Windows 10 May 2020 Update has new backup option – here’s how to set it up.

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The May 2020 Update has new settings to make backing up files to OneDrive a lot easier – here’s how.

Starting with the May 2020 Update, Windows 10 is tweaking the Backup settings page with a new option to leverage OneDrive to back up your important files stored in the default account folders (Desktop, Documents, and Pictures) to ensure they’re protected in the cloud against malware, ransomware, and viruses. Also, if you use multiple devices, then OneDrive will keep these files in sync.

The ability to backup vital folders to OneDrive has been available for some time, but the Windows 10 May 2020 Update will make the feature easier to discover and configure, now that users without a first backup solution will begin to receive reminders to protect their data.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up a file backup to OneDrive with the settings available starting with version 2004.

  • How to back up files to OneDrive on Windows 10
  • How to manage OneDrive file backup on Windows 10

How to back up files to OneDrive on Windows 10

To start backing up files to OneDrive, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Backup.
  4. Under the “Back up files to OneDrive” section, click the Back up files option.

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  5. (Optional) Click to clear the folder that you don’t want to backup in the cloud.
  6. Click the Start backup button.

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Once you complete the steps, OneDrive will begin backing up the files on the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures user folders in the cloud while keeping a copy on your device and syncing them across your devices.

If you’re using the free version of OneDrive, you can only store up to 5GB worth of files. However, you can upgrade to the 1TB option getting an Office 365 subscription.

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Microsoft 365 gives you full access to all the apps and 1TB of OneDrive storage to protect your files and sync them across devices. You can also install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other apps on up to five devices, and depending on the subscription, you can share the account with up to five people.

How to manage OneDrive file backup on Windows 10

To manage the OneDrive backup settings, use these steps:

  1. Click the OneDrive icon in the notification area.
  2. Click the More menu.
  3. Select the Settings option.

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  4. Click the Backup tab.
  5. Click the Manage backup button.

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  6. Select the folders you want to backup in the cloud.
  7. Click the Start backup button.

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After you complete the steps, OneDrive will backup your files depending on your configuration.

If you’re having issues syncing the files to OneDrive, use this guide that includes over a dozen tips to fix most problems with the Microsoft cloud storage service.

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Apple just made the MacBook Pro 2020 a worse value

The cost of RAM has doubled on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Here’s why.

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The 2020 MacBook Pro is many things, but cheap is not one of them. And now, Apple has doubled the price of one of the most sensible upgrades any buyer can make when ordering one direct from the company store.

First spotted by MacRumors, the cost of a RAM upgrade has now doubled in a whole bunch of markets around the world, reflecting the continued disruption to supply chains brought on by the spread of coronavirus.

In the US, the price of doubling from 8GB to 16GB RAM has risen from $100 to $200, while Germany jumps from €125 to €250. The UK gets extra salt poured into the gaping wound of an already brutal currency conversion by going from £100 to £200.

This is what you’d call a stealth price increase, given most people won’t make any spec changes, and just accept Apple’s recommended loadout. The company has apparently decided to absorb the costs of the RAM already built into the laptops, presumably feeling that it’s better just to take the slight hit on profit per unit, rather than the reputational hit of upping prices on a device that’s less than a month old.

Interestingly, the price rise only seems to impact the specific type of RAM used on the basic 2020 MacBook Pro. The rest of the Mac lineup is unaffected, and even the high-end 13in MacBook Pro isn’t affected: upgrading the faster RAM used on the 10th-generation Intel machines from 16GB to 32GB today will set you back $400, same as it would have yesterday.

If you’re dead set on having 16GB RAM, then this price increase does make one of the MacBook Pro’s main rivals look a bit more appealing. While the cheapest 16GB 13 inch MacBook Pro now comes in at $1,499, the cheapest Dell XPS 13 2020 is just $1,249 – and that comes with a 10th-generation Intel processor and double the SSD capacity to boot.

Granted, that is in some ways comparing apples and oranges. Historically, MacOS has been quite a bit less RAM hungry than Windows and there are of course user experience differences that can’t have a dollar figure put on them.

All the same, it’s perhaps telling that even a company with Apple’s kind of margins is passing on the rising supply chain costs to consumers.

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Microsoft Edge’s latest update can finally sync your extensions

The latest stable version of Microsoft’s Edge browser finally adds support for extension syncing, meaning you won’t have to manually re-install extensions individually with each new device. Microsoft teased the feature as part of its Build announcement earlier this week, but the update log for the browser’s latest version (83.0.478.37, to be exact) confirms that it’s rolling out now.

