On Windows 10 PCs, connecting to a network is normally as simple as plugging in a network cable or entering a passphrase at a Wi-Fi prompt. The networking tips in this category cover administrative tasks, such as weeding out saved Wi-Fi credentials and looking up your IP address, as well as occasional troubleshooting demands.
Unfortunately, in a world where connectivity is easy and fast, there's also a constant need to keep cybercriminals from taking advantage of those always-on connections. As recent attacks have demonstrated, even experienced PC users can be a victim of malware, and less technical users are even more likely to install unwanted software or click a bad link.
The tips in this category also cover two of the most important parts of any security program: Encrypting data, especially on removable devices, and creating robust backups so you can recover quickly in the event of a security incident or a hardware crash.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes a new feature that lets you see your network status at a glance. If there's a problem, you can run a troubleshooter or do a complete reset, with a single click.
Do you use a USB flash drive, MicroSD card, or portable hard drive to keep backups of important files? Protect yourself by encrypting removable storage devices so your files can't be accessed if the drive is lost or stolen.