APCUG 2017 Fall Virtual Technology Conference (VTC26)

The Fall VTC will be held on Saturday, November 4. A preview of topics to be covered is below. Register at: http://bit.ly/apcug-fall-2017-vtc-eventbrite


1:00 PM ET

Tips for Staying Safe Online and Preventing Identity Theft
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist

Learn to use the tools that make visiting the Internet safe and enjoyable. It really isn’t important what you use to get to the Internet.

  • It’s important to use the right tools once you get there
  • It’s important to exercise caution when visiting the Internet
  • It’s important to avoid the dangers found on the Internet

This presentation will cover the dos and don’ts and what you need to know to stay safe on your devices (computer – Windows and Mac, tablets and Smartphones) and the Internet

Bob Gostischa Bio

2:00 PM ET

Internet Camouflage Using VPN
How to Use VPN As Your Cloak of Invisibility When Accessing the Internet
Joe Melfi, D-Link

How do we keep the curious and the devious from seeing our activity while using the Internet?  We all have critical information like passwords and account logins that we don’t want to be known, some info we consider private, or we simply don’t want anything to be seen by others because it’s nobody’s business.  It’s our data, our conversations, and only those we grant permission should see that data.  You may have heard that your web surfing and emails could be vulnerable to snooping.  It may be easier than most people know, especially when using public Wi-Fi!  We’ll discuss the best way to help make your data unreadable and untraceable – by implementing VPN.


  • Anyone in public… Free/Paid Wi-Fi at coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, hotels, etc.
  • Mobile users and travelers that may need to use unfamiliar networks
  • Home users for security and privacy


  • Focus on VPN solutions
  • How it works
  • Types available
  • Apps and software
  • Devices and hardware
  • Free versus pay options
  • Caveats and compromises (nothing is perfect)

3:00 PM ET

iOS 11 Tips & Tricks
Jere Minich, Program Chair, Lake-Sumter Computer Society

iOS 11 has many more custom options than usual and many of them are first-rate. Jere will show us how to tailor some of these options to meet our needs.

Jere Minich Bio


1:00 PM ET

Hands-on LibreOffice Demo
John Kennedy, Chair, Teaching Program / Webmaster, East-Central Ohio Technology User’s Club

Free software – it’s all about sharing. John (otherwise known as Free-John) will be sharing the flagship productivity suite called LibreOffice. This piece of software has all the components (and a couple extras) that another major software company has, that is widely used in business. He will take us on a hands-on tour of the different sub-programs LibreOffice has and hopefully you discover a free program that has all the features you would need in a productivity suite.

John Kennedy Bio

2:00 PM ET

Google Photos
Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer and Technology Club

Stats – 1B users; 1.2B photos uploaded each day. And, it’s FREE. It’s like a shoe box full of photos but you can easily find a specific photo. Since we now take most of our photos with our phone, it’s designed for mobile first but can also be used with our computer. It’s easy-to-use with unlimited storage. Do you need a backup strategy? How to sync them? Who can see my photos? How do they get archived after death? All these topics and more will be covered in Ron’s presentation. As well as a hands-on demo.

Ron Brown Bio

3:00 PM ET

Voice Operated Assistants
Greg Skalka, President, Under the Computer Hood UG

What’s new in technology? First it was the Cloud and now it’s Voice Operated Assistants = the future is here! Voice operated assistants like Amazon Echo, Dot and Tap and Google Home are here to help us with automated tasks and more. Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant also help us with our technology.

  • What can they do?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How about the dark side?

Greg Skalka Bio