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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)

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
Topic: Mass Marketing Fraud and Cybercrime Awareness For Seniors 
Speaker: Brock Godfrey, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, North Bay 

A 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.

The presentation was developed by CAFC  Senior Unit Volunteer: Brock Godfrey, RCMP Corporal Lori MacDonald, and RCMP Constable Jennifer George.  It is delivered by Brock, and often another officer to seniors groups, Service Clubs and Professional Organizations across Southern Ontario.  (Unfortunately with the RCMP concentration on National Security neither of those officers are currently available.  We do however work with OPP Community Service Officers 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, if 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 mainly 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.

October Raffle

Courtesy of Glasswire, we have a license for the Elite edition of Glasswire's namesake program.
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.

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

#PasswordPhrasing, 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 footwear.

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.

Currently Lawrence 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)

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.

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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

More Information

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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