Evaluating ISP’s security recommendations

Kathleen Atkins

Lounge member Not Brightest Bulb wondered about the motives of his new ISP, Frontier, when it sent an email advising him to upgrade his email security settings. He hates scare messages. What kind of outfit is Frontier, anyway?

Not Brightest Bulb’s fellow Lounge members didn’t share his suspicions of the suggested changes but did suggest several means of verifying both Frontier and its requests. You can verify them, too.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Any way to send fax for free?
Word Processing Microsoft reveals zero-day attacks against Word
Spreadsheets Set up Outlook calendar reminders from Excel
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Databases Message: Error 3085 Undefined function ‘Environ’ in expression
Presentation Apps Ditch PowerPoint
Visual Basic for Apps VBA 6.5 to VBA 7.0
Microsoft Outlook Outlook 2007: Can’t shut down auto-archive?
Non-Outlook E-mail Email not configured
Other MS Apps Excel on mobile phone
Windows
General Windows Bypassing downloader versions of programs
Windows 8 Uninstalling phantom program
Windows 7 HDD questions
Windows Vista Clean up system files in Vista
Windows XP How to limit XP to two websites
Windows Servers Upgrading Server 2003 Standard DC to 2008 version
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Internet/Connectivity
Internet Explorer IE10 crashes when saving webpage in Win7 Pro
Third-Party Browsers Gmail not working in Firefox
Networking D-Link router: Guests can’t connect devices
Software Development
Windows Programming If start time, run PowerShell script
Web Design & Development Website-viewing problems with IE
Other Technologies
Non-Microsoft OSes Printing from Chromebook to Windows printer
Security & Scams Frontier curious
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Maintenance Macrium Free: How do I verify?
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Hardware MS wireless keyboard: Can’t find USB key
Graphics/Multimedia Adjust aspect ratio and size of website videos?
Other Applications Secunia 3.0 advice
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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.