2020-09 September BMUG Meeting on Zoom

This will be a Zoom meeting - all are welcome.

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The main topic will be security - something we all like to think affects others, not us. Well, we beg you to watch the SBS story.

Insight: Season 2020 Episode 29
"Being Hacked"
News and Current Affairs
52m 2020AustraliaAvailable until 1 January 2030

It is available at https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1777418819586/being-hacked We will consider aspects of this video as our conversation starters so if you have seen the whole movie, you will be in a good position to participate.

Imagine opening up your computer only to realise your life and income are being held to ransom. With more of us now working from home, hacking attacks are increasing. In this episode we hear from those who’ve been hacked, hackers that have been jailed and what help is out there.

Hacking is rife - whatever we think. And it can be damaging - we considered some people a couple of weeks ago, people like us, who were tricked into losing $100,000. It could be any of us.

One way people deal with security is to use a 'virtual private network'.

The Whys and Hows of VPNs

Peter Poteralski will tell us why we might want to use a VPN, how to use it and what to expect. If you have experienc, please come and share it with us.

Online Quizzes

Are you a bit sick of seeing someone online and wanting to see them but not really having anything to talk about? Lots of people have been setting up family or friendly quizzes. These can question a subject seriously or be simply for fun and a few laughs. BMUG will try a short quiz and see how the technology works for this. If you score badly, who cares? the aim is to see how to do it.

The News Controversy and the big Bullies - Google and Facebook

What do we know about this? Is the news we want really on Facebook? Do we get our news from Google? How do these two companies handle the news we get and whatn are we not getting. How should all the advertising money be shared between those that finally publish the news, say Facebook, and those who do the investigative work to put the news together.

Google offers us a lot of things to read if we want to know about all this. See https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=news+and+facebook+and+Google+in+Australia What is it supressing? What other sources could we be going to?

How many people know about and go to original news sources, and why? What is stopping those who don't?