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Why Do I Need a Computer Privacy Screen?

Cybersecurity threats are not something to be taken lightly. While most computer users are familiar with common cybersecurity threats such as phishing, password attacks, and malicious software, few are aware of the dangers of visual hacking.

As the name implies, visual hacking refers to prying eyes attempting to steal your on-screen information without you ever noticing. Computer privacy screens help protect against visual hackers and keep your sensitive information confidential.

With the growing amount of data breaches and malware attacks each year, PC users, small business owners, large companies, and global enterprises alike are all strengthening their security measures to combat cybercrime.

The rate of hacker attacks is near-constant, occurring every 39 seconds on average and affecting one in three Americans every year [1]. No one is impervious to a determined cybercriminal, especially on computers used at unsecured locations.

Here we’ll discuss the importance of computer privacy screens, what they are, how they work, and why you should invest in one to safeguard your confidential information.

What is a computer privacy screen?

A computer privacy screen, sometimes called a privacy filter, is a thin piece of plastic that’s placed over your monitor or display panel in order to prevent wandering eyes from absorbing confidential information.

You may have seen a similar device at the bank if you’ve ever tried to peek at your account balance when the teller walked away. Privacy filters use the same type of technology.

Strong passwords, anti-virus software, data encryption, and heightened awareness go a long way toward keeping your information secure, but they can’t defend against visual hacking.

Computer privacy screens protect against this serious security threat by simply adhering to your laptop screen or desktop monitor to restrict the device’s viewing angle so that only the person in front of the screen can see what’s on it.

Anyone attempting to steal a glance from the right or left will only be able to see a blank screen.

How does a computer privacy screen work?

If you’re not sure how privacy screens work, think of them as similar to vertical blinds, which can only be seen through when they are turned at a certain angle.

Computer privacy screens work the same way but on a much smaller scale, severely restricting viewing angles to the point where you essentially have to look at the screen straight on in order to see the display.

The tiny polarized blinds, sometimes known as micro louvers, make it so that the contents of your computer screen are visible to you but not the person lurking to your left or right.

The thinner the blind, the more that light can pass through for the intended user. A polarized plastic sheet uses the same technology in privacy filters as used in polarized glasses, in which an optical filter blocks out light from certain angles.

Depending on the make and model, privacy screens usually start to block visibility at around a 30-degree side angle and may appear blacked-out near a 60-degree angle.

Why do I need a computer privacy screen protector?

Many digital users worry about their online activity being monitored or spied on digitally by their boss at work, their internet provider, or even by government agencies.

Regardless of whether or not these concerns have merit, it’s important to remember that spying doesn’t have to happen digitally. The low-tech means of snooping is equally effective: watching over your shoulder.

Privacy in the workplace

Visual hacking is a very real threat. In fact, 3M recently conducted a global experiment on visual hacking and their dangerous findings were eye-opening [2].

Here are a few of the key takeaways from their worldwide results on the importance of visual privacy in the workplace:

1. Visual hacking is easy. In the global trials, a white hat hacker was successfully able to visually hack information 91% of the time.

2. It happens quickly. In nearly half of the trials, an undercover visual hacker was able to glean information in 15 minutes or less.

3. It goes unnoticed. The visual hacker was only stopped in 32% of global trials.

The findings from the 3M study are alarming. It takes between a few seconds and a few minutes for a passerby to glance at a computer display and glean sensitive information which could later be used for malicious purposes.

Most of the time, this security breach goes undetected. If it happens to you, you might not be aware until it’s too late.

Various forms of information are vulnerable to visual hacking in both onsite and remote work environments. While you may want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, the truth is, unfortunately, that the stranger sitting to your right on a train or the custodian walking past your door should not be trusted.

It’s your responsibility to protect your company’s private information especially if you’re a small business owner, since 43% of cyber attacks are targeted at small businesses and 60% of these small companies go out of business within six months of an attack [3].

Multiple types of business data are at risk of visual hacking without a computer privacy screen, including things such as:

1. Trade or marketing secrets

2. Proprietary data

3. Payroll or bank statements

4. Customer or employee information

5. Privileged email correspondence

6. Contact lists

According to Juniper Research, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 will exceed $150 million [4]. That number could be the end of a small business, especially when compared to the inexpensive cost of a computer privacy screen which may have been able to prevent a security breach in the first place.

Privacy for personal computing

Even if you don’t use your laptop or desktop for work purposes, you may still inadvertently display your own confidential personal information to a visual hacker via:

1. Online bill payments

2. Address submission forms

3. Password logins

4. Email communication

The consequences of this sensitive information getting into the wrong hands can be as mild as annoying junk mail and telemarketing calls, or as severe as life-altering identity theft.

According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll in January 2018, nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft. That’s a dramatic increase from 2017 when a mere 15 million people experienced identity theft [5].

With everything from tax fraud to bank fraud, phone fraud to utility fraud, identity theft is clearly on the rise. Although corporate data breaches can expose your personal information and leave you vulnerable to a cybercriminal, low-tech visual hacking is equally dangerous.

A computer privacy screen is an easy step you can take towards tightening your security measures and keeping your confidential information out of sight from prying eyes.

Cyber threats aside, sometimes PC users want privacy just for privacy’s sake. It may be in our nature to take a curious glance at the device of the person sitting next to us, but some people prefer to keep their business to themselves, even if there are no high stakes involved.

In that case, a computer privacy screen protector can prevent strangers nearby from knowing what movie you’re watching or websites you’re surfing.

In addition to peace of mind against visual hacking and personal snooping, many monitor privacy screens also offer anti-glare properties to enhance your viewing experience along with protection from dust and scratches.

They are easy to apply, remove, and clean, plus most models are affordable. All things considered, investing in a privacy screen is a worthwhile consideration.

How do I find the right computer privacy screen?

Most people purchase a computer privacy screen protector as an aftermarket add-on. HP® offers an assortment of laptop and monitor privacy screens, including models made by 3M and Targus®.

Some options you may want to consider include:

1. HP 15.6-inch privacy filter – Designed for use with non-touch screens, this computer privacy screen efficiently inhibits a direct view of your screen from anyone else but you, while maintaining your screen’s crystal clarity. It also resists scratches and glare.2. 3M 13.3-inch gold privacy filter – With this 3M computer privacy screen protector, you see clearly while people on either side of you see a vivid gold screen. The filter is reversible, and the lightweight, thin, frameless design protects against dirt, debris, and scratches.3. Targus 14-inch laptop privacy screen – This screen features tiny blinds that restrict the monitor’s viewing angle to 45-degrees from the center of the screen. It’s designed for LED filters and is easily applied with included tab guides that stick to the bezel, which may also be positioned along the sides to simply slide on and off.

