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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 94

FCC repeals Privacy Rules

Lisa Toth   Message from Malwarebytes.  “These items have been quarantined by Malwarebytes.”  Do you know what this is? It says it is in win/explorer.

Roger Houston   My desktop Win-10 machine will automatically and unwantedly reboot at least once per day, starting maybe a month ago. It used to do it only once or twice per week. Can I stop this reboot sequence?

Lisa Toth   In windows live mail I am suddenly unable to click on a link and go there. I’m using my Toshiba laptop w/win 10.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   Deleting browser history? I was taking on line training. I had to clear history and cookies first

John Weigle   If I have a Microsoft login on my laptop is that an MS account? If so, can I use the same account on my desktop? Or do I have to have separate MS accounts for every machine. If I can use the same login and password on two machines, how do I get it on in the desktop?

News Item:   Over the course of the year, the number of apps in the Apple store declined from 2.2 million to 2.1 million the first ever drop in apps. Also, new apps declined 29% year over year.  Meanwhile, Android apps continued their upward momentum and now outnumber iOS apps 3.5 million to 2.1.

News Item:   After the government killed net neutrality, who cares about Facebook’s gathering of data?  Charter, AT&T, Verizon and a dozen others are a way larger threat to our data security.  At about the same time the F.C.C. voted to stay requirements that internet service providers must take “reasonable measures” to protect confidential information they hold on their customers, such as Social Security numbers and credit card information.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 93

Cloudflare

Lisa Toth   On my toshiba laptop w/win 10, the cell for cortana takes up a lot of space on my task bar. Is there a way to fix this?

John Weigle   I have deleted the Opera browser. For the last few days. it has frozen and locked up the computer at the same time. I tried reinstalling, but it didn’t help.

John Weigle   I took the machine to Ventura County Computers, and it worked fine. Michael let me borrow an old router to see if that was the problem. It didn’t solve the problem. I plugged the Spectrum modem directly into the computer, bypassing my router. That didn’t help. So I decided to replace the Spectrum modem. That didn’t work until I changed the ethernet cable. Everything is fine.

John Weigle   The newest version of Firefox has hidden my bookmarks. Fortunately they were imported to Opera.

News Item:   City of Atlanta didn’t pay off ransomware

News Item:   Microsoft goes all in with Android apps for business

News Item:   Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 DNS Service Makes the Internet More Private & Faster

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 92

Facebook data used by Cambridge Analytica

John Weigle   I bought Office 365 and am just starting to use it. Does it automatically save things in the cloud and my hard drive or do I have to tell it to do so?

John Weigle   What do I have to do to put it on my laptop? Copy the installer I got for the desktop or go to the site on my laptop?

Roger Houston   On my Dell laptop, Win10, I had no sound on the internal speakers or headphone since a Windows update late last year. Deleting drivers and auto reinstalling or manual installing did not help. My Realtek Audio Command function was no longer available, nor could it be found. [Bluetooth headphones did work].   So I tried using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows.

How to install the default drivers;  Open Device Manager, right-click your audio driver under “System Devices”/”High Definition Audio Controller” or similar > Update driver software… > Browse my computer for driver software > Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer, select High Definition Audio Device, select Next, and follow the instructions to install it.  It works.

News Item:   City of Atlanta mulls paying off ransomware.

News Item:   Facebook Collected Call and SMS Metadata From Some Users’ Smartphones

News Item:   Explain the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica problem that is causing all the apologies from Mark Zuckerberg and staff

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 91

Free SSL certificate site

John Norbutas   I am aware of the virtues of Onenote, but what about the downside? Is there another app out there that can read onenote files, or are we at the total mercy of microsoft? If MS decides to change or abandon onenote, am I left with a bunch of ones and zeros?

Andy Toth   Last night. My phone received a call from itself. I answered, there was no response on the other end.

Andy Toth   I could be wrong but SSL is only provides identity verification and securer method for transferring sensitive information. It does nothing to protect the user from viruses and malware from a https site that has been hacked. I have a personal website on which I eventually plan to market items. The average monthly cost of the SSL certificate is nearly twice my hosting cost and will most likely not be recoverable in sales. I will be using a third party with SSL to accept payments when and if that happens. The statement that a https in the url assures security is totally misleading.

[Visit https://letsencrypt.org/ to get free SSL certificates.]

Andy Toth   After about 4 hours the wired mouse freezes. I have to unplug and plugin for it to function. I experience the same with a USB soundcard. It never happens at the same time. The laptop was purchased in 2012. The USB ports are adjacent to each other, so I doubt they are separate USB 2.0 chips. There are three adjacent ports. The third has a wireless connection to a keyboard. It has not frozen. I’ve switched the port connections around and had the same results.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

News Item:  FBI Paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad Employees To Turn Over Customer Data

News Item:  New Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5’ test build includes a new way to push Edge

News Item:  France takes legal action against Apple and Google for their app stores

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 90

Project Gutenburg

Lisa Toth   on Facebook I lose being able to see posts when the banner contains a video. Is there a setting I can change not to see the banner vids?

