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#91625 RM Security While on the Net

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 11 November 2018 - 09:37 AM in Discussion

You are worrying unnecessarily. Trebor22 is correct in suggesting that the risk is equal whether you whether RootsMagic is in use or not while you are connected to the internet. Indeed, I suspect that almost all of us use RootsMagic while connected without harmful results. And you seem to be maintaining a desirable level of security.

#91612 RM Security While on the Net

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 09 November 2018 - 06:04 PM in Discussion

Your database isn't "online," or shouldn't be. It's a file on your machine. To attack it a hacker would have to control your machine, probably through a virus or "Trojan" actually running in your machine. This kind of malware can be inserted into a machine from a flash drive or by accessing a malicious web site. Those are the ways that the infamous "ransomware" can get into your machine. Your defenses against these intrusions are the built-in firewall and regular scans by Windows Defender or other anti-malware programs.


The defenses are incomplete if one accesses unknown web sites or falls for any of the all-too-common scams. For example, words to the effect of "Microsoft has detected malware (or computer problem). Click here to remedy." NEVER "click here" unless you're dealing with a known and legitimate web site.


One of the chief means of getting people to malicious sites is by an e-mail which purports to come from a friend. The malware has somehow gotten into a friend's e-mail list and sends out something like "John thinks you'd be interested in this." The web address you're asked to click on is completely unknown to you. Don't do it!


A little prudence can go a long way.


Should your browser come up with some kind of scam message don't click on anything. Go to the task manager, highlight the browser program and click on "End task." Then run a full system scan, first with your anti-virus program and then with the free download version of Malwarebytes. I keep Malwarebytes on my machine so I don't have to try to download it while under assault.


Hackers are much more likely to be after bigger game than your RootsMagic files. The best way to protect yourself is to maintain a full backup set on an external device which isn't always connected to your computer and to an external site -- i.e., not your home. I periodically send a flash drive with a full system backup to my son who lives a hundred miles away. Were my house to burn down the data would still be protected -- if the rascal can remember where he stowed it.


Some people use a cloud service like Dropbox for their backup files. I don't care for them myself, but many do.

#91590 Demands registration key anew

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 06 November 2018 - 01:44 PM in Discussion

>>> I want somebody to answer the telephone. <<<


Yes, and I want to win the lottery and to see peace in the Middle East in my lifetime -- all just as likely. It must be a corollary of Murphy's Law that any paid activity that can be done by a machine will be.

#91471 Character set compatability RM7 & TNG

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 26 October 2018 - 08:52 AM in Issues


I'm not sure that the Notepad save option is going to do anything useful. Does it even recognise that the GEDCOM is UTF-8? It is in plain text with a tag:


The Notepad trick worked with TMG -- I no longer recollect whether it was an import or export which was giving the problem. It's true that the Notepad save won't change the CHAR designation in the GEDCOM, but that can be done manually if necessary.


I'm pretty sure that Notepad will save in the designated character set, whatever the state of the input file.

#91446 Character set compatability RM7 & TNG

Posted by robertjacobs0 on 24 October 2018 - 02:31 PM in Issues

A GEDCOM can be edited to change the character encoding. RM7 seems to export in UTF-8. If TNG wants something else, open the GEDCOM in Notepad, click file/save as. At the bottom of the save dialog you'll see a button which offers UTF-8, ANSI, Unicode and Unicode big endian. Choose your poison and save, either with the existing file name or a new one. Your data will be unaffected.


If I were guessing, I'd try Unicode first.