How to apply a computer monitor screen

Before purchasing your filter, make sure to cross-check the dimensions to guarantee it will fit seamlessly onto your device. Be very careful when using a ruler to measure the diagonal distance across your screen, taking extra caution not to scratch your device in the process.

To avoid this risk, you can also research the specs of your laptop or desktop by looking up the manufacturer’s specifications.

Note: In addition to laptop and monitor privacy screens, you can also find filters sized to your tablet and smartphone. You never know when someone may attempt to steal your confidential information, so if you consistently use smaller devices with sensitive data in high-traffic areas, you might want to take this additional security measure.

After purchasing a privacy screen specified to the dimensions of your device, follow these tips for the best application:

2. If you’re installing a computer privacy screen with mounting tabs, separate the tabs and remove the protective film from each side. Neatly attach the tabs to the sides of the monitor, remove the protective film from the screen, and slide it into place. For screens with adhesive tape, carefully apply the adhesive along the sides of your display, remove the protective film from the screen, and apply to the adhesive tape.

3. When you need to remove or clean your privacy screen, remove it by pulling the tabs on the adhesive corners very gently. Clean it with a microfiber cloth to remove dirt and dust. Make sure the monitor is clear of debris before reapplying.

Note: The exact instructions for installation may vary by manufacturer and design. Please consult the packaging material and manufacturer before applying your computer privacy screen.

Integrated privacy screens

In today’s digital world, you can now find computers with a laptop privacy screen built in, so you would not need to purchase an additional filter to conceal your display content. With an HP Sure View integrated privacy screen, you can quickly and conveniently toggle between turning the privacy filter on and off.

It allows you to watch movies on a plane in beautiful resolution with your seatmate, then hit the F2 function button to restrict your viewing angle if you ever receive a sensitive, inbound work email mid-flight.

If you’re looking for a computer with a laptop privacy screen pre-installed, the HP EliteBook x360 is a standout choice. Modern business professionals on-the-go demand the highest security standards to protect their remote work and the HP EliteBook x360 delivers in spades.

In addition to a Full High Definition touch display with an integrated privacy filter, you’ll be protected end-to-end with extra security features, such as:

  • Fingerprint authentication and facial recognition for Windows™ Hello
  • Preboot authentication
  • Security lock slot
  • Absolute persistence module
  • Microsoft® Defender
  • HP BIOSphere
  • HP SureStart
  • HP Secure Erase

Remember, visual hackers only scratch the surface of the list of potential cyber attacks you may fall victim to. If you practice safe online habits and remain vigilant to emerging threats, cyber criminals near or far won’t stand a chance.

About the Author

Kaelee Nelson is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Kaelee is an experienced writer based in Southern California and specializes in creating informative content related to technology and digital culture.

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Screen Privacy: How to Protect Yourself from Visual Hacking

Screen privacy is a major concern when dealing with sensitive data, and it’s a problem we don’t think enough about. It is surprisingly easy to steal visible data with low-tech visual hacking techniques. Luckily, there are a number of actions you can take right away to resolve data vulnerabilities. Also, you’re not going to want to miss the deep dive into one of the most effective tools: privacy screens for your monitor.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about screen privacy. Or learn more about ViewSonic’s advanced screen privacy filters.

Screen privacy is a problem in an increasingly data-driven society. From online banking and business transactions to social media and personal communications, we access a huge amount of sensitive information through our screens. But have you ever wondered who else is also looking? 

With all the modern focus on cyber-security protecting us from online threats, it’s easy to forget the low-tech security vulnerabilities like what people can physically see on your display or important documents you have just lying around. 

Why Is Screen Privacy Important?

To be honest, there are many contexts in which screen privacy is completely unnecessary. Your home computer probably doesn’t need to secure visual data. Nor does a screen in a small team of trusted colleagues in a windowless room. 

But if you work in a public space – either in the general public or at a large organization – then securing the content on your monitor becomes an essential security measure. You never know who is watching (or recording) your work. And if you’re not protecting your data from prying eyes nearby, you’re opening up very dangerous vulnerabilities for you and your organization. 

Moreover, visual data protection becomes unavoidable if you regularly work with confidential data like medical records, financial transactions, or clients’ work protected by non-disclosure agreements. Think about how much personal data is displayed on a typical nurse’s station or bank teller’s computer. If you work in these roles, it’s your responsibility to protect your others’ sensitive information as well. 

You need to protect data from visual hacking.

What is Visual Hacking?

Visual hacking has to be one of the lowest-tech ways to steal information. (It is only slightly more complex than just stealing a paper document off a table.) However, being simple doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. A shocking experiment by the Ponemon Institute (see here for more) showed just how vulnerable office environments are social engineering hacks, especially visual hacking. 

At its simplest, visual hacking involves just seeing information on a screen and remembering it. Given the prevalence of smartphones, however, it’s not hard to snap a photo or record a video under the pretense of checking a text message. A pretense may not even be necessary. Are you really aware of what everyone is doing on their devices around you at any given time? Did you just look over your shoulder now?

Despite its simplicity, visual hacking poses real risks of a data breach and you need to be on guard.

What Can I Do to Improve Screen Privacy?

There are plenty of solutions for reducing visual hacking and improving screen privacy. They vary in complexity and not all are universally applicable. 

  • Use partitions or walls around screens. Open office floor plans make visual hacking much easier. Cubicles and offices make it much easier to keep visual data safe by blocking both displays and hard copies from view. 
  • Turn screens away from public view. Whenever possible, keep your displays facing away from public thoroughfares and high-traffic areas to limit exposure.
  • Make sure to turn unattended displays off. Whenever you step away from your computer, remember to put it to sleep behind a password-protected login. 
  • Keep your desk clear of sensitive documents. Visual hacking targets more than just screens. It can also target paper documents and information. At a minimum, make sure any folders, documents, or notes containing sensitive information are put away.
  • Get a privacy filter for your computer screen. This is the single action that will do the most good in securing your work from unwanted attention. It is a hardware solution that is easy to implement then maintain with no input besides installation.

What is a Computer Privacy Screen Filter?

A computer privacy screen filter is a thin layer of polarized plastic that significantly reduces the viewing angle for your screen. Ideally, this means that the view of your screen is perfectly clear for you as the user while others off to the sides only see a dark screen. All your visual data is hidden unless you are looking at the screen head-on.

A privacy filter for a monitor is a thin layer of high-tech plastic – usually polycarbonate or acrylic – that combines an anti-glare coating with angled slats or panels with the material’s structure. The results are allowing light to pass through the plastic layer at only certain angles. Non-ideal angles either block the light entirely or only emit a single color of light. 

Besides turning off your screen entirely, screen privacy through one of these monitor filters is one of the best ways to safeguard yourself from visual hacking.

