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Facebook & Real-World Friends: What’s a Healthy Balance?

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Online social interactions are tied to longevity, as long as those online connections foster real-world social ties, new research shows. Source: Facebook & Real-World Friends: What’s a Healthy Balance?   It turns out that logging into Facebook to put a heart emoji under a photo of your best friend’s new baby may actually be good for you — provided that you also actually follow through in the real world, perhaps by buying a coffee for that frazzled new mom. New research shows that a moderate use of social media is linked with living longer, if that use helps strengthen real-world connections. “Interacting online seems to be healthy when the online activity is moderate and complements interactions offline,” study author William Hobbs, a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University in Boston, said in a statement. “It is only on the extreme end, spending a lot of time online with little evidence of being connected to people otherwise, that we see a negative association” between Facebook use and mortality, Hobbs said. In the study, Hobbs and his colleagues used a computer program to match the name and birthdate on the Facebook profiles of 12 million people living in California with public records such as birth and death certificates from that state. The study participants were all born between 1945 and 1989. After the researchers made those matches, they removed the names of the people in the study group to protect their privacy, according to the findings published today (Oct. 31) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An algorithm tallied up how many times, over a six-month period, people engaged with others online. Then, the researchers determined whether the participants were still alive, or had died by the end of the study period. They took into account the participants’ age, gender and other factors that could influence their likelihood of dying during the study period. The team found that people who used Facebook more often tended to live longer than those who didn’t. Of course, it is possible that some common factor (such as poor health or economic status) that the researchers did not take into account made people less likely to use Facebook, and that such a factor also made them more likely to die during the study period, the authors noted. The researchers also found that those people whose social networks were average or slightly larger than average were less likely to die during the study period than those who had the fewest “friends,” the researchers found. People who shared more photos — meaning that they were potentially doing more social activities — also had lower odds of dying during the study, the researchers found. But the researchers also looked at the nature of the participants’ online posts, and here the relationship was more complicated. Some types of posts, such as putting up a photo, implied that the participant had real-life interactions with others, whereas other posts, such as adding comments to other people’s posts, did not imply that any real-life interactions took place. People who had either a low level, or a high level of online-only activity had higher rates of mortality than those whose posts suggested more balance between their online-only interactions and their real-life interactions. “Happily, for almost all Facebook users, what we found...

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13m Working Computers Discarded By Brits In The Last Five Years

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A fifth (21%) of Brits have thrown away at least one working computer in the last five years in favour of a newer model, according to new research from Crucial. Source: 13m Working Computers Discarded By Brits In The Last Five Years . Based on UK population figures from the ONS, this means that more than 13.87m computers have been binned in the last five years by Brits, according to the company. More than two in five (45%) of those that binned their PCs did so because it had slowed down, a third (32%) said it took too long to turn on and 29% said that their computer kept freezing. The survey of 2,000 people, conducted by Crucial, found that more than a third of Brits (36%) threw away their PC because they wanted a more powerful, newer model. Just 18% gave their old computer to someone else, 14% recycled it and only 6% gave their system an upgrade with new internal components. “The cost of upgrading can be as much as 10 times less expensive that buying a new computer, so consumers are missing a trick by opting for an expensive replacement instead of a simple, cheap upgrade.” Jeremy Mortenson, Crucial memory product line manager, commented: “One of the leading contributors to landfill waste in the UK is e-waste, created by disused or discarded technology including household appliances like old PCs. Our research shows that people are ditching working systems because they’ve slowed down, take too long to turn on and freeze all the time, all of which can be easily fixed. Brits are choosing to spend excessive amount on purchasing new computers when they could be getting a brand new machine for as little as £40 with a simple upgrade that doesn’t require any technical skills.” One in five Brits (21%) have unused working computers sitting at home, which could be upgraded to give them a new lease of life, Crucial says. On average, Brits have owned two computers in the last five years and are seemingly replacing their PCs much more regularly than business users. According to leading IT managers, the average business computer lasts 3 to 4 years before being disposed of (Data from March 2016 survey of 353 IT decision-makers in the U.S., U.K., Germany and France. Survey conducted by Spiceworks and commissioned by Crucial.) Jonathan Weech, Crucial solid-state drive (SSD) product line manager, added: “The rapid evolution of technology makes it easy to believe that if your computer isn’t new, it’s old. The research suggests that UK consumers are buying new systems more regularly than businesses, whose PCs will be used daily and more intensively. “It’s not clear why this is the case, but one factor could be that consumers are using sub-£500 computers that lack internal memory and fast storage. These computers tend to come with between 4-8GB of memory and slow mechanical hard drives, when you could install 16GB yourself to improve as well as install an SSD to improve performance and extend your PCs life.” He continues: “This perception of new and old encourages people to settle for expensive fixes like a new computer. Few people realise that a memory upgrade will increase the responsiveness of their system and how fast applications and programmes run, whilst an SSD will make...

