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PCBUG Meeting – Dec 15 at 5 p.m.

The December meeting will be our Holiday Party as well as annual Club Elections meeting.

An Ask the Experts session will also be held where you can have your computer & technology questions answered.

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



PCBUG Meeting – Nov 17 at 5 p.m.

Jere Minich, APCUG Board of Advisors did a presentation on current Windows 10 topics including Windows Privacy and Printers. He also gave a short presentation on APCUG.

We did an ASK the EXPERTS session.

 



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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.

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2016/09/24/naples-police-take-new-approach-fighting-phone-scams/91040120/



What I learned playing prey to Windows scammers

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3092502/security/what-i-learned-playing-prey-to-windows-scammers.html

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.



 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.



Uninstall now!

Apple abandons QuickTime for Windows despite lingering critical flaws

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Quicktime

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

Solution
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

 


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)

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