Windows 8 and 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says "Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices" and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off and when? We have done lots of trial-and-error based experiments and we have finally figured out what it does.
Network and Internet
How to manage your network and internet connections in Windows 7 and Windows 8. How to work with wireless networks.
In recent years a new security concept has made lots of headlines - two-step verification or two-factor authentication. It all started with Google enabling it for its users and since then, many companies followed their example, including Microsoft and Facebook. If you would like to understand what two-factor authentication is, how it works, why you should enable it and where, read this article. You won't be sorry you did!
If you take your laptop to lots of places, including corporate networks that use proxy servers, you need to know how to set a proxy server, so that you can access the Internet. Here's how to set a proxy server in all the major browsers for Windows: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
One of the small but good improvements in Windows 8.1 is that it provides a touch-friendly way to set a proxy server. This proxy is then used by Internet Explorer and modern apps from the Windows Store that need to access the web. In Windows 8, even if you had a tablet or a hybrid device like Microsoft Surface, you had to use the desktop version of Internet Explorer to set a proxy server. Here's how to set a proxy server in Windows 8.1, using touch.
If you have worked in a corporate network, most probably you have encountered the term proxy server and you know that without one you can't access websites and services outside the company's network. But what exactly are these proxy servers? What do they do, why are they important and, most of all, when and why should you use proxy servers?
Even though each app in the Windows Store has its own webpage that can be found using a search engine, Microsoft doesn't offer a full web version of the Windows Store. Also, in the Windows Store app, you cannot view apps that are not available in your region. This raises an interesting issue: you can't learn the countries where an app is available. It can happen that an app that you like is in the Windows Store but it is not available for your country. How do you learn the countries where any app is available?
If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, then you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like any smartphone operating system, Windows 8.1 has a feature named Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying. Here's what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how.
If you are a tablet user with Windows 8.1 and you have a poor data plan, then you will want to limit how much data is used by the operating system, including the tiles. Depending on the apps you have installed and what updates they display on their tiles, they might end up consuming a lot of data. Luckily, Windows 8.1 provides a way for you to control how much data is used for tile updates. Here's how it is done:
Did you know that you can use your Windows Phone 8 smartphone to connect to hidden wireless networks, just like any PC with Windows? It can be done and it is not that hard, even though the steps involved are not very obvious at first. Here's how it works:
When connecting to a new network in Windows 8.1, you are asked whether you want to find PCs, devices and content on the network. If you answer Yes, the location of the network is set as Private and if you answer No, the location is set as Public. But what if you have made a mistake and you want to change the location from Private to Public or vice-versa? Here's how to change it.
Unfortunately, viewing and managing the passwords of your wireless networks is harder in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 than it was in Windows 7. That's because the Manage Wireless Networks panel has been removed from these operating systems. However, there is still a way for you to learn the password of your active wireless network connection. Here's how it is done.
There are cases when you need to use a proxy server in order to access various resources on the Internet. For example, if you connect your Windows Phone device to your company's business network, you may need to set up a proxy, so that you get internet access. In this quick guide, I'll show how to add a proxy server to the wireless connection on your Windows Phone 8. The procedure is both simple and fast.