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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Recently, we shared McAfee’s 12 Scams of the Holidays and some important security protections you may be overlooking. Here are five more steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season. All are recommended by Lenovo security partner McAfee®: 1. Never share a password If your bank or a service you use asks for your credentials on the phone, hang up. These are people posing as brands. When someone calls to say there’s something wrong with your account, it’s a sure sign someone’s trying to steal your personal information. To stay safe you can call the company at the official main number for verification. 2. Shop with caution More and more shopping is taking place online, making e-retailers prime targets for cybercriminals. Check online stores’ web addresses and make sure they include “HTTPS” to help keep your credit card info safe with data encryption. McAfee also suggests using one credit card for all your online transactions so it’s easy to spot any purchases you didn’t make. And be wary of shipping...

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REACHit connects Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box

REACHit connects Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box

This week, Lenovo launched REACHit, an app for Android and Windows PC (iOS coming soon) that makes it easy for you to access and organize files across Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive. It’s part of our effort to make your Lenovo machine, Android and iOS devices work together to simplify your life. In the spirit of helping you manage your personal cloud across devices, we’ve created a short list of tips for conquering your personal cloud. Have your own tips? Regale us with your epic cloud conquests in the comments below. 1. Pay for just what you need today How much free cloud-storage do you need? A couple gigs? 100 gigs? A terabyte? Take a minute to think about what you need in the short term from your cloud. Are you just using your cloud like a hard-drive to store documents and photos? Or do you plan to use the cloud for sharing massive files with collaborators? Either way, there’s a minimum amount of storage you can get away with for now. So pay for (or get for free) only what you’ll be needing in the short term, rather than buying that terabyte “just in case”. Below is a helpful chart created by CNET that can help you make a quick decision on what works for you. Find CNET’s chart above and a...

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team ‘Tis the season! For cyber threats, that is. In countries around the world, the months between November and January are filled with more shopping, more parties and more online travel bookings. With so many people rushing from one happy activity to the next, cybercriminals have a lot of opportunities for scams and hacks. Lenovo security partner McAfee® recently released its annual 12 Scams of the Holidays—and it includes some surprises this year. You probably know to protect your PC and avoid scammy email attachments. But do you also safeguard your smartphone? And take extra precautions with USB drives? We chatted with McAfee’s Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, Gary Davis, about this year’s list and the important precautions you may not think to take. Here’s what you need to know now: 1. Smartphones are not as safe as you may think People tend to use smartphones as, well…phones. But these devices are actually small computers that need many of the same safeguards used to secure large desktop PCs. In fact, some of the most malicious malware out there today—the kind that can harvest your...

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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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As you head to Accelerate 2014 this week, think about the smartphone, tablet or desktop you carry with you. Think about how important those devices are, and how it would affect you if you broke or lost of one of them. In recent years, with our increased reliance on cloud computing, we’ve been led to believe the hardware is not that important. All that matters is the data. But what if you have just taken some photos or written a new report that you didn’t back up before the device malfunctioned or got lost? You certainly wouldn’t question the importance of the hardware then. We all carry unique data in our devices that we want to keep safe and secure. It’s easier to do that if the devices used to store the data are durable and dependable. The quality of the hardware is quintessential to our satisfaction and happiness with the device. You’ve told us you want device diversity and innovation, and we will show our commitment to both. While our competitors change their minds on what platforms and devices to support, we have been busy assembling a diverse portfolio of devices to address the needs and preferences of all end users. Our growing portfolio includes servers, workstations, desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and convertible PCs that combine tablet and notebook features. As our business partners, you can leverage the diversity in our portfolio to consult with customers and help them match devices to the specific needs...

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