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Why You Don’t Need a Full Internet Security Suite

Why You Don’t Need a Full Internet Security Suite | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Internet security suites are big business. Trial versions packed full of features come with most new Windows computers. They typically include powerful two-way firewalls, phishing filters, and cookie-scanning technology.
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First Windows 7 version nearing its end of support date

Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system in October 2009, roughly three and a half years have passed since then and it may come as a surprise to many that the first Windows 7 product is nearing its end of support date already.

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Microsoft is forcing Messenger users over to Skype starting April 8th

Microsoft is forcing Messenger users over to Skype starting April 8th | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft is planning to force existing Windows Live Messengers users to upgrade to Skype from April 8th. In an effort to phase out its Messenger service, Windows Live Messenger clients will be...
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How To Use PDF Files Safely

How To Use PDF Files Safely | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
The new zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader may have some people wondering if there's a way to use PDF files safely. The answer is yes, here's how.
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How to Do a Clean Install of Windows Without Losing Your Files, Settings, and Tweaks

How to Do a Clean Install of Windows Without Losing Your Files, Settings, and Tweaks | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
There's nothing like a fresh install of Windows to clear your mind, but it comes at a cost: you have to set everything up again, just the way you like it.
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

When it comes to RAM, as every geek knows, 1 GB does not mean 1 billion bytes.. it means 2**30 (1,073,741,824) bytes

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Is There Anything More Annoying Than a Stalled Progress Bar?

Is There Anything More Annoying Than a Stalled Progress Bar? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Despite leaps and bounds in the advancements in technology—we now have shiny little rectangles that respond to touch and voice and connect us to other people half way round the world!
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PowerPoint or Word 2013: Create 3-D Text inside Your Presentation or Document

PowerPoint or Word 2013: Create 3-D Text inside Your Presentation or Document | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Adding three dimensional text to your PowerPoint presentation is a great way to attract and hold your audience’s attention. This tech-recipe will show you a simple way of creating 3...
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What’s the Difference Between Office 365 and Office 2013?

What’s the Difference Between Office 365 and Office 2013? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
After the hubbub surrounding the release of Windows 8 had died down, Microsoft had another software staple to unleash – the latest version of Office. But this time things are a little different from previous years.
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More bad news about broadband caps: Many meters are inaccurate

More bad news about broadband caps: Many meters are inaccurate | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
An executive at a firm ISPs hire to audit their broadband meters says most of his clients so far haven’t built accurate meters.
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3 Ways to Remove Meta Data from Word Documents

3 Ways to Remove Meta Data from Word Documents | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Ways to remove Meta Data from Word Documents. How to remove Meta Data from Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents. Word 2013 meta data remover
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FedEx's file-transfer capacity versus the Internet

FedEx's file-transfer capacity versus the Internet | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Today on XKCD's "What If...?", Randall Munroe runs the numbers of when and whether the Internet's throughput will ever exceed FedEx's sneakernet file-transfer capacity (one interesting note here: why not treat FedEx's trucks and planes full of...
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Remove all traces of Avast products from your system

Remove all traces of Avast products from your system | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Security software sometimes may not uninstall properly on a system it is installed on. It can be that the default uninstaller that ships with the program is broken and thus non-functional, or that it leaves traces behind that prevent the installation of an update, other version or third party product on the system.

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Download Free AntiSpyware Software from Microsoft

Download Free AntiSpyware Software from Microsoft | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft is deep into the spyware market. If you have Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, you can download antispyware software from Microsoft for free. If you have Windows 8, the security software i...
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How To Overwrite Free Space Securely in Windows

How To Overwrite Free Space Securely in Windows | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Your data is important, but just because you have emptied your recycle bin doesn’t mean that the file can’t be recovered.
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More Tech Workers Favor Microsoft Surface over iPad, iPhone over Android

More Tech Workers Favor Microsoft Surface over iPad, iPhone over Android | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
A Forrester Research survey shows that nearly one third of 9,766 global tech workers in the enterprise sector say that they prefer their next tablet to run on a Windows software platform.
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Retail copies of Office 2013 are tied to a single computer forever

Retail copies of Office 2013 are tied to a single computer forever | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

With the launch of Office 2013 Microsoft has seen fit to upgrade the terms of the license agreement, and it's not in favor of the end user

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Test if your router's UPnP is exposed to the Internet

Test if your router's UPnP is exposed to the Internet | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

A issue came to light recently that highlighted that many routers expose UPnP to the Internet as well which in turn provides hackers and malicious users with options to expose this security issue to attack underlying systems through UPnP. This is a big problem as UPnP has been designed to provide its functionality only on local area networks and not public networks.

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6 Ways the Linux File System is Different From the Windows File System

6 Ways the Linux File System is Different From the Windows File System | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Linux’s file system has quite a few differences from the Windows file system. You won’t find any drive letters or backslashes, but you will find an alien-looking layout where files can have the same name, differing only in capitalization.
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Zero-day attack exploits latest version of Adobe Reader

Adobe says it's investigating reports attacks are able to pierce a key defense.
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Microsoft officially offers workarounds for iOS 6.1 Exchange errors including blocking & throttling iOS users

Microsoft officially offers workarounds for iOS 6.1 Exchange errors including blocking & throttling iOS users | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
We reported on Friday that AOL had informed its corporate employees via email that it would be temporarily disabling the ability to manage meetings with Exchange on iOS devices running iOS 6.1. AOL...
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The “Frenemy” Within – Insider Theft of Intellectual Property

The “Frenemy” Within – Insider Theft of Intellectual Property | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

According to a new Symantec survey examining employee behavior and attitudes around IP theft, this is happening more than we’d like to think. Half of employees admit to taking corporate data when they leave a job, and 40 percent say they plan to use the data in their new job. This means valuable intelligence is falling into the hands of competitors. Ultimately, this puts everyone at risk – the employee who takes the IP, the organization that invested in it and the new employer who unwittingly receives it. Everyone can be held accountable, and no one wins.

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LibreOffice 4.0 Adds Better Collaboration and Text Comments, Plus a Ton of Other New Features

LibreOffice 4.0 Adds Better Collaboration and Text Comments, Plus a Ton of Other New Features | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Windows/Mac/Linux: Free and open source office suite LibreOffice got a major update today. LibreOffice 4.0 can attach comments to selected text in documents, import Visio and Microsoft Publisher files, get Firefox Persona themes, and much more.
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How to Troubleshoot Internet Explorer Crashes

How to Troubleshoot Internet Explorer Crashes | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
If Internet Explorer is crashing and burning, your problem likely lies with a buggy browser add-on. However, Internet Explorer crashes can have a variety of other causes, including incompatibilities with hardware rendering and possible malware.
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How To Map SkyDrive Folder As Network Drive In Windows 8 And RT

How To Map SkyDrive Folder As Network Drive In Windows 8 And RT | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft has its own way of delivering more for less to its consumers. One prime example of such philosophy is the company’s SkyDrive service, which has b
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