The PC Rams Computer Club
  • 3:00: Marc Martin will present "How to Pick a Password Nobody Will Guess!"

Marc Martin will present ways to insure your password will give thieves an extremely hard time.  Hackers can use software to learn your password in less than a few seconds if it is weak.  You will learn how to insure that your personal passwords are hard to crack and be given websites where you can actually test them out.  Here’s what one website said when I asked it to test how long it would take to discover my master password.

There will be an illustration of one of the password software programs that enables you to remember a single password so you won’t have to remember any other passwords.  The password software program remembers all the others for you and insures your automatic log on to various financial web sites keeping you safe and secure.  (Handouts will be provided.)

In the remaining time, another free software program called, DROPBOX will be demonstrated.  It is one of the many “cloud” programs like, Google Drive, One Drive, etc.  DROPBOX can be most usefully by anyone  working on more than one computer or a smart phone.  It is not a substitute for a software back up program.

 And now a few words about our upcoming elections next month.  For me it has been a joy and a privilege to belong to a community organization which helps us all become more technically savvy.   Nothing makes us feel better than knowing  we can be useful to others, so please consider running for office in our elections next month.  Together our community computer club can help all of us enjoy this marvelous technology of the future.

  • 2:30 John Samuels et al will help you diagnose computer and tech device problems.

1.            APCUG 2017 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC26)

The Fall VTC will be held on Saturday, November 4. A preview of topics to be covered is below.

Register at:


Saturday, November 4

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Attend the FREE conference from the convenience of your own home! All you need is your computer, tablet, etc. and Internet access. The sessions are 50 minutes in length and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions via Q&A; the questions are answered by the presenter at the end of the presentation or via e-mail if there isn’t enough time after the presentation.

 APCUG uses ZOOM for the VTC webinar presentations ( If you have not participated in a VTC, go to to download the app for the device you will be using to ‘attend’ the conference. You should also make sure you have the latest version of Zoom on your device.

Videos from earlier conferences can be found on APCUG’s YouTube channel

 To register for this VTC, please click on the below link:

 Below are the sessions that are currently scheduled.


1:00 PM ET - Tips for Staying Safe Online and Preventing Identity Theft - Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

This presentation will cover the do's and dont's and what you need to know to stay safe on your devices (computer – Windows and Mac, tablets and Smartphones) and the Internet

2:00 PM ET - Internet Camouflage Using VPN  (Virtual Private Network)- Joe Melfi, D-Link

How to Use VPN As Your Cloak of Invisibility When Accessing the Internet

3:00 PM ET  - iOS 11 Tips & Tricks - Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

iOS 11 has many more custom options than usual and many of them are first-rate. Jere will show us how to tailor some of these options to meet our needs.

1:00 PM ET  Hands-on LibreOffice Demo  - John Kennedy,  East-Central Ohio Technology User's Club

Free software - it’s all about sharing. John (otherwise known as Free-John) will be sharing the flagship productivity suite called LibreOffice. This piece of software has all the components (and a couple extras) that another major software company has, that is widely used in business. He will take us on a hands-on tour of the different sub-programs LibreOffice has and hopefully you discover a free program that has all the features you would need in a productivity suite.

2:00 PM ET - Google Photos  - Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club

Stats – 1B users; 1.2B photos uploaded each day. And, it’s FREE. It’s like a shoebox full of photos but you can easily find a specific photo. Since we now take most of our photos with our phone, it’s designed for mobile first but can also be used with our computer. It’s easy-to-use with unlimited storage. Do you need a backup strategy? How to sync them? Who can see my photos? How do they get archived after death? All these topics and more will be covered in Ron’s presentation. As well as a hands-on demo.

3:00 PM ET  Voice Operated Assistants Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood UG

 What’s new in technology? First it was the Cloud and now it’s Voice Operated Assistants = the future is here! Voice operated assistants like Amazon Echo, Dot and Tap and Google Home are here to help us with automated tasks and more. Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant also help us with our technology.

Hope to see you on the internet on 4 Nov. 2017, Saturday afternoon.

2.          Jere’s Tech Tips and Apple Tech Tips – on the APCUG Home Web Page

Go to the APCUG Web site ( and get a look at Windows or Apple Tech Tips.