Karen's computer got taken over by a scammer who convinced her that he was from AOL when she was having trouble with her account. Leo says that gaining control of her computer remotely likely gave him that control and the only thing she can do is backup her data, format her hard drive, and reinstall windows from a known, good source. If one needs help from AOL, contact them directly here - https://help.aol.com/products/new-aol-desktop
Bob is a photography teacher and he uses Team Viewer to teach his students online. But he's looking for something that's easier to use, can let him teach more than one student at a time, and record it. Leo says that Team Viewer is the number one program to do what Bob wants to do.
Brad's mother has been getting calls from "Microsoft" saying that her computer may be hacked. Is that legit? Leo says it's a scam. They use a robot dialer to randomly call numbers out of the phone book and will try and get victims to install something or give them remote access to the computer. Once they have that, the game is up. Microsoft will NEVER call you.
Mike is using Terminal on his Mac and he's noticing a strange name at his command prompt. A day later it disappeared. Leo says that the public name of his computer may have been changed. He can learn how at osxdaily.com.
Evangeline has a hand me down laptop and she wants to know if there's a way for someone to access it without her permission. Leo says it's conceivable if they know her IP address and the password for the administrator account, which is highly unlikely. Leo says to change the Admin password. She can also go into the settings and disable remote access.
Kathleen's elderly Aunt has a Windows computer which she uses to access Facebook and then Outlook for email. Her problem is that she has had a ton of malware and phishing scams that have cost her a lot of money. Leo says that the elderly have always been easy prey to scam artists. It won't happen on a Chromebook though, and she should really have her get one. Leo says to be her administrator and give her a regular user account. But even at the end of the day, that won't stop her from calling a number.
Susan had a tech who put remote desktop software on her computer. Should that bother her? Leo says that in the end it comes down to trust. Does she trust that he won't do anything nefarious? And if he is doing nefarious things, then it's likely too late. If she's concerned, it's important that she ask the tech to spell out why he's putting it on and realize it's a matter of trust. Leo recommends asking the tech to remove it and use an invitation based remote system instead. There are plenty out there and many are free.
Ian installed Splashtop remote desktop to his PC so he could control it from his iPad. But now the icons are all spread out in a weird way. Leo says that's a resolution issue between his iPad and the desktop. It doesn't remember his layout, and it'll change it back and forth rather than present it as he set it up. Leo suggests going into the Windows Display settings and changing the resolution to a proper setting for both. But in Windows 10, there's actually two display menus, one for touch screen, the other for the laptop.
Rob's job keeps him on the road, and he wants access to his desktop PC at home via his laptop or iPad. What's a good option, and can he do it without adding an app? Leo says that he can do it in a browser, but it's better in an app.
Atlas Remote Access on the iPad works well, according to the chatroom. There's also TeamViewer. But he'll need to install something. Google Chrome Remote requires installing an extension, but if the hardware isn't locked down from browser extensions, that's an option.
Joe wants to set up remote desktop but there has to be an easier way than Remote Desktop through Windows Server. Leo says that there are companies that do their own hosted remote desktop services. Virtacore does it. (Disclaimer: Virtacore is a sponsor)