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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 82

Data Loss Prevention tips

We are on vacation this week, so we have pre-recorded this show.  As we can’t talk about current news, we have decided to talk about security — an always current topic.

  1. How can I secure my online accounts?
  2. 2-factor authentication
  3. Long passwords
  4. Use names rather than email addresses wherever possible
  5. Good security questions
  6. How do I keep track of passwords?
  7. Cloud:  LastPass or Roboforms
  8. Print out passwords and put in safe deposit box
  9. How should I backup my data?
  10. You need 3 copies of your data:  your computer, a local backup device and cloud
  11. If you delete the data off your computer but still want it safe, you need to add another device to the list
  12. Local backups are:
  13.           A second hard drive in a desktop computer that is dedicated for backup
  14.           A USB device you can plug into the computer

                          iii.          A NAS device

  1. Use the cloud that fits into your daily use.  If you are a Mac user, use the Apple iCloud; a Google Docs user, use Google Drive; a Microsoft Office user, use Microsoft OneDrive.  Alternatively, you can use a dedicated could backup service like Carbonite or Mozy.
  2. The local backup should be an image backup, while the cloud should be data only.

 And Final Comments

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 81

new WPA3 wireless

Lisa Toth   Several of my Last Pass sites don’t automatically sign in anymore. It seems to be the financial institutions. When I copy the info from Last Pass and paste it into the sign in dialog box, I can log in ok. Have you experienced this?

Lisa Toth   I just received this note: I cannot find out if it is real. Anyone get something like this?  “A password request was initiated on your behalf by our system at Marketing and Blah Blah.  Your password is: [jumbled text]”

News Item:   WPA3 standard announced.  Devices coming later this year

News Item:   Virtually all Processors Made in the Last Decade Might Have a Massive Security Flaw

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 80

IRS looking to online tax returns

Lisa Toth   Where is the best (or maybe only) place to buy Office 365.

Roger Houston   I have had a slightly different problem. Twice in 3.6 years, my Samsung GS5 had lost the directory in my installed micro SD card. The card could not be read by any PC either. I changed to another card with the same result. Recently I had to reformat it in order to see it. I lost any info on the card. I do not remember if I dropped the cellphone, causing an intermittent electrical connection?????

Lisa Toth   Because of my vision problems I have my computer set up so most everything is bigger than usual. Sometimes, I can’t get to the “post” or “submit” button in Facebook. Trying to make the page smaller so I can scroll down doesn’t work, trying to drag the page smaller doesn’t work. I end up copying the link from the url cell, and pasting it in FB etc.  Any work around you know of?

Craig Ladd   uBlock Origin has been discussed before, is there another add-on that is equally good ?

Lisa Toth  I saw a message that said: micro SD unexpectedly dismounted. I can’t figure out a way other than to take the phone apart to get it re-mounted.

News Item:  The IRS Data Verification Modernization Act of 2017, recently introduced in Congress by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), would set up an application programming interface (API) at the IRS.

News Item:  Flaws in Sonos and Bose Smart Speakers Let Hackers Play Pranks on Users

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 79

iphone battery fix

Roger Houston   Does Onedrive photos and docs still reside somewhere on my PC? And secondly, I WANT to store or move ALL of my docs to Onedrive so I can see/modify them from another computer, is this a good idea? I know they are in the cloud also. But are all my items synced or just stored?

Roger Houston   Same for G-photos [or Sony photos]. are they synced [deleted in the cloud if I delete them on my PC], or are they just copied and remain there forever? I am not sure if this is the better way to back up my photos [with a 5MB limit per]

Lisa Toth   Since the last update of Firefox my TinyUrl add on has been disabled. Any options?

K Edward Lynch   Are there any affordable software products that actually recover lost data when a HD goes dark???

Andy Toth   I enjoyed the presentation on preparing your data for a total disaster. Office 365 looks promising.  My biggest concern is the licensing for nonprofits.  If we have to lease Office 365, we can’t afford $100+ a month. I guess we should start the move to Libre Office.

Lisa Toth   Tell us more about the fall creators update. What’s broken what’s better.

News Item:  Drivesavers fights data loss from Southern California fires with free data recovery

News Item:  Apple reduces speed of iPhones as batteries wear out, report suggests

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 78

Blockchain workings

Lisa Toth  In Whole foods market, you can order something from Amazon.com and have it delivered to Whole foods. They have a bank of lockers you can have stuff delivered to as long as one is available.

Lisa Toth   Trying to get pics from my LG K20 phone. When we first got it, it could see the pics on my micro sd card. Now it seems only to see the pics I’ve taken since I got the phone.  Plus, I can’t figure out how to download them to my computer. 

Lisa Toth  “The Australian Securities Exchange will soon become the world’s first stock market to implement blockchain technology.”  What is blockchain?

