Getting Comfortable With The Basics

2021 Archive

Join Online Meeting– The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites, just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

Jan 4, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting  —- In The Groves Pavilion at 2:45 PM
Navigating Google, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Wallet, Docs… – Google provides Internet services that let you search the web, create blogs, send email, word processing, spreadsheets, video chat, and publish web pages. Google has social networking tools, organization tools, and services for mobile devices, Google Wallet card, and even Google-branded merchandise. Type With Your Voice – You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs. Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

Jan 11, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM Join Online Meeting  —  Learn What A Chromebook Can Do – Whether you own a Chromebook or not, right here is where you start learning how to use it. Interested in buying a Chromebook, but afraid they’re a bit too different from Windows laptops and MacBooks? Or, perhaps you already own a Chromebook, but you’ve yet to explore its capabilities.
In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM  – Tips for connecting to the Lee County Vaccination appointment system.

Jan 18, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM Join Online Meeting​​   —- In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM
Use Google Photo To Manage Your Digital Pictures – All your photos are organized and easy to find. Pictures on your computer or smartphone are backed up safely, organized, and labeled automatically so that you can see them fast and share them how you like. Google has built-in some smart tools for sharing photos as well – drag to select a few shots, and with a couple of clicks, you can create a web album too. Free unlimited storage, automatic backup, and fun editing effects make Google Photos one of my favorite tools for managing photos to share with friends.
In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM  – Tips for connecting to the Lee County Vaccination appointment system.

Jan 25, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PMJoin Online Meeting  —- In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM
Low-Cost Wireless Providers – Project Fi is a wireless service offered by Google directly to users. The most innovative aspect of Google Fi is its pricing: Google Fi includes unlimited international texts, WiFi tethering to use your phone as a hotspot, and cellular access coverage in 200+ countries. Mint Mobile uses fast nationwide 4G LTE data coverage and unlimited talk and text as low as $15 a month. You don’t need a new phone, get a new Mint Mobile GSM SIM card, and you’re ready to go! Ting is a new mobile phone service that caters to people tired of dealing with complicated billing plans from carriers like AT&T or Verizon. Their slogan is ‘Mobile That Makes Sense.

Feb 1, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM  – Join Online Meeting ​​– In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM
Streaming Video Your Best TV Entertainment Value – Streaming video is content sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real-time. With streaming video or streaming media, a Web user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. The user needs a player, which is a special program that uncompresses and sends video data to the display and audio data to speakers. A player can be either an integral part of a browser, a set-top box or built into a Smart TV.

Feb 8, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting ​​  — In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM
Use strong Passwords –
Your passwords are the keys to your internet life. Use strong passwords and keep the bad guys out.   LastPass Free Password Manager – Stop using the same password for all sites – Now you can finally use long, complex, different passwords for each site and no longer need to worry about forgetting them. You can stop storing passwords in the browser’s password manager – Browser password managers are not only non-portable across computers, but it is also a major security risk. Two Factor Authentication  – Two-factor authentication means using two authentication methods (e.g. password, the value from a physical token, text message, or automated voice call with a token number) to increase the assurance that the bearer has been authorized to access secure systems. Two-factor authentication is one of the best things you can do to make sure your accounts don’t get hacked.

Feb 15, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting ​— In The Groves Pavilion at 2:30 PM
Do You Think Your PC Has a Virus –
A computer virus is a malicious code that replicates by copying itself to another program, computer boot sector or document and changes how a computer works. The virus requires someone to knowingly or unknowingly spread the infection without the knowledge or permission of a user. A computer worm is programming that does not require human interaction to spread. Viruses and worms may also be known as malware. Browser hijacking is a form of unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s settings without a user’s permission, to insert unsolicited advertising into the user’s browser. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search engine with its own.

Feb 22, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting ​​
What’s a Podcast? The new on-demand radio and video service
Podcasts can be videos or audio only, I personally mostly listen to audio podcasts. They can be played on a web browser like Chrome or Safari but the best experience is to get some type of podcast management app for your phone or tablet. I use a podcast player Pocket Casts app.

Mar 1, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting ​​  
Secure Your Digital Life – The Master Password  I suggest you start using a Password Manager to store login information for all of your online sites. Using a password manager is the most important thing you can do to enhance your security online. There are some good ones to choose from LastPassBitwardenDashLane1PasswordRoboForm, and Chrome Password Manager; these all are well vetted and safe to use.

Mar 8, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM –  Join Online Meeting
United States Post Office – USPS –
 I suggest you consider creating an account on USPS.com they have many services that work best online. These include printing your own package shipping labels with postage, get notification of mail to be delivered, hold mail during vacations, and changing address

Mar 15, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting
Optimize Your Computer, E-mail, and WEB Use – 
Windows 10 has built-in real-time antivirus named Windows Defender. It automatically runs in the background, ensuring all Windows users are protected against viruses and other nasties. To activate you must remove existing security software Norton, McAfee, AVG…

Mar 22, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM  – Join Online Meeting ​​
Back To The Basic –
And the “basics” aren’t just for beginners.  You always hear something new, or something that you have forgotten because you haven’t used it for a long time. And we always appreciate having experienced users in these sessions to contribute their experience and knowledge to the group.  Find out all the things you can do when you “right-click” on the mouse – or the things you can do from the keyboard without the mouse.

Mar 29, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM  –  Join Online Meeting ​​
Remote Support for Windows, Mac, and Android phones and tablets. – 
We have implemented a software system/tool to remotely connect to your computer. This allows us to provide remote help installing a program, using an application, fix a problem… With TeamViewer Quick Support or Chrome Remote Desktop tool, you can allow me to remotely connect to your PC. No installation is required, you download then run the web application by clicking one of the icons below.

Apr 5, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM  Join Online Meeting   
The Gadget Gurus – We do not have any prerequisites. Just come, ask questions about previous topics. I will also review the current tech news. We will do our best to answer questions concerning computers, smartphones, apps, cameras, tablets, the internet, and more. Bring your tech issues and enjoy the meeting.

Apr 12, 2021, at 12:45 and 7 PM – Join Online Meeting   
Navigating Google, Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Wallet, Docs…
– Google provides Internet services that let you search the web, create blogs, send an email, word processing, spreadsheets, video chat, and publish web pages. Google has social networking tools, organization tools, and services for mobile devices, Google Wallet card, and even Google-branded merchandise. Type With Your Voice – You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs. Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

 

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