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General Discussion / Router Backup and Update Settings
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:29:08 PM »
I have attached screen captures on how to update and backup a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router. Other Netgear models and brands may be similar.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – August 5, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: August 03, 2018, 08:03:30 PM »
Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security

Google pledges to foil phishing attacks with new Titan Security Key

Google Product Forums!home

5 ways to protect your privacy while using Amazon products and services

The Race to a Trillion
How to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 10

Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

I have been looking for the cost of 1 TB SSD's to drop. I have been using 1 TB Toshiba spinning HDD's for many years for off-site backup. They don't get much use so I didn't need to go with high-quality Samsung SSD. The spinning HDD's were getting painfully slow when you are use to SSD's.

I was looking at:
Inland 1TB 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive  from MicroCenter for $159.99.

Until this deal showed up on the Amazon Prime Day 2018:
SanDisk SSD PLUS 1TB Solid State Drive - SDSSDA-1T00-G26 from Amazon for $149.99.
It's interesting to note that these SanDisk SSD's were first available on Amazon on June 11, 2018.

So I pulled the trigger and ordered 2. Now my off-site backups should take a fraction of time.

UPDATE: I had previously checked B&H and they were priced higher than Amazon. They now have dropped the price to match Amazon but without having to pay the sales tax.

General Discussion / New Club Projector
« on: July 07, 2018, 08:30:15 AM »
After the projector failure at the last meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to purchase a new projector. The old projector had lasted 11 years. Independently, Ralph and Alan came up with the same suggested Optoma projector for the club to purchase.

The new club projector is a Optoma HD143X 1080p 3000 Lumens Projector.

General Discussion / Alan Raul – July 1, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:10:00 AM »
O&O ShutUp10 – a FREE standalone antispy tool for Windows 10

Windows 10 how-to: Ed Bott's free tech support and troubleshooting guide - A curated list of the best sites for support information about Windows 10.

General Discussion / Rufus exe is infected - UPDATED
« on: June 23, 2018, 11:38:08 AM »
The SLOLUG group uses Rufus to create Linux bootable USB flash drives. Rufus can also be used to create a Windows install USB. The latest version of Rufus 3.1 activates Windows 10 Defender that the exe contains a Trojan:Win32/Plutruption!ARXep

I have tried downloading directly from the official Rufus website in addition to the portableapps web site both with identical results.

In the mean time I have retrieved an older version of Rufus which still works.

It would be appreciated if anyone can verify my findings.


From the Rufus website:

IMPORTANT: Once again, as was the case with the 3.0 release, Windows Defender (with definition update 1.269.1834.0) is erroneously reporting that Rufus 3.1 may contain Trojan:Win32/Plutruption!ARXep. We have reported this to Microsoft yet again and we expect them to clear this false positive very soon. In the meantime, you are invited to re-download Rufus 3.1, as we have put a temporary new version online that shouldn't trigger the antivirus.

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

Apple made more profit in three months than Amazon has generated during its lifetime

Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference - The event will include a first-day keynote where Apple will introduce upcoming software and new hardware.

Amazon Echo secretly records couple's conversation... and then sends it on to a contact

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Problems knock users but adoption still soars to 50%
Is Your Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

How to Protect Your Router from the Latest Malware Attack

Salesforce Tower is now San Francisco's tallest building

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union…

General Discussion / Best Buy Hit by [24] 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] Cyber Incident

Updates on [24] Cyber Incident

More information on the web

General Discussion / Alan Raul – May 6, 2018 Meeting Notes
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:37:54 AM »
Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service
Private Internet Access Review
Detailed VPN Comparison Chart

DuckDuckGo - We’re setting the new standard of trust online, empowering people to take control of their information.

Bangs allow you to search on thousands of sites, directly.
Terms of Service – Didn’t Read

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.
Macrium Reflect 7 Review - Excellent free imaging software
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.

Windows 10 help
4K Download - Free and useful applications for PC, macOS and Linux
APCUG Videos

Tech Disaster Preparedness, Toby Scott

Two Factor Authentication, Ron Brown

New PUSH Articles Available

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.

Jerry Heaton's actual document, Death Data Document, is available at

Your Last Best Gift;, offers a form for creating another Death Data Document.  This resource was mentioned at the May 6th 2018 SLO Bytes General Session

11 - What You Need to Know by Thio Joe

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



GRC's DNS Nameserver Performance Benchmark

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

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?

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

Microsoft headlined a major Linux conference  - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft is buying control of Linux - Bryan Lunduke

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Microsoft and Canonical to Offer Enhanced VM Experiences for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sneak Peek: Taking a Spin with Enhanced Linux VMs

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