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UniForum Chicago: Real or Fake?

  • Jan 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus


UniForum Chicago is proud to announce the topic for the January 28, 2014 General meeting: "Real or Fake?" by David Young.

Our meetings are free and open to the public and begin promptly at 7pm at the IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton, IL.  Additional information regarding this presentation can be found at

Hope to see you there!


Last September, our company fell victim to a Trojan Horse that was unleashed into the company's network. Our IT department routinely gets requests by our user community to inspect questionable emails.  This time was no exception.  Unfortunately, Fred (not his real name) did not believe IT and decided to open the email's attachment anyway.

How confident are you at identifying fake, scam or malware infected emails? How many times have you had difficulty figuring out if a message is real or some kind of scam?  Would you be a Fred?

Hear the story of what happened, and why you are always the last line of defense.  This presentation will show you how to SAFELY analyze a message and become a pro so that you can identify these bad emails. It's not that hard.  It doesn't matter if you're a novice or power user, you don't wan to miss this special presentation.

Learn the tips and tricks, and test your new skills by being quizzed with some real examples.

Once we have finished, we will adjourn to nearby Cozymel's Mexican restaurant for food and drinks.


David J. Young has over 21 years experience as a programmer, systems, network and database administrator. He is currently the IT Director at National Cycle, a world leader in motorcycle windshield and accessories manufacturing. It is his ideal job. It combines computers and motorcycling; two of his life-long passions. When he's not on a computer, he's usually exploring a US or European twisty backroad on a motorcycle, or aggressively slicing through the trees in Michigan on a dirt bike.

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  • sharan

    Hello @David Young: did you get my message?

    October 30, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello All,

    "Fake" = 1871

    Everyone will agree with that !


    1 · January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      $9,490,000,000 LOSS for Google in selling Motorola's Mobile Division to China = a reflection of Chicago! 1871 lost $1,300,000 due to their "We're better than you attitude" and you guessed it, I hear the City of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, paid off that debt from those " Best of the Best " as they would LIE to themselves PUBLICLY.
      Not to mention, that which the beloved/belated Ron May stated was 100% on POINT:
      The May Report: 8/24/2012: 19 people shot in one night in Chicago ... › Archive‎
      Aug 24, 2012 - does anyone believe for a nano-second that 1871 would exist were it not ... what 1871 company has come up with truly disruptive technology?

      N O T H I N G ! So when I saw the title of this meetup as " Real or Fake?" I instantly thought of 1871 who, if you ask people on the sidelines, all will agree, has been embarassing the Chicago Tech industry since it opened it doors!

      January 30, 2014

    • Sid B.

      Yes, Google lost this many dollars but they kept all the patents which is what they really wanted in the first place...

      January 30, 2014

  • Sid B.

    Only reason for four stars instead of five was that I couldn't read the quiz emails. Maybe next time put them up on the web so they can be read during/before the presentation. Otherwise it was a great presentation.

    January 30, 2014

  • Wayne S.

    Very well put together presentation on the security considerations of email and how to prevent or at least reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim

    January 29, 2014

  • John R.

    Really informative and engaging. Sample web, email, and terminal screens often were hard to read be because of the small font, occasionally color.

    January 29, 2014

  • Joseph S.

    I agree with sharan! This is a presentation every company should require!

    January 28, 2014

  • sharan

    Excellent presentation, learned a few new tricks spammers/phishers use.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Daryl M.

    Maybe we should switch the topic to
    Superconductors at extreme low temperatures. ;-)

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Jon E.

    Sorry, today's inclement weather prevents me from attending.

    January 28, 2014

  • Ken S.

    Had to reschedule a family birthday dinner. I won't be able to attend this meeting after all.

    January 27, 2014

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