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March 27, 2018 :23: Security and Home Automation in San Carlos

March 28th, 2018 by

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, What great guys to have for the “Show!”

OK. So we don’t think of it as a show, but have have trouble coming up with a rhyme for “Club Meeting”. Anyway, a special thanks to Kennith and Augustine for coming in and telling us about their services they provide as Horizon Smart Home.

It was very informative and interesting to hear about all the different options available to us here in San Carlos for home security and automation.

If you weren’t able to join us, then that’s reason we record these sessions. I’ll post an audio enhanced version of the youtube video sometime this week, but for now you can listen this clubCast.

I hope you like it.

#TechOn! and I’ll C U all next Tuesday.

Scott, headNerd
at International Computer Solutions (internationalcs.net)

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November 25 Clubcast now Available: Eighth meeting: The Parinoia Podcast and unrelated imigration conversation

November 25th, 2014 by


We are still here. I am really sorry for the delay.I fell a little behind this week, but finally, here is our last meeting.

We were a small group, but we had a great discussion. It was a bit paranoid. The first half of our meeting was stories from the news: 1) Detekt – a scanner, endorsed by the EFF and Amnesty International that removes surveillance software from your computer. 2) DOJ Dirtyboxes, flying overhead, collecting your phone data. 3) A website that indexes everybody’s personal ‘unsecured’ webcams for the whole internet to find, use, record, etc. Wow, lots of privacy and security issues in the last meeting, but we still had time for a bit about immigration.

As always, you can listen to the link bellow, or subscribe (for free) to our podcast in the iTunes store (search for The San Carlos Computer Club),  and catch our live stream on Tuesday from 9:15-10:15am at http://sccClub.org.

Please leave comments.

Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy it.
Until next Tuesday. Tech On!
Scott, nerdGuru at International Computer Solutions

Are You Being Bugged? ~Amnesty International and the EFF backs a Tool to Scan your PC for Surveillance Software

November 25th, 2014 by

Just because youre paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you” ― Joseph Heller, author Catch-22.

Hi Clubbers,

I just caught up with this news. A security researcher has developed a software (named “Detekt”) that detects know surveillance software that may have found it way on your computer. This software is being endorsed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, and other  international digital rights and human rights organizations. It has been made freely available for download from a GitHub repository you can find at this link:

Download Detekt from: https://github.com/botherder/detekt/releases/tag/v1.8.


I have already downloaded and tested this. It very easy to run. Just download, then click  (or double-click). No installation is needed it runs in place. Detekt can only find software it knows about, similar to an antivirus program, but in this case it’s looking for know software that state (and private) organizations use for listening to your computer’s microphone, and watch your computer’s webcam, grab copies of your email, as well as, your instant messenger conversations, and more. The software is only compatible with Windows XP – Windows7. I imagine soon we will see a Windows 8/8.1 version, as well as, a Macintosh version.

Follow the link bellow to read more in the Guardian’s article.

from the Guardian’s article…

“Detekt was developed by Germany-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri after discussions with human rights activists. It will be launched on Thursday in partnership with Amnesty International, British charity Privacy International, German civil rights group Digitale Gesellschaft and US digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”…

via Amnesty backs Detekt tool to scan for state spyware on computers | World news | The Guardian.

Wow! How Secure is your Instant Messenger? Check out the EFF’s Scorecard for Instant Messenger| Electronic Frontier Foundation

November 7th, 2014 by

Hi Clubbers,

I had to share this!

Follow the link to see how your favorite Instant Messenger program score’s on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Secure Messaging Scorecard | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Highlights: AOL Instant Messenger has one of the worst security scores, but it’s quick followed by Facebook, Google Hangouts/Chat, Skype,  WhatsApp, and SnapChat. I haven’t ever heard of the majority of the most secure instant messenger apps . I can’t make any recommendations, however maybe this is a good reason to explore a new instant messenger app.


The problem with instant messenger apps is that you use the app your friends and family, and clients use. Switching IM apps is much hard then you’d think. You really need a whole community to change or you’ll always be going back when you need to reach people that didn’t change.

Anyway,  it’s an interesting table. Check it out at: https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard



Podcast from April 15, 2014 is available.

April 15th, 2014 by

What a great group. And a great conversation. We covered: Unblock-us, Open SSL security issue, Passwords, Batteries, and much more.

I hope you guys find it informative.

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Scott, headNerd International Computer Solutions.

Podcast from March 11, 2014 is now available – E-coping With iDevices

March 11th, 2014 by

Great meeting! good conversations about the security problems recently revealed about SSLs in iOS, OSX, and linux. Also, Your next computer because of the Windows XP support expiration.

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Scott, head-nerd at internationalcs.net

Club Meeting! Nov. 26, 2013 First Hand Account of a Cryptolocker Virus Infection

November 26th, 2013 by

A special guest joins us to share her experience getting infected by the cryptolocker virus. You can listen to the podcast bellow for the interesting details in how the virus appears to a computer user’s perspective.




Thanks to everyone, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Scott Stimson, International Computer Solutions

Did you hear the one about the disables-iranian-nuclear-plants virus that infected The International Space Station? | ExtremeTech

November 23rd, 2013 by

This is an article from Extreme Tech that details the infection path of the American-Israeli built ‘Stuxnet’ virus until it finally arrives at the International Space Station.

The American-made Stuxnet virus has infected the International Space Station | ExtremeTech.

Club Meeting! Nov. 19, 2013 Backups, Antiviruses, Windows 8.1 experiences, printers, and Windows Libraries

November 19th, 2013 by

More on backups, Antivirus, some windows 8.1 experiences, printers, and the windows libraries. It was a good meeting, lots of people and good questions. If you’re interested you can listen bellow.


Please comment on anything you found helpful.



Club Meeting! May 28, 2013 Xbox One. One Box to Rule them All!

May 28th, 2013 by

Wow! What a fun last meeting before I go to Alaska. We talked at length about the new Xbox One, and it’s always-on camera and microphone. This lead us into privacy and security, and a lot of great entertaining stuff.

I am  glad I didn’t miss it, but if you did, then listen here:


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