There is NO Topic More Important than your Online Safety

by | Oct 3, 2019

Our community is often targeted by bad people.  The bad people we are talking about include scammers, hackers, phishers, and distributors of badware.  We want to fight back and we want to enlist your help.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Held every October, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of online safety and to ensure that all Americans have the education and resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

The Senior Tech Club is an NCSAM Champion.  We are committed to helping you stay safe.   We will use the month of October to focus our weekly News and Nuggets email on topics and conversations that will help stay safe and secure online.  We will do this  as you continue to build your skills and confidence with your devices.  Every week in October we will share a tip, a nugget or information that will help keep you safe.

Keep a Clean Machine

Keeping your internet-connected devices free from malware and security holes makes the internet safer for you and more secure for everyone.There are several recommendations that come from the National Cyber Security Alliance on their StopThinkConnect.org site under the theme, Keep a Clean Machine.  

Here are two important recommendations for our community of iPhone and iPad users:  

1.  Keep your Software up to date.  With your iPhones and iPads, this means that you should try to keep your IOS (the software that runs your phone) updated to the latest practical version.  At the Senior Tech Club, we like to be practical about this.  We don’t encourage our community to be among the first to update to the latest version.  But after the dust settles, we encourage you to complete your updates.  We dedicate a page on our website to the latest recommendation.  This is our first featured nugget of this week’s email.

2.  Remove Unused Apps.  We recognize that with your iPhones, there is an app for everything.  Sometimes you install apps that you may not use or use only temporarily, for example an app used on a vacation.  It’s a good plan to keep your machine clean by removing unused app.  Our second featured nugget of the week will show you how.  

Our Recommendations to help you Keep a Clean Machine 

  • Update IOS Software
  • Remove Unused Apps

Featured Nugget #1

 

Featured Nugget #2

 

This Nugget provides a step-by-step review of the process to delete apps from your device. ....Continue Reading

News & Events

Here are news and events on the Senior Tech calendar for the coming weeks.  Reply to this email if you want more information. 

IOS & iPadOS 13.3 – Recommended

IOS 12.4.4 for Older Devices – Recommended.

There was a flurry of IOS and iPadOS updates on December 10 and after letting the marketplace test it, we now recommend these updates.

Also, with the release this fall of iPadOS specifically for the iPad, we wanted to update our IOS Version Recommendation page so that you can see all of the current recommendations without having to scroll down several pages.

The current recommendations can be found on tabs.

You can always learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

2020 Focus on Learning

The Senior Tech Club is all about learning and helping older adults master their technology.  With the new year, Senior Tech Club members will be able to participate in our 2020 Focus on Learning program.   2020 Focus will help you learn through a personalized plan delivered with email.  Stay tuned for more details!

January 2020 Events & Classes

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for the month of January along with links where you can receive more information.

Woman’s Club of Minneapolis – January 7 – 1-3 pm Drop in Q&A Session

Woman’s Club Members can bring their iPhone or Android questions to the January 7 Drop-in Q&A Session.  More information is available on the Woman’s Club website.

Senior Tech Time – St Anthony Community Services January 13 2-4 pm

iPhone App to Help you Live your Life.  Topics cover  those iPhone & iPad apps that help you stay connected and effective including Contacts, Calendar, Notes & Reminders.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

Senior Tech Time – St Anthony Community Services January 15 2-4 pm

Android Essentials – Covering topics like managing your phone, simplifying your home screen, silencing the ringer, making phone calls and basic text messaging.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

 

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