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Occasionally I will have a client who forgets their Windows 10 Local Account login password.

This article, which is strictly for my personal and educational use only, covers how to bypass the Windows 10 login screen so that I can, with their consent and permission, access client data for recovery or properly reset their Windows 10 login password.

 

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Windows Defender Threat Blocked Behavior Win32 Hive ZY

After a standard Windows Update and restart I had my Microsoft Defender Antivirus security service freak out (and me with it) with constant notifications regarding a blocked severe threat.

The blocked threat was detected as: Behavior:Win32/Hive.ZY

In short, this was a false positive and took over 8 hours and 4 different Security Intelligence Updates for Microsoft Defender Antivirus to resolve the (non) issue.

It sucks that this had to happen, but I am appreciative that the team at Microsoft was able to correct their error and get it resolved.

 

Threat blocked Behavior Win32 Hive ZY

 

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Google Authenticator versus Microsoft Authenticator

Recently switched my 80+ Two Factor Authentication Accounts application from Google Authenticator to Microsoft Authenticator on my Android phone and am very happy with the switch. It may also be worth noting that Microsoft Authenticator currently has a 4.6 star rating whereas Google Authenticator only has a 3.7 rating.

Even with that, I was reluctant to switch over. After all, I have over 80 accounts to manually port over. So I started out with only a few everyday accounts and once I obtained greater confidence I made the full conversion over.

 

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There is no need to install a clipboard history app from the Microsoft Store. Windows 10, as of x update, comes with one built in.

This new Windows 10 built-in Clipboard History app lets you store your clipboard history and recall it with a simple keyboard shortcut as well as share it across your devices.

Within this article I will show you how to quickly access and view your clipboard history on Windows 10.

 

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NOTE: The solutions in this article no longer work. Microsoft locked down and protected the “Scans” folder and I haven’t discovered a way around it yet.

For me, the Protection History page isn’t really helpful and can be confusing since I have to manually expand each issue to see just what the was done or needs to be done. There is no bulk action feature or clear history button. I like clearing the Windows Security Protection History in the event of an issue so I can quickly see any new issues when I rescan my drives.

In this post, I will show you how to manually clear your Protection History in Windows Defender on Windows 11 as well as how to manually clear your Protection History in Windows Defender on Windows 10.

 

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For those serious about security on their Raspberry Pi 4 computers, regularly clearing the terminal history or bash history is advisable.

A chronological history of your entered terminal commands is automatically retained, which is great when you need to repeat or lookup a prior command. However, this can also become a security concern. What if someone gains access to your machine, opens a terminal window, and browses through your terminal history? If you are human, no doubt you will have (at some point) accidentally entered a password in a non-password field.

This article will show you how to quickly and easily clear the history of your terminal window.

 

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Microsoft has, yet again, proven it has no ability to be original or creative with their integration of a digital personal assistant, called Cortana, into Windows 10.

This new built-in feature is just as unhelpful as it is annoying. It’s like Microsoft doesn’t even use their own products. On top of that, it is yet another invasion of my privacy.

For those of us who just want to search for a file on our PC, and nothing or nowhere else, the following instructions will help you do so. This will help you turn off and disable Microsoft’s Cortana from your Windows 10 computer as well as disable the Bing search results from the Start menu.

 

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When you first access a shared network folder, Windows may prompt you for login credentials (assuming the resource being accessed requires credentials).

Within the login prompt, you may choose to have those credentials stored for future use by checking the “Remember” option. If checked, those credentials are then encrypted and cached (stored) within the Windows “Credential Manager“. From now on you won’t be required to enter the network login credentials because Windows Credential Manager will automatically log you in.

Sometimes there can be issues with the cached network credentials or you may want to remove them for one reason or another.

In this article I will show you how to remove the cached network credentials using the Credential Manager and Command Prompt.

 

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What is Windows 10 S?

We have dubbed the “S” in “Windows 10 S” as “Suckers” mode.

Windows 10 S is basically a watered down version of Windows 10 that they claim is done for performance and security purposes. A moments thought begs the question, “Shouldn’t the full version of Windows 10 have those features?”

As it turns out, Windows 10 S limits your ability to install third party applications while only permitting installations from “secure” Microsoft applications available through the Microsoft Store App.

 

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The Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) is a discrete feature that collects your computer systems information and usage patterns and transmits it back to Microsoft.

Microsoft ensures that this program doesn’t collect any personal information but there isn’t a way to verify what it is sending out.

If you value your privacy, as I do, and wish to disable the Windows 10 CEIP feature this article will show you how.

 

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