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I really don't have a problem with name changes. But Microsoft already has a long history of using confusing names that often frustrates users. With that in mind, I sure wish MS would make a concerted effort to announce said name changes in advance, instead springing them on users. I don't know of anyone who likes being blindsided over security/safety issues, even when the news is good, or at least not bad.

I set her router up to not even broadcast the SSID name
That's fine but it really does not improve security. Wireless means radio waves and any wannabe junior bad guy can still see the wireless network, even if SSID broadcasting is disabled.
If it's not broadcasting the SSID name to everyone in the local area neighborhood, then it it doesn't exist to them.
Not true! They can still see a network there, they just cannot see the name. Any badguy (or neighbor whizkid) with a simple packet sniffer like XIRRUS WiFi Inspector can easily see what wireless networks are active in the area and its general location. With a simple, home made directional antenna, they can easily pinpoint the exact physical location.

It does NOT take a pro to do this. Remember, it is not your honest neighbors you need to worry about. And a real bad guy sitting out in the street pointing a directional antenna at your house would likely get them some unwanted attention. So it's the mischievous whizkid next door who wants to steal access to your network - either to simply use it for free, or for nefarious deeds using your assigned IP address who you need to be concerned with.

The only way to truly hide your wireless network is to turn it off completely and use only Ethernet.

Also, while most wireless devices today support push button connection, some legitimate devices still need to see the SSID during setup. This requires the user to then log into the admin menu and enable SSID broadcasting again during setup, then disable it again. A PITA, IMO.

So, because it does not improve security, I no longer even suggest disabling SSID broadcasting. I just say to immediately rename it to something that does not readily identify it as belonging to you, or to your home/apartment. And, of course, use the highest security encryption possible - preferably WPA2 + AES, and a strong, hard to guess passphrase.

BTW, if you live in a crowded wifi neighborhood and have connection and/or range problems, it likely is due to other networks on your same channel, or adjacent channel. You can use a packet sniffer to identify unused channels then change to that unused channel in your wifi admin menu. If there are no unused channels, picking one that is used that has the weakest signal strengths is the next best thing. Also, for devices that support it, switching to a 5GHz network can improve performance too. However, the effective range with 5GHz is very limited so it works best for those devices in close proximity (under 30 or so feet is best) to the WAP (wireless access point).

I was just wondering if I had to change the network name and password given to me bt the router Manufacturer.
Absolutely! At least for the password, this is one of the very first things we all must do with any network, phone, or computing device. Default passwords are a matter of public record and anybody can look them up, or download the manual where they likely are printed too.

You don't have to change the network name, but if you live in a crowded network neighborhood (in or near a large apartment complex, for example), some times it is nice to rename it to something you can easily recognize as yours. Don't make it easy for the whizkid next door (like your dog's name or your apartment or house number). Just easy for you.

At my age "forgetting stuff" could be considered cause for concern
I often feel the same way, but then I forget what for. ;)

Apparently my update went so smoothly, that I forgot about it.
Well that's a good thing! :)

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Roaming Profile?
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:30:07 PM »
How can I explain it to our IT people so that they can restore this feature for me.
Show them! And get your manager involved, telling him or her this is affecting your ability to do your job. Get your co-workers to verify the problem. This will show if it is just your profile, or everyone's. Then, if your IT folks have not seen them already, point them to the links provided by Corrine.

Quote from: plodr
My husband's theory is that they aren't making money off of us so they'd like us to buy yearly licenses.
Yeah, that's probably a common assumption - but that's the way it's been with lifetime licenses forever. But businesses survive by growing and "earning" new customers, not by shutting out old customers. So I would hope his theory is not motivating this as that would suggest profit is the intent rather than simple ToU compliance. Of course, earning profit is always a business goal so the irony of my statement is not lost on me either.

Quote from: Corrine
From some of the threads I read at the forum, it appears that quite a few people have been using a single device license on multiple computers.
:( Yeah, there are always those who will abuse the system.