You can learn more about privacy filters here: Privacy Filters for Monitors Offer Reliable Protection

How Do I Use a Privacy Screen?

A privacy screen is functionally just a screen coating that blocks the light from certain angles. There are a few different ways to install one, however, and each has its own use cases.

  • Hangers sometimes fix the screen to a monitor or laptop. This makes the filter easy to add and remove. This is a good option for people who sometimes have to collaborate with others and will, therefore, need to periodically remove the privacy filter. Additionally, this version is useful if the plan is to share privacy filters among several devices.
  • Stick-on tabs are a more permanent way to get screen privacy. The tabs are permanently stuck to the monitor, but the filter itself is removable. This is also a good option for people who have to collaborate without a privacy filter. It’s not as shareable, however, as the tabs are stuck to your device. 
  • Permanent adhesive is an option for use cases that always need extra protection from visual hacking and unwanted attention. Like a phone screen protector, this option is permanently glued to your display and cannot be removed or shared. However, it is a handy set-it-and-forget-it option.

Once your privacy screen is installed, however, it will automatically work to reduce the visibility of your screen to anyone outside the optimal viewing angle. 

It’s worth remembering, though that there is not a hard line between visible and hidden, so certain viewing angles will still be able to see some of your screen’s content. 

Can I Trim a Privacy Filter?

In short, you can cut a privacy filter down to the desired size. It’s not the best course of action, though as there are a variety of sizes available and it’s likely that you can get the size you need right out of the package. If you either can’t or don’t want to find the right size, you can still cut a filter down to size.

It’s also very important to be very careful in cutting your privacy filter. A good one can be pretty expensive, and scratching or damaging the screen protector will typically void the warranty. Likewise, cutting into a polarizing layer could throw off the image quality. 

If it’s absolutely necessary to cut your privacy filter to fit your screen, make sure to measure carefully and use both a very sharp utility knife and a straight edge to make the cut. (You can learn more here.)

How Do I Remove a Privacy Screen?

As mentioned above, if you plan to add and remove your privacy screen periodically, you’re going to want to go with an attachment option that allows for that. If you’ve opted for the permanent adhesive version, however, it will likely be much more difficult to remove. 

The process is much like that of removing a tempered glass screen protector, which you can learn more about here.

So Is Anti-glare the Same as a Privacy Screen?

While most privacy screens include anti-glare coatings, not all anti-glare screens have privacy filters. It’s mostly a matter of convenience: it’s not that difficult to add a basic feature like anti-glare to a privacy screen. 

Since privacy features often increase the price of the screen filter, be sure that it’s what you’re actually looking for. If anti-glare is enough for you, there’s no point paying the premium for a privacy filter for your monitor. On the other hand, if privacy is the goal make sure that the filter you’re looking at has al the necessary features to hide your display from prying eyes.

What is the Best Privacy Screen Filter for Monitors?

To get the best screen privacy for your visual data, you’re probably going to look for a few key features. These will help you get the most protection with the least effort. 

Easy Installation

To make things simple, make sure that the privacy filter is easy to install. (And also make sure it’s easy to add or remove if that’s what you’re going to be doing.)

Small Viewing Angle

Since the goal is screen privacy, make sure that whatever screen filter you use has very limited viewing angles. For example, ViewSonic’s VSPF series has a viewing angle of just 60°. 

Minimal Effect on User Experience

While we want to make sure others can’t see the screen clearly, it’s important that the privacy screen doesn’t affect the user’s experience. A high-quality privacy filter screen protector will have virtually no impact on display quality.

Final Thoughts on Screen Privacy

Screens now play a leading role in every element of our lives from work to play. We have TV screens in our living rooms, monitors on our desks, and smartphones in our pockets. But we need to remember that our screens are mixed blessings. Without taking proper precautions, our displays represent real vulnerabilities for data theft. 

With just a few screen privacy best practices – including a good privacy filter on especially vulnerable devices – we can keep all of our sensitive data safer from visual hackers and other low-tech bad actors. Just a few basic precautions can make a world of difference.

Want to see the difference a good privacy filter makes? Take a look at the VSPF2700 for more on ViewSonic’s privacy filter screen protectors (or find one that fits your screen here.)

Or click here to learn more about how ViewSonic can provide beginning-to-end secure authentication solutions for your business. 

24 inch Monitor Privacy Screen Filter

The monitor privacy screen is easy to attach and remove. Simply attach the 24 inch privacy screen to your 16:9 aspect ratio display using the attachment strips or slide-mount tabs. This confidentiality screen filter is also reversible. The matte side provides you with glare reduction and the glossy side of the privacy screen will provide you with increased clarity.

Protect Your Privacy

The privacy screen protector for desktop monitors is a great investment if you want to protect your privacy. It is a convenient and cost-effective way to keep your classified information, intellectual property or any other important data you wish to keep protected. You can have a peace of mind while working in the office or public environments because you know your screen is protected with the 30+/- degree privacy viewing angle. The cutout on the top corner of the privacy screen makes it easy to remove for sharing content with trusted audiences or switching between finishes.

Blue Light Reduction

With working from home becoming more prominent and screen time on the rise, reducing blue light exposure is important. The monitor privacy film is designed to filter blue light (390nm~480 wavelength) and reduce digital eye strain.

Antimicrobial Protection

Our privacy screens feature an anti-microbial coating on the matte-side of the filter. Embedded antimicrobial technology provides protection against bacterial microbes by continuously eliminating up to 99.99% of certain surface bacteria. Antimicrobial screen protectors are ideal for environments where disinfection is important.

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The TAA compliant PRIVSCNMON24 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Lock Your Computer Screen

Why should you lock your screen when you’re away?

This helps prevent others from viewing or using your device when you’re not around. Set up your computer and mobile devices to automatically go to screensaver after a certain amount of inactivity.  In addition, manually lock when leaving your device unattended.

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What should you do?
The following are REQUIRED* for devices that store or access P2 or higher data and strongly recommended for all other devices.

  • Set your device to automatically go to screensaver when you’re not using it (max. 15 minutes of inactivity, max. 10 minutes for HIPAA workstations).
  • Make sure you have to enter a strong password to start up or wake-up your computer.
  • Disable auto-login. You shouldn’t be able to start up or wake up your computer or other devices without entering a password. If you can, auto-login may be on.
  • Manually shut down, log off, or lock your device before leaving it unattended.
  • To lock your device:
    • Windows PC
      • Ctrl-Alt-Del → Select Lock OR Windows Key + L
    • Mac
  • For Mobile Devices:
    • Set your device to require a strong password/PIN to start up or resume activity, and to automatically lock when not in use–but still don’t store anything you’re not willing to lose.
    • Some devices can be set to be erased remotely, or to erase themselves if the password/PIN is entered incorrectly too many times. Consider turning these on to protect information in the case of theft or loss.

