A call to join the Victoria Computer Club executive!

A club functions with leadership at the helm. The current executive shoulder multiple duties and are in need of sharing the responsibilities. Can you help?
VCC invites you to join the executive as Membership Director.
Do you like to write? The Membership Director’s role would be as a communications person. VCC could benefit from a higher profile in the community. There are established avenues aligned with Silver Threads Senior Centre for promotional writing. A new Membership Director would be encouraged to continue writing for the existing outreach publications but also to explore new bulletins and newsletter targets. VCC offers programs and help available to all levels of users. Our message to new members — if you want to learn, VCC can teach you; if you have a problem, VCC has the expertise to solve the issue (most of the time).
A Membership Director could reach out to new users who might find the in-person, hands-on style that VCC offers beneficial.
A Membership Director could promote VCC programs to the existing membership to motivate higher attendance at workshops and Zoom presentations. Presenters would welcome an enthusiastic audience of dozens of users. Current attendance at presentations is lower than warrants the efforts of the presenters.
The collection of membership fees and records is overseen by others with the technical experience required therefore the Membership Director is absolved of that task.
The executive meets via Zoom only 3 to 4 times a year and hosts one annual general meeting, thus the commitment to meetings is low.
In 2023 VCC looks forward to another active year of sharing their expertise —- come be the Membership Director and be part of the action!
Please contact president@victoriaComputerClub.org by email if you are interested in this position.

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Please complete this quizz to help tutors know your skill level.

Here is a link to the form

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Materials from Alan Perry’s presentation “Staying Safe Online” and Tech Gifts

Alan Perry gave a great presentation to the Victoria Computer Club on November 17th on “Staying Safe Online” on Windows and on Apple Products.  The second part of his presentation was 10 Tech Gift Ideas.  See links below

On Sunday, November 20th, he will be presenting a free workshop on “Staying Safe Online” at 2pm, at the Sidney and North Saanich Library branch at 10091 Resthaven Drive in Sidney.  No registration needed. Continue reading

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Popularity Counts

When you load up your friend’s computer with your favourite operating system, you may not be doing them any favours.  You may love Linux Fedora for instance, but unless you are going to live forever to support your friend, consider what help is available in the community.  Here is a graph of the popularity of Linux distributions… and Fedora is way down on the list.  And linux is less than 3% of desktops to start, so multiply 0.03 times 0.002 and you get about 1 in 10,000 computers running Fedora…  Now start expecting community support, based on those numbers. Good luck.


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The Battle for Your Identity, Parts 1 and 2

To access the slides for the presentation, “The Battle For Your Identity” click here.

Part 1 was presented Sept 6th,  in slides 1 to 21.

Part 2 was presented to club members Sept 20th, with a shortened review of part 1

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Hacked, and Identity stolen

Members of the Victoria Computer Club are still getting hacked, and identities stolen, usually by callers who say there is some urgent problem that needs fixing.

When your computer or phone  is hacked, all your accounts and identities are at risk of being stolen. A complete wipe and reinstall will be required, losing all data, and changing all passwords and pin numbers.  Credit cards and bank accounts may be at risk. To reduce the risk before getting hacked, use the following instructions.

You must be the initiator of any interaction with a service provider.  When instead, a service provider phones or emails you first, never use a contact link or phone number provided in the conversation.  Instead, get the company name and department, and hang up.  Then refer to past paper letters mailed to you  to get the real service phone number or website. 

Do not click on a link in an email from a service provider.  Find the service provider’s home web page by typing the service provider’s name into the address bar.  If you search for a service, e.g. computer repair, type the company name back into the address bar.

Let unknown phone numbers go to voice mail.

On your main email account, password manager, and financial accounts, enable multi-factor authentication that requires your smartphone to be nearby.

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Technology for 55+

We discuss how to effectively and safely use digital technology (smartphones, digital cameras,  tablets and computers) with those 55 and older who join our club.

Refer to our calendar for details of events.  To attend Computer Club events you must be a member of the Victoria Computer Club.

Memberships are $25 per person per year.  Memberships last 365 days from the anniversary of joining,

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In-person meeting requirements

Silver Threads is slowly re-opening so the Computer Club finally have some in-person meetings, with big changes, so please read carefully.

In-person one-on-one Help and in-person Social is on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 12:15. Help will be limited to 45 minutes per person, so will be limited to advice, tips, and short fixes.  Time constraints do not allow migrating to a new computer, or version upgrades.

In-person Classes are on Tuesday mornings 9:30 to 11:30 
Because of distancing requirements, classes will be limited to 9 attendees.  Bring your own fully charged mobile device / laptop.
Virtual meetings via Zoom, and on-line help via Windows Quick Assist and phone will continue to be offered to those emailing help@victoriaComputerClub.org.  See the events below and our complete website calendar.

Pre-Registration, Fees, Masks and Vaccinations for in-person attendees
All attendees will need to wear masks and show proof of full vaccination when asked by the volunteer or client. You must pre-register at least 2 days in advance of attending, using on-line forms  for classes and  for one-on-one help.  With only 9 seats available each day, we must ask members to attend in-person just once a month to begin with.  All attendees must check in at the front desk, to pay $2 for Silver Threads members or $5 for non Silver Threads members, except for the AGM on Feb 15th. Only Social attendees will not need to pay.

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Black Friday Deals and Scams

Presented by George Bowden at Ask the Experts,  November 22, 2022

Black Friday Deals and Scams

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The hazards of direct deposit etransfer accounts

Recently I have had two instances of people sending me money via etransfer, but sending it to the wrong email address, which I have no access to.   It is very easy to enter a wrong email address when setting up a payee.   If the recipient account has direct deposit set up, it is easy to tick the checkbox acknowledging that this is a direct deposit account that needs no secret pass phrase.  And it is a common error to send a second email to the same recipient with the secret pass phrase, even though there are several warnings to use an alternate channel, like a phone call, for this.

So be careful sending money via etransfer that you cannot afford to lose.  And be extra careful when sending to a recipient with direct deposit.

Here are a couple of articles about the problem.

Warning about losing money with e-Transfer after two people make same mistake

Interac’s E-Transfer Auto-Deposit Creates More Problems than it Solves

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Editing videos and sharing on YouTube

Here are the links to Ricks slides on

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Migrating away from Me@shaw.ca, Part 1

Part 1 of “Migrating away from Me@shaw.ca” was presented March 1, 2020
Click here for the slides. 

Some points George wants to reinforce…
It is generally agreed best to separate your Internet Service Provider (of wifi or internet pipes) from your email service provider, which runs over those pipes.

In the presentation I wrongly searched for emails forwarded from Shaw by typing from:gtbowden@shaw.ca .  I should have typed to:”gtbowden@shaw.ca” including quotes. Those emails still being sent to my shaw account are shown as “to gtbowden” .
Those emails being sent directly to my gmail account are shown as “to me” .

Part 2 , on email clients like Windows Mail, Microsoft Office Outlook, and Thunderbird will be presented March 15th.


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