April 28, 2014 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING : Tom B, Ed M, Al J, Judy H, Carl H, Nancy B, Pat H, Luanne G, Bob S, Gene N and Nancy D.


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The meeting started with each person sharing an experience with spamming, scamming, junk mail or other e-mail maladies. Next we shared some of the ways of preventing (or at least reducing) spam in our e-mail boxes.



1 Don't subscribe to anything. (If you must, give it careful thought)

2 Don't go public with your email ID. (social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Discussion Forums)

3 Use temporary or alternate e-mail addresses (one for ordering, one for social clubs, one throw-away)

4 Disguise or "munge" your address. (me [at] yahoo [dot] com

5 Never respond to SPAM. (don't click 'Unsubscribe' unless it is a trusted sender that you know)

6 Watch out for pre-checked boxes on forms. (only check or fill in what is absolutely required)

7 Don't forward chain e-mailings. (see E-mail Etiquette Hints)


Apple Mail can prevent Spam by enabling Junk Mail. See how here.

Yahoo Mail (the free version) has a forwarding option to redirect mail (not including SPAM) to your Mac Mail box. See how here.


Some good discussion ensued regarding the use of passwords, especially in protectings email accounts. Read Business Insider's 25 Worst Passwords of 2013 plus some good advice for using 'Pass Phrases' for a password. Internet Security was a topic of discussion at our March 2013 MUG meeting.

1 Password is an excellent and reliable application which can generate, remember and securely store all of your various internet passwords - you just need to remember a single password to use it when needed. All data is kept locked securely on your computer - not in the Cloud.



Many on-line e-mail providers allow you to see a history of recent log-ins to your account.

In Gmail, log in to your account, and then click the link 'Details' to view recent activity with locations, IP numbers and Browser type of the person logging in. It should show only your info or people who have access to your account.

Yahoo Mail also has a similar feature described here.



Heartbleed - is a potential exploitable flaw recently discovered that could jeopardize many online websites using the familiar https: secure site in money transactions. Most businesses have quickly fixed this flaw with appropriate patch. Read this article from Tidbits to understand how it affects the ordinary web user. You can easily ascertain the safety of any website such as your local credit union, favorite on-line store, etc by inserting the website into either of these Heartbleed test sites:

Heartbleed Server Test - (quick test)

Qualys SSL Server Test (longer test)


HANDY TEST WEBSITES - if you are having difficulty connecting to your favorite website, go to this site and type in the URL that is being stubborn - instantly tells you if site is down or it's just you.

Down Right Now - check out this site the next time your having problems with Yahoo mail, Netflix, PayPal, etc. - it shows current and recent status of all major sites depending on user input.



Contextual Menus reveal many additional options and can be viewed by simply Right-Clicking with the mouse (or use Control Key while using a trackpad) - see examples



Tolerance mob ousts co-founder of Mozilla and inventor of Javascript, Brendan Eich - read more.

U.S. Government to hand over Internet control (ICANN) to U.N. - read more

What exactly is ICANN? (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) - created in 1998, ICANN manages the Web and has taken over Internet duties that used to be directly controlled by the U.S. government. The Los Angeles-based organization has primarily been responsible for opening up the Internet’s addressing system to new names to the right of the dot, known as domains, adding .biz, .info. and other domains to the original .com, .net and .org.

Worm:The First Digital World War - great book by Mark Bowden (author of Black Hawk Down) - a fascinating true story of the battle against The Conficker worm which infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had infiltrated 1.5 million computers in 195 countries. This book will give you a real insight into what all those cryptic numbers and terms mean which pass through your computer each day.

Change Fonts - a 14-year old student from a Pittsburgh area middle school has discovered a way to save the U.S. Government $136 million per year by simply changing to Garamond font in printed materials - see student's original report.

A Sans Serif font walked into a bar, only to be told 'We don't serve your type.'


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