*Policy Information:
UC Office of the President requires all campuses to implement the UC Minimum Security Standard. One of these requirements is that devices that store or access P2 or higher data are required to lock or go to screensaver (or be turned off) when left unattended for an extended period of time. A strong password must be required to start up or resume activity. 


GETTING HELP:

Contact the ITS Support Center if you would like your computer configured to meet these requirements. If you have questions, contact the Support Center or your ITS Divisional Liaison.


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Computer Privacy Filters & Screen Protectors

The world in the present day is extremely dependent on digital technology. Major corporations, business ventures, strategic planning rely on technological advancements to improve their operational efficiency and stay relevant in the market with new product launches. 

While digital technology is convenient and easy to use, the data that is recorded must be protected to prevent an accidental leak of sensitive information. Moreover, recent years have witnessed an alarming rise in internet fraud, which can result in losing money or compromising personal information. 

Especially in the present time, when various sectors around the world operate digitally, it’s crucial to uphold the security and safety of your valuable data. In this case, digital privacy is of utmost importance. 

All these reasons have led to a massive advancement in innovation and technology that leads to the manufacturing of several privacy technologies. In recent times, the privacy filter has witnessed tremendous growth across the globe for those that want to ensure their privacy. 

Why do we use privacy filters?

A privacy filter is a thin sheet placed over the computer screen, to protect your screen from revealing sensitive information to others. This privacy filter secures the screen from potential hackers. The growing number of malware attacks every year poses a continuous threat to PC users, business owners, and global enterprises. Hence, it is crucial for organizations around the world to employ measures to prevent such occurrences.

In the world, where the internet plays a vital role in your daily life you must have heard of visual hacking. Visual hacking is someone stealing your information by sneaking into your computer screen. 

Passwords can’t save your system from video hacking. With this privacy filter on your screen, anyone who tries to see your computer will see a black screen. Even without the risks of hacking, as a user, you might prefer a greater level of privacy.

There are other advantages of having a privacy filter as well. It protects your screen from accumulating dust easily. Further, it provides blue light reduction which blocks approximately 30% of the harmful light coming from the screen thus keeping your eyes safe. 

What Is 3M?

3M is an American multinational corporation that has made substantial progress in the field of worker safety, US health care, fields of industry, and consumer goods. They produce over 60,000 products which include passive fire protection, personal protective equipment, paint protection, electronic circuits, care products et al. 

This international brand mainly operates in the US. It has around 80 manufacturing companies in 29 states in the US. And outside of the US, it has 125 manufacturing centers in 37 countries. It has a competent team of researchers and practitioners who bring the best product scientifically and yet hopes to develop as much as they can to bring the best for their customers. 

What is special about their privacy and protection products?

Their privacy and protection products have been designed with advanced optical technology that provides visual privacy and screen protection and it is a trustworthy brand all over the world. This company manufactures privacy glass for smartphones, desktops, laptops and other devices. 

Choosing 3M products could be the right decision for you because:

● A trusted leader in manufacturing screen privacy and protection

3M has been the forerunner of MicroLouver technology which contributes hugely to 3M being the globe’s number one brand in visual privacy and screen protection products.

● Advanced technology

In the 21st century, technology advances every day. Therefore, the companies need to update themselves with technology and that is exactly what they do here. They continue to refine their products to keep up with the evolving technology and they find new ways to safeguard your screen. 

● High-resolution products

The secret behind their beautiful and advanced products, such as their high-resolution scanning sprays, is the powerful team that combines science and ingenuity together to provide you with the best products in the market.

Privacy filters from 3M

Privacy filters manufactured and distributed by 3M are available in several types. What you choose depends on your budget and your requirements as a user. 3M comes with three types of privacy filters. Although their basic function of protecting your screen from trespasses remains the same, each of them has its own specialty. These filters are compatible with desktop or laptop computers. 

    1. 3M Gold Privacy Filters 

The filter provides a golden-colored shield outside the 60-degree viewing angle which provides world-class effective privacy. This privacy filter provides unmatched protection that results from several state of art technologies.

One of the most important technologies is the mirror coating which makes the data on the screen visible to the person who sits directly in front of it. The rest see a golden-colored mirror-like glass on it.  

The product has a gold glossy finish for amazing clarity. It has nearly 20% more clarity than the black privacy filter. This filter also reduces 35% of blue light transmission to keep your eyes safe. With this filter on your system, you will see a brighter view of the texts and it also acts as a screen guard for your computer.

    2. 3M High Clarity Privacy Filters 

This is among the leading filters that offer high-end privacy and is an effective filter in the market currently. It is effectively designed to fit within the raised bezel of the device you use. This filter has an effective black privacy filter with a 60-degree viewing angle. It provides incredible security for your screen and maintains a glossy look. The filter is appropriate for touch screen devices.

This filter also reduces 35% of blue light transmission to keep your eyes safe. It is specially designed to provide premium privacy to your computer while adding a sophisticated touch to its otherwise wonderful look and high-definition imaging. You can easily install, remove, and clean this filter any time you want. Further, the filter ensures an added layer of durable protection for your system. 

    3. 3M Black Privacy Filter 

The 3M Laptop filter is 20% more effective than the standard privacy filter in the market. The product is compatible with any kind of curved display and all kinds of computers from MacBooks to PCs. This is reliable, versatile, and durable for almost all screens in the world. A few of its advantages include scratch-resistance, good clarity, and the largest privacy filter product range.

The best thing about 3M is that all these products give 100% quality assurance. The 3M filters are not only restricted to laptops and computers, but they are also now available for smartphones and tablets as well.

3M as a brand has established itself as one of the leading business personalities in the world. It mainly operates from the US but has its offices all over the globe. The multinational company is known for its exceptional quality of technology and innovation and its wide range of product offerings. 

The 3M privacy screen is one of the company’s most desired products. Privacy filters keep your devices protected from the unwanted gaze and ensure the total security of your confidential information on the screen. 

3M is widely known for its innovation and rich investments in research and development. Feel free to choose your desired product from the wide range available here at Lenovo.com and make your home a little safer. 

Simple Security To-Do: Lock Your Computer Screen – ASK

Sometimes it is the simple things that make a difference. If you haven’t figured it out yet, your behavior and how you keep your office has an impact on the security of your employer. We’re not talking about a small impact either. Your interaction with your email, password hygiene, and how you handle sensitive data are critically important. Let’s not fool ourselves privacy is not going to become less of a concern as time goes on. The has decided to lead the world with their General Data Protection Regulation and it is only a matter of time before other governments follow suit.

