Port Townsend Seriously Laidback User Group

An Officially Recognized Apple User Group

This month at PTSLUG

Basic Mac / iOS

An Update on Recent Phone (and email)  Scams & Phishing

The best of the bad guys on the internet have gotten much better at getting you to answer their phone calls and in mimicking legitimate business calls. They are using apparent local numbers and will give you personal information about yourself and your bank or business account. Some even use very realistic automated voice interaction. This 30-minute presentation by Bob Snow looks at how some of these new scams work, what they sound or look like, and what you can do to not get taken in by them. Join us at the Chimacum Tri-Area Community Center  on Thursday October 11th from 6:30 to 7 PM.

General Business Meeting

A discussion of the business of PTSLUG.

Evening Topic

Open Questions & Answers

Open questions and answers with Bob Snow and Gary Estes.

Afternoon Class

iCloud, a Practical Introduction for Macs, iPhones and iPads

The basic concept of iCloud is that your documents, music, movies, photos, contacts, calendars, passwords, and other data should propagate to all your devices so immediately and automatically that you never think about where your data is anymore.

But iCloud goes  beyond the concept of syncing. Many features you use on a Mac or iOS device want to involve iCloud in some way. You can use your Apple device without an iCloud account, but many common tasks will be more awkward or even impossible. From Apple’s point of view, why would you want to use a device without iCloud? Accounts are free (up to 5 GB of storage). What about privacy? The data is password protected but if someone guesses or finds your iCloud password, or you tap the wrong button by mistake, your private data could be accessed.

In this workshop we will work with some of iCloud’s basics and several of Apple’s apps such as Photos, Mail, Calendar, Notes and the newer Files app, as well as how to back up your iOS devices . This is a hands-on workshop so bring your Mac or iOS device. Join us for this free, two-hour session on Friday, October 26th from 2 to 4 at the Kala Point Clubhouse.