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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 209

Announcement:  Death of John Weigle

Ray Escobedo   How can I block pop up ads that appear on right bottom side of windows 10 computer. They seem to be from chrome google ktla.com.

Ray Escobedo   My Samsung laser started printing pages in landscape instead of portrait in spite of correct instructions in the settings on Window 10 computer.

Lisa Toth   I read a page called the daily spruce.  Today the page had a list of things to do 10 minuets at a time to organize.  Organize your social media in one place. Move your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Linkedin, and Instagram account streams to Hootsuite.  What is Hootsuite?  What do you know about it?

Andy Toth   It appears that OneDrive is consuming my computer drive. There are two types of notations in the status column next to a folder or a file, a cloud or a check mark. I appears that the check mark is consuming space on the drive even though my documents folder is only 200mb and does not have a …\Documents\OneDrive folder. I noticed this consumption after I uploaded a large portion of  my music library to the cloud and all those folders/files were checked. I only have 20GB remaining on the drive. Everything I uploaded from this computer is checked or synced. I do not have ‘always keep on this computer’ checked for any folders file. Is there some way to uncheck/unsync folders and files so they are only in the cloud.  I want to keep everything but a few hundred MB of files in the cloud.

News Item:  China is now blocking all encrypted HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

News Item:  ‘Drone Swarm’ Invaded Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant Last September — Twice

News Item:   Robocall Legal Advocate Leaks Customer Data

News Item:  Facebook has joined Microsoft in condemning Apple’s App Store policies, after the company was forced to remove the games feature from its Facebook Gaming app, which launches today on iOS.

News Item:  The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

News Item:  Microsoft now lets you run Android apps in Windows 10

News Item:  A trio of Office 365 business customers have sued Microsoft for outrageous privacy violations

News Item:  Microsoft adds Windows 10 DNS over HTTPS settings section

 

 

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 208

Lisa Toth   I have a Family tree subscription.  I used to have an Ancestry.com subscription but they are very expensive.  Some years ago a speaker talked about Gramps.  I really have a hard time spending time on these because I get sucked in and hours later I realize I have been at the computer following one lead after another.  I found this article. I’m just wondering what your opinion about these apps is.

Tony Pizza   Windows defender reported an unwanted program, “Win32/drivertoolkit.” I told Defender to remove it. It declared it blocked. It says it’s in c:\$recycle.bin, but nothing’s there. ADWcleaner didn’t find anything.  It keeps showing me the shield with the warning exclamation. Is there a way to reinstall Defender, which might make the warning stop, or should I ignore it?

News Item:  Zoom passwords hacked

News Item:  TikTok’s Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch U.S. deal

News Item:   Samsung Electronics to halt production at its last computer factory in China

News Item:  Apple removes thousands of game apps from China store

News Item:  Arm Accuses China Venture Ex-CEO of Blocking its Business

News Item:  Facebook puts global block on Brazil’s Bolsonaro supporters

News Item:  US government sites abused to redirect users to porn sites

News Item:  Microsoft now detects CCleaner as a Potentially Unwanted Application

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 207

Roger Houston   On Saturday I tried to join with headphones since wife was sleeping. PC Bluetooth connected to headphone, but no sound; external speakers were loud with NO volume control, no mute either. After exiting meeting, YouTube video worked perfectly with headphones. Returning to meeting, same audio problem. Dumbfounded. Any explanations??

Kenneth H Smith   Listening to you yesterday, is it time to get away from Verizon.net email? Is gmail an OK choice? What decent free choices do we have?

News Item:  Microsoft Edge now blocks abusive notifications to reduce web spam

News Item:  Remove unwanted Windows 10 apps with Bloatbox

News Item:  New ‘Meow’ attack has deleted almost 4,000 unsecured databases

News Item:  Apple begins assembling iPhone 11 in India

News Item:  5 severe D-Link router vulnerabilities disclosed

News Item:  Trump and Biden attack social media on social media

News Item:  Yahoo News Suspended Its Comment Section

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 206

 

Michael Megowan   My brother lives in a condo where his new Ring doorbell which is 1 story down cannot connect to his router.  He got one range extender that didn’t work and is returning it.  He also has a garage door controller that is Wi-Fi enabled and is two stories down from his router and at the opposite end of his unit.  What type/brand of range extender will solve his connectivity problems?

Lisa Toth   There are several rebate and coupon apps available.  I’m reluctant to download any of them.  Just got one from Capitol One, we have a credit card through them.  They are calling their app ‘wikibuy’.  It is a coupon finder.  Any reservations about these programs?

Fred Krueger   I go to an online ordering site approximately every 14 days and just recently I am unable to get to the company’s webpage.  This happens in the search bar and the address bar.  After a restart and was able to go the website.  I tried this again just prior to sending this question and the same thing, had to do a restart.  I am curious as to why this may be happening.

Andy Toth   I can find appropriate video cards but they are PCI  Express 2.0. How can I determine the PCI Express version on the desktop computer?

News Item:  Superspreading events propel coronavirus pandemic

News Item:  Seven ‘no log’ VPN providers accused of leaking user logs onto the internet

News Item:  Mozilla rolls out VPN

News Item:  Inside surveillance software tracking child porn offenders across the globe catches 12,000

News Item:  Federal agencies told to patch wormable Windows DNS bug in 24 hours

News Item:  Russian hackers target COVID-19 vaccine research with custom malware

News Item:  Scammers hacked Twitter and hijacked accounts using admin tool

News Item:  FCC: Phone carriers that profit from robocalls could have all calls blocked

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 205

K Edward Lynch   found a VHS video capture software that works  like a charm:  OBS Studio with the Razzle Dazzle USB adapter.

Tony Pizza   I had to install Java to run an app PDFsam, to merge a bunch of PDFs. At one time, the advice was to uncheck “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java.”  In the current advanced settings in the Java console, I didn’t see that setting.  Is Java safe to have on the computer, or should I remove it when I don’t need to merge PDFs anymore?

Sue Nethercott   If Spotify, Waze or various apps weren’t working on iPhone for you Friday, it’s not you.  Facebook’s sdk upgrade broke iOS.

News Item:  Use Windows 10’s Storage Sense to free up Disk Space

News Item:  How to protect your Verizon number from SIM swapping attacks

News Item:  Traffic Analysis of Home Security Cameras

News Item:  EncroChat Hacked by Police

News Item:  TikTok pulls out of Hong Kong while US ponders TikTok ban

News Item:  The F-16’s Replacement Won’t Have a Pilot at All

News Item:  TomTom charged for infotainment on a car sold last year

News Item:  US Senate panel OK’s backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act

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