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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, May 8, 2016

To all the Moms, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Three Warning Signs That Email Is Malicious
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Spammers Track Usage, Too
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer - Disable Aero on Windows 7 or Vista
Special Feature: How to 3D Touch the Settings Icon for Quick Access to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Battery
Websites of Interest: Mother’s Day; Politwoops; The Points Guy – Maximize Your Travel

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Using Links

In this newsletter you will see links to many worthwhile, informative and fun websites. A Link is a reference to a website. If you see the link in blue, underlined text, all you have to do is click on it and a window with the website in it will automatically appear on your screen.

If you see the link in plain text, you can copy and paste it into the address bar on your browser. Highlight the link with your mouse, click Edit up on the menu bar, and then click Copy from the menu that you just opened up. Open your browser (click the Start Button, point to Programs, click on Internet Explorer); click on the address bar. Click Edit up on the menu bar, and then click Paste from the menu that you just opened up. Press the Enter key on the keyboard and this will take you to the Website.

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Special Feature: Three Warning Signs That Email Is Malicious

By Ian Paul of pcworld.com

Email spam filtering is far better than it used to be. There was a time when nearly every scam email would land in your inbox. Thankfully that's not the case anymore—especially if you're a Gmail user.

But no system is perfect. Every now and then a scam message will manage to slip into your inbox. But how do you know when you're looking at a scam or not?

Here are three basic tip-offs you can look for to figure out whether you're looking at an email with dishonest intentions. They're hardly an exhaustive list, but more often than not one of these tips will save you from getting scammed.
http://tinyurl.com/mk2tf8q

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Spammers Track Usage, Too

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

Many of the HTML newsletters you receive will include images, which are downloaded from a remote server when you open the email to track whether you actually do open (and possibly even read) the message.

Spammers Track Usage, Too

Spammers, never shy to exploit all possibilities, may be using tracking images, too. By downloading the tracking image you confirm that you opened the email (maybe resulting in even more spam).

So how can you avoid being tracked?

If you can tell something is spam by the subject, the sender or the recipient, do not open it at all.

Additionally, you can configure your email client to avoid this kind of privacy infringement. Take a look at How Reading an Email Can Compromise Your Privacy.
http://email.about.com/od/staysecureandprivate/a/webbug_privacy_2.htm

In our next edition: How to Report Spam Comfortably with SpamCop

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer - Disable Aero on Windows 7 or Vista

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.

In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:
http://computerkindergarten.com/restorepoints.html

Disable Aero on Windows 7 or Vista

From howtogeek.com

The Windows Aero Glass interface for Windows 7 or Vista requires a decent video card, you won’t be able to use it on an old clunker computer. For those worried about performance, sometimes squeezing every last drop requires disabling Aero.

Disabling Aero in Windows 8

If you’re trying to disable Aero in Windows 8, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no reason to, because they’ve disabled the Aero transparency theme by default anyway. So there’s no point in bothering for Windows 8 or 8.1.

Disabling Aero for Windows 7

Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize from the menu.

Scroll through the themes down until you see the Basic themes. Click to select Windows Basic.
Disabling Aero on Windows Vista

Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize. Click the “Window Color and Appearance” link.

In the next screen, click the link near the bottom for “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”

Disable Aero by choosing Windows Vista Basic in the next screen under Color scheme. Click OK.

In our next edition: Make Use of Multiple Flash Drives or Cards for a Speed Boost

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Special Feature: How to 3D Touch the Settings Icon for Quick Access to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Battery

From iphonelife.com

With the introduction of iOS 9.3, we saw new additions to Apple apps that are 3D Touch enabled. One such addition is the Settings app. Often, there are three main places within our Settings that we need to visit on a regular basis: Battery, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. By adding 3D Touch to the Settings app, Apple has made it super easy to access those frequently visited sections. If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus), then this will be a welcome addition.

To do this, simply activate 3D Touch by pressing into the Settings app icon until it pops out. You have the options Battery, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

If you select Battery, you’ll immediately be taken to that section. Here you can turn on Low Power Mode and see how much battery power certain apps are using.

When selecting Wi-Fi, you’ll be directed to that section where you can toggle off Wi-Fi or select a network to connect to.

By selecting Bluetooth, you get quick access to that page, which will allow you to connect other devices such as earbuds or activity trackers to your iPhone

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Websites of Interest:

Mother’s Day

Visit this website to read a very nice tribute to Mothers and Grandmothers and learn the origins of Mother’s Day.
http://tinyurl.com/gwkhkso

Here is a nice website with Mother’s Day projects for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school children.
http://tinyurl.com/6dmhl

10 Tips for Delighting Your Wife on Mother's Day
http://tinyurl.com/h6lh8ea

Politwoops
An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians.
http://politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com

The Points Guy – Maximize Your Travel
Invaluable information on points, miles and travel in general.
http://thepointsguy.com/