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Google’s AI machines are sending encrypted messages to each other and it’s creepy | TheINQUIRER

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Source: Google’s AI machines are sending encrypted messages to each other and it’s creepy | TheINQUIRER GOOGLE IS experimenting with seeing what happens if it allows three of its neural networks pass notes to each other with their own encryption cipher. A new research paper shows how ‘Alice’, ‘Bob’, and ‘Eve’, three of Google Brain’s neural networks, have been passing messages to each other using encryption entirely of their own, whilst allowing the third to “eavesdrop” in order to see if it can decipher it. New Scientist reports that, despite not being taught any algorithms, the three were able to learn how to send coded messages, though the results were way below those of a computer generated encryption like those used by banks and the like. At first, Alice and Bob struggled to communicate after each others’ messages had been saved with a predetermined code, and Eve didn’t stand a chance as the onlooker. But after repeating the process 15,000 times, Eve would have been starting to feel a bit of a Billy No Mates, if she could feel, because A and B were happily chatting while Eve was only able to decipher eight of every sixteen bits. Eight out of 16 in a message made of 0s and 1s? That’s one in two. One in two is, basically the same as guessing. Perhaps what’s slightly scary about all this from a “rise of the machines” point of view is that, although Alice and Bob were able to offer their handlers, Martin Abadi and David Andersen, a solution to decrypt the code, they weren’t able to explain how the designed it. This means that, in theory, computers wanting to go rogue could have their own Enigma thing going on, freezing out the humans they are attempting to liberate themselves from. As for humans utilising it, if Alice and Bob aren’t about to show their workings, then it’s going to be increasingly difficult to turn it into anything that will ever be of any use to humans. All we’ve really done is give ourselves more chance of being first against the wall when the revolution...

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How to use the Windows 10 Start menu

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The Start menu in Windows 10 has similarities to its counterpart in Windows 7 but also has some surprises. So how does it all work now? Source: How to use the Windows 10 Start menu   With Windows 10, Microsoft has returned the Start menu to its rightful place. But the new menu offers a few surprises with its dual-personality of part Start menu and part Start screen. How can you use and even personalize the menu so it works best for you? Assuming you’ve installed Windows 10 on a PC, click the Start button after Windows appears, and you’ll see the new Start menu with its hybrid approach. On the left, the familiar menu column appears with shortcuts to your applications and settings. On the right, a screen full of tiles to Windows apps displays so you can access key Windows apps right from the menu. Click the All Apps setting on the left, and Windows displays all of the apps installed on your PC. Click any shortcut on the left to open that particular app or setting. Click any tile on the right to open a specific Windows app, such as Mail, Calendar, or News. Need to search for an app, file or other item? Simply type your word or phrase in the search field, and a list of suggestions pops up. Want to shut down or restart Windows? Click the Power button at the bottom of the left column, and Windows will at the very least display options to Shut down and Restart. Want to lock your PC or sign out of your account? Right-click your account name at the top of the menu, and you’ll see a menu with three options: Change account picture, lock and sign out. OK, now let’s say you want to change or personalize some aspects of the Start menu. Here’s where your right mouse button comes into play. For example, you want to add File Explorer as a tile on the right side of the menu. Right-click the link for File Explorer and click Pin to Start. A tile for File Explorer appears on the right. Maybe you want to add Files Explorer to the taskbar instead. Right-click the link for File Explorer and click Pin to Taskbar. Now let’s say you want to manage certain apps. Click the All Apps setting. Right-click any app, and you’ll typically see four options: Open, Uninstall, Pin to Start (or Unpin from Start if the app is already set up as a tile), and Pin to taskbar (or Unpin from taskbar if the app is already there). Simply click the option you want. OK, next step. Let’s say you want to manage the tiles that appear on the right side of the menu. Right-click a specific tile, and a menu pops up with certain choices: Unpin from Start, Pin to taskbar, and Resize. Most apps will also have an Uninstall option. An app that can appear as a Live tile will also have one of two choices: either turn Live tile on or turn Live tile off, depending on the current setting. Again, simply click the option you want. By customizing the left column and the right column, you can easily control how much you want to stick with the standard Start menu...

