Group meeting status due to COVID 19
In the past, we were able to meet in person as a social group to chat and solve problems with our computers. It is not clear when we will be able to do this again safely.
The government’s New Normal measures are only intended to reduce the number of infections whilst getting the economy working again. However, the virus is continuing to spread, often through asymptomatic contact. And for many of us, infection could prove lethal.
It will not be practical to continue meeting in Calle Doctor Calatayud 45 as we would not be able to maintain social distancing inside whilst working on a phone or computer. Nevertheless, we will continue to provide help, mainly remotely.
Although we will miss our meetings, the good thing for members is that help will be available with their computers, tablets and smartphones, not just those who happen to be in Moraira and it is not restricted to one day per month.
Just contact the Group Leader with a brief description of the problem and your contact details (email / WhatApp / Skype) and one of our helpers will be in touch to help. We can also chat by Zoom and use Team Viewer. If necessary, it may even be possible to meet on an individual basis.
Meanwhile – A reminder about email security
I would like to remind everyone about the importance of keeping your email account secure. I hope the following helps but I encourage you do whatever additional research you need to clarify any actions you need to take.
Where are the dangers?
At this present time we are more than ever dependent on email and social media. Unfortunately, the bad guys are taking advantage of this. The website ITProPortal reports:
According to security firm Barracuda Networks, 137 coronavirus-related phishing emails were identified in January, 1,188 in February and over 9,000 in March.
Each of these emails were probably used tens or hundreds of thousands of times.
[Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. (Wikipedia).]
Note that your anti-virus software will not protect you against the latest phishing attacks.
How to read emails safely
The following is a brief summary only. For more guidance, Google “phishing”.
- Don’t open suspect emails, however intriguing
- Be very , very, very careful before you click on any link in an email.
- Do not rely on recognising the senders name.
- It is trivially easy to make an email look as if it is coming from a familiar account when in fact it has been sent from a malicious sender.
- If the sender’s email credentials have been compromised, a malicious sender could use your friend’s account. If you think this is the case, you should warn the sender but do not use the Reply option.
- Check the content for danger signs
- No text in the subject line, or text in the subject line which does not specifically relate to you e.g. “You will be interested in this”
- Body content requesting you to take urgent action
- Bad grammar.
- Consider not using an email content preview pane next to your inbox listing.
- Of course you need Windows and your antivirus software to be up to date but that is automatic these days.
- Finally do not take any chances.
It is entirely up to you to protect the security of your email account.
This is also true in the case of Data breaches.
Data breaches occur when a company storing details of many users is broken in to. For an insight of the historic risk to you of this type of activity, see the website https://haveibeenpwned.com/.
Remember that each username+password combination should be used for one account only. Unfortunately, these days, every service you use, will ask you to sign up for an account, so that they can contact you.
The signup form will ask for your email address and a password. Having entered your email address, if your next thought is “What is my email password?” you might end up giving your personal email password to the company, whose security could be less than adequate. It is these companies that the bad hackers target, the reward being hundreds of thousands of account credentials that they can use.
Remember that no-one will go to the trouble of hacking specifically into your personal email account.
So if you have used the same password for your email account and other accounts, you should change your email password on all your devices.
Also, consider using a password manager program for convenience and safety.
Please contact me if you need any more clarification.
Stay safe – also online.
Normally, meetings will be held at
Venue: Aula de Asociaciones, Calle Doctor Calatayud 45, Moraira
Computers, smartphones and tablets are pretty much an essential part of our lives today, but they don’t always work the way we expect and on top of that they keep changing so we all need help from time to time in dealing with them.
- Do you feel like a beginner? Let us know what you would like to learn and we can arrange one or more sessions as necessary to help you get up to speed.
- Want to get the best out of your computer, smartphone or tablet?
- Or perhaps you usually manage but are stuck on a particular problem?
The All Computers Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month so that the members can provide mutual help and share our knowledge.
You can just turn up at one of our monthly sessions
If you cannot come along on Tuesday, contact the Group Leader at any time during the month with as much detail as possible and we will to arrange some help.
We also welcome experienced users who are willing to help others.
Our meetings are sociable events and we hope that by sharing our experiences everyone will learn something.
Key Helpers include:
- Apple iPhones, iPads and iMacs: Piotr Azia, David Reynolds, Peter Holley
- Android smartphones and tablets: Peter Bayliss,
- Windows PCs:Peter Bayliss, Peter Holley
If you are unable to attend the next meeting you can also email me firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
To contact the Computing Group Leader send an email to email@example.com
with the word computer in the subject line or to join the group:
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