How to set up an Outlook email account on your iPhone in the Mail app

Fortunately, it’s easy to add most email addresses to your Mail app, including Outlook, which is one of the most popular softwares for business email accounts.

Here’s how to do it.

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How to set up Outlook on your iPhone in the Mail app

1. Tap on Settings.

2. Scroll down to and tap on “Password & Accounts” (it should be about halfway down the page).

3. Tap on “Add Account.”


Select Add Account.

4. This will take you to a screen with several of the most popular email applications listed. Tap on


5. A new screen will ask you to type in your Outlook email and password.

6. It will then ask if you want to give the app access to your account. Click “yes” to activate email functionality. This will allow for a seamless integration of calendars and contacts with your Mail app, and also allow you to send and receive emails using your Mail app.

7. You can choose what you wish to share — including email, contacts, calendars, reminders, and notes. You can adjust these settings later on, too.

8. Tap on “Save” in the right corner of the box to confirm your settings.

9. Outlook should now show up in “Passwords and Accounts.”


Outlook now appears in your accounts.

10. Now go back to your home screen and tap on your Mail app. You should see Outlook listed in your mailboxes.

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Apple Tops Phishing List, Microsoft Conspicuous By Its Absence

The “Cybersecurity in search” report from Redscan, published September 11, analyses Google trends through global search histories dating back to 2004. Amongst many surprising revelations to be found in this look at the most searched for people, businesses, scams and breaches in cybersecurity, is that Apple tops the list for phishing scams whereas Microsoft is conspicuous by its absence.

Phishing scams love the Apple brand

To dupe as many people as possible, social engineering scams leverage well-known brands. When it comes to the most searched for brands concerning phishing scams you might have imagined Microsoft would lead the way. However, according to the data for UK searches, at any rate, Apple tops this particular tree. Microsoft doesn’t even make the top five, with PayPal, HMRC, Amazon and NatWest bank filing in behind Apple.

“We can’t say for sure why so many people are searching for Apple phishing scams,” Andy Kays, technical director at Redscan says, “but Apple users are likely to be considered a high-value target for cybercriminals.” Kays also says that it should be noted phishing is often a numbers game and Apple has an estimated 1.4bn active Apple devices globally. “So it’s hardly a surprise these scams are so popular,” Kays says, “although we were surprised that searches for Microsoft or Outlook did not feature in the top five for the same reasons.”

Security researcher and Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Scotland chapter leader, Sean Wright, says he isn’t surprised that Apple features highly in these searches as they are such a big business and well-known brand. “Attackers will operate as a business,” Wright says, “they will target victims who will provide the most value for them, with the least amount of effort.” When there were fewer users, in overall market share terms, of Apple devices there would have been less interest from the social engineers. That has changed, and the threat landscape has shifted with it, which doesn’t, of course, explain why Microsoft is less searched for in this context given the Windows user base and the press coverage of Windows threats that could be leveraged by the social engineer.

The decline of antivirus technology

Given the increase in awareness of cybersecurity in general, and the need to protect against threats in particular, it might come as a surprise to see that interest in the traditional antivirus (AV) vendors has tanked over the last 15 years if you use the Google search analysis as a metric. But this might not be as bad a trend as it first appears. “I think it’s a good thing that businesses are looking beyond prevention,” Kays says, “and researching more proactive monitoring solutions.” While AV remains a big part of the security industry overall, its share and influence do seem to be shrinking over time. “This reflects a different threat landscape in 2019,” Kays says, “but also the fact that consumer devices often come with better antivirus solutions by default, hence fewer people searching for third party options.”

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Apple Embarrassed By New MacBook Pro Flight Ban

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Apple is facing up to a growing problem with the batteries in its MacBook Pro machines. Battery problems in a number of 15-inch MacBook Pro machines triggered a recall earlier in the summer, but the last two weeks has seen the airline industry around the world react to the danger.

Today saw all MacBook Pro laptops banned from check-in luggage by Virgin Australia, and this ‘safety-first’ attitude to Apple’s self-inflicted problem is one that I expect to grow over the coming weeks.

Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks during the keynote address during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks during the keynote address during the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


As discussed previously on Forbes, Apple’s battery issue affects a small number of 15-inch MacBook Pro machines that were released between September 2015 and February 2017 – estimates suggest around half a million MacBook Pros need to have their batteries replaced. That means a return to an Apple Store or an Authorised Repair Centre.

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In the meantime, flight regulators around the world (including the FAA in America and EASA in Europe) prohibit the transport by passengers of any recalled lithium ion battery either in checked luggage or carry on because of the fire risk they pose… a regulation that has been re-stressed by the FAA and EASA in the last two weeks.

The issue on how to determine if a MacBook Pro is two-fold. First someone must confirm if the laptop is covered by the recall, secondly they need to determine if the battery has been replaced. If the latter is true, then the laptop is cleared to fly, otherwise it is staying on the ground. In the short turnaround time of commercial flight, that’s not an easy task.

