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Next PCBUG Meeting is Oct 20 at 5 p.m.

Peggy Farren –  Cell Phone Photography without downloading any new apps

Photo Composition – How to make your cellphone photos look better.

Peggy Farren is an award winning, professional photographer, instructor and speaker. She’s been interviewed and featured on TV and in many national and local publications.

We also will do an ASK the EXPERTS session.

As always, Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

Don Beach


Naples police want to take a more proactive approach to keep residents from falling victim to telephone scams.

Officers have placed red stop signs near gift card kiosks and cash registers at local gas stations warning residents of scams in which callers demand prepaid gift cards to pay off debts that victims actually don’t owe.


PCBUG Meeting Sept 15

Subject: Backing up your data with Acronis

Webinar by Gene Barlow of User Group Relations.

Acronis True Image 2017: Acronis just announced the new True Image 2017.

This new version includes the following new features:

NEW! Back up mobile devices to your local computer, the cloud or both.

NEW! Protect and manage computers and devices across the house and across the world with powerful remote backup.

NEW! Backup Facebook albums, posts, contact lists and more in a few easy steps. Protect data from accidental deletion or hacked accounts.

NEW! Archive large or rarely used files to external drives, NAS devices, or in the Cloud. Yet retain easy access to them via Windows Explorer, Mac Finder, or a browser.

NEW! Search for specific files in backups for easy, accurate, and fast recovery.

NEW! Automatically discover NAS devices available on the local network, pre-configure them, and automatically re-connect them.

Acronis – Order Form UGR 0616

We also did an ASK the EXPERTS session.

As always, Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

Don Beach

PCBUG Meeting – Aug 18

Subject: Customizing Windows 10 APCUG

This presentation covered Windows 10 customization’s everyone should know to enhance your their experience.

Perhaps one of the biggest strengths of Windows is the ability, with the a multitude of available options, to customize virtually anything.

This ability to customize the experience allows you to make Windows 10 more personal and it can even help you to be more productive.

We also be did an ASK the EXPERTS session.

As always, Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

Don Beach

Thurs, July  21 at 5 p.m.

Speaker: Don Beach
Subject: Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Thursday July 21 at 5:00 pm
in the Rees Meeting Room at the Naples Branch Library – 650 Central Ave. Naples, Fl

Topic: Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The next major update for Windows 10 is here and includes changes to the Start Menu, Wireless connectivity and several other improvements.

This presentation covered features as well as many of the base functions of Windows 10.

We also did an ASK the EXPERTS session.


Visitors are welcome, so feel free to invite a friend.

Don Beach

What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers


This is an interesting, if somewhat long article regarding those annoying and dangerous phone calls from “I am calling you from Windows.” scammers.

Hint: Hangup on them ! Don’t let them have remote access to your computer and don’t tell them anything you would not want a criminal to know about you… which is nothing.

 Windows 10 Free upgrade offer ending July 29, 2016

The one-year anniversary of Windows 10 is fast approaching, and Microsoft has just announced a new set of Windows 10 news.

Firstly, and most importantly, Microsoft has set a reminder to the world that the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 will expire soon on July 29.

The company, however, still wants to make sure that no one will miss out on Windows 10, and is announcing that after July 29 you will still be able to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.


Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices – Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon

If You Use Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo Mail, You Should Change Your Password Now

If you rely on Google, Microsoft, Yahoo or Mail.ru for your emails, you should go change your password right now.

Reuters is reporting that Russian hackers have stolen more than 273 million email passwords and are selling them online.

 PCBUG Meeting  – Thurs, April 21

Speaker: Lieutenant Chad Parker of the Collier County Financial Crimes Bureau spoke on  ID Theft and Fraud Awareness

This presentation was very helpful and informative.

The Financial Crimes Bureau is supervised by Lt. Chad Parker. The bureau is responsible for economic crimes, fraud, auto theft and the regulation of ethical business practices of pawn shops, secondhand dealers and gold dealers.

OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Financial Crimes PHONE: 239-252-0069

Website:  http://www.colliersheriff.org/stay-safe/financial-crimes-bureau

Men Place Card Skimmer on ATM Store Machine!

Tech Support Scams – Florida Consumer E-Newsletter, April 2016

Uninstall now!

Apple abandons QuickTime for Windows despite lingering critical flaws


The reason for getting rid of QuickTime for Windows is twofold.

First, Apple told Trend Micro it is deprecating the software and will no longer deliver security updates for QuickTime for Windows.

Second, there are two known critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of a system running QuickTime.

CERT Alert (TA16-105A)
Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced

Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets.

The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows.

Malware Warning !!!

There seems to be an increase in malware using sounds, either that of a siren or a ticking sound or a voice that repeats that your computer is infected, urging that you should call the 800 # listed on the screen in order to clean your computer.Malware symbol

THIS IS A SCAM – DO NOT under any circumstances call such a number – unless you truly want to give criminals your credit card number. ( and like to have your bank issue you a new credit card)

If you do call, they will do and say anything to get you to let them take control of your computer in order to help “clean out” your system ( and your bank account and your email contact list and your password list and then they will load a keylogger and secret remote control software so they can see everything you do and type … while completely owning the computer that was previously yours !!!)

Also expect to be bombarded by scam phone calls since your phone number will be captured by their Caller ID system and you have just proved to them that you are a “LIVE ONE”.

Actually removing this situation from your computer will depend on the exact version of the scam you have been hit with BUT NEVER EVER CALL THEM – it will only make a bad situation worse…

Don Beach


March 17 Meeting Report

Abby Stokes
Abigail Stokes, author of “Is This Thing On?” spoke on Social Networking: What the Heck are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram??? –

Abby Stokes, Best-selling author helps you Understand Social Networking. She will explained what everyone’s talking about when they bring up Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.


“Is This Thing On?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming.

Abby Stokes Social Networking 031716 .pdf

Time to End Of Support for your version of Windows

Time to End Of Support -Windows Vista

Time to End Of Support – Windows 7

Time to End Of Support – Windows 8.1

Time to End Of Support – Windows 10 – 1511

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 5 pm, in the Rees Meeting Room at the Naples Branch Library – 650 Central Ave. Naples, FL – (Unless otherwise announced) (map)