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.
We have moved! As of September, we are at our new venue at the Riverside United
Church near Mooney's Bay.
See sidebar at right for directions.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Marketing Fraud and Cybercrime Awareness For Seniors
Brock Godfrey, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, North Bay
presentation developed by the RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
covering Mass Marketing Fraud, Identity Theft, Romance and other scams
– and how to avoid them. Nearly 80 percent of mass marketing fraud is
conducted by organized crime groups and is currently the second most
common criminal activity funding terrorist activities.
presentation was developed by CAFC Senior Unit Volunteer:
Godfrey, RCMP Corporal Lori MacDonald, and RCMP Constable Jennifer
George. It is delivered by Brock, and often another officer
seniors groups, Service Clubs and Professional Organizations across
Southern Ontario. (Unfortunately with the RCMP concentration
National Security neither of those officers are currently
available. We do however work with OPP Community Service
in some jurisdictions.)
Brock took early retirement in 1993
from the Ontario Ministry of Education, after 30 years in
education. He joined PhoneBusters in 1997 as a Volunteer
SeniorBuster. Now residing in the Barrie area, he does most,
not all, the presentations in Southern Ontario.
He has been
instrumental in educating the public and raising awareness of illegal
mass marketing fraud and Id theft: which is clearly the most successful
and effective long-term strategy in reducing the number of fraud
victims. He occasionally calls victims to assist them, but
gives presentations such as this to Service Clubs, Seniors and
Professional Groups, across all of Southern Ontario, and from Maui to
Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.
Brock received the
Superintendent’s Award of Distinction from the RCMP for his work in
making Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre presentations about this topic.
Courtesy of Glasswire, we have a license for the Elite edition of Glasswire's namesake program.
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 http://opcug.ca/Reviews/GlassWire.html
Glasswire Elite edition can be installed on up to 10 computers.
Tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Topic: #PasswordPhrasing, the Easy, Silly, Secure & Safe Technique for the People
Speaker: Lawrence Patterson; IT Manager / ISSO / ITIL & ordinary computer guy
is all about making it easier for individuals to manage their
passwords. Lawrence will review the changing landscape of keeping
our lives secure by evangelizing our individualism, showing how typing
the same set of characters can be bring an inner smile as well as
thoughtful techniques that’ll focus less on the complexity and more on
how we each think.
Acknowledging that the password advice has
varied significantly in last couple of years and expecting to change
further in the coming months / years, Lawrence will explore the
challenges and discuss why #PasswordPhrasing importance to all of
us. All the while making the connection between passwords and
Lawrence’s decades’ experience supporting, planning,
implementing technology from the perspective of the help-desk to
management, continues to be passionate about keeping day to day
technology practical to everyone needs.
works for the “The Association of Faculties of Medicine” / AFMC as IT
Manger, with certification in ISSO (Information Systems Security
Officer), ITIL (Information Technology Library) and has built solutions
involving finance, human resources, health & safety,
communications, audio visual and facilities.
Questions and Answers (Q&A)
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
on our website.
Meetings (there are no meetings in July and August)
our list of past
and presentations with links to their websites.
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Call for Presentations
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
and presentations with links to their websites.
Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional
information about our venue.
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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.
Meetings are at the Riverside United Church,
3191 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, located on the east side of Riverside Drive,
just south of Walkley Road.
is free at the church.
Bus #87 stops nearby.
Plan your bus route here.
Photo courtesy of Chris Taylor, OPCUG