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Q&A with CIPCUG session 149

Lisa Toth   Was interested in computer arbitrage

Fred Krueger   I have subscribed to the VCStar and they take my money but I am unable to login to the website.

Lisa Toth  There has been some discussion about all this technology and social networking causing way decreased attention spans.

Lisa Toth   How can I get windows 10 to display everything in dark mode as much as possible.

News Item:   Nine Major VPNs Could Get Blocked by Russia in 30 Days

News Item:   For more than two hours on Thursday, one of China’s largest internet providers forced a huge chunk of European mobile traffic to be rerouted through its own servers.

News Item:   US to demand five years of your social media, email account info in visa application

News Item:   Failures of HTTPS Encryption

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 148

the evils of spyware

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   I’m using winpe to make backup images. I have a solid state drive that keeps failing at 50%? Other than using a different application how can I make a full bit by bit backup.

News Item:   Death of iTunes?

News Item:   Ice Lake is nearly here

News Item:   New email phishing and malware attacks come disguised as nastygrams from a law firm.

News Item:   Canada Uses Civil Anti-Spam Law in Bid to Fine Malware Purveyors

News Item:   Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works

News Item:   Rise in direct subscriptions rather than ad supported free content

News Item:   Google has moved to remove some of Chrome’s ad-blocking capabilities, while also announcing that feature’s removal won’t apply to Google’s paid G Suite Enterprise subscribers.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 147

John Weigle   Microsoft Publisher 2016’s spellcheck is switching back and forth from English to Spanish and tells me that level (as in Gold Level) is not correct. I’ve set the default language to English several times, but it keeps bouncing back and forth. Any ideas on how to make it stay in English? I have enough trouble typing in one language without trying two.

Rosalie Sherbrooke   When I reopen a window from my taskbar, it opens sort of smallish in the upper left corner of the screen. So, I just drag the corner to where I want it.  I wondered if this is happening to others.

Kenneth H Smith   Yesterday, someone asked about cleaning out our browser history. Is it OK to use CCleaner, perhaps once a week? Is the free version ‘good-enough’?

News Item:   Microsoft kicks off the rollout of the Windows 10 May Update, version 1903

News Item:   Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Apple of ‘Intentionally and Unlawfully’ Sharing iTunes Listening Data

News Item:   Microsoft is planning to publish previews of PowerToys utilities via GitHub this summer

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 146

Fred Krueger   Metered connections, how do they work and why am I asked to choose

News Item:   Gmail freaks out users by saying a ‘new device signed into’ their account

News Item:   Security companies remain reticent to apply the term malware too liberally because companies making dubious software have a history of suing.

News Item:   Account Hijacking Forum OGusers Hacked

News Item:   Walmart has revealed details for a new HQ

News Item:   Be wary of emails with links to Google Drive?

News Item:   Microsoft ready’s 1903

News Item:   Sophos tells users to roll back Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday run if they want their PC to boot

 

Q&A with CIPCUG session 145

Jerry Crocker Windows10 – Edge browser reading mail from “View on Nextdoor” The link works on lap top, same browser. Link works on cellphone just not on computer

Roger Houston I have been unable to find a stud finder to work on my lath & plaster walls. Recently Walabot DIY Plus claims to be the ultimate stud finder for your home projects. This smartphone accessory can now see through lath and plaster to identify studs, wires, and pipes”. $89.

Jerry Crocker Friday I got a note – Windows UPDATE…I opt to wait. Just so happens my monitor starts to go black – then back on and off and on. Go to bed. AM no better, If I turn off computer… It will try to update if I restart, so off to Fry’s. Got a new BenQ 27″…get home only to see BOX had been opened and re-taped shut. All works. BUT still have same browser problem

Fred Krueger I was wondering why lately why my monitor goes black for 4 seconds for a time? Usually when I am reading from an item I have clicked on. I am using the new windows update but this has been going on for at least 4 months. windows 10, 1903

Fred Krueger I was wondering why lately why my monitor goes black for 4 to 4 seconds for a time? Usually when I am reading from an item I have clicked on. I am using the new windows update but this has been going on for at least 4 months. windows 10, 1903

News Item: Britain sets record of 7 days without coal power as renewables surge

News Item: Hackers Selling Access and Source Code From Antivirus Companies

News Item: Site Promoting KeePass Password Manager Pushes Malware

News Item: Nine Charged in Alleged SIM Swapping Ring

Q&A Seesion 144

Fred Krueger   How is it that a person with an infected phone can come into an office and infect the all the computers in the office by logging into the office wifi?

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   And how can they infect cars too?

