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Q&A with CIPCUG, Session 33

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Bill Hinds:  When I try to use Acronis Disk Director, I get message that I’m using a Demo, and it does not work. I got this disk from a raffle at a CIPCUG meeting and it worked before I added a new Solid State drive to my system

Orv Beach:   Got a Netgear router? You’ll want to update the firmware if you haven’t done it in a while.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo:   Would you provide information on online tax filing and recommendations on how to protect ourselves…I assume we know the standard antivirus, malware. Etc

Lisa Toth:  Every once in awhile, my phone screen gets the dreaded gray screen. I have restarted it to get my screen back sometimes just pressing the power button fixes it. I have a windows phone. A Lumia.

Bunny Vreeland:   Regarding an article that said anyone could find out anything about you:  Is it true?  How much information about us is out there?

Lisa Toth: I have updated adobe flash many times but I still have trouble watching things I trust. Could this be a setting in Firefox?

Bunny Vreeland:   How did you learn so much about computers? How does someone learn how to be a WebMaster in today’s world? And, how can we keep up with all the changes and upgrades?

Q&A With CIPCUG — Session 32

 

Sue Nethercott  How easy is it to convert an Access database to a mySQL database? And how easy is MySQL to use?Jerry22

Rosalie Sherbrooke   Per Toby’s suggestion, I’m posting my question here; Can anyone recommend a program that will eliminate the duplicate photos/files on my computer?

Sue Nethercott   If Trump’s administration ends net neutrality, how much effect would it have outside of the USA, and how likely is it that people would find an alternative?

From today’s CIPCUG meeting:  Questions: Why won’t my computers sync?     Answer: Just rename your computer Titanic and it will sink.

Craig Ladd  News Item:  Gmail To Block JavaScript Attachments Due To Ransomware, Other Security Risks

Q&A With CIPCUG – Session 31

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This week’s questions are in:

Jerry Crocker:
   Alerted us to a Gmail phishing attack.  It looks like an email attachment from another Gmail user, but isn’t.

Jefi Doman:   Every once in awhile, my laptop computer screen goes black. I move the laptop around and, eventually, the picture comes back. What is going on?

Bill Hinds:  Chrome stopped accepting links from my email. How do I change that?

Michael Megowan:  I have a little ASUS Vivo computer that won’t stay off when I use the shutdown command. After going off for a few seconds It restarts. It also restarts when I force a shutdown by holding the power button. What can I do besides turning off the power strip. It is running Windows 10 from last September

Jefi Doman:  How do we know for sure that The Cloud is safe. Can it hijacked (with all your info)?

Bunny Vreeland:    There are so many products that you can ‘remotely’ control with your phone, today. You can turn on your home lights, as an example. How do you secure them so they are safe?”

Lisa Toth:  I use windows live mail, I have windows 10 latest version. I suddenly have 2 identical email accounts.  Mail is coming to both accounts. I did not set up a second account at least not on purpose

Sue Nethercott:   Where can I find a template for Word 2007 for a non-fiction book? Microsoft does not do them and I have no idea which, if any, of the freebies out there are any good.

Lisa Toth:  I use Windows live for my mail, I have windows. Sometimes when I open an email with a picture in it, the text goes down the left side of my screen one word at a time. Is that a problem with my settings?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 30

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Since we didn’t have enough questions to fill a 20 minute podcast, Toby spent a fair amount of time discussing the topic of drone delivery services and how far away they are from being an everyday thing.  Primarily, Toby expands on Amazon’s Prime Air, and even the patent they have for basically a Mothership which Toby describes the details of the operation Amazon has in mind.
But first, we cover this week’s submitted questions and news items.

Bunny Vreeland:  Everykey, the McAfee substitute for password. What is your take on it?

Sue Nethercott:  Net providers to begin sending ‘pirate’ emails for those who host or use Torrents.

John Weigle:  Fake security email makes your computer a botnet minion.

News Article posted by Toby Scott:  The FBI Is Apparently Paying Geek Squad Members To Dig Around In Computers For Evidence Of Criminal Activity

Sue Nethercott:  Bug ‘exposes’ WhatsApp message secrets

News Item:  Fox sells Super Bowl digital-only ad packages for up to $700,000

News Item:  Will 2017 be the year of the drone???


Tech Crunch’s article on the rise of Drone Technology

 

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 29

Smart Cars on the rise

Google recently dropped a big announcement in the arena of competing Smart Car manufacturers when they mentioned that they will also make all of the hardware as well as its software…  This means Google is dead serious about their technology and that is a very good sign in today’s world.  Toby discusses the potentials and setbacks as well the following questions sent in for today’s episode.

