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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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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.

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 43

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Tony Pizza   I’m asking for a friend (of course). Verizon router/modem, home network used by wired Win 10, wireless Win 10, Wired XP, wireless XP. Can the XPs be set to use the home network without allowing connection to the internet?

Bunny Vreeland   How to tell if the email is real or fake (like the one I got from the ‘bank’)

John Weigle   Interesting change in Kim Komando’s recommendation (and advertiser). Does anyone here use IDrive?

Lisa Toth   How can I access more themes for my desktop?

John Weigle   I have Windows 10, version 1607, build 14393.1066. When I booted up today, I got a message about having trouble with my Microsoft account (I don’t log on with an MS account) and almost all the icons on the desktop were gone. I rebooted and things were fine. I’ve been getting lots of messages urging me to use an MS account. Is this just a result of the update or is MS going crazy about wanting us to use MS accounts for everything?.

Lisa Toth  I have been trying to set up my two in one. Trying to log into my Microsoft account on all my devices and I am getting a message on my main device, the laptop, that I need to fix Microsoft. Any ideas? It doesn’t say what is wrong.

News Item:  Interesting stuff from Jeff Bezos to Amazon shareholders. Not one customer ever asked for Amazon Prime. They have 66 million customers, but it still hasn’t turned a profit because they have spent more than a billion dollars to create the fast delivery infrastructure and the other items they have added to the service.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 42

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Lisa Toth   Andy and I both have windows phones.  Is the Windows phone going away?  If so what would be the best replacement?

Janet van Duinwyk   I hear there is a new Windows update coming …any words of advice

Roger Houston   A friend of mine just got hijacked? His Chrome page said to contact a phone number. Chrome will not open any other page. Explorer does not work. Is he hosed with a Crypto plague?

Lisa Toth   If I see something on Facebook that I would like to refer to at a later date, what is the best way to save the information.

Tony Pizza   Does a Win 10 image backup need a dedicated usb hard drive, or can the drive be used for other things, like an image from another Win 10 computer?

Lisa Toth   I haven’t been able to find and download Windows Live for my email on my new ASUS. How can I do that?

Lisa Toth   I keep getting a message on both of my computers that my outlook settings are out of date. I don’t really want to use Outlook at all, can I disable it and stop these messages?

News Item:  Warning, a USB Kill Stick, a terrifying USB drive impersonator that destroys any electronic device into which it’s inserted is available for purchase.

News Item:  Opera Software today boasted that the number of new U.S. users of its namesake browser more than doubled days after Congress voted to repeal restrictions on broadband providers eager to sell customers’ surfing history.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 41

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Lisa Toth  My Medicare gap insurance has offered a series of classes to reduce the chances of diabetes. Since my doctor said I am close to being pre diabetic, I decided to sign up. They use go to meeting, and provided a link. I clicked on the link and followed the instructions. I cannot find the app on my computer!

Tony Pizza   When I opened Chrome browser on my phone, I got a popup that said my Android phone was 28% corrupted by four viruses, probably from visiting adult sites, and that if I continued to use the phone it would be damaged. A convenient “click here” to fix was provided. I used the phone’s go-back, and a screen from “Google” appeared, also with a “fix”.  I shut the phone off, googled “four Virus android” with my computer, and found a fairly widespread malware. It was gone next time I used the phone.

John Weigle   The FCC issued a warning on saying “yes” if a phone caller asks, “Can you hear me?”

Lisa Toth   I am considering Amazon Prime.  What do you think about amazon prime?

News Item:  Windows Vista reaches end of life on April 11.

News Item:  A group of hackers called the “Turkish Crime Family” claims to have gained access to hundreds of millions of iCloud and Apple email accounts. They are giving Apple until April 7 to pay $700,000 or they say they will wipe every victims’ gadget remotely and reset their iCloud accounts.

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 40

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Lisa Toth   Sometimes I end up with more than one instance of a site in my LastPass vault. For example, I have 3 versions of one bank and two of another in my finance folder. What am I doing to make this happen?

Ray Escobedo   Should I delete everything from my download folder from time to time? (Windows 7)

Janet van Duinwyk   I recently brought a HP Office Jet Pro 8710 printer.  It has been printing and then while printing, it just quit..I have turned off router, computer, and printer and restarted but still not working–seems like it lost communication with my computer.

Lisa Toth  I checked my pop up status in Firefox and it is on. Yet I still get popups. I confess they are when I visit various sites to read an article. I believe the popups are associated with the site I visit. I thought that checking the popup option in Firefox would stop these.

News Item   What do we know about the threatened attack on iCloud accounts that is supposed to take place on April 7?

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 39

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Lisa Toth   My last pass app starting doing weird things and the only way to stop it was to unpin it from the firefox task bar. I went out to lastpass web page to see what I could do about this and the only thing I could find close to my problem told me to go to firefox extensions and uninstall then re install it. Well I was successful in uninstalling it but can’t seem to re-install it. I even downloaded it again but it just disappears into who knows where.  I did manage to get to my vault and I have that tab pinned to firefox but I’d like to get the full functionality back.

News Item  Starting this week, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to Windows 7 & 8.1 computers that are installed on the latest hardware. If you are running a Kaby Lake (7th Generation) Intel processor or a late Skylake (6th Gen.) you will no longer receive updates.

Bill Wishon   I had a Win7 notepad that I updated to Win10. It fell behind on updates but finally installed the latest updates. Not too much later if failed to start and wanted me to repair or reinstall Win10.  It wouldn’t repair or reinstall so I finally just reinstalled Win7 and its updates. This is a backup computer so that was fine. I may try a Win10 upgrade again sometime but for now it is just an FYI.  Will MS remember that it was once updated to win10 and if not then what? Is there a contact number?

From the Facebook page  Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, MIT and Harvard make much of their curriculum available for free.  No course credit is given, but you can learn a ton.

News Item   ISP are pressuring the FCC that users browser and app usage isn’t private information, so they can sell it.  Privacy advocates are upset.

Question  What backup strategies will work with the latest Crypto-Viruses.

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