Secure your Devices – Biometrics are Best!

by | Nov 3, 2019

The Senior Tech Club wants to provide information that will help keep you safe online and with your devices.  

One of the tips offered by the National CyberSecurity Alliance to help protect yourself and stay safe online is to make sure you secure your devices 

Here is the recommendation from their StaySafeOnline website. 

Lock your devices, like your tablet and phone: You lock the front door to your house, and you should do the same with your devices. Use strong passphrases or passcodes to lock your tablet and phone. Securing your devices keeps prying eyes out and can help protect your information in case your devices are lost or stolen.

Let’s start with a Passcode
Every iPhone should have a passcode.  A passcode will prevent someone from tacking your iPhone and access your personal data.

Then add Biometrics

All iPhones since the iPhone 5s have offered a biometric security tool.

Touch ID: If your iPhone has a Home button and is an iPhone 5s or newer, you can use a fingerprint to unlock your iPhone.
Face ID:  If you iPhone is an iPhone X or newer, you can use facial recognition to unlock your iPhone.

Using either approach is not only more secure but once you get used to the necessary action, will be faster and more convenient when you need to unlock them.  For example, are have a Kodak moment that you need to capture with your iPhone, Touch ID or Face ID will allow you to capture that moment more quickly.

This week, we offer two Senior Tech Club recipes to help with the setup of your security tools.  Both of these recipes are normally only available to Senior Tech Club members for as our final aide in recognition of National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (October) we will make them available to all.

We want you to secure your devices.  It is a smart tip!

Featured Recipe

Passcodes and Touch ID


The Senior Tech Club, we recommends two basic security approaches for securing your iPhone or iPad: Use a Passcode Set Up Touch ID This recipe will provide the steps to set up, change passcodes and set up Touch ID. ....Continue Reading

Featured Recipe

Face ID


The use of Face ID is recommended for both security and convenience. The setup is easy. This recipe will guide you through the setup and use of Face ID ....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