Have you read your employer’s acceptable use policy recently?
You should. It’s likely you will find there are expectations for your behavior where technology is concerned. Even if you are working in an environment where these policies haven’t quite caught up to the technological reality we live in, you don’t want to the be the catalyst for a security incident.

Simple Security To-Do: Lock Your Computer Screen

Let’s look at a simple change you can make to start off on the right path.  Do you walk away from your unlocked computer to use the restroom when you’re at the office? How about when you’re working remotely, like at a customer site or in a restaurant? 5 years ago, no one would think twice about doing this. Things have changed though.

When you leave a logged in computer unlocked at the office, you give unauthorized individuals the opportunity to access data or perform activities they may not be authorized to see or use. Insider threats are very real and incident responders need to be able to identify a systems user based on the credentials they authenticated with. Leaving computers unlocked makes this much more difficult and sometimes impossible. Your computer may be configured to lock itself after 15 minutes and while it is a little inconvenient to log back in when you come back, once you have a little time to adjust, it will become second nature.

So instead of waiting for the computer to time-out or doing nothing, push the Windows Key + L every time you leave your computer. Locking your computer is as simple as pushing the Windows Key + L.

If you’re working remotely or in a public location you really should not leave any electronic devices (laptop, phone, tablet) unattended but in some cases, it may be necessary (this includes your hotel room and car). It is especially important you manually lock your computer in this situation. It could mean the difference between someone not only stealing your computer but also your company’s data.

Locking your computer really is the simplest of behavior changes and helps protect you and your employer from being involved in a security incident.

If you are looking for more ways to improve your security posture, contact us at 517-676-6633.

How Hackers Can Compromise Your Computer Monitor

Everyone knows your computer can be hacked, but did you know your monitor might also be used against you? Ang Cui from Red Balloon Security has figured out a way to hack into a popular Dell monitor and manipulate what you see on your screen. Using this type of attack, a user could easily be tricked into revealing personal, private information. Here’s how it works. Following is a transcript of the video.

Ang Cui: Basically, you can’t trust the thing that’s coming out of your computer, because the monitor is changing the content of the screen.

Hello, my name is Ang Cui. I am the founder and chief scientist of Red Balloon Security.

Let’s look at a typical embedded vulnerability and what it means.

Here we have a beautiful Dell (U2410) 24-inch monitor. And if you look at this website, it’s obviously a mock not- real website. What you probably have not thought about is that this monitor also has a computer inside the monitor itself that’s responsible for displaying pixels and selecting input. It’s generally called the on-screen display controller.

Now our research found that there is a way for an attacker to gain access to and cause arbitrary code execution inside the controller of the monitor itself. What if you can’t trust the output of your computer, because the monitor is actually changing the pixel values on the screen?

So that’s exactly what we did. If the attacker redirects you to a website that looks a lot like your banking website, you’re not going to be able to see that same SSL lock on your browser. So this is where the attacker would then compromise your monitor and put that SSL lock onto the screen.

We’ve made this SSL lock not move at all. It is possible to have this thing move with the browser, but for demonstration purposes, we’ve made it not follow the screen.

So your computer is not showing you that your connection is secure, but the monitor is overlaying the SSL lock onto it.

We can use the monitor itself to change what you see as in your bank account. So instead of having $100, we can make your monitor show that your bank account has a million dollars. There’s no way for the user to know, because we only interact with this computer through the monitor.

We estimate that there’s at least a billion monitors on the planet today that’s vulnerable to this type of attack.

Ang calls the hack “A Monitor Darkly.” The exploit is detailed on Red Balloon’s GitHub.

Monitor Darkly is featured in season 3 of “Mr. Robot.” 

Elliot Alderson: What were you doing by my computer? I saw you behind the monitor.

Ang’s team has informed Dell about the vulnerability. Dell recommends users update to a U2415 monitor. They say “security is a top concern and priority.”

 

Boot your computer in Safe Mode in Windows 10

Note: If you encrypted your device, you need a BitLocker key to start in safe mode.

Before entering Safe Mode, you must enter Windows Recovery Environment (winRE). To do this, you will periodically turn on your device, and then:

  1. Press and hold the power button on the device for 10 seconds to turn off the device.

  2. Press the power button again to turn on the device.

  3. After the first sign of Windows starting (for example, some devices display the manufacturer’s logo when restarting), hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off the device.

  4. Press the power button again to turn on the device.

  5. After Windows restarts, hold down the power button on the device for 10 seconds to turn off the device.

  6. Press the power button again to turn on the device.

  7. Allow a complete restart of the device. Windows Recovery Environment will be activated.

In winRE, follow these steps to enter Safe Mode.

  1. On the screen Select Action select Diagnostics > Advanced Options > Boot Options > Restart .

  2. After rebooting the device, you will see a list of parameters.Select parameter 5 from the list or press the F5 key to start Safe Mode with Networking.

If you need more information about black or blank screens, see Troubleshooting black or blank screen errors.

What is a firewall? | Kaspersky Lab

Firewall acts as a local computer protection against viruses, worms, Trojans and hacker attacks.

A firewall is a software (security solution) or hardware (physical router) element of a computer network that monitors and filters network traffic passing through it in accordance with the specified rules.

Firewalls scan each “packet” of data (small chunks of a large whole, reduced in size for easy transmission) to make sure they are free of malicious elements.

There are several principles for handling incoming traffic.First, the firewall can display all requests for access to the computer from external networks and analyze the requesting service: whether it has a known domain name and Internet address.

Firewalls can also fully examine each packet of incoming data for the presence of lines of code that are in the black list.

Finally, firewalls can rate packets based on their similarity to other packets that were recently sent and received.

Packages that are within acceptable affinity levels are recognized as allowed.

Benefits

The idea of ​​a firewall is borrowed from the concept of fire extinguishing: a firewall (firewall) is a barrier designed to prevent the spread of fire.

The purpose of the firewall is also to block everything that can “burn” the user’s computer.

Neither software developers nor security service providers can do without firewalls.

Windows operating systems come with a built-in firewall and it is generally recommended to leave it enabled.

But in your home network, it is recommended to use a hardware solution such as a router to filter network traffic.

Security software companies typically include firewalls in their anti-virus solutions.

In many cases, these are firewalls of a higher complexity than those included with the base operating system.

Standard firewall features include logging and reporting of attacks (successful or not), as well as notifications in the event of an unauthorized intrusion.

Disadvantages

Potential disadvantages include slowing network traffic, especially if packets are fully analyzed on the user’s local computer.

In addition, some firewalls can accidentally block legitimate sites, but this can be fixed by adding them to the list of excluded sites on the service’s control panel.

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What is a firewall?

