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A Moment to Reflect


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Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 5-22-2020


5-25-2020 Tech For Seniors

Another enjoyable Monday spent with quite a few folks via ZOOM covering
the Tech News For Seniors. Making seniors aware of the latest vulnerabilities and,
how best to stay stay safe in this ever changing and challenging world.

COVID-19 Facts - The Lighter Side

Humor keeps us sane!

Making Payments Easier in Google Chrome

Utilizing Microsoft Hello to make payments easier in Google Chrome

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Security News Roundup w/e 5/15/2020


Security News Roundup w/e 5-8-2020


5-9-2020 Tacoma Area PC Users Group, WA

This was the club's first ZOOM remote presentation. It's a small club so I was happy with the turnout.
After the presentation there was a question on VPN's and I spent some time explaining the benefits
of using Avast SecureLine.



Weekly Security News Roundup W/E 5.1.2020


5-4-2020 Tech For Seniors

This was my part in another installment of this weekly all ZOOM Meeting which is always well attended.
If you keep up with the Avast Security News Blog, some of this may look familiar.

COVID 19 Related Scam Update


4/27/2020 Tech for Seniors

This morning, I was part of the program for this weekly Zoom Meeting.
Practicing social distancing and staying safe while coming together as a group via ZOOM.
I may not be able to visit in person but ZOOM is a great alternative.

4/15/2020 Columbus Computer Society - Columbus, OH

It was an excellent Remote meeting with the members of the Columbus Computer Society
The Q&A session after the meeting covered SecureLine, Secure Browser and, image backup.
I'm hoping to see this club for an in person presentation in September.

Busy working from home.

Always ready to ZOOM into your home with tips on staying safe and secure.



3-28-2020 Channel Islands PCUG - Camarillo, CA

I had the pleasure of hosting the CIPCUG meeting today. It was a total ZOOM meeting.
We practiced social distancing. Since one person joined us from Florida and the club
is located in California, it covered quite a distance.
I did my presentation during the final hour of the meeting.
The meeting started at 9:30 AM and ended at 1:00 PM
Those attending were very surprised how well everything worked and how easy it was
to join and be part of an interactive part of the meeting.

3-24-2020 Let's Compute Computer Club - Palm Desert, CA

This afternoon's presentation was well attended by members of the club.
We had a nice round-table chit chat before the start of the presentation
that covered all kinds of topics.
I answered quite a few questions about the use of ZOOM
After the presentation, we had a Q&A session and I think I was able to
answer everyone's question. The most discussed topic was about VPNs

3-19-2020 Computer Users of Erie - Erie, PA

Last night we had the first of hopefully many presentations
where everyone was in their own home utilizing ZOOM to come together, do the
clubs business and view the presentation.
Since everyone arrived a little early, we had a great discussion about
how the Corona-virus was affecting everyone's lives. We also talked a bit
about how everyone is handling the social separation.
The presentation was followed by a Q&A session. I was able to show off
Avast Omni since that was one of the main topics of discussion in the Q&A.
I was quite happy with the overall outcome. Everyone was able to participate
verbally and via their individual webcam. For right now, this is as close as we'll
come to actually be there in person.
Stay safe everyone and let's get together remotely.

Effective Immediately.

In the interest of protecting the safety of everyone, mine included,
presentations for the foreseeable future will be done remotely using ZOOM.

My audience will still see and be able to interact with me during and after the presentation.
I'll be doing the presentations from my home and, the audience can also connect remotely
from the safety and comfort of their own home.
This will ensure everyone's safety and, help prevent the spread of the corona-virus.
If you're group is interested in a presentation, simply contact me to start the process.
As always, there is no charge to the club or it's members for this service thanks to Avast Software.

3/11/2020 Glendora's Computer Club - Glendora, CA

Prior to the meeting, I was invited out to lunch.
The buttermilk pancakes were excellent and very filling.
This was my last presentation on this trip to California.
I was told that I was lucky that at least half of the regular attendees showed up for the presentation.
We covered quite a few topics in the Q&A session that followed the presentation.
Avast SecureLine, Passwords Manager and, Omni.

3-10-2020 Laguna Woods Personal Computer Users Group - Laguna Woods, CA

I received a nice reception from the members that attended.
It was obvious that the Corona-virus scare kept many folks at home.
The presentation was followed by some questions regarding installing
Avast on a Windows 10 computer, Avast SecureLine and, Avast Omni.

3-10-2020 Leisure World-Seal Beach Technology & Computer Club - Seal Beach, CA

A smaller club with many questions during and after the presentation.
Most questions pertained to VPN and Password Manager.



3-7-2020 Seniors Computer Group - San Diego, CA

This was the presentation that almost didn't happen. The club members had lots of questions
during and after the presentation. Many of the questions had to do with the Avast Password Manager.
We also had a long discussion on the topic of making up strong passwords and I was happy to
share my thoughts on that topic. We also talked about the importance of a regular backup regiment.

3-4-2020 Under the Computer Hood Users Group - San Diego, CA

This evening I had the pleasure of addressing the members of this club.
The presentation was well received and was followed by many questions including the steps
to install Avast when already using another third party AV.
I was also given a mouse pad which I had mentioned was something I should have
brought with me on this trip. The hotel where I'm staying uses a table with a glass top.
My mouse isn't fancy enough to work on that surface. Here's the new mouse pad.

Avast Secure Browser - DNS over HTTPS


3-2-2020 Greater South Bay PC Users Group - Torrance, CA

It was a small but very interested group for this remote presentation.
A question was raised about Avast's data collection practice which I was
happy to answer.

