2019 October e-Bytes

Buying a new router? Understand these Wi-Fi basics first
How to Troubleshoot Your Slow PC
The 13 Coolest Features in iOS 13
Apple Event 2019: iPhone 11 Pro, Watch Series 5, Apple Arcade, iPad and everything announced
Buy the best 2019 dash cam by knowing their key features
Beware: Private Browsing Won't Protect You From Everything
Think You Don't Need a VPN? Use One Anyway
Free PC & Photography Magazines

Buying a new router? Understand these Wi-Fi basics first

Router lingo gets confusing fast -- here's what all of those terms, numbers and letters actually mean.

Freshly Updated: The Best Wireless Routers We've Tested - In the days of surfing, streaming, gaming, and more, your Wi-Fi router is the single most important piece of technology in your home. Make sure you pick the right one. Here's what you need to know to optimize your network, along with the best wireless routers for all budgets.

How to Troubleshoot Your Slow PC

ExtremeTech walks you through the process of speeding up a slow PC.

The 13 Coolest Features in iOS 13

Apple's newest mobile OS arrives today. Check out the most interesting and useful new additions, from Dark Mode and video editing to privacy-focused features like Sign In with Apple.

Apple Event 2019: iPhone 11 Pro, Watch Series 5, Apple Arcade, iPad and everything announced

The iPhone 11 Pro comes with three cameras and smarter processing. We also found out Apple Arcade, Apple's game subscription service is going live with iOS 13 and a new, more powerful iPad is ready for it.

Buy the best 2019 dash cam by knowing their key features

Dash cams capture amazing videos and can protect your story in case of an accident. Get one.

Beware: Private Browsing Won't Protect You From Everything

Incognito browsing clears your browsing history, saved passwords, and field content. But if you think it keeps you safe from malware, ads, and ISP monitoring, think again. Here's what you need to stay truly anonymous on the internet. 

Think You Don't Need a VPN? Use One Anyway

When we talk about virtual private network services, it's often in the context of unsafe situations. Senior Security Analyst Max Eddy argues that these tools are still valuable, even when the risk is low.

Free PC & Photography Magazines

Long-term member David Broberg passed away several weeks ago.  He had quite a collection, going back decades, of various PC (1998 to 2007) and photography magazines.  His widow Barbara is cleaning house, and wants to know if anyone has any interest in any of them.  If so please contact Barbara Broberg by email brbquilts@yahoo.com She will discard all of these materials on October 11th if not contacted.

Comment from Tom Kreuzer - I looked on eBay and Craigslist and only found a few issues for sale from the 1980s on eBay. Looks like the 1998 to 2007 are not worth anything. Instead of recycling, he could list on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or other sites for free to see if anyone is interested in old history. FYI... I was a original subscriber back in 1982 when it started. At the July 1986 PCC meeting we had PC Magazine editor Bill Machrone spoke. PC Magazine was the largest monthly magazine ever with 812 pages published 22 times a year.

Links - News, Tips, & Downloads

Best live TV streaming services for cord cutters - Sling TV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV and others let you ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Here's how they stack up.

iPhone backup: Stop missing these crucial steps - Don't let an incomplete backup ruin your new iPhone.

Best TV antennas for cord-cutters, starting at just $10 - Looking to cut your TV bill all the way down to free? We tested six antennas to find out which one works best.

The Why Axis: These Streaming Services Offer the Best Value - There are plenty of streaming services, but which ones are worth paying for? To find out, Reelgood compares the quantity and quality of content on five of the most popular services.

Wi-Fi 6 Officially Launches - The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced the official launch of the Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification program, and with it the promise of higher wireless speeds, reduced latency, improved battery life, and less network congestion. Of course, you'll need to buy new gear in order to take full advantage.

Google Photos to Serve Up 'Memories,' Simplify Photo Printing - Over a billion people in 70 countries use Google Photos to store, edit, and share their visual memories, and Google has a few new features in store for them.

