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Q&A with CIPCUG No. 61

Google Extensions

John Weigle   I’m finding myself surrounded with cables. What are your thoughts on wireless keyboards and mice for a cluttered condo?

Tony Pizza   At one of the meetings Toby suggested what download sites to use, and not use. I checked my notes, and they are inscrutable. Possibly CNET was ok? What about FossHub?

Roger Houston   Question #1 for Office 365. Will Office 365, Outlook be able to download and install my Contacts and Calendar from iCloud?  I am ready to consider buying Office 365 Home for syncing across platforms [without iCloud] and for the 1TB x 5 cloud it offers.

Roger Houston   Question #2: Are there any other reliable and easy to use solutions or apps, without breaking the bank?

Bill Hinds   How do I close a briefcase in Windows 10? The briefcases are left over from Windows XP.

Lisa Toth   What do you think about pushbullet?

News Item:   Eight Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Deliver Malicious Code to 4.8 Million Users

Q&A with CIPCUG No. 60

do you have the right password?

Paddy Ruzella   How do I remove My Way from Google Chrome? Step by step info. needed. Thanks

Sue Nethercott   I’ve a friend in Oklahoma who, every now and then, keeps getting “page cannot be displayed” for nearly every site although she seems to have a connection. She can get to google, but that is probably cached. She often gets kicked off at roughly the same time each day.

Craig Ladd   Android smartphone, for some reason Firefox is slower than Chrome – you discussed about it being quicker

News Item:  On the heels of a multitude of security patches last Tuesday, Adobe has issued security patches to both Flash and Acrobat Reader.

News Item:   Many or most color laser printers print secret microdots that can be seen under magnification.  The codes tell the date of printing and the MAC address of the printer.

News Item:   Bill Burr, the author of an influential guide to computer passwords says he now regrets several of the tips he gave.

Q&A with CIPCUG session 59

Swedish Technology Concept - Flag of Sweden in Binary Code - 3D Illustration

Swedish Technology Concept – Flag of Sweden in Binary Code – 3D Illustration

Lisa Toth:   Another question: Also a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned the updates my 2 in 1 needs and that I had deleted 4 I did not think I needed.  Is there a way to find out what they were and get the updates back?

Lisa Toth:   I have files I have downloaded and am not able to open them without right clicking on the file name in my download folder.  Most of the time when I download something it is not a program or app.

News Item:   International police had infiltrated the dark web Hansa network before they shut it down. Now Dutch police are reusing the same login credentials elsewhere to confiscate assets. How does a criminal hacker use same username and password elsewhere? We try to tell users not to do this, but one would assume the hackers would know better.

News Item:   20,000 account records stolen from health insurance provider Anthem

News Item:   Sweden managed to upload all their transportation data  to the cloud, without password protection and without encryption. You can get names, photos, addresses, phone numbers for every member of the military, even secret units. You can get the same information on anyone under investigation for crimes, anyone on witness protection, anyone with a car — virtually everything about nearly everyone in Sweden is an open book

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 58


Sandra Gelso:   If I use Boingo overseas is it more secure than an airport lounge or hotel wifi?

John Weigle:   CoffeCup’s HTML editor wouldn’t let me open itself or reinstall it because, my administrator had blocked the program.  I just checked and found out that right clicking on the shortcut and selecting run as administrator worked.

Sue Nethercott:  If somebody is having trouble reaching several sites, but not all, and others elsewhere are not having the same problem, what’s the best site for checking if there are any temporary bottlenecks in an area?

John Weigle News Item:  Scammers are calling people and saying the IRS has a refund for them but needs their full name, Social Security number and other details so it can send you the check.

Toby Scott News Item:   Some interesting things coming in the Windows 10 Fall update.

News Item:   Microsoft commits to eliminating Flash support in Windows by 2020

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 57


Alphabay gets taken down

Lisa Toth:   For my ASUS 2-in-1 I decided to download an app from the store. After I chose it and clicked “get” I noticed it was not downloading. Then I noticed a number at the top of the screen. 34. I clicked on it and discovered this number refers to the number of updates my machine has been trying to do. I was able to delete a couple of things I don’t care anything about but there are still 30 to do.   So, is it possible that the problems I’ve been having are due to processes and programs that can’t run properly because they need still to be updated?

I am planning to run it and keep the screen from going to sleep and get some of these things updated.

If it is plugged in, can I set it not to go to sleep and just allow it to update?

Lisa Toth:  Since the last update whenever I download something, clicking on it does not open it, I am taken to an empty web page.  After fumbling around I tried right clicking and am given a choice on how to open. I can finally see my download.  This has happened each time I download something. Is there a new setting I need to make?

