August 2017 - Mid-Month Newsletter

The following articles appear in the current edition of the Club's Newsletter, and are in addition to the President's Message on the From The Board page and elsewhere on this website.

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Teckspert Talk

By Melanie Birnbom

 

PHONE FRAUD IS BIGGER THAN EVER

For as long as there have been telephones, there have been crooks trying to call and steal your money. What is new is the sheer volume of unsolicited calls that Americans endure each year — over 29 billion in 2016 alone by one estimate, including lots of potential rip-offs.

When Phonies Phone

1. Do some research. Research the salesperson and company before you buy. Explore their reputations thoroughly. If you can’t locate solid information, walk away.

2. Don’t react out of fear. No matter how threatening or urgent their script, do not act immediately. Always hang up and give yourself time to think it over and check them out.

3. Trust your instincts. If a caller sounds fishy, hang up. The chances of losing out on a great deal are much less than losing your nest egg.

 

THE IRS SCAM: The voice on the other end of the line claims to be an IRS criminal investigator. Arrest is imminent if you don’t immediately pay thousands of dollars in back taxes. Individuals are instructed to put $500 on multiple iTunes gift cards and give up the 16-digit codes. Don’t be fooled. The IRS would never ask a taxpayer to buy iTunes cards for any reason.

COMPUTER CAPER: Internet scam artists create little boxes that pop up on your computer screen, telling you that you have a virus and need to call for technical support. Don’t believe it. Computer companies never notify customers of a problem through pop-ups, unless it is from virus-protection software that you installed.

THE FAKE SHERIFF You get a call from someone posing as a sheriff’s deputy claiming you’ve missed jury duty and owe the county a $1,000 fine. Pay immediately, the caller says, or you will go to jail. Rest assured, no sheriff or court will call you and demand payment like this for missing jury duty. If you get this call, hang up, then call the police and report it.

LOTTERY FRAUD: A con artist calls and tells you that you have won the Australian (or Jamaican) lottery. All you have to do to collect is wire $1,500. Don’t do it. Lotteries never call to give money to people who haven’t even bought a ticket.

CREDIT CARD CON: You get a call from your bank that there is a problem with your account. To straighten it out they need your account number, date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Hang up. This is a scam to get information to hack your account.
by Doug Shadel, AARP Bulletin


UNDERSTANDING WINDOWS LIBRARIES

When you save a file, and don’t specify a location, it will be placed into the Windows default library. Documents and spread sheets will go to “Documents”, pictures will go to “Pictures”, music to “Music”, and movies to “Videos”.

If you’ve written a document and can’t find it — look in “Documents” first. Same goes for music, pictures, and video.

You might be tempted to make your own folders somewhere else, but you should consider making any folders you need for organizing files within the appropriate Library. This is where backup software will look for your files. That way, when you need to back up the files or move them to a new PC, copying the library files will take care of the vast majority of your personal files.
Submitted by Melanie Birnbom

HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT ON ANY ANDROID PHONE

Every Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all with the handy power-and-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That's why some phone makers have introduced new methods. We're here to help: Just find your Android phone on the list below to learn the various ways to snap, share, and save a screenshot.

ACER PHONES - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.

ASUS PHONES - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.


HTC PHONES –

HTC U series: Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• HTC 10: Hold down the home and volume-down buttons OR hold down the power and volume-down • buttons for a couple of seconds.

All other HTC phones: Hold down power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

HUAWEI AND HONOR PHONES - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Pull down the notification panel, switch to Shortcuts, and tap the Screenshot icon.

LENOVO - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Pull down the notification panel and tap the Screen Shot icon.


LG PHONES - Hold down the power (located on the back of the phone) and the volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Pull down the notification panel and tap the Capture+ icon.

MOTOROLA PHONES – - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

NEXUS AND PIXEL PHONES - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

SAMSUNG PHONES - Galaxy S8: Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Galaxy S7 and earlier: Hold down the home and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

SONY PHONES - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

• Hold down the power key until a screen appears and tap Take screenshot.

ZTE PHONES - Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.


Save and share

Once you've snapped your screenshot you can create shortcut to it in the notification panel. Tap it and you'll be able to edit or share it.


If you want to back up your screenshots to Google Photos, you might need to tell your phone to do so. Open the sidebar in Google Photos, then Device Folder. Tap Screenshots, and flip the Back up & sync toggle. From there on out, all of your screenshots will be backed up to your camera roll in Google Photos.

EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THIS

There’s a keyboard shortcut that is so common that I thought everyone knew about it. But just in case I was wrong, here it is!

If you make a mistake and want to “undo” it, just press and hold the CTRL key and then press Z. This will undo almost any action on a Windows PC. If you’re a touch typist, move the pinky from the A down to the Ctrl and your ring finger from S down to Z.



LICENSE KEY PHONE SCAM

If you receive a call which states that your Windows license key had expired and all your Windows functions had been stopped on your computer, you should ignore the call. The caller will say that this is an emergency and give you an 800 number to call to reinstate your license. First, the license key doesn’t expire, and second, that’s not how Microsoft (or any other reputable company) handles billing. They’re just hoping to hit someone who might be having a bit of computer trouble and work them into a panic.

Folks still fall for these scams every single day. Remember, Microsoft will NEVER call you at home out of the blue. The only time you’ll get a call from Microsoft is if you go to their tech support site and request to have someone call you. Any other time, it’s a scam.



WHAT IS BLUETOOTH

Is Bluetooth a dental disease?

NO! Bluetooth (one word with a capital B) is a form of wireless direct communication between devices - no WiFi is required. Bluetooth can connect headphones to Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, or PCs. It can also connect speakers to any of these devices. It can even connect a mouse or keyboard. Pretty much anything that could connect with a wire can connect via Bluetooth.

A big plus is that Bluetooth headphones will work with a phone, a PC, or a tablet. It doesn’t matter which brand. If the device supports Bluetooth, the headsets should work. The same is true for speakers or a keyboard. A Bluetooth-enabled mouse wouldn’t work with a phone or an iPad, just because those devices don’t support any mouse.

While Bluetooth is the name of the technology that allows the connection, it’s not the brand name of the device. You could have Sony speakers that are Bluetooth-capable or a Samsung TV that’s Bluetooth-ready.

One last note: don’t confuse Bluetooth with Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray is a type of format for DVDs and has nothing to do with Bluetooth.
Submitted by Melanie Birnbom

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