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Alongside support for extension sync, the latest version of Edge includes a host of other improvements. You can now exempt certain cookies from automatically clearing when the browser closes (useful if there’s a particular website that you want to stay logged into), and Edge’s Collections feature now supports drag and drop to make it easier to save web pages and clippings. The browser can also now prompt you to switch profiles if you’re visiting a site that needs to be authenticated using a separate school or work profile. Check out the full list of improvements on Microsoft’s site.

Alongside improvements to Collections

Extension sync was just one of the Edge features teased by Microsoft in its Build announcement earlier this week. Other highlights include a new sidebar search feature that lets you search the web without leaving your current tab, as well as Pinterest integration for Collections. Conspicuously missing, however, is full history and tab syncing, which are present in competitors like Chrome.

Although Microsoft’s release notes say that the latest version of the browser came out on May 21st, it might be a few days before the update reaches everyone. Microsoft has announced that it’s adopting a progressive rollout for Edge’s stable channel updates, where it will release updates over the course of several days to give it a chance to catch any bugs that might crop up.

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Microsoft alerts users of massive phishing attack: What to do now

The Microsoft Security Intelligence team warns of a malicious email making its way around the internet

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Microsoft has warned users about a persistent email phishing threat that targets users with a morbid, coronavirus-related lure and and a leading medical institution’s likeness.

COVID-19 email scams have ran rampant since the pandemic started, with bad actors hoping to benefit from heightened fear and internet usage. The one the Microsoft Security Intelligence team is tracking claims to contain an updated death count from John Hopkins, which pioneered coronavirus maps and case tracking efforts.

  • Except, according to Microsoft, the email’s Excel attachment doesn’t just display a chart with the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the US — when opened, the hostile file prompts users to ‘Enable Content.’

The emails purport to come from Johns Hopkins Center bearing “WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT”. The Excel files open w/ security warning & show a graph of supposed coronavirus cases in the US. If allowed to run, the malicious Excel 4.0 macro downloads & runs NetSupport Manager RAT.

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Once this action is carried out by an unsuspecting victim, the Excel file’s malicious macros download and install the NetSupport Manager client using a remote access trojan, or RAT.

NetSupport Manager’s remote administration tool then lets a hacker hijack the user’s system even execute commands on it remotely.

The Microsoft Security Intelligence team issued this alert via Twitter, using a thread to explain that how a number of different dirty Excel files all trace to the same URL.

“The hundreds of unique Excel files in this campaign use highly obfuscated formulas, but all of them connect to the same URL to download the payload,” Microsoft wrote. “NetSupport Manager is known for being abused by attackers to gain remote access to and run commands on compromised machines.”

Is this email a scam? How to protect yourself

Although the NetSupport Manager tool is useful for benevolent remote administration, it can be easily exploited by RAT hackers.

If a bad actor accesses your system through NetSupport Manager, your entire computer is compromised. The hacker has the means to command your machine, install files and steal personal data.

You can protect your information and your device with a healthy dose of skepticism. Whenever you receive emails from people outside of your contact list, don’t click on any internal links and examine the sender’s email address.

Malicious addresses often contain misspelled words or random combinations of letters and numbers, too.

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Microsoft’s Chromium browser adds some nifty business features

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At its virtual Build 2020 developers conference, Microsoft announced a number of new business related features and other improvements coming to Chromium Edge.

Microsoft Edge recently surpassed Mozilla Firefox to become the second most popular desktop browser after Google Chrome and the software giant has yet to roll out its Chromium-based browser as a Windows update.

The company also revealed that its Edge team has made “over 3,000 commits” to the Chromium open source project since December of last year. These improvements were to a number of different areas including accessibility, inking, scrolling and localization and impact all Chromium browsers on Windows as well as frameworks such as Electron.

New business features

Microsoft has positioned Chromium Edge as the browser for business which is why the company has announced several new features designed to help IT managers and information workers.

The first of which is syncing and installed extensions in Edge will be able to sync across multiple devices. The company has created a new policy that allows IT professionals to manage the types of data that sync for their users such as turning off the ability to sync passwords.

Next up is Automatic Profile Switching and this feature will detect if a link a user is trying to open needs their work credentials and will then switch to their work profile, if they’re already logged in. This could be quite useful for those working from home as it will allow them to set a default profile for any link based on whether it is work related or personal.

