I know we've published quite a few articles lately about protecting your kids on their technology, but I thought I just had to include a link to an article in today's Age newspaper.
The article talks about the dangers of popular games, games that could open up the possibility of your child being targeted by a predator.
Games like Musical.ly, Roblox and even Minecraft can leave your child vulnerable.
Here is the article from The Age: 'They're getting in through our computers': Predators using games to groom kids:
Have a read, then check what games your child is playing on their mobile device/s.
Always remember that devices that may only be used as a 'toy' could provide an open door through which a predator can enter their life and yours.
24/6/2017 0 Comments
If you have a child who uses Snapchat (which is rated as a 12+ app in the iTunes App Store), you should be aware of a new feature that appeared in this week's update to the app.
After the update is installed, the user (e.g. your child!) will be asked if they would like to use the new 'Map' feature, which will allow them to see their own location and that of their friends on a Map.
Read the article below, then make sure you check that your child is not giving away their location - even to friends. You just never know who might end up on their 'friend' list!
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Just in case you missed it, Apple has announced MORE changes - both to their product lineup, and to the operating systems on Apple devices (iOS and MacOS). If you are thinking of getting a new iPad or Mac, it is worth checking out what has changed before heading for the shops. Here's a summary:
In the 'Bring your Busy Life Under Control using the iPad and iPhone', we look at lots of tips about how to make the most of your Apple mobile devices.
One of my favourite tips relates to how to avoid typing on the iPad and iPhone! It's amazing what you can achieve without having to hit those sometimes tiny keys. If your fingers are as fat and crooked as mine, you'll really appreciate this one.
This tip is for iTandCoffee Club members only. Are you a member? Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.
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It's always good to 'freshen up' your home, to re-decoarate and incorporate some latest 'looks' and features.
Over the past few weeks, iTandCoffee has been undertaking a bit of a renovation of our website.
In particular, we have a great new feature that allows us to show 'what's happening' at iTandCoffee, and we have included this on our Home Page and various other pages including the schedule page.
We'd love you to take a look and let us know what you think.
A client of iTandCoffee contacted us today about a problem she was having with her Hotmail email. A friend of this client had sent several emails, but none had been received in her Hotmail email inbox.
Our client and her friend had checked and double-checked to make sure that the email address was correct and that the email was in the sender's 'Sent' mail.
After a check of our client's Hotmail (Outlook) account, we discovered that the sender was in the list of 'blocked' email addresses. This was preventing any email from that person from reaching the client's inbox.
Removal of the 'blocked' email address fixed the problem.
Below is an article that describes how to look at and modify your 'junk' and 'blocked' mail settings for hotmail/outlook email addresses.
A question asked at a recent 'Keeping your Kids safe on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch' session at a local primary school was "What effect does the limiting of Safari content in Restrictions on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch have on 'Private Browsing'".
The question relates to the feature of Safari that allows you to put your Safari browsing into a 'private' mode', where the history of your web browsing is not retained, and no 'website data' or 'cookies' are allowed.
This week, we have included a section from one of our user guides, providing lots of great tips about using the Mail app on the Mac.
This set of tips is for members the iTandCoffee Club - below is what we cover. (Not a member? Find out more about The Club here.)
We also have a long list of other tips that we have published about Mail. Here are just some.
Many of you have attended our 'Travelling with your iPad and iPhone (and other Technology)' class, in which we look at (amongst other things) the options for keeping in touch via phone and internet while you are away.
We talk about the risk of 'bill shock' from using mobile data while travelling, and the options that you have for avoiding this nasty experience.
One of the options discussed is purchasing and using a 'travel SIM'. These special SIMs provide you with relatively cheap call rates and, in many cases these days, also offer 'data packs' and 'bundles' that can give you access to reasonably priced mobile data.
One such 'travel SIM' is actually called TravelSIM, and is available from Australia Post outlets or online.
Just today, I received an email from TravelSIM (as we have used this SIM previously in our travels), advising that there have been some changes to their 'Data Packs' - changes that are really worth a look!
See below for the content of that email, which I thought many iTandCoffee subscribers and clients would find of interest.
At the 'Travelling with your iPad and iPhone' class held in June, we discussed some issues that you may incur with Messages and iMessage when you travel.
We also discussed the issue of how best to protect yourself when travelling, and the option of using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing the internet while away.
The information provided to attendees at this class is provided below, just in case anyone else has plans to use Messages to communicate with those back home or wants to learn how ensure safe online browsing
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