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. 

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

The Senior Tech Club is leading two classes in November as part of the St Anthony Senior Tech Time Series.  The Series, now in its third year,  includes Foundation classes for newer users  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  – November  18, 2019 2 – 4 PM – Foundation Class

Stay Connected using your iPhone.  We explore using text messages, email and FaceTime and browsing the Internet with Safari.

St Anthony Senior Tech Time November 20, 2019  2 – 4 PM  Experienced User Class

What’s New with IOS 13.   IOS is the software that run your iPhone and iPad.  This fall we see IOS version 13 was introduced. This class will explore its new features.  

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 13.2.2 – Time to Upgrade

IOS 13.2.2 is the seventh release of IOS 13 and we can now recommend the upgrade for many Senior Tech Club users.  Although there are still users citing concerns, the reports of issues have declined giving us confidence in the release.

There are a number of features in IOS 13 that we like for our community.  One example is the ability to route unknown callers (like robocallers or telemarketers) directly to voicemail.  We will soon be sharing our favorite IOS 13 features.

Eligible iPhones are iPhone 6s and later.

The most important step in the upgrade process is making sure you have a good backup of your iPhone’s data.  Issues are rare but a back also allows you to revert to your existing IOS version without loss of data.

You can learn about upgrade steps in Recipe #014 How to Perform an IOS Software Update

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