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Windows 10 Here’s what’s new with the action center You can find the action center by clicking the dialogue box at the bottom right corner of your screen, by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + A, by swiping left from the screen edge on touch devices or by tapping four fingers on the track pad. There you’ll see the new, fully customizable quick actions – settings you can change quickly, without going through the settings panel. The action center is also your one-stop shop for notifications to see what’s going on with apps and other programs from across your device. Plus, now you can also get web notifications in your action center via Microsoft Edge sites like or And as always, the action center is fully customizable – check out settings, then system, then notifications and actions to enable and disable what notifications you see in the action center. Have a great week!...

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Using Cortana

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  BEGINNER’S GUIDE How to use Cortana on Windows 10 Cortana is your personal digital assistant on Windows 10 part of the next generation of search, and in this guide will show you how to get the most out of the experience. The name Cortana by now should sound very familiar. Cortana is your personal digital assistant on Windows 10 to help you find virtually anything on your device, track your packages and flights, inform you about weather and traffic information, manage your calendar and create reminders, and it can even tell you jokes. About Cortana How Cortana integrates into your digital life Ways to use Cortana How to set up Cortana Getting familiar with the Cortana user interface Cortana supported regions and languages About Cortana Cortana was first introduced on Windows Phone 8.1, and then it made its appearance on the desktop and mobile devices with the release of Windows 10. Originally the name “Cortana” was the codename of the project when the assistant was still under development. The name comes from the Microsoft’s franchise Halo game, where the main character, Master Chief, has his own assistant named Cortana and helps him in a lot of situations and to get out of many jams, which the company felt was an appropriate name. How Cortana integrates into your digital life Cortana integrates with the Windows 10 search feature for local searches, and it’s also capable of bringing you relevant search results from the web and provide intelligent answers to any question using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Thanks to its ability to connect to the cloud, it works seamlessly on your desktop PC, laptop, tablet, Xbox One, and phone — even on Android and iPhone using the Cortana app. In addition, you can interact with Cortana in other products, such as on the Microsoft Edge web browser, and the assistant can also control certain Windows Store apps like Netflix, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hulu, Wikipedia, and many other apps. The assistant is always at your fingertips, right next to the Start button on your device, or a voice command away, when you use the assistant hands-free with the “Hey Cortana” feature to answer any question and perform many tasks that would otherwise require more of your time. While Microsoft keeps updating Cortana frequently in the background, the only way to make your experience more personalized over time is by using Cortana on the regular basis. Ways to use Cortana On Windows 10, there are two ways you can use Cortana on your PC or Mobile device: With a Microsoft account: You can use Cortana on your device connected with a Microsoft Account, which allows you to access all the features the digital assistant has to offer, such as creating reminders, managing calendar, and getting a more personalized experience. Without a Microsoft account: You can choose to use Cortana without a Microsoft account (even on a local account) but with limited features. For example, you can ask Cortana pretty much anything, but you can’t create reminders or get a personalized experience. How to set up Cortana You can enable Cortana on a number of different ways, but setting it up is the same experience throughout the operating system. Setting up Cortana in a Microsoft account Setting up Cortana on your device using a...

