2 Years of Windows 10

Windows-update iconIt won’t be long now before we see the latest update to Windows 10, the Autumn version, also known as 1709.

That will then be the fourth update in just over the 2 years that Windows 10 has been around, and you can expect future updates at roughly the same rate in the past.

This new update when released can be expected to have loads of changes both for the users and the developers.

Fluent designSo, what can we look forward to? The crystal ball points to elements of Microsoft’s new ‘Fluent Design’ being added, which should add performance and user improvements, including easier resizing for the varying devices on which you use Windows 10 as your operating system, i.e. whether you use a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and smoother transitions.

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Managing your computer security

Cyber securityHere at Kapiti SeniorNet we spend quite a bit of time exhorting our members to be computer security minded for the very good reasons that failing to do that can be an expensive lesson. We even run a workshop on dealing with spam  showing you what can happen and how easy it is to be hoodwinked.

Computer security is a bit of a misnomer because computers can never be 100% secure. In 2016 alone cyber thieves stole US$81 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh, and data breaches were still rife even after several of the high profile cases such as SONY and Yahoo. In the latter case Yahoo was in the middle of being taken over by the telecoms company Verizon in a US$4.8 billion deal that was nearly derailed as a result.

Then there was the Russian hackers interference with the US elections, and closer to us the black market in computerized extortions.

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Are you up to date with Windows 10?

Win 10 BackgroundQuite a few things have happened with Windows 10 Operating System since you upgraded to 10 from whichever version you previously had on your computer, or you may have bought a new PC or laptop with Windows 10 already installed. Either way you may like to check if you are indeed up-to-date with the latest version.

The reason for doing that is partly for security and partly to get any new function in updates working for you and partly to correct any bugs in the previous iteration.

I do hope that you are using Windows 10 and upgraded when Microsoft two years ago offered to do that for you,

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In charge of time

I was watching a presentation by a young chap by the name of Tristan Harris who has a thing about how we spend our time, indeed whether the time was well spent or whether our minds have been hijacked by our smartphones or other technological devices.

It makes one think because Mr Harris is a product of the very same industry that uses designs to keep us hooked to a screen for as long and as often as possible. It is good to remember that about 2 billion people use their phones every day, and if technology steers that many people’s thoughts and beliefs every day imagine the kind of influence that has been created.

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