Lounge Life

How to stop malware-prone employee downloads?

A Lounge member asks how to protect a work computer containing valuable data from an employee who has repeatedly downloaded Trojans and other malware onto it.

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Comparing notes on Office on Windows 10

Lounge member JytteC has three new PCs, all equipped with Windows 10.He bought Office 2016 and installed it on all three machines, with such unhappy results that he took off the new Office and reinstalled the old Office 2003!

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When U.S.-based browsers think they’re in Canada

Lounge member Kmatlock lives in Texas, but his browsers all believe that he and his family are located in Ottawa, Canada. What’s confusing his browsers? He presents the problem to fellow Loungers.

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You, too, can donate your old PC responsibly

Lounge member wenkoe plans to donate an old PC, and he plans to install a version of Linux to introduce new users to that popular OS. But first he invites comments from his fellow Loungers about the procedure he intends to follow.

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An imperfectly good result: printer prints

Lounge member Pheasant bought a new Brother printer to replace an old one that had worked on his Win7 system. Despite much effort and two hours on the phone with Brother support, Pheasant’s Win7 Dell computer continued not seeing the new printer, although another computer did.

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Process-of-elimination troubleshooting at work

Lounge member RPinNC couldn’t get an Internet connection on one of his PCs, despite a painstaking examination and testing routine. So he described his problem, setup, and procedure to the Networking forum.

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Good advice: Test your backup system

Lounge members in more than one forum have computer-system backups on their minds this week. Maybe the passing of one year into a new one naturally makes people anxious about data loss.

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Scammers exploit tech news to fool you

Online thieves don’t just pretend to be your bank confirming your credentials or your best friend touting a diet plan. They often pretend to be Microsoft. But in a timely wrinkle this week, a scammer pretended to be part of a Microsoft team blocking a user’s Outlook.com account.

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