External Drive Not Showing Up or Detected? 6 Fixes to Try

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Removable disk drives—like USB flash drives, SD cards, and external hard drives—should be easy to use with your computer. But in some cases, you may connect your drive to a Windows PC or another device with a USB port and find the external hard drive isn’t showing up.

External Drive Not Showing Up or Detected? 6 Fixes to Try

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This problem has several possible causes: partition issues on the external drive, using the wrong file system, dead USB ports, or driver issues in Windows. In a worst-case scenario, the drive itself may be dead.

Let’s take a look at what to do when your external hard drive is not showing up in Windows.

1. Make Sure Your External Drive Turns On

This is a preliminary step, but still one worth checking. Nearly every flash drive, and many external hard drives, don’t require a separate power source—they receive power over USB. However, some desktop external drives do have dedicated power cables, or at least a physical power switch.

If this is the case and your external hard drive is not showing up, you could have an issue with the device’s power cable. Try plugging it into another power outlet, or swap the cable if possible. Check for signs of activity, like flashing lights on the unit or the hum of movement inside the drive, before moving on.

If you don’t see any signs that the drive is working no matter what you do, the device might be dead. Be sure to know the signs that your hard drive is failing so you can catch it early if this happens again.

Assuming that your drive turns on but still doesn’t show up, walk through the below points in order.

2. Check the Drive in Disk Management

You should first check whether Windows detects the hard disk when you plug it in. Plug your removable drive into your computer, if it isn’t already.

Next, open the Disk Management tool. To do so, press Win + X (or right-click the Start button) to open the Power User menu and select Disk Management from the list. You can also open the Run dialog with Win + R and enter diskmgmt.msc to open this utility.

As the name suggests, Disk Management lets you see all the hard disks connected to your computer. It allows you to review sizes, partitions, and other disk information.

You should see your external drive listed in the Disk Management window, likely below your primary and any secondary disks. Even if it doesn’t appear in the This PC window because it doesn’t contain any partitions, it should show up here as a Removable volume.

If you do see the drive here, jump down to section #5 below. There, you’ll partition and/or format your drive properly so Windows and other devices can access it.

If your external drive is still not showing up in Disk Management, continue on. You’ll need to determine why your drive isn’t recognized. It’s possible you have a hardware issue, driver problem, or a dead drive.

3. Try Another USB Port and Computer

The reason your external drive isn’t detected may not lie with your device, but rather with the port you’re using to connect it to your computer.

Unplug the drive from its current slot and try plugging it into another USB port on your computer. Should it work in one USB port but not another, you may have a dead USB port. See how to diagnose and fix dead USB ports if you suspect this.

If you’ve plugged the drive into a USB hub, try connecting it directly to the computer instead. Some USB hubs won’t provide enough power for an external drive to function.

What if the drive doesn’t show up in Disk Management even after trying both of these steps? It’s tough to know for certain whether the drive is bad or your computer is having a problem. If you have another computer nearby, try plugging the external disk into that to check whether it’s detected.

If the drive doesn’t work on any computer you plug it into, the drive itself is likely dead and you’ll need to replace it. When you try another machine, don’t only check This PC; be sure to check whether it appears in the computer’s Disk Management window, as discussed above. Even if it’s working, the drive might not appear in File Explorer if it lacks a volume that Windows can identify.

4. Troubleshoot Device Driver Issues

If the drive does show up on other computers—or you don’t have another computer around to test it on—Windows may have a driver problem with your device. You can check for this using the Device Manager.

You’ll find a shortcut to the Device Manager under the same Win + X menu mentioned earlier. You can also enter devmgmt.msc into the Run dialog to open it.

In the Device Manager, expand the Disk drives category and check for any devices with a yellow exclamation point next to them. It’s a good idea to check the Universal Serial Bus controllers section too.

If you see the error symbol for any entry, that device has a driver problem. Right-click the device with the issue, select Properties, and look at the error message under Device status. This info can help you fix the problem.

We’ve explored how to fix the “This Device Cannot Start (Code 10)” error as well as fixes for “Unknown USB Device”, which provide good troubleshooting steps for driver issues. There are some more general steps you can take if those guides don’t work for your issue, though driver problems can be tricky to fix.

If the problem started recently, try running System Restore to roll back the changes. If that doesn’t help, you can right-click on the affected device in the Device Manager and use the Update Driver button to install an updated driver.

