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Messages - Alan J. Raul

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It's much worse than previously thought.

VPNFilter Can Also Infect ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE Devices
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/vpnfilter-can-also-infect-asus-d-link-huawei-ubiquiti-upvel-and-zte-devices/

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General Discussion / Alan Raul – June 3, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 31, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
Microsoft is now more valuable than Alphabet — by about $10 billion
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/29/microsoft-passes-alphabet-by-market-cap.html

Apple made more profit in three months than Amazon has generated during its lifetime
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/11/apple-made-more-profit-in-three-months-than-amazon-has-generated-during-its-lifetime.html

Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference - The event will include a first-day keynote where Apple will introduce upcoming software and new hardware.
https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

Amazon Echo secretly records couple's conversation... and then sends it on to a contact
https://betanews.com/2018/05/25/amazon-echo-alexa-secret-recording/
https://betanews.com/2018/05/29/check-and-delete-alexa-recordings/

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%
https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-april-2018-update-problems-knock-users-but-adoption-still-soars-to-50-percent/
 
Is Your Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?
https://www.pcmag.com/news/361431/is-your-router-vulnerable-to-vpnfilter-malware

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/hackers-infect-500000-consumer-routers-all-over-the-world-with-malware/

How to Protect Your Router from the Latest Malware Attack
https://lifehacker.com/how-to-protect-your-router-from-the-latest-malware-atta-1826280946

Salesforce Tower is now San Francisco's tallest building
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/23/technology/salesforce-tower/index.html
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=salesforce+san+francisco+tower&ia=images&iax=images
http://www.salesforcetower.com/

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation



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General Discussion / Best Buy Hit by [24]7.ai Data Breach
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:27:17 AM »
This is a follow-up from Sunday's SLO Bytes meeting.

The incident began on Sept. 26, and was discovered and contained on Oct. 12, 2017.

Best Buy Statement on [24]7.ai Cyber Incident
https://corporate.bestbuy.com/best-buy-statement-247-ai-cyber-incident

Updates on [24]7.ai Cyber Incident
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/privacy-policy/247-ai-cyber-incident/pcmcat1522954594900.c?id=pcmcat1522954594900

More information on the web
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Best+Buy+Hit+by+%5B24%5D7.ai+Data+Breach&ia=web


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General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 6, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:37:54 AM »
Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/
 
Private Internet Access Review
https://thebestvpn.com/reviews/private-internet-access/
 
Detailed VPN Comparison Chart
https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart/

DuckDuckGo - We’re setting the new standard of trust online, empowering people to take control of their information.
https://duckduckgo.com/
https://start.duckduckgo.com/

Bangs allow you to search on thousands of sites, directly.
https://start.duckduckgo.com/bang
 
Terms of Service – Didn’t Read
https://tosdr.org/

Privacy - When discussing privacy, the argument "I have nothing to hide" keeps coming up. This can be debunked with two main arguments: you don't KNOW what you have to hide; and you SHOULD have something to hide. But there is a third point: it isn't ABOUT having something to hide - privacy is a basic human need.
https://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org/conferences/lfnw18/program/proposals/55
 
Macrium Reflect 7 Review - Excellent free imaging software
https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/macrium-reflect-7.html
 
eM Client - is a full featured e-mail client with a modern and easy to use interface. eM Client also offers calendar, tasks, contacts and chat. eM Client supports Gmail, Exchange, iCloud and Outlook.
http://www.emclient.com/

Windows 10 help
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows?os=windows-10
 
4K Download - Free and useful applications for PC, macOS and Linux
https://www.4kdownload.com/
 
APCUG Videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/APCUGVideos/videos

Tech Disaster Preparedness, Toby Scott
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEUOztVbCzA

Two Factor Authentication, Ron Brown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JlECpR4lQ

New PUSH Articles Available
http://slobytes.org/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=mh6t21rcncnalg77h75n0osmi3&topic=157.0