Virgin Australia has taken a look at the various issues and made the decision to ban all MacBook laptops (not just the stated 15-inch MacBook Pro machines) from checked-in luggage and demanded that any Apple laptop is to be in a passenger’s carry-on. The reasoning is simple – there’s not enough time to filter out the ‘bad’ MacBook Pro machines, and you want cabin crew to be able to react as quickly as possible to any ‘hot’ battery before it catches fire.

Virgin Australia MacBook warning (image: Virgin Australia Website)

Virgin Australia MacBook warning (image: Virgin Australia Website)

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That means alerting every travelling member of the public to a simple message that there is an increased risk in a MacBook. No matter that the increased risk is very small, safety comes first for airlines.

Dealing with the fallout around “MacBook’s are dangerous” will be left to Apple’s famously proactive and agile PR team.

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How to modify the folders Microsoft OneDrive syncs to the cloud

A member wants to save files to the cloud and only to the cloud. There are settings in Microsoft OneDrive that make this possible.


Microsoft OneDrive is a convenient and effective cloud storage tool. A free 5 GB version comes with Windows 10 and will be active if you opt to sign in to your PC using Microsoft account credentials. If you subscribe to Microsoft Office 365, by default, you have access to 1 TB of OneDrive storage space. In either case, more storage space is available for an additional fee.

Also, by default, every folder, subfolder, and file located in OneDrive will automatically be synchronized with the cloud. Essentially, both the OneDrive directory on your local hard drive and the OneDrive directory in the cloud will be exactly the same after a successful sync. However, there are ways to change this default behavior.

TechRepublic member nadelewitz, for example, who commented on How to assign a drive letter to Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 10, would like to copy or move files to the OneDrive cloud and not have them sync with the local hard drive. This tutorial shows you how to modify the folders Microsoft OneDrive syncs to the cloud to achieve this goal.

The first step is to open the Settings window for OneDrive. Right-click the cloud icon in the Notification area of the desktop and select Settings from the context menu and then select the Account tab. This area is also referred to as the system tray. Typically, the Notification area is located in the lower right-hand corner of the Windows 10 desktop, as shown in Figure A.


Figure A



On the OneDrive settings screen, shown in Figure B, you can see a summary of your OneDrive’s configuration, including how much storage space you are using. For this example, we want to click the button that says Choose folders.


Figure B



The next screen, shown in Figure C, will show you all of the folders currently being synchronized by the OneDrive system. By default, all folders and subfolders will have checkmarks next to their names.


Figure C



Remove the checkmarks from the folder or folders you do not wish to sync anymore. You will see an important reminder that OneDrive will delete files located in the unselected folder from your local hard drive. From this point on, those files will only exist in the cloud. Click the OK button twice to complete the process.

If you decide you would like to start synchronizing that folder again, reverse the process and give the system some time to retrieve the files.

Couple this change to Microsoft OneDrive’s default behavior with the previous tip for assigning a drive letter to OneDrive and you should have a simple way to save files to the cloud and only to the cloud as nadelewitz requested.

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Do not depend on your crappy Antivirus Software to protect you from the most dangerous threat, Ransomware.  It is real and very effective.  As with most everything that can harm your computer it is a product of foolware.  In either an email or website you are fooled into clicking on or interaction with a link.  Nothing can stop you from doing that, and once it’s done you have given the Ransomware permission to do it’s damage.  THERES IS NO WAY TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER FROM YOU.  The secret to staying safe is to NEVER trust an UNKNOWN source. 

Ransomware works because most people don’t backup their DATA correctly or at all.  Having a recent BACKUP is the only defense to Ransomware and it cannot be on the same computer.  So for people who back up to a second hard drive on installed on the same CPU box you are not safe.  Or for those that actually back up the same drive c, Don’t.

Backup backup backup backup.  Do one to an external hard drive, one to the cloud, one the a NAS setup (the safest)

Contact Recom Computers with an questions or concerns.


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How to turn your old, slow laptop into an awesome Chromebook for your kids

Even notebook computers that are almost a decade old can get a new lease on life.


A computer and an 8GB flash drive are all you need to go Chromium.

School starts for my kids in a few weeks and all three of them will be working on Chromebooks in class. We have one at home, but as they’ve grown, so has the amount of time they need to spend on it and, well, they’re not always the best at sharing. There are certainly some good deals on new ones, but I was hoping to find another way.

Buried in a closet of tech flotsam was a 2011 HP Pavilion dm1z, an 11.6-inch netbook running on an AMD E-350 processor with integrated graphics, 3GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive. I made the mistake of updating the laptop’s OS from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in 2016, which essentially turned it into a battery-powered paperweight, but also a perfect candidate for a fresh start as a Chromebook.