However, this rarely finds a new driver for generic devices like flash drives. Instead, you may want to check the manufacturer’s website for a specific driver for your external hard drive; see our guide to updating Windows drivers for more help.

The Driver tab that appears in the Properties menu for each device in the Device Manager has a few other options. Roll Back Driver will revert any recent driver updates (if applicable), which probably won’t have an effect if System Restore didn’t work.

As a final resort, you can use the Uninstall Device button to remove the device from your system. Upon rebooting, Windows will then reinstall the driver and hopefully configure it correctly when you reconnect the drive.

5. Create a New Drive Volume

If your device showed up in Disk Management in #2 earlier, or one of the above troubleshooting steps made Windows detect it, you’re ready to initialize the drive so it’s usable. Aside from showing you basic information, the Disk Management tool can also fix partition and file system issues with your drive.

If your removable drive shows only Unallocated space, you’ll need to create a new partition on it. This allows Windows and other operating systems to use the device. To make a new partition, right-click anywhere on the Unallocated space, select New Simple Volume, and go through the wizard to create a new partition.

Once the drive has a partition on it, you should be able to see it in the This PC panel and use it as normal.

If your drive is partitioned (meaning it contains something other than Unallocated space) and you still can’t see it elsewhere in Windows, ensure it has a drive letter set. This should happen automatically, but if you’ve manually removed the drive letter for some reason, the volume may not be accessible in Windows.

To change the drive letter, right-click the removable drive’s partition and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. In case the device doesn’t already have a letter, click Add and choose one. If it does, click Change and try another one.

Something later in the alphabet, like G or J, is standard for removable drives and will work fine. Avoid earlier letters like A and C, which are reserved by Windows for other purposes.

After changing the drive letter, you might want to display all drives in This PC to make sure it shows up.

6. Format the External Drive

If the drive appears to be partitioned, but Windows still can’t access it, it’s probably partitioned with a different file system.

For instance, you may have formatted the drive with the ext4 file system from Linux, or APFS on a Mac. Windows can’t read these file systems. You’ll thus need to reformat the drive with a file system Windows can access, such as NTFS, exFAT, or the older FAT32, so Windows will recognize it.

To reformat a partition in the Disk Management utility, right-click it and select Format.

Note that formatting will erase all files on your drive, so you should copy any important files on it to another device before continuing. If the drive is formatted for use on a Linux or Mac machine, take it to a computer running that OS to back up the files before you format it.

When you format, you can give the drive a new name if you like. Leave Allocation unit size as Default; keeping Perform a quick format checked is fine too. More importantly, you’ll need to select a file system. Which one you should choose depends on the type of drive and what you use it for.

Which File System Should I Choose for an External Drive?

If you have a small flash drive, it likely came formatted as FAT32. Despite its age, this file format is still used for small storage devices due to its wide compatibility. However, it’s not a perfect choice.

FAT32 has a maximum file size of 4GB, and only supports volumes up to 2TB. It’s unlikely that you’ll run into either of these issues using a flash drive, but they are still limitations. The main reason to use FAT32 is that it works with pretty much any device, such as cameras, media players, game consoles, and more.

exFAT, on the other hand, is a more modern successor to FAT32. It doesn’t enjoy the same ubiquity as FAT32, but it’s free from the file size restrictions of the older format. exFAT also performs faster in tests.

As a result, we recommend exFAT for small removable devices like flash drives, unless you have a specific compatibility reason to use FAT32. We’ve compared FAT32 and exFAT if you’re interested in a deeper look at the differences.

The other option is NTFS. This is the modern file system standard for Windows, but there’s nothing to gain by using it on a flash drive. Many older devices aren’t compatible with NTFS, and it has a lot of overhead that’s unnecessary on smaller drives.

It’s fine to use NTFS for large external hard drives that you will only use with Windows computers. But if you ever plan to use the disk with other machines, pick exFAT instead.

Now Your External Drive Is Recognized and Showing Up Again!

Following this process when external hard drives don’t show up should solve most of the disk recognition issues you’ll encounter. If you’ve tried the drive with multiple computers and it never shows up in the Disk Management window after these steps, the drive is probably dead. You can take it to a computer repair shop to be sure, but at this point, you can be almost sure it’s toast.

Thankfully, there are lots of great choices for replacement external drives that don’t cost a lot of money.

