Author Archives: Toby Scott

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 14

Toby on Yahoo Hack

Toby on Yahoo Hack

Jerry Schrum:  Follow-up question re: today’s discussion about Yahoo. So if I changed my pw, disabled the “security questions,” & set up 2-step verification, but still use the same Yahoo email address to receive notices from Facebook, does that make me vulnerable to issues related to Yahoo hack?

Michael Megowan:  Why have all of my Win 7 desktop icons acquired overlays of the generic file icon? And how do I undo this?

Lisa Toth:  Sometimes when I open Windows Live mail, I find a series of messages 8 or so, which I previously deleted that still somewhat show up..

. The subject and sender is on the left as if the message exists. These are all messages that I had deleted in the last session.

Michael Megowan:  I am trying to connect my Win 7 computer to my wife’s iMac over the home network and can’t figure out how to set up the login credentials on the iMac. I can see the iMac in my Explorer just fine, but I can’t get past the login request from the Mac.

Jerry Crocker: My Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was exchanged to day 🙂 (Friday the 23rd)

K Edward Lynch: so how does a hacker access and “take control” of a computer on the internet??…

K Edward Lynch:  can a hacker access the webcam on a computer that has been disconnected from the network?

Tony Pizza: How secure is the Opera browser now that it is owned by Chinese?

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The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG: Round 13

Toby at the CIPCUG

Toby at the CIPCUG

Jerry Crocker: A question about: file history; file history took over my drive and filled it up! When did this get turned on?

Sue Nethercott: What are the main causes of a computer becoming slower and slower over time? And is the software that is supposed to cure it any good?

Craig Ladd:  Will Android become dominant OS eventually?

Sue Nethercott: I tried changing the setting, and it made no difference – still 5 out of sequence tweets at the top. Which is odd, since articles like https://www.wired.co.uk/…/twitter-non-chronological… said it would – at least for your timeline. Maybe searches are different.

Sue Nethercott: Amazon has just launched a British version of Echo. Is it any good? What privacy concerns are there?

Sue Nethercott:  Millions’ of Volkswagen cars can be unlocked via hack.

Please see link for more information but they are having a devil of a time with this right now!

A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens

 

Success Story!

Roger Houston:  Just after our August CIPCUG meeting and warnings about opening attachments or clicking on linkages, I reviewed an email sent to my spouse. She responded to some form of advertisement, maybe on Facebook, for FREE Moisturizer & Eye Serum. Just gave them her credit card # to pay S/H of $4.95. We quickly received a short email back to “Confirm Order” that included an Attachment named: Puchasing098712345323.tar.xz

I promptly scanned it with my Bitdefender Total Security product. This gave a popup: “Threats were found” Trojan.GenericKD.3476327. I isolated it, and will shortly shred it. I am super happy and lucky I decided to follow the club’s advice. The credit card immediately had two small charges instead of one. I promptly called the Visa company and had this card and number replaced! >> Follow good advice!

 

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For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG – Beware the Blue Screen Hack

 

The Blue Screen Hack

The Blue Screen Hack

Before we do anything else… We have to applaud the craftsmanship that went into what is called:

“The Blue Screen Hack”

It looks like the blue screen you get when your computer just dies for no real reason, except, at the bottom there is a phone number.  No Error on the face of Microsoft’s software team, included a business card with their error messages, this is a scam, a bad and expensive one to fix too…  Whatever you do. DO NOT CALL.  Call Toby or Mike or Rick. Call them, not the number on the blue screen.  The contact info is at the bottom.

And now for the rest of the program 🙂

From several members:  Please explain the Blue Screen hack.. (see above, and hear about it on the podcast)

Lisa Toth:  I get script errors in Outlook when I try to read some email messages.

Andy Toth:  Is there a way to recover specific files from a Microsoft System Image without having to restore?  What version of Windows?  I’m running Win10 but want files from a Win7 backup.

Bunny Vreeland:  Please comment on the Apple $10,000 Gold Watch

Sue Nethercott: I have a twitter hash tag I check from time to time to see if there are any rare birds in my area at the moment but for a while now it hasn’t been showing me the latest tweets first. Knowing what birds were around last month is useless to me. I unchecked ‘Show me the best Tweets first’ when they introduced the change to the timeline.

