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01-08-2021-Trending Tech in 2021

Barry discussed the technology that was rumored to be introduced at the January 11-14 virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Due to the pandemic the live show from Las Vegas was cancelled. Click or tap on the link below to view the most innovative technologies from the CES. https://www.pcmag.com/news/technical-excellence-awards-the-most-innovative-products-and-technologies    

12-18-2020 Zoom Holiday Party

Our final meeting of 2020 included lots of sharing of our cool gadgets and gizmos, participation from various APCUG experts (Bob Gosticha, Ron Brown, Judy Taylour, Jere Minich, Bill James and John Kennedy). Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm80wfDjPcA Here are some of the things that were posted in the chat: From Ron Brown : Here are the dates and times for unlimited meetings: 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 30, to 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 2  Zoom will have unlimited on-line for the free version From Ada G : I have a Jabra speaker and I do not know how to make it work. This is not a new gadget so if you do not […]

12/4/20 -Carol’s Tech Tips and Tricks

Carol Freedman presented many great tips to help you get the best out of your computer, iphone or chromebook.  Here are links to the pdf set of notes in the Handouts: https://www.db-cc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Carols-Tips-and-Tricks-Google-Docs-1.pdf  https://www.db-cc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tips-tables-of-shortcut-keys.pdf Here’s some of the things she covered: Windows PC Move taskbar Bring up app from toolbar Copy from one window to another Select text, images using arrows Gaming panel for sound control and screen capture See all open windows and move thru them See Chrome or Gmail history 2.  I phone Make phone 20% louder  Show location Turn off push and fetch Turn off unnecessary notifications Turn off app refresh Turn off auto lock Turn on Magnifier Use space bar as cursor control/track ball 3. Chromebook Search […]

10/09/2020 -Staying Safe and Secure

Bob G updated our info on Avast and gave us a bunch of other useful links. Link to Zoom session on YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFqVpUo13mk He covered the following: Android version to be using Ninite Main Phishing scams and sites Top scams and how to avoid, take action IDTheftCenter.org Avast.com/hackcheck System rollback as superior program MCShield–checks boot sectors; use with antivirus CCleaner and how to use it best password managers new avast programs and features how to lock your computer Omni device for protecting house Tip– don’t do auto renew for avast… search for best price    

2/28/2020 Password Management Made Easy

Carol Freedman’s powerpoint and links from her presentation on Passwords. Powerpoint presentation– PW mgr https://passwords.google.com/  –for accessing your Chrome-saved passwords and checking their strength https://askleo.com/how-do-i-back-up-lastpass/ https://passwordsgenerator.net/ https://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/  Review articles: https://www.cnet.com/news/best-password-managers-for-2020/Really good article with lots of tips, criteria https://www.pcworld.com/article/3207185/best-password-managers-reviews-and-buying-advice.html?sourcePath=pman https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-now-lets-you-log-into-outlook-skype-xbox-live-with-no-password/ https://www.techradar.com/reviews/roboform https://www.cnet.com/how-to/strong-passwords-9-rules-to-help-you-make-and-remember-your-login-credentials/ https://www.techradar.com/best/password-manager https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/password-security-guide/ —lots of good tips and data https://vpnpro.com/password-managers/avast-passwords-review/ https://www.avast.com/en-us/passwords#pc Can add it as extension to chrome May have problems after Win updates and may need patch May have problems synching and also can be a little challenging with cell phones  

2/21/2020 VPNs

Barry presented information on: What VPNs do Why we need a VPN What a VPN can and can’t do Options of VPNs Article—https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-vpn-services Be sure to scroll down to the great article of how to pick a vpn Note that prices are always changing See the section on free vpns Slides from Barry’s presentation can be viewed using the link… VPN_ February 21, 2020



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When will we return to in person classes? I honestly do not know. We will continue biweekly Zoom meetings in November and December 2021.  We will reassess the situation over the holidays.

You won’t want to miss our final Zoom class of 2021 on Friday Dec 17-it will be a Zoom Holiday Party! Details will arrive in your December 13 invitation.

If all goes well, in person classes could resume in our classroom as early as Friday January 7, 2022. 

I will update you as developments warrant.   

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