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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 116

Update gets halted

Jerry Crocker:  email received stating:
“Your Dropbox account is closing unless you take action;

We noticed you haven’t used your Dropbox account in over a year.
All devices on your account have been signed out in preparation for account closure.
Want to keep your account?
Just sign into Dropbox before October 8 2018.
Sign in to keep your account”

News Item:   Voice Phishing Scams Proliferate and Are Sophisticated

News Item:   Computer and Phone Sales Flat In US

News Item:   The UK is practicing cyberattacks that could black out Moscow

News Item:   Google+ Shutting Down

News Item:   October 2018 Update:  Hits and misses

Data Lost

Disk Cleanup Includes Downloads Folder

Snip & Sketch

Text From Computer

To-Do List

News Item:   Microsoft halts rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 115

Tor browser logo

K Edward Lynch:  What’s up with Tor browser??

Fred Krueger: I spent most of the day on the phone and computer dealing
with some insurance agents. some of the time I was waiting for call
backs and during those times
I received at least 4 calls from people
I did not believe were legitimate. They wanted to sell me some kind of
insurance. I do not believe that those calls were coincidence. We have
the Spectrum bundle here. I think there is something fishy at Spectrum.
A few telemarketers maybe but not all insurance sellers.

News Item: Businesses Can Now Pay to Extend Windows 7 Security Updates
Beyond 2020

News Item: Banking Trojans and Shady Apps Galore In Google Play

News Item:  Chrome 69 kills off www in URLs: Here’s why Google’s move
has made people angry

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 114


Fred Krueger   I find under devices that I have near 200 listed. Most of them are the name of my computer and or my router. What is going on here? Is it safe to get rid of this long list or just leave it alone?

Andy Toth   With OneDrive, I logged onto my Win10 computer as usual (local account). OneDrive account is setup to automatically log in. I copied one file to the documents folder on OneDrive. This is the only file on/in OneDrive. I edited the file on my local drive. The changes were not reflected in the file on OneDrive.

News Item:   Yahoo!, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers

News Item:   Important news about your Office 365 subscription

News Item:   Bitdefender Disables Anti-Exploit Monitoring in Chrome After Google Policy Change

News Item:   Nearly 1,200 US News Sites Still Not Available for EU Users After GDPR

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 113

Microsoft updates Sticky Notes

Andy Toth   I logged onto my Win10 computer local account. OneDrive account is setup to automatically log in. I copied one file to the documents folder on OneDrive. This is the only file on/in OneDrive. I edited the file on my local drive. The changes were not reflected in the file on OneDrive.

Fred Krueger   Looking at updating Brother MFC firmware I find under Devices and Printers that I have near 200 listed. Most of them are the name of my computer and or my router. What is going on here?

Lisa Toth   SCAM ALERT: Local residents receiving calls from 805-233-7560, supposedly the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, but this is not a VCSO number

News Item:   Bitdefender Disables Anti-Exploit Monitoring in Chrome After Google Policy Change

News Item:   The World Bank has launched the first bond on a blockchain with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

News Item:   Microsoft to give Sticky Notes a major facelift as part of its tasks push


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 112

The new Petro currency

Andy Toth   Interesting email problem. whenever my wife sends a pdf attachment using WindowsLive from one account, it is received as a list of openable files and emails — but you can’t open them.  If the file is sent from a different account it comes through fine.  I am using Thunderbird and I have no problem sending her pdf attachments.  Both of us use the same email server. Why would a pdf attachment be corrupted from only one sender?

News Item:   Number of Third-Party Cookies on EU News Sites Dropped by 22% Post-GDPR

News Item:   Gmail now lets you send self-destructing ‘confidential mode’ emails from your phone

News Item:   Mozilla has wiped 23 extensions from its directory of Firefox browser add-ons

News Item:   Microsoft delivers promised end- to-end Skype encryption option

News Item:   Venezuela has just attempted to stabilize its currency, the bolivar, which was recently devalued by removing 5 digits from the new currency.  So, now they are linking it to a cryptocurrency they created earlier this year.


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 111

Crypto stocks

Bill Hinds   Is there a way to prevent Facebook from accessing bank accounts?

