The Tech Cor­ner

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The Tech Cor­ner is a weekly tech­nol­ogy news and ad­vice col­umn pre­sented each week cour­tesy of Melvin McCrary at Ga. Com­puter De­pot in Cedartown.

Win­dows 10

Win­dows 10 is free to Win­dows 7 and 8 users un­til July 29, 2016; Win­dows Pro ver­sion users will re­ceive the Pro ver­sion, Win­dows 7 or 8 Home will re­ceive Win­dows 10 Home. Win­dows 10 Home users can up­grade to Win­dows 10 Pro for $99.

Fewer Forced Up­dates In Pro Edi­tion

Win­dows 10 Pro lets you choose how and when to in­stall Win­dows Up­dates. Users are able to de­lay Win­dows Up­dates, but se­cu­rity fixes are still au­to­matic. One of the best fea­tures is called BitLocker. It is an op­tion to en­crypt hard drives and USB drives.

Re­mote Desk­top Op­tion

The Pro ver­sion also in­cludes Re­mote Desk­top which al­lows a Win­dows 10 Pro com­puter to con­trol other Win­dows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 Pro-edi­tion-or-higher com­put­ers over the In­ter­net.

Client Hy­per-V

Client Hy­per-V lets you run other op­er­at­ing sys­tems on your Win­dows 10 Pro PC from within the desk­top en­vi­ron­ment. This and Re­mote Desk­top can be ac­com­plished with third-party ap­pli­ca­tions in­stead and some of these are free­ware.

Mi­crosoft Down­loads Win­dows 10 With­out Ask­ing

Mi­crosoft has con­firmed it has down­loaded Win­dows 10 to some Win­dows 7 and 8.1 com­put­ers with­out per­mis­sion.

This is rather in­con­sid­er­ate since it is such a huge file. Many users are still on slow con­nec­tions (such as MiFi) or with data use lim­its.

AT&T Un­lim­ited throt­tling pol­icy

AT&T has changed how the com­pany throt­tles the con­nec­tions of cus­tomers. This limit is con­fig­ured to run within billing pe­ri­ods, so you’ll be able to use 22GB of data in a month be­fore AT&T lim­its your con­nec­tion.


An or­ga­nized crime gang in Mexico has been brib­ing ATM tech­ni­cians to in­stall Blue­tooth skim­ming com­po­nents that al­low thieves to steal card and PIN data wire­lessly. One ATM com­pany op­er­at­ing in the Can­cun area whose ma­chines con­tain these skim­ming de­vices is called Intacash. This com­pany’s ATMs are lo­cated through­out down­town Can­cun and Playa Del Car­men.

Ya­hoo deals with mas­sive malver­tis­ing at­tack

Ac­cord­ing to Jerome Segura, a se­nior se­cu­rity re­searcher at Mal­ware­bytes Labs, the mal­ware had been ac­tive on Ya­hoo’s advertising net­work since last Tues­day. Peo­ple who vis­ited these web­sites were ex­posed to the in­fected ads.

If you have re­cently vis­ited one of these Ya­hoo web­sites, you should scan your sys­tem with a rep­utable anti-spy­ware tool such as Mal­ware­bytes or Su­per An­tispy­ware (We are dis­trib­u­tors for the reg­is­tered ver­sions of these).

Ap­ple up­grades

Ap­ple has re­leased iOS 9. You can plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into your com­puter and up­date through iTunes. It is com­pat­i­ble with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s, as well as the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini. It can also be used on the iPod touch 6th gen­er­a­tion and iPod touch 5th gen­er­a­tion.

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