News Item:  Scammers are sending fake email messages that you have to pay for WhatsApp.  You don’t.  If you try to pay, they will rob you blind.

News Item:  Delete your old phone numbers from Facebook or any other location where you have enabled two-factor authentication.

News Item:  Is there must be a way to discern or at least have a clue if an app is real or not?

News Item:  Dark web sites AlphaBay and Hansa have been shut down by international law enforcement.

News Item:  For some tablets and 2-in-1 computers built in 2013 or 2014 years ago, there will be no more major updates to Windows 10.  There will, however, continue to be security updates until 2024.

Q&A with CIPCUG – Session 56


beware online scams

Lisa Toth:   If I want to take something out of OneNote, how do I do that? I’d like to delete a couple of files and folders.

Lisa Toth:   Kim Komando News Item:  Don’t fill out that loan application! Your data could be at risk

News Item:  Is your credit card in a hacker’s database?  Fill out the form and find out

Sue Nethercott News Item:  Photobucket accused of blackmail after quietly requiring users to pay $400 a year to hotlink

Jerry Crocker  News Item:   Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 55


battery on iphone

John Weigle:   Why does Thunderbird no longer remember my password for outgoing Gmail? It works fine with my AOL, CIPCUG and the online Level 4 Outlook mail. The Gmail messages to me are downloaded with no problem.

News Item:  Ransomware Attacks Continue in Ukraine with Mysterious WannaCry Clone.

News Item:    Google Is Testing A “Panic Button” in Android So Users Can Close Malicious Apps.

News Item:  The EU is working legislation to insure the “right to repair” in an effort to avoid planned obsolescence.

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 54


Asus 2 in 1

John Weigle   Anyone have any ideas why Thunderbird no longer remembers my password for outgoing Gmail? It works fine with my AOL, CIPCUG and the online Outlook mail that Level 4, which took over the VCNET accounts, switched to. The Gmail messages to me are downloaded with no problem.

Lisa Toth   Whenever I sign into my ASUS 2 in one, Chromium automatically starts. I can’t figure out how to stop this.

Michael Megowan   If I get hit with a wanna-cry virus, does it encrypt my cloud storage as well as my local storage?

News Item:   It appears that NotPetya cryptovirus is not ransomware at all. It is a destructive attack in disguise. If you get it, you aren’t getting your data back, no matter what.

News Item:   Senate Gets Ready to Ban Kaspersky Products as FBI Interviews Company’s US Employees

John Weigle News Item:   Kim Komando’s computer minute today discussed the possible effects of Amazon’s growth and the Whole Foods acquisition. Is it driving stores out of business and putting itself in a position where it will be able to control the economy?

Q&A with CIPCUG; Session 53


Rick subbing for Toby

John Weigle:  I’m looking for a simple way to create mailing lists so I can make labels.

Craig Ladd:   Can you explain where Kiwi for Gmail will take us in future, bypassing browser

Tony Pizza:   In the Settings, Update and Security, there is a selection for Windows Insider Program. Should we become Insiders?

Craig Ladd:   There is a computer clinic next month, need more sign ups, bring friends & family !

Sue Nethercott News Item:  Google said Friday it would stop scanning the contents of Gmail users’ inboxes for ad targeting, moving to end a practice that has fueled privacy concerns since the free email service was launched.

John Weigle News Item:  Say Goodbye to the Roboform Toolbar in Firefox.

Sue Nethercott News Item:  Snapchat launches Snap Map feature which lets you see exactly where other people are in real-time.

Jerry Crocker News Item:  Microsoft says no known ransomware runs on Windows 10 S.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 52


From ZDnet article on Firefox

Lisa Toth:  Recently updated my Microsoft account to reflect a new email address. When that seemed to be working, I deleted the old address. When I come directly here (to Microsoft) my new address. When I am trying to sign in to OneDrive it shows my old address and I can’t sign in. I’ve asked for a new pw and set it up but it never works.  I went to my info and tried to add the old email back in. Problem is, it says that address is in use and I can’t use it.

News Item:  If you are a Windows user with a gMail account, you might want to take a look at the new Kiwi app.

Kiwi for Gmail Blog site

Jerry Crocker: shared a link.  Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer

John Weigle: posted a News Item:  Microsoft releases new Windows XP and Vista security patches

News Item:  If you use Flash, do a manual update pronto. Flash is the #1 vector for viruses. There are 9 fixes in the latest.

News Item:  Firefox 54 is out: “Faster but no memory hog like Chrome”

Firefox vs Chrome on ZDnet

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