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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 52

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Lisa Toth:  Recently updated my Microsoft account to reflect a new email address. When that seemed to be working, I deleted the old address. When I come directly here (to Microsoft) my new address. When I am trying to sign in to OneDrive it shows my old address and I can’t sign in. I’ve asked for a new pw and set it up but it never works.  I went to my info and tried to add the old email back in. Problem is, it says that address is in use and I can’t use it.

News Item:  If you are a Windows user with a gMail account, you might want to take a look at the new Kiwi app.

Kiwi for Gmail Blog site

Jerry Crocker: shared a link.  Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer

John Weigle: posted a News Item:  Microsoft releases new Windows XP and Vista security patches

News Item:  If you use Flash, do a manual update pronto. Flash is the #1 vector for viruses. There are 9 fixes in the latest.

News Item:  Firefox 54 is out: “Faster but no memory hog like Chrome”

Firefox vs Chrome on ZDnet

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 51

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 John Weigle:   My desktop and laptop have accepted the updates to the latest Windows 10. Now all I have to do is figure out which, if any, of the new features I’ll use. Suggestions???

John Weigle:   One thing about the updates. There were several reboots. I’m guessing that some things must be fully installed before the next thing in line can start. Is my guess anywhere close to being correct?

Lisa Toth:   When the term “start menu” is used, is that the tiles in windows 8 and 10?

If that is true, then am I slowing things down by adding new tiles to the group?

 Lisa Toth:   Phantom pages that try to load when I am in the email program and when I am on web pages.

How can I determine if there is a problem with a program in the start menu?

Jerry Crocker:  News Item:   Linux malware enslaves Raspberry Pi to mine cryptocurrency

Two News Items:
Amazon kills off its $60 unlimited annual cloud storage deal

Microsoft Docs.com –  We are retiring Docs.com on December 15, 2017, and all content will be deleted.

FAQ and instructions on Microsoft’s Docs.com recent announcement

Microsoft Office 365 deals as an alternative to exiting docs.com

Q&A with CIPCUG No.50

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imagesJohn Weigle   Windows started installing Creators Update, which took a while, then rebooted, did some more and finally ended with a message that it had found a problem with the computer. So it rebooted, reinstalled the old version and didn’t seem to leave any message about what failed. As I’m writing this, I got a new message that it’s ready to install the latest updates. Failed second time, too.

Tony Pizza   I just started the Creator upgrade on my 3rd computer. It needed some updates to 1607, which took repeated tries because I kept getting an error with KB4019472. I tried a restart, failed, tried a shut down and reboot, also set the power off settings for screen and sleep to never. It succeeded after that, probably a coincidence.

Lisa Toth   Sometimes a ghost page starts to appear on my screen then disappears. I’m wondering if it is my pop-up blocker blocking an ad. This just started happening a week or so ago.

Michael Megowan   I am having a problem with Firefox sometimes locking up my computer when I go to open a new tab. Even CTRL-ATL-DEL won’t get me out. I have to do a power switch reboot.  This problem started a couple of months ago.  I have tried to do a clean reinstall of Firefox, but the problem persists.  I am running Windows 7. The computer is a Core-i5 with 16Gb of RAM.  Chrome blue screens, but not on opening tabs.

Lisa Toth   I am noticing a new phenomenon when scrolling down through pics I get by email. I get vertical lines beside the pictures. Sometimes they eventually disappear.

Tony Pizza posted a news item:  Kim Kommando recommends “Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. This free tool examines your Windows and Office settings for any potential problems, especially contamination”.  Anyone used it?

Lisa Toth posted a news item:  The No. 2 computer maker, HP, accidentally shipped an unknown number of laptops with a keylogger vulnerability built right into it.

Sue Nethercott posted a news item:  Hackers break into centralized password manager OneLogin

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 49

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Roger Houston   Not sure about the usefulness of

Last Pass Authenticator. CrockMaskIs it helpful? How?

News Item:  A photo of a person’s eye taken at a medium distance is more than enough to trick a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone login iris scanner, according to researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).

News Item:  Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

News Item:  Leaked!  Facebook rules that allow death threats, pictures of animal torture and videos of self-harm

News Item:  WannaCry update.

Follow on Question:  In light of Heathrow airport being shut down because computers can’t route luggage to the proper airplane, how likely is it that some virus, worm or just poor planning could shut down major portions of civilization?

Pictured:  Jerry Crocker, our photographer extraordinaire (in his disguise)

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 48

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News Item:  Kim Komando: 560 million passwords leaked online – Change your logins now!

News Item:  “A system whose security depends on an absence of carelessness is a system designed to fail.”

Lisa Toth why is it that when I send a post with pictures, some people don’t get the pictures, or they get them now and then?  On that same line, (I am using windows live) if I reply to this same person, most of the time the pic she sent me does not go back to her.

News Item:  Bitcoin closes over $2,000 per bitcoin

News Item:  Over 98% of All WannaCry Victims Were Using Windows 7

WannaCry netted less than $100,000

News Item:   New SMB Worm, EternalRocks, Uses Seven NSA Hacking Tools.  WannaCry Used Just Two

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