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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new Lenovo system is exciting, but it does create a couple of challenges: what to do with your old PC and, more importantly, how to purge it of personal data. Whether you opt to donate, trade in, recycle or gift it to a friend or family member, you’ll need to delete your data for good. This is extremely important! The challenge is getting everything 100% removed. Simply deleting your files, folders and apps and emptying the recycle bin won’t do the trick. This just hides your files from the operating system until they’re overwritten, so even a dependable friend could unknowingly put your personal information in the hands of a hacker. You’ll need a much deeper clean. Here are four steps you can take to completely erase everything on your old PC: 1. First, back it all up This initial step may be a given, but you should first store important files and memories  in a second, safe location. If you haven’t taken this step, or if it’s been awhile since you checked, make sure everything is copied over to an external hard drive or online backup service as you transfer files and folders to your new Lenovo system. 2. Find a good trade-in program to properly purge data for you Some companies have trade-in...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team While we know many of you might have just bought a new Lenovo PC or tablet, we also realize you still may have your old device around. Not quite sure about the best way to recycle or dispose of it? Don’t toss it out! Lenovo’s trade-in programs not only make it easy to recycle responsibly, but will also pay you for many items that are still in good condition. If you’ve purchased a new Lenovo system recently or plan to do so soon, you can exchange your used electronics for a Lenovo gift card or check. It’s one of the most convenient, responsible and profitable ways to trade-in, trade-up or trade-out of old devices. If you’re in the United States, you can take advantage of our trade-in program. Through our partnership with NextWorth, we accept devices from many major brands—from Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxies to HP laptops and Amazon Kindles—in addition to old Lenovo devices. Here’s how to take advantage of the program: First, find your product. Answer a few questions about the condition of your old device to get a trade-in quote....

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Ray Marshall, CEO, mSeven Software

Ray Marshall, CEO, mSeven Software

    He likes Pandora, MinutePhysics,and creating apps everyday people can use. Meet LenovoDev Developer of the Week Ray Marshall. Marshall is President and CEO of mSeven Software LLC of Portland, OR.  As a leader in the productivity and security categories, mSeven's apps include mSeven Secure, mSeven Gifts, and mSeven Backup. Marshall and mSeven believe that "useful software is software made simple for everyday users, not experts."  Recently we sat down with Ray and asked him our infamous LenovoDev 5 Questions. [Read More]

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team With Windows 8.1, it’s easier than ever to set up a home network. You can connect multiple PCs to printers, smartphones and other wireless devices to share music, videos and documents.  The quickest way to start “networking” with other devices in your home is to set up a HomeGroup. Any computer running Windows 8.1 can create or join a HomeGroup. It’s the simplest way to share files and folders, and takes seconds to set up: First, Prepare Your System For Sharing On A Home Network For a HomeGroup to work, you’ll need to turn on the "Find devices and content" feature: Swipe in from the right edge of your screen Go to Settings, then Change PC settings Tap or click Network Tap or click Connections, and select your network connection Turn on Find devices and content Turning on this feature automatically adjusts firewall and security settings. You can turn it off at anytime. Next, Create or Join a HomeGroup If you’re setting up a new computer, your HomeGroup will be created automatically. If a HomeGroup already exists on your network, you'll be asked to join it instead of creating a new one. After following steps 1 and 2 above, you can: Add a HomeGroup: Tap or click “HomeGroup,” then “Create.” Note the auto-generated password, which...

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This is part of a new weekly series featuring content 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...

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