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Founded in 1982, the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) has been recognized as one of the top users groups in the country. There are many benefits for members. For information on upcoming meetings, click the Events link.

GCPCUG provides low-cost education and encouraging professional growth, our monthly General Meeting (see below for current topic) and SIG (Special Interest Group) meetings are open to the public. Topics cover current, emerging, and future technology.

We have moved our meeting from Cleveland State's Main Classroom Building to the Student Center on the other side of East 22nd Street. Note: because of road construction on East 22nd Street, you may need to enter the garage via it's exits on East 21st Street.  For more information on parking and the room location, please click here.

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Upcoming Meetings

13 Sep 2014 9:30 AM • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
20 Sep 2014 10:30 AM • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
18 Oct 2014 10:30 AM • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
15 Nov 2014 10:30 AM • Room 30 (Lower Floor - Administration Building), Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293



 
Protecting Yourself, Your Computer, and Your Identity

Saturday, September 13th - 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

It’s common wisdom that avoiding suspicious web-based content and especially ‘dodgy’ websites will keep you safe on the Internet. Unfortunately, that sort of information is ‘old and outdated technology’. Internet security (protecting both your computer and your identity) can however, be demystified. This presentation focuses on normal computer users, rather than “IT geeks,” and clearly explains the following topics:


  • Protecting yourself from virus, worms, Trojans, rootkits and, botnets
  • Computer safety tips
  • How to spot phishing attempts
  • How to recover when your email account has been hijacked
  • Email etiquette
  • Social networking safety tips
  • Software installation safety tips
  • Other free software used to create layered protection
  • Features and benefits of Avast's free antivirus program
  • Android Smartphone and Tablet safety and protection recommendations
Join presenter Bob Gostischa, as he simplifies, clarifies, and demystifies your computer, making your Internet experience a safe, secure and, enjoyable one. After a successful career in banking, Bob enjoys his retirement as an enthusiast IT security expert, most notably for Avast Software. Avast is the creator of avast! antivirus software. The Avast website has a discussion and help forum, where Bob has been helping with security-related and general computer issues since 2004. He has contributed over 20,000 forum interactions.


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apcug logo 1 inch.jpgThe information, web links and articles presented here, are done as a public service. The Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) does not condone software piracy. Before trying any programs, websites, techniques or suggestions on your devices, you should have a backup of your data. Opinions expressed by authors of articles on the site are not necessarily those of the GCPCUG. Mention of products or websites in no way constitutes endorsement by GCPCUG.The GCPCUG is a member of APCUG
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