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Meeting – Thursday October 17 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples, FL

Program: Peggy Farren, founder and lead photographer of “Understand Photography”.

Peggy is an award winning professional photographer, author,
instructor and speaker.

The topic of Peggy’s presentation will be Snapseed, a freeware photo-editing application for iOS and Android that enables users to enhance photos and apply digital filters.

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As always, Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.


Meeting – Thursday September 19 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples, FL

Program: Bob Gostischa presentation “Protecting Your Digital Life”

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Bob Gostischa
Bob Gostischa

Protecting Your Digital Life

Our security and privacy are constantly in danger of being attacked from many sources. Staying secure and guarding as much of our privacy as possible is a constant challenge.

This presentation will cover how we can protect our computers (Windows and Mac), tablets, smartphones, and other smart devices.
Join presenter Bob Gostischa as he explains the importance of guarding our online presence. He’ll also share what he uses to keep his computers, smart devices as well as connected Internet of Things devices secure.

About the Presenter:
Norbert “Bob” Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiastic IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software s.r.o., the global leader in cybersecurity products. The most known product is Avast Antivirus.
In 2016, Avast purchased AVG Technologies and in 2017 Avast bought Piriform (Ccleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, and Speccy).
Avast has been making security software for over 30 years and has more than 400 million users worldwide. Avast prevents 2 billion malware attacks every month.
Avast Antivirus is the most used antivirus software in the world.

The Avast website has a discussion and help forum, where Bob has been helping with security-related and general computer issues since 2004. He has contributed over 38,000 forum interactions. Bob’s presentations are free-of-charge and are not a sales pitch for Avast, although mentioning Avast and their software in your announcements is appreciated. You can learn more about Bob’s presentations and passions in his Blog and YouTube Channel. Bob is a proud member of the APCUG Speakers Bureau.


Meeting – Thursday August 15 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples, FL

Program for Aug 15 will be a APCUG webinar presented by Judy Taylour, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club and APCUG Administrator:

“Even After You’ve Died Your Identity Isn’t Safe: Digital Asset Estate Planning”.

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As always, Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

Presentation Handout Downloads:

1 – PRESENTATION: Digital Estate Planning – Your Identity Isn’t Safe Even After You’ve Died
Open as PDF

2 – Digital Estate Planning – Where to Find Stuff When I’m No Longer Here  Open as PDF

3 – CHECK LIST – Where to Find Stuff When I’m No Longer Here  Download as Word Docx

4 – CHECK LIST – Where to Find Stuff When I’m No Longer Here  Download as Excel Spreadsheet


Meeting – Thursday July 18 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples, FL

Speakers for July 18 will feature presentations by 2 Collier County representatives: William Lang, Emergency Management Warning Coordinator and Maria Garcia Pizarro, Community Relations Specialist for the county-wide “311” information system.

As always, check the http://pcbug.org website for upcoming programs.

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Meeting – Thursday June 20 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library  650 Central Ave, Naples, FL

Speaker for June 20, 2019 will be James McQuillin of 1on1lessons, In-Home Computer Lessons, Technology Help, Classes and More

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Meeting – Thursday May 16 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library  650 Central Ave, Naples, FL

Speaker for May 16, 2019 will be librarian Anna Karras, she will present the usages of the Library, how to book a librarian, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming movies and music, informational databases and more.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update

The next Feature update, nominally referred to as Windows 10 version 1903, is currently planned to be released in late May 2019. 

It going to include new functions for Windows 10 Home that will allow users to delay installing monthly security updates for up to 35 days after they are released.

Feature Updates will also have a separate button to authorize their installation. This will mean you will be able to chose when to install them for up to 18 months after your current feature update version was released.


Meeting – Thursday March 21 at 5 p.m.

Collier County Naples Regional Library  650 Central Ave, Naples, FL

Topic: Marcus Zillman, international Internet expert, will provide a forward-looking discussion on the use of the Internet, Chatbots and other intelligent web agents.
Web resources which are useful to both veteran and newbie Internet users will be highlighted.

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PCBUG Presents Tech – Monday March 11  2 p.m.

Collier County Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive Naples, Fl

Topic: PCBUG Presents Tech: Internet Scammers, Spammers and Thieves – They Really are out to get you!

