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General Discussion / Alan Raul – November 5, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:54:33 AM »
Steganos LockNote - Store your most valuable notes in a LockNote. Hide your everyday notes in a safe place. Application and document in one: the mechanism to encrypt and decrypt a note is part of it. Secure, simple, independent. No installation required. Last updated in 2010.

Steganos -  Makes privacy software

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now available

Windows 10 Fall Creators update (1709) Megathread

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings
2017 Black Friday Ads

General Discussion / Creating a personal "Vanity E-Mail" addresss
« on: October 05, 2017, 02:59:33 PM »
A vanity e-mail address might look like or

The basics...

Buy a domain
Lock it up for as long as possible since prices will increase
Pick a .com extension
I recommend GoDaddy

Choose a E-Mail service
Do not use POP3
I recommend Microsoft Exchange Online
This service will sync your e-mail, contacts, calendar and notes to all your devices regarding of the operating system. You can also log into your account via a web browser. This service is re-sold by many companies including GoDaddy.

Another option is G Suite by Google Cloud

SECURITY - Security has a lot to do with PRIVACY.

Hardware Firewall/Router - Located between your cable/DSL modem and your connected device (Wired or Wireless)
Your hardware firewall/router and modem can be in one device called a gateway.

VPN - Virtual Private Network This can be either software or a hardware deive. SOFTWARE

What Security Software Do You Recommend?

Is it okay to run Windows Defender and another antivirus program at the same time?

McAfee Security Tips - 13 Ways to Protect Your System

DuckDuckGo - The search engine that doesn't track you.

Browser Extensions
Adblock plus



HTTPS Everywhere

Privacy Badger


Avoid tech support phone scams

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently

General Discussion / Alan Raul - October 1, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: September 27, 2017, 07:43:14 PM »
Acronis True Image 2018 Update 1 – (September 27, 2017 List of Changes)
Security Notification for CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 for 32-bit Windows users

Temp File Cleaner - (TFC for short) is a Windows application designed to rid your PC of the temporary files that accumulate on your hard drive because other applications leave them behind.

BleachBit - you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.
Microsoft Pix - is an iOS only camera app that supposed to be testing various cloud systems for enhancing photos. All courtesy of Microsoft's Computational Photography Group. The difference to Office Lens is that Pix makes the changes automatically.

Windows 10 Help
Windows 10 Creators Update Installed Now PC Fails to Boot

About iOS 11 Updates

iOS 11's new image format might pose problems for PC users

Apple has switched from the ancient JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format to the new HEIF (high-efficiency image format) in iOS 11. To capture it and hardware encode/decode HEIF, you'll need a recent device though — A10 Fusion-powered or later, which means iPhone 7 and iPad Pro (2nd Gen) at the least.

Here’s why HEIC files are great:
Around half the size of JPG for the same quality
Can store multiple photos in one file (ideal for Live Photos and bursts)
Supports transparency like GIF files
Can store image edits, such as cropping and rotating so you can undo them
Support 16-bit color vs JPG’s 8-bit

Convert Heic Photos to JPEGs

Privacy and Security Links

7 Ways to Block Computer Viruses

Credit Freeze FAQs

Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes

Fraud alerts vs. credit freezes: FTC FAQs

Fraud alert or credit freeze – which is right for you?

Report identity theft and get a recovery plan

Krebs on Security
Know How... 344 Equifix-It!

As Equifax Amassed Ever More Data, Safety Was a Sales Pitch

Equifax Isn’t Your Problem: Credit Protection Tips from an Identity Theft Victim

Equifax Got Hacked: How to Stop Identity Thieves from Opening Accounts in Your Name
Equifax Aftermath: How to protect against identity theft

Equifax Will Offer Free Credit Locks for Life, New CEO Says

In California anyone 65 years of age or older, placing a freeze is FREE.

Credit Freeze Information by State

How to "Freeze" Your Credit Files

How to “Freeze” Your Credit Files
From the California Attorney General

General Discussion / Upcoming Tech Dates
« on: September 03, 2017, 10:09:43 AM »
Upcoming Tech Dates...