Fred Krueger  I see that there are free phone numbers out there such as google voice or freedom pop. Is it possible to get a number from one of these on to an older phone that I have that is no longer on some carriers plan or network?

Lisa Toth   The club computer is using windows 7. It is hard for me to read the screen. I am wondering if there is a setting I could change to make the status bar bigger?

Lisa Toth   Several times I have asked questions that you said sounded like resource problems. What does that mean and how do I fix it?
Tony Pizza   Someone I know is using a wireless 3 and 1 printer as a copier, would like to print from his smart phone. He does not have a router and internet. Can a router be used without the internet to connect the two?

News Item:   As Apple’s iPhone business slows down, the company sought to get a right to repair bill in California pulled.

News Item:   AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile hit with lawsuit for selling location data

 

News Item:   Extensions on Firefox expired yesterday and  disabled all extensions.

 

Q&A session 143

Fred Krueger:   I see on the news that direct TV has lost a lot of subscribers. Does direct tv leave the dishes on the houses and I

see a lot of houses with 2 and 3 dishes, I assume some of them may be for a connection to a different language satellite. Or is there some other reason for so many dishes? Also, I assume when people talk about cutting the cord all they are cutting is the cable tv connection, so if you disconnect from the cable provider the cable is still hooked to the tv, who’s server is the feed coming through?

 Sue Nethercott:   Addonchat seems to have disappeared overnight. Anyone heard anything?

Tony Pizza:    Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

News Item:   Windows 10 Insider Build 18885 Fixes USB Drive Letter Reassignments

News Item:   Windows 10 and Windows 7 Cumulative Updates Released With Fixes

News Item:   G7 Comes Out in Favor of Encryption Backdoor

News Item:   Anti-Vaxx And The Internet Going Separate Ways

News Item:   Stealing Ethereum by Guessing Weak Private Keys

News Item:   Cox Internet now charges $15 extra for faster access to online

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 142

Andy Toth: 1. My android phone updated again. It transferred all my contacts to the google contacts app from my LG contacts app. It also deleted How do I disable the google contact app? 

Andy Toth: 2. I got tired of clicking no and by accident I have my photos going to the google photo app. How do I have my photos go to a folder on the SD card. I cannot seem to find how to disable it. 

Andy Toth: A final note. When my phone updated, I also lost numerous photos that were copied from photos last year and then deleted. They all disappeared with this update. Back to my offline archives but how can I stop the deletion process. Google does not forget. Most malware and viruses are more benign than google.

News Item:   Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

News Item:   Mozilla Firefox to Enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking By Default

News Item:   Sri Lanka blocks social media sites after deadly explosions

News Item:   Wipro Intruders Targeted Other Major IT Firms

Q&A with CIPCUG: Session 141

                 Samsung Fold

Michael Megowan   What are your thoughts on the new Norton 360 VPN?

Fred Krueger   where do I go in settings to keep my computer from restarting after a power outage

Bart Koslow   I just tried to open the downloaded April TOE on my computer and and the latest version of AVG deleted it as a virus.. Toby, please discuss this matter at our next meeting. I will bring it up.

Craig Ladd   I found Found I had the TOE on my computer. Updated AVG and and then ran Scans using AVG and Malwarebytes with no issues or problems.

News Item:   As Alexa’s secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?

News Item:   Could the Samsung Galaxy Fold Be Worth It?

News Item:   Police Respond to 911 Burglary Call, Guns Drawn—Turns Out to Be a Roomba

News Item:   Microsoft says hackers were able to view Outlook.com emails

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 140

Fred Krueger   I bought a remote HDMI switch, but the IR pickup for the remote for the hdmi switch seems to only have a range of only 4 t0 5 feet.

 

K Edward Lynch   My mouse got jumpy and jerky a week ago… driver says it’s current and OK.  Mouse is wireless, laser which  looks clean, batteries are fresh.

 

Lisa Toth   Sometimes when I click on a link, it appears that the link didn’t work. Sometimes I’ve clicked 5 or 6 times on different parts of the link as I’ve discovered that some links have only a small area that is actually clickable.  Suddenly I notice that the internet icon in the system tray is blinking. When I click on that, there is a page for each time I clicked. I’ve had quite a few at times. LOL

 

News Item:   UK Wants to Hold Companies Liable for Harmful Online Behavior

 

News Item:   Dozens of Credit Card Info Skimming Scripts Infect Thousands of Sites

 

News Item:   Microsoft Released the Windows 10 May 2019 Update to Insiders.  Latest expected date for Windows Update 1903 is late May

 

News Item:   Sextortion Scams Now Using Password Protected Evidence Files

 

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