Ask Leo! #479 – Network Neutrality – Email on Multiple Machines – Trusting Websites & more…

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How do I deal with one email account on two machines?

I run a desktop and a laptop. They both have the same email address as my husband and I share this. When the PC is switched on, the emails come into that one, but when the laptop is on, they come into that one if the PC is switched off. Is there any easy way to transfer emails from the laptop to the PC without having to set up a new email address or sending each individual email to myself?

I get variations of this question a lot.

There are a lot of misunderstandings of exactly what email is, where it lives, and what it means to have an email address. Clearing up some of that should help you understand what's happening here, and also help you decide how you want to handle it.

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Answercast #140 - Developing trust, messy desktops, protecting XP, Linux drivers and more...

How do you decide if a website is trustworthy, or find drivers for Linux? Do you have continuing worries on losing XP support, or a messy desktop? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!

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Can I trust this site or utility?
There are a number of steps you can take to help determine if an unfamiliar utility is safe.

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Is application-provided encryption secure?
Lots of people keep their passwords and sensitive information in documents or spreadsheets sporting a password. Is that really safe?

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Does what's on my desktop affect my computer's speed?
A cluttered desktop doesn't slow down your computer in and of itself. But this could be a symptom of deeper problems.

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How do I get printer drivers for Linux?
Printer drivers are not always made for Linux distributions. But there are a few alternate roads you may go down to use your printer.

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How do I protect my Windows XP after they stop sending updates?

When Microsoft stops support for XP your computer will keep working. The big problem is unsupported vulnerabilities.

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Will Macrium Reflect Free keep working in XP?
Current versions will continue to work. The real problem is what happens with future versions.

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*** Featured Reader Comments

Is the internet just full of scams?

Robert Aspinall writes:

Can the tools and utilities that promise a "free" scan, steal any personal information from your computer whilst they are scanning the contents of your registry and whatever else they "scan"?

Mark Jacobs writes:

Unfortunately, yes. They can install any kind of malware on your system which can do virtually any kind of damage to your machine including taking it over completely.

How do I protect my Windows XP after they stop sending updates?

Yeppers writes:

There's a January 16, 2014 article at entitled, 'What Happens to Your Antivirus When Windows XP Is Dead?' The article provides detail about what many antivirus vendors said about continued support of XP after April 8, 2014 (for example, Norton was non-committal). The article also offers advice about staying safe after the death of XP (such as stop using the no-longer supported Internet Explorer in XP and use Chrome or Firefox instead, and switch away from Outlook Express as well).

Is application-provided encryption secure?

Yeppers writes:

Many years ago, I, quite by accident, opened a Microsoft Excel worksheet (not the entire file itself) that I had protected with a password. I did not even have to enter a password to do so. I think this was using MS Excel 2003. Don't know if this is still possible in later Excel versions, but I would definitely use something like AxCrypt or TrueCrypt to protect something as sensitive as a list of passwords, as Leo suggested.

*** Leo's Blog

Net Neutrality

I wasn't going to talk about last week's defeat of Net Neutrality mostly because everyone in the tech press seems to be doing it for me. I had a friend ask if I was going to say anything and my response was, "Probably not."

I tend to shy away from politics and it's well beyond what most of my readers want to read.

But yeah, I am disappointed.

The more that I thought about it, the more I came to realize that Net Neutrality is something that you probably should care about (or at least be aware of), even if you're not in the United States. There are very strong opinions from all over the map on this one, and when someone says, "It's the death of the internet!" it's probably worth understanding what they're talking about, whether or not you agree.

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