Fred Krueger   About printers, they have this self cleaning function, where does the material they clean up go too?  It must build up over several years time.

News Item:   Mozilla Firefox 61.0.2 released with automatic restore feature for Windows

News Item:   Cryptocurrencies lost $70 billion in value the past two weeks

News Item:   Fax Machines Are Everywhere, and Wildly Insecure

News Item:   New Wi-Fi attack cracks WPA2 passwords with ease



Q&A with CIPCUG Session 110


John Weigle   I have two external hard drives that work on my laptop but not my desktop. Both are USB drive. One is Stargate Backup Plus Sli 2 TB TO, and the other is a Toshiba. I bought the Stargate today. It worked on the laptop. I realized they’re plugged into a USB hub on the desktop.

News Item:  Shower Curtain Has Pockets For Electronics

News Item:   Thunderbird 60 released.

News Item:  Malwarebytes Browser Extension Blocks Malware, Scams, Ads, & Trackers

News Item:   Surface Go, First Look: Small, light, and the best cheap PC ever

News Item:   Traders Are Talking Up Cryptocurrencies, Then Dumping Them, Costing Others Millions

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 109

Charter Spectrum gets kicked out of NY

Fred Krueger   I was sent a music clip on messenger that opens in youtube. Now every time I click on youtube that same clip starts playing, It is annoying, How do I stop this clip from showing up?

K Edward Lynch   Beam: Stop Hackers and Data Collection.  The World’s Most Advanced Firewall and VPN Router.

Lisa Toth   New scam. I got a message from an acquaintance I haven’t spoken to in about 10 years.

Looks like her, pic includes a gourd. Not sure why she suddenly wants to get in touch but ok. I “hi” back. After a little small chit chat on messenger I get a message about publisher’s clearing house giving some kind of compensation to retirees and do I want to contact the agent?  I say “nah” “not sure who you are now.”  “She” responds with urgency that I need to act fast. Now I am certain it is not her so I selected the option to stop getting messages in this conversation.

K Edward Lynch   Two former computer executives created an amazing device that lets people replace their computer’s painfully slow operating system (e.g., Windows) with a brand new one!

News Item:   Fake Websites for Keepass, 7Zip, Audacity, Others Found Pushing Adware

News Item:   Spectrum just got kicked out of New York.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 108

Amazon’s Alexa Echo

Lisa Toth   I see that Adobe has a document cloud. It looks like it has some nice features.  It appears to be free but I wonder for how long.   How do you keep track of all the cloud accounts and how do you know what’s in them.

Fred Krueger   have you heard of safeshare tv and web sites like it? it seems to be a subscription service.

Jerry Crocker   What are Alexa Skills, and how can I enable Alexa Skills?
(Here is a link for developing new skills for Alexa.

News Item:  Windows 10 Notepad is Getting Updated with Modern Features

News Item:  Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you

News Item:  Microsoft takes aim at schools, consumers and businesses with Surface Go tablets, starting at $399

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 107

EU Copyright Law shot down

Lisa Toth   I switched to Chrome after a bad couple of days on FireFox. It is slower to respond as in opening a page when I click a link. Any ideas?

Fred Krueger   Why is my keyboard acting erratic? It has spells where I get no response from the keys. I type away and look up and there is nothing there. then if I go very slow it will start to respond.

Andy Toth   I have an ASUS Transformer, win10, 64 bit. I reinstalled a generic win10 system. When I bring up the Disk Management dialog it shows that the file system for (C:) drive is NTFS (BitLockerEncrypted). How?

Andy Toth   I’ve been cleaning up my data drive. I’ve removed about 8GB of data, emptied the trash but the data storage report is now 3GB more than when I started. Is there some new MS accounting system?

Lisa Toth   Well I just passed the “mom some guys have me in a van and they are going to kill me.” test.  Your heart starts pounding, especially if the caller sounds like your kid. She sounded like my older daughter but I kept my cool. I kept asking who is this? No name response finally a man took the phone and said he was going to kill her and drop her in front of my house. This after calling me many names because I stayed calm and kept asking for the name of the girl. Since one girl is in Texas and the other is in Washington, I figured they didn’t know anything about me and it was safe to hang up.

News Item:   Controversial copyright law rejected by EU parliament

News Item:   Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines.

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