The technology pro's greatest enemies

How to spot -- and take down -- the six most nefarious adversaries of IT

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IT enemy No. 5: The Freeloader

If you know anything about technology, you've surely encountered this time- and patience-sapping foe. A "simple" question about computers morphs into demands for free 24/7 tech help when you have actual paying customers to support.

Recognizing the enemy: When they find out what you do for a living they immediately (a) ask for your card, (b) start flirting shamelessly, or (c) launch into a tale of technical woe.

Your best defense: If possible, retreat. When you spot a user like this just start running down the hall screaming. Unfortunately, since you're often related to these people, you will eventually run into them at weddings and funerals.

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