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April '16 Meeting: iBook Author

Topic
iBook Author
When
Friday, April 8th, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Who
Richard Kalman, Kitty Kalman
Where
Belhaven Ave. Middle School Media Center in Linwood

Now everyone can create stunning iBook textbooks picture books and much more for iPhone, IPAD and MAC. Start with one of the Apple templates that feature wide variety page layouts. Add your own text, images and video with drag and drop ease. Use multi touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries. This is a free app.

Please join us at Applebee’s immediately following the presentation 51 Bethel Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244, for a snack and lively interactive conversation.

Presentation topics may change so be sure to verify on the day of the meeting. Got questions you’d like to have answered? Feel free to post them as comments before the meeting so the presenters have a chance to prepare.

On That Transmission Ransomware

March 8th, 2016 in Security

OK, in case you missed it the Mac community has just gotten it’s first taste of RandomWare! What’s RandomWare? It’s malicious software that once executed on your computer proceeds to encrypt it’s contents and require you pay to get the decryption key to recover your data. Our induction into this club came in the form of a compromised installer for the open source Transmission BitTorrent client. Details are available here among other places:

Now the good news is that unless you explicitly downloaded and installed Transmission 2.90 you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about. Apple has already updated it’s Gatekeeper security files to block the software so make sure you’ve installed all recent OS X updates.

If you did recently install Transmission the article linked above will tell you how to know if you’ve been compromised and how to get rid of it. If you’ve already had the misfortune of having this piece of garbage inform you it wants money you could probably still get away without paying up by restoring your data from an earlier Time machine backup (you ARE doing Time Machine backups, right?!) You’d lose work done after that backup but save about $400.

It should be noted that (brace yourself) not all ransomware authors are honest or necessarily competent enough to be able to return your data to you (I know, shocking!) so even paying up may not always guarantee the safe return of your precious bits and bytes.

As to how to protect yourself in the future, the best advice is still to only download apps and updates from the original sources and never, EVER, EVER open attachments you were not expecting even if they arrive in your in-box from someone you know.

March '16 Meeting: OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”

Topic
OS X 10.11 “El Capitan”
When
Friday, March 11th, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Who
Rich
Where
Belhaven Ave. Middle School Media Center in Linwood

Presentation topics may change so be sure to verify on the day of the meeting. Got questions you’d like to have answered? Feel free to post them as comments before the meeting so the presenters have a chance to prepare.

February '16 Meeting: Meet Alexa

Topic
Meet Alexa – Amazon Echo
When
Friday, February 12th, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Who
Dennis
Where
Belhaven Ave. Middle School Media Center in Linwood

Meet Alexa, Amazon Echo’s virtual persona that brings Siri-like voice control to your home.

Presentation topics may change so be sure to verify on the day of the meeting. Got questions you’d like to have answered? Feel free to post them as comments before the meeting so the presenters have a chance to prepare.

December '15 Meeting: Holiday Party

Topic
Holiday Party
When
Friday, December 11th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Where
Clancy’s by the Bay

It is that time of year again – Our annual Holiday Dinner will take place on Friday Dec. 11, 2015 at Clancy’s by the Bay at 101 East Maryland Ave, Somer’s Point, NJ 08244.

Drinks & chat from 6pm – 7pm & dinner at 7pm. We will have a private table in the restaurant, and will be ordering off the regular menu.

Please let Steve know by Saturday December 5th if you want to attend (you should have received at email from him withn his contact info. If you didn’t and plan to attend please inform president@acamug.org or webmaster@acamug.org.)

Thanks – And looking forward to seeing everyone on the 11th!

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