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Monthly Archives: November 2020

  • SetUp Guides for Microsoft 365 – request for feedback

    Posted on November 30th, 2020 at 21:24 Kirsty Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Are you an IT Admin that sets up Microsoft 365 / Office 365 services? If you are, @mikebailey2000 is looking for feedback on SetUp Guides.

    Mike’s a Microsoft Program Manager. It’s great to welcome his interest in the opinion of our members.

    Please, head over to Mike’s first post here at AskWoody, wish him a very warm AskWoody welcome, and help him to improve the setup guides. He explains the limitations on accessing the documents.

  • Time to wrap up November updating — no bow required

    Posted on November 29th, 2020 at 21:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    By now, you should be getting over the side effects of too much turkey and pie.

    Getting over some Windows upgrading issues might not be as easy.

    It appears that there’s a sizable number of Win10 1909 users who are blocked from moving up to Versions 2004 or 20H2. Last week, I discussed one blocker: Conexant audio drivers. We still don’t have information on when or how this issue will be resolved.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.47.0 (2020-11-30).

  • Remote help to an iPhone or an iPad

    Posted on November 29th, 2020 at 16:02 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Michael Horowitz shared his experiences with remote control of an ipad:

    TeamViewer comes in many flavors, and the free QuickSupport version, when installed on iOS allows remote viewing. To the techie (you and me) the connection process is the same as when TeamViewer is installed on a Windows PC. I tested it on iOS 13 and 14 and it worked. But, the process of setting up the connection is, in my opinion, too hard for a non-techie. There are too many steps and its a bit confusing. Then too, the same applies to the process of ending the connection. And the documentation on this from TV is quite poor, to be kind.

    Hoping for a better experience I also tried AnyDesk for remote viewing of an iPad from a Windows PC. The experience was very similar to TeamViewer Quick Support which leads me to believe they are both using a function built into iOS.

    He said he went on to try Zoom’s remote viewing as well:

    I tried zoom and it worked fine. Interestingly, the remote viewing on zoom has a user interface very much like the other two. But, its a bit easier to start up the remote viewing once a zoom meeting is in progress. I tested zoom using my free account, so remote viewing of an ipad is not something you need to pay zoom for.

    Good to know!

  • Tasks for the Weekend – November 29, 2020

    Posted on November 29th, 2020 at 00:10 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Tasks for the Weekend – November 29, 2020 – YouTube

    Youtube video above for those that want a video version of below.

    When’s the last time you checked your credential manager?

    Passwords that you save on your computer are open to being attacked and culled from your machine.

    There are lots of tools out there that expose these credentials (a hint – if you ever want to see if your security tools protect you from such things, try to download Nirsoft’s tool and see if your system gets a blocking message)

    To review what websites you are saving in the search box type in Credential manager or go to control panel, then All Control Panel Items\Credential Manager.  If you don’t recognize something in there, you may want remove the item!

    However you might find one in there called “Virtualapp/Didlogical”.  If you’ve ever signed into a Windows Live ID, this is as a result and you can leave it there.

  • So why do you buy a Windows PC?

    Posted on November 28th, 2020 at 19:30 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting post from the guy who knows more about Windows licensing than the Attorneys who work for Windows licensing know about Windows licensing…..

    So think back to your last Windows pc purchase.  Exactly why did you buy it?  What compelling application do you run on it?

    Welcome to the PC Malaise Era

  • Shopping online safely?

    Posted on November 28th, 2020 at 13:17 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just this morning I received a funky phone call from “San Diego” telling me about several transactions on my “credit card” and that I needed to call them back to approve the transactions.

    Needless to say I didn’t call them back.

    The CISA page reminds us to be wary of scams this time of year.

    CISA recommends these three simple steps to keep consumers safe when shopping:

    • Check your devices – Before starting your hunt for the best deal, make sure your devices are up-to-date and all of your accounts have strong passwords. If you purchase an internet connected device or toy, change the default password and check the device’s privacy and security settings to make sure you’re not sharing more information than you want.
    • Shop through trusted retailers – Before making a purchase and providing any personal or financial information, make sure you’re using a reputable, established vendor. Similarly, if you’re planning to make a charitable donation, be sure to research who or where your donation is going, to ensure it’s a legitimate organization.
    • Using safe methods for purchases – If you can, use a credit card or other forms of digital payments as opposed to a debit card as credit cards often have better fraud protections.

    So what are you doing to ensure you are safe online this year?

  • How old is your router?

    Posted on November 27th, 2020 at 12:27 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I saw a recommendation yesterday that you should review your router and if it was older than two years, consider replacing it.

    I think that’s a bit extreme, but I do believe that you should review if your router’s firmware is up to date.  Some models have automatic updating enabled on the router to ensure that it’s up to date.  Consumerreports list several router models to review.

    Michael Horowitz has an entire site devoted to the security of home routers.    As we do more and more online shopping, make sure your home network is as secure as it can be!

  • A day to give thanks

    Posted on November 26th, 2020 at 11:32 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today is the American holiday of Thanksgiving.  This year no matter where you live I’d like to give a thanks for each and everyone of you that reads the newsletters, posts in the forums, and in general make me thankful for you.  Thanks of course goes to Woody Leonhard for starting this site and setting the tone.

    Thank you for all that you do!

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