When in Doubt, Throw it Out

by | Oct 25, 2019

It is our #1 security tip.  This comes not only from the Senior Tech Club, but from the National CyberSecurity Alliance where they say,

When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, social media posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.

Let’s start with Email

In 2018, Verizon published some staggering information that identified that 92% of malware is delivered by email.  Our response? 

When in doubt, throw it out. 

If you get an email in your inbox that doesn’t seem right or perhaps seems to good to be true, delete it.



Real Examples from Don’s Junk Mail Box

Your Spam/Junk folder in your Mail app is a scary place.  Most of your major email providers provide spam filtering which will hopefully prevent most of these scams and phishing emails from showing up in your inbox.

However, you have to be on the lookout. 



Text Messages

Our “When in Doubt, Throw it Out” mantra also applies to text messages that you receive in the Messages app.  And with the growth of mobile devices that can receive text messages, the number of bad people focusing on text messages is also growing.  

Here are some tips and recommendations from the Federal Trade Commission (full article) to help you with text message spam:

  • Delete text messages that ask you to confirm or provide personal information: Legitimate companies don’t ask for information like your account numbers or passwords by email or text.
  • Don’t reply, and don’t click on links provided in the message: Links can install malware on your computer and take you to spoof sites that look real but whose purpose is to steal your information.
  • Treat your personal information like cash: Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be used to steal your money or open new accounts in your name. Don’t give them out in response to a text.
  • Place your cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscriber, you can report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original message and forwarding it to the number 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.
  • Review your cell phone bill for unauthorized charges, and report them to your carrier.

Real Examples from Don’s Messages App

How to Throw it Out.

There are two tips when you identify an email that you need to throw out.

Look for the Trash

Apps on your iPhone and iPad will consistently use the Trash icon for your delete action.


Here are examples in three of the apps installed on your iPhone.

You can consistently look for the Trash icon in your apps when you need to Throw it Out.


Delete from a List

In this week’s featured Tip/Nugget, we want to remind you that it is easy to delete mail, messages and more from a list by swiping left on the list item.  Please continue reading below for more details and examples.



Featured Nugget


Many of us like to keep things tidy.  So it is natural that we like to delete old messages, books, emails, notes, reminders and more from our iPhones and iPad. This nugget will uncover a common but hidden delete function that is often available when items are presented in lists.  ....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