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 ...

How to manage permissions with Active Directory (the right way)

25. May 2017 Technical 0
How do most people use Active Directory groups to manage permissions?  You probably already know the answer: Global security groups. For example, if there is a directory on the file server specifically for “Payroll,” then we normally see folks creating a Global security group that corresponds to “Payroll,” populating that group with the users who ...

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 ...