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Outlook is getting a huge redesign – Here’s a sneak peek

When you want to discuss a promotion with your boss, you send an email. When you want to file a complaint with a company, you send an email. Email carries weight and formality lacking in other forms of communication such as text messages.

You’re bound to make the occasional mistake no matter how well-planned and well-composed a message is. You’re familiar with that dread when you click send and realize you made an error. Fortunately, you have some time to take it back and make fixes.

Outlook is a popular free email client from Microsoft that’s been around since the late 1990s. The Windows version has a simple interface that hasn’t evolved much over the years, but that’s about to change.

Outlook is getting a big makeover

Microsoft recently announced a beta version of the new Outlook for Windows. The company says it is “designed to bring consistency across our Windows and web codebases to help you be more productive and stay in control of your inbox.”

In a nutshell, Outlook for Windows will look and function more like the web version.

Keep them in the loop

Outlook is getting a huge redesign – Here’s a sneak peek

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The new Outlook will work with Microsoft Loop, an app that helps you organize, share, and collaborate. In this context, you’ll be able to edit and share your work and thoughts across Outlook and Teams. Loop components, which include lists, reports, reviews and more, will always stay in sync, keeping everyone up to date.

Find and attach files quickly

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If you want to attach something to an email message but can’t remember where it’s located, just type the @ symbol followed by the filename and you’ll get a list of options. Note that the files and documents need to be stored in the cloud for this to work.

Important reminders

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If you missed a message that Outlook considers important, you’ll get an automatic reminder with the option to respond. This will be pinned at the top of your inbox until you dismiss it.

Your to-do list comes to Outlook

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Sometimes you get a message you want to respond to at a later time. The new Outlook for Windows lets you drag and drop messages into a to-do list so you can come back to them whenever you want.

You can also use the My Day feature to drag and drop a task into your calendar, so you’ll be reminded later. Speaking of which…

Updated calendar

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The Outlook calendar board view lets you organize work in one view. You can add calendars, files, To-Do lists, notes, goals and more to the board.

Remote or in person?

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The new Outlook RSVP takes into account the hybrid nature of many workplaces and social events. You can let people know whether you’ll be attending in person or virtually.

Pin your messages

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Lists and sticky notes, virtual or physical, help us keep organized and remember important events. Outlook has brought this practice to your inbox, allowing you to “stick” emails to the top of your inbox. They’ll remain there until you unpin them.

Keep things clean

Outlook is getting a huge redesign – Here’s a sneak peek

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A cluttered inbox makes it harder to work and keep track of everything. You can scan each message and delete them or set rules for messages with Sweep.

This tool lets you dictate what happens to incoming messages. For example, you can set a rule to delete all messages from a specific address. Sweep also enables you to move all your current emails in batches.

Change is not easy

We understand that longtime Outlook users might not like these modifications, but change is inevitable. It may take some time to adjust, but it will be helpful in the long run to have a consistent feel across the desktop and web versions of Outlook.

Companies constantly update their wares to keep up with the competition. And with Gmail being the big winner, don’t be surprised to see other email services taking inspiration from it even as Google’s email client itself goes through change.

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This breakthrough could make computers 1 million times faster

Researchers at the University of Rochester and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have created the fastest logic gates ever. If the process is ever brought to market, the researchers say it would make computers millions of times faster.

The fastest logic gates ever use lasers to guide electrons

laser beam like those used to power fastest logic gate ever

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Computers are steadily getting faster and faster. And, that speed plays a large part in what kind of computer you buy. We currently measure computers using gigahertz clock rates. However, the creation of the fastest logic gate ever could open the door for petahertz clock rates, where 1 petahertz is equal to 1 million gigahertz.

Now, these numbers might not mean much to you if you aren’t a computer enthusiast. But having a computer that runs at 1 petahertz would allow it to essentially complete one quadrillion computational operations each second. That would make running intense applications as easy as slicing through butter with a laser sword.

But how did all this start? Well, researchers have been looking for ways to create lightning-fast electronics for decades. In fact, one of science’s long-standing quests has been to develop electronics and information processing that can operate close to the fastest timescales that the laws of nature allow.

It was this quest that led researchers to try using a laser to guide the motion of electrons in matter. This concept is known as lightwave electronics, and it seems like it could indeed be the future of computational processing. Using synchronized laser pulses, the researchers created the fastest logic gate ever.

What is a logic gate?

