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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 219

Fred Krueger   Is anyone having trouble with prime video, I have not been able to get it since the last windows update. I check

with my vpn (PIA) and nothing there. try troubleshooting connection problem and I am being directed to turn off vpn or get Nord vpn.  I had no problem in the past using prime video with vpn on.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   I’m installing the critical Microsoft updates. It instructed me to reboot and has been rebooting for the last 45 minutes. Suggestions?

Fred Krueger   Is this WIFI connector from (NetTec) a good WIFI extender?

News Item:    Remote tribe says SpaceX Starlink “catapulted” them into 21st century

News Item:    Google introduces song matching via humming, whistling or singing

News Item:    EU targets Big Tech with “hit list” facing tougher rules

News Item:    FCC will move to regulate social media after censorship outcry

News Item:    Senate to Subpoena Twitter CEO Over Blocking of Disputed Biden Articles

News Item:    Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

News Item:    Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders

News Item:    China starts digital yuan trial by giving $30 to 50,000 people


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 218

Sue Nethercott   When I tried to shut down my PC, it said it was shutting down, but then it restarted. Happened 3 times in a row, so I ended up pulling the plug. Any idea why?

Roger Houston   I do not understand why I get a Win 10 update that has the word: PREVIEW. October 1, 2020-KB4576945 Cumulative Update Preview for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004

News Item:    Why some onions were too sexy for Facebook

News Item:    Renewable player overtakes ExxonMobil in market value

News Item:    AT&T plans thousands of layoffs at HBO & WarnerMedia

News Item:   IBM to split into two companies by end of 2021

News Item:    Apple declared monopoly by U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust

News Item:    Apps usage rivals TV

News Item:    Microsoft makes remote work option permanent

News Item:    Microsoft Edge’s new feature promotes Skype video conferencing

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 217

Lisa Toth   As we’ve been using web meetings more and more I have wondered:  What are the differences between say ZOOM, SKYPE, Webex?

Tony Pizza   At times, email and browser are “not responding”. Task manager says memory is 70% in use. After a few minutes, all is well. Something might be running, like defender, but task manager doesn’t show any resource hogs.

Tony Pizza   Defender found a PUP in July. I told it to take action and remove it. However, every time Defender runs it tells me I have the same PUP, with the same July date. Malwarebytes didn’t find anything.

News Item:    Google now discloses Android vulnerabilities for 3rd-party devices

News Item:    Top sites infiltrated with credit card skimmers and crypto miners

News Item:    AT&T shelving DSL may leave hundreds of thousands hanging by a phone line

News Item:    The Subtle Effects of Blood Circulation Can Be Used to Detect Deep Fakes

News Item:    The Apple Watch heart monitor sends too many people to the doctor

News Item:    DuckDuckGo cries fowl after being expunged from Google’s Android search preferences menu for most of Europe

News Item:    Ransomware Victims That Pay Up Could Incur Steep Fines from Uncle Sam

News Item:    Is the internet falling apart?

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 216

Michael Megowan   When I boot my computer from power off it always brings up a window asking if I want to boot into Windows 7 or Windows 10.  The Windows 7 choice doesn’t work and I have to choose Windows 10.  How do I get the computer to bypass this window and always go into Windows 10.

Tony Pizza   About an hour after the meeting, I got a call from my non-tech brother, whose computer wouldn’t boot after they had a power outage.  I told him no signal was because the computer wasn’t sending the video signal. I told him to turn the computer off and on, but that didn’t help. Told him to unplug and plug in the computer power cord. It worked, just like Bob G said.

Ian Fish   One of those occasional “things” is safely disposing of / recycling old hard drives.  I find myself with 3 outdated NAS devices, 1 of which is fried I think.   Is there somewhere I can take them to have data wiped and the parts recycled/scrapped securely?

News Item:    New Google ChromeOS updates cause 100% CPU usage, heating issues

News Item:    Firefox 81 released with credit card autofill and new theme

News Item:    The IRS Sets a Trap for Cryptocurrency Tax Cheats

News Item:    Phishing attacks are targeting your social network accounts

News Item:    Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack

News Item:    Dark-web drug bust: 179 collared around the world, $6.5m in cash and 500kg of narcotics seized

News Item:    Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks

News Item:    Tipsters Get $2.5 Million for Alerting SEC to Misconduct Abroad

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 215

Lisa Toth   I have a friend who sends funny or political MP4s now and then. Sometimes I’d like to share a funny one on FB.

I don’t know how to do it.

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   I’m getting a lot of unwanted texts on my iPhone I know I can filter unknown. I want to block them like I block telemarketers

Lisa Toth   I installed Gramps this week.  Somewhere I have a file on my computer that I downloaded from Ancestry that has what I have found so far.  I can’t remember the file type, I don’t know what it is called and I don’t know where it is.

