Past Meetings


April 1, 2019 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group

ATTENDING : Tom B, Daniel M, Gene N, John M, Al J.

TOPIC :SAFE TRAVEL COMPUTING

 

 

Panama Canal

Al shared some photos he took on a recent trip to Panama City.

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Did you know that one travels NW to SE through the Panama Canal to go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean?

Did you know that recently the gates of the locks were changed from swinging style to sliding open and closed (like an automatic door) to accomodate longer ships?

< Old swinging gate style

< New sliding gate style

More facts about the canal

 

 


TRAVEL TIP

AUTO LOGIN - Be sure that it is turned OFF on your laptop, iPad or iPhone.

Go to System Prefs > Users & Groups > Login Options > Automatic login - select OFF

 

 


TRAVEL TIP

STRONG PASSWORD - use a mixture of Letters, Numbers, Symbols - avoid using a word found in the dictionary - use a Zero in place of letter O, number 1 for letter L, etc.

MNEUMONIC DEVICE (use first letters of a phrase of words)
Example 1: Order of Planets from Sun: M V E M J S U N P
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas

Example 2: A Stitch In Time May Save Nine! = A s i t m s 9 !

 

 


TRAVEL TIP

USB Encrypted Flash Drive - copy all your important documents, passwords, ID numbers into a portable safe, encrypted so that only you can open, see, edit or write to - password guarded so if lost or stolen, it cannot be opened.

HOW TO ENCRYPT USB FLASH DRIVE

Insert the drive into yor Mac - right (Control) click on USB disc image - in the contextual menu, select Encrypt - add a Password - eject disc and re-insert to activate encryption - to Decrypt just repeat the above process.

NOTE: If Encrypt option is missing in contextual menu, use Disk Utility to format your flashdrive for Mac using the Scheme GUIDE PARTITION MAP.

Watch a video tutorial of the above procedure at MacMost

 

 


TRAVEL TIP

VPN (Virtual Private Network) - Gene gave a short demo of how he setup a VPN on his MBPro.

What is VPN? MacMost tutorial 1

How to use VPN on your Mac - MacMost tutorial 2

Find Mac Help - Finder > Help > MacHelp > search VPN

Best VPNs 2019:

Tom's Guide

TechRadar

PC Mag

See a very detailed chart comparing 186 VPNs (2018)

 

Pricing example of VPN :

Cloak - one of many VPN subscription services
unlimited plan ($9.99/mo) ($99/yr)
or special limited 5GB ($2.99/mo)
1-week pass ($3.99)

 

 


TRAVEL TIP

Use Ethernet ( if available) rather than WiFi in hotels for more secure internet connection - just carry a spare Ethernet Cat 5 cable in your laptop case.

 

 

HOW TO

Use Preview Tools to Edit a Photo - fixed edits can be erased (covered up) by using rectangle tool with same color background - see how. (thanks Daniel)

 

HOW TO

BACKUP YOUR iPHONE & iPAD PHOTOS WHILE TRAVELING

iXpand Flash Drive (16GB) - $25 ebay - works with iPhone or iPad (Lightning to USB 3.0)

 

 

IN THE NEWS

600 miles per hour !

MagLev Trains - $2 million study proposed for 1/2 hour train trip Pittsburgh to Philadelphia (news article) - Elon Musk's hyperloop concept (read article)

How can magnetism be used to propel a train? (video) - Is this Atlas Shrugged Redeux?

 

 

FIX

Weather Widget - stopped working?

Reason: Dashboard App not being updated anymore by Apple

Workaround: Use Notifications Weather locations instead

 

 

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Hammondsport Mac Users Group - Hammondsport, NY 14840 - www.hportmug.com

 

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