Monthly Archives: October 2016

How to Whitelist Email Addresses in Gmail

Do you find that you’re missing emails that should be going to your inbox but are ending up in your junk folder instead? If you use Gmail, these are the steps to whitelist any email address so you can be sure not to miss important emails.

Open your Gmail inbox in a browser and go to Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Create new filter.

Whitelist Individual Emails

You can create an individual filter per email, as they come up. For an individual email address, simply type that address in the “From” field.

Whitelist All Addresses from a Domain

If you want to ensure that all emails from any given domain name reach your inbox, you can whitelist that domain. If you want to whitelist all emails from MakeUseOf email addresses, for example, you would just put in the “From” field.

Whitelist Multiple Addresses at Once

Let’s say you want to whitelist multiple addresses but they aren’t from the same domain, you can simply enter each address separated by the operator OR. So for example, [email protected] OR[email protected].


Once you’ve filled in the From field, click the Create filter with this search.

Next make sure that Never sent to spam, and click the blue Create filter button.


How to Reset Your Windows 10 Password

Setting a password on your Windows 10 user account is great for security, but forgetting what that password is can be a headache.

1. Reset Your Password Online

In Windows 10, your user profile can either be a local and offline account or an online Microsoft account. The latter is the default and means that your account options are synced across devices, among other things. If you are using a Microsoft account, you can reset your password through Microsoft’s website. Sadly, if you’re on a local account, this method isn’t for you.


First, head to Microsoft’s password reset page. Once there, select the I’ve forgotten my password option and click Next. Follow the steps through, inputting the email address associated with your account. You’ll need to receive a verification code to prove your identity; this can be through email, but also by phone, if you’ve linked your number to your account.

It’s a really quick and easy process, so definitely opt for this method if you’re able to. But if you’re not using a Microsoft account or are without an Internet connection on the system you’re trying to access, keep reading.

2. Use a Password Reset Disk

This method requires some foresight. If you’ve already created a password reset disk, go to the login screen and input an incorrect password. It’ll say it’s the wrong password, so click OK. Then click the Reset password link that now appears.


The Password Reset Wizard will appear. Plug in the drive that you created your reset disk on, then click Next. Select the relevant drive from the list and click Next. Input a new password and repeat it. Click Next and Finish and the process is done.

Again, this will only work if you’ve created the password reset disk before forgetting your password. To create one for the future, do a system search for create a password reset disk and select the relevant option. Connect a drive and follow the wizard through, then store your drive in a secure location.

3. Create a New User Account

This is a slightly complicated method, but one which allows you to create a new user account in order to gain access to your system. First, you need to have a Windows 10 installation disk handy. Check out our guide on how to create installation media if you need help with that.

When ready, boot into your BIOS and change the boot order to make the installation disk take priority. Each system handles BIOS entry differently; restart your computer and you should see a message that tells you what key to press. Usually it’ll be ESC or one of the Function keys. For help, see our guide on how to enter the BIOS.


Boot to the Windows 10 installation disk, then press Shift + F10 to launch the Command Prompt. On the Windows 10 login screen you can enter the Ease of Access utility, but we’re going to change this button’s purpose. As such, input the following two lines into the Command Prompt in turn:

move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

Now restart your machine and boot back to the login screen. Once here, click the Ease of accessbutton in the lower-right corner of the screen. This will then open the Command Prompt. Then input the following two lines in turn, replacing username with your desired account name:

net user username /add
net localgroup administrators username /add

Restart your computer and you’ll then be able to select your new user account from the login screen. Once logged in, you can then use File Explorer to access all the files within your old account.

However, if you still want to reset the password on that account, press Windows key + R to launch Run, input lusrmgr.msc and click OK. Now right click the old account, click Set Password… and then follow the prompts to change the password.

Remember Your Password

The best security advice is to use different passwords for everything, but it’s understandable that it isn’t easy to remember them all which is why password managers like LastPass are popular.

With  Windows 10, you don’t necessarily have to use a standard password to log into your account. Press Windows key + I and then navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options. Here you will find the ability to use a numerical pin or photo/gesture combination to sign in with.



How to Secure Your Gmail Account

Can you imagine how much data someone could steal if they hacked into your Gmail account? Better that you don’t find out. Instead of leaving your emails vulnerable, take these quick and easy steps to secure your account right now.

1. Access your security settings. Log into Gmail, click your profile photo at the top right of the screen, and select My Account to get to your dashboard. Under Sign-In & Security, click on Signing in to Google.

2. Set a new strong password. You absolutely do NOT want a weak password for your Gmail account. Check out these common password mistakes and make sure you avoid all of them. Instead,create an unbreakable password.


To do this, under Password & Sign-In Method, click Password. Enter your current password, then enter your new password, and confirm.

3. Enable two-step verification. Sometimes called two-factor authentication, two-step verification just means that you’ll need a password AND another identifier to access your account. In this case, your physical smartphone.

To set it up, under Password & Sign-In Method, click 2-Step Verification. When prompted, enter your mobile phone number. You’ll receive a text message with a code — enter it when prompted.


From now on, whenever you log into your account, you’ll receive a code from Gmail on your phone. That way if someone tries to hack into your account, they won’t be able to since they don’t have your phone. That’s it! Done.

If you really want to be secure, however, you may want to consider migrating away from Gmail and using a safer alternative email service like ProtonMail or GMX. But for most people, these three steps should be enough.