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But what makes this discovery so important? Well, logic gates are the basic building blocks that we need to computations. As such, they control how a computer chip processes incoming information. So, the faster they are, the more information they can process at a time.

Essentially, logic gates work by taking two input signals and creating a single output. Logic gates process information that we call bits, which come in the form of 0s and 1s. To create the fastest logic gate ever, the researchers used two synchronized laser pulses as the input signals.

Each laser was chosen to burst a real or virtual charge carrier. “Real” charger carriers are electrons that are excited by light. These carriers remain in a directional motion even after you switch the laser pulse off. “Virtual” charger carriers, on the other hand, are only set in directional motion when the laser pulse is activated.

As a result, the researchers crated the fastest logic gate ever. And, for the first time, proof that logic gates can operate on a femtosecond timescale (a millionth of a billionth of a second or faster). Of course, the researchers note that it will be years before this kind of process is viable for market PCs. But, it is intriguing to see that making such progress is possible.

The researchers published a study with their findings in the journal Nature.

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QNAP NAS owners told to patch immediately, again

Oh boy, QNAP NAS users can’t seem to catch a break, as they’ve been urged to patch up their endpoints immediately, again.

This time around, an unknown threat actor is on the hunt for vulnerable QNAP NAS devices to deploy the Deadbolt ransomware on.

Among the vulnerable devices are those running on the QTS 4.3.6 and QTS 4.1.1 operating systems. That would include the TS-x51 series, and the ST-x53 series, although it’s probably not limited to these two.

No decryptor

Those who end up attacked will see a warning right on the login page, demanding payment in Bitcoin in exchange for the decryption key. All of the files on the affected endpoint will be encrypted using the AES128 algorithm and will have the .deadbolt extension to their filenames.

At this time, we don’t know how high the ransom demand is.

Cybersecurity researcher Michael Gillespie has recently published a decryptor key for Deadbolt, but it seems that it only works for Windows devices. At this time, it would seem, the only way to recover the device is to actually pay the ransom.

That’s why, researchers are saying, it would be best not to get infected in the first place. That can be achieved, first and foremost, by applying the patch that’s already been made available by QNAP. Furthermore, the company urged NAS device owners to “avoid exposing their NAS to the Internet”.

To that end, users are advised to block port forwarding on their home router, and to disable UPnP in the NAS control panel. Furthermore, they should turn off SSH and Telnet connections. Users can still access their NAS devices away from their home intranet by deploying a VPN, and using the myQNAPcloud Link app.

It’s been less than a month since QNAP urged users to patch against two vulnerabilities with a 9.8 severity score. The bugs can be used to perform low complexity attacks that don’t require victim interaction, it was said at the time.

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This Netgear Orbi firmware update actually locked out users

Netgear has finally released a fix for a broken update that locked people out of some of their devices and forced them to commit to a factory reset.

In late April 2022, the networking gear manufacturer released firmware update 4.6.8.2 for a number of Orbi devices (RBR750, RBS750, RBR850, and RBS850), as well as mesh Wi-Fi systems. However, the update seems to have messed things up, as users soon started reporting being unable to connect to their router’s admin console, both via the web browser, and the Orbi app.

The device still worked, as pinging the device got a response. However, being locked out of the device means users were no longer able to make any configuration changes.

Pulling the update

It took Netgear two weeks to acknowledge the mess up. In mid-May, the company released an announcement: “We are aware of an issue affecting the Orbi RBK85x and RBK75x Series Mesh WiFi 6 Systems,” it said.

“Some customers can no longer access or manage their Orbi systems through the Orbi app or the web user interface. A factory reset usually resolves this issue. We are working to understand the root cause and identify an alternative recovery method that doesn’t require a factory reset.”

Roughly at that point, Netgear even pulled the firmware update altogether, preventing further exacerbation of the issue. After that, a new patch was gradually rolled out.

The patch seems to have fixed the problems: “Christine here from NETGEAR. I am reaching out to confirm u/mary55330 message and note that we have had a lot of positive feedback that this fix does in fact recover the ability to access the router settings via the app and web user interface,” a Reddit post by a Netgear support member reads.

Not all users will get the fix immediately. For those that cannot wait, there is a solution:

“We will be deploying the fix to the general audience in the very near future so you’re welcome to wait. For those who may not want to wait, please send me your serial number via direct message and I’ll have the fix rolled out to you promptly.”

