The default search engine in Microsoft Edge

You can’t change Edge’s “new tab” search engine away from Microsoft’s Bing Well, that’s not completely true. You can change the default search engine that is invoked when you type your search term into the address bar, but you can’t change the default search engine that is invoked when you use the search box in …
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Deleting browser data upon exit

Chrome may no longer be deleting data when you close the browser   I’m sure that there used to be a setting in Chrome that was relatively easy to find for deleting browser data when closing the browser.   It’s just taken me fifteen minutes to find where they’ve now buried this setting. If you …
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Variation on a theme of an email scam

It’s a good idea to be aware of this scam used by email hackers A couple of months ago I received an email from a client (apparently) that revealed a bit of a twist on a well-known email scam. This client had suffered an email hack about a year previously (through having a weak password). …
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A Conversation with Bard (aka Gemini)

One of Microsoft’s least endearing habits is re-setting “options” after installing updates Every now and again I get a phone call or email from a particular client telling me that Microsoft has done it again. It has installed an update and now Word has gone back to automatically starting sentences with a capital letter, and …
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Password checkers

Are password checkers safe, accurate, and useful? Many websites offer password checkers. You type in a password and the checker will tell you how long it would take to crack that password. Here are three reputable password checking sites: https://www.passwordmonster.com/ https://password.kaspersky.com/ https://bitwarden.com/password-strength/ I created a really rubbishy password (the sort you shouldn’t ever use). It …
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Different browsers for different things

Keeping Google in its place Using different browsers for different things has many uses. Recently, I have been visiting Google’s AI offering – Bard (now renamed Gemini) – several times a week. I’m still curious about it and it has helped me out several times. However, to use Bard you have to log into a …
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Version History in OneDrive

Since the end of 2022, OneDrive has supported version history for all file types Previously, only Microsoft Offices files (eg Word documents and spreadsheets) retained earlier versions in OneDrive. My experience of Microsoft’s cloud storage facility – OneDrive – is that it is a bit of a curate’s egg. The basic idea of automatically backing …
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Why you might not want to download images in emails

One man’s privacy is another man’s paranoia Email clients and webmail services allow you to choose whether to automatically download images in emails. If you don’t allow the downloading of images by default then you still have the choice to download them in each specific email that contains them. You can, of course, ignore the …
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Copy a web page address (URL) with a QR code

It’s easy to open the same web page on a mobile device that is open in Chrome on a computer. Just copy the URL with a QR code Suppose you have Chrome open on a computer and the web page address (also known as its URL – Uniform Resource Locator) is long, complicated, and quite …
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Drawing a range circle on a Google map

You can’t do this directly in Google Maps You would expect to be able to draw a circle around a point in a Google map, but you can’t. Every now and then, you might want to draw a circle of a specific radius from a given point. You can mark the distance between two points …
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