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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)

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 48

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News Item:  Kim Komando: 560 million passwords leaked online – Change your logins now!

News Item:  “A system whose security depends on an absence of carelessness is a system designed to fail.”

Lisa Toth why is it that when I send a post with pictures, some people don’t get the pictures, or they get them now and then?  On that same line, (I am using windows live) if I reply to this same person, most of the time the pic she sent me does not go back to her.

News Item:  Bitcoin closes over $2,000 per bitcoin

News Item:  Over 98% of All WannaCry Victims Were Using Windows 7

WannaCry netted less than $100,000

News Item:   New SMB Worm, EternalRocks, Uses Seven NSA Hacking Tools.  WannaCry Used Just Two

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 47

map of places infected by wanacry worm


Lisa Toth
   duplicate files finder you mentioned in an answer to finding duplicate files. I went out to the site as my computer is loaded with such things. It doesn’t mention windows 10 at all. Are you using it on that platform?

Rosalie Sherbrooke  Can anyone recommend a program that will eliminate the duplicate photos/files on my computer?

John Weigle   The Intel Discovery Tool tells me:  “Based on the version of the ME, the system is Vulnerable” and refers me to two documents that are not terribly helpful to me. What should I do to get it fixed, or do I have to wait for Intel to come up with a solution for the motherboard and the chip?

Lisa Toth   I am considering the purchase of a Fitbit device. Some of the devices offer certain options that require bluetooth LE to work. How can I figure out if my laptop (Toshiba win 10 has this capability?

News Item:  Windows 10 Edge, IE: We’re now blocking sites signed with SHA-1 certs, says Microsoft

News Item:  WannaCry Cryptovirus (actually a worm) is dormant for now.  Why?  And will it be back?

Q&A With CIPCUG, Session 46

Windows10S

Lisa Toth   I sent a question about “snap” What the heck is it?

Sue Nethercott   Given that companies are wont to end services without warning, like AOL AIM chat outside the US, how can I download all my emails from gmail in a useful format?

Sue Nethercott   People have been having problems finding decent chat software since problems arose with java. Is IRC any good?

Lisa Toth   What is Tor browser, and is it safe?

K Edward Lynch   What’s the name of the Form software that has been recommended at CIPCUG?

K Edward Lynch    Chrome book or Surface???

Lisa Toth   I need a refresher course on basic computer skills. I was once a power user. I taught other people how to use and set up their computer. Now I feel like a dunce. what can I do?

News Item:  Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 45

NSA Seal

Lisa Toth:   Andy and I have Microsoft phones with AT&T. They came with an email program on

them. An AT&T product I surmise. We seem to be unable to delete mail except for one at a time.  This is very annoying as I get 60 or 70 emails a day.

News Item:  Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m scam.

News Item:    A FuturePets.com database with critical information on over 100,000 customers was left exposed for six months.  The unprotected data included:

  • Customer names
  • Shipping addresses
  • Credit and debit card details – This included 16-digit numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Plain-text passwords

News Item:  N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

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