Jerry Schrum: About 1 year ago, I purchased a new oven, and I recently recalled that it supposedly can be activated from afar via an internet connection and my smart phone. I have never attempted to set it up. But, it recently occurred to me:  Could my device somehow be “hackable” and should I do something to ensure that it cannot be hijacked for some nefarious cyber crime?

Lisa Toth:  We have to have our house tented for termites.  We’ll take our computers and tablets with us for the two nights and we have to be out, but is there anything we should do about our tech?  We can’t take the monitors, routers, etc. They say it is safe, but is it really?

News Item:  On the Facebook page there was a discussion about Kim Komando recommending WPS Writer.  Care to Comment.

In a discussion on the Facebook it was asked:  How do you like your windows phone now that you’ve had it for awhile? I like mine, but a lot of apps don’t have a version of it.

Lisa Toth:  A friend sent me a message saying Facebook is going to start charging per message if I don’t send that message to at least 10 people.  Is that possible?

News Item:  At the Consumer Electronics Show, a lot of the news has been about self-driving cars and connected cars.  Care to comment?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 28

Bunny Vreeland Talk about apps.  Every business has its own app, it seems.  Why? I also understand that some apps are scams. How does that happen?What do we need to look out for?amazonskywarehouse

Sue Nethercott Have you tried 3D printing? Looks like it could have its uses.

Bunny Vreeland Fake News. How do we know if it is real or fake? How can you tell?

Sue Nethercott Do you think a flying warehouse would ever take off?

Bunny Vreeland How can we tell if the Russians hacked the election?

Sue Nethercott Would you want this smart a home?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 27

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Michael Megowan   What size 2 in 1 computer would you recommend to replace my tired Windows XP laptop? What manufacture(s) would you recommend?

Lisa Toth   What is the difference between the one note I downloaded in the past and One Note 2016? And why didn’t it just update my old one. Will it be hard to get the old stuff moved over?

From post on CIPCUG about iPhone security.  Is your data safe on a smart phone?

The US Department of transportation wants all cars to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices:  Commentary

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 26

Darrell Peck:  I am attempting to set up a Remote Desktop Connection.donuts6_n  How do I verify access through my firewall?

John Norbutas:  I’m looking for recommendations for the initial setup for a new Win 10 PC. Is there a good web site? Do I need to make recovery disks? Recovery flash drive? Administrator account?  What about a netbook with a small solid state hard drive?

A question from Jessica:  Did you report that smart phone sales are going to be basically flat for 2016?  Where is the growth coming from?  [Discussion ensues]

Q&A With CIPCIG, Session 25

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Lisa Toth  On my new Windows 10 computer I can’t get on the internet and it has disappeared from our network.

Darrell Peck   I get a pop up window from Norton Identity for subscription renewal (I never subscribed – unless it was part of their anti-virus package) Anyway, how do I STOP it ?

Tony Pizza   I received an email from Paypal Security Team, customers@review.net, Subject:We have limited your account temporarily. It contained an attachment named Attachment225.html. I was suspicious.

John Weigle  I’ve seen references to Pocket in stories and on at least one of my browsers. How does it work? Should I be using it?

Craig Ladd  Android OS – won’t play Vimeo videos, do I need a app from them to do this ?

Lisa Toth  I put last pass on my computer and on my iPad. I’m pretty sure I signed in with the same password but they don’t seem to be connected.

Judy Griffin Taylour   how do I get Cortana to go to my personal home page.

Toby Scott   The uBlock Origin extension is now available for Edge. Just go to the store and search.

Toby Scott (article)  Samsung is going to brick all Galaxy Note 7’s in mid-December, to prevent problems with the 7% of Galaxy owners who didn’t turn their phones in.

Toby Scott (article)  Avalanche network brought down by global operation

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 24

gooliganSue Nethercott My search is screwed. I was searching for a file in my directory, but the search never ended and now whenever I open a directory, it seems to be trying to search everything (goodness knows what for), and I am limited in what I can do.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo The difference between malware and viruses. Why the antivirus my not look for malware

Sue Nethercott How to change a website from defaulting to something else to defaulting to index.html, if you cannot find a .htaccess file doing the overruling. the config file looks ok.

Darrell  Peck  what can I do to correct the error message I get on a regular basis? “Your IMAP server closed the connection.”

Craig Ladd (article)  security researchers from Check Point Software Technologies have found this new malware family, that it calls Gooligan (probably inspired by hooligans) has comprised about 1 million accounts.

Sue Nethercott (article) Working out the card number, expiry date and security code of any Visa credit or debit card can take as little as six seconds and uses nothing more than guesswork, new research has shown.

Toby Scott (article)  Hidden code that tracked visitors to a child sex abuse image website has been discovered by its members.

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