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Use of the term “firewall” in the IT industry.The firewall acts as a protection for the local computer against viruses, worms, Trojans and hacker attacks.

HP PCs – Using Microsoft Security Essentials to Protect Your Computer Against Viruses and Spyware

Microsoft Security Essentials provides protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Security Essentials scans your computer for threats and prevents new security threats from emerging.Security Essentials is not preinstalled on your computer, but is available as a free download from the Microsoft website.

Start Microsoft Security Essentials

To start Microsoft Security Essentials, click Start, All Programs, Microsoft Security Essentials.

Home tab

The Home tab displays the status of real-time protection and virus and spyware definitions.From the Home tab, you can run Quick, Full, or Custom Scan.

Fig. : Home tab

Update tab

The Update tab displays the status of the virus and spyware definitions. Click the Update button to check for updates.

Fig. : Update tab

Journal tab

The Log tab displays all items identified by Security Essentials as potentially malicious and the actions taken on each item.

Fig. : Log tab

Options tab

On the Options tab, you can create scan schedules, set default actions, enable or disable real-time protection, exclude files, folders, or processes, and manage Microsoft SpyNet membership. For more information, see Changing Microsoft Security Essentials Settings.

Fig. : Options tab

Secret Net Studio

The information contained in these documents can be changed by the developer without special notice, which does not constitute a violation of obligations towards the user on the part of the developer company.

  • Release Notes.

    Description of the main features and limitations that must be taken into account when using the Secret Net Studio information security system.

  • Start of work.

    Information to quickly set up and get started with Secret Net Studio.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Construction principles.

    Information about the general principles of construction and functioning of the Secret Net Studio system.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Installation, update and removal.

    Information for deploying the system, updating it, fixing it, and removing it.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Centralized management, monitoring and auditing.

    Information for working with the “Secret Net Studio – Control Center” component.

  • Administrator’s Guide.Setup and operation.

    Information for configuring and managing basic protection mechanisms.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Setup and operation. Local protection.

    Information for configuring and managing the following protection mechanisms:

    • discretionary access control;
    • overwriting of deleted information;
    • control of connection and device changes;
    • closed software environment;
    • authoritative access control;
    • print control;
    • protection of information on local disks;
    • encryption of data in cryptocontainers;
    • passport PO
  • Administrator’s Guide.Setup and operation. Network protection.

    Information for configuring and managing the following protection mechanisms:

    • personal firewall;
    • authorization of network connections
  • Administrator’s Guide. Setup and operation. Antivirus and Intrusion Detection Tool.

    Information for configuring and managing antivirus and intrusion detection engine.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Update server. Installation and configuration.

    Information for deploying and configuring the tool for automatic updating of anti-virus databases and decision rule bases of the intrusion detection system on workstations in the local network.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Setup and operation. Trusted environment.

    Information for the installation, configuration and operation of a computer with a functioning DS.

  • User manual.

    Information for working with the Secret Net Studio system installed on a computer.

  • Information about compatibility with other software tools.

    Information about the compatibility of the Secret Net Studio ISS version 8.6.8330.0 with some other software tools when working together.

  • Information about auxiliary utilities and configuration files.

    Learn about additional tools for configuring and managing Secret Net Studio.

  • Instructions for updating Secret Net Studio.

    How to upgrade to version 8.6.

  • Release Notes.

    Description of the main features and limitations that must be taken into account when using the Secret Net Studio information security system – P.

  • Start of work.

    Information to Quickly Install and Get Started with Secret Net Studio – P.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Construction principles.

    Information about the general principles of construction and functioning of the Secret Net Studio system – P.

  • Administrator’s Guide.Installation, update and removal.

    Information for deploying the system, updating it, fixing it, and removing it.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Centralized management, monitoring and auditing.

    Information for working with the component “Secret Net Studio – C – Control Center”.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Setup and operation.

    Information for configuring and managing basic protection mechanisms.

  • Administrator’s Guide. Setup and operation. Local protection.

    Information for configuring and managing the following protection mechanisms:

    • discretionary access control;
    • overwriting of deleted information;
    • control of connection and device changes;
    • closed software environment;
    • authoritative access control;
    • print control;
    • protection of information on local disks;
    • encryption of data in cryptocontainers;
    • passport PO
  • Administrator’s Guide.Setup and operation. Network protection.

    Information for configuring and managing the following protection mechanisms:

    • personal firewall;
    • authorization of network connections
  • Administrator’s Guide. Setup and operation. Trusted environment.

    Information for the installation, configuration and operation of a computer with a functioning DS.

  • User manual.

    Information for working with the Secret Net Studio – C system installed on the computer.

  • Information about compatibility with other software tools.

    Information about the compatibility of the Secret Net Studio – C version 8.5.5329 with some other software tools when working together.

  • Information about auxiliary utilities and configuration files.

    Information about additional tools for configuring and managing Secret Net Studio – P.

  • Secret Net Studio Update Instructions – C.

    How to upgrade to version 8.5.

  • Migration from Secret Net to Secret Net Studio.

    Information about the transition from using the Secret Net 7 Information Security product to using Secret Net Studio while maintaining the existing settings.

  • Migration from TrustAccess to Secret Net Studio.

    Learn how to migrate settings from the TrustAccess Information Security product to Secret Net Studio.

  • Mandatory access control for network traffic.

    Learn about marking network traffic with the ScAuthSrvConfig.exe utility.

  • 90,000 Windows 11: A New Era for PCs Begins Today

    Author: Panos Panay

    An important milestone in the history of Windows begins today.On October 5, in every time zone around the world, Windows 11 will be available as an update on compatible Windows 10 PCs, as well as on new computers as a preinstalled operating system.

    Windows is the driving force behind innovation. It is a reliable creative platform for each of us. It’s also a home where over a billion people do their jobs, make their dreams come true, and hang out with those they love.

    We look forward to the launch of Windows 11. Its new features bring you closer to what you love and help you achieve results.Windows 11 inspires creativity and a sense of calm and openness. Windows 11 makes you feel at home everywhere, it’s safe and secure.

    High-quality Windows 11 graphics, sounds and animations and innovative and stylish Windows 11 devices from our partners provide a unique device experience.

    Now is the best time to buy a PC

    By mentally imagining the future, regardless of the field of activity (work, creativity, communication, learning or play), we understand that computers will continue to play an important role in our lives.

    In September, we saw our partners ASUS, HP and Lenovo and the Surface team announce new Windows 11 devices. Acer, Dell, Samsung and others will also be releasing new Windows 11 products soon. new OS to life. No other ecosystem has the breadth and breadth of the Windows ecosystem for one and all: artists, developers, students and educators, business representatives and gamers. In any price range and in all configurations.

