2015 November

#FridayFive: 5 cool tricks with Windows 10 you need to try

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10 Windows 10 tricks to try right now

So, Windows 10 has been out for a while and you have probably also downloaded the recent update. But have you tried everything Windows 10 has to offer? We’ve put together 5 tricks you might not know about, give them a try.

1. Windows Key + Left/Right Key: split the screen in two. How cool and easy is this? You know, when you have to write something down from another page or a document and you have to constantly minimize or maximize it? Also, you can talk to your friend on Facebook while checking the news on another window, but we didn’t tell you to do that 😉

2. Alt + Tab: another way to see all of the windows open in your tab. Need to switch to another application easily? Just Press Alt+Tab and then use Left/Right mouse buttons to navigate.

3. See what’s taking up space: press the “looking glass” icon on your tab, enter “storage” into the search bar and double-click “This PC” to see which files are taking up most space on your computer. Perhaps, it’s time for a cleanup?

4. Change the color of the start menu: go to Settings > Personalization > Colors & pick the color of the start menu (that will also re-color the bottom tab).

5. Resize the start menu: just click on the menu and drag the edges up or down to resize it the way you want.

Find these handy? Do you have any good tips or trick you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below.

#FridayFive: 5 tips to recognizing a spam email

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The spam emails get trickier to recognise. You might even be already familiar with some ways to tell them apart from other emails, and if you have a good email agent it might actually sort through that Spam for you.

Some of the mails can be a bit more sneaky and so well-composed that they eventually make it into your inbox. So, here are 5 go-to tips to recognise the Spam emails.

1. If the email is from Apple, Google or Microsoft; ask yourself – have you used these services recently? If yes, perhaps it is the real email. And if not – most probably it’s a spam concealing itself as an email from a big company.

2. Check the email address. So, you think that you should receive an email from Microsoft because of something you did, check the email address it came from. Here’s an example below:

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See the address line? The emails from the legitimate companies would come from something like @whatsapp.com or other.

3. Check the link. Right, so the email seems legitimate, and the email also seems right. Now, check the link without clicking it to see if it leads you to the place you should be at. Right-click on the link and select “Copy link address”, now paste it into a word document and see if it looks like it’s going to take you to the company website like “whatsapp.com/something-something” or it doesn’t even mention the company name anywhere in the link. It doesn’t? Most likely email is spam.

4. Check in the app. So, this particular example is about WhatsApp. Usually, an app like this will send you notification in the app itself to say that they have sent you an email. Open the app and check if there’s a notification somewhere in the settings. And if it’s Google, Apple or Microsoft you can also check for any Desktop or phone notifications on your computer.

5. Use common sense. Does it sound dodgy? It most likely is. Most of the services mentioned here wouldn’t contact you directly: on email or by phone. Just try to make yourself aware of these things and be alert the next time you get a new message.

In any case, if you ever have a doubt, you can give us a quick call and we can help you tell suspicious content from the legitimate mail or phonecall.