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Windows-10

Started by RAMMEL, March 29, 2016, 08:34:06 pm

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RAMMEL

Diglady - If you should get an answer from M$, please fill us in. 
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."

             THIMK

diglady

I will for sure but don't hold your breath! CEO is worth  $6 BILLION. He will not give 2 hoots about my $139 or problem.

angelface555

Trumper, noun: One who sells things of questionable value in an aggressive or dishonest manner.
verb tr.: To sell something of questionable value aggressively or dishonesty.
verb intr.: To haggle.

wjoan

Can someone tell me how to get to downloads?  MSM seems to have changed things on me AGAIN

jackwv

Joan, on windows 10 drop to the lower left for the search signal and type in Downloads. It will bring up the site.

wjoan

Well Jack that is just what I have been doing for a year now.  However after this last update from MSM a screen comes up with multiple choices on it.  Since it is hard to read I cannot decipher it.   MSM has it hidden now.  I use downloads a LOT as I d/l my own books to read.

wjoan


wjoan

Me again.  :)  I get two notices daily; OPTIMIZE  and DRIVERS  UPDATES.  Keeping in mind that I am blind <almost> nothing happens when I click on these notices.  I type in optimize and it tells me "not available".  As for the drivers I have no idea where to even start with them.  Son is of no help with these two items.  Using Win 10

jackwv

Joan I am not getting the notice  It may be a scam.   Have your son check the source of the notice,   

I spotted this.  https://www.ricksdailytips.com/driver-updates-scam/

MarsGal

The only time I do driver updates is if I check the drivers for my hardware, manually, through the Windows control panel.. Avast will tell me if I need driver updates, but often Windows says they are already up to date.

As for "optimizing", I never thought that worth much so I don't do it. I don't want to give any optimizer program the opportunity to change any of my settings because it thinks it will speed up my machine.  I have Windows set to defrag automatically.

jackwv

MarsGal, good advice.  My windows 10 will optimize and defrag automatically on a weekly basis. 

wjoan

Guess I will just ignore them then.  Thanks all.  Pain in the neck.

RAMMEL

I do NOT get the "OPTIMIZE  and DRIVERS  UPDATES" either.  But when I installed Win-10 I think it sneaked in right after the installation.  As I recall, I deleted it. There has been some chatter about the Driver Update thing on some of the "Help" sites.
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."

             THIMK

wjoan

I get both daily around 4 p.m.  and they go  to the right  of the screen so the number 2 comes up all the time.    Very insistant little buggers.  LOL

jackwv

When I type defrag in the search space I get this screen.  It addresses optimize and defrag.   You can change the schedule, but mine is set to do so weekly and includes my external drive.  You will see my files are in good shape. 

        [attachimg=1]

jackwv

Too hot for outside work so decided to post another screen shot.   This screen opens when you go to Windows Defender.   You can go to the list on the left to open each section, but for me it is enough to see each on the screen with a check mark and the comment no action necessary.

           [attachimg=1]

wjoan


jackwv

Joan do not know if it was any help, but I know so little and am pleased when Microsoft try's to keep it simple.

wjoan


angelface555

We all know about Yahoo being infiltrated and the info for three billion users stolen and similar issues with Facebook. Now if you have a Gmail account for your email you better take a seat before reading this.

https://www.techlicious.com/blog/google-lets-app-developers-read-your-gmail/
Trumper, noun: One who sells things of questionable value in an aggressive or dishonest manner.
verb tr.: To sell something of questionable value aggressively or dishonesty.
verb intr.: To haggle.

MarsGal

Thanks, Patricia. I think I heard something about that but didn't pay much attention. I have a Yahoo e-mail but rarely use it. In fact, I had stopped using it for a long time because of all the spam. I do not have a G-Mail account; the one I had, I discontinued years ago without using it much. In fact, it is also one of the reasons I don't use Chrome browser.  I just don't trust them. Recently, however, I did download and am using Chromium. Otherwise I use Firefox and keep my email account inbox online with the my old ISP who allows me to keep it even though I no longer get me service from them. Maybe they know I am very likely to revert back to them after my current ISP contract runs out.

angelface555

https://www.techlicious.com/blog/smart-tvs-spying-on-you-away-from-home/?utm_source=Techlicious+List&utm_campaign=5cfe018af1-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ee95b0b14-5cfe018af1-189582833


In what's becoming a familiar story, another one of our favorite gadgets may be spying on us. This time, it's your smart TV. It's not the first time there have been worries about your television spying on you. Smart TVs connect to the internet, and some TV manufacturers have used that to keep tabs on what you're up to. Just last year, Vizio paid the FTC a $2 million fine because it was quietly collecting data on watchers.

But smart TV spying has gotten much more sophisticated. The latest scandal involves a company called Samba TV, an app included in smart TVs made by Sony, TCL, Philips and other major manufacturers. Samba is a seemingly harmless app that offers recommendations on what to watch, and that sounds awfully handy in a world where we may spend hours scrolling through Netflix to pick a show. It's handy enough that most people (around 90%) just click "accept" when their new TV asks if they want to enable Samba.

The trouble is that by clicking accept you're giving Samba access to a lot more than your viewing information. Samba also checks out devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your television, tracking not only what you're watching on TV, but when you watch, where you go, and what you're doing in other apps â€" which it can share with others for marketing purposes. But it's all in the guise of being helpful, as Samba explains in its privacy policy:

Information we receive about you or your household from using one device or Smart TV may be combined with information we receive from use of other devices or Smart TVs. For example, if we know you love watching football on your Smart TV, we may show you real-time football stats on your mobile device.