Edge also now supports Windows Information Protection which helps protect content in a web environment where users share and distribute content frequently. This feature separates a user’s personal and corporate data, adds extra protection for line-of-business apps and provides audit reporting for compliance purposes.

Chromium Edge is gaining users at a steady pace and these new business features will likely convince some people to move away from Google Chrome, especially if they are already using Microsoft’s apps and services at their organizations.

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Spilled liquid onto your laptop? The trick to saving it is knowing what to do, and doing that fast

The quicker you do these things, the greater your chances of saving your laptop. Do the wrong thing and you’ll make an even bigger mess.

  • I’ve noticed that since there’s been a massive increase in working from home, there’s been a lot more accidents involving liquids and laptops.

It used to be smartphones that were more vulnerable to liquid damage, especially to going for a little swim in the toilet (yes, that seems to happen a lot), but as smartphones have become more water-resistant, laptops haven’t kept up.

And laptops really are susceptible. Spilling even a small amount into the keyboard can spell disaster.

The trick to saving a drowned laptop is knowing what to do and doing it fast.

To help people who have spilled tea, coffee, water, milk, soda, or even beer onto their laptop (they’ve even been asked to help after a cat allegedly urinated onto the keyboard).

So, what should you do if you’re unfortunate enough to spill something onto your laptop?

  • Don’t panic
  • Forget all the nonsense about using rice
  • Be safe, unplug the device and turn it off
  • Get the liquid out
  • If possible, open the laptop up to help it dry out
  • Disconnect the battery
  • Clean the board — take it to a repair shop
  • Turn it back on when it’s dried out

Speed is of the essence when trying to save a drowned bit of kit, and in my experience,  it is possible to completely resuscitate a drowned laptop. However, the liquid makes a difference.

Clean water offers a good chance of success (although higher mineral content can sometimes cause problems such as short-circuiting), while liquids such as sodas can be very corrosive and cause problems down the line, causing premature failure.

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Can a simple charging mistake cause your MacBook Pro to overheat?

Can doing something as simple as plugging a USB-C charging cable into the wrong USB-C port on your MacBook Pro cause problems? Surely Apple’s engineers couldn’t have made such an elementary mistake?

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According to an old thread (10 months at the time of writing) over on Stack Exchange, charging a MacBook Pro using the ports on the left side can cause high kernel_task CPU usage and overheating.

There’s a lot of information over on the Stack Exchange thread, and it certainly seems like something is going on here.

So, I tried to replicate it.

I’m no strange to a hot MacBook Pro that’s desperately spinning its fans in an attempt to cool the system. I’m also familiar with a utility called iStat Menus used by some of those in the thread.

But try as I might, I could not recreate the high kernel_task CPU usage problem on either my daily driver or my other test systems.

I could, however, corroborate some of the data, and I did discover some interesting things.

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The first thing is that whichever side you choose to charge your MacBook does raise the temperatures on that side as read by the built-in temperature sensors (for those playing along at home, these are Thunderbolt Left Proximity and Thunderbolt Right Proximity). And it’s not just charging, but anything plugged in — hubs, dongles, external storage — raises the temperature as measured by the sensor.

It also seems like the Thunderbolt Left Proximity sensor is more sensitive than the one on the right by a degree or so, which might explain why the fans might be more prone to kick in.

Also, as you’d expect, resting the MacBook Pro on soft surfaces like cushions or cloth causes temperatures to spike. Also, ambient room temperature makes a difference to the internal temperatures, but this is to be expected.

Some mentioned that third-party chargers exacerbated the problems, but I didn’t see this.

I also tested a personal theory that this issue might be down to power draw through the USB-C ports, but nothing I tried could trigger the issue.

So, what should you do?

If you are seeing a problem like the one highlighted here, swapping which side you charge up your MacBook Pro might be a small price to pay to “fix” it.

That said, I’m less than convinced that there is a “wrong” way to charge up a MacBook Pro. The fact that this is not easy to replicate, has a lot of potential variables, and that the high kernel_task CPU usage issue happens on Macs that don’t have Thunderbolt ports. Also, modern CPUs have very complex and comprehensive thermal management tricks to stop the user from turning them into molten puddles.

If you’re seeing CPU usage spiking due to kernel_task, you could certainly give this “fix” a go, but my feeling is that there’s more going on here than something as simple as plugging the charge cable into ports on once side rather than the other, and that the underlying issue is more complex.

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