John Norbutas   I have a pop up notice in the middle of my screen that I can neither move nor close.  It says that after Sept 30 Norton will no longer support my perpetual license Norton Utilities.  If I want Their support, I must subscribe to NortonLifeLock.  If I don’t subscribe, they will not remove the popup that is blocking the center of my screen.  Rebooting the computer didn’t help.  Nor did Norton’s remote helper.

Fred Krueger   I have run across a new to me website you might find interesting. It is “Rationalwiki”.

News Item:   TikTok and WeChat current status

News Item:   Windows 10 20H2 coming in October, final preview build released

News Item:   Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it’s not to blame

News Item:   Canada Tesla driver charged over ‘napping while speeding’

News Item:   Wayback Machine and Cloudflare team up to archive more of the Web

News Item:   Feds charge 6 people with bribing Amazon employees to gain edge on marketplace

News Item:   Bill to tear down federal courts’ paywall gains momentum in Congress

News Item:   Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is growing fast

News Item:   Microsoft Edge is getting a built-in password generator



Q&A with CIPCUG Session 214

Sandy Tsutsui-Trujillo   I have a problem. I received a credit card alert in February. I didn’t request a new credit card and

thought I notified Experian.  I realize a few stupid Amazon deliveries may not have been a joke. I

contacted Amazon. They found a second account with my name and address not using the credit card I use for Amazon purchases.  Any idea how this could have happened?

Fred Krueger   Is there an easy way to post an image from a PDF file to a person’s Facebook page?

News Item: Dozens of Amazon’s own products have been reported as dangerous

News Item: Amazon Career Day

News Item: Walmart+ Targets Amazon Prime, launches September 15

News Item: China, Russia and Iran all attacking US elections and using some nasty new tactics, says Microsoft

News Item: US Company, Sandvine, Faces Backlash After Belarus Uses Its Tech To Block Internet

News Item: China would rather see TikTok U.S. close than a forced sale

News Item: Japan on Track to Introduce Flying Taxi Services in 2023

News Item: We Have to Pay If We Want Real News


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 213

No Questions:

Discussion:  Passwords and security

News Item:  Google rolls out Secure DNS support to Chrome for Android

News Item:  Attackers abuse Google DNS over HTTPS to download malware

News Item:  Microsoft to finally kill Adobe Flash support by January 2021

News Item:  Windows 10 2004 now blocked on devices with LTE cellular modems

News Item:  Amazon Drivers Say Smartphones-In-Trees Scheme Has Been Thwarted

News Item:  Amazon deletes 20,000 reviews after evidence of profits for posts

News Item:  A hacker gained control over Tesla’s the entire fleet

News Item:  Facebook threatens to block news-sharing in Australia

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 211

K Edward Lynch   Is cryptocurrency the future of the financial industry or just another tech scam?

News Item:  Virtual AlphaDogfight Trials Finals

News Item:  US govt warns remote workers of ongoing vishing campaign

News Item:  Google Has a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree

News Item:  Microsoft enables TLS 1.3 by default in latest Windows 10 builds

News Item:  License plate tracking for police set to go nationwide

News Item:  Why Facebook Can’t Quash Conspiracy Theories

News Item:  Recent Rivals to Facebook

News Item:  Data Is the New Oil

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 210

Roger Houston   I have a problem with too many Document folders. Besides the OneDrive Doc folder, I still have TWO other Doc folders that are not the same!!! One is “This PC\Documents”. The other is “This PC\OS(C:)\Users\rogem_000\Documents” or changed

later to “—\Documents This PC”.  I thought that This PC\Docs and User\rogem_000\Docs were the same. Apparently NOT. Why??

Lisa Toth   Some time ago you answered a question I had about the beeps and boops my phone makes. So now if I get one of those and it is not a message or missed call I swipe down from the top to see what it might be.  So…. my question is: is there possibly a setting to stop the ‘alerts’? Or, do I need to go to the website of each one and find out how to opt out of alerts?

Tony Pizza   Is it true that if you format a Win 10 HDD, and install a fresh copy of Win 10, the activation code is still good with Microsoft?

Lisa Toth   I have the Surface Pro 7. I also have a second display that I use exclusively when in our office. Haven’t been using the surface display.  I have a vision problem and set things up so I can easily use the computer.  My problem is, I can’t use the surface pro

when it is not hooked up to the second computer because if I change the settings directly on the surface, it messes up my second display.

News Item:  Emotet malware strikes U.S. businesses with COVID-19 spam

News Item:  Rite Aid deployed facial recognition systems in hundreds of U.S. stores

News Item:  Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5″ floppy disks

News Item:  California court rules Amazon is liable for injuries from defective products

News Item:  Retailers launch coalition to fight counterfeits on Amazon

News Item:  A simple telephony honeypot received 1.5 million robocalls across 11 months

News Item:  Charter can charge online video sites for network connections, court rules

News Item:  Buying TikTok is going to be difficult

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

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



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