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As you may or may not be aware, most internet connections in the UK use a system called Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) at the moment. In an increasing number of areas, a faster and more reliable option is now available - fibre to the premises (FTTP). However, finding out if this is available where you are can be quite confusing. Let's see if we can help with that.

Microsoft have just announced that a TPM 2.0 chip is a requirement to be able install the forthcoming Windows 11 operating system. This security feature isn't something most people are aware of and almost certainly won't be something they sought out when they bought their PC. So how do you find out if you have one?

Did you know that a recent WhatsApp update opted everyone into being able to be added into a WhatsApp group by anyone by default - even if you don't know them? Have you ever reviewed your WhatsApp privacy settings? If the answer to either of these is no, this month's HowTo is for you.

A new feature has been added into Outlook that offers a neat solution to a perennial problem. Rather than forwarding an email on to internal team members to ping back and forth, cluttering up inboxes in the process, it's now possible to share that email via Teams for a "live" internal discussion. This blog explains how to use this new facility.

A few years back, we wrote a HowTo outlining how to use the Snipping Tool in Windows to take screenshots. As any users of this app will know, it is being phased out and will disappear in a future Windows update. Fortunately, there's already a replacement installed by default in Windows 10 called Snip & Sketch. This month, we'll take a look at using this app to take full or partial screenshots.

With many in the UK now working from home again, one thing that might be missing from our setups are some of the bigger bits of office hardware like scanners. However, for those that would like to scan paper-based documents to PDF, and even be able to copy the text into an email or document, as long as you have access to a smartphone, help is at hand.

In this month's HowTo, we explain how to attach an email to an email in Outlook. There's a couple of situations where this can be particularly useful. If you want to include multiple previous emails on a subject, this is much neater than forwarding separately. Or it could be there's important techincal information in the email that a forward would remove.

As we covered last month, we're now in the final days of support for Adobe's once world-conquering Flash technology. By the beginning of next year, it will be all but impossible to use it in practical terms, even if you really want to. However, the app may still be lingering on your system unless you proactively remove it. This month's HowTo explains the steps to take to purge it completely.

Firefox now allows you to look up web addresses (DNS) securely rather than sending these requests to your default supplier. Good for security, but it can lead to problems if you have local DNS on your machine or company network that this then bypasses. This HowTo explains how you can create exclusions for these addresses so they continue to work as they should.

With Microsoft recently announcing that they will be dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 in all their apps from next year, it seems the days are numbered for what used to be the most widely used browser in the world. However, there are still some ancient intranet and internet sites that will not work in any other browser... Until now!

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