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Internet Security Topic of Rotary Program

January 22, 2019       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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David Neal
David Neal, head of Internet security for Bierlein-Trombley Technologies, spoke to Rotary about the darker side of the internet and how "bad guys" find a way into your computer. In an era of spammers and hackers, the talk defined some terms users often hear and talked about some of the ways a computer can be compromised.

To set the stage, Neal defined the often heard terms WAN (wide area network) as the world outside your office, and LAN (Local area network) as the world inside your office. The demarcation between the two is often a device like a router or a firewall. He went on to define MALWARE (malicious software) as the active ingredient that causes users so much grief.

To illustrate how pervasive attacks can be, Neal said that he recently turned his internal firewall off for a short period of time and recorded all of the outside attempts to access his machines. He showed page after page of attempts to get in before he re-established that front door defense.

There are many types of MALWARE "out there". Some like "ADWARE" are fairly harmless although terribly annoying. "BOTS" is a small program you might actually want to automate tasks you frequently do. On the other hand, "BOTS" is also a tool used by hackers to make your machine a tool to do things you definitely do NOT want.

"ROOTKITS" can embed themselves in the soul of your machine and basically take over. "RANSOMWARE" is a relatively new threat that locks up your machine and asks you to pay a ransom. (Don't do it... call someone for help! Most importantly, keep regular backups of all important files and data.) "SPYWARE" hides on your machine and reports your activity and keystrokes to someone outside.

In many cases, you won't know that you have been infected. Neal listed a number of symptoms you should be aware of. These include increased CPU usage, slowing performance, problems connecting to networks, freezing or crashing, programs running or turning off or reconfiguring themselves. In general, be aware of strange behavior.

There are a number of good practices that help keep your computer safe. Keep your software and operating system up to date. Allow those automatic updates to run. Log out at the end of the day. Use good passwords, use a good antivirus, etc. Most importantly, just don't visit sketchy sites on the internet. And NEVER CLICK offers that look too good, or that look suspicious.


The February 12 Board Meeting
will be held a week later

February 19, 2019 before the regular meeting.

The Chamber of Commerce will be holding it's State of the Community program at the Doubletree on February 12, the same time as the Rotary Meeting. Since many members want to attend that meeting, the Board decided to cancel the regular Tuesday Rotary meeting and postpone the monthly Board meeting. Anyone who attends the Chamber event can turn in a Rotary Makeup for the meeting.

A note to all members. Dues invoices for the January to June term have been e-mailed. Please take care of this as soon as possible. If you did NOT receive our invoice, please contact the secretary.

In the day's "Rotary Foundation Minute", new member Chanda Swartz noted that when she volunteered to speak, she didn't really know much about the traditions, programs, and history of Rotary. So she went to the web and did some research. Later when driving with several other realtors she mentioned polio and Rotary, none of those men knew what that was. Chanda educated them but was also struck by how her generation really didn't know about polio. And a lot of that is due to the efforts of Rotary. She said that Rotary is an authentic, dedicated organization that helps people who need help. "If you serve society, you are doing good."


February 12, 2019: Chamber of Commerce State of the Community program. Rotary Cancelled
Instead of the regular meeting on Feb 12, the club will hold a CLUB SOCIAL at the City Market from 6pm to 8pm. See the sign-up sheet at upcoming meetings.

February 19, 2019: Board Meeting (Postponed from February 12)
    11:00, prior to the regular meeting.
    Everyone welcome.

Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at )

January 29, 2019: Dow Bay Area Family YMCA. Jim Vietti will talk about the Y's facility expansion and community programs.

February 12, 2019: MEETING CANCELLED.
Board meeting postponed a week.
Members who attend the Chamber of Commerce State of the Community event may request a make-up.
Instead of the regular meeting on Feb 12, the club will hold a CLUB SOCIAL at the City Market from 6pm to 8pm. See the sign-up sheet at upcoming meetings.

February 19, 2019: Community Advancement Network . Beth Sorenson-Prince will talk about the programming provided by the Network, what is capacity building and why it is vital for our communities and how strengthening our mission-driven organizations improves our communities as a whole. Also, how to connect to the Network!

Rotary is an intimate affiliation of carefully selected business and professional people,
having as its objective the promotion of high ethical standards in private, commercial
and civic life, and dedicated to the ideal that the basis of all worthy endeavor is unselfish service.

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Stephen Kent

Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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