Showing posts from 2020

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.

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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.

Avast and Your Privacy

The internet has been full of concerns about Avast's handling of its user's privacy.
Here are my thoughts on this very important subject matter.
I personally wish that this had never occurred. There is no going back but there is a commitment from Avast for a brighter future.
Microsoft, Google your ISP, etc, etc. All collect data and use it in many different ways. Making money is one of the ways your data is used.
By default, the OS is set to share as much of your info as possible. The programs and apps you install usually have the default setting set in a way that you offer as much information as possible
The average user doesn't go into those settings to make changes which is what all large and small companies depend on.
Here in the US, if you've ever been on the internet for any amount of time, you no longer have any privacy.
If you delete your information from one source, you can be assured that this information has already been gathered in many other places.
Security is al…

1-28-2020 Buttonwood Bay Bytes Computer Club - Sebring FL

More pictures,
It's always a pleasure to visit Buttonwood Bay. They also have an excellent
lunch available at very reasonable prices.(Hamburger - $2.25)
The question asked covered Avast Secure BrowserPasswords Manager and Avast Omni.
I also answered some questions about Avast SecureLine.
This was my last presentation in Florida. I'll be heading home tomorrow but not for long.
On Sunday, I leave for Arizona.

1-27-2020 Valencia Reserve Computer Club - Boynton Beach, FL

Last night's enjoyable presentation was to a smaller audience
followed by lots of questions. The lights were dimmed so the picture
isn't the greatest. Sorry about that.

Your Phone - Windows 10

Your Phone is an app developed by Microsoft for Windows 10.
Its main purpose is to connect Android or iOS devices to Windows 10 devices.
Start the app via Settings > Phone then add your phone.

It makes calling a contact or a phone# very easy right from your computer.
Sound quality on my system is better than using the phone directly.
Connection is via Bluetooth so you do need the phone close enough for pairing.

It can also show you your photos, messages and, notifications.
There's also a dial pad if you aren't calling from your contact list.

LaunchBar Commander - Worth a look

More information and download
I've downloaded and am using the portable version (
Great addition to Windows 10.

1-21-2020 Tampa Bay Technology Center - Clearwater, FL

It was nice to see the room filled with club members and guests last night.
Most attendees arrived at the last minute. I wonder if that's because it was so cold last night.
I expected a heatwave in Florida, it was down right cold last night.
It was another enjoyable evening teaching those interested in learning more about what it takes
to stay reasonably safe and secure in this complex world where so much technology needs protection.
Avast SecureLine and the Avast Passwords manager were the products most asked about last night.

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1-16-2020 Lake Sumter Computer Society - Leesburg, FL

This is a smaller group but they asked as many questions as the larger audiences.
The main interests again centered around Avast SecureLine and Avast Omni

1-15-2020 Cascade Lakes Comp & Tech Club - Boynton Beach, FL

More photos,
We covered many questions on several topics after the presentation.
PasswordsInstallation of AvastSecure Line and Avast Omni
It was another enjoyable evening and all the questions showed the clubs interest in the topic.

Block 3rd party cookies in Chrome and other (Chromium based) Browsers

Use the following in the address bar:
Follow this:

This also works in the Avast Secure browser just change what you type in the address bar to this,

This should work in many Chromium based browsers with slight modifications.
In the new Edge (Chromium based) Browser, use the following,

1-14-2020 Valencia Pointe Computer Club - Del Ry Beach, FL

It's always nice to do the presentation to a full house. The presentation was well received and followed by many questions.
The extensive Q&A session covered questions about SecureLine, the protection offered in the free version of Avast,
the Passwords Manager and, Avast Omni. It was a very enjoyable evening.
You'll find more pictures at

Creating a Re-occurring Quick Scan in Avast


1-12-2020 Bellaggio Computer and Technology Club - Lake Worth, FL

More pictures,
And no, I did not pop out of the cake prior to the meeting.
The club had their annual breakfast and this year it included a birthday cake for a member.
Another well attended presentation followed by quite a few questions.
Phishing was a big topic and so was the use of a VPN like SecureLine.

1-10-2020 Deerfield Beach Computer Club - Deerfield Beach, FL

It was nice to see so many familiar faces at today's presentation.
There were questions after the presentation on repairing AvastAvast protection for smart devices and,
Avast Omni.

1-9-2020 Platina Computer Club - Boynton Beach, FL

Another well attended presentation followed by a Q&A session.
Lots of interest in Avast Omni

1-8-2020 Sarasota Technology Users Group - Sarasota, FL

As you can see, it was an excellent turnout by the members of the club.
The STUG organization also does computer refurbishing and every computer that they refurbish and
give back to the community has Avast Free installed on those computers.
Last year alone, that amounted to more than 1000 Avast installs.
The presentation was followed by a Q&A session with lots of questions.

1-8-2020 Cascades Computer & Technology Club - Port St Lucie, FL

A nice turnout for this afternoon's presentation.
We had some questions during the presentation and a very extensive Q&A session afterward.
The main topics covered in the Q&A were Avast Passwords ManagerSecureLine and,Avast Secure Browser.
Someone also wanted to know what Avast could do to protect her car. That's currently not available
but I'm sure Avast is probably working on that protection