Author Archives: Toby Scott

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 91

Free SSL certificate site

John Norbutas   I am aware of the virtues of Onenote, but what about the downside? Is there another app out there that can read onenote files, or are we at the total mercy of microsoft? If MS decides to change or abandon onenote, am I left with a bunch of ones and zeros?

Andy Toth   Last night. My phone received a call from itself. I answered, there was no response on the other end.

Andy Toth   I could be wrong but SSL is only provides identity verification and securer method for transferring sensitive information. It does nothing to protect the user from viruses and malware from a https site that has been hacked. I have a personal website on which I eventually plan to market items. The average monthly cost of the SSL certificate is nearly twice my hosting cost and will most likely not be recoverable in sales. I will be using a third party with SSL to accept payments when and if that happens. The statement that a https in the url assures security is totally misleading.

[Visit to get free SSL certificates.]

Andy Toth   After about 4 hours the wired mouse freezes. I have to unplug and plugin for it to function. I experience the same with a USB soundcard. It never happens at the same time. The laptop was purchased in 2012. The USB ports are adjacent to each other, so I doubt they are separate USB 2.0 chips. There are three adjacent ports. The third has a wireless connection to a keyboard. It has not frozen. I’ve switched the port connections around and had the same results.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

News Item:  FBI Paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad Employees To Turn Over Customer Data

News Item:  New Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5’ test build includes a new way to push Edge

News Item:  France takes legal action against Apple and Google for their app stores

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 90

Project Gutenburg

Lisa Toth   on Facebook I lose being able to see posts when the banner contains a video. Is there a setting I can change not to see the banner vids?

News Item:   If your bank moves to a new security platform you may receive notification via email or snail mail that assigns you a new password made up of some combination of name and Social Security Number.

News Item:   Hackers, Not Users, Lose Money in Attempted Cryptocurrency Exchange Heist

News Item:   Microsoft has ended Windows 10 S

News Item:   Only Half of Those Who Paid a Ransomware Were Able to Recover Their Data

News Item:   Project Gutenberg is a US non-profit that makes books that are no longer under copyright to be available for download. 

It’s a great service. Unfortunately, 18 books that are no longer under US copyright law are under German copyright and the Project Gutenberg site has software to translate its contents into different languages — including German.  Even though Project Gutenberg has never had anything to do with Germany, German courts decided that Project Gutenberg had to remove the 18 books, provide a list of everyone who downloaded the books and pay court costs.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 89

CryptoPrevent from Foolishit

Lisa Toth  I was having problems saving changes or new sites on Last pass.  I had to use the advanced feature to get  an answer. Firefox. So I went to Internet Explorer and lo and behold it works.  I was also able to log into a site I hadn’t been able to in the past.

John Weigle   I see that Foolishit has issued a new version of CryptoPrevent and two paid versions with more features. Do you see anything in the paid versions that the average user should get?

Fred Krueger   Have you ever discussed security cameras?

Lisa Toth   I was listening to the podcast, right near the end of the first news item it quit running. I refreshed the page and started the podcast again.  Stopped at the same point.  Is the problem my computer or the broadcast?

News Item:   In a divided 2-1 decision, the appeals court said that police must have a search warrant before pulling data from a vehicle’s “black box,” reinforcing that today’s constantly evolving computerized cars should have the same privacy protection as smartphones.

News Item:   A slew of newly discovered vulnerabilities can wreak havoc on 4G LTE network users by eavesdropping on phone calls and text messages, knocking devices offline, and even spoofing emergency alerts.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 88

Amazon AWS servers logo

Lisa Toth:   I can’t figure out how to search One Note. I don’t see the process.

Lisa Toth:   I’m having an issue with LastPass. It won’t save changes or new accounts. It times out and has a message across the top.

News Item:   British infosec researcher Kevin Beaumont has warned that Amazon AWS S3 servers could be held to ransom due to lax security.

News Item:   Apple has moved encryption keys for mainland Chinese iCloud users to China

News Item:   Police can collect information from a car’s computer without any type of warrant.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 87

Microsoft team uses Blockchain

Fred Krueger   how do I join your podcast

Toby Scott   Just received a recorded call at work: “If you don’t hit 1 now to speak to a representative, Google will report that your business is permanently closed.”

News Item:   Microsoft February Patch Tuesday Fixes 50 Security Issues

News Item:   Microsoft: We’re developing blockchain ID system starting with our Authenticator app

News Item:   Rapid Ransomware Being Spread Using Fake IRS Malspam

News Item:   Olympic Destroyer Data-Wiping Malware Is More Complex Than Previously Thought

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