Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
We have confirmed the meeting schedule with the library until the middle of next year. Please note that the January and February meeting do not fall on the third Monday of their respective months.

June 2017 19th third Monday
July 2017 17th third Monday
August 2017 21st third Monday
September 2017 18th third Monday
October 2017 16th third Monday
November 2017 20th third Monday
December 2017 18th third Monday
January 2018 8th second Monday
February 2018 5th first Monday
March 2018 19th third Monday
April 2018 16th third Monday
May 2018 21st third Monday
June 2018 18th third Monday

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you missed a serious audience-driven discussion on computer/device security.

At Conrads, Chicago, current/modern movies, and the state of entertainment in Pasadena floated around.

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 Jowanza Joseph, and I’m a software engineer at OneClickRetail, a business intelligence company based out of Salt Lake City. I’m also an active blogger on my website, and I write a weekly newsletter about photography, technology, and cool internet content.

You can catch Jowanza’s complete story here: Jowanza Joseph’s Mac and iOS setup.

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

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cyberBOLO

Be on the lookout…

Three New Threats!

Today we have three new iOS/macOS cyber threats that have been discovered out in the wild.  Or in other words… about 30 seconds worth of Android malware adventures.

 
Handbrake gets hacked

Popular video format converter Handbrake was recently hacked. Downloading the hacked copy will cause all sorts of mischief on your computer. For more information about this threat and how to deal with it checkout the link below.

https://www.macobserver.com/news/psa-video-converter-handbrake-compromised-malware/

 
 
Russian-backed Windows malware gets ported to the macOS

Be very careful if you use Flash- but why would you want to use such a festering pit of bugs and malware? There is a bit of malware that does a good job of pretending to be an update for Flash but it really is just a delivery mechanism for a variety of security exploits. Originally a Windows-only bit of malware, the authors have now ported it to macOS. Information about this exploit and how do deal with it can be found at the links below.

And remember - never ever do an update for any software that does not come directly from the company that made it. 

https://www.macobserver.com/news/russian-backed-flash-trojan-ported-macos/

https://9to5mac.com/2017/05/05/windows-backdoor-malware-disguises-itself-as-adobe-flash-on-macos/

 
 
Nasty Mac malware bypasses Gatekeeper

Those malware developers keep getting smarter. One of them has gotten ahold of a valid Mac developers certificate and they are using that to get their malware past Gatekeeper. This is serious. Check out the link below to find out more about this threat and how to avoid it.

https://9to5mac.com/2017/04/28/mac-malware-dok/

 
 
Be careful out there – there’s lots of snakes hiding in the grass.

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cyberBOLO

Be on the lookout…

Aren’t you glad you don’t use Android?

 
And now for something completely different.

Here’s a report that shows that there are something like 8,400 new Android malware instances every day, i.e., one every 10 seconds! Keep that in mind when you get an announcement of a new Mac/iOS malware threat perhaps once per week. And when people ask you why you use an expensive iPhone rather than an inexpensive Android phone, you now have the definitive answer.

More information at the link below.

Stay safe out there.

https://www.macobserver.com/analysis/antivirus-firm-claims-theres-new-android-malware-every-10-seconds/

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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 Jordan McMahon, and I’m a personal trainer by day, but spend most of my time as a freelance writer. I’m currently publishing weekly articles on how I’ve used technology to overcome my struggles with ADHD on Medium.

You can catch Jordan’s complete story here: Jordan McMahon’s Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup.

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

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May 15th General Meeting

 

An Introduction to iCloud

Not a cloud in the sky! Where’s my data??

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”.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 amazon.com gift card, an Insigna 2400 mAh mobile battery, and Joe Kissell’s e-book, Take Control of iCloud. 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 a most informative Safari and lots of great Q&A.

At Conrads, discussions including Cheers and Final Jeopardy; the library’s sound system; boots and the Titanic; Saturn’s moon, Pan, and Cassini; Wally’s invention on Dilbert; and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen were heard around the tables.

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:

I’m Stephen Biggerstaff, a freelance iOS Developer from sunny Scotland.

You can catch Stephen’s complete story here: Stephen Biggerstaff’s Mac and iOS setup.

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

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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 Steve Cholette, and I am a full-time Fire Fighter/Paramedic for a suburb city near Detroit, Michigan. I have been an Apple fanatic for quite some time and I use my setup for home/hobbies.

You can catch Steve’s complete story here: Steve Cholette’s Mac, iPhone, and Watch setup.

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

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