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4-19-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 56

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  Another well attended show. (119) We covered many topics including,  Security, ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) Part 2, Virtual Tech. Part 2, Starlink update. It took quite some time to put my content together. Internet speed is relative  and you never appreciate your own speed till you're someplace where the speed  is about 1/5 of what you're used to. I'll be happy to again be on my own network.

4-14-2021 Cascade Lakes Computer and Technology Club, FL - Remote

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  I spent this evening remotely in Boynton Beach, FL After the presentation we discussed Avast Omni and how it protects your IoT devices. We also spent some time on Phishing and how to avoid it. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Omni

4-13-2021 Four Seasons Computer & Technology Club, CA - Remote

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  I spent this morning with a small but very appreciative club in Beaumont, CA via Zoom. Judging by the laughter during the presentation and the questions following the presentation,  it was well received. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Omni

4-12-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 55

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  Another full house. (117) We covered Security, ATSC 3.0, Unformatting formatted text, Saving Cellphone battery. Virtual Reality episode 1 and an excellent County music review. During the Q&A session, a question was raised concerning switching from Norton to Avast, I was happy to share the following link, How to Successfully Install Avast   http://goo.gl/VLXde

Avast Secure Browser - Turn Off 3rd Party Cookies

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Improve your browsing privacy.

4-10-2021 Prescott Computer Society, AZ - Remote

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  I spent an enjoyable afternoon with the members of  the club  via Zoom. After the presentation I was asked about WIFI, Roku, Malwarebytes, and Avast compatibility, VPN usage and advantages. I also remained for the second half of the schedule and enjoyed Phil Ball's Tips & Tricks presentation. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Omni

Skype - Hide Your Profile from Strangers

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Skype profile privacy.

Skype - Stop Microsoft from listening to your conversations

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Skype - Keep your conversations private.

Battery Saving Tip - Smart Phone

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Prolong your battery life.

LinkedIn - Manage who sees your profile.

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Enhancing your LinkedIn privacy.

Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 4-9-2021

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Facebook breach help, https://youtu.be/2841U6KbyI4

4-7-2021 Sarasota Technology Users Group, FL - Remote

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  It was a great evening in Florida with an excellent attendance by the members of  STUGNET . During the Q&A session that followed the presentation, the following topic came up, Phishing and other email scams, VPN's, Malware protection and a few other topics. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Omni

LinkedIn - Disable Third Party Sharing

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Making LinkedIn more private.

LinkedIn - Verify Trusted Device

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Protecting your privacy and security on LinkedIn.

Facebook Data Breach Security Check

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Makre sure your Facebook account isn't affected.

4-5-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode - 54

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  114 folks joined the show today. The topic for today covered privacy, security, lidar, radar, Google maps, Windows 10 cleanup and other topics. During the Q&A we went into more cleanup details. We also time going over upcoming topics. WYZE Vacuum hookup and other assorted questions.

LinkedIn - Turn on Two-step Verification

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Beef up your LinkedIn privacy and security.

Instagram - Control Who Can See Your Profile

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More privacy control of your Instagram account.

Instagram - Control Who Sees Your Tagged Posts on Your Profile

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Controlling your privacy on Instagram.

Spring Clean Your Windows 10 Computer

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Your home isn't the only thing that needs a spring cleaning.

Avast Secure Browser - Removing Sponsored Tabs

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Fixing an annoying behavior - Sponsored Tabs. (shortcuts)

4-2-2021 PC Community, Hayward, CA - Remote

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  Last night's presentation was for a small club in CA. The presentation was well received but there was little participation in the Q&A session that followed the presentation.

Zoom Background Apple Blossoms

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A nice virtual background suitable for ZOOM, etc. thanks to DISH Scape.

Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 4-2-2021

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Avast is off the Easter holiday, so this is all me.

Tech for Seniors LIVE

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  https://youtu.be/9sw3zn4csLk We just completed our first show using StreamYard It was streamed live to both YouTube and Facebook We had 48 attendees on YouTube and 10 on Facebook. It was just three old Tech guys talking about new and old technology and some of our own thoughts about assorted topics. This is something we plan on doing every Thursday starting at 12 Noon (Eastern) as long as we continue to have an audience that's interred in what we have to say.

Prevent Instagram from Accessing your Data by Third Party Ap

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Protecting your Instagram privacy.

Stop Google from using Your Data for Targeted Ads

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Keep your data to yourself.

3-29-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 53

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  Another well attended meeting (116). I always look forward to this. (Season 2 episode1) We again covered a variety of topic including but not limited to Security, Internet connectivity, Streaming, Bluetooth 6,  and more. We also had a survey about smart watches and surprisingly, quite a few attendees showed an interest. There was also a Q&A session after the official show where we answered  questions about a variety of topics.

Stop Google from Tracking Where You Go

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Stop location tracking.