2/24/2020 The Payson Computer Club - Payson, AZ

Tonight's presentation was the last presentation on this tour of Arizona.
The Payson Computer Club a few years ago changed to a Meetup club.
It was a small group at tonight's meeting due to a last minute change in the meeting place.
The usual meeting place at the Payson Public Library was not available due to construction.
We still had an excellent meeting with many question raised by those attending.
The questions asked ranged from Avast SecureLine to Avast Passwords Manager
I was happy to address all of the questions asked.

2-22-2020 Paradise Computer Club - Sun City, AZ

This morning despite the rain, we still had a very acceptable attendance.
One side of the room was reserved for umbrellas, the other side
of the room was for the members.
The presentation was followed by a Q&A session. The topics covered,
Avast SecureLine, Passwords Manager and, Omni.
The community's woodworking shop created the following.

2-20-2020 Happy Trails Computer Club - Surprise, AZ

This is a smaller club but the presentation was well attended.
There were quite a few questions about Avast Omni and the Passwords Manager.

2-19-2020 Personal Computer Club of Toronto - Remote Presentation

Last night, I remotely joined the Club members based in Canada.
We covered a very wide range of topics including the recently reported
Avast data sharing controversy.
Most club members, once I explained the entire story, were a lot more at ease
once they had all the facts. I can't say that they rejoiced but, those
club members who used Avast, are still Avast customers and will remain Avast users.

2-18-2020 Las Palmas Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

The well-received presentation was followed by a Q@A session.
Most of the questions dealt with Avast Omni and Avast SecureLine (VPN).
We also had a discussion about the protection available in the free version of Avast.

2-17-2020 Computer Club at Apache Wells - Mesa, AZ

The presentation was well received and followed by some interesting questions.
Quite a few members were interested in Avast Omni and Avast SecureLine.
They also asked questions about replacing Defender with the free version of Avast.

Removing Avast Extensions

Removing Extensions from Chrome or Chromium-based Browsers.

2-17-2020 Silvercom Computer and Technology Club - Mesa, AZ

Thanks to the club members for a nice turnout and the many questions asked.
Most questions pertained to Avast Omni.

2-15-2020 Prescott Computer Society - Prescott, AZ

It was an interesting afternoon yesterday.
The Prescott library had installed a new projector that would not
work with my computer. The club offered an older computer which worked
with the new projector except, that computer didn't have PowerPoint installed.
Persistence again paid off, I had uploaded a copy of the presentation to my
OneDrive and was successfully able to show that presentation using an online
version of PowerPoint. Maybe we should consider this a remote, in-person presentation.
My thanks to the club for their patience while we worked through the problems.
All's well that ends well. The presentation was well received and we had quite a
few questions on various topics during and after the presentation.
Avast Free, Passwords Manager, SecureLine, Avast Omni

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2-13-2020 Mesa Regal Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

A full house thanks to the members and guests of the Mesa Regal Computer Club.
The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with questions covering
a variety of topics, Encryption, Android OS update, and Blue Tooth security.

2-12-2020 Solera at Johnson’s Ranch - San Tan Valley, AZ

Late yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of addressing the club members.
There were quite a few new members in attendance for this presentation.
Following the presentation, we spent quite a bit of time discussing Password Managers
and the value of using Avast's SecureLine VPN. There was also an interest in Avast Omni.

2-12-2020 Viewpoint Technology Club - Mesa AZ

This early afternoon presentation was added at the last moment but,
as you can see, it was well attended. The presentation was
followed by several questions with an emphasis on Avast Omni

2-12-2020 Rock Comp Computer Club - Apache Junction, AZ

A nice way to start the day. A good turnout from the members of Rock Comp CC.
They were a very attentive audience. We followed the presentation with a Q&A session.
Most of the questions and curiosity revolved around Avast SecureLine and HMA.
I was happy to answer questions about both of these Avast products.

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2-7-2020 Sierra Winds, AZ Computer Club - Peoria, AZ

More photos,

This morning's well attended presentation was at an assistant living facility.
The members enjoyed and participated in the presentation and asked quite a few questions.
I've already been asked to please return next year.

2-5-2020 Computer Booters of Sun Lakes - SunLakes, AZ

More Pictures,

The Computer Booters last night received two presentations.

We spent the first half hour learning all about using ZOOM software to have a successful
remote presentation. A remote presentation via ZOOM is the next best thing to
being there in person.
The second presentation was "Staying Safe and Secure" and covered many security related topics.
The two most asked about Avast products were Avast Free and Avast SecureLine.
I also covered questions asked about the recent Avast privacy concerns.

2-5-2010 All's well that ends well

Quote from: bob3160 on February 02, 2020, 04:39:50 PM So I'm going over my schedule for the presentations in AZ and I noticed a conflict on 2/5/2020.
I'd like to blame it on my eyesight but that would be a cop out. I screwed up. Hopefully, one of the clubs can re-schedule.
If not, one club will be disappointed and probably a bit mad at me for not having seen that mistake earlier. So I've heard back from John at Dreamland Computer Club

I am still sorry that I made a mistake in my bookings but, I am very happy that the video of the presentation I had created some time ago, saved the day.
John has already been added to next year's schedule.

2-5-2020 Golden Vista Computer Club - Apache Junction, AZ

This is my divided club. The room where they hold their meetings is partially divided.
As you can see from the picture, the presentation was well attended.
I answered a questions on the the data sharing news that came out on 1/28.
We also had a question on removing another AV before installing Avast.
I was happy to address both questions.
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2/3/2020 Sunland Village East Computer Club - Mesa, AZ

A nice turnout to start of my visit to Arizona.
The presentation started with a question about the recent articles about Avast and data sharing.
I said I would address the issue following the presentation.
The presentation was well received and as promised, followed by a Q&A session covering mainly
the question I was asked in the beginning.
We covered what was shared and we went over the settings in Avast concerning personal privacy.
Most members were happy with the fact that there was a way to turn of sharing their information
even in the free version.