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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Committee News:


It is imperative that any member who is aware that any meeting is cancelled should inform the secretary so that the booking or bookings can be cancelled.

A single SIG rental cost to the Group is $693pa.

With thanks

Josephine Wiseman
Secretary SPCTUG

Meetings This Week:

Friday Forum - Friday Aug 10th - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - 12 noon

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Communications - Friday Aug 10th - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

Programming - Tuesday Aug 14th - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm
Web Design - Saturday Aug 18th - 1:30 pm (2:00 pm meeting start) - 4:00 pm

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Tech Info for ASCCA Clubs - July 2018:

Hello ASCCA members,

Click the links below to view and download our latest Tech Info newsletter and some new course notes.

Tech Info for ASCCA Clubs July 2018

Windows 10 Basics Course (after 1803 Update)

Windows 10 1803 Changes List

Facebook Mobile Basics Course

Messenger Mobile Basics Course

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.

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Tech Tips:

Chrome Security Warnings Revamped: What You Need to Know:

From an Infopackets article by John Lister on July, 31 2018 at 02:07PM EDT.

If you use Google's Chrome browser, you may have started seeing warnings that a website is not secure. Here's what it means and what's changed.

What's the change?

Google has changed the way it displays information about websites in the space on the left of the address bar at the top of the Chrome display. Originally this space was only used to indicate when a website was secure via a padlock symbol. Later on Google gave this more emphasis, adding the word "Secure" and marking both in green to stand out.

Until now, the fact that a website isn't secure hasn't been explicitly stated: it's just been indicated by the absence of the padlock and wording. Google then started showing "Not secure" warnings only if and when a page asked a user to fill in a form, such as when submitting a password or card number.

This changes with the latest edition of Chrome, which adds the wording "Not secure" on any relevant page as soon as it loads.

What does "secure" and "not secure" mean?

"Secure" indicates that a website uses the HTTPS system, while "not secure" means it uses the older HTTP system. The difference is that HTTPS sites and pages will encrypt any data that moves between the website and the user's computer, and vice versa.

The encryption means that if anyone intercepts the data, they'll find it incredibly difficult (and practically impossible) to read it. This is important for sending personal information, credit card details, passwords and other sensitive data.


Is Google changing anything in the future?

Later this year, Google will phase out the padlock and "Secure" notice altogether. At that stage it will only mark those websites which are not secure. That wording will then be marked in red to make it stand out even more. (Source: blog.google)

One reader's response:

&dlquo;Why is a site that takes no user data, no forms, no cookies a security risk?

If Google is going this route, they should provide a free certificate service for the small users.”

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Here's What You Should Use Instead of CCleaner:

According to this How-To Geek article by Chris Hoffman on August 2nd, 2018.

CCleaner just became worse. The popular system-cleaning tool now always runs in the background, nagging you and reporting anonymous data back to the company's servers. We don't recommend you upgrade to CCleaner 4.45. Here's what you should use instead.

We haven't been huge fans of CCleaner for a while now. CCleaner nags you to run it because the paid subscription can automatically run itself — you're paying to disable the nags. CCleaner has even been hacked to contain malware.

Free Up Space

Windows has a built-in Disk Cleanup tool, and it works very well. Microsoft has been improving it, and it works even better in the latest versions of Windows 10. This tool removes temporary files, previous Windows installations, log files, old Windows updates, thumbnails, and various other cache files. If you've never run it, you can probably free up a few gigabytes of space by doing so. We don't recommend a CCleaner alternative because Windows can already do a great job at freeing up space.

To access the Free Up Space tool on Windows 10, head to Settings > System > Storage and click "Free Up Space Now" under Storage Sense. Windows will automatically scan for files you can delete. Check the files you want to delete and click "Remove files" to get rid of them.

Warning: If you check "Recycle Bin," Windows will also empty your Recycle Bin. Be sure you don't want to recover any deleted files from your Recycle Bin before checking this option.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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