Stop Google from Tracking What You Do

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Facebook - Setup two-factor authentication

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Controlling Who Can See Your Facebook Profile

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Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 3-26-2021

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Amazon Prime History - Control and Removal

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3-23-2021 Let's Compute, Palm Desert, CA - Remote

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  I was happy to spend this afternoon with the members of  Let's Compute . Ok, I know it was via ZOOM. It was still very enjoyable. The main concern asked about was Spam and how to control it. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,   Omni

3-22-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 52

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  An entire year has now passed since this was started. We had another well attended  show  for the One Year anniversary. (121) We covered security, routers, MS Word trick, Bluetooth, and Google Closed Captions. Jim & Chris Gould from  Geeks on Tour paid us a visit for this occasion There was also a 20-minute Q&A session after the show on assorted topics.

3-20-2021 Seniors Computer Group, CA - Remote

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I remotely, spent this morning and part of the afternoon with the  club  members. The presentation was followed by an extensive Q&A session. here are some of the topics  that were covered, Backup - Image and file, Missing icon on system tray, third party keyboards, shortcut keys, Ccleaner, and various other topics. A thanks to Ross Milloy for helping to answer  some of the questions. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Passwords Manager , and  Omni

Security News Roundup w/e 3-19-2021

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https://youtu.be/ypJWIzeKbfY

3-18-2021 Phoenix PC Users Group, AZ - Remote

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I remotely joined the members of this small club last night. The presentation was well received and after the presentation, we discussed the importance of backing up your system and other topics. Avast Free ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Passwords Manager , and  Omni

Closed Captions in Chrome always on

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If you're hearing impaired, this might make things a bit easier.

3-15-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 51

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  Another action packed and well attended show (114) We covered security news,  Tips for filing your taxes safely & securely ,  Starlink, router tips and tricks, and other topics.

3-14-2021 SouthEastern Michigan Computer Org. MI - Remote

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  I spent this morning with the  SEMCO  members via Zoom. We had an extensive Q&A session after the presentation which covered many topics including a demo of  Avast BreachGuard . Avast SecureLine ,  Passwords Manager  and,  Omni .

3-13-2021 Tacoma Personal Computer Users Group, WA - Remote

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  I, remotely, spent this morning with the members of this club. This was another small club, but the presentation was very well received. We had an extensive discussion after the meeting covering several types of email and phone scams.

Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 3-12-2021

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3-11-2021 Fountain of the Sun Mesa, AZ - Remote

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  This was a small but extremely interested group. After the presentation we covered questions about Omni, Avast Free, Secure Browser,  SecureLine and password managers. It was an interesting and enjoyable afternoon. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

3-10-2021 Glendora Seniors Computer Club, CA - Remote

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  I remotely spent an enjoyable afternoon with the members of the  club . After the presentation, we spent some time discussing Avast Omni, Avast SecureLine, and a lengthy discussion about spam blocking and avoidance. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

3-8-2021 SCV Computer Club, CA - Remote

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It would have been nice to be in  Santa Clarita Valley  last night. This presentation was done remotely using Zoom. We had some fun before the  presentation started by showing off Clownfish Voice Changer and Snap Camera. Two of the members even showed off their Avast hats last night. The presentation was well received and was followed by a Q&A session were  the questions pertained to Avast's SecureLine vs Free products. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni [/font]  

3-8-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 50

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  Another well attended (112) show. We covered many topics including Security, Augmented and Virtual Technology, Internet terms, curbing Amazon's Alexa command recordings, privacy enhancement for Google Assistant, and we also managed to answer some questions.

Irish Countryside - Zoom

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Guest Mode for Google Assistant

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  https://youtu.be/5cah1NMihSI One more thing to preserve your privacy. Stop Google Assistant interactions from being saved.

Stop Amazon from Listening to Alexa Recordings

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3-4-2021 Sun City Summerlin Computer Club, Las Vegas, NV - Remote

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  I remotely spent an enjoyable afternoon with the members of  SCSCC  in Las Vegas, NV. Some of the questions asked after the presentation had to do with installing Avast on Windows 10 and what needed to be done with Microsoft Security so there wouldn't be a conflict. There was also a question about cleaning the registry with Ccleaner. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

3-3-2021 Under the Computer Hood Users Group (UCHUG)

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  One of the  UCHUG  members even showed off a poster announcing my last year's presentation. The Q&A that followed the meeting took almost as much time as the presentation itself. We covered Password security, why are paid VPN's better than free versions, Avast OMNI, Ccleaner, Avast Cleanup, Backup security and the importance of doing a regular backup. We also covered several other topics not security or computer related. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

Playing with Balloons

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3-1-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 49

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  We seem to be hitting the 100 attendees mark earlier each week which is nice. The overflow can always watch most of the show on YouTube Live. (20) Another action-packed show with lots of topics followed  by an extended Q&A session that ran a bit longer than usual.

Exodus - Privacy Tool

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  Exodus - Privacy Tool https://youtu.be/0GvNr2eeRq4 For Android devices. Helps you see how much permission each installed app is granted and  how many trackers are part of the installed apps. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.eu.exodus_privacy.exodusprivacy&hl=en_US&gl=US

GoPro - Riding on a WYZE Robot Vacuum

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  GoPro - Riding on a WYZE Robot Vacuum https://youtu.be/6D4krEgkqPw

Email Management - Avast Account

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Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 2-26-2021

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  https://youtu.be/J9VYa6e6dIo Security-related news thanks mostly to Avast Software.  I'm just a messenger. They do most of the hard work and research. https://www.avast.com/en-us/index#pc

WYZE Robot Vacuum - Vacuuming

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It also does a great job cleaning the house.

