MacTechnics


September 21st

"Virtual Private Networks"

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     Information Technologist, Gerry Felipe,
will discuss and demonstrate 
how to use and install a virtual private network.

What will a virtual private network do for you?

When connecting to a website using your internet service provider,
a VPN will hide your address and encrypt data you send or receive, thereby adding privacy and security.

What will be included in this presentation?

A walk-through of how to install a new VPN onto a laptop.
Reviews of half a dozen VPN companies.
Links to the websites of several VPN companies
and information about their lifetime offers.
The importance of using caution
when doing research on VPN compan
ies.
How to secure communications with voice and messaging on an iOS device.

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.

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9:00 AM - MacBasics PLUS
 
 
Fred Seitz, MacTechnics VP of Education, will discuss hard drive health and  Apple TV, as well as his "findings of the month." 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.
10:45 AM or so - Break
   This is a time to socialize, network and share ideas.
   Refreshments are available.
11:00 AM or so - "Virtual Private Networks" -                 
   Presenter: Gerry F
elipe
1:30 PM  or so - Finish up
   More socializing, networking, sharing, laughter and fun.
   Clean up, pack up and load up equipment.
   Lock up the building.

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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           (Re)Acquaint Yourself with Preview - NEW Center
July 20            Build Your Own Website with WordPress - NEW Center
Aug 17            Cricut Maker and Mac - Guest Speaker - NEW Center
Sept 21           Virtual Private Networks - NEW Center
Oct 19             Apple S
howcase - NEW Center
Nov 16            TBD - NEW Center
Dec 14            Holiday Party - NEW Center

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 Our Vendors and Supporters 
are extremely generous !
Support them throughout the year
 
 
 
 

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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. www.mactechnics.org

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, www.mactechnics.org, 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)

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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.  :-)

It's ALIVE!

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. 

 

  
 

Saturday

September 21st, 2019

9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

NEW Center

1100 Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI

NEW Center

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MacTechnics News
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Say "Good Bye" to this current website.
Our website is in the process 
of being redesigned.

The New Website Launch is scheduled for the
beginning of MacTechnics new year.

Watch for exciting design changes
and even more
interesting information next month.
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Security Updates  
Watch this space for information about
cybersecurity and
how to keep your information safe.

June 2019
new article coming within
the next 24 hours
 
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:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/07/avoiding-tech-support-scams
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:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/07/warn-your-friends-about-tech-support-scams
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:
https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/long-distance#episode-playerhttps://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/long-distance#episode-player 

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