    This is how you can get Windows 11:

    • Purchase a new computer with Windows 11 preinstalled;
    • Purchase a Windows 10 PC that supports a free upgrade from Windows.com or from a store.
    • Use the PC Health Check app to check if your Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade.
    • If you would like to learn more about the approach to deploying an upgrade to Windows 11, read this post on the Windows blog.

    We are proud to present Windows 11 on the widest range of devices in a variety of configurations from our partners such as Acer, AMD, ASUS, Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Qualcomm and Samsung. [I]

    Here are just a few of the new computers that were recently introduced:

    • Eco-friendly Acer Aspire Vero with Intel Core i7 processor in recycled plastic and fully recyclable packaging;
    • Powerful ASUS ProArt Studiobook Pro 16 OLED laptop lets you work with complex CAD models, 3D product design and high-resolution video editing;
    • The
    • HP ENVY 34 All-in-One Desktop PC is built for creativity with an incredibly wide 5K display with Windows 11 Snap Layout for easy access to multiple apps, and the world’s first removable 16MP magnetic camera with binning technology for teamwork;
    • The
    • Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon offers Wi-Fi 6 and an infrared camera with an electronic shutter switch to help you enjoy Windows Hello technology.

    Be sure to subscribe to the Windows Blog for more exciting news coming soon.

    Now we would like to share with you a few key details of this release.

    Bringing you closer to what you love

    Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love. It is designed with a focus on the interests of the user and makes it easier for him to access his favorite options.

    From the new Start menu and taskbar to every melody, every font and icon you see, our team has thought of everything down to the individual pixels to make the product more progressive, innovative and beautiful.The Start menu in the center gives you quick access to content and applications that interest you, and thanks to the capabilities of the cloud and Microsoft 365 (sold separately), you can see the latest files you worked on, no matter what device you were using. Even if it’s an Android or iOS device.

    To bring you closer to interesting content and information, we present widgets – a new personalized channel powered by artificial intelligence and the Internet.Opening a personalized ribbon with a mouse click or a finger gesture to the right is soft and smooth – widgets slide across the screen. Whether it’s planning your day with your Outlook calendar and To-Do list, viewing the latest news, tomorrow’s weather, or your favorite photos in OneDrive, widgets have everything you love at your fingertips.

    Microsoft Teams Chat is a new app that helps you get closer to the people you care about. One click of the mouse opens a personal account for chat, voice calls or video calls with friends, family and other contacts, regardless of the device or platform on which they work: Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.Plus, all of the capabilities of Microsoft Teams are available directly from chat, making it easy to complete tasks such as scheduling events, creating quick polls, sharing files, and more.

    The new Microsoft Store for Windows makes it easy to access your favorite apps and entertainment – now all in one place. The Microsoft Store for Windows offers more apps than ever before, and makes it easier to find fresh content with carefully curated stories and collections.New apps are available today in the Microsoft Store for Windows, such as Canva, Disney + Zoom, the Epic Game Store and many more. To learn more about what’s new in the Microsoft Store, read this article.

    Boost productivity and inspire creativity

    Windows 11 offers new capabilities that can help you be more productive and inspire creativity.

    Our multitasking experience on a PC is evident in everything from using multiple monitors and browser tabs to editing documents in Word or PowerPoint.Windows 11 makes it easier for you to focus and stay in flow with Snap Layouts and Snap Groups and Desktops.

    Snap Layouts and Groups simplify multitasking by optimizing screen real estate and making it visually clear. New three-part layouts for large screens allow you to conveniently place all the content you need at your fingertips.

    With Desktops, you can create separate desktops that display different sets of applications.It helps you stay organized and focused, such as creating separate spaces: you can customize each desktop with its own name and wallpaper.

    Accessibility was one of the priorities in the development of Windows 11, from which new and improved features were looked at in detail. We are proud that Windows 11 is the version that best meets the needs of people with disabilities. Windows 11 offers familiar accessibility features like Narrator, Magnifier, Closed Captioning, and Windows Speech Recognition to support people with any need.To learn more about accessibility in Windows 11, read this post.

    We’ve improved touch in Windows 11 for when you are using a tablet without a keyboard. You will see more space between icons on the taskbar, larger touch objects, and subtle visual cues designed to make it easier to resize and move windows. We’ve also added support for new gestures. We also implemented tactile feedback in Windows 11. You can feel the vibrations of the pen when you press, edit, and draw.Surface Slim Pen 2 (sold separately) gives you the opportunity to try this extraordinary feature.

    Sometimes you may need to enter text on your computer using your voice. We’re excited to introduce an improved version of voice typing in Windows 11. Now with voice typing, your computer recognizes what you say and even automatically puts punctuation marks for you.

    Windows 11 offers new tools and resources for developers

    We tried to make Windows 11 a more open platform.We thought about the development process and what tools and capabilities you need to create awesome apps. We built Windows 11 with a developer in mind. You can write and build applications using the tools, frameworks, and languages ​​that you know and prefer. We also implement all your applications and will work to ensure that their placement and use does not cause problems. Read this post to learn more about developer options.

    Windows 11 is designed for gaming

    Windows 11 with its innovative features is capable of taking PC gaming to the next level. If your computer has an HDR-capable display, Auto HDR will automatically update over 1000 DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games to a higher dynamic range, displaying a much wider gamut of colors and brightness. In doing so, we leave the freedom of choice to the player, so in Windows 11 there is the ability to turn automatic HDR on and off for each game.

    Windows 11

    also supports DirectStorage, a feature we first introduced on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. When combined with NVMe SSD and DirectX 12 GPU, DirectStorage games launch with reduced load times and render more detailed and expansive game worlds.

    Windows 11 has the Xbox app built in. With it, you can view, download and play over 100 high-quality PC games from the Game Pass PC library (subscription sold separately).October this year kicks off three of the most important months in Xbox history, launching three awesome games, including Age of Empires IV on October 28, Forza Horizon 5 on November 9, and Halo Infinite on December 8. All three games will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass PC users on day one. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users can also play over 100 Xbox console games on their PCs without waiting for download thanks to the Xbox app.

    Providing hybrid work and distance learning

    Windows 11 is an operating system for hybrid work and learning.The rapid acceleration of digital transformation that we have seen over the past 19 months dictates the need for organizations to be resilient and agile. As we move to hybrid work, where the connection format is constantly changing, we begin to understand the importance of a universal, consistent, secure operating system that will work with you in any mode. That’s why Windows 11 is built on a compatible and familiar Windows 10 that’s easy for IT pros to manage. Organizations can start moving to Windows 11 today on powerful PCs and through the cloud from Windows 365 or Azure Virtual Desktop.To learn more about how Windows 11 can empower your hybrid workforce, read this post on the Microsoft 365 blog.

