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Comment by Geoff Harris on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:33 PM)
https://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-group-policy-editor-gpedit-msc-in-windows-7-home-premium-home-basic-and-starter-editions/ (Includes Windows 10 Ho...
Comment by David Shoemaker on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:30 PM)
Excellent article! Can you do a similar explanation for those of us fortunate enough to still be using Windows 7? Thank you!...
Comment by Don on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:30 PM)
The problem, Bob, is that GPEdit is not installed on Windows 10 Home and apparently cannot be. The Home edition does not allow Group Policy to be inst...
Comment by Stu on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:28 PM)
Correction...2 Pro devices!...
Comment by Geoff Harris on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:21 PM)
Group Policy Editor is not present on Windows 10 Home edition...
Comment by Stu on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:18 PM)
Hi Bob. good article. checked a Home & Pro device and reset both devices. Thanks...
Comment by Patrick McDonald on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:16 PM)
Bob, Windows 10 Home users will have to Google search for the method of downloading and installing gpedit.msc . . . ...
Comment by Linda on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:07 PM)
I checked my two laptops. Neither has gpedit.msc. I run Windows 10 home edition, which is up-to-date. ...
Comment by Ray Job on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 03:04 PM)
When I right-clicked on the first entry, my options were very confusing....
Comment by Joel Port on Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer! (August 17, 2018 02:57 PM)
Checked my computer and gpedit.msc isn't on it, or the box says that it isn't. Running Windows 10 latest update, Home edition. ...

Hey Ghost Administrator, It's MY Computer!

Have you ever tried to change a setting in Windows 10 only to be told, “Some Settings Are Managed By Your Organization” and have permission to change them denied? It’s happened to me and I was pretty miffed. My dumb computer thought that some mysterious “organization” was more powerful than I, its lord and sole master? Here's how to solve that problem…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 17, 2018 | Category: Windows-10


[DEAL TIME] Back to School Laptops

August is when back-to-school sales begin on everything from pencils to computers. Even if you're not a student, this can be a great time to upgrade your tech. Here are some of the hottest deals going on for laptops right now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 16, 2018 | Category: Laptops


Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10

Defender, the security software built into Windows 10, has a hidden setting that will block installation of programs that try to install themselves during another program’s installation. This feature is the answer to one of my most fervent tech prayers! I also have a solution for people still using Windows 7 or 8. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 15, 2018 | Category: Windows


[ALERT] The Video Blackmail Scam

A new phishing email scam is making the rounds. It claims to have compromising video of victims and threatens to send it to all of their contacts unless hush money is paid. Yesterday, a reader wrote to me about one, and by coincidence I received one today. Here is how it looks and why you should not be taken in...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 14, 2018 | Category: Security


Does Chromebook Deserve Laptop Respect?

The first Chromebooks began shipping from Acer and Samsung in June 2011. During the intervening seven years, Chromebooks have come to dominate the K-12 education market, accounting for 60% of units sold. But elsewhere, people still think laptops come only with Windows or Mac OS installed; they don’t consider a Chromebook to be adequate for “serious work.” Allow me to set that record straight.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 13, 2018 | Category: Laptops


Has Artificial Intelligence Gone Too Far?

An artificial intelligence fooled a human being during a phone conversation in which the machine chatted convincingly with the receptionist of a hair salon while making an appointment for its owner. The apparently all-male crowd of Google workers who listened to this exchange thought it was great, to judge by their cries and claps of delight. But not everyone agrees that the rapid advance of AI is a good thing.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 10, 2018 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 08 August 2018

Which one of the proposed new logos for the Firefox browser will help it sink into obscurity fastest? Will NASA's latest data dump help you find the perfect ringtone? And what happens when you ask the Internet to send you an orange cat? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 08, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


How to Spot a Bot

If you use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at all, you have undoubtedly encountered a bot and probably have been its unwitting tool. Read on for some tips on how to tell a bot from a real person, how to recognize the bait they put out, and how to avoid becoming part of a misinformation campaign...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 07, 2018 | Category: Social-Networking


Is Titan the KEY to Your Security?

Recently I wrote an article about the importance of using two-factor authentication (2FA), with a caveat that there is a serious flaw in the way most people use it. Today you'll learn about a gadget called the Titan Key that makes 2FA (and your online accounts) virtually hacker-proof. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 06, 2018 | Category: Security


When 2FA Goes Bad

Reddit, the maverick social network, suffered a security breach in June, 2018, its management has revealed. It was a mild disaster, as such things go. But it highlights a flawed method of online authentication that you are probably using on a regular basis. Here's what you need to know…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 03, 2018 | Category: Security


Are You in the 14 Percent Club?

Forty years after the first spam email was sent, it is still the favorite tool of crooks and criminals online. A new report from the Finnish security group, F-Secure, reports that spam is the most common method used to distribute malware, malicious URLs, scams, and other bad news. Read on to see if you're in the '14 percent club' and some of the tell-tale indicators of malicious emails...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 02, 2018 | Category: Spam


Geekly Update - 29 July 2018

Will “space arks” in orbit have both artificial gravity AND decent Internet access? Has Samsung invented a truly unbreakable smartphone screen? Will Facebook's new “downvote” system eliminate fake news, or just make it easier to fight with your friends? And is there a solution to the “over/under” toilet paper problem? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 01, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[HOWTO] Make a WiFi Hotspot With Your Phone

A reader asks, 'How can I use my smartphone as a hotspot to connect my laptop to the Internet? We do not have wired internet, but have mobile data on our phone.' Here's the scoop on using your smartphone as a wifi hotspot to provide Internet access to a laptop or other device...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 31, 2018 | Category: Wireless


What is The Root of All (Facebook) Evil?

Facebook is here to stay, for better and worse. But its majority owner and hapless, callow leader has got to go. Mark Zuckerberg is the source of all that is wrong with Facebook, and the world cannot afford to wait indefinitely for him to change for the better. What would it take to move Facebook from autocracy to democracy? Read on for my analysis of why this MUST happen...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 30, 2018 | Category: Facebook


Geekly Update - 25 July 2018

Why is the Rolls Royce company developing robotic cockroaches? Does Google Translate have a Doomsday prophecy component? Will Microsoft ever stop messing up our user interfaces? And do smartphone apps designed to improve your mental health actually drive you crazy? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 25, 2018 | Category: Tech-News




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