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10/23/2020- Intro To Linux

10/23/2020 John Kennedy Intro to Linux You may have been like me, thinking that you weren’t interested in Linux… but you’d probably have been wrong.  This was way more interesting and useful than expected.  I suggest giving it a watch. Here’s John’s powerpoint: John covered the following: How Linux started Who uses it? (Google, amazon, McDs, Travelocity, UPS, airlines, movie industry, Android phones, courts, gaming systems, etc) Why you don’t hear about it (because Office became the dominant software in all settings and MS paid computer manufacturers to include it) Lenovo now installing Why it’s now getting used— because of its security   The difference that open source code makes (the ability to make useful adaptations, the likelihood of […]

10/09/2020 -Staying Safe and Secure

Bob G updated our info on Avast and gave us a bunch of other useful links. Link to Zoom session on YouTube: He covered the following: Android version to be using Ninite Main Phishing scams and sites Top scams and how to avoid, take action System rollback as superior program MCShield–checks boot sectors; use with antivirus CCleaner and how to use it best password managers new avast programs and features how to lock your computer Omni device for protecting house Tip– don’t do auto renew for avast… search for best price    

2/28/2020 Password Management Made Easy

Carol Freedman’s powerpoint and links from her presentation on Passwords. Powerpoint presentation– PW mgr  –for accessing your Chrome-saved passwords and checking their strength  Review articles: good article with lots of tips, criteria —lots of good tips and data Can add it as extension to chrome May have problems after Win updates and may need patch May have problems synching and also can be a little challenging with cell phones  

2/21/2020 VPNs

Barry presented information on: What VPNs do Why we need a VPN What a VPN can and can’t do Options of VPNs Article— Be sure to scroll down to the great article of how to pick a vpn Note that prices are always changing See the section on free vpns Slides from Barry’s presentation can be viewed using the link… VPN_ February 21, 2020

2/14/2020 Portable apps

Barry’s presentation on portable apps and flash drives. USB: Everything You Need To Know Flashdrives–important to use the cap to keep dust out. When connected to a USB port it will  USB 3.0/3.1/3.2 : (fastest)/Blue color on connector/SS (SuperSpeed) USB 2.0: High Speed USB Usb C–rectangular and used with Macs and other devices/reversible Usb 3 is faster than 2 Usb-B–square for a printer Uses: Load music (MP3 files)/can play in most cars when connected to usb drive Freegal–6 downloads/wk free from Broward County Library Back up files and data and more Load documents, photos, videos, and music   Showed storage on a usb drive as shown on chart below. Videos are the largest data hogs– most to be compressed to […]

2/7/2020 Cutting the cord

Here are Barry’s resources for cutting the cord, found in the Handouts section of the website: In addition, we discussed the following: Antenna– Mohu as a good brand PlutoTv as an excellent free source of programming which can be streamed as an app on any device or TV If using Avast,–go to general, then “personal privacy” and check just the first box Check that you have enough speed to run 4k or less programming for your streaming or

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