Lounge Life

Service says you’re online when you’re not?

Forum member davy had exited Skype and turned his PC off, but his friends still “saw” him online — according to Skype. Davy wondered why and asked for help from fellow Loungers in the Social Media forum.

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Rethinking passwords and their keepers

When Lounge member DavidToronto aired his reservations about password managers in the Security & Scam forum, he launched a discussion about security that went well beyond how one uses a particular tool.

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Phone calls from knowledgeable strangers

Imagine Lounge member Cmptrgy’s frustration: A friend turned her computer over to phone scammers less than a week after he’d restored her troubled system to a good-as-new state. She wasted $200 and four hours, all because strangers told her they were from Microsoft Technical Support. She was “warned” that she had 30,120 infections — which they could fix.

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Who can suspend your email account?

Your ISP can suspend your email service, Lounge member deanvet has learned, for sending too much mail.

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A good way to see PC content when far from home?

With remote-access app LogMeIn now available only by paid subscription, a Lounge member considers the virtues of TeamViewer.

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Wise to try more than one antivirus program

It wasn’t that Lounge member Miv was recklessly doing without an anti-malware program, when his machine was infected by a virus. Rather, his antivirus software failed to detect and remove the interloper.

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When it’s smart to lose a little money

As a Lounge member was wrapping up the upgrade of his wife’s PC from Windows Vista to Windows 8, his wife wondered whether he could restore her pre-upgrade voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) apps. She wanted to keep the small credit associated with the service. He doubted he could pick out the apps from the Macrium backup image he’d made but prudently brought the question to the Other Applications forum.

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How to manage the contents of your hard drive

When a Lounge member asked for guidance about when to expand/increase his hard drive, his fellow Loungers in the General Windows forum approached the question differently than he had.

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When a hacker might look like a helper

Lounge member rgrosz was troubled by an email notifying him that his new gmail.com address had been created. He reported the event in the Security & Scams forum.

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Considering free online backup options

A Lounge member has used up all the capacity of her current free online backup system. What to do now?

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