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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.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/locknote/

Steganos -  Makes privacy software
https://www.steganos.com/en/

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now available
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Windows 10 Fall Creators update (1709) Megathread
https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/76t8r4/windows_10_fall_creators_update1709_megathread/

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings
http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-setup-and-configuration-tips-dont-settle-for-default-settings/
 
2017 Black Friday Ads
https://www.bfads.net/

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Ralph did a great job on the video.

I used the Microsoft Steps Recorder to do the same thing but displayed in a different fashion.

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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 joe@smith.com or contact@thealanraul.com.

The basics...

Buy a domain
Lock it up for as long as possible since prices will increase
Pick a .com extension
I recommend GoDaddy
https://www.godaddy.com/domains

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.
https://products.office.com/en-us/exchange/exchange-online

Another option is G Suite by Google Cloud
https://gsuite.google.com/


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SECURITY - Security has a lot to do with PRIVACY.

HARDWARE
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?
https://askleo.com/what_security_software_do_you_recommend/

Is it okay to run Windows Defender and another antivirus program at the same time?
http://superuser.com/questions/807968/is-it-okay-to-run-windows-defender-and-another-antivirus-program-at-the-same-time

McAfee Security Tips - 13 Ways to Protect Your System
http://www.mcafee.com/us/threat-center/resources/security-tips-13-ways-to-protect-system.aspx

DuckDuckGo - The search engine that doesn't track you.
https://duckduckgo.com/

Browser Extensions
Adblock plus
https://adblockplus.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adblock_Plus

Disconnect
https://disconnect.me/disconnect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disconnect_Mobile
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/08/blocking-consumer-choice-googles-dangerous-ban-privacy-security-app

Ghostery
https://www.ghostery.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostery

HTTPS Everywhere
https://www.eff.org/HTTPS-EVERYWHERE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS_Everywhere

Privacy Badger
https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_Badger

uBlock
https://www.ublock.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBlock

Avoid tech support phone scams
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/msname.aspx

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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)
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/updates/changes.html?p=40697
 
Security Notification for CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 for 32-bit Windows users
http://www.piriform.com/news/blog/2017/9/18/security-notification-for-ccleaner-v5336162-and-ccleaner-cloud-v1073191-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.
https://addpcs.com/software/tfc/

BleachBit - you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there.
https://www.bleachbit.org/
 
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.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/2017/09/14/microsoft-pix-september-2017-update/
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/microsoftpix/

Windows 10 Help
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/products/windows?os=windows-10
 
Windows 10 Creators Update Installed Now PC Fails to Boot
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/windows-10-creators-update-installed-now-pc-fails/f4a1573e-c871-461a-befa-5448c45080a9

About iOS 11 Updates
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208067

iOS 11's new image format might pose problems for PC users
https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16332192/apple-ios-11-heic-iphone-image-format

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Efficiency_Image_File_Format
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Efficiency_Video_Coding

Convert Heic Photos to JPEGs
http://heictojpg.com/

Privacy and Security Links

7 Ways to Block Computer Viruses
http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/how-to-protect-against-computer-viruses.html

Credit Freeze FAQs
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs

Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0279-extended-fraud-alerts-and-credit-freezes

Fraud alerts vs. credit freezes: FTC FAQs
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2017/09/fraud-alerts-vs-credit-freezes-ftc-faqs

Fraud alert or credit freeze – which is right for you?
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/fraud-alert-or-credit-freeze-which-right-you

Report identity theft and get a recovery plan
https://www.identitytheft.gov/

AnnualCreditReport.com
https://www.annualcreditreport.com/

Krebs on Security
https://krebsonsecurity.com/
 
Know How... 344 Equifix-It!
https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/344

As Equifax Amassed Ever More Data, Safety Was a Sales Pitch
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/23/business/equifax-data-breach.html

Equifax Isn’t Your Problem: Credit Protection Tips from an Identity Theft Victim
https://www.groovypost.com/unplugged/equifax-credit-protection-tips-identity-theft-victim/

