cyberBOLO

Be on the lookout…

Just ask the CIA…

Don’t panic if you accidentally lock yourself out of your iPhone. Just call the CIA. They have lots of tools for getting into locked iPhones.

The security problem with this is that access to those tools has been hacked and they are now available to hackers all over the world.

Remember - the first part of computer security is not letting the wrong people have access to your computer. If the wrong people get ahold of your computer, it is almost impossible to prevent them from accessing your information, especially if they have access to these CIA tools that just got out in the wild.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/03/new-wikileaks-dump-the-cia-built-thunderbolt-exploit-implants-to-target-macs/

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cyberBOLO

Be on the lookout…

Change your password. Now!

There’s a news story going around that hackers have grabbed millions of iCloud passwords and Apple user accounts and they’re threatening to delete those accounts in a couple of weeks. Apple says there has not been a breach and there isn’t a problem.

I say it would be a good idea to take measures to insure the safety of your account. You should immediately change your iCloud and Apple account passwords and enable two-factor authentication.

Below is a link to the story about this *possible* hacker attack, along with a link to things you can do to safeguard your information. There’s also a link to Consumer Reports’ article, which has a couple of details not in the first story.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/hackers-we-will-remotely-wipe-iphones-unless-apple-pays-ransom

https://www.macobserver.com/tips/how-to/heres-how-to-protect-yourself-icloud-extortionists/

http://www.consumerreports.org/data-theft/apple-customer-data-hacked-from-third-party/

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of the year.

April 2017 17th third Monday
May 2017 15th third Monday
June 2017 19th third Monday

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed great singing, hysterical lyrics, and some serious, ever-so-useful discussion.

At Conrads, lovers vs haters of cucmbers and beets, train doors in Seattle, politics, high-density sleeping quarters in Japan, and chads as confetti made their way around the table. Gautam did not, however.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Who are you and what do you do

At The Sweet Setup:

Every week we try to post a new interview with someone about what software they use on their Mac, iPhone, or iPad. We do these interviews because not only are they fun, but a glimpse into what tools someone uses and how they use those tools can spark our imagination and give us an idea or insight into how we can do things better.

Today’s victim, er, interviewee:

My name is Matthew Guay. I’m a content marketer at Zapier and, since we’re a fully remote team, I work from my home office in Bangkok, Thailand. I also write occasionally on my tech blog, Techinch.

You can catch Matthew’s complete story here: Matthew Guay’s Mac and iPhone setup.

“Back issues” can be found here: Sweet Setup Interviews.

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March 20th General Meeting

 

The History of Apple in Song

Sing along with M… arilyn

Join Marilyn Miller and her trusty Mac for a musical stroll down Apple memory lane. Accompanied by Mac, Marilyn will sing of momentous moments in the Apple saga, with witty songs penned by the irrepressible David Pogue. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

appleCore – Everyone says that iOS and macOS are intuitive and easy to use. If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Although iOS and macOS are easy to use after you’ve learned how to use them, actually learning to use them can be a bit confusing. Often, basic things are not explained because it is assumed that you already know them. We all know that that’s not always the case. So now the SGVAUG presents an on-going series of short talks about the core elements of iOS and macOS so that soon, you’ll be able to tell everyone, “Of course iOS and macOS are intuitively obvious”.

Tonight’s appleCore will discuss how to organize your e-mail into folders and use rules to get your mail to the right place.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a Newer Technologies NuStand Alloy desktop stand for Apple iPad, a WHOOSH! Tech Hygiene Screen Shine, a MyCharge AMP+ 6700 mHa external battery pack with 2 USB Ports (and a built-in wall plug to recharge the battery), and a $25.00 iTunes gift card. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed out on some really cool stuff!

At Conrads, we touched on TV shows appearing on Amazon Prime; kittens playing football; and whether your washing machine might be listening to, and recording, your every word. And Gautam showed up…

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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February 6th General Meeting

CES 2017

CES

All the things new and exciting in the tech world

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. Come take a peek at a sample of the many items found on the show floor this year.

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, a La Crosse Technology alarm clock with two USB charging ports, Creative Stereo headphones, a Matias MiniRizer, and a Bausch + Lomb Clens cleaning system for Apple products. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

Graphic from Andrew Zima

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you can do your own new MacBook Pro research.

At Conrads, pets to the vet, drones in the air, fun with Alexa, and automated cars dominated the conversation.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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January 9th General Meeting

 

MacBook Pro Report

Good stuff to start out the year

Regular Features

Apps & Traps - Our essential monthly feature on interesting new products and services for iOS and OS X, brought to you by Dave Whitby.

appleSTEMs – Warren James presents interesting Apple science, technology, engineering, and math software.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card and an Innergie Power Joy Plus 15W dual USB adapter. Don’t forget: members receive one free ticket for the drawing. Bring a guest and get another free ticket! Support our group and increase your chances of winning some goodies – drawing tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The odds are great that you can be a winner!

The meeting will be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium, at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch at 7:00 p.m. Following the general meeting, we have our informal Meeting after the Meeting at Conrads, 861 E. Walnut St. (at the NW corner of Walnut and Lake).

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