Across The Board – February
2nd Vice President
|Special thanks to all of our TVAUG membership for your support of the officers of TVAUG. All present officers were re-elected in January for two more years.|
All officers and Advisory Board members are volunteers. They spend many hours volunteering for the various functions of the club.
The Advisory Board is currently at capacity, but we are always in need of presenters. If you would like to be a presenter on any Apple-related topic, please let me know. You do not need to be an expert. We will assist you in making the presentation.
There have been a number of recent upgrades to all Apple devices.
Make sure you have the current operating system(s) and remember -- back up your data!!
|January brought security updates and security concerns with our devices. It wasn’t just Apple. Our PC friends face the same issues. Meltdown and Spectre are now part of our tech vocabulary. So it is a good time to think about keeping our devices secure. |
It starts with good passwords. Don’t use the same password anywhere. Make them unique and complex. I know that isn’t convenient. Then use a password manager program. Change them every few months. Really. You won’t remember them. This takes work but is worth it.
Do security updates for your Mac and iOS devices. There was one last week. The OS update covered more than High Sierra users. There were updates for Sierra and El Capitan.
Turn on the firewall under Security and Privacy in the OS System Preferences. It can’t hurt.
Consider anti-virus software. Anti-malware and spyware software is out there.
And finally, watch where you go on the internet. Be sure any downloads are trustworthy, legitimate sites. Don’t follow popups for updates. Go to the source site not a third party link.
There is a free program for Macs called Malwarebytes. There is also a paid version. You just have to look for it. They want to sell you their suite of product. That is how they make money. The one with the 30-day trial is not the free one.
|With all the new updates to all Apple products, it would be a great idea to update your product status. Login to our Membership area and update your changes.|
The best way for members to renew their membership is to use the online process here. That frees us up at meetings to register new members and give out pickups in a timely manner.
A lost name badge has a $2 replacement fee. You must have your member’s badge and it needs to be an up-to-date membership to be eligible for the gift card drawing.
"Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. “ -- Stewart Brand
|As you members may have noticed, I write three to five email notices to you each month. These usually refer to an upcoming meeting but may include just about anything that the board members feel club members should know about.|
Writing these messages requires me to perform another task. I have to keep my mailing list up to date with the mailing service we use. That simply means whenever a new member joins the club I get a notice and I add the name and email address to our list.
You may think this is a minor routine task and normally I would agree with you. But this is not a normal club. This the Apple User Group. We don’t do things at a normal pace. Since December, when it was time to start opening Christmas gifts, I have added 70 new names and addresses to our list. For many clubs that would be the work of a full year or more.
All I can say is...
“Welcome New Members!”
Join TVAUG’s Google Group
Members help members online with Apple related questions and problem solving for their Apple devices, using email through TVAUG’s private Google Group.
How do I join?
Open our home page, tvaug.org. In the menu bar, select “Google Group”.
Follow the easy step-by-step PDF instructions, and you’re all set.
(Please note the reminder of topics not acceptable.)
The club’s private Google Group is one of the most valuable
advantages of membership in TVAUG.