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20170305 - Weekly News

PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:14 pm
by Joan


Windows 10 Basic Training Class
Monday, March 6th from 2 to 3:30 PM

Norm Galloway, Instructor

This will be a Windows 10 Introduction Class. It will cover everything you need to know to start using Windows 10. This is not intended to be a “hands on” training session but rather an introduction to the features of Windows 10 and a chance to ask some. You do not need to bring your laptop. Class size is restricted to 70 people so reservations are required. You will be given online tutorials that you may use at home to reinforce the material that is shown in the class. A reservation is required and seating is limited to 60.

CLICK HERE to confirm your reservation.

New Member Orientation
Tuesday, March 7th 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

Apple Education SIG - Led by Xavier Pereira
Monday, March 13th, at 2:00 PM


On Monday, March 13th at 2 PM, Xavier will lead a presentation on how to acquire, store, and listen to MUSIC across different platforms.

HHICC Honors the Work of Outstanding Volunteers

The Volunteer Appreciation Party was especially noteworthy this year as four well known members were honored with induction into HHICC Hall of Fame. Long time leaders George Minot and Jack Wilfore were singled out for special acclaim, along with now deceased members Pete Everett and Lance Johnson. Their dedication to the club principle, "Members Helping Members," has played a significant role in the continuing success of our unique club, now in its 25th year of service. Jolyn Bowler, herself a Hall of Famer, presented their awards.

President Bob Gentzler also presented our annual Volunteer of the Year award to Linda Jackson, who was singled out for this year's honor. Linda has become a familiar face to many members thanks to her unflagging enthusiasm as Special Events Chairman. Because of Linda's attention, our parties are always subscribed to capacity. She also serves as our Volunteer Coordinator.

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From left, Photo 1: Jack Wilfore, Jolyn Bowler, George Minot, Harvey Beeferman. Photo 2: Linda Jackson, President Bob Gentzle

HHICC takes pride in and extends heartfelt thanks to all our fine volunteers.

New Windows 10 feature blocks desktop apps, points to Windows Store instead
By Ian Paul - PCWorld - February 27, 2017

The mainstream release of Windows 10 may soon have a setting that prevents installing anything but Windows Store apps.

If you’re worried about Microsoft locking down Windows 10 PCs and locking out traditional desktop apps, this story won’t make you feel any better. Microsoft quietly added an interesting feature to Windows Insider build 15042 that can prevent users from installing traditional desktop programs (Win32 apps). Users instead are prompted to download Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store.
To be clear this feature isn’t showing up in a public build of Windows Cloud—the Windows Store-only version of Windows 10 that recently leaked (though you have to imagine it will appear there). This is the regular, everyday Insider preview release of Windows 10.

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Android ransomware attacks have grown by 50 percent in a year
By Danny Palmer - ZDNet - February 21, 2017

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting mobile devices with malicious software, as more and more people use them to store their most personal data.

Ransomware targeting Android users has increased by over 50 percent in just a year, as cyber criminals increasingly take aim at what they view as an easy ecosystem to penetrate.
This, the highest number of attempts to infect Android smartphones and tablets with malicious file-encrypting software so far, comes as users increasingly turn to mobiles as their primary devices, storing more and more valuable data on them.
According to cyber security researchers at ESET, the biggest spike in ransomware attacks came in first half of 2016. And because ransomware was then a relatively new attack vector -- at least when it came to targeting businesses -- means many fell foul of it.

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How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you
By Derek Walter - TechHive - January 20, 2017

Take charge of your privacy so there are no surprises about how much information your digital assistant is holding onto.

Has Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Google Home taken up residence in your home? If not, you're probably at least considering adding one of these digital helpers. They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to smart-home control. All you need to do is ask.
In order to fulfill your requests, however, both of these voice-activated digital assistants must upload your verbal commands to the cloud. Just what does that entail? The short answer is that your commands are saved to your Amazon or Google account respectively. And the more you use these devices, and the more services you link to them, the more their respective manufacturers will know about you. Those insights can range from what kinds of movies and music you like to what time you go to bed.
Fortunately, there are privacy options you can manage, as well as ways to purge that collected information. We’ll show you how you can get the most out of these devices while maintaining the maximum amount of personal privacy.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Welcome to New Members

Sarah "Tippy" Amick, Dianne and Michael Behm, Mel Bernstein, Sharon Brabson, Jerry Corliss, Manuel Corliss, Annetta Dellinger, Paul Gentile, Joan Israel, Margaret and Tom Kloet, Barbara Martin, Sherrie Robertson, Marcia and Mike Salera, Katy Sonberg.



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

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