Easy Ways to Increase Your Laptop Battery Life - Close your apps when you're not using them. Never prop up your notebook on a pillow. These and six more simple tips will help you squeeze longer battery life out of your Windows 10 or Mac laptop. 

Supercharge your Gmail with these 5 hidden features - These tips can help save you from regret and frustration.

Which CPU Should You Buy? Intel Core i5 vs. i7 - Shopping for a laptop or desktop? Figuring out which CPU it should have can be the hardest part. Let's take a look at two of Intel's most popular processor lines and unravel the differences.

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Q. From a PCC Member - FaceBook 101 - I get at least ONE hacking Message every day. I immediately unfriend that person and Block all future Messages from them. I suggest YOU do the same.
1) If you get a Message saying you are in a video or ANYTIME you are asked to type in your FB or Youtube signon userid/password - you are being hacked. NEVER type in personal information on a site you didn't go to. If you wonder if it is legit - go to the site in a new browser session and verify the information independent of the link someone sent you.
2) If you get a Messenger request to copy and paste their message and send it out to your friends - don't do it. It allows that person access to ALL of your friends in Messenger.
If we all start getting rid of these jerks, maybe they'll learn not to send us their hacking messages.
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. A common scam is to create a new Facebook Account using the photos and info from a friend who had lots of friends they can scam. They then use Messenger and this new duplicate account to contact the friends. Usually the friend sees the photo and name and thinks it is their old friend and responds back in Messenger. The response automatically “Friend” the new duplicate account and like Ron says they now have friend access to your account and info. You then usually will get multiple messages on Facebook and Messenger trying to scam you to buy something or click on a link. Be very careful who you “Friend” or any Messenger you reply to. If you think it is a duplicate you can check your friend list to see if you already are friends. If you accidentally do “Friend” one of these duplicate accounts, “unfriend” them and tell your real friend that their account has been duplicated. They can then contact Facebook to have the duplicate removed. 

Link to report duplicate/scam Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/help/174210519303259/?ref=u2u 

Q. From a PCC Member - I could not make the 5G Meeting. How do we get the truth about 5G? Many are saying it is dangerous? Harmful to our brain? My only choice right now for adequate service is Comcast.
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. I just posted the video, handout, and slide for the 5G out on club website in the Past Meetings page if you want to see or view it. I did talk a little about 5G fears and listed a link for info. https://www.howtogeek.com/423720/how-worried-should-you-be-about-the-health-risks-of-5g 

The Internet provides valuable info, but also can contain lots of misinformation that is not based on facts and studies. These same 5G claims go back to the days of TV, AM, and FM radio and it did not kill everyone. As the article above state the level of electromagnetic energy for 5G, WiFI, SmartPhones, TV, AM, FM, etc. is less than we all get from the sun. If you run a study and use mega levels of anything you can get bad or deadly results. Example: If I feed a rat mega levels of water, it will die. Maybe we should ban water?  People do get sick, but it can be from thousands of factors like water, food, environment, stress, etc.

5G is currently in a number of cities and countries and I have not seen any problems.

Your choice for internet in the future will include 5G, it may take a year or two. Options and cost will be coming.

Q. From a PCC Member - My wife has an Apple 6 phone and is having trouble with call volume (volume of caller-outgoing volume ok).  We looked at settings and all seem ok.  She took it to the Verizon office and they would not look at it saying only that it is the phone's problem.  Seems unlikely to me.  
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. I assume that you have tried to increase the volume when you are in a call? If you are not in a call, you are increasing the volume for things like notifications, alarms, etc. Phones have multiple volume levels for different functions. The link below has some other things you can try: https://www.imyfone.com/iphone-issues/fix-iphone-call-volume-low/ 

Member responds - Tried all the options given in your email but none work.  At the end it says there may be a software issue if the sound volume is different in the speaker mode and non speaker mode.  Sounds like we need to go to the Apple store when we return to AZ.

Tom Kreuzer responds - Mike Griffin may be able to help. If not I would go to the Apple store at the mall of America, they provide free expert help.

