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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. What would you do if all the data on your computer were suddenly inaccessible? Or your banking information was compromised? Unfortunately, these cyber threats are very real and prevalent. Thankfully, there are plenty of steps you can take to safely protect your PC and the data stored on it. We caught up with Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee to get his “must do” list for securing your Lenovo device. Here are the seven critical steps he recommends you take today: 1. Always apply security software updates Select Lenovo systems arrive with a full-service trial version of McAfee® software that offers protection from viruses, malware and more. Whether you continue with this software or opt for a different antivirus program, you should always be sure it’s turned on and your system is set to apply software patches and updates. “Without fail, those updates are addressing the latest and most important security vulnerabilities,” Davis says. “This one step will go a long way in keeping your system safe.” 2. Make sure your security settings are current True, you can adjust settings so security updates are applied automatically in the background. But if you’re like many users, it’s possible you disabled a firewall or other setting (to access a game, for instance)...

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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. Goodbye clunky cords. Hello wireless streaming. We live in a wireless world where the digital devices we use every day, from TVs and game consoles to mobile devices and cameras, are capable of sharing, tweeting, recording, emailing, browsing the Internet and, of course, streaming. And now, with DLNA and Microsoft Play, it’s easy to stream to every room of your home. You can send pictures from your smartphone to your printer, stream videos from your tablet to your TV and play songs stored on your home office PC on a speaker system in the living room. There are thousands of products today that are built to “talk” to each other over a home network, including: Digital cameras and photo frames Video recorders and projectors Home theater systems Speakers Televisions Blu-ray players Game consoles Printers Even some refrigerators are designed to stream music! The trick is getting used to sending files from your Lenovo system to other devices throughout your home. Here’s how to do it on a Windows 8.1 system: How to stream using DLNA-certified products Products that have been certified by DLNA—which stands for Digital Living Network Alliance—can be connected easily to your home...

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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. Stream music, share files, print documents and more with Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that lets you connect computers and devices to each other without cables. Many people have devices—speakers, printers, smartphones, headphones and more—that are Bluetooth-enabled, yet don’t know how to take full advantage of this technology. You can easily establish Bluetooth connections and “pair” devices to your Lenovo or Think system to transfer files, make hands-free phone calls and even stream music and movies. Think of Bluetooth as your "personal area network”—a lighter version of more expansive WiFi networking. With it, you can use radio frequencies to connect devices that are within close proximity of each other. Setting Up Bluetooth “Pairing” a Bluetooth device to your system is easy to do. Here’s how to get it set up on a Windows 8.1 system: First, be sure your Bluetooth-enabled device is turned on and ready for your computer to recognize it. You may want to check your manufacturer’s website for tips on how to make it “discoverable.” Next, be sure your computer’s Bluetooth is turned on: Swipe in from the right edge of your screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click PC and devices, then Bluetooth...

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This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team. Laptops are our gateways to all things online. Your high-powered Lenovo or Think notebook will follow you from home to office to coffee shops and back, hour after hour…as long as you take a few steps to maximize the battery’s power. The good news is that your advanced Lenovo battery is engineered to adapt charge thresholds and keep the “juices” flowing. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting settings—it’s all done automatically based on your day-to-day usage. But what if you have a long flight? Or can’t find a free power source at the coffee shop? In these instances, the key is finding ways to squeeze as much time as possible out of a single charge. Here are some easy ways to do it on a Windows 8.1 laptop: 1. Turn down the brightness on your screen Your screen backlight uses a lot of battery juice, so turn it down to the lowest level you can comfortably handle. If your system doesn’t have a button or dial, you’ll need to turn off the automatic adjustment feature before reducing brightness: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click PC and devices, then Display If the “adjust my screen brightness automatically” slider is on, tap or click the slider to turn it off Under Settings, click or...

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Lenovo Companion App

Lenovo Companion App

The new version of the Lenovo Companion app is here! Come see why it is the go-to destination for everything related to your Lenovo system. We listened when you told us you wanted to be able to manage everything related to your Lenovo system in one place. And we couldn’t agree more. We know there’s nothing more frustrating than having to visit several different websites, forums and blogs to get the information you need. Now, with the new version of Companion, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. We did the hard work for you and put everything about your Lenovo system in one place. So, here are the top five reasons on why you should update to the new version of the Companion app. Top 5 Reasons 1.     Consolidation = Simplification The new version of Companion combines both Lenovo Support and Lenovo Companion apps together. Think of it as the best of both apps in one. Plus, a few extras like the ability to check the status of your warranty. Not sure how much time you have left on your system warranty? Companion will tell you exactly how many days you have remaining before you need to get an extension or upgrade. And, when it’s time to upgrade, you can do that directly from the app too. We know it’s the small things that count. 2.     Monitor system performance and...

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