Local file placeholders, once a feature of OneDrive, will soon be added to Dropbox.
But first, a Windows Secrets reader warns of a possible upsurge of phone-support scams.
Hello: I’m calling because your PC needs fixing
Windows Secrets reader Bob Carpenter sent in a note that he’s recently received several calls from bogus support companies, and he wants to warn fellow readers.
The calls follow a familiar pattern. You get a cold-call from a “support person” who states that your computer has problems that need to be fixed immediately. In many cases, the callers don’t say how they know the computer needs to be fixed. But in the most egregious instances, the caller might say that the computer reported issues or infections to Microsoft, and the company — or a partner support company — is calling to make the repairs.
Bob, a retired computer technician, confessed that he once fell for this pitch. The bogus technician, who claimed to be from Microsoft Support, not only took control of the system, he changed the password, locking Bob out of his own machine. Fortunately, the PC did not have any critical data, so Bob simply formatted the drive and reinstalled Windows.
The bottom line: As we’ve noted several times, Microsoft does not track failures and infections on PCs and then warn users that their systems are in need of repair. Users have to call the company first.