Q. From a PCC Member Paul Ebert - My Republic Wirelesss phone can no longer send money via Zelle, because it is Republic Wireless, which uses VOIP, not direct cell phone service, in contrast to Verison, Sprint, AT&T. I worked though tech service at Wells Fargo, and they were not able to get my phone to receive the confirmation codes. I never received them. The Republic Wireless thread says why. I can still receive money via both Zelle and Venmo as well as PayPal.  So that's good, for the 3M PC Club.  But I can't send. Are you aware of this problem?  Do you have the problem? The thread says it sometimes works, other times not.
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. I have had the same problem which boils down to the phone service provider your phone number is registered to and what your bank/service accepts as a valid text phone number. The Republic phone numbers are registered as VOIP numbers and are not as trusted as those registered by Verison, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile. Texts are only as secure as the phone service provider company behind them. Since a VOIP could be a small company run out of a home with a single PC that is not secure, some banks/services do not trust any of them. It has nothing to do the smartphone model and it does not sometimes work and not work, you can either setup and it works or it does not.

Sometimes you can contact your bank/service get them to register/approve your phone number. In other cases 2 factor authentications can be done by a voice call or an email. You can contact your bank/service to see what they can do for you. When I called Wells Fargo last year after you presented Zelle, they said they could not do anything for me. I have not checked lately. So far my Republic Number has worked for all but a few services. Not sure if Republic or the bank/service will get worse or better in the future.

Paul Ebert responds - Thanks for the reply.  But Wells Fargo has done nothing for me, other than tell me to call my cellphone service provider, presumably Republic wireless.  So, apparently I am stuck.

Q. From a PCC Member - You’re always warning the club about how our personal info is being portrayed.  By accident, I stumbled on a website called “mylife”.  Maybe you know all about it, but it’s really descriptive, so it was quite scary.  When you type “mylife” and then anyone’s name, it gives a nice long profile bringing together all kinds of info at once (kind of a one-stop shop!)  I was appalled!  In one fell swoop with no extra clicks it tells the person’s name, birthday, exact date of birth – so your age, photos, current address, one or more past addresses, past alias’s, friends & family, cost of your current house, guess at estimated salary, guess at estimated net worth, religion, political affiliation, and even the type of car you drive.  It tells if you have had court dates, and/or MIGHT have court dates, arrests, and worse.  And it delivers it all with a LOT of confidence. On google, there was a way described to “clean up” and erase some parts of this profile, but I think that could make matters worse. It was right on many things on my profile, but it was very wrong on my religion (I have no idea why it thinks I’m Jewish – I’m Catholic), and my ethnicity (I’m definitely Caucasian, not “Middle Eastern”).  The political affiliation mentions both Republican and Tea Party, so I don’t know where that came from either. But this site really unnerved me, and it seems that EVERYONE has a profile (I think as long as the person is 30 years old or older, and even for some younger.)  For kicks, I looked up Inge Thulin and Mike Roman, and both have profiles, and many things seem correct!  UGH!!!! 
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. At the last PCC meeting on "Identity Theft and Dark Web", I was going to show mylife and the details it has. Like you say, It is scary what info it shows, but is an example of what is out there for each of us on thousands of sites. I do not know why I do not show in their search, but almost everyone else I searched for I found. While some of the info may be missing, wrong, or incomplete, it has collected a bunch of information. Some of the info is only visible if you purchase a subscription. Even if you have never logged onto the Internet, it will still have data.

While it is possible to update or delete the info that mylife shows, I do not recommend you do anything about it. Since there are thousands of sites that can provide this info, you can never remove yourself from the Internet. It is just a fact that the Internet has data on us that we do not have control over.

We as users need to monitor our financials since that is what is most at risk and use strong passwords to protect yourself.

On the plus side, sites like this can help track down lost friends.

PCC Member responds - Thanks for adding your valuable comments!  The world is quite transparent!  No getting around it!!  At least it doesn’t show my weight, ha ha!!!!  :)