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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Editing videos and sharing on YouTube

Here are the links to Ricks slides on

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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  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. 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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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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Migrating away from, Part 1

Part 1 of “Migrating away from” 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 .  I should have typed to:”” 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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Executive -2022

Victoria Computer Club Executive 2022


Ed Prior

Anita Fownes

Member at large
Murray Strome


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February 2022 APCUG presentations


Wednesday Workshops – 9 am PT
February 16 – Learning Linux
Register Here:

Join us for another informative session getting chummy with the Penguin (Linux). Watch your fingers when you close the window, and hopefully, you won’t take a bite out of a bad apple. At this month’s workshop, Dave Melton will share his “My Linux Distro-Hopping Journey” with you. Find out what he liked and then what he didn’t like to cause him to “hop” (and hop a few more times). Cal Esneault will give us a lot of information on “Software Management and the Default Software that Comes with Linux Mint.” Orv Beach will not be with us this month (he decided it would be more fun to have his knee replaced), so John Kennedy will be filling in doing a presentation on the “Linux Control Panel/Control Center,” taking a hard look at all the settings that are available in most Linux distros.
February 23 – It’s all about Windows 11
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Windows 11 and 10 look quite different, but much of what we like to use is still the same. Bill’s presentation takes us through What’s New, What’s Changed, and What is no longer included. Then, he will start you on your journey deciding if Windows 11 is for you or if you will stay with Windows 10 for a while longer. Of course, you have until 2025 to make up your mind but learning something new keeps us sharp.After you register for the Saturday Safari and Wednesday Workshops, you will receive an email on the morning of the presentation giving you the Zoom links.

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2022 Annual General Meeting Feb 15th

The Annual General Meetings of the Victoria Computer Club for the fiscal years of 2020 and 2021 will be held Tuesday, February 15 2022 at 10am through Silver Threads, 286 Hampton Rd, Saanich, BC V8Z 1H1.  Because of Covid, BC Societies Registrar granted the extension for our fiscal 2020 AGM till March of this year.  The AGM for fiscal 2020 is extremely short, and the AGM for fiscal 2021 follows immediately at the same meeting.

Attend in person by registering or attend via  Zoom Meeting at

or use Zoom Meeting ID: 833 3814 8237 with Passcode: 633639  .  The library and zoom meeting room will open at 9:30am

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Never Trust the Unsolicited…

Slides from the presentaton Never trust the unsolicited 

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