September 1, 2017 - Google Android 8.0 (aka Oreo) is rolling out to the Google Pixel and Nexus devices now

September 12, 2017 - iPhone 8, iOS 11 and more event

October 17, 2017 - Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Release Date

October 19, 2017 - Ubuntu 17.10 Release Date

General Discussion / Alan Raul - September 3, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »
JustWatch - On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States. JustWatch is easy and effective: Choose your favorite streaming providers and see what’s new on Netflix and Co. Filter by genre and release year to find the perfect movie to stream tonight. Search for a specific movie or TV show to find out where to watch it legally online.

Reddit - is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website.
Reddit – Windows 10

Glary Utilities 5 - The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one utility for cleaning your PC.
FREE vs. Paid Pro Version
Acronis True Image 2018

User Group Relations – Gene Barlow
Discount Code = SLO Bytes
Acronis True Image 2018 Release Notes

Acronis True Image 2018 Documentation

[How to] uninstall a previous Acronis installation
Acronis True Image 2018 Forum

Fing - Scan, secure, manage and troubleshoot any network.

Network Analyzer - is an all-in-one app for network analysis, scanning and problem detection. Network Analyzer is equipped with a high-performance wifi device discovery, including all the device's addresses, manufacturers and names.

Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Blue Tooth Speaker

General Discussion / iOS 11 Coming Soon
« on: August 24, 2017, 09:47:30 AM »
iOS 11
A giant step for iPhone.
A monumental leap for iPad.

iOS 11 Feature Videos

General Discussion / Planned Obsolescence
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:52:43 AM »
I was looking for ideas for our next photo assignment and came across this article. It’s an interesting read… enjoy.

General Discussion / Alan Raul - August 6, 2017 Meeting Notes
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:46:57 PM »
July 2017 SLO Bytes BBQ Video
It’s 1.10 GB in size and 18:04 minutes in length. It will be available at the meeting if someone wants it transferred to a USB flash drive.

Camelcamelcamel is a free Amazon price tracker!

Wolfram Alpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics, including science...
Patch My PC Updater is a free, easy-to-use program that keeps over 100 programs up-to-date on your computer.

7 ways to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10 - See all the ways you can get into Safe Mode in Windows 10.
Google Drive Backup and Sync for Windows - Upload and store files from any folder on your computer, camera, and SD cards in the cloud. You can find your content on any phone, tablet, or computer using Google Drive, and your photos and videos in Google Photos.

Netflix Original Series and Movies
JustWatch - On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States. JustWatch is easy and effective: Choose your favorite streaming providers and see what’s new on Netflix and Co. Filter by genre and release year to find the perfect movie to stream tonight. Search for a specific movie or TV show to find out where to watch it legally online.

All in One - System Rescue Toolkit YouTube Videos

General Discussion / Acronis Disk Director 12 Update 2
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:39:36 PM »
Acronis has released Acronis Disk Director 12 Update 2.

Log into your Acronis account to download the latest version.

General Discussion / Computer Meetings
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:33:32 AM »
Sunday, November 19, 2017  SLO Bytes Photo Group (one week off schedule)
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00-4:00 pm
TOPIC: Architecture
Share images of manmade structures
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Sunday, December 3, 2017  SLO Bytes General Session
San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo
8:00 - 11:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($7.00) - Arrive before the meeting to share a nice pancake breakfast with other SLO Bytes members.
11:00 - 12:45 am Bring your laptop, smartphone, tablet and questions and we will try to pair you up with someone who can answer your questions.   
12:45 - 2:00 pm  First Session: Alan Raul moderating a Q & A session - 2018 Board of Directors Election
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation - Meeting ends for the day at 2:30 pm
2:00 - 2:30 pm  Social Time: We share coffee, goodies and conversation
2:30 - 3:30 pm  Second Session:
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Thursday, December 7, 2017  SLO Linux Users Group (SLOLUG)
KCBX Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, San Luis Obispo
6:30 pm --->
* Q and A
* What's new in tech?
* To be announced...
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Sunday, December 10, 2017  SLO Bytes Photo Group
498 Hansen Hill Road, Arroyo Grande
2:00-4:00 pm
TOPIC: To be announced...
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General Discussion / Microsoft Lumia Phone
« on: June 03, 2017, 11:58:00 PM »
A few of us use a Microsoft Lumia Phone. I have successfully updated from Anniversary Edition to Creators Edition (17.03). Windows 10 on the phone works fast. I use this phone as a backup phone.

I have also included a screenshot of my PIA (Private Internet Access) VPN connection.

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