My Essential Checklist for Settting up any New Windows 10 Pro Device

01. June 2017 Technical 0
This post features the things I do when setting up any (personal) Windows 10 Pro device, whether it’s for myself, my family members, clients, or anyone really. I usually do these things with security / compliance in mind–but some of it comes down to preference (I think the differences between these will be obvious). Let me share ...

What is Windows Hello, and how to enable it

20. April 2017 Technical 0
Windows 10 introduced a new security feature called “Hello,” which allows a computer to be unlocked via different means than a traditional username/password prompt.  The marketing around this sells it as a more “personalized” login experience–more “human” or whatever. But it’s really just extra security in disguise. Why is a PIN better than a Password? ...

How to enable BitLocker in Windows 10, with or without TPM

13. April 2017 Technical 0
BitLocker used to require an Enterprise or Ultimate copy of Windows 7. These days, it is included with Windows 10 Pro, which many people get OEM with their computer. This is great news, because it means that you will be able to fully encrypt your hard drive, making it much safer in the event of loss ...

Why you need UAC (and how to enable it)

30. March 2017 Technical 0
I don’t know why it has come to this, but here it is. Here we are. We need to review why it is that you need User Account Control (UAC), and how to go about turning it on. I know! Like, why is this even necessary, right? I’ll tell you why. Laziness or Ignorance? Maybe ...

How to secure your BYOD Windows 10 Device

03. October 2016 Productivity, Technical 0
I do not want to confuse anyone too much with this post. So let me begin with a clear disclaimer: I am not suggesting that we abolish Active Directory and encourage open BYOD across our small and mid-sized enterprises. Active Directory and Group Policy still provides the best means of securing your Windows environment. If you ...

The Cloud is Faster Because it is More Iterative

28. April 2016 Business, Productivity 0
It is perhaps no surprise that many organizations have been adopting cloud and mobility the way they would have adopted a new server upgrade in the past, but that’s not quite right. We have been trained to take changes in larger leaps and bounds, and less often. In the cloud, there cloud be several new features being released into ...