Fleur-de-Lis Club met Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Theresa Hora with seven members and three guests, Joyce Gauger, Carolyn Skubal and Jana Stout.
Carolyn Skubal of Impression Custom Computers, a local computer business, gave the program on Computer Technology. She gave some very helpful tips, with over 30 years of computer experience, in dealing with one’s personal computer. She talked about Social Engineering in reference to our phone calls, phishing, scare ware, to name a few of the items with our computers. Banks and credit cards are the most common choice of hacking with a phone call or email. Phone calls are aimed to gather information. Phishing attacks are fraudulent websites created to mimic real ones to collect information to use for identity theft or other targeted attacks. Scare ware is browsing the web and then pop-ups appear on the screen that are hard to remove. One suggestion is to shut down the computer, and they usually are gone when one reboots. Computer viruses can destroy files, so it is important to keep your information backed up. Microsoft XP is no longer protected and Microsoft 7 in 2020 will no longer be protected and will have no support. To be in compliance, many business and health field computers will have to upgrade to Windows 10. The Apple/Mac computers have had less corruption, but this is slowly changing also. The Internet has exposed and touched the world, so we see more hacking and use of software tools. When creating passwords, she suggested 10-20 characters, upper and lowercase letters, numerals, spaces and/or signs. This just makes it harder to hack into a computer. We, also, are seeing computers with voice recognition or thumbprint to replace passwords. In closing, Carolyn handed out Internet address and password logbooks for each person present. Since one is to change your password quite often, she suggested writing the password in pencil and keeping the booklet in a safe place at home or in a lockbox. Also, make sure a family member knows where this is located in case for some reason in an emergency, they would know how to get into the computer with the various passwords used.
Following the program, Nancy Kimmel, president, conducted a short business meeting. Roll call was answered with members and guests telling of their favorite candy now that we are in the Halloween season. The secretary-treasurer, Linda Birney, read minutes from the September meeting and gave the Treasurer report. There were no bills presented and no correspondence. Jana Stout indicated she would like to rejoin our club and this was presented and voted upon. In place of a Christmas gift exchange and discussion, Theresa Hora moved and Lynda Jarrard seconded, that members bring gloves/mittens and hats for the school children to the November meeting. These can then be distributed and the age group would be eight to 10 years old.
Following the close of the meeting, Theresa served the group a delicious pumpkin dessert. Place favors of witches’ brooms from pretzels and pencils carried out the Halloween/Fall theme. The group enjoyed visiting, personal computer stories, and catching up as they sat around the table.
The next meeting will be Nov. 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. with Lynda Jarrard as hostess.