Netgear did not explain what caused the issues in the first place.

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Find your Wi-Fi network password in Windows

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If you forgot your Wi-Fi network password, you can find it if you have another Windows PC already connected to your Wi-Fi network. After you find your password, you can use it on another PC or device to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

  1. On a Windows PC that’s connected to your Wi-Fi network, do one of the following, depending on which version of Windows is running on your PC:

    • On Windows 11, select the Start button, type control panel, then select Control Panel > Network and Internet  > Network and Sharing Center.

    • On Windows 10, select the Start button, then select Settings  > Network & Internet  > Status  > Network and Sharing Center.

    • On Windows 8.1 or 7, search for Network and, then select Network and Sharing Center from the list of results.
      To learn how to find out which version of Windows you have, see Which Windows operating system am I running?

  2. In Network and Sharing Center, next to Connections, select your Wi-Fi network name.

  3. In Wi-Fi Status, select Wireless Properties.

  4. In Wireless Network Properties, select the Security tab, then select the Show characters check box.
    Your Wi-Fi network password is displayed in the Network security key box.

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Scared of Ransomware? Use These 6 Tips to Protect Your Windows 11 PC

When ransomware infects your Windows 11 computer, it locks you out of your personal files and folders by encrypting them. The only way you can regain access without losing anything is by paying the hacker responsible for the malware to remove it from your system, or hoping that someone has released a tool that unlocks it.

Scared of Ransomware? Use These 6 Tips to Protect Your Windows 11 PC

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Victims usually get an alert that informs them of the ransomware attack, along with instructions on where to send funds so they can get back their files and folders. If this sounds like a situation you don’t ever want to be in, we have six tips that’ll help protect your Windows 11 PC.

1. Update Your Computer’s Software

Updates are important, as they come with critical security improvements and patches that can act as your first line of defense from ransomware. Keeping Windows 11 updated is a priority, and unless you disabled automatic updates, the OS should update itself.

To update Windows manually, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click Start on the Taskbar.
  2. Head to System > Windows Update.
  3. If an update is available, you’ll see the Download now button on the top right. Click on it.

By default, browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge will also update automatically. If not, you can manually update these browsers yourself.

You also need to update all other apps on your system if they don’t auto-update. If you downloaded them from the Windows Store, here’s how to do it.

  1. Hit the Win key on your keyboard.
  2. Enter “Microsoft Store” in the search bar and click on the app in the search results.
  3. Once the Microsoft Store opens, click Library on the bottom left.
  4. Click on the Get updates button on the top right.

The Microsoft Store will then check all the other apps for available updates and install any that it finds. For apps you downloaded elsewhere, check the website where you downloaded them for instructions on how to update them.

2. Enable Real-Time Protection With Microsoft Defender

You don’t need third-party security software since the built-in anti-malware program, Microsoft Defender, can do a good job of protecting your Windows 11 PC. You just need to enable real-time protection.

To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click Start on the Taskbar.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Privacy & security > Windows Security.
  3. Click on Virus & threat protection in the Protection areas section.
  4. Scroll down and click Manage settings under Virus & threat protection settings.
  5. Under Real-time protection, click on the toggle to set it to ON.
  6. Click Yes on the UAC prompt.
  7. While you’re at it, turn on Cloud-delivered protection, Automatic sample submission, and Tamper protection as well.

3. Enable Controlled Folder Access

Controlled folder access is a Windows security feature that prevents malicious applications from making unauthorized changes to your system.

Here are the steps to enable controlled folder access:

  1. Press the Win key on your keyboard.
  2. Enter “windows security” in the search bar.
  3. Click on Windows Security in the search results to open the app.
  4. Click on Virus & threat protection.
  5. Scroll down and click on Manage ransomware protection in the Ransomware protection section.
  6. Set the toggle under Controlled folder access to ON by clicking on it.

Once you turn on controlled folder access, you’ll see that the Protected folders option has appeared below the toggle. This option is important because when you mark a folder as protected, Windows will only allow trusted apps to access it. That means Windows will block ransomware should it try to encrypt the folder or its contents.

To add a folder to this list of protected folders, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Protected folders under Controlled folder access.
  2. Click Yes on the UAC prompt.
  3. Click on Add a protected folder near the top.
  4. Navigate to the location where the folder you want to add is and highlight it.
  5. Click on the Select Folder button to add it to the list of protected folders.

