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Cap Windows 10 data use, use two-factor authentication, consolidate task lists

It is important to monitor and cap data usage in Windows 10 if you use a cellular hotspot to connect to the Internet. Click the Windows logo button, then Settings, Network & Internet, Wi-Fi, Advanced Options and slide “Set as metered connection” to the On side. This way large updates and apps won’t download. Then, set Windows Updates to share updates out over your local network (important if you have multiple Windows 10 computers using that hotspot) by going to Settings, Update & Security, Windows Update, Advanced Options, Choose how updates are delivered, and set the slider to On and make sure that you are sending updates to PCs on my local network. If you have a laptop that you can take to someone else’s network and use their shared Internet connection, check for Microsoft updates by going to Settings, Update & Security, Windows Update and click on Check for updates to force Windows 10 to check and download updates right then.

Make Amazon, Gmail, and other online accounts safer with two-factor authentication. If you have a cell phone with you all the time and free incoming texts, you should turn on this extra layer of security, in effect giving you two passwords, your regular one and then a one-time or temporary password that is texted to you to enter as a second password. Once you get used to it, you drastically decrease the chance of someone breaking into your account by guessing your password. More and more sites are making two-factor authentication available, look into how to set it up with your preferred sites.

Windows 10 and its latest big November update, the one that some call Windows 10 Fall update, leaves its 24 GB installer laying around, a hefty amount of data for those with small solid state hard drives. Disk Cleanup can find and let you delete that system updater. The only down side is that after removing it, you cannot go back to the earlier version of Windows 10. Click the Windows icon, then go to All apps, scroll down to Windows Administrative Tools and click on it, then click on Disk Cleanup. Once it loads, click on Clean up system files in the lower left corner and wait for the results to show up. Then look for Previous Windows installation(s) and if there is a large GB number listed next to it, check the box and click OK, then one more button to click, Delete Files. One more warning about not being able to go back and then you have more space.

Windows 10 running on large monitors just begs you to change the font scaling to make text large enough to read. But, fonts can start getting fuzzy, so here is some advice while Microsoft figures out a true fix. It depends on a fix published by xpexplorer.com under their XPE Extras section to side step a registry fix that won’t stay there. The full web address to their tool is http://windows10_dpi_blurry_fix.xpexplorer.com/ and notice the underscores that separate those words in the URL.

A new site, tacoapp.com, is up to help you create your own custom task list as a web page to pull together all those different services and sites, like yahoo, google, evernote, salesforce, todoist, trello and more, and present them in one list that you can manage and reorganize.

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