The Hidden Windows 10 Seeding Setting

The Hidden Windows 10 Seeding Setting

Tech Tip Tuesday

August 18th, 2015

You may or may not have already taken advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade. If you have, you may not realize there is a default setting which allows your computer to send other people the updates. Now, this may not be a big deal to those with extremely fast internet speeds, people with fantastic internet security, or those with no bandwidth cap. If you don’t fit into all of those categories, then you may want to look into turning it off. Below we will go through the step by step process of how to get to the option, and what way to set it.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the Windows 10 free upgrade, everyone here at Compass Web strongly recommend making the switch. The free upgrade should show up as a small windows icon in the bottom right of your screen if you are running Windows 7 – 8.1.

Now lets get to how to change the setting on Windows 10 update sharing.

Step 1
First You will need to go to your setting section. This particular setting is relatively easy to find. If you are coming from Windows 7, it will be located where the start menu is, if you are coming from Windows 8 it will be where the button to go back to the tile screen is.
Step 2
Within the settings area, you will select the Update & Security icon. This menu will look different compared to Windows 7. Users of Windows 8.1 may notice the similarities.
Step 3
Now, as you see, is where things are starting to become hidden. It is here you must select Advanced options. You may have to scroll down if your computer has updates ready to be installed. A neat feature of Windows 10 is that it will wait until a time that you rarely use the computer to restart and install updates.
Step 4
Within the Advanced options screen is a Choose how updates are delivered link. As you can see, we have had to go through yet another menu to find this option. For most users, going this far into the settings would never happen. In this way, Microsoft has hidden this setting in a way that will prevent most users from turning it off.
Step 5
Now is where you get to actually check the settings. The toggle for on or off and two options. Because we have multiple computers, we allow them to share over the local network, allowing for us to not have to download the update from the internet multiple times, instead just sharing it between the computers. If you do not have multiple computers, then you can just set the toggle to off.
Hopefully this article has aided you in preventing the unwanted use of your personal bandwidth. If you have and questions, comments, or things you would like to see as a Tech Tip, shoot us an e-mail, call us at 618.665.3007 or find us on Facebook!

What is “Malware”?

What is “Malware”?

Malicious software, otherwise known as Malware, is any a software that is built to infiltrate your computer with the purposes of taking sensitive data from your computer, causing a disruption of the computer operation, or gaining access to your computer system. There are many forms of malware, each with its own intended purpose. To really protect ones self from a malware attack it can take multiple programs working together to combat it. Lets take a look at a few different types of malware:

Spyware – a type of malware that hides inside of legitimate software or a trojan horse. It then secretly monitors activity, collects data, or even saves keystrokes.

Trojan Horse – typically a trojan horse (or just trojan) will try and trick a user into downloading it by pretending to be a legitimate software. If the user installs the software, it is then activated and can do things such as delete date, steal information or turn your computer into a storage location for illegal files.

Virus – a computer virus acts a lot like an actual virus. It infects the computer and then uses its connection to other computers to infect them. It’s use is much the same as a trojan horse.

Ad-ware – this type of malware is named after its symptom. Once a computer is infected with ad-ware the user will be shown advertisements via pop-ups.

Ransomware – this malware got its name due to the fact that it holds your computer “ransom”. When infected you will most likely see some screen that informs you that in order to keep your data from being deleted you have to pay the creator of the ransomware.

Phishing – while not actually malware it is just as important to be informed on while on the internet. Phishing scams have been around since the early e-mail days. Basically phishing uses a legitimate looking website or e-mail to get you to send personal information to them. It is best to never send any information to a website or e-mail unless you have double checked that it is the real one.

Occasionally you may run into these types of malware. It’s not uncommon for a site to get infected with malware, but luckily most malware is blocked by using the proper software application. Fortunately, if you do become infected with any of this malware, we most likely can help. It is important to keep your anti-virus and anti-malware software up to date to be guarded against these threats. Do you need your computer cleaned, updated, or software installed? If so call or drop by Compass Web Studio and we will do our best to serve you.

Is your computer backed up? – Data Backup

Are your computer’s files, pictures or documents backed up?

The price of external storage has greatly dropped, and newer technology like USB 3.0 (my personal favorite) makes it very easy to move large amounts of data very quickly. The slower USB 2.0 external hard drives, or flash drives, are extremely cheap and a good way to backup your important files on a low budget. Along with USB storage there are SD cards and other flash storage. SD cards are commonly used in cameras and mobile equipment as the data storage. Computer SD card readers are extremely cheap (as low as $5-10) and allow you to pile all your files onto your computer storage, to free up space on your camera or mobile device.

Along with a physical storage device, there are online storage options. This storage is commonly called “Cloud” storage. Several large companies, like Google or Dropbox, have purchased huge amounts of physical storage devices, and sell (or give) away space for you to store your computer’s files. This method is cheap, and has the added benefit of data-loss safety. If you drop your external hard drive and it breaks, you could end up losing your data backup. Online storage is backed up multiple times, so if one of their drives breaks, they’ll fix it and you don’t lose your information. The downside is you have to have an internet connection to backup, retrieve, or use your online information. Also, any thing that is connected to the internet, or is online, can potentially be hacked. The risk is low with current online security, but that risk is non-existent if you have a physical copy on a USB storage device and it’s not hooked-up to the internet.

Call or drop by Compass Web Studio and we can help you pick out the best storage option for you. We can also set up any special backup software you would like on your computer, and show you how it works.