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Ask Leo! #431 – Are You – no, YOU – backed up? Also, broken computers, cyber cops malware and more…


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What's Your Backup?

Are you ready for the ultimate disaster?

Continue reading: What's Your Backup?
http://ask-leo.com/C2952

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*** Answercast

Answercast #94 - Stolen computers, cyber cops, broken installations, malware infections and more...

Ever wonder how long you should keep backups or why computers get infected even though you are running anti-virus software? Having problems with an installation or MAC address filtering? Has your computer been stolen or started acting erratically? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!

Listen

Continue reading: Answercast #94 - Stolen computers, cyber cops, broken installations, malware infections and more...
http://ask-leo.com/C6308

Why isn't my product key from one machine recognized using the installation CD from another?
If you've lost your original product installation product key for Windows XP you may be out of luck. There are a few work-arounds you might try
Continue reading: Why isn't my product key from one machine recognized using the installation CD from another?
http://ask-leo.com/C6309

How long should I keep my backups?
How long to keep backups depends on your needs and storage capacity. Get a quick look into how I do it.
Continue reading: How long should I keep my backups?
http://ask-leo.com/C6310

Why might deleting cookies cause my computer to be unauthorized with online accounts?
Deleting cookies will make online accounts forget who you are and cause you to answer all your security questions again.
Continue reading: Why might deleting cookies cause my computer to be unauthorized with online accounts?
http://ask-leo.com/C6311

Why did I get infected even though I run anti-malware software?
Anti-malware doesn't always stop infection - especially if it is not up-to-date. It's all about keeping yourself safe on the internet.
Continue reading: Why did I get infected even though I run anti-malware software?
http://ask-leo.com/C6312

Could my email account hack be related to my computer being stolen the week before?
It's not surprising to have an email account hack after your computer is stolen. There are several ways the hackers could have gained access.
Continue reading: Could my email account hack be related to my computer being stolen the week before?
http://ask-leo.com/C6313

Why has my computer been locked by cyber cops?
A computer locked by cyber cops means a virus is on your machine. In this case it's ransomware and specific steps need to be taken to free the computer.
Continue reading: Why has my computer been locked by cyber cops?
http://ask-leo.com/C6314

My machine's suddenly started acting erratically, even after a reinstall. How do I fix it?
A computer acting erratically after a clean install indicates a deeper problem - perhaps static electric or hardware.
Continue reading: My machine's suddenly started acting erratically, even after a reinstall. How do I fix it?
http://ask-leo.com/C6315

Does WPA2 wireless access control pre-empt MAC address filtering?
WPA2 and MAC address filtering offer security to a home network. For ease of use, however, WPA2 is probably enough.
Continue reading: Does WPA2 wireless access control pre-empt MAC address filtering?
http://ask-leo.com/C6316

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*** Featured Comments

The Attitude That Helps

tom weddick writes:

LEO I am 92. I wish I had been able to read your articles when I was 18 ! Students nowadays don't realise how lucky they are and should thank you for giving them advice and knowledge that they will need in these forthcoming days of austerity. Regards Tom W (UK)

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Why did Microsoft not provide the option of Windows 8 without Metro?

Rose writes:

I have been using Windows 8 for three weeks now. At first, I hated it. But now I can't see what everyone is complaining about. I run a home daycare. I use excel for my books. I write a blog. And I make and sell homemade cards. I create and sell PDF on activities for preschoolers at an on line teacher store. So far, Windows 8 hasn't interfered with any of this. So for the average user, no problem with Windows 8.

*** Thoughts and Comments

I'm on sabbatical this week. Today's newsletter contains a featured article which is a selection from The Best of Ask Leo!, and a new Answercast, pre-recorded before I left.

I'll be back on April 1st, 2013.

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