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Hacking attacks on printers still not being taken seriously

Sometimes it’s hard to resist the promises made by the all-singing, all-dancing computer printers that line the shelves of stores of computer retailers. Yet perhaps we should resist, as it looks as if there may be a dark side to the printer revolution that few people are aware of; a dark side that threatens to turn the saviours of print into the spies within. Researchers are increasingly concerned by the possibility of direct attacks on the printers themselves – and have since the game changed in November 2011. Now, research to be published by a Finnish security company in the next week suggests printers are vulnerable to attack.

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Connecting your laptop to a printer on your network

If you just bought a laptop and are wondering how you’re going to be able to print from the printer that you have stationed near your old computer – then follow these steps and you’ll be printing from your laptop in no time.

Windows: Open Control Panel on the computer where the printer is attached to.  Go to printers and faxes, right-click on the printer you want to use and click on sharing in the dropdown menu. Follow the steps given to share the printer.

Then go to printers & faxes on the pc laptop,  select add printer. Select from network. Browse to printer via network and select it. Should find it and install the drivers for your printer. It might be named  Auto-“printername”. Then right click on it and set it to “Default Printer” and you should now be able to print. If you have problems make sure to disable your firewall settings.

Mac: Open the printer/fax  in system preferences on your macbook. choose windows printing – tell it to look for shared printers or add printer, and it should see the windows one. set it as default and as long as the windows pc is on, your mac should be able to print to the printer. You can also print using the computer’s ip address. Choose IP tab,  type the IP address for the printer in the Address field.

For  users that have a macbook but a Vistapc connected to the a printer – then click here for a quick tutorial:

Increase Your Printer’s Lifespan – WorldStart Computer Tips and Computer Help

Increase Your Printer’s Lifespan – WorldStart Computer Tips and Computer Help

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