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. 

St Anthony Senior Tech Time  – October  2019 Classes for Newer and Experienced Users

The Senior Tech Club is leading two classes in September as part of the St Anthony Senior Tech Time Series.  The Series, now in its third year includes Foundation classes for newer users of iPhones and iPads and an Experienced User class for people who already know the basics of making calls, sending and receiving texts and emails and handling their devices.

St Anthony Senior Tech Time  – October  21, 2019 2 – 4 PM – Foundation Class

Camera and Photos. This class will teach you how to take basic photos and video with the Camera app. We will also learn about the Photos app to manage your photos and organize your photos

St Anthony Senior Tech Time October 23, 2019  2 – 4 PM  Experienced User Class

Beyond Point and Click with your iPhone Camera.

This class explores the advanced features of the Camera and Photos apps including changing exposure, camera modes and functions. Also learn the photo editing capabilities of the Photos app.

For more Information and Registration.  Or call St. Anthony Community Services at 612-706-1166.  Classes are held at the St Anthony, MN Community Center and are a great bargain at $5 per class.  All are welcome.

IOS 13 – Still Waiting for the Dust to Settle

There is a flurry of activity and updates from Apple with the IOS 13 release.  However we are not recommending an IOS 13 update unless you have a new iPhone 11 or “accidentally” upgraded to IOS 13 through Automatic Updates.

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

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