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Postby dia » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:29 am

Apple Special Interest Group (SIG)
Monday, February 13th, at 2:00 PM - Led by Wes Taylor


The Apple Education Class on Monday, February 13 will cover an update on Apple Photos by Frank Sullivan. The basic lesson will be “Projects” including calendars, cards, books, etc.

All Things Windows Special Interest Group (SIG)
Tuesday, February 14th, 4:00 PM - Led by Norm Galloway

Join Norm this week at the Resource Center with your questions and problems, answers and solutions to Windows 10. Join in the discussion. You'd be surprised how common most questions are and it will give you an opportunity to share with other members. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or use our systems at the Center. Please contact Norm with any questions at normgalloway@gmail.com and to let him know you'll be there or if you have a specific topic you'd like covered. Jolyn will return next month.

New Security Flaws Can Turn Netgear Routers into Army of Botnets
Tens of thousands of routers are vulnerable to this flaw.
by Uzair Amir - hackread.com, Feb. 1, 2017

Trustwave researchers have identified flaws in 31 Netgear router models, which may lead to hackers gaining full control of devices. Using these security flaws, any attacker can fully bypass the password on Netgear routers, modify the configuration, create an army of botnets by infecting multiple routers and develop entirely new firmware.

The new vulnerabilities were identified by Simon Kenin, a security researcher at Trustwave while he was trying to access the web interface of Netgear VEGN2610 router and forgot the password. He tried to fuzz the server using various parameters manually and finally identified a file bearing the name “unauth.cgi.”

In a blog post, Kenin revealed details of his finding: “I started looking up what that “unauth.Cgi” page could be, and I found two publicly disclosed exploits from 2014, for different models that manage to do unauthenticated password disclosure. Booyah! Exactly what I need. Those two guys figured out that the number we get from unauth.cgi can be used with passwordrecovered.cgi to retrieve the credentials.”

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How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features
Most smart TVs collect data about what you watch and send it to manufacturers. Here's how to turn off this user tracking.
By James K. Willcox and Glenn Derene - comsumerreports.com, February 08, 2017

We watch our televisions, and in many cases our televisions watch us back. That's the backdrop to the news this week that Vizio has agreed to settle charges that it violated the law by using software in its "smart," internet-connected TVs to collect data on what users were watching, without permission.

The software told Vizio what consumers were playing on their TVs, whether it came from broadcast or cable channels, streaming services, DVD players, or other sources. The company also collected data on users' WiFi networks and mobile devices that were linked wirelessly to the televisions. (Our colleagues at the Consumerist have more details.)

Other makers of internet-connected TVs, including Samsung and LG, track their users' viewing habits, too. But unlike Vizio, those companies require people to nominally agree to the practice by clicking OK to a privacy policy during setup.

Consumer Reports has been writing about this technology, which is often called automatic content recognition (ACR), since 2015, and since then it has only become more widespread.

Like the details of what you like on Facebook or search using Google, information collected by TV makers can be sold to big data brokers who compile consumer information for sale to marketers.

ACR data also can be harnessed to target television viewers with specific ads—a practice that consumers are used to on the web but that's just getting started in the television world.

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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, 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.
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