Of course, most of us don't bother to read the privacy policy, which, in Samba's case, is 6,500 words. But whether we read it or not, clicking accept means we're giving Samba explicit permission to do everything it does. It's a lot like Google's current privacy problems, in which third-party app developers can read your email because you clicked "accept" without reading thousands of words of privacy policy first. Because you've given your permission â€" even though you didn't know what you were giving permission for â€" your technology spying on you is usually totally legal.

But being legal doesn't make it acceptable. And fortunately, being aware of the problem can help you protect your privacy. If you enabled Samba TV by accident, you can turn it off again. The simplest way is to turn off the internet connection on your TV entirely (consult your user manual for exactly how) to keep you safe from any fishy apps your manufacturer may have included. However, even using a streaming media player to watch online content won't keep you completely safe, because it may do some tracking of its own (Roku tracks you for advertising purposes, but you can disable it). You can also just turn Samba off, and though the exact menus will vary depending on your TV model, you'll find "Samba Interactive TV" somewhere in the settings (check network settings first). Simply select it then select disable and you're safe from Samba.

Still, while this will protect you from Samba, there are a lot of apps that quietly collect your personal data. To be safe, it's best to read the privacy policy and terms of service â€" even when they're thousands of words of legal speak â€" so you know what you're getting into.
Trumper, noun: One who sells things of questionable value in an aggressive or dishonest manner.
verb tr.: To sell something of questionable value aggressively or dishonesty.
verb intr.: To haggle.

MarsGal

Oh, Great! I've got Samba on mine. I don't remember any setting that asked to enable it. Will have to look next time I have the TV on.

On the whole, I dislike the programs that insist on recommending products to you based on your buying or browsing. I put up with it on Amazon because it is so easy to ignor their recommendations. However, I think that these marketing recommendations limit some people's (who don't know better or are lazy or young, inexperienced shoppers) choices. I very much dislike getting info on other products "similar" to what I've just bought. Most of the time, once that product is bought, I am not in the least interested in getting info on other similar products. Nor am I interested, for the most part, in getting similar recommendations on products I browse through. On rare occasions, though, I do run across something that I didn't know about and might look into. But that is not very often.

Bottom line, is that I believe these types of spy progams can limit choices at best and at worst actually control people's choices and behavior to a degree. Once again, we have a program that, ostensibly, is "helpful" but is/can be used for nefarious purposes. Am I off base with this?  I don't think so.

angelface555

July 11, 2018, 10:28:46 am #323 Last Edit: July 11, 2018, 10:30:49 am by angelface555
No, I don't think you're off base. You get what you pay for and another apt saying is "Great marketers, copywriters, and designers know
that it's what's left out -- the unsaid, the white space --
that matters most."

Echo and Alexia are also serious spies, (They can pick up and record whatever is said around them.); as is your handy cell phone. Each time, anywhere, you give up your email or your cell phone number, that's another point of entry.
Trumper, noun: One who sells things of questionable value in an aggressive or dishonest manner.
verb tr.: To sell something of questionable value aggressively or dishonesty.
verb intr.: To haggle.

angelface555

Ransomware damages are projected to reach over eight billion just in the USA this year. Remember Yahoo being forced into bankruptcy and being broken up and sold piecemeal to other companies recently due to breaches and ransomware? It affects hospitals, police, 911 systems, emergency systems, and schools. It affects all of us. Here is another one from PC Matic;.

"Breach Releases Personal Details for Millions of U.S. Citizens
Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one of the largest and most respected in the digital and direct marketing industry”.  That is a ton of data.  One would assume they have some serious security in place to keep that information safe.  But, we all know how bad it is to assume…

According to a researcher, Vinny Troia, that was certainly not the case.  While researching the lack of security of ElasticSearch, another database, he found Exactis was actually leaving personal data available to online users, without any form of firewall.   The data found included names, email addresses, physical addresses, personal likes and dislikes, names of any children, as well as their ages, and more.  Although, it is important to note, social security numbers were not listed.  Even without having socials posted, if this information was obtained by hackers, they could certainly create false profiles or targeted social engineering attacks.

After being notified of the breach, Exactis worked to resolve the security gap.  As of today, the information is no longer available for public viewing.  Although, that does not mean damage hasn’t already been done.  It remains unclear if the information was found by a malicious third-party.  However, Troia states it would not have been difficult to find.

Next Steps
From a consumer perspective, it is important to do the following:

Keep an eye out for sketchy emails or messaging in social media platforms.  Businesses have begun advertising more in messaging on social media sites â€" which means hackers will be replicating this.  Keep an eye out for anything that is too good to be true, and if you’re ever in question â€" DO NOT CLICK!

Although identity theft is unlikely with this information, it is still important to monitor your credit card and bank statements.  If you find anything questionable, notify your banking institution immediately.
If you haven’t done so already, you are encouraged to invest in an identity theft protection plan.  Often times these are incredibly affordable, and offer family protection.  Meaning, you can ensure your information remains secure, as well as your family members."
Trumper, noun: One who sells things of questionable value in an aggressive or dishonest manner.
verb tr.: To sell something of questionable value aggressively or dishonesty.
verb intr.: To haggle.

RAMMEL

Tonight I got a pop up message that Win wants to do an update.  Gave me the choice to do it in a few minutes or at a later time.  Anyone else get this?
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."

             THIMK

so_P_bubble

got that 3 days ago, done it and all OK.

jackwv

Rick I have my machine set for automatic, but two days ago when I shut down the tab said update and shutdown.  Did not take long.

angelface555

My PC began updating when I turned it on this morning. So far, it's okay.
Trumper, noun: One who sells things of questionable value in an aggressive or dishonest manner.
verb tr.: To sell something of questionable value aggressively or dishonesty.
verb intr.: To haggle.

RAMMEL

Thanks all - Next time I'll let it rip.
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."

             THIMK