Archive: 2012

New website to support seniors online

Posted on 1 December 2012, by Geoff
Broadband for Seniors

Older Australians now have greater access to training resources and information to help them get online with the Australian Government’s new Broadband for Seniors website.

Labor Senator for New South Wales, Senator Doug Cameron, launched the new website at the 2012 Australian Computer Conference for Seniors in Sydney on 13 November.

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SHCUG website awarded first place in ASCCA 2012 Competition

Posted on 23 November 2012, by Geoff

The Southern Highlands Computer Users Group website has been awarded first place in the ASCCA 2012 Competition.

The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA), is the national peak body for seniors and technology, and has over 140 member clubs around Australia. The competition is a popular and much anticipated event.

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Australian seniors and technology

Posted on 23 November 2012, by Geoff

More than half of Australians over 60 are actively using online social networks according to research from Optus.

The research, completed in October 2012, also found that 64% of over 60s use laptops and 68% used mobile phones, with significant numbers using smartphones (31%), tablets (22%) and e-readers (20%).

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Internet use by seniors on the increase

Posted on 17 November 2012, by Geoff

More than half of U.S. adults over 65 use the internet, and one third use social networking sites such as Facebook, a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found. However it found only 34% of those over the age of 75 use the internet.

Overall, 82% of all American adults aged 18 and older said they use the internet.

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How to Format a USB Flash Drive on Mac OS

Posted on 18 October 2012, by Geoff

In this video tutorial, Martina Oprey talks about USB flash drives and shows how to erase, format and rename a USB flash drive on a Mac computer.

Martina explains how to format a USB drive as FAT32 for Windows compatibility, as well as how to correctly eject a USB flash drive.

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Using iTunes

Posted on 5 September 2012, by Geoff

Meeting Presentation: 4 September 2012.
Presenter: Ian Craig.

Topics covered included:
• Downloading and installing iTunes
• How to open an iTunes account, how to find the music you want and listen to a sample before you buy
• Importing music into iTunes from a CD
• Syncing with an iPod
• Other iTunes features, including internet radio, Podcasts, iTunes U.

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Become a Google Search Power User

Posted on 1 September 2012, by Geoff

A while back Google ran an online course titled “Power Searching with Google”. This series of lessons has now been made available for all.

While Google is really easy to use, many people do not use it to its full advantage. Through this course, Google hopes to help you become even faster at finding what you need.

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Password Security and Password Management

Posted on 3 July 2012, by Geoff

Meeting Presentation: 3 July 2012.
Presenter: Noel Ferguson.
Good password practice involves using strong passwords and not using the same password for different accounts. But how do you remember all those passwords? Using a Password Manager has several important benefits, however your internet security is most likely to be compromised by a phishing scam where you unwittingly provide your username and password.

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How to recognize a phishing email

Posted on 28 June 2012, by Geoff

Phishing emails are fraudulent email messages designed to trick you into disclosing personal information like usernames and passwords. These messages appear to come from legitimate sources such as banks, internet service or email providers.

Phishing messages can appear at first to be authentic, with convincing images, logos or other content.

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What is RSS?

Posted on 8 June 2012, by Geoff

RSS is a way to publish frequently updated content to the Web. RSS makes it easy for originators to make their content quickly and broadly available. Many devices, including tablets, smartphones and PCs can easily access this content.

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