Security

How to Display a Custom Message at the Windows 10 Login Screen

This brief guide will show you exactly how to create a custom message that’s displayed before anyone can sign in to your Windows 10 laptop/desktop/tablet. One of many reasons you may want to do this is so that you can include information about how to return your laptop or tablet if it’s lost or stolen (ie. a reward message, contact information etc). Whatever your reason, here’s how you change the text that’s displayed right before the “log in” screen in Windows 10.

a custom Windows 10 login message

How to Disable Windows 10 Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO)

By default, Windows 10 is using your bandwidth by way of a new ‘feature’ called Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO). In a nutshell, Windows 10 is uploading files in the background to other Windows 10 users. This brief guide will explain how to disable the Windows Update Delivery Optimization service. …

How to Set Up a VPN in Ubuntu 14.04.2 (and previous versions)

This step by step guide will walk you through adding and configuring a PPTP VPN in Ubuntu. It uses the steps and screenshots for Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr – which is the current LTS) but are very, very similar to previous versions of Ubuntu. If you’re running something prior to 14.04.2, such as 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) – you’ll have no trouble following along. …

How to “Pin” Apps on Your Android Device (So Your Child Can’t Access Anything Else)

In the latest version of Android (5.x, named “Lollipop”) Google has added the ability to “Pin” an App – which means only that App is accessible until it’s “Unpinned” – and that requires a 4-16 digit numerical code or password. This guide will show you how to enable “Pinning” on your Android device, and then how to use it. Finally you can hand your child a phone or tablet with Angry Birds open and know that when you get your device back, your email will still be there :) …

How to Securely Store Passwords in Windows

In light of the recent Heartbleed Bug and several other major website hacks (one of which involved 40 million credit cards being stolen) – it’s time to take your passwords seriously. Long gone are the days of thinking that a word with the vowels replaced by numbers (l1k3 th1s) can be considered ‘secure’. If you use the same password on more than one site or service, you’re asking for trouble. To keep yourself safe, you have to use a different password for every single service or site that you use, and those passwords have to be impossible to guess. Trying to commit dozens of secure passwords, like “#dOzu3!pDD”, to memory – not likely. So what’s the solution? To use a password manager. …