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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Programming - Tuesday May 8th - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Come and show your projects, and see some others. We have a computer with a projector, so bring along picture files of your project and we'll project them on the wall. We have a broadband internet connection, so discussion can be wide ranging.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday May 8 at 6pm. We'll see some new microprocessor applications and programming examples.

Neville Hoffman

Friday Forum - Friday May 11th - 9:30 am - 12 noon

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

We'll also try downloading and installing the new Windows 10 Spring Update, version 1803 onto the Club's computer.

Communications - Friday May 11th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday May 15th - 9:30 am - 12 noon
Web Design - Saturday May 19th - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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ASCCA Pitt St Sydney Courses May June July 2018

Our courses for the next three months have now been released. This year we are updating our course program every month. For example, you will see that this mail out has removed the April courses and added the July courses.

This year we have also introduced a new level of courses - courtesy of our new partnership with Tech Savvy Seniors (TSS), NSW Family and Community Services and Telstra. Look out for further TSS courses in future course programs throughout the year.

Click here to read or download the course program in PDF format

Mark Young

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Level LG, 280 Pitt St SYDNEY NSW 2000
(02) 9286 3871

Copyright © 2018 ASCCA — Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, All rights reserved.

Is this for Real?

National Scams Awareness Week runs from 21-25 May 2018 and we are urging Australians to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ask ‘is this for real?’

These scams are very common and often very believable.

Anyone can say they are from the government or a company. If you're contacted unexpectedly by someone demanding payment or asking for information they should already have, contact the company via the number on their website & check if they really did contact you.

Always ask yourself Is This For Real? For more tips, go to www.staysmartonline.gov.au/scams.

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Tech Tips:

Firefox Browser To Carry Ads:

Published in Infopackets by John Lister on May, 2 2018 at 02:05PM EDT

The Firefox browser will soon incorporate paid advertising on its new tab page. It will be personalized to a degree, though developers Mozilla say it won't compromise privacy.

The ads will appear in the form of links to pages. These links will appear whenever a user opens a new tab in the browser, before they type in an address. They won't appear on the home page that shows up when users first open Firefox itself.

The new tab page will contain a list of recommended links to pages the user might find interesting. Some of these will be "sponsored" results while others will be included without any commercial incentive.

No Personal Data Collected

The feature has been tested on some users over the past few months and is already available to people who run the beta editions of Firefox which include new features still in development. The feature will then roll out to all users from May 9 when version 60 of Firefox is released. (Source: arstechnica.com)

Mozilla says that it won't need any access to records of a user's online activity to produce the personalized recommendations. Instead the browser itself will download a master list of recommended links each day, then cross-reference it with the browser history on the user's computer to decide which of these links are most relevant. This is described as client-side personalization, meaning Mozilla doesn't have access to the user's data, let alone pass it on to a third party.

Users Can Opt Out

While the feature will be switched on by default, users can turn it off so they don't see any recommended links. They can also opt to have the recommendations show, but with any "sponsored" results automatically excluded.

Though Mozilla will tell advertisers how many people clicked through on the links, they won't provide any details about the individuals who did so.

Mozilla says the privacy point is key because the online community has "come to accept a premise around advertising today that users need to trade their privacy and data in exchange for personalized, high quality experiences. Our experiments over the last few months have proved that this isn't true." (Source: mozilla.org)

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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