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General Meetings

Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Next Meeting(s)

Wednesday March 13, 2019

NOTE: The March and April meetings will be hald in one of the back rooms, not the main sanctuary. Signs will be posted at the main entrance.

We will hold our AGM (~15-20 min) after which we will have the following speaker:

Speaker:  Lawrence Patterson, OPCUG
Topic: Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication why is it more than just a password, when is it beneficial and why it may not be the answer to everyone’s security concerns. Join Lawrence Patterson (ISSO, ITIL & 2 decades supporting peoples’ personal / professional technology needs) as he reviews why multi-factor authentication has become an important security tool, examples what is available (as you may be already using it) and just as important, separate the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) between what is being sold and what is currently practical.

March Raffle

Courtesy of Glasswire, we have a license for their namesake program.

Elite Edition Glasswire is a sophisticated firewall product that shows who or what your PC is talking to. It allows you to detect malware, badly behaving apps, and bandwidth hogs, then block their connections. It warns you of network related changes to your PC that could indicate malware. Glasswire can also alert you when new unknown devices join your WiFi.

For a review of Glasswire, see

Glasswire Elite edition can be installed on up to 10 computers.

Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten. 


Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

Future Meetings (there are no meetings in July and August)
Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites.

April 10Basic digital photo editing using free softwareLynda BuskeTBA
May 8Effective backup strategiesAlan German and Chris Taylor, OPCUGTBA
June 12Annual PIzza Night and Presentation (TBA)TBATBA
Oct 9Members' FavouritesLawrence Patterson, Bob Walker (and Bob Herres), Alan German, Chris Taylor, OPCUGTBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our Meeting Coordinator(s). Our club has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Check out our list of past speakers and presentations with links to their websites. Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Bob Herres and Lawrence Patterson,

More Information

To subscribe to our automatic announcements and meetings list, visit our Google Group at and join the OPCUG-Announcements group. More detailed instructions can be found here.

Expect to receive no more than 2 or 3 messages a month from the list. Every message you receive from the list will contain information on how to unsubscribe, should you decide you no longer want to receive them.

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Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
(no meetings in July and August).
Meeting room opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Location
Meetings are at the Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, located on the east side of Riverside Drive, just south of Walkley Road. 

PARKING: Parking is free at the church.

OCTranspo Bus #87 stops nearby.
Plan your bus route here.

Picture of United Church
    Photo courtesy of Chris Taylor, OPCUG

Map to United Church

Earth view of United Church