For more information and questions and comments or to say hi, visit the following:

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For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session Number 11 with Toby Scott

 

    Consulting Toby at CIPCUG

K. Edward Lynch: Does turning off the network connection prevent access to a PC? Does turning off the NIC card mean more protection? Can a hacker access a PC and turn on a Webcam when the Internet connection is turned off?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts for promoting Terrorism. What is THAT all about?

Andy Toth: Is there something different in Win10? I need to do a major drive reallocation on my hard drive. The Data drive partition only has 242 MB remaining. I was backing up (copying) the favorites folder but none of the HTTPS addresses copied over.  Win10 kept popping up with some security setting requiring Administrator privilege but would not recognize that I was logged in as administrator and would not copy the files over. I had to skip them to continue.

Tony Pizza: Have you received the anniversary update for Win 10, and if so, your comment?

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo: Explain Laptops, and airflow and the overheating issue. I had trouble figuring out what was happening until I was asked:  “Where do you sit when you use your laptop?”

Michael Megowan: I am having difficulty networking (for file sharing purposes) my wife’s iMac with my Windows 7 computer. We have an Airport Extreme router/Time Machine that lets me see the iMac, but I get asked to sign in with a password and I don’t know how to set that up.

Craig Ladd: Is a chrome book adequate for most people?

Craig Ladd: I use is ixquick.com for searches instead of Google.com – are there other search engines that are just as reliable & effective ?

Sue Nethercott: I’m on the road in an RV, and the camp site/supplier says that any problems connecting are due to it acting like a Faraday cage, and we should step outside for better connection. Got any better ideas?

For more questions or if you are interested in attending a meeting, here is more info on CIPCUG:

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 10

 

Toby Scott

PSA From Toby Scott

 If you have an iPhone, update it immediately.  According LookOut Blog, a security update company’s blog site, they announced
the dangers of “Trident” and the security holes iPhone had susceptible to it, please review here for more details and update your iPhone:

“August 25, 2016
3 things CISOs need to know about the Trident iOS vulnerabilities
By Mike Murray

Earlier today, Lookout and Citizen Lab published findings about a sophisticated, targeted, and persistent mobile attack on iOS using three zero-day vulnerabilities we call “Trident.” The attack allows an adversary to silently jailbreak an iOS device and stealthily spy on victims, collecting information from apps including Gmail, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, Calendar, FaceTime, Line, Mail.Ru, and others.

This discovery is further proof that mobile platforms are fertile ground for gathering sensitive information from target victims, and well-resourced threat actors are regularly exploiting that mobile environment.”

Read more: 3 things CISOs need to know about the Trident iOS vulnerabilities (https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2016/08/25/lookout-trident-pegasus-enterprise-discovery/)

LookOut Security Update Blog Site warns iPhone Users

 Jerry Crocker: What is the life-cycle of an SSD drive as compared to a spinning drive.

Sue Nethercott: What are the pros and cons of having two screens instead of one big one, and how do you set it up?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Is there a class or school in the Ventura area where you can learn to become a Webmaster?

Jerry Crocker: I find that cloud-based storage is a good thing for when out and about town or on a road trip– With a smart phone, I have access to my Dropbox.  Can you talk more about the wonders of cloud-based storage?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Are rebuilt computers a good way to buy a computer if you are on a budget?

Sue Nethercott: I’m familiar with getting DNS errors if a site is on the move, but that sorts itself out after a few hours. However, the last couple of weeks I’ve been getting intermittent DNS errors for example: “Server DNS address could not be found” for various sites. How do I found out whether or not the DNS system is having problems or if it is just a Chrome problem?

Dr. Bunny Vreeland: Could you talk more about Pandora’s new streaming service?

That ends today’s session, for more questions, please visit CIPCUG’s facebook site or Mercury Broadcasting’s Facebook site and we will harvest more questions for the next episode.  Also please feel free to contact Toby Scott or CIPCUG via the following:

https://www.facebook.com/mercurybroadcasting/

Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cipcug/

For more information on Toby Scott, Please visit: www.vccomputers.com

The club meets every last Saturday of the month at:

Boys and Girls Club

1500 Temple Ave,

Camarillo, CA 93010

Phone: 805-289-3960

mailing address of the club is:

CIPCUG

P.O. Box 51354

Oxnard, CA 93031-1354

 

Dr. Bunny

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