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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 102

how VPN works

Fred Krueger   When I click on firefox to open I keep getting the message, do I want this browser and the app page opens asking me to set the default browser. What happened?

Lisa Toth   I’m thinking about getting another tablet as a companion to my Amazon Kindle Fire. I discovered that they use their own version of Android. I want to get one with Android that has not been modified.  So, looking for info on the small tablets. Maybe a Galaxy? Any other ideas?

Lisa Toth   Wile looking for apps for an Android tablet, I see there is a Firefox Focus: the privacy browser.  What is it?

News Item:   Google Search keeps asking if I’m human when I use VPN.

News Item:   Amazon Blocks Australian Shoppers From US Site Because of New Tax

News Item:   All the major wireless carriers in the US and Canada are selling every client’s real time location to anyone who wants to buy it. Want to burgle a house. Check to see where the owner(s) are first. Think your spouse is cheating? Track them in real time and look up where they are spending time. The opportunities for abuse from this are endless and dangerous.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 101

Microsoft meets GDPR requirements

Tony Pizza   Window 10 file manager is slow, “working on it”. I’m considering trying Free Commander. Looks like something I used on DOS and WIn 3.1. Any other recommendations? What sites are safe to download from? I forgot what ones to avoid.

Andy Toth   What’s the secret to sharing drives between computers on Windows 10 Home? The computers are all in the same workgroup. I’ve set the properties of the drive enable sharing and allow everyone full control. I enabled file and printer sharing in Network and Sharing Center. Not using passwords to connect is also activated.  Every time there’s an update all file sharing and the homegroup disappear.

Lisa Toth   I have a couple of magazines I get digitally as downloads. One I received recently is 22 plus MB. I’d like to store them to read more than once.  What is the best way?

Donn Coon   Like many other CIPCUG members I’ve heard about, my latest Firefox download has provided a miserable browser. I have another browser (Chrome) but it’s nearly as miserable for me to work with.

Lisa Toth   Please comment on the upcoming update in the fall.  What is “redstone” and explain tabs in programs/apps coming then?

John Weigle   My CanoScan 97000F scanner died after the last Windows 10 update. It keeps insisting that the driver might not have installed correctly and to reinstall it. I’ve done that several times without a change.

News Item:   Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

News Item:   Microsoft Will Extend GDPR Privacy Protections to All Users, Not Just Europeans

News Item:   US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 100

Google AI aka Duplex

Tony Pizza   I have an Asus that I tell to hibernate, but wakes up with a keypress. If I turn the power strip off, when I turn it back on, it doesn’t reboot, comes back from hibernate status.

Michael Megowan   I have an ASUS computer that turns itself back on after I have turned it off, watched it shutdown and walked away. The only way that I can get it to stay off is to hold the power button to force a shutdown.

Is there some setting that I can change to fix this?

Roger Houston   Does Black Friday sales include good cellphone sales? Should I wait? I am looking for a replacement for my old Samsung G-S5 smart phone. I want at least 64 GB. Any suggestions? I like Verizon for coverage, but can consider others if coverage is as good. I am looking at a Samsung G-S9 at Costco, sale over on Thursday 24 May [only here is my trade-in worth $200 on a 24 month schedule].

News Item:   US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

News Item:   A bug in cell phone tracking firm’s website leaked millions of Americans’ real-time locations

News Item:   Google Drive Renamed to Google One with New Storage Plans

News Item:   Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws?

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 99

Google Assistant AI

Lisa Toth   Recently I have discovered I can’t post to some sites even when there is a form to do so. These are sites where I have purchased something and they ask for a review.  Is there a setting I need to change?

Jerry Crocker   Update to Windows 10 April Update went well.

Toby Scott   On reboot, my wife received a message that a Microsoft update had blocked an HP monitoring software program aimed at keeping printers working and reporting back when they don’t.

Jerry Crocker   Windows 10 PC but pocket-sized? 5-inch Mi Mini PC arrives at an initial $149 price

News Item:   Google’s Assistant can call, make appointments, negotiate times and fool the person on the other end, passing the Turing Test.

News Item:   Police Department Loses 10 Months of Work to Ransomware. Gets Infected a Second Time!

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 98

general data protection regulation GDPR

Lisa Toth   Just got a fail message from my email.  “Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection.”

Fred Krueger   What do you know about the usb stick being advertised on TV that will fix your computer?

News Item:   Chrome Users Reporting Freezes & Timeouts After Windows 10 April Update.

News Item:   News tite: “New Service Blocks EU Users So Companies Can Save Thousands on GDPR Compliance”

We would also like to mention and recognize that past CIPCUG President, George Lakes, died April 19, 2018.  

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 97

Update is ready

Lisa Toth   I’m still waffling about office 365 and amazon prime. Are free shipping, movies and tv shows reason enough?

As for 365, what do you get?

Lisa Toth   I bought a Kindle Fire. Shouldda gotten one a little bit bigger but I can surf the web, play the games I want to, watch YouTube and Ted talks and more. It’s not a computer, however.

News Item:   Ski Lift in Austria Left Control Panel Open on the Internet

News Item:   Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update arrived yesterday

News Item:   Whois is dead as Europe tells ICANN they must comply with security terms by May 25

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 96

Russia bans the Telegram web service

John Weigle   If I heard him right, Leo LaPorte said yesterday that there’s no need for anti-virus programs because there’s no way they can catch the newest viruses immediately. I understand that, but isn’t some protection better than none?

Lisa Toth   How do I tell documents etc. to be saved in the cloud? Is there a setting to make it automatic?

Lisa Toth   Can I have a different password for the cloud so that if I got one of those attacks where my data is frozen, the cloud could not be encrypted too?

News Item:   Are WiFi Network Names Protected by the First Amendment?

News Item:   Russia Bans 1.8 Million Amazon and Google IPs in Attempt to Block Telegram

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 95

Google’s case for ‘right to be forgotten’

John Weigle   I was listening to your podcast No. 92. I was using Firefox. The sound stopped at 3:28. I reloaded, which didn’t help, but playing it in another window worked fine.

Lisa Toth   I occasionally fill out survey forms but find that when I come to a ranking list where ranking of a number of items is requested that I can’t rank all the items.

Lisa Toth   Reading technical articles sometimes quickly lets me know how much I don’t know. Why are they working with JavaScript when we try to avoid Java?

John Weigle   I’m trying to set up a Microsoft account so I can use OneDrive and other Office 365 features but can’t do so. I’ve tried all my email addresses and MS says they’re all taken.

Lisa Toth   I’m gonna have to set up a new email program.  I see in the menu that there is a program called ‘mail’. That is where my contacts mysteriously went to. It doesn’t seem to be outlook.  Also on the menu is Outlook.  “Outlook” looks like a stripped down email program.  Since my contacts moved to “mail” I am going to try to set that up. Then I’ll have to find the data files I want to keep from “live” mail and put them somewhere.  Can I import those to Mail?

News Item:   Apple starting to alert users that it will end 32-bit app support on the Mac

News Item:   Some Android device makers are lying about security patch updates

News Item:   Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

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

Dr. Bunny

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