Lounge Life

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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Which email app presently confuses you?

You’ll see some worry and exasperation in the Non-Outlook E-mail forum this week, regarding a Microsoft announcement of a new and required update for Live Mail. The patch, “Update for Windows Live Essentials Mail 2012” (KB 3093594), is supposed to prolong the life of this mail app for its many users.

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The virtues of other people’s experience

When Lounger member wavy decided to mend his “fast and easy” photo-management style, he began searching for a good duplicate photo finder. Before long, he was requesting recommendations in the Graphics/Multimedia forum.

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Hardware components and how they’re set

Lounge member StevenXXXX’s new system has a number of USB ports on the front and back. But the PC’s sole front-USB 3.0 port failed to recognize two 2TB external hard drives — but the back-of-the-tower USB 3.0 ports did.

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Problem watching sports on a computer

If you have ever tried — and failed — to watch a basketball game (or football or curling or you name it) on your computer, you might have been frustrated by Error 2032.

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How best to recover data when you lose it?

Recently, Lounge member Roland JS proposed a series of tests and information exchanges in the Maintenance forum. In the ordinary course of your daily work, he observed, data recovery is not top of mind.

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Are you keeping away from the OS bleeding edge?

When Lounge member Fascist Nation read an off-hand remark by tech writer Ian Paul that Win8.1 users are very happy with their free upgrade to Win10, he wondered why some Win8.1 users are sticking with Win8.1

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Who maintains Windows — you or Microsoft?

Posting in the General Windows forum, Lounge member moon1130 asked for the denial or confirmation of a frequently repeated rumor: that Windows 10 will be automatically replacing Windows 7 and 8.

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The mystery of dueling email-service passwords

Lounge member Vincenzo writes to the Non-Outlook Email forum to describe the puzzling behavior of a friend’s email account. Vincenzo’s friend uses Cox.net as his ISP and Windows Live Mail as his email service. He states, “The Cox email account is the only email account that is configured in WLM.”

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Opportunistic scam via new tool: Win10 Upgrade

Lounge member Coochin wrote to the Security &Scams forum to describe scam artistry recently practiced on one of his clients. Coochin’s customer, an elderly man, believed the “Microsoft Support” person who called one day and claimed he could fix infections on the client’s Win7 computer.

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