News Item   Twitter will now let you publish an entire tweetstorm all at once

News Item   Mozilla Angers Firefox Users After Force-Installing Mr. Robot Promo Add-On

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 77

                        the Bitcoin rate

Jerry Schrum   Can I run the paid version of Malwarebytes (which has full-time malware protection) at the same time I have my Norton antivirus program on?

Lisa Toth   What is an RSS feed? How do I find them and then how do I get them to listen to?

Lisa Toth   What is a podcast? How do I find them and listen.

Tony Pizza With all the millions of Win 10 security updates and semiannual version updates from Microsoft for free (so far), how do they pay for them?

Craig Ladd   Is there any advantage with NVMe SSDs other than speed?

Lisa Toth   Does anyone know anything about the Honey Chrome add-in?

News Item:   Keylogger Found in HP Notebook Keyboard Driver

News Item:   Bitcoin price fluctuates madly

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 76

Compuserve forums closing

Lisa Toth   I used to use Thunderbird, switched to Windows live; liked it but now I find it is not supported anymore.  My windows 10 Toshiba laptop has “mail” (outlook?)  I like the idea of having the program include calendar and such. Should I go back to Thunderbird?

Lisa Toth   My experience makes me think my contacts are not on my computer. What is actually happening.

Andy Toth   I used to have no issue with connecting my phone to my computer via USB. Downloading my pictures uploading music no problem. I’ve tried a dozen times or more in the last three days and my phone is no longer recognized.

Lisa Toth   I wanted to change my email address. It still doesn’t work for the old address and that is where my contacts were. When I looked at Mail/outlook, there are my contacts! How do I move them to my new account?

News Item:   AOL is ending CompuServe forums on December 15.

News Item:   What’s Quad9 DNS?

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 75

Google Tracking locations

Tony Pizza   After making a disk image, Win 10 wants to make a repair disk, which I did. It also made a recovery usb. Are both needed? If so, what for?

Lisa Toth   Since I became “past president” I’ve been inundated with spam sent to its email address. I took some time today to unsubscribe to as many as I could. At some point in the future I may set up folders for the email I care about but that is going to be a lot of folders.  Did APCUG sell my address?

John Weigle   I have a small external hard drive that I have used for backups, but it no longer shows up on my desktop when I plug it in. I tried plugging it into my laptop, and it shows up with a drive letter and shows the contents when I open it. Any ideas about what I can do to make it work on the desktop? If I remember right, I did try it in an alternate USB plug.

Lisa Toth   I can’t figure out how to make folders and rules in windows live. Does anyone know how? I have windows 10 on my toshiba laptop

Craig Ladd   puzzling: writing original post in FB not possible, FB app let’s me do that, blue tooth keyboard does, latest version FireFox does, but using Chrome does not.

News Item:  FBI Gave Heads-Up To Fraction Of Russian Hackers’ US Targets

News Item:  Google admits tracking users’ location even when setting disabled

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 74

Lisa Toth   Some time ago I asked what “snap” is.

Roger Houston   I have mixed results installing Win-10 v-1709. Laptop installed perfectly. Faster desktop will NOT install!!! It seems like it is just doing a normal Reboot/Restart. Three times I used the fix errors in Window install. I selected to fix minor ones that were found, however, I still got normal restarts and no v-1709. No warnings to not turn off system during update. No auto restarts either.

Lisa Toth   I’ve been inundated with spam. I took some time today to unsubscribe to as many as I could. At some point in the future I may set up folders for the email I care about but that is going to be a lot of folders.

News Item:  Dark Web Shops Are Leaking IPs Left and Right

News Item:  Co-ordinated groups of Twitter bots pushing pro-Russian propaganda have developed an odd but occasionally effective strategy – retweeting messages that the bot-makers disagree with and flooding their enemies with followers.

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 73

Lisa Toth   What is a mobi file. I downloaded an ebook I had purchased. It came to file explorer in 3 formats, IE, pdf and .mobi I

know what to do with the pdf I have a place for ebooks in pdf.  What do I do with IE and .mobi?  How would I use them?

Sue Nethercott   When going to my website, I get sometimes “401 – Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials.” errors. For example, I get a 401 if I put in the www, but I don’t if I go without it.  What can I fix on my web site to avoid the errors?

Ray Escobedo   I have a new 64 bit Windows 7 computer. I need to transfer my Windows Live Mail emails and the program from my old 32 bit Windows 7 computer to the new computer. I can’t find a Live Mail or Windows Live Essentials program on Google that will download. At the very least, I need to move my emails to the new computer. Hope you can help.

Lisa Toth   I am seriously thinking about the LG K20 phone. Any comments?

Lisa Toth   Can you talk about twinui? An organization I am a member of sent me a file. When I clicked the download button I saw the arrow in the right of my screen indicating the file was downloading. When I went to my downloads folder, it was not there.  Actually it said it was opening it via twinui. When I could not find the twinui file, I tried to save it. Cannot find the file. What am I missing?

News Item:   Try the Vivaldi browser

News Item:  Google says hackers steal almost 250,000 web logins each week

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