Equifax Got Hacked: How to Stop Identity Thieves from Opening Accounts in Your Name
https://www.howtogeek.com/209396/how-to-prevent-identity-thieves-from-opening-accounts-in-your-name/
 
Equifax Aftermath: How to protect against identity theft
https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2017/09/equifax-aftermath-how-to-protect-against-identity-theft/

Equifax Will Offer Free Credit Locks for Life, New CEO Says
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-27/equifax-will-offer-free-credit-freezes-for-life-new-ceo-says

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

Credit Freeze Information by State
https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze/credit-freeze-information-by-state

How to "Freeze" Your Credit Files
https://www.oag.ca.gov/idtheft/facts/freeze-your-credit

How to “Freeze” Your Credit Files
From the California Attorney General
https://www.oag.ca.gov/idtheft/facts/freeze-your-credit
https://www.oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/idtheft/cis_10_credit_freeze_doj.pdf


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General Discussion / Re: Computer 360 Tech
« on: September 24, 2017, 10:33:42 PM »
I would suggest going with a local computer company in the SLO/Five Cities area. Either a walk-in or someone who will come to your house.

Doing a quick Google search came up with the below video.

"360 PC Tech"/"Acer Support" Tech Support Scam | Scammer Randomly Disconnects
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sndqNNf9W_U

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General Discussion / Re: CCleaner 5.33 Compromised
« on: September 21, 2017, 10:40:19 AM »
Some good useful information and recommendations...

CCleaner Malware Incident - What You Need to Know and How to Remove
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/how-to/security/ccleaner-malware-incident-what-you-need-to-know-and-how-to-remove/


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General Discussion / Re: CCleaner 5.33 Compromised
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:36:14 PM »
Anyone that uses CCleaner as a portable app should not be affected since nothing is installed on your computer. In other words... no malware payload.

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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


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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.
https://www.justwatch.com/us

Reddit - is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit
https://www.reddit.com/
 
Reddit – Windows 10
https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/

Glary Utilities 5 - The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one utility for cleaning your PC.
http://www.glarysoft.com/
FREE vs. Paid Pro Version
http://www.glarysoft.com/comparison.html
 
Acronis True Image 2018
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/computer-backup/

User Group Relations – Gene Barlow
Discount Code = SLO Bytes
http://ugr7.com/
 
Acronis True Image 2018 Release Notes
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/updates/changes.html?p=40697

Acronis True Image 2018 Documentation
https://www.acronis.com/en-us/support/documentation/ATI2018/index.html#35899.html

[How to] uninstall a previous Acronis installation
https://forum.acronis.com/forum/acronis-true-image-2017-forum/how-uninstall-previous-installation
 
Acronis True Image 2018 Forum
https://forum.acronis.com/forum/acronis-true-image-discussions/acronis-true-image-2018-forum

Fing - Scan, secure, manage and troubleshoot any network.
https://www.fing.io/

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.
https://techet.net/netanalyzer

Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Blue Tooth Speaker
https://www.anker.com/products/variant/SoundCore-2-Bluetooth-Speaker/A3105011
https://www.amazon.com/Anker-SoundCore-Portable-Bluetooth-Resistance/dp/B01MTB55WH
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/05/anker-soundcore-2-portable-bluetooth-speaker-review.html
https://technicallywell.com/anker-soundcore-2-review-2017

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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.
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11-preview/

iOS 11 Feature Videos
https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/how-to/


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General Discussion / Re: iPhone SE Deals
« on: August 20, 2017, 11:25:51 AM »
If you have a AT&T service it's a no-brainer. Verizon or another carrier is a definite PIA and is not recommended as Ralph points out.

In our group... Pete and I who both have AT&T phone service transferred to the new phone without problems. I have 4 other friends with AT&T who purchased this phone without problems.

The moral of this story... read the fine print.

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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.

http://www.usrepresented.com/2017/03/27/planned-obsolescence/


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