4. Enable Ransomware Data Recovery

Ransomware data recovery allows you to restore files saved in the OneDrive folder on your computer in case of a ransomware attack.

To set up ransomware data recovery, follow these steps:

  1. Press the search icon on the Taskbar.
  2. Type “ransom” in the search bar.
  3. Click on Ransomware protection in the search results.
  4. Under Ransomware data recovery, click Set up OneDrive.
  5. Follow the instructions in the pop-up to sign in to your OneDrive account or create a new one. After you’re done, Windows will backup your entire OneDrive folder (make sure you’re connected to the internet).

5. Turn On File History

Suppose the ransomware manages to encrypt your files and folders, and you get an alert from the hackers telling you that you need to pay for them to release your information. If you had a backup prepared, you wouldn’t be so hesitant to turn them down since you can easily restore the files they locked you out of.

That is where the File History feature comes in.

File History creates regular and incremental backups of your Windows libraries. Think of libraries as containers where you can organize your files and folders, allowing you to access them from a single and convenient location. Examples of libraries include the Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music folders in File Explorer.

Keep in mind that you’ll need to have some sort of external storage to enable File History. And when you do, Windows will place the extra copies of your libraries on that storage.

Here’s how to enable File History in Windows 11:

  1. Press the Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Enter “control panel” in the text box and hit Enter.
  3. In Control Panel, head to System and Security > File History.
  4. Click the Turn on button below the drive you want to use as a backup.

6. Backup Your Entire Windows 11 PC

While File History will do an effective job of keeping some of your files and folders safe, it won’t do much to help you restore your system in case you want to wipe it to purge the ransomware.

If you’re going for this nuclear option, make sure you’ve been backing up your Windows 11 PC regularly. This allows you to use the system images you’ve been creating to restore your PC’s settings and data to the state they were before you reset Windows 11.

Keep Your Windows 11 PC Safe From Ransomware

Protecting your PC from ransomware takes some doing, but it’s well worth the effort. It prevents nefarious individuals from holding your computer’s precious information for ransom. That way, you don’t risk losing any of it completely if you can’t pay up.

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Hackers are abusing free trials of business software to evade detection

Cybercrooks are using free trials of Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) tools to distribute ransomware, security experts are warning.

Blackpoint Cyber founder and CEO Jon Murchison says in order to protect from the rising threat, RMM companies need to have more checks and balances on their free trial system, while everyone else needs to have multi-factor authentication (MFA) active on their RMM.

Explaining the stages of the attack, Murchison explained that the attacker would first use phishing to try and obtain the target’s VPN credentials. After logging onto the target endpoint, the threat actor would then install the trial version of the RMM, and use that to deploy stage-two malware, usually ransomware.

Keeping tabs on free trials

The way trial systems are set up is definitely an issue, Murchison says, but the lack of MFA also makes the job easier for crooks.

“The RMM companies need to have a lot more checks and balances on their free trial system—not just letting people download them with no background checks,” he said.

“I think a lot of the big ones do that, but there are some smaller ones, and foreign ones, that don’t. They need to make sure there is some sort of gate with the free trial. You can’t just sign up with a Gmail or some made-up account and get it. You need to talk to people. You need to know you are dealing with a real human and not a bad guy.”

This is hardly a new issue, though. Murchison further stated that his company has been warning of this threat for a year now, adding that just in the past three weeks, there had been at least five such attacks.

“The message is MSPs really need to look at their software inventory, if they use one RMM and they see another one pop up, that should be something you pay attention to,” the CEO concluded.

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How to Adjust the Bass on Windows 10 and 11

For those of you who don’t like weak audio or are fond of feeling the resonance in your body rather than just hearing the music through your ears, it is definitely important to be able to adjust the bass on your Windows device.

How to Adjust the Bass on Windows 10 and 11

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In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of doing so in detail. The methods in this guide work for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 users.

1. How to Adjust the Bass on Windows via the Enhanced Audio Feature

One of the easiest ways to adjust bass and almost all other advanced sound features like room correction and loudness equalization is via Windows Settings. Like the previous Windows versions, Microsoft has included a dedicated Sound section in Windows 11 Settings as well.

For demonstration, we will be using Windows 11 to enable the Enhanced Audio feature for boosting the bass, but the steps are safe to be followed by Windows 10 users too.

