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Meet & Greet! / Re: Happy Birthday, Corrine!
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:50:33 PM »
Thanks, techie.  As to "a few days ago", yes, indeed.  Next year it will be two decades ago when I learned from you the importance of a firewall and antivirus software!  That was the start on the road that I followed.

You were pretty good at picking my brain :D
Maybe just a little more than that like your first malware removal programs and how to get your Windows updates before it was made automatic.

Meet & Greet! / Re: Happy Birthday, Corrine!
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:32:04 PM »
Happy Birthday, though we only meet a few days ago  ;), it seems. Time does fly.

P.S.  It is really no different than when the name was changed from Microsoft Security Essentials to Widows Defender.

The thing is the average user won't actually notice this and most won't even notice the name was changed to Windows security. My first update to Security Intelligence was on July the 30th.

If you have a spare hour+, check out "Clippy: The Unauthorized Biography" (Clippy that everyone loved to hate.):

I kinda scrolled thru the video, "Clippy" gave me a headache  ???

P.S.  I meant to say many people aren't spending as much money on other devices as the cost of a cellphone.

Yo, is there an android app for this awesome browser?
thank you                                                                                                                               

Firefox has two for android or IOS, Firefox and Firefox Focus which blocks Ads and tracking and the one I prefer is Adblock plus browser for android. It's also available for Apple IOS.

Android is so fragmented (Eco system has been falling apart and no improvement) with many manufactures and phone service providers being very slow providing security updates or never providing security updates. What is being considered top tier manufactures are 6-12 months or longer providing Operating System updates or again never. I can't see living on a 1-3 year cycle and then be thrown under the bus with not even security updates. I can kind of see low priced phones, but top dollar phones aren't any better in the overall support. If you buy a Google Phone they will provide 3 years of updates. I just don't see this as a very good support system, even for Google. Most people are spending 500 to 1000 dollars on mid to flagship phones.The rest all I can say is good luck. Do you expect your TV to last longer than 1-3 years? Do you expect a desktop or laptop computer to last longer than 1-3 years? Most people aren't spending as much on the cost of a cellphone.

It doesn't make any difference weather it's Android or IOS I never consider a phone much more than a phone, a few text, some music, an occasional picture and light browsing (nothing secure).

At least with a third party browser you know you will get updates.

My daughter lives in a very crowded area, NYC. I set her router up to not even broadcast the SSID name. I don't know of any new routers that doesn't have the push button connection key. Hold the button for 5 to 10 seconds, the wifi lights will flash for about two minutes. You don't have to see the SSID router name broadcasting to connect to it. Make sure the device your connecting to is waiting at the name and password screen to connect.You can do this with each device you want to connect to the network and it will setup the connection and security you have automatically from the router to the device. The other option if you aren't broadcasting the name is on the bottom of the router or a card that was attached to the router, you will see a SSID default name (unless you changed it), that is the user name and a pin code, that is the password. Just type that in to your computer, cellphone, etc. when trying to connect.

If it's your personal router (not a hotspot) everyone else in the neighborhood using a wireless device doesn't need to know it's there. If it's not broadcasting the SSID name to everyone in the local area neighborhood, then it it doesn't exist to them. We are just talking routers or modem/router combos in general. Since we have no specific information i.e. name of the router and model, it's just generic info.

The push button works if a family member or friend is visiting and you want to give them access to your WIFI.

It does require you to look at the internal settings and change it. You no doubt need to change your password login for the router. Usually if you login the first time it will offer you a setup option of the router. Just follow the prompts.

Like plodr said you can reset the router to factory defaults if you run into a problem.

Meet & Greet! / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
« on: July 02, 2019, 01:28:46 PM »
I never give it a second thought, always knew you were a special friend. Congratulations once again!!!

What I meant by the same problem, was the router was left open and someone else, a neighbor most likely used the persons internet to download illegal content. I know the person 80 year old christian and they wouldn't even know where to begin to download something like that.

P.S.  I don't even use the routers basic IP, I assign my own. If you want to hack into it, find the IP, then user name, followed by password. Just make it as hard as you can.

P.S.  The installation instructions, should have the IP address for the router, like it says in Corrine's link, type: or it could be another one based on the router. i.e.

It instructions should also tell you the default login name and password.

Most routers have a setup you can go through, but do change your login name and password.

By the way Digerati the ISP's do monitor for illegal movie downloads. I had this happen to someone I know, they were notified by email and a warning in there browser from the Internet Service Provider. If a neighbor or whomever downloads it illegally, they don't care if it is detected if it's not there account.

You need to secure your router and make a new phasephrass. Most new routers already have a pin assigned to them and are secure, if so it is located on a label, usually on the bottom of the router. I prefer to use my own passphrase.

I as well prefer to assign my router SSID name. You do need to change the password and user name for login into the router as Digerati said.

I always thought it was a mistake when Firefox began a new version release every six weeks. The cycle doesn't allow enough time to adequately test each version. The last few releases it has been apparent with the number of fixes being released.

The Media Creation Tool is good to do more than one system. Now there is a problem using a USB thumb drive to install the upgrades.

This is what Microsoft says:


To work around this issue, remove all external media, such as USB devices, SD cards and UFS cards, from your computer and restart installation of the Windows 10, version 1903 feature update. The update should then proceed normally.

If you are using a installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) created by a tool to install Windows 10, copy the files on the installation media to your local drive, and then start the installation from the local drive."

In testing the workaround does work. If you have limited space then you will need room for the installation files, Windows.old, the extra 7 GB of reserved space now required. That can eat up a bunch of space quickly.

I believe it is the fact that Win 10 is reassigning drives to setup the new 7GB reserved space and cannot see the difference between the main hard drive or drives and external drives.

The new version 1903 is running fine on the machine I tested with.

Internet / Re: AdBlock Plus v3.5.2 for FireFox
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:35:27 PM »
I applied the above recommendations, my add ons were restored to working order after a little while. I then turned the Firefox Data Collection and Use options off and it is now working normally.

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