Should I click on that?

Probably not.  But maybe.  We know:  That wasn’t helpful.  Let us offer something that is.

When you ask yourself the question, Should I click on that? you’ve posed a question of trust.  How much do I trust this website?  Or, to put a spin on it, How much do I trust myself to determine if this website is safe? 

For instance, say you receive an amazing alert that you might have won some incredible amount of money.  You just need to follow a link to find out.  Well, there is an add-on for browsers that tells you if clicking that link is a bad idea.  And, if the link you already clicked on (Oops!) has taken you to a bad site.  

Web of Trust is the name of the add-on, and it’s available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge. It installs on the top right corner of your browser, in the shape of a ring buoy. If it lights green, the website you are on is safe – this is the case for sites like google.com, facebook.com, or sherwoodchamberlain.com. When the ring buoy is yellow, the website is of a dubious nature, and you should be careful of what they have to say. If the ring buoy is red, the website was made with malicious intent, and you shouldn’t be there. (Unless, of course, you have malicious intent against the website, too.) If the ring buoy is white, Web of Trust doesn’t have information on the site. The internet is a vast web of millions of pages, and they need time to assess the credibility of the many pages that go live every day.

Rest assured whenever a new pop-up comes up and claims you found the one page on the internet that gives you a right to claim some sort of prize, Web of Trust will help you to determine how to proceed. So, here’s to good luck and letting that incredible amount of money you might have won be greeted by a buoy lit green.

Trouble finding your default printer?

The Default Printer setting in Windows 10 isn’t what it used to be.  You may have recently found yourself printing a single document to a printer down the hall only to find that the next time you print a document, the printer down the hall – and not the one you print to ten times a day – is now your default printer.  There is nothing wrong with your computer.  In Windows 10, the Default Printer setting now translates into “last printer used.”  If wish to stop this from happening, scroll down to “Follow these steps.”

Why has Microsoft done this?  People are most productive when they work in blocks of time.  Microsoft found that when working on Accounting, people print to the Accounting printer – not just once, but over and over again during that period.  When they move on to the next task, their printer needs change.  Keeping the last used printer means fewer clicks and less frustration.  Of course, this doesn’t work for everyone – and that’s why they kept the option to turn it off (See below).

Follow these steps:

Click the Start menu in the bottom left

Click on Settings

Click on Devices

Click on Printers and Scanners

Set “Let Windows manage my default printer” to Off (you may have to scroll down)

This will make it so that Windows maintains the default printer you set up.  Windows will no longer change the settings every time that you connect to a new device.

Be on the lookout for more practical tips and tricks in the future.  It is our aim to educate our clients to create a better dialogue about using technology to make the greatest impact in your business. Knowing how to do something is useful, but knowing when to do something is a game-changer.  Let’s change the game together.