Worried about being hacked? Join PCBUG as they discuss the best ways to protect yourself from the bad guys and their various types of malware such as viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, spyware, adware and other attacks.


Meeting – Thursday Feb 21 at 5 p.m.

Topic: Avoiding Scams and Fraud – presented by Sgt. Brian Sawyer, of Collier Count Sheriff’s office.

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News Flash:

Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default

Internet Explorer is a ‘compatibility solution’ and should only be used selectively, warns Microsoft exec.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-security-chief-ie-is-not-a-browser-so-stop-using-it-as-your-default/

 


Malware Warning !!!

There seems to be an increase in malware using sounds, either that of a siren or a ticking sound or a voice that repeats that your computer is infected, urging that you should call the 800 # listed on the screen in order to clean your computer.

THIS IS A SCAM – DO NOT under any circumstances call such a number – unless you truly want to give criminals your credit card number. ( and like to have your bank issue you a new credit card)

If you do call, they will do and say anything to get you to let them take control of your computer in order to help “clean out” your system ( and your bank account and your email contact list and your password list and then they will load a keylogger and secret remote control software so they can see everything you do and type … while completely owning the computer that was previously yours !!!)

Also expect to be bombarded by scam phone calls since your phone number will be captured by their Caller ID system and you have just proved to them that you are a “LIVE ONE”.

Actually removing this situation from your computer will depend on the exact version of the scam you have been hit with BUT NEVER EVER CALL THEM – it will only make a bad situation worse…

Don Beach


What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3092502/security/what-i-learned-playing-prey-to-windows-scammers.html

This is an interesting, if somewhat long article regarding those annoying and dangerous phone calls from “I am calling you from Windows.” scammers.

Hint: Hangup on them ! Don’t let them have remote access to your computer and don’t tell them anything you would not want a criminal to know about you… which is nothing.


Support for Java and Flash set to lose support in 2020

Java has been a continuing malware attack vector for many years and so Google Chrome has basically stopped supporting Java since 2015.

Other browsers have ways to use the java plugin but they are not set to use Java by default.

It certainly costs big bucks to give away all the free Java downloads even as the user base is steadily dropping.

As such Oracle is planing to drop Java as a consumer downloadable utility and will work with developers to incorporate Java as part of programs and apps by Dec 2020.

In fact Adobe is also dropping support for Flash in 2020 since the Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari browsers have already dropped support, due to it also being a major malware attack vector.

Generally the vast majority of websites and apps no longer require Java or Flash and are utilizing HTML 5 to accomplish what Java and Flash used to do.

I’ve been steadily removing both Flash and Java from client computers since they are both in the same boat of being insecure and their functions are being replaced by the multimedia capabilities already found in HTML 5.

Don Beach


Fake Flash Update

On various web pages that have been hacked by scammers, what appears to be a legitimate Adobe Flash update page will be displayed.

This is in fact an attempt to get you to approve loading a malware program that will infect your computer.

In the displayed example there is a download a box that asks :

” What do you want to do with Flashplayer.hta (1.8 kb)?
From: oiph1meon.net”

With the choices of “Run” “Save” “Cancel”

Do NOT click any of these !!!

What you need to do is click your browser’s “BACK” button to get away from the page.

After you are off the fake update page you might even choose to manually run your Antivirus and Anti Malware programs for peace of mind.

Note that Norton Antivirus blocked the actual automatically started download file which is NOT named “Flashplayer.hta”

Various versions of this scam may use different file names

There is no need for most people to manually update Adobe Flash since if you had previously and intentionally loaded it on your computer there are settings to automate Flash updates without your having to do them manually.

In short – If you are browsing the web and a page appears that wants you to update Adobe Flash – DON’T …

Don Beach


F-Secure Router Checker

A free, web-based tool that checks your router’s settings and detects if it may have been hijacked by criminals. If your router is compromised, every single device on your network is at risk of being hacked.

F-secure Router Port Checker


ShieldsUP!!

Scans UPnP or Universal Plug and Play, that is enabled by default in most consumer routers.

It also has a Custom Port Probe tool for scanning any port of your choosing plus a useful port information tool.

Shields Up Router Scanner


Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 5 pm, in the Rees Meeting Room at the Naples Branch Library – 650 Central Ave. Naples, FL – (Unless otherwise announced)