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AskBillFirst Newsletter - January, 2016
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Happy New Year. Are You Ready For Windows 10?


Ready or not, Microsoft wants to make sure your computer has it installed, with or without your permission. 

First, Microsoft downloaded an update last August that made that little "Windows 10 Update" icon appear on the task bar by the clock. Then, Windows 10 tried to install itself on computers without consent but was blocked. Next, Microsoft added the Windows 10 upgrade to the Windows Update list on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems as an "optional" item. Sometime in the next month or so, Microsoft will shift the Windows 10 upgrade from optional to the "recommended" list. Updates on that list are automatically downloaded and installed on most PCs. Once Windows 10 starts to install, you "should" be given the choice to install it or not but even if you choose not to install it, the next time Windows updates are run, it will try to install again. You can read about it here - https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/10/29/making-it-easier-to-upgrade-to-windows-10/

The only way to prevent the updates from happening is to turn off the automatic update feature in Windows. The downside to that is that you won't be getting the beneficial security updates from Microsoft. So, what are you to do? That's where I can help.

My inexpensive monthly maintenance service is available to monitor what gets downloaded and installed/updated on your computer and what does not. I research the updates that are released and only install the ones that are safe and beneficial. I also scan for and remove any malware your computer may have downloaded and installed as well as doing security updates on other programs installed on your computer. I do computer system cleanups and you have a "hot line" to me during the rest of the month if other items come up that need dealing with. AND, you won't get Windows 10 unless you really want it. T
o schedule a consultation with me. https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez
 

If you choose to upgrade to Windows 10, keep in mind that...
 

Windows 10 has a lot of options preset that border on being security risks.
When Windows 10 updates, it uses other computers to assist in the update. That means that your computer is being used to help upgrade someone else's computer. That can be disabled if you know how.
Are you aware that Windows 10 likes to "get to know you" by recording your keystrokes, collects information from your contacts, calendar, all in the name of giving you a more personalized experience? That too can be disabled if you know how.
There are a few more things you should disable in Windows 10 and I can help you with that. 


For help in getting your new technology set up properly so that you are safe from vendors who want to get to know you better, and from other bad elements on the internet, 
click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me. https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez

 

Do You Know About the Facebook Features Hidden Under the Gray V at the Top of a Post?

Have you run across a video or recipe or post that you'd like to save to view later but didn't know you could?
Would you like to "unfollow" someone so you don't see their posts, but not unfriend them?
Would you like to be notified when people comment on a post, regardless of how old it is?

You can do all of those things by clicking on the light gray "v" to the right of the Facebook post heading. From there, you'll see a menu that will allow you to Hide post, Unfollow the person who posted it, Report a post to Facebook if it's abusive or spam, Save the item for later, and/or Turn on notifications for the post. 

I use the save feature often as there are things I like to keep. Once I've saved the item, when I want to view them, I click Saved in the left menu on my home page and it shows the items I've saved. 

If you've unfollowed someone and want to follow them again, go to their page in Facebook and click on the +Follow option at the top of the page and you'll start seeing their posts again.

AskBillFirst Remote Computer Service

When your computer is running slow, or your programs aren't working, who are you going to call? When your software vendor is blaming your hardware and your hardware vendor is blaming your software, who are you going to call? When your helpful friend decides to help you out by running some new special program and your computer no longer starts, who are you going to call? When your kids get done using your computer and you can't run your programs because of all of the popup ads, who are you going to call?

 

You're going to want to call me. I am available for technical support. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you. 

 

I also offer a monthly service for a small fee, where I connect to your computer remotely, with your permission, and run Windows updates, security scans, and clean up your hard disk. This ensures that you're running with the most recent "safe" updates and your computer is working at its best. 

 

This service also entitles you to unlimited email and phone support throughout the month as well. 

 

Please email me at billj@askbillfirst.com or call me at 714-922-0135 if you have any questions.

 

You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.

https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez

 

This issue is kind of technical in nature...I know, duh.

If you have any questions or need help with any of this, please contact me.

 

If you find this information worth sharing, please do. Forward it on, or encourage your friends and family members to sign up to recieve their own newsltetter

 

Additionally, I am available for technical support. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you.
 

Please email me at billj@askbillfirst.com or call me at 714-757-0976 if you have any questions.

 

You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.

https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez




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