Red Alert! Red Alert!! {Emergency Security Update}

Had you heard?

Apple Issues Emergency Security Update

YouTube video

MacRumor’s Juli Clover provides a concise piece: Apple Releases iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 With Security Updates

Make haste! Do not delay! Get your iDevices and Watches updated NOW.

Thanks to Dave Whitby for the heads-up and the YouTube link!

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Tech Check!

The September General meeting is coming up!

As we did last month, we’re meeting on Zoom and all you need is your computer or device, and the Zoom app. If you’re planning to attend on your device, download Zoom from the respective app store. If your computer is your choice, download the Zoom client.

The meeting itself will be from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, as usual (Monday, 20 September). However, since Zoom is such a new and different thing, Chris Keller will be hosting Tech Check before the meeting, starting at 6:30 pm. He’ll be answering questions, offering advice, and doing his best to make sure everybody has a grand time!

Presuming you have Zoom downloaded, PYBT: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7266439791?pwd=eE9nNVJpSTRzMkIvcVU5ZXlzZUF4UT09. You’ll also need the following bits of data:

Meeting ID: 726 643 9791
Password: 377070

When you arrive, you’ll be in the waiting room; Chris will open the door to the meeting room from there.

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Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing

Zooming
We are, once again, meeting on Zoom. It’s worked pretty well so far, best we can tell (if you attended, or tried to, and didn’t have a good time, please let us know).

If you’ve not been with us recently, or you’re planning to use another device, you’ll need to re/download the Zoom app.

On the iOS side of the house, you can use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has iOS 8.0 or later. To download the client from the App Store, PYBT: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307.

On the Android side of the house, PYBT: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings. And that’s all I know about that. If anyone has suggestions or corrections, by all means, let me know!

On the Mac and Windows (and Unix/Linux?) side of the house, proceed directly to the Zoom Download Center, https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting, and click the Download button.

When meeting time comes, PYBT (on your preferred machine): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7266439791?pwd=eE9nNVJpSTRzMkIvcVU5ZXlzZUF4UT09.

In case you get asked (you shouldn’t, but you know how that goes, some days…), here are the login credentials:
   Meeting ID: 726 643 9791
   Password: 377070

(Re)Joining and the Drawing
As you may have noticed in the meeting post, the drawing is back! We’ll be using the same ticket-drawing routine as we did in person, but the payment method will be a little different.

We’ll be using Apple Pay now. You’ll be sending funds to our intrepid treasurer, Mo! (as it used to be said, Go see Mo!), and they’ll make their way to the group from there.

If you’re on an Android phone, or don’t use Apple Pay for whatever reason, you can use Google Pay or Zelle.

Ticket prices have not changed: $1.00 for one, or $5.00 for six.

And yes, if you are joining us, or re-upping your membership, Go see Mo!! Dues are still $30.00 for the year.

To get ready to make payments on your iOS device, there are two steps: Set up Apple Cash and learn how to send money with Apple Pay:

Set up Apple Cash: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207886.

Send money with Apple Pay: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207875. The number to which you’ll be sending the payment will be made available at the meeting.

Stay tuned for Google Pay and Zelle recommendations.

Depending on the source of the prizes, they may be physical, they may be electronic. If electronic, give/e-mail Mo! the e-mail address you’d like the info to be sent. If physical, we can either mail it or deliver it; you choose and, again, get the preferred address to Mo!

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What Was That I Said About the Meeting?

 
Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. PYB directly to:

Ransomeware and Malware, Continued

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Did You Know?

It’s Official: Apple’s iPhone 13 Event Is Sept. 14

Thanks to Dave Whitby for the link!

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Red Alert! Red Alert!! {Pasadena Library Update}

From the City of Pasadena’s Web site:

CITY ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY DUE TO SEISMIC SAFETY ISSUES

On Monday, May 3, the City of Pasadena Building Official ordered the closure of Pasadena Central Library, located at 285 E. Walnut St, until further notice. View the order. In-person library services recently resumed on a part-time basis following the county’s move into the less-restrictive orange tier. However, a recent structural assessment conducted as part of the scope of work for the Central Library Building Systems and Structural Assessment Capital Improvement Project revealed that most of the building is comprised of unreinforced masonry (URM) bearing walls that support concrete floors and walls.

The Board had been hoping to be able to start public General Meetings soon, back at the library, but fortune does not seem to be smiling on that at the moment.

Never fear; we will be continuing our Zoom meetings. We are actively researching substitute/replacement locations, so we’ll be ready to open the doors as soon as we are able.

For the complete report on the library, PYBT on the link above.

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September 20th General Meeting

Ransomware and Malware, Continued

In this day and age, you can’t be too safe.

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension of psychology and software…

Ransomware, Malware, Phishing, and dangers of computing online…

Security of your System and data isn’t something you do once, it’s a way of thinking. We’ll present an overview of the key concerns and the key things you can do before and after to get and keep your systems and your data safe. To get you in the mood, here are three horror stories that might just keep you up at night…

User gets a text thinks it’s from their employer and sends their driver’s license front and back.

User enters their e-mail credentials in a phishing site and within 12 hours their ms365 account has been hacked and has sent over 300 additional Phishing messages.

User clicks on a link without due care and their computer and their company’s server becomes encrypted by Ransomware.

Next stop: the Security Zone…

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.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, an NXT 5,000 mAh Power Bank, a 3D-printed Tentacles Stand, a gently-used hardback copy of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, and a mystery iTunes gift card. Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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Were You at the Meeting Last Night?

If not, you’re way behind on computer/device security. Shame on you!

At the Meeting after the Meeting, lots of security issues, various cell services, turning off 5G on iPhones, what 5G E service is, camera lenses on iPhones, cell service silliness, SIM cards & service, 1password, and AT&T store in Cardiff is what kept us busy.

That’s my story; I’m sticking to it!

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Upcoming Meeting Dates

 
As I’m sure y’all have heard by now, the Pasadena Library is closed to the public until further notice. Never fear, we are planning to keep holding general meetings. As of now, they will follow our long-standing schedule, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

We will be conducting the meetings on-line, using Zoom. The Zoom client is available for Mac and Windows (via your browser) and iOS and Android (on their respective stores). PYBT to download the client for your computer: Zoom client.

The meeting link and password will be posted closer to meeting time in the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post. Keep your eyes peeled.

The Meeting after the Meeting is also virtual (for now). We stick around in the Zoom chat room after the General meeting and have at it!

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August 16th General Meeting

Security and Privacy: Protecting Your Computer from Ransomware, and other Privacy Issues

Security. Privacy. You gotta keep up with ’em or you know where you’ll end up…

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.

Apple News & Updates

Q&A

Our rewarding Monthly Prize Drawing includes a $25.00 iTunes gift card, NXT screen cleaning travel wet wipes, a large Apple Pasadena t-shirt (from store reopening), a Vivitar Privacy camera lens cover, a 3D-printed tentacle iPad stand, and a mystery iTunes gift card. Be on the lookout, on the Web site, for the Zooming, (Re)Joining, Drawing post, which will have the all gory details on how the drawing (among other things) should work.

The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. The gory details have arrived: Tech Check!

The Meeting after the Meeting is back with us. Hang on in Zoom, after the General meeting, and chat with everyone!

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