Google’s Chrome OS isn’t available for consumers to install, so I went with the next best thing, Neverware’s CloudReady Chromium OS. It looks and feels nearly identical to Chrome OS, but can be installed on just about any laptop or desktop, Windows or Mac. And, although Neverware has paid versions for enterprise and education users, its Home Edition is free for personal use. You don’t get tech support and it can’t be managed with the Google Admin console, but again, free.


You can boot CloudReady from a flash drive if you want to try it out first.

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You choose: Install or dual boot

Installing CloudReady is completely painless. In fact, you don’t even have to overwrite your current OS first to test it out. If you have a Windows 7 PC or newer all you need to get started is an 8GB or 16GB flash drive to create a bootable USB drive (SanDisk drives are not recommended). The basic steps are below so you can see how little is involved, but you can head to Neverware’s install page for full instructions. Note, however, older Windows PCs and Macs require a manual install

  • Download and install CloudReady on the flash drive (it takes about 20 minutes and you don’t need to babysit it). 
  • Turn off the laptop or desktop you want to run CloudReady on and plug in the flash drive.
  • Turn it on and press the function key needed to enter your computer’s boot menu options. (CloudReady has a list of function keys for different manufacturers in case you’re not sure.)
  • You should then see a screen giving you the option to boot from either internal storage or the flash drive (see photo above). Select the USB drive and hit Enter.

CloudReady will live boot from the flash drive and you can use the OS just as if it was installed on the computer. You can keep using it that way, too, or wipe your internal drive and install. Instead of overwriting my laptop’s old drive, I simplified the process by slipping in a $20 120GB Kingston SSD. I just removed the old hard drive — a few screws and a cable — and replaced it with the SSD, and then booted from the flash drive again. Plus, this way I still have the original Windows install if I need it for some reason.


If you want to install, click on the clock in the lower right and click Install OS.

Once you’re in CloudReady again, you can click on the clock in the lower right corner of the screen. The settings menu will pop open and you’ll see an option to install the OS. After it’s installed you don’t need the flash drive, it will just boot from the internal drive.

Ta-da, Chromebook! At least, close enough for my kids’ needs. It doesn’t start up as instantly as an actual Chromebook, but it’s still quick at about 30 seconds to go from off to sign in. Performance is going to depend on what your PC has in it. With the Pavilion dm1z’s netbook specs, it can take a few extra seconds to load sites and open web apps, but it’s noticeably faster than when it was doing the same tasks on top of Windows 10.

If you’ve got a USB flash drive and an old laptop, it’s certainly worth the effort to test out and, again, it’s free.

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Windows 10 just scored a huge victory as Microsoft releases another update to fans

Windows 10 appears to have cemented its dominance over Windows 7.

The newer operating system overtook Windows 7 in terms of market share back in December, however the latter appeared to have clung on to a significant user base even though support for the operating system will cease in mere months.

However, it seems a number of Windows 7 users have finally started migrating to Windows 10, at least according to data from NetMarketShare.

However, the following month the site claimed Windows 7 had lost 3.55 percent of its share while Windows 10 had gained 3.07 percent.

A graph displayed by NetMarketShare showed a huge gap between the two operating systems in terms of users.

While not confirmed, it is assumed the gains made by Windows 10 are mostly from Windows 7 users that have migrated to the newer Microsoft operating system.

Windows 7 support will cease on January 14, 2020 – Microsoft has warned individuals that if they continue to use the software it could become “more vulnerable to security risks and viruses”.

While the American tech giant has declared some Windows 7 PCs will be capable of upgrading to Windows 10, it recommends users obtain newer hardware when changing operating system, too.

The huge victory for Windows 10 comes as Microsoft has started rolling out a new update for the software.

The Redmond-based tech firm recently released a new build of Windows 10 20H1 to Windows Insiders.

Microsoft typically released early Windows 10 versions to members of its Insider programme – the software builds typically provide a glimpse at forthcoming features for the computer platform.

Windows 10 20H1 is expected to be the first substantial upgrade for the operating system to release in 2020.

Microsoft has already discussed a number of changes 20H1 is braced to make – chief of these is a push to make users abandon typical passwords in exchange for Windows Hello Face, fingerprint scanning or a PIN.

Windows 10 update

It seems a number of Windows 7 users have finally started migrating to Windows 10 (Image: NetMarketShare)

Windows 10 update

Microsoft has started rolling out a new update for Windows 10 (Image: Getty)

The newest Windows 10 20H1 build, 18950, does not introduce radical changes but instead appears focused on refining the 2020 software.

First and foremost, the version features a number of improvements to its Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) that allows the language to be typed on English keyboards or those for other languages.

Microsoft’s Snip and Sketch app that is used to quickly edit photos and screenshots has received a new single window mode and allows users to more easily zoom in and out when making changes.

Finally, build 18950 also includes a number of general changes to the operating system.

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