Monthly Meeting:
Online Safety

Guest Speaker, Justine Bykowski at 10 am

May 18th, 2019

Full meeting - 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM 

At our usual location:

NEW Center

1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor 


Guest speaker, Justine Bykowski, who works with the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, will discuss how to protect your devices, money and personal information while online. Throughout her career she has developed and taught educational programs for older adults in different phases of life and different  circumstances. Recently retired from the University of Michigan Health System's Housing Bureau for Seniors, her work on consumer issues led to her current position with the Michigan Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.  

As the meeting continues, Gerry Felipe, one of our
well-informed members, will expand upon
his presentation at the April meeting: 
"Safe Surfing, Privacy, Blocking Ads." 

Everyone is invited to share knowledge and ask questions.

Come to learn, to share and simply
to enjoy the company of a group of people
who share an interest in Macs.

This meeting (and all meetings) are free 
and open to the public.

Feel free to bring your own laptop, iPhone or iPad.


9:00 AM - Mac Basics PLUS
   Fred Seitz, MacTechnics VP of Education, will present his "findings of the month" and facilitate this interactive, informative and educational session. Included will be information about apps that are still at 32bit, and how to upgrade to 64bit. As usual, the discussion will evolve in part from questions and comments from the group - problems are often resolved on the spot. Mac questions of all kinds are welcome. A link to an informative handout is provided at most sessions.

10:00 AM - Guest speaker: Online Safety
   Justine Bykowski will discuss how to protect your devices, money and personal information while online. Handouts on the topic will be provided.

11:00 AM or so - Break
   This is a time to socialize, network and share ideas.
   Refreshments are available.

11:30 AM Main Meeting: Safe Surfing, Privacy, Blocking Ads
   There's so much to learn about this topic! Continuing from his 
April presentation, Gerry Felipe, one of our resident geek geniuses, will provide still more information about how to set up and maintain safety measures when using your Mac and/or iOs devices. Learn more about potential dangers and some of the newest developments. Learn about VPN - what it is, how and when to use it. Everyone is invited to share knowledge and ask questions. 

1:00 PM  or so - Finish up
   More socializing, networking, sharing, laughter and fun.
   Clean up, pack up and load up equipment.
   Lock up the building.


2019 Meetings
We'd love to see you!

Jan 19             Potpourri Apps & Fun Tips - AADL Westgate
Feb 16             Apple Showcase - NEW Center
March 16         Demo Fair  - NEW Center
April 20           Privacy, Safe Surfing, Blocking Ads  - NEW Center
May 18            Online Safety - Guest speaker - NEW Center
June 15           TBD - New Center
July 20            TBD - New Center
Aug 17            TBD - New Center
Sept 21           TBD - New Center
Oct 19             TBD - New Center
Nov 16            TBD - New Center
Dec 14            Holiday Party - New Center


Warm Welcome to Members and Friends
of MacGroup-Detroit
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30th Anniversary of World Wide Web,
father - Tim Berners-Lee
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Our Vendors and Supporters
are extremely generous !
Support them throughout the year


Another useful tip from our MacCoach...

Regain access to those ClarisWorks or AppleWorks 
files for $20!
... Nicholas


The MacTechnics Story

MacTechnics, the Ann Arbor Computer Users Group, is one of the largest Apple User Groups in Michigan and is comprised of all types of Apple users from novice to professional. Formed in the Fall of 1984, MacTechnics' goal is to expand computer literacy in an interesting and entertaining way.

MacTechnics normally meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at the NEW Center Building, 1100 North Main Street, Ann Arbor. There is ample parking just outside the building.

Directions to our meeting locations can be found by using the Google map provided on the MacTechnics Home page.

Registration begins at about 9:00 AM
; Special Interest Groups (SIGs) begin shortly thereafter, running through 10:30 AM. The Main Meeting presentation normally begins at about 11:00 AM,
 and may run through 1:00 PM.

It is advisable to check the website each month, prior to the meeting, as there are occasional changes to the meeting time or place.

Attendance is flexible and attendees are welcome to attend all or any part of the meeting.

All meetings are open to the public and anyone may attend meetings without joining, but benefits listed below are available to members only.

Membership Benefits

  • Our website,, with news, events and conferences of interest to members of the Apple community. (Our website is in the process of being redesigned – watch for exciting design changes and even more interesting information to become available in the future.)
  • Special Interest Groups, available to all members, meet from 9:30 - 11:00 AM the day of the main meeting.

  • Retail books offered at discounts due to user group purchasing.

  • User Group discounts on Software and Hardware.
  • Participation in raffles, sharing information, knowledge and experiences with other MacTechnics Members.

Membership Type

  • New & Renewal Membership (1 year - $50)

  • Student Membership (1 year - $25 with copy of current student ID card)
  • Family Membership UPGRADE (1 year - $15.00 extra card with Regular or Student Membership)



If you're a MacTechnics member, and haven't registered for the Members Only area yet, click here and register. Your registration will be approved within 24 hours.  :-)


Our new Members Only web page is now LIVE. If you're a member and have not registered please do so soon. If you have questions on how to do it, ask us at the next meeting. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback. 



May 18th, 2019

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

NEW Center

1100 Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI

NEW Center


MacTechnics News
Our website is in the process
of being redesigned.
Watch for exciting design changes
and even more
interesting information
 in the near future.

Security Updates  
Watch this space for information about
cybersecurity and
how to keep your information safe.

November 2018
Thank you, Janice, for the following information. 
"Phishing and Extortion Scams After Security Breaches Consumer Alert" November 2, 2018
Attorney General Bill Schuette wants you to know about reports of a phishing and extortion scam using hacked information that came from a security breach. The Alert educates about how to SPOT and STOP this scam and, given the recent news about the security breach at Facebook, how to report suspicious Facebook emails and messages.
Link to article:

July 2018
Thank you, Kathy, for the following information. 

1. “Avoiding Tech Support Scams” July 16, 2018
Here is the Federal Trade Commission's article on dealing with fraudulent tech repair scams. This may be of interest since a member brought this up at a recent meeting. Link to the article:
2. “Warn Your Friends Aboout Tech Support Scam:” July 27, 2918
Another nice, short article about dealing with tech support scams. 
Link to the article:
3. Try to Stop Scam Phone Calls 
At the July 21st meeting of MacTechnics, there was discussion about the frustration of trying to stop scam phone calls. It’s areal eye-opener about how the phone scam industry works! There are two free, fun podcasts about fighting back as a "victim" of a phone scammer - select both Episode #102 Long Distance Part I, and Episode #103 Long Distance Part II. 
How to Listen:
*Subscribe (it’s free!) in your favorite podcast app, (such as iTunes Podcasts)
*Or, go to the following website: 

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