👍 #800 – It Pays to Be Skeptical

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Confident Computing #800 - It Pays to be Skeptical

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It Pays to Be Skeptical

A message pops up on your computer, warning you that malware has been detected.

What do you do?

The answer's not as clear as you might think.

In fact, no matter what you choose to do, it could be the wrong thing.

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The First Eight Things to Do with Your New Computer

Congratulations! You got a new computer!

Of course you want to jump right in and start using it right now, but if you can hold on a bit, there are a few tasks to do first. The steps you take now can save you lots of time and grief later. (Meaning when all heck breaks loose and the machine dies, the software crashes, or you get a massive malware infection.)

Every day, people lose data, precious memories, and valuable time because they didn't take a few simple steps to prepare.

And by far the best time to prepare is at the very beginning.

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Why Does Email I Send Fail But a Reply Works?

I have a relative with a Hotmail addy (address). If I send her a message it comes back undeliverable. Yet if she sends me a message I can click on Reply and it goes thru. What's up?

You're probably sending to the wrong email address.

I know, I know, you're absolutely convinced you're sending to the right one — but the bounce message would indicate otherwise. I had it happen to me just the other day. I was absolutely convinced … until I saw my error.

Let's look at why the two scenarios are different.

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Can a Thumb Drive Carry Malware?

Hi. I work at a public school and was told today that my computer has a virus. I don't know how this came to be. Could my flash drive have created this virus? I'm constantly inserting and ejecting my flash drive from one computer into another. Can a flash drive transfer viruses? It makes me feel as if I've done something really bad.

First, getting malware doesn't necessarily mean you've done anything bad. Unfortunately, it happens. People let their guard down.

USB thumb drives and flash drives absolutely can transfer viruses. From the situation you're describing, yes, you may have passed one on to a computer you used.

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