WYZE Robot Vacuum - Mapping

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Fantastic product.

2-22-2021 Payson Computer Meetup Club, Payson, AZ - Remote

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  I spent this evening with the members of the  club in Payson , AZ via Zoom. It may have been a small group but they seemed to enjoy the presentation and asked several questions after the presentation. Password security and Ransomeware attacks were two of the topics discussed. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

2-22-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 48

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  Another lively show streaming via Zoom for the first 100 attendees and all addtional attedees watched live via  YouTube Live. (118) We covered lots of topics including Security, Cell Phone Technology, Starlink and we had a special guest today from the  Buzz Club . Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 2-19-2021

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Security-related news thanks mostly to Avast Software. I'm just a messenger. They do most of the hard work and research. https://www.avast.com/en-us/index#pc

2-17-2021 Dolce Vita Tech Ed, Mesa AZ - Remote

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  This was a small but very interested group. Most of the attendees showed up at the last minute. The good thing is that there really aren't any latecomers to a Zoom meeting.

Pharming from the Cows Mouth

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  https://youtu.be/Lp1pX07qu9M Pharming, what is it, and how to avoid it.

2-16-2021 Silvercom Comp. and Technology Club, Mesa, AZ - Remote

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  I was happy to spend this morning with the members of  Silvercom . I would have been much happier had I been able to visit them in person. Those that attended seemed to be very happy with the presentation and asked quite a few questions after the meeting. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

2-15-2021 Tech for Seniors Episode 47

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  131 folks were part of today's show. When I was asked how my week went, this was my reply,  https://youtu.be/DNKMQmFSyPY There was quite a bit of security-related information that was covered. We also covered cellphone connectivity, the  Wyze Robot Vacuum  (I love mine.), and creating an emergency recovery USB drive. We also had a longer than usual Q&A session.

Phishing Scams

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  https://youtu.be/gD3o3RQHHBg All about Phishing Scams right from the fish's mouth.

Invitation to a Fishy Zoom meeting

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Just having some fun.

Starting the Video Downloader - Avast Secure Browser

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  https://youtu.be/MWnHRin2bho

2-13-2021 APCUG Virtual Technology Conference

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  Excellent  APCUG  member attendance (227) for a presentation that pointed out all the tools that are part of  Ccleaner I also spent at least 20- minutes answering many questions about the various things that  Cleaner   does. We also spent time showing the various settings changes available in Ccleaner.

Ccleaner Free - Set up a Scheduled Scan

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Ccleaner Free - Set up a Scheduled Scan

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  https://youtu.be/MbDTv3m4s9c

Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 2-12-2021

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2/11/2021 Kelowna Newcomers Alumni, British Columbia, Canada - Remote

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  I spent the evening in Canada in beautiful British Columbia (remotely) The pictures are beautiful. We had a very enjoyable Q&A session after the presentation and covered Back-ups, cloud storage, VPN's, phone updates, Password Managers, and file recovery. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

2-11-2021 Mesa Regal Computer Club, Mesa AZ - Remote

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  This club met both virtually and some members attended the presentation in their  meeting hall. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session where we talked, among other things, about VPN's, and cell phone security. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

2-10-2021 Golden Vista Computer Club, Mesa, AZ - Remote

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  The attendance for this club has certainly diminished due to Covid. They are hoping to soon again be able to meet in person. The questions asked pertained to iOS security and two-factor authentication and a question regarding turning off or removing Defender before installing Avast. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni

Coming this Sat. 2-13-2021 APCUG Virtual Tech Conference.

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  Here's part of what's on the agenda. To join, you need to be a member of a club that is part of  APCUG  and you need to register .

2-8-2021 Tech for Seniors - Episode 46

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  The show again reached its 100 participants capacity before we also started the show   on YouTube live. We made it to 31 minutes into the show when there was an apparent ZOOM outage or something else and everyone  was knocked off. It also ended the YouTube portion abruptly. Once we figured out what had happened, the show was restarted, and gradually most of the participants rejoined the show. This was the first time something like this had ever happened. I personally hope it never happens again. The good thing is that you learn from glitches and become more prepared for future ones if or when they happen.

Update your Chrome Browser NOW

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  https://youtu.be/z8S-PQSwJKw A Zero-Day exploit was just discovered and this update protects you against that exploit.

Weekly Security News Roundup w/e 2-5-2021

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2-5-2021 Sierra Winds Computer Club, AZ - Remote

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  The members of this club all reside in an  Independent Senior Living Facility . The biggest interest after the presentation was in Avast Omni. Hopefully, Avast can maintain the current bargain price for some time into the future. Avast Free ,  Avast Secure Browser ,  Avast SecureLine ,  Avast Omni