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Q&A with CIPCUG No. 60

do you have the right password?

Paddy Ruzella   How do I remove My Way from Google Chrome? Step by step info. needed. Thanks

Sue Nethercott   I’ve a friend in Oklahoma who, every now and then, keeps getting “page cannot be displayed” for nearly every site although she seems to have a connection. She can get to google, but that is probably cached. She often gets kicked off at roughly the same time each day.

Craig Ladd   Android smartphone, for some reason Firefox is slower than Chrome – you discussed about it being quicker

News Item:  On the heels of a multitude of security patches last Tuesday, Adobe has issued security patches to both Flash and Acrobat Reader.

News Item:   Many or most color laser printers print secret microdots that can be seen under magnification.  The codes tell the date of printing and the MAC address of the printer.

News Item:   Bill Burr, the author of an influential guide to computer passwords says he now regrets several of the tips he gave.

Q&A with CIPCUG session 59

Swedish Technology Concept - Flag of Sweden in Binary Code - 3D Illustration

Swedish Technology Concept – Flag of Sweden in Binary Code – 3D Illustration

Lisa Toth:   Another question: Also a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned the updates my 2 in 1 needs and that I had deleted 4 I did not think I needed.  Is there a way to find out what they were and get the updates back?

Lisa Toth:   I have files I have downloaded and am not able to open them without right clicking on the file name in my download folder.  Most of the time when I download something it is not a program or app.

News Item:   International police had infiltrated the dark web Hansa network before they shut it down. Now Dutch police are reusing the same login credentials elsewhere to confiscate assets. How does a criminal hacker use same username and password elsewhere? We try to tell users not to do this, but one would assume the hackers would know better.

News Item:   20,000 account records stolen from health insurance provider Anthem

News Item:   Sweden managed to upload all their transportation data  to the cloud, without password protection and without encryption. You can get names, photos, addresses, phone numbers for every member of the military, even secret units. You can get the same information on anyone under investigation for crimes, anyone on witness protection, anyone with a car — virtually everything about nearly everyone in Sweden is an open book

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 58


Sandra Gelso:   If I use Boingo overseas is it more secure than an airport lounge or hotel wifi?

John Weigle:   CoffeCup’s HTML editor wouldn’t let me open itself or reinstall it because, my administrator had blocked the program.  I just checked and found out that right clicking on the shortcut and selecting run as administrator worked.

Sue Nethercott:  If somebody is having trouble reaching several sites, but not all, and others elsewhere are not having the same problem, what’s the best site for checking if there are any temporary bottlenecks in an area?

John Weigle News Item:  Scammers are calling people and saying the IRS has a refund for them but needs their full name, Social Security number and other details so it can send you the check.

Toby Scott News Item:   Some interesting things coming in the Windows 10 Fall update.

News Item:   Microsoft commits to eliminating Flash support in Windows by 2020

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 57


Alphabay gets taken down

Lisa Toth:   For my ASUS 2-in-1 I decided to download an app from the store. After I chose it and clicked “get” I noticed it was not downloading. Then I noticed a number at the top of the screen. 34. I clicked on it and discovered this number refers to the number of updates my machine has been trying to do. I was able to delete a couple of things I don’t care anything about but there are still 30 to do.   So, is it possible that the problems I’ve been having are due to processes and programs that can’t run properly because they need still to be updated?

I am planning to run it and keep the screen from going to sleep and get some of these things updated.

If it is plugged in, can I set it not to go to sleep and just allow it to update?

Lisa Toth:  Since the last update whenever I download something, clicking on it does not open it, I am taken to an empty web page.  After fumbling around I tried right clicking and am given a choice on how to open. I can finally see my download.  This has happened each time I download something. Is there a new setting I need to make?

News Item:  Scammers are sending fake email messages that you have to pay for WhatsApp.  You don’t.  If you try to pay, they will rob you blind.

News Item:  Delete your old phone numbers from Facebook or any other location where you have enabled two-factor authentication.

News Item:  Is there must be a way to discern or at least have a clue if an app is real or not?

News Item:  Dark web sites AlphaBay and Hansa have been shut down by international law enforcement.

News Item:  For some tablets and 2-in-1 computers built in 2013 or 2014 years ago, there will be no more major updates to Windows 10.  There will, however, continue to be security updates until 2024.

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 56


beware online scams

Lisa Toth:   If I want to take something out of OneNote, how do I do that? I’d like to delete a couple of files and folders.

Lisa Toth:   Kim Komando News Item:  Don’t fill out that loan application! Your data could be at risk

News Item:  Is your credit card in a hacker’s database?  Fill out the form and find out

Sue Nethercott News Item:  Photobucket accused of blackmail after quietly requiring users to pay $400 a year to hotlink

Jerry Crocker  News Item:   Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse

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