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20170122 - Weekly News

Postby Joan » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:17 pm


All Things Images Education Group
Tuesday, January 24, 4:00 PM - Led by Jolyn Bowler

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Our friend, Chris Guld of GeeksonTour.com has put together a great book on Google Photos. Google Photos is available for all devices (tablets & smart phones) whether Android, Apple or Windows. Photos is also available on your computer at http://photos.google.com. Please join Jolyn at the Resource Center for an in depth introduction and an overview of what you can do to store, organize, edit, share and more with all your photos with Google Photos. If you have any topics for discussion or questions, come on down! Please let Jolyn know you will attend. Send an email to jolyn.bowler@gmail.com


Microsoft: Windows 7 in 2017 is so outdated that patches can't keep it secure - submitted by Hugh Dinwiddie via Jack Wilfore
By Liam Tung - ZDNet - January 17, 2017

Microsoft warns business customers to begin migrating from Windows 7, exactly three years before it reaches end of life.

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Microsoft has kicked off its three-year countdown for Windows 7's end of extended support, warning enterprises they'll pay dearly for sticking with the platform's outdated security compared with Windows 10.
Enterprises can of course delay upgrading until January 13, 2020, when extended support ends for the 2009 OS and it no longer receives patches, unless the customer is paying for a pricey Microsoft Custom Support Agreement.
However, as Microsoft has warned, Windows 7, which moved to extended support in 2015, is outdated and will drive up operating costs from remediating malware attacks that wouldn't penetrate Windows 10 systems.

Windows 7 "does not meet the
requirements of modern technology,
nor the high security requirements of IT
departments", according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft: Windows 7 is way more exposed to ransomware than Windows 10
By Liam Tung - ZDNet - November 14, 2016

For those of you who've avoided upgrading to Windows 10 so far, Microsoft has offered some scary ransomware numbers to prove it's in your interests to do so.

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If you want to escape the clutches of ransomware, the best thing you can do is install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft says there's been a 400 percent rise in ransomware encounters affecting Windows since 2015, but older versions of Windows are more exposed to it and more prone to actual infection after an encounter. Microsoft says it has "made Windows 10 Anniversary Update the most secure Windows ever".
Devices on Windows 10 are 58 percent less likely to run into ransomware than Windows 7, Microsoft argues in a new white paper detailing in-built defenses against the extortion-ware.
Ransomware arrives either through email or the browser, both of which Microsoft has battened down in Windows 10.
In July, Microsoft counted 58 million attempts to use email to infect customers with ransomware, while its SmartScreen Filter blocks on average 200,000 automated attacks over the web from so-called exploit kits that deliver ransomware, according to Microsoft


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How to defend against ransomware
By Ben Rossen - Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC - November 10, 2016

How can I defend against ransomware?

Update your software. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. And set your operating system, web browser, and security software to update automatically on your computer. On mobile devices, you may have to do it manually. If your software is out-of-date, it’s easier for criminals to sneak bad stuff onto your device.

Think twice before clicking on links or downloading attachments and apps. According to one panelist, 91% of ransomware is downloaded through phishing emails. You also can get ransomware from visiting a compromised site or through malicious online ads.

Back up your important files. From tax forms to family photos, make it part of your routine to back up files on your computers and mobile devices often. When you’re done, log out of the cloud and unplug external hard drives so hackers can’t encrypt and lock your back-ups, too

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Beware: new sophisticated Gmail phishing attacks
By Martin Brinkmann - Ghacks.net - January 20, 2017

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Researchers have discovered a new phishing attack that is currently underway that is targeting Google Gmail accounts in a sophisticated way.
What's interesting about this specific attack is that it uses a new method, one that could even lure tech savvy users into its trap.
The attacks begin with compromised Gmail accounts. The attackers use the compromised account to send emails to email addresses in the compromised account's address book.
These emails come from a legitimate address therefore, and the attackers seem to use legitimate email messages for the attacks. They contain what looks like an attachment, a PDF or spreadsheet for instance, something that may have been sent in the past already.
When you click on the attachment, you are taken to a Gmail login page on a new tab in the browser.
This page looks like Google's Gmail login page, and the only indication that something is wrong comes from the address field.


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331 Million Microsoft Internet Explorer, Edge Users Moved To Google Chrome And Mozilla Firefox This Year
By Chris Loterina - Tech Times - November 16, 2016 - submitted by Jack Wilfore

All the efforts and resources that Microsoft has poured to develop the Windows 10's Edge browser could all amount to nothing. This came after a report revealed how the new application, together with the Internet Explorer, has lost a staggering 331 million users this year.
In October alone, Microsoft browsers saw the flight of 40 million users based on the report of Net Applications, a data analytics vendor. For 2016, the figure could reach more than 331 million. What is particularly disturbing is the fact that the exodus follows a downward pattern throughout the year without any interruption whatsoever.
The first half of 2016 has been marked by an incremental decline, but beginning May, the rate started to plummet more dramatically. According to Computerworld, if the trend continues, Microsoft browsers could hold less than 20 percent of the market share by March next year


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ALL THINGS APPLE HELP AT THE COMPUTER CLUB

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

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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, Ken Carlozzi, Xavier Pereira, and Linda Jackson); 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.[hr][/hr
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