Our new help Forum has been up and running smoothly since May 29th and now has about 250 members. But that is less than a third of our total membership. Since our in-person Help sessions at Saddlebrook have been canceled until at least this Fall, we have put in place an online Help meeting as part of our TVAUG Tuesdays on the 4th Tuesday of every month (see our Meetings here).
But even after we get back together with all our in-person meetings at Saddlebrook, that is only 4 meetings per month.
Your Forum is available as a resource
ALL day – EVERY day!
And it’s easy to join and use! Instructions for joining are here and there is a recorded presentation from June 9th here that describes its use. If you are not currently a member of our forum, you are missing out on a great resource for help and information. So why aren’t YOU a member yet?
While Macs tend to be more secure than their Windows counterparts, this doesn’t mean they’re invincible. As Apple’s share of the computer market has grown over the years, hackers have placed an increased emphasis on targeting these devices. If you’re using a Mac, you need to be extra careful.
Keeping your Mac secure requires some attention to detail, but most of the advice is pretty simple and straightforward. Here are a few of the leading steps you can take:
1. Create a Non-Admin Account for Everyday Use
With each yearly major update of iOS, Apple tightens the screws on apps and services that seek to violate your privacy in order to turn a buck. This year is no different, with several very visible new features to help you better understand and control how your data is accessed.
With iOS 13, Apple introduced major changes to location tracking, Safari tracking protections, and the Sign in with Apple feature, among others. You might think your iPhone and iPad already do a great job of protecting your personal data, but there’s apparently plenty more Apple can do, because the privacy features of iOS 14 are numerous and substantial (they’re duplicated in iPadOS 14, too). Here are the highlights:
Shortly after the milestone releases, Apple has made available its first downloadable updates for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch bringing each up to iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1 and tvOS 14.0.1.
The updates can be installed on the iPhone and iPad via the usual update processes. While it can be set to run automatically, a manual update can be performed on the iPhone and iPad by opening the Settings app, selecting General, then Software Update.
Apple typically offers an update shortly after its major releases, which generally consists of performance improvements, bug fixes, and sometimes features missing from the original release. It appears that this update fixes a bug related to default mail and browser apps resetting after a device restart.
Apple published iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 on September 16, alongside watchOS 7.
On Wednesday, September 16 Apple made iOS 14 for the iPhone, iPad OS14, Watch OS7, and Apple TV OS available to the public. So whether to upgrade is weighing the risks and rewards. There could be some bugs that need updating. Based on personal experience, in my case everything went smoothly. I updated all of my devices.
There are some things to consider before jumping in and going for it. As far as the iPhone and iPad go if it was running iOS13 or iPad OS 13 it can handle the update. Secondly, make sure there is enough space on the device. You may need to do some pruning.
This happened to me on a previous Watch update. I had to do some deleting.
It is smart to do an iCloud backup of your iPhone and iPad before proceeding. You can also do a second backup to your Mac or PC. Things could happen during the download. Give the downloads and install time. The time of day can affect the download duration. The Watch upgrade was slow.
Next month our October 6 Zoom meeting we will look a features in iOS 14 and iPad OS14.
Are you completely new to Zoom? Perhaps you’ve never used it before or are still somewhat uncomfortable with your way around it. In either case, here is a nice little 6-minute YouTube video to get you started. Cozy Step-by-Step Guide to Using Zoom Pull up to the fire and get a warm-fuzzy…
After watching this video you should have no excuse for not joining us in our regular TVAUG Tuesdays meetings that we have a 1:30pm every week.
There is a new book just released this week in the Take Control series called Take Control of Zoom Essentials. I did say FREE! It isn’t as comprehensive as his other Zoom book but is a good starting point for many. It is available in a few formats such as PDF or as an ePub. You can view on your computer or iPad.
Zoom became the online tool that everyone suddenly needed to master for school, work, and social life. This free Take Control book is here to help. Take Control of Zoom Essentials gets you quickly up to speed, including installing a Zoom app or using Zoom in a browser if you haven’t yet done so. It takes you through setup of your hardware, physical space, and Zoom apps, and teaches you to be an effective participant in meetings, including sharing your screen. This short, free book will make you an intermediate Zoom user in hours, without frustration.
How do you find it? Just follow the link. https://www.takecontrolbooks.com/zoom-essentials/