News Item:   If your bank moves to a new security platform you may receive notification via email or snail mail that assigns you a new password made up of some combination of name and Social Security Number.

News Item:   Hackers, Not Users, Lose Money in Attempted Cryptocurrency Exchange Heist

News Item:   Microsoft has ended Windows 10 S

News Item:   Only Half of Those Who Paid a Ransomware Were Able to Recover Their Data

News Item:   Project Gutenberg is a US non-profit that makes books that are no longer under copyright to be available for download. 

It’s a great service. Unfortunately, 18 books that are no longer under US copyright law are under German copyright and the Project Gutenberg site has software to translate its contents into different languages — including German.  Even though Project Gutenberg has never had anything to do with Germany, German courts decided that Project Gutenberg had to remove the 18 books, provide a list of everyone who downloaded the books and pay court costs.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 89

CryptoPrevent from Foolishit

Lisa Toth  I was having problems saving changes or new sites on Last pass.  I had to use the advanced feature to get  an answer. Firefox. So I went to Internet Explorer and lo and behold it works.  I was also able to log into a site I hadn’t been able to in the past.

John Weigle   I see that Foolishit has issued a new version of CryptoPrevent and two paid versions with more features. Do you see anything in the paid versions that the average user should get?

Fred Krueger   Have you ever discussed security cameras?

Lisa Toth   I was listening to the podcast, right near the end of the first news item it quit running. I refreshed the page and started the podcast again.  Stopped at the same point.  Is the problem my computer or the broadcast?

News Item:   In a divided 2-1 decision, the appeals court said that police must have a search warrant before pulling data from a vehicle’s “black box,” reinforcing that today’s constantly evolving computerized cars should have the same privacy protection as smartphones.

News Item:   A slew of newly discovered vulnerabilities can wreak havoc on 4G LTE network users by eavesdropping on phone calls and text messages, knocking devices offline, and even spoofing emergency alerts.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 88

Amazon AWS servers logo

Lisa Toth:   I can’t figure out how to search One Note. I don’t see the process.

Lisa Toth:   I’m having an issue with LastPass. It won’t save changes or new accounts. It times out and has a message across the top.

News Item:   British infosec researcher Kevin Beaumont has warned that Amazon AWS S3 servers could be held to ransom due to lax security.

News Item:   Apple has moved encryption keys for mainland Chinese iCloud users to China

News Item:   Police can collect information from a car’s computer without any type of warrant.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 87

Microsoft team uses Blockchain

Fred Krueger   how do I join your podcast

Toby Scott   Just received a recorded call at work: “If you don’t hit 1 now to speak to a representative, Google will report that your business is permanently closed.”

News Item:   Microsoft February Patch Tuesday Fixes 50 Security Issues

News Item:   Microsoft: We’re developing blockchain ID system starting with our Authenticator app

News Item:   Rapid Ransomware Being Spread Using Fake IRS Malspam

News Item:   Olympic Destroyer Data-Wiping Malware Is More Complex Than Previously Thought

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 86

Facebook Watch gaining traction

John Norbutas   I am looking for alternative methods for password protecting pdf files. I have an older version of Adobe Acrobat on an older computer. Anything newer and cheaper?

Tony Pizza   Just got one of those pop-up scarewares warning me my computer was hosed. Since clicking anywhere in an attempt to close it might do something bad, I used ALT-F4 to close the window and browser.

Judy Taylour   My HP laptop goes to a black screen in less than 5 minutes — especially today when I had to sit here and forward the e-mail with the links to more than 50 people who registered after 6am ET. It seems I would just turn my back and I’d have to wiggle my mouse and click again on Sign in.

News Item:  Facebook Watch is growing more rapidly than YouTube

News Item:  Chrome has a bug that allows a malicious website to freeze your browser.  Sites are using it to pop up a “You have a virus” warning with a phone number to call.  Since the browser is frozen the victim is more likely to be taken in and call.

News Item   World Police Take Down “Infraud” Carding Operation

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 85

Microsoft Office 2019

News Item:   Starting March 1st 2018, Windows Defender and other Microsoft products will begin to remove programs that display coercive behavior designed to pressure a user into purchasing their software. 

News Item:   Bitcoin price drops to $6,250, Dow Jones drops 1,175 to 24,345 on 2/5/18

News Item:   Microsoft Office 2019 Will Work on Windows 10 Exclusively

News Item:   Windows 10 Overtakes Windows 7 to Become Most Popular Windows Version

News Item:   Microsoft is about to kill off its Windows 10 S — sort of

Dr. Bunny

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