20161204 - Weekly News

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20161204 - Weekly News

Postby dia » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:23 pm

NOTE:The HHICC Christmas party on Monday, December 5 reached its limit within 48 hours of the Evite going out to all members. There is a wait list.To those of you who are on the confirmed attendance list, if you find your plans change and you aren't able to attend, please be courteous and cancel your reservation from the Eventbrite site so we can move someone to it from the wait list. CLICK HERE to cancel reservation.

New Member Orientation
Tuesday, December 6, at 4pm
Led by Jolyn Bowler


New Members should drop by for a review of our Club's assets and resources. This is an opportunity for members to meet each other and learn about the Hilton Head Island Computer Club. A great starting point for those of us who don't know what we don't know about computers. If you haven't attended one of these sessions yet, come and learn more about the Computer Club. Jolyn may be reached at jolyn.bowler@gmail.com. Please note that the Center will be closing for the holidays from Friday, December 16th and reopen on Monday, January 2nd 2017. If you have any questions regarding Google, Android or Images, please contact Jolyn via email during the holidays.

More Than One Million Google Accounts Hit by Malware
By Shanika Gunaratna -CBS NEWS, November 30, 2016

More than one million Google accounts have been breached by malware that infiltrated older Android devices, cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Wednesday.

The researchers traced the malware back to dozens of what they called “legitimate-looking” apps — with names “Wi Fi Enhancer,” “GPS,” “Beautiful Alarm, “Battery Monitor,” and even “Google”— on third-party Android app stores. In general, Google strongly cautions users to download apps only from the official Google Play store to help reduce the risk of accidentally installing malicious software. Attackers also spread the malware via links sent in text messages to unsuspecting users, Check Point said.

This specific malware, nicknamed Gooligan, has been steadily infecting older versions of Android devices since August of this year; Check Point estimates that 13,000 new devices continue to be breached daily.

Once it lives on a user’s Android device, Gooligan exploits known vulnerabilities in the Android operating system to install other apps and malicious software without users’ permission. Using that foothold, attackers can steal users’ email addresses and authentication tokens in order to dive deeper into their extensive personal data stored across Google: Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, etc., Check Point said.

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There's A 99 Percent Chance Your Fake Apple Charger Isn't Safe
Bought your Apple charger online? Maybe read this before using it next.
By Katie Collins - c/net.com, December 2, 2016

Step away from the fake Apple charger -- it could be unsafe.

A study published by UK business watchdog Trading Standards Friday claimed that 99 percent of counterfeit Apple chargers bought online fail a basic safety test.

Investigators purchased 400 Apple chargers from different retailers around the world over the internet and put them through the tests that they would need to pass in order to be sold in shops in the UK. In all, 397 chargers failed."Criminals across the globe are using online platforms to lure you in with cheap deals for fake items, many of which are dangerous and have been known to overheat and cause house fires," said Lord Toby Harris, chairman of Trading Standards, in a statement.

Even seemingly reputable retailers might not always be safe. In October, Apple filed a lawsuit against online sellers, after it was revealed 90 percent of iPhone chargers sold on Amazon were fake.

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Everything You Need to Know About Netflix Downloads
By Michael Nunez - gizmodo.com, December 1, 2016
Submitted by: Ken Carlozzi

Netflix announced today that subscribers will be able to download select movies and TV shows for offline playback. The feature had been requested by users for a long time, and it’s reportedly been in the works since June. Now, anyone with a Netflix subscription can download movies and TV shows to watch when they’re not connected to the internet.

In the past, the predominant belief was that Netflix offline viewing would be targeted at countries without reliable internet access. However, since that’s not the case anymore, the announcement is already being championed by binge-watchers and frequent travelers. It’s also raised some questions among the tech community. With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about downloading videos from Netflix, and how you can plan to take advantage of this sweet new feature.

CLICK HERE to read.

7 Things You Should Never Do Online

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Every Monday morning and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, a Mac member is at the Resource Center to answer your questions and help you through any issues.
You can also use the iMac computer, bring your laptop, or just come in to get information.
If you have any questions, contact Judi Shade at shade@hargray.com.

Assistance with Tablets

Resource Center volunteers are available to help members with their tablets:

iPad on Monday mornings (Judi Shade, Frank Sullivan and Ed Cliff); Wednesday mornings (Wes Taylor and Karen Kemp); Wednesday afternoon (Judi Shade); Thursday afternoons (Bob Gentzler and Melnee Kasper)
Android on Tuesday afternoons (Jolyn Bowler)
Kindle Fire and e-Readers on Monday mornings (Ed Cliff)
Microsoft Surface: Monday afternoons (Norm Galloway);Thursday mornings (Bob Rathke); Friday mornings (Emory Logan)

Please call the Resource Center (842-4475) to verify the volunteer you wish to consult is on duty that day.

Resource Center Substitutes!

Please consider adding your name to our Resource Center Substitute List. The Resource Center is open M-F, in two shifts, 10 AM-1 PM & 1-4 PM, with two volunteers per shift. You would be with a regular volunteer, helping members, and learning along the way. In addition, we will be instituting a training session so that you'll be able to hit the ground running. If you are interested, even if you only have one day of the week when you might be available, please contact Linda Jackson at volunteercoordinator@hhicc.org.
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