yet? Here's how to claim your upgrade so it's available at no cost when the time comes.

Windows 10 tip: Look up your IP address quickly

You don't need to dig deep into Control Panel or use a command line to find your IP address. That information (IPv4 and IPv6) is in Task Manager, if you know where to look.

Windows Insiders can now install Adblock Plus in Microsoft Edge

One of the biggest missing pieces in Windows 10's default browser has finally arrived. If you're running the latest preview release of Windows 10, the Adblock Plus extension is now available from the Windows Store.

How was this Windows Store app able to download adware to a Windows 10 PC?

Apps from the Windows Store run in a highly restricted sandbox and have to be approved before they can be listed. So why was this app able to automatically download an executable file that multiple virus scanners identified as potentially dangerous?

Six Windows 10 annoyances: How to make them go away for good

You've got complaints about Windows 10? Don't worry, you've got plenty of company. From my mailbox, these are the top gripes about Microsoft's new OS, with instructions to help you make those problems vanish.

Windows 10 tip: Check the performance of your laptop battery

A powerful but obscure command-line tool lets you see at a glance how your portable PC's battery is performing and how much battery life you can expect from each charge.

Windows 10 tip: Protect your privacy in File Explorer

File Explorer's Quick Access feature is a great time-saver, but it also displays shortcuts to files and folders you've used recently. If you'd rather not advertise that activity, here's how to take back control.

Hands-on with the first feature-packed preview of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Last week's release of Windows 10 build 14328 includes the first glimpse of new features slated for this summer's major Anniversary Update. Here's a closer look at what you can expect.

Windows 10 tip: Use Cortana's secret dictionary

Need to look up the meaning of a word? There's no need to fumble for a reference book or open your web browser. Just learn this magic word and you can ask Cortana.

Microsoft's mobile hardware mess: Android isn't the answer

Microsoft's phone business is in disarray, and a couple of my colleagues think the answer is for Redmond to go full Android. My response: Where's the business justification?

Microsoft plans to build ad blocker into its Microsoft Edge browser

In a session for Web developers today, Microsoft highlighted ad blocker capabilities in its Edge browser. [Updated with comment from Microsoft]

Windows 10 tip: Create a recovery drive

If your Windows 10 PC is operating perfectly right now, great. Take advantage of the opportunity to create a recovery drive so you have a way to perform repairs if something ever goes wrong.

Windows 10 tip: Defrag secrets for hard disks and SSDs

Should you defrag your solid-state drive? Absolutely not! Here's how to keep conventional hard disks, SSDs, and even virtual disks running at peak efficiency.

Microsoft plans to build ad blocker into its Microsoft Edge browser

Who needs extensions like AdBlock Plus? In a session for Web developers today, Microsoft revealed that the next version of Microsoft Edge will include its own ad blocker.

Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices

In the opening keynote for its Build conference in San Francisco, Microsoft's Terry Myerson announced that the number of active devices has risen sharply since the start of the year. But can that pace continue?

Windows 10 tip: Find any setting in seconds

One confusing aspect of Windows 10 is the way it keeps some options in the old-style Control Panel and others in the new Settings app. The good news is you don't have to guess where to look, once you learn these two search secrets.

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