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Chamber to introduce Seminar and Snack series

January 24, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is ready to offer up a new service to go along with what they normally do.

On Thursday at 11 a.m., the chamber will introduce its "Seminar with Snacks" series at the Chamber of Commerce office at the Shell Factory, in an event Chamber president Lenny Cannova hopes will become a bi-monthly event, with guest speakers and, well, snacks.

"We wanted to offer more value to our members and to the community. Anything we can do to help educate and promote," Cannova said.

The first seminar is "Don't be a Victim" and will feature the Lee County Sheriff's Office. They will talk about credit card fraud, computer fraud and how not to be victimized.

The event will feature light snacks and drinks, with the idea of getting the word out.

Cannova said he hopes the event is successful enough for them to outgrow the office and move it to another location.

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Cannova also said they are still looking for a few more food vendors for the annual Taste of North Fort Myers to be held at the Shell Factory on Feb. 25.

Cannova said they are looking for three more vendors to the dozen they have currently.

They have Country Express already written down again as the entertainment.

As for the Business Leaders' Luncheon at the Shell Factory, the feature speaker was Linda Lindquist, a local computer repair specialist, who discussed what to do when you get malware on your computer.

Lindquist is an expert at finding and killing the malware that can creep in from e-mails and search engines to infect your computer in an attempt to steal your money and identity.

Ransomware is the new trend, where it gets in and locks out all your files. It will sell you a key for 500 Bitcoin for you to get your information back.

However, she said she has taken a more proactive approach to malware, preventing it before it hits. The first thing people can do is to not open unsolicited e-mails or chain e-mails.

Also, ads you see along the side of some legitimate web sites can also be infected. If interested in the ad, it's best to go to the website first.

She also said you should look into other security products as McAfee and Norton only stop about 72 percent of malware. McSoft stops about 98 percent, Lindquist said. Adguard is also a good product.

As far as cellphones are concerned, Lindquist said Apple does a better job than Android in stoping malware, while the newest thing, Dots and Echo, doesn't have the same level of security.

The next Business Leaders Luncheon is Feb. 21 at Heron's Glen.



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