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Netgear router violation

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A security researcher in the US has said his Netgear router was hacked after attackers exploited a flaw in the machine. Joe Giron told the BBC that he discovered altered admin settings on his personal router on 28 September. The compromised router was hacked to send web browsing data to a malicious internet address. Netgear says the vulnerability is “serious” but affects fewer than 5,000 devices. Mr Giron found that the Domain Name System (DNS) settings on his router had been changed to a suspicious IP address. “Normally I set mine to Google’s [IP address] and it wasn’t that, it was something else,” he said. “For two or three days all my DNS traffic was being sent over to them.” This means that the attacker could have tracked what websites Mr Giron was visiting, or even redirected him to malicious sites had they chosen to do so. He has decided to turn off the router and not use it for the time being. ‘Serious’ bug The vulnerability itself has been documented by security researchers at Compass Security and Shellshock Labs in recent months. “Is it serious? Yes it definitely is,” said Jonathan Wu, senior director of product management at Netgear, one of the top three router brands in the US. “Because whenever anybody gets access to your router, they can alter settings to direct traffic to places you don’t want it to go to.” The vulnerability allows attackers to gain access to the router settings without needing to provide login credentials, according to security researchers Daniel Haake and Alexandre Herzog of Compass Security in Switzerland. Mr Giron thinks that in his case, access was gained remotely because his router settings had been configured so that they could be accessed from outside his network. Imminent patch While a patch has not been available for the firmware on the affected devices to date, Netgear has confirmed to the BBC that one will be released on 14 October. Mr Wu said that Netgear router owners would be prompted to update their firmware if they logged into their router’s admin settings or if they had the Netgear genie app installed on their computer, tablet or smartphone. It’s problematic that firmware updates can’t be automatically “pushed” to routers, according to Mark James, IT security specialist at Eset. “The average user will throw the router in place and just use it,” he told the BBC. “The biggest problem that we have with these types of scenarios are people don’t keep the software up-to-date.” What’s more, anti-virus software for computers doesn’t generally cover vulnerabilities on routers meaning that it would not detect such problems. News item taken from BBC Tech News...

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Elite 1to1 computer solutions you-tube page offers tutorial videos reply to this post with any comments or requests for videos that can help with your I.T requirements The Elite 1to1 link to you tube videos is :-...

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Virus prevention tips

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Tips for Virus Detection and Prevention Do not open any files attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy source. Do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a friend or someone you know. Some viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email. Confirm that your contact really sent an attachment. Do not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is questionable or unexpected. Delete chain emails and junk email. Do not forward or reply to any to them. These types of email are considered spam – unsolicited, intrusive messages that clog up the inboxes and networks. Do not download any files from strangers. Exercise caution when downloading files from the Internet. Ensure that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that an anti-virus program checks the files on the download site. Update your anti-virus software regularly. McAfee security software like McAfee Total Protection update automatically and continuously via the Internet. Back up your files on a regular basis. If a virus destroys your files, at least you can replace them with your back-up copy. You should store your backup copy in a separate location from your work files, one that is preferably not on your computer. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and do not open, download, or execute any files or email attachments. Not executing is the more important of these caveats. Check with your product vendors for updates for your operating system, web browser, and email. One example is the security site section of Microsoft located at If you are in doubt about any potential virus-related situation you find yourself in, you mayreport a virus to our virus team.  information taken from Mcafee...

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Microsoft Blog . Secure password

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Create stronger passwords and protect them What does “difficult to crack” mean? A strong password: Contains at least eight characters. Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name. Does not contain a complete word. Is significantly different from previous passwords. Is different from passwords that you’ve used on other websites. The best passwords are the most unpredictable Get more advice on how to create strong passwords. 5 ways to protect your password Once you’ve chosen a strong password, you can protect it from hackers by following a few simple rule: Don’t share your password with friends. Never give your password to people who call you on the phone or send unsolicited email, even if they claim to be from Microsoft. Change your password regularly. Tell your children not to share your passwords (or theirs) with anyone. Check back tomorrow for more guidance on how to help kids create and protect their passwords. Evaluate password managers and other password tools carefully.  If they keep all your passwords in the cloud, they should use encryption. If the service has problems, understand that you might be locked out of your accounts. Here is Microsoft’s latest advice on having and keeping a secure password click HERE to see more...

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Computer Health Check

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Computer Health Check

Just like your car or central heating boiler has to be serviced on a yearly basis, Your computer device/s also need to be serviced to keep them running at their prime. Here at Elite 1to1 Computer Solutions we offer both a ‘one off’ system check or we can arrange to do a contract service where we check your device/s every 6 months to maintain you computers efficiency. As part of this service we remove the system and CPU fan to eliminate any contaminates that prevent adequate CPU cooling. We also run Virus checks,  de-fragment the hard disk/s and do hard disk clean ups. If anything is noticed that needs to be done to improve efficiency, work can be taken on upon your...

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