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PCBUG of Naples is the premier computer club serving SW Florida

We are committed to educating and supporting our members,
while keeping them abreast of the very latest in Computing and Internet technologies.

Our Presentations often include HOW TOs on Windows and Android based programs running on everything from Laptops/Desktops, Tablets and Smart Phones to Internet Security and Consumer Internet Connected Devices of all types.


Robin's RAMblings

At our January meeting, I mentioned ICE. Last year when I asked a friend if he had downloaded any interesting smartphone apps lately, he told me about ICE. Most of us know that we should enter emergency contacts on our cell phones using ICE in the directory. What most don't know is that there is a free ICE app available for Androids, iPhones, Windows phones, etc. It provides space for contacts, information, notes, and settings. In the notes section, I copied my entire medical history including allergies, what vitamins I take, doctors' names and phone numbers, etc. I had not updated it to show recent changes, but it was essentially accurate.

I normally have an up to date paper medical history in my purse at all times. I fell about a year ago. When the ambulance deposited me in the emergency room, I smugly said that I had my entire medical history in my purse on a folded sheet of paper. Unfortunately I was wrong. There were a bunch of other papers, but not the one I really needed.

The paramedics were still there. I asked if anyone knew how to use an Android phone. I told them to go to apps. The paramedic asked, "Do you want us to go to ICE?" He immediately knew to go to the notes section. I said my history was accurate as of about a year ago. I would have preferred that it be the up to date version, but it was close enough.

If you arrive at the emergency room writhing in agony, or if it's four o'clock in the morning, I assure you that you won't remember everything. It only takes a short time to download this free app and to fill in the information.

THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN!

Would you or someone you know like free one on one computer help? Come to PCBUG's free help desk in the small board meeting room at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples, 4:30-5 p.m. on meeting Thursdays. This free service is open to anyone with an interest in computers. Help will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Are you knowledgeable about computers? Please volunteer to be one of our help desk helpers.

Are you interested in online storage? How about 100GB of FREE online storage for two years from Microsoft? Now through February 28 Microsoft is offering 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage to Bing Rewards members (free to join). They hope you will use Bing for searches, but there is no obligation to do so. Just remember that your free cloud storage will end two years to the day after you claim it. For more information go to http://dealnews.com/One-Drive-100-GB-Storage-2-Year-Subscription-for-free/1276201.html

It pays to be careful. The bad guys are very busy with their scams. A week or so ago I received an email with the subject line "Unauthorized activity on your online account". It showed "bankofamerica@secureserver.com" as the supposed email address of the sender. Six days later I received one with the subject line "Your account requires a complete profile update". There is one "slight" problem here. I do not have an account at Bank of America and have NEVER had one.

Do not fall victim to this type of phony scheme. If you have any question about an email, DO NOT OPEN IT. Phone the institution in question for more information.

Another frequent attempt to cheat you occurs when you get a phone call from "Windows technical support". The supposed technical support person says that serious issues have been found on your computer. They then want to take control of your machine to "fix" it. When they gain control of your machine, they mess it up with viruses and/or malware. They will then offer to clean it up for a substantial sum of money. If you supply your credit card number, you are in real trouble. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM. Microsoft only phones people when there is a pre-arranged call back.

Speaking of how to avoid scams, our March 19 speaker is Keith Dameron of Iberia Bank who will discuss the latest scams in the area and how to avoid them.

We hope to see you at our February 19th meeting when Verizon Wireless representatives will show us their latest technology products. Guests are always welcome at PCBUG meetings so bring your family and friends to meetings.

Robin B. Seidenberg
President, PCBUG



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