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by majpooper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?
Replies: 48
Views: 947

Re: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?

I deleted my Facebook account and stopped using Google and my ISP's email - my wife buys everything on Amazon so I am stuck there. The reality is the compromised privacy train left the station a long long time ago in my case so I fear my actions are only symbolic . . . . . oh well. :(
by majpooper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Cloudflare, Mozilla, and DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH)
Replies: 24
Views: 497

Re: What's the verdict on this new DNS service?

I don't really fancy using 9.9.9.9 as the British Police are involved in it. Yep - IBM has partnered with The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) co-founded by the City of London Police, the District Attorney of New York County (that is essentially the NYPD) and the Center for Internet Security (some intel...
by majpooper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: "Caution - A Virus Has Been Detected"
Replies: 13
Views: 315

Re: "Caution - A Virus Has Been Detected"

Damien, people amaze though - most of the people I know and talk to about computers use literally use them everyday, if not for their job at home. Yet they haven't a clue about security or privacy. They are like, and in most cases the same people who drive their vehicles until something breaks and t...
by majpooper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: "Caution - A Virus Has Been Detected"
Replies: 13
Views: 315

Re: "Caution - A Virus Has Been Detected"

Saw this on a friend's Windows 10 machine "- - > BIG Pop-Up - - Caution - A Virus Has Been Detected - - from the PCs speaker. and a link to and 1800 Number" (just assumed it was a USA number) What is worse they told me they were running Norton AV and did their updates . . . who knows. Gee, now I hav...
by majpooper
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Introduce yourself
Topic: Old SC Linux Intro
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Old SC Linux Intro

hooah spearmint - I married a USAF brat - her dad flew C130,C141 and a few others. Anyway, don't buy anymore linux software - it's a rip-off - linux is free - and you will get all the support you need right here. I donate every so often because I think the Linux Mint team does outstanding work but t...
by majpooper
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Desktop Security
Replies: 20
Views: 617

Re: Desktop Security

Well I simply don't understand the fuss. I have installed LM on at least 8 systems for other folks who are not computer geeks - and no complaints about passwords. They have all come from Windows, none from Mac (installed lubuntu on an old Mac mini my wife had then gave it away) and not one has compl...
by majpooper
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: PureVPN Money Back
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: PureVPN Money Back

Hi wf54, VPN s come in a broad range with lots of opinions so it really depends exactly what you are looking for from a VPN. There are VPNs that can be used from your browser by simply adding a browser extension sometimes called an add-on. You will have to sign-up for an account but the installation...
by majpooper
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux Mint Sighting
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Linux Mint Sighting

you did the perfect thing for them. I too am "training friends" to a slightly different looking Desktop, but they could care less. All they do is hit the Power On button, and use the mouse to click on icons for Firefox.... and that is all they do, surf the 'net. I think I will make up a special bac...
by majpooper
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Linux Mint Sighting
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Linux Mint Sighting

There is a term that is used loosely "general user" - not sure what everyone's definition of that is but what I have found is that for those that only use their laptops for browsing the Internet, some online banking and shopping maybe a few apps like office or skype linux mint is ideal. I just repla...
by majpooper
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What is swappiness ?
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: What is swappiness ?

I guess swap is useful for old machines with hardly any RAM - I have 16G of RAM and no longer (~2 years) configure a swap partition. It really depends on what you have and how you use your rig. So experimenting is the best way to figure out what is optimum. I set swapoff for so long with no adverse ...
by majpooper
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Desktop Security
Replies: 20
Views: 617

Re: Desktop Security

Chronigan wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:28 pm
One of the things I find annoying about Linux is the need to enter my password multiple times in a session.
I have to agree - something does not seem right here. Why are you making system changes so frequently?
by majpooper
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Looking forward to setup a VPN service on Linux mint
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Looking forward to setup a VPN service on Linux mint

OpenVPN is in the linux Mint repositories so pretty safe and easy to install. most VPN providers have instructions how to set the up. Everyone has there favorite VPN - I like Private Tunnel after trying a few others both free (I would say stay away from) and ones you pay a subscription. A really goo...
by majpooper
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?
Replies: 48
Views: 947

Re: Who no longer trusts or uses Facebook?

The problem IMHO is fb is a case of "bait and switch" in that they proclaim to be a force for good to help people "connect." And most folks who use fb believe that. The real business model for fb is selling ads and selling your data. Someone said, I cannot recall who, "when a product is free . . . t...
by majpooper
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox behavior different on two PCs (website certificates)
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Firefox behavior different on two PCs (website certificates)

This past weekend I installed LM 18.3 Cinnamon for a family friend on a 7 year old HP All-in-One PC that was running Windows 7. Lots of complaints of being slow and freezing up etc. Install went smoothly with no issues and the PC runs great. I did the updates and configured FF exactly as my FF is co...
by majpooper
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Firefox and LM default search engine and Google
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Firefox and LM default search engine and Google

If it bugs you all that much, just set www.google.com as your home page, then all you need do it click on the "house" in the taskbar. Personally, none of the other search engines give the results that I want... duckduckgo is close but way too slow Try startpage - literally Google without tracking h...
by majpooper
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Cloudflare, Mozilla, and DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH)
Replies: 24
Views: 497

Re: What's the verdict on this new DNS service?

1.1.1.1 as well as 9.9.9.9 got thumbs up by Steve Gibson - "Security Now" pod cast. Gibson, for my money, is the best there is security wise. 9.9.9.9 will provide more security 1.1.1.1 better performance. Not sure when either will be available in the dnscrypt resolver fies. For now I am sticking wit...
by majpooper
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Cannot open Lastpass on Waterfox
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Cannot open Lastpass on Waterfox

I looked at Waterfox, and it did not replicate FF close enough to make me keep it. I have installed the Lastpass extension on many copies of FF and never had an issue with it. I may have to go that route as well - no issue with FF which is what I am on now - my passwords are just to long and crypti...
by majpooper
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: Cannot open Lastpass on Waterfox
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Cannot open Lastpass on Waterfox

I am running Waterfox 56.1.0 (64bit) on LM 18.3 Cinnamon. For some strange reason I cannot open Lastpass - I just get a white triangle under the Lastpass icon. What is stranger is that the first time this happened I removed Lastpass and re-installed it and it worked but when I tried that again - no ...
by majpooper
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Software & Applications
Topic: How many backup kernels to keep, or none at all? [Closed to comment]
Replies: 12
Views: 270

Re: How many backup kernels to keep, or none at all?

I keep the last few more because I am to lazy to delete them - when I do get around to cleaning them out I keep the previous one to the one I am running. I have been on Mint since 2013 and have never had to go back to a previous kernel but keep them anyway - just in case.

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