    Windows 11 is designed to protect: from chip to cloud

    Throughout the development of our company, we carefully study the feedback from our customers and the industry to create Windows that users love. To that end, we surveyed U.S. security decision-makers across a variety of industries and found that 75% of VP and above respondents felt that the transition to hybrid work makes their organizations more vulnerable to security.The past year has proven that security must be built into hardware at every step from the chip to the cloud. Almost 80% of respondents believe that software alone is not enough to protect against emerging threats. Windows 11 was designed with security in mind to address the challenges we face in this new production environment and beyond. You can read more on our security blog.

    A new era for PC begins today

    We are grateful to all the partners who made important contributions in helping prepare for the launch of Windows 11.Everyone from hardware makers and app developers to chip makers, retailers, and Windows Insiders have gone to great lengths to launch globally.

    On behalf of the entire team, we’re pleased to introduce you to Windows 11 – Windows that brings you closer to what you love.

    We look forward to making your dreams and ideas come true with Windows 11. This is just the beginning.


    [i] Availability, pricing and sales start dates vary by region.

    90,000 10 Ways to Speed ​​Up Your Windows 10 PC
    4. Disk Cleanup

    One of the built-in features of Windows 10 is Disk Cleanup. It allows you to get rid of unused temporary files that accumulate on your computer, including thumbnails of images, downloaded program files and temporary Internet files.

    Open the Windows menu and use the search bar to find Disk Cleanup. A list of program files to remove will open.Select the files you want to delete by checking the boxes next to their names. After that click on “Clean up system files”. Disk Cleanup calculates how much memory will be freed.

    Take time to remove other files or applications that are taking up RAM or disk space. Check your Downloads folder for old and unused files that you can delete.

    5. Removing old software

    PCs often come preinstalled with third-party software that you may not need.They are often referred to as “fat” software, can consume disk space due to their large size, and are often never used.

    You may have other programs installed but never used, which slows down your computer. To check which programs are installed, open menu

    • Control Panel> Programs> Programs and Features> Uninstall or change a program.
    • Right click on the program you no longer need and select Uninstall.
    6. Disable special effects

    Windows 10 comes with a lot of special effects that make the user interface look more pleasing. They are enabled by default in Windows and other features that are programmed to fade in and out of sight. Other special effects that slow down the speed of work are transparency and animation.

    Open the Windows menu, find the System menu, click the Advanced System Settings tab, then Advanced and select Performance Settings.Click the Visual Effects tab and click the Special Effects radio button. You will see a list of visual effects that can be turned off by unchecking the checkbox next to the name. Click “Apply” to confirm your changes.

    7. Disable transparency effects

    In addition to using system resources to display features such as animations, Windows 10 also uses transparency effects for certain features, such as the task menu. This seemingly light and simple effect is actually quite complex and requires more system resources than you think.

    To turn off transparency effects, open the Windows menu and type “color options” in the search bar to bring up the corresponding menu for Windows 10. Scroll down to the Transparency Effects button. Click the button to enable or disable these effects.

    8. Perform system maintenance

    Windows 10 has a built-in feature that performs standard system maintenance tasks. These include defragmenting your hard drive, scanning for updates, and checking for malware and viruses.

    System maintenance usually runs in the background when your computer is not in use, but you can manually start it if the system has a problem that you want to check.

    To do this, open Control Panel and select Security and Service Center. Click the arrow to expand the maintenance options and select Start Maintenance. You will be able to perform a preventive check of the system manually.

    9. RAM upgrade

    One of the radical ways to improve the speed and performance of your PC is to upgrade the RAM to increase the amount of memory on your system.Windows 10 requires at least 4GB of memory to run smoothly. If you are using your PC for intensive system loads such as gaming or multimedia creation, you will benefit from more memory.

    Upgrading your RAM can significantly increase the speed and performance of your PC. To find out what type of RAM your PC needs, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete) and click on Performance. You will see how many memory slots are available as well as the type of RAM such as DDR4.

    10. Disk upgrade

    Upgrading your drive can dramatically improve the speed and performance of your PC. Most PCs come with spinning hard disk drives (HDDs), but switching to solid state drives (SSDs) will make your system much more powerful.

    SSDs are generally more expensive than hard drives, but making system boot faster, loading programs faster, and improving overall system performance can be worth the money.

    SSDs come in a variety of form factors or sizes, depending on the system requirements of your PC.For desktops and laptops, 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors are available. Make sure you buy a suitable solid state drive that is compatible with your system. You can also transfer all your files and documents from your hard drive to your new SSD, so you don’t have to worry about losing your PC’s contents.

    Battle.net Authenticator – Blizzard Support

    Updated: 5 months ago

    Article number (ID) 24520

    Applies to games:

    Battle.net Authenticator offers an extra layer of security and helps protect up to three Battle.net accounts from unauthorized access. You can use the free smartphone app.

    DOWNLOAD BATTLE.NET AUTHENTICATOR

    When using the mobile version of Battle.net Authenticator, we also recommend turning on Battle.net notifications. This free service will help you easily disable your authenticator with a text confirmation.

    When you log into your account, you will be prompted to authorize on your device.If the code on your device matches the code on your computer, press Confirm .

    If you would like to use a randomly generated numeric code instead, press Enter the Authenticator verification code on your computer. Then press Enter the code manually on your device to generate the code. Each code is unique and only valid once.

    If you prefer to enter your code every time you sign in, visit the Authenticator Setup page in Battle Account Management.net and check the box Prompt for Authenticator code every time you log in .

    If you are constantly logging into the game from the same location, an authentication code may not be required. This speeds up entry if you’re in a safe place.

    If you receive an authorization request that you did not initiate, click Deny and change your Battle.net account password.

    Note: classic games are not protected using Battle.net Authenticator. To make sure your computer is safe, see Computer and account security.

    New phone

    If you want to transfer the mobile version of Battle.net Authenticator to another device, you first need to unpin the old authenticator and then attach the new one. If you do not have access to your old mobile device, you need to contact us.

    iCloud Sync for Apple Users

    When using the mobile version of Battle.net Authenticator on Apple devices, you can turn on iCloud Keychain to save your serial number and recovery code to Apple iCloud. If you change your device, you can easily restore your authenticator without contacting the Support Service.

    If you need to unpin the authenticator for one reason or another, follow the instructions in this article.

    Core Hound Pup is an account-linked pet available for World of Warcraft players on the game worlds of North America, Europe, and Korea.Upon activating Battle.net Authenticator, you will receive an in-game email containing a Core Hound Pup.

    If you unpin the authenticator from your account, this pet will disappear from your collection after you exit the game. To get the pet again, you will need to reactivate the authenticator.

    Note: Characters in World of Warcraft Classic will not receive the Core Hound Pup.

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