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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

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 47

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map of places infected by wanacry worm


Lisa Toth
   duplicate files finder you mentioned in an answer to finding duplicate files. I went out to the site as my computer is loaded with such things. It doesn’t mention windows 10 at all. Are you using it on that platform?

Rosalie Sherbrooke  Can anyone recommend a program that will eliminate the duplicate photos/files on my computer?

John Weigle   The Intel Discovery Tool tells me:  “Based on the version of the ME, the system is Vulnerable” and refers me to two documents that are not terribly helpful to me. What should I do to get it fixed, or do I have to wait for Intel to come up with a solution for the motherboard and the chip?

Lisa Toth   I am considering the purchase of a Fitbit device. Some of the devices offer certain options that require bluetooth LE to work. How can I figure out if my laptop (Toshiba win 10 has this capability?

News Item:  Windows 10 Edge, IE: We’re now blocking sites signed with SHA-1 certs, says Microsoft

News Item:  WannaCry Cryptovirus (actually a worm) is dormant for now.  Why?  And will it be back?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 46

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Lisa Toth   I sent a question about “snap” What the heck is it?

Sue Nethercott   Given that companies are wont to end services without warning, like AOL AIM chat outside the US, how can I download all my emails from gmail in a useful format?

Sue Nethercott   People have been having problems finding decent chat software since problems arose with java. Is IRC any good?

Lisa Toth   What is Tor browser, and is it safe?

K Edward Lynch   What’s the name of the Form software that has been recommended at CIPCUG?

K Edward Lynch    Chrome book or Surface???

Lisa Toth   I need a refresher course on basic computer skills. I was once a power user. I taught other people how to use and set up their computer. Now I feel like a dunce. what can I do?

News Item:  Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 45

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Lisa Toth:   Andy and I have Microsoft phones with AT&T. They came with an email program on

them. An AT&T product I surmise. We seem to be unable to delete mail except for one at a time.  This is very annoying as I get 60 or 70 emails a day.

News Item:  Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m scam.

News Item:    A FuturePets.com database with critical information on over 100,000 customers was left exposed for six months.  The unprotected data included:

  • Customer names
  • Shipping addresses
  • Credit and debit card details – This included 16-digit numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Plain-text passwords

News Item:  N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Q&A with CIPCUG; Session 44

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John Weigle: This is the message I’ve been getting.  “Microsoft Account You need to fix your Microsoft Account for apps on your other devices to be able to launch apps and continue experiences on this device.”

Paddy Ruzella:    I use Windows Live Mail on Windows 10 and I have somehow changed the format and don’t know how to return to what I had – that was files down the left hand side, a list of emails across the top half of the page and the actual message being viewed on the bottom half of the page. Now I have the list of files and one message covering the rest of the page. I’ve lost the list I used to scroll through and would like to get it back.

John Weigle:     If viruses can’t be found on flash drives, why can they be found on SSDs? Isn’t the basic concept the same? Or did I misunderstand the dangerous flash drive story?

News Item:  Google Earth has a new face and lots of new toys. Explore.

News Item:  Locky ransomware crypto-virus is making a comeback.  No longer being sent via .zip file attachments.  Now using PDF files with .doc bundles.

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