If the upgrade process is detecting the same license on multiple machines, I think MB would do themselves and users a service and toss up a popup explaining why the real-time (Premium) components are being disabled. I think it is always best to get out in front of something users will not like instead of trying to explain yourself after - even if you are in the right from the start. I'm just saying proactive PR/damage control is better than reactive damage control when it comes to customer acceptance of a situation.

I wonder why these issues with lifetime licenses keep happening? Are those of us with such licenses such a dying breed (percentage wise) that we are overlooked in beta?

I'm still at 3.7.1 - guess I stay here for awhile.

By the way Digerati the ISP's do monitor for illegal movie downloads.
I still have doubts about this. I think it more likely the ISP is monitoring how much bandwidth a user is consuming rather than the content of that data. For example, if using BitTorrents, you could be using massive amounts of bandwidth. Plus, data to and from over a https connection is encrypted.

Now anti-piracy firms often monitor the internet as a whole, looking for massive amounts of illegal content moving from specific IP addresses. And in those cases, the big movie companies (or their lawyers) will send notices to the ISPs that this or that IP address is doing illegal sharing. Then the ISP might get involved. My point is, the ISP is not doing the monitoring.

And typically, if the ISP is informed your IP address is being used for illegal file sharing, they, like the IRS, typically send an official letter. They don't call you on the phone.

After 3 weeks I got a call from my ISP asking me if I illegally downloaded a movie.
:o ??? This sounds fishy to me. How do you know it was really from your ISP?

Did they verify your account by providing you your information? Or did they ask you to provide them your account (or worse, credit card or bank :() information? If the latter, you might have been scammed and you probably should contact your ISP (and banks) and have all your account information changed.

As far as securing your wireless router, the most important thing to start with is changing your "password" (needed to access the device's admin menu) and changing your "passphrase" (needed for your wireless devices to access the wifi side of your network) from the defaults.

It is important to understand that for someone to access the wireless side of your network, they have to physically be nearby your house - like the next door neighbor, or a badguy sitting in car in the street (and typically pointing a directional antenna at your house - unlikely as that is something that likely would attract some unwanted attention for them).

If you didn't change your wifi passphrase, then the whizkid next door could easily find the defaults. Or if you changed it to your cat's name, he/she could easily figure that out too, then connect their computer to your wireless network and download the unsavory movie. So clearly, it should be a difficult, hard to guess passphrase.

Clearly, you (everyone) needs to secure your network. But I have never heard of an ISP calling any customer to ask if they downloaded anything, let alone if they "illegally" downloaded a movie. How would an ISP know if you did it legally, or not? They wouldn't, as far as I know - and that's my worry. So again, something about that phone call smells fishy to me, and if you gave the caller any personal information, that should be your more immediate concern.

That's exactly what I mean. Thanks for illustrating that, DR M.

But that image I posted is with the old version and there used to be a button on that page right under the version number. I just checked with a computer that has been off line for awhile and it is still on V27.7.1 and sure enough, under the version number is a "Check for updates" button waiting to be clicked.

No big deal - just wondering why with 28.4.1 on that same About page/window, the Check for updates button is missing.

Odd. This is what I see with 28.4.1.

No check for updates. I could have sworn a link to check used to be there. ???

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 28, 2019, 08:12:37 PM »
Just to ensure we are on the same page, when I suggested disabling uBlock for those sites, I didn't mean to disable the uBlock add-on. I meant to tell uBlock to disable it's blocking on those sites. uBlock itself is still enabled, it is just treating those sites as safe. This is something commonly required on sites you trust.

I'm nor saying there's anything special about Edge, but with Windows 10, I've got Edge anyway, and those particular site/functions work better.
Microsoft is pushing hard to get Edge to the point where you can say there's something special about it!

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Review online
« on: April 28, 2019, 01:06:07 PM »
Hi, Yes I am using a ad-blocker. This is uBlock Origin. The one you guys said was good.
And have you disabled uBlock for those sites? That might be the problem.

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