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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

URGENT Computer News - CCleaner hacked by Ransomware:

CCleaner was hacked by Ransomware, and it is URGENT that all CCleaner users ensure that they have updated to the latest version.

Antony has pointed to the CNET article below, while Piriform's own blog post on the topic is linked below.

Here is iTWire's newest article on the subject:







Alex Zaharov-Reutt & Antony Zaglas

Committee News:

The next Committee meeting will be held following the Main Meeting on 26 September. Please notify the secretary at j.wiseman@sydneypc.com if you have any matters you would like discussed. The committee will be voting to renew our liability insurance, which is designed for computer groups affiliated with ASCCA. We do not yet know the premium.

The September ASCCA Newsletter is [ Ed: NOT ] attached (2.5 MB, 4-page PDF file) for the information of members.

What is Association Liability Insurance?

Associations Liability insurance is a package of insurances designed to protect an organisation and its directors, committee members, employees & volunteers for liabilities that arise out of the operation of the organisation. This Policy provides cover for the legal expenses of defending claims and cover for personal liabilities that may be incurred. For your protection this policy includes a number of additional benefits, such as occupational health & safety defence expenses, fraudulent embezzlement of funds, libel/slander/defamation defence expenses and many others that some policies may not.

Josephine Wiseman

Web Design SIG Report:

Just finished the report on our September meeting.

The topic was on creating a print style sheet and I have added a print css to the 2017 reports. See what you think.

Steve South

Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday 19th Sep - 9:30 am - 12 noon (ALREADY HELD)

Any interesting member topics and other computer-related items can be discussed at this meeting.

We'd all like to hear any good/bad experiences with nbn installations that members have had.

There will also be time for Q&A discussion.

Family History - Tuesday 19th Sep - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ALREADY HELD)

My topic for September will be "Exploring the early History of Northwood, a Suburb in the Lane Cove Municipality from 1831-1870".

This will be interesting local history with many early families covered in the presentation.

Terry Eakin

Digital Photography - Friday 22nd Sep - 9:30 am - 12 noon

With the release of the iPhone X, there are bound to be new/improved camera-controlling apps available.

Come along and discuss these and see what other options are available.

There will also be the usual Q&A and other topics brought up by the members.

Roger Foulds

Meeting Next Week:

Main Meeting - Tuesday 26th Sep - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Tech Tips:

The jargon-free guide to computer and internet security

"The internet is truly a mind boggling thing. It is a global network of computers all hooked together sharing information. It has been marketed as a system whereby we visit web sites and log on to other systems in order to make it understandable.

The reality of how the internet works is fundamentally different than those terms lead us to believe. In the gaps between the notion and reality of how the internet works is where security and safety problems lie.

In this article we'll break out the most important aspects of internet safety into bite-sized chunks and offer some practical advice on each."

Read more on the Comparitech internet computer security guide.

For one security option, see Microsoft's Security Essentials package.

Jeff Grant

Out Now: CCleaner v5.34, to speed up your slow PC


It's commonly thought a slowing PC is due to its age, but this isn't necessarily true. Unless you have changed your PC's hardware, its potential isn't far off the day you bought it.

What is true, is that every time you use your computer it collects junk files, data and settings which clog it up and stop it from running at its best. We built CCleaner to safely delete the accumulated junk which is deteriorating your PC's performance.

CCleaner also frees up valuable space and makes sure your online browsing stays private by cleaning your history, cookies and more (the Professional version does this automatically)."

[ Ed: Many members use CCleaner, but we just thought we'd like to bring you the latest computer jargon from their advert. ]

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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