Follow these steps to proceed:

  1. Press Win + I together to open Windows Settings.
  2. In the Settings window, head over to System > Sound.
  3. Head over to the Output section and click on Speakers.
  4. Turn the toggle on for Enhance audio under Output settings.
  5. Then, click on the Advanced option right under Enhance audio. This should launch a Speaker Properties dialog.
  6. Checkmark the Bass Management option.
  7. Click on Apply > OK to save the changes.

This should increase the bass on your device. If you want to disable the Bass Management option in the future, you can either disable the Enhanced audio feature directly or uncheck the Bass Boost option by following the steps we have mentioned above.

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Security Experts Warn All Gmail and Facebook Users to Do This Now

YOUR BEST OPTION OF COURCE IS TO STOP USING THEM

Your data is used and monetized by companies.

When you hear “data collection,” it doesn’t sound all that scary at first. Most of us have been using the internet long enough to understand that some of our information is bound to end up in the digital universe, and if you’re on social media, you may willingly share personal details about your life.

Sites use tracking technologies, like a cookie or tracking pixel to do this, according to Daniel Markuson, digital privacy and security expert at NordVPN. “These tracking technologies could be owned by advertising and marketing companies, government agencies, or other monitoring authorities. Usually, the owner of these websites agrees to sell your data to advertising companies in exchange for whatever service the advertising company provides.”

This becomes more complicated when sites like Facebook and Google create profiles of your online behavior and identity. “That could involve anything from your name, age, address, and gender to your shopping habits, political leanings, and physical locations being stored in vast databases for advertising or national security purposes,” Markuson said.

Customer data is a hot commodity, and yours may be used in ways you didn’t realize. In order to avoid companies capitalizing on your information, there are steps you can take.

Security experts advise checking on your data sharing and tracking.

Ever wonder why you searched for a new dresser and are suddenly getting ads from different furniture manufacturers? It all has to do with data sharing, according to Kim Komando, the host of the Kim Komando Show, a radio talk show that discusses tech, data, and the digital lifestyle. To control this, Komando recommends performing a privacy checkup to identify additional accounts you may have signed up with through your Facebook or Google/Gmail account.

In a feature for USA Today, Komando cautioned against using your accounts to sign in to different websites. It may seem easier to use your existing accounts to access new content, rather than setting up a separate account and password on the site itself. But when doing this, information about what you do or read on the website is likely shared with Facebook and Google, which may return the favor and share data back.

Thankfully, there are ways to stop both Facebook and Google from tracking your data this way. For each site, you’ll want to check certain security features—which shouldn’t take too long, but may reveal some surprising details.

Here’s how to perform a checkup for your Google account.

Gmail is user-friendly and convenient, and when you use Google’s browser Chrome, features and apps are even easier to integrate. This convenience also comes with some challenges, as the platform allows you to sign up for other accounts using your overarching Google account.

To check for services that may be connected, sign in to your Google account, click Security on the left-hand side, and then scroll down to Linked Accounts. This will reveal any accounts that you have previously signed up for via Google. Simply click Unlink to remove access. If you get pushback and are unable to unlink, this is also by design. You’ll need to visit the third-party site directly and look for instructions to unlink connected accounts.

You can also explore Google’s security page further and limit which apps have third-party access to different aspects of your Google account, Komando said.

Head to your Facebook page to limit tracking as well.

Your Facebook account is a personal page, but that does not mean the app should be sharing details with companies and businesses. According to Art Shaikh, founder of CircleIt.com and two data-critical platforms, Facebook has a history of selling user data to advertisers. In 2021, the company changed its name to Meta, and with new virtual reality initiatives, more privacy issues could be raised in the future.

“Essentially, if you are on Facebook, Instagram, or Whatsapp—you’re a commodity to Meta,” Shaikh warned.

To control the data you allow Facebook to access, take 30 seconds to log in to Facebook on your computer and check for linked accounts. From there, click the downward arrow in the top right corner, then Settings & Privacy, then Select Settings. You can then click Apps and Websites on the lefthand side.

You can also do this from your iPhone or Android, where you will click the three-line menu, then Settings & Privacy, then Settings. On the iPhone, you will then scroll down to Permissions, then tap Apps and Websites. If you’re an Android user, you will scroll down to Security, then Apps and Websites, then Logged in with Facebook.

No matter which method you choose, or which device you have, Facebook then makes it relatively simple to pick and choose which apps you want to disconnect.

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