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Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 58

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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 54

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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

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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 No.50

 

imagesJohn Weigle   Windows started installing Creators Update, which took a while, then rebooted, did some more and finally ended with a message that it had found a problem with the computer. So it rebooted, reinstalled the old version and didn’t seem to leave any message about what failed. As I’m writing this, I got a new message that it’s ready to install the latest updates. Failed second time, too.

Tony Pizza   I just started the Creator upgrade on my 3rd computer. It needed some updates to 1607, which took repeated tries because I kept getting an error with KB4019472. I tried a restart, failed, tried a shut down and reboot, also set the power off settings for screen and sleep to never. It succeeded after that, probably a coincidence.

Lisa Toth   Sometimes a ghost page starts to appear on my screen then disappears. I’m wondering if it is my pop-up blocker blocking an ad. This just started happening a week or so ago.

Michael Megowan   I am having a problem with Firefox sometimes locking up my computer when I go to open a new tab. Even CTRL-ATL-DEL won’t get me out. I have to do a power switch reboot.  This problem started a couple of months ago.  I have tried to do a clean reinstall of Firefox, but the problem persists.  I am running Windows 7. The computer is a Core-i5 with 16Gb of RAM.  Chrome blue screens, but not on opening tabs.

Lisa Toth   I am noticing a new phenomenon when scrolling down through pics I get by email. I get vertical lines beside the pictures. Sometimes they eventually disappear.

Tony Pizza posted a news item:  Kim Kommando recommends “Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. This free tool examines your Windows and Office settings for any potential problems, especially contamination”.  Anyone used it?

Lisa Toth posted a news item:  The No. 2 computer maker, HP, accidentally shipped an unknown number of laptops with a keylogger vulnerability built right into it.

Sue Nethercott posted a news item:  Hackers break into centralized password manager OneLogin

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 49

Roger Houston   Not sure about the usefulness of

Last Pass Authenticator. CrockMaskIs it helpful? How?

News Item:  A photo of a person’s eye taken at a medium distance is more than enough to trick a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone login iris scanner, according to researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).

News Item:  Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

News Item:  Leaked!  Facebook rules that allow death threats, pictures of animal torture and videos of self-harm

News Item:  WannaCry update.

Follow on Question:  In light of Heathrow airport being shut down because computers can’t route luggage to the proper airplane, how likely is it that some virus, worm or just poor planning could shut down major portions of civilization?

Pictured:  Jerry Crocker, our photographer extraordinaire (in his disguise)

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