Is it time to start a death data document? by Jerry Heaton, Central Kentucky Computer Society (Approx. 525 words). Do you have a death data document for your children or digital executor for when it's needed? Jerry's article has a lot of good information.
http://www.slobytes.org/push/0518/Is%20it%20time%20to%20start%20a%20death%20data%20document%20-%20Heaton.doc

Jerry Heaton's actual document, Death Data Document, is available at http://www.slobytes.org/push/0518/death-data-document.doc

Your Last Best Gift; http://www.slobytes.org/newsletter/your-last-best-gift.docx, offers a form for creating another Death Data Document.  This resource was mentioned at the May 6th 2018 SLO Bytes General Session

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1.1.1.1 - What You Need to Know by Thio Joe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiWs9n4fhys

You would use 1.1.1.1 for your DNS numbers vs. your ISP's default DNS numbers or...

OpenDNS
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Google
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4

https://blog.cloudflare.com/announcing-1111/

GRC's DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark
https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm



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General Discussion / More VPN Info...
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:00:42 AM »

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General Discussion / Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer...
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:57:39 PM »
Chrome Is Scanning Files on Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out

Some cybersecurity experts and regular users were surprised to learn about a Chrome tool that scans Windows computers for malware. But there’s no reason to freak out about it.

I found this article to be quite interesting. I wonder if this is true with portable Chrome which I use on occasion?

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wj7x9w/google-chrome-scans-files-on-your-windows-computer-chrome-cleanup-tool


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General Discussion / SLO Linux Users Group Notes for March 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:30:54 PM »
2018 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report
http://www.slolug.com/scale2018.html

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference  - Bryan Lunduke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLAIMB7whdc

Microsoft is buying control of Linux - Bryan Lunduke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YdL7Hch78s

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/03/01/microsoft_ubuntu_virtualization_plan/

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-and-canonical-to-offer-enhanced-vm-experiences-for-ubuntu-18-04-lts-520035.shtml

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2018/02/28/sneak-peek-taking-a-spin-with-enhanced-linux-vms/

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General Discussion / Re: Running Gparted on Ubuntu 17.10.1
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:25:36 AM »
Since Ubuntu 18.04 is a LTS it will switch back to Xorg. It will be released at the end of April. Ubuntu was just testing Wayland on 17.10.

Ubuntu Drops Wayland, Switches back to Xorg
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/01/xorg-will-default-display-server-ubuntu-18-04-lts


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I am currently running Ubuntu Mate 17.10.1 on my laptop. I was going to try Ralph's snap suggestion and found that LibreOffice had already automatically been updated to the latest version.

The April SLOLUG topic will be Snaps.

Snaps are containerized software packages that are simple to create and install. They auto-update and are safe to run. And because they bundle their dependencies, they work on all major Linux systems without modification.
https://snapcraft.io/

Find snaps for Linux
https://snapcraft.io/store

Some snaps...

LibreOffice - is a powerful office suite including word processing and creation of spreadsheets, slideshows and databases.
https://www.libreoffice.org/download/snap/
https://snapcraft.io/libreoffice

VLC - is the VideoLAN project's media player. VLC plays every multimedia file and streams.
https://snapcraft.io/vlc

Skype -  instant message, voice or video call – all for free, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, Macs and Linux.
https://snapcraft.io/skype

Pencilsheep - is a free professional image editor with full GPU acceleration.
https://snapcraft.io/pencilsheep

Spotify - Stream the tracks you love instantly, browse the charts or fire up readymade playlists in every genre and mood. Radio plays you great song after great song, based on your music taste. Discover new music too, with awesome playlists built just for you.
https://snapcraft.io/spotify


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Video (5 min 45 seconds) of some random pictures of SCaLE 16x and comments by Ralph and Alan.

http://www.slolug.com/scale2018.html

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General Discussion / Spectrum Internet Speed
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
Periodically I check my Internet speed. This is my latest Spectrum Internet speed with my Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop running Ubuntu Mate 18.04 daily build with a "wireless connection."

121 Down
11 Up


http://www.speedtest.net/result/7113520335

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