Computer Q&A 2024 (24COM007)

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This page will contain a summary of the topics coming up and links to more information covered in the sessions to date. Previous years’ topics are available at the bottom of this page. 

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    Upcoming Topics

    Notes for Special topic “Backup your Devices”

    Initial set of slides (includes how to download and install EaseUS Todo):
    – Colour slides (best for viewing on screen)
    – Greyscale handouts, 2 slides per page (best for printing)

    Slides for week 2:
    Colour slides (best for viewing on screen)
    Greyscale handouts, 2 slides per page (best for printing)

    Term 2 sessions

    Week 1 (18 April) class cancelled – (I have COVID)

    Week 2 (25 April) ANZAC Day – no class

    Week 3 (2 May) – Backup session (overview of the 2-session class at the end of Term 1)

    TopicRequested byExpected date
    Retrieving lost bookmarkshttps://superuser.com/questions/1005776/how-can-i-recover-lost-google-chrome-bookmarks#1005807
    and where bookmarks are stored: https://www.supportyourtech.com/google/chrome/where-are-google-chrome-bookmarks-stored-a-guide-to-finding-them/
    Chris H14/03/2024
    Organising bookmarks – using an app like Pocket to manage bookmarks (https://getpocket.com/en/save-to-pocket/)
    Credit checking with EquifaxChristine14/03/2024
    Facebook Marketplace scams – https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-03-01/facebook-marketplace-has-become-the-home-of-scammers/103521536?utm_id=2313721&sfmc_id=9043212414/03/2024
    Microsoft Family Safety preferences – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/family-safetyTheresa
    More on Passkeys
    Buying & installing a new computer and disposing of old onePat
    Recovery codes – how to keep them secure

    Special topics

    Week 1 (8 February) “Security Audit” special session

    Topics by week

    WeekDateTopics
    108/02/2024“Security Audit” special session
    Slides in colour – best viewed on screen
    Slides in greyscale, 2 per page for printing if needed
    215/02/2024Security Audit follow-up
    Online banking – safer on computer or phone?
    Banking apps and 2FA
    322/02/2024NO CLASS (Committee of Management meeting)
    429/02/2024Saving an email as a pdf (revision) – Use “save as pdf” rather than Microsoft print to pdf to keep active links.

    Malvertising – mentioned in our Security Audit session. It looks like it’s going to be a significant issue this year. See https://www.kaspersky.com.au/blog/what-is-malvertising/5928/

    Which ad blocker? – most are “free” but encourage you to donate. See https://www.tomsguide.com/round-up/best-adblockers-privacy-extensions for a list of some of the good ones. I also use Privacy Badger (a bit different from ordinary adblockers).

    Admin vs “user” privileges – https://www.uhcl.edu/information-security/basics/privileges

    iPhone iOS17 theft protection – https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/how-ios-17-3s-stolen-device-protection-security-feature-works/
    507/03/2024Saving an email as a pdf (revision):
    – Gmail uses tags rather than folders (so an email can have multiple tags and appear in multiple locations but only the one email)
    – Hotmail / Outlook uses folders, so only one folder per email copy.
    – If you save a pdf, file it on your computer drive in your folder hierarchy – make sure you have thought this out!

    Organising bookmarks – https://lifehacker.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-organizing-your-messy-chrome-book-1826770044
    614/03/2024The Royal’s doctored photohttps://theconversation.com/yes-kate-middletons-photo-was-doctored-but-so-are-a-lot-of-images-we-see-today-225553

    How much storage for Hotmail? -15 GB of free Outlook.com email storage which is separate from your Microsoft cloud storage. Microsoft 365 subscribers get 50 GB of space.

    Organising bookmarks – https://lifehacker.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-organizing-your-messy-chrome-book-1826770044

    Error installing security update for Windows

    Managing accounts – Admin vs “user” – https://www.howtogeek.com/739981/how-to-change-a-user-account-to-administrator-on-windows-10/
    721/03/2024Backup photos from phone to USB thumb drive –
    Android: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjwYX_2Hav8&ab_channel=Britec09 also https://mobiletrans.wondershare.com/samsung-transfer/transfer-photos-from-samsung-to-usb-stick.html
    iPhone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHItxBemrh0&ab_channel=WebProEducation also https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/iphone/iph95baac91f/17.0/ios/17.0 and https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/iphone/iph480caa1f3/ios
    828/03/2024NO CLASS (Committee of Management meeting)
    04/04/2024,
    11/04/2024
    TERM BREAK

    Previous years