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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, June 1, 2014

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Special Feature: Online Safety - Manage Your Privacy and Security - Secure your Passwords
Special Series: Where did the Classic Games go in Windows 8?
Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Files and Folders - Creating a Shortcut to a Folder
This Week's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn off Remote Assistance
Special Feature: iPad Basics - Setting Up iCloud
Websites of Interest: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month; D-Day; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Google Operating System


Special Feature: Online Safety - Manage Your Privacy and Security - Secure your Passwords

From google.com

Get Off To a Safe Start

The Internet offers so many opportunities to explore, create and collaborate. And to make the most of the web, it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure. Whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, the advice and tools here can help you navigate the web safely and securely.

Secure your Passwords

Passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals. It’s crucial to pick strong passwords that are different for each of your important accounts and it is good practice to update your passwords regularly. Follow these tips to create strong passwords and keep them secure.

Use a Unique Password for Each of Your Important Accounts like Email and Online Banking

Choosing the same password for each of your online accounts is like using the same key to lock your home, car and office – if a criminal gains access to one, all of them are compromised. So don’t use the same password for an online newsletter as you do for your email or bank account. It may be less convenient, but picking multiple passwords keeps you safer.

Keep Your Passwords in a Secret Place That Isn’t Easily Visible

Writing down your passwords isn’t necessarily a bad idea. But if you do this, don’t leave notes with your passwords in plain sight, on your computer or desk.

Use a Long Password Made Up of Numbers, Letters and Symbols

The longer your password is, the harder it is to guess. So make your password long to help keep your information safe. Adding numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters makes it harder for would-be snoops or others to guess or crack your password. Please don’t use ‘123456’ or ‘password,’ and avoid using publicly available information like your phone number in your passwords. It’s not very original, and it isn’t very safe!

Try Using a Phrase That Only You Know

One idea is to think of a phrase that only you know, and make it be related to a particular website to help you remember it. For your email you could start with “My friends Tom and Jasmine send me a funny email once a day” and then use numbers and letters to recreate it. “MfT&Jsmafe1ad” is a password with lots of variations. Then repeat this process for other sites.

Set Up Your Password Recovery Options and Keep Them Up-To-Date

If you forget your password or get locked out, you need a way to get back into your account. Many services will send an email to you at a recovery email address if you need to reset your password, so make sure your recovery email address is up-to-date and an account you can still access.

Sometimes you can also add a phone number to your profile to receive a code to reset your password via text message. Having a mobile phone number on your account is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to help keep your account safe.

For example, service providers can use the phone number to challenge those who try to break into your account, and can send you a verification code so you can get into your account if you ever lose access. Giving a recovery phone number to Google won’t result in you being signed up for marketing lists or getting more calls from telemarketers.

Your mobile phone is a more secure identification method than your recovery email address or a security question because, unlike the other two, you have physical possession of your mobile phone.

However, if you can’t or don’t want to add a phone number to your account, many websites may ask you to choose a question to verify your identity in case you forget your password. If the service you’re using allows you to create your own question, try to come up with a question that has an answer only you would know and isn’t something that you’ve posted about publicly or shared on social media.

Try to find a way to make your answer unique but memorable – you can do this by using the tip above – so that even if someone guesses the answer, they won’t know how to enter it properly. This answer is very important for you to remember – if you forget it you may never be able to get back into your account.


Special Series: Where did the Classic Games go in Windows 8?

By Steve Sinchak of tweaks.com

The first time you boot up Windows 8 you will notice the classic Windows games such as minesweeper and solitaire are missing. Microsoft removed all inbox games in Windows and you can’t add them back using the add/remove features applet as you could in previous version of Windows. Instead, you must buy the apps in the new Windows Store. Don’t worry, the apps are free but you need to find them first. That is why I have included direct purchase links to all of the classic Windows games below and some new ones released by Microsoft Studios.

Many of the classic games have been completely revamped with updated graphics, effects and XBOX Achievement integration.

Note: The purchase links only work in Internet Explorer 10. Sorry, the "ms-windows-store:" link prefix does not work yet in other browsers.


Play the classic puzzle game that has been part of Windows for more than 20 years, now re-imagined for Windows 8.


Pick up and play this classic card game on Windows 8.


Microsoft Mahjong is the classic matching game updated with beautiful imagery, intuitive controls and all the features that fans of mahjong have come to expect.

Pinball FX2

Pinball FX is back, and it is better than ever! Pinball FX2 offers band new tables and a host of new features and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art physics model that surpasses anything available so far.

Enjoy the updated and new games!

Do you have a question about Windows 8 that we haven’t covered yet? Please email your question and we’ll cover it in a future newsletter article.


Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Files and Folders - Creating a Shortcut to a Folder

From gcflearnfree.org

Creating a Shortcut to a Folder

If you have a folder that you use frequently, you can save time by creating a shortcut (also called an alias) on the desktop. Instead of navigating to the folder every time you want to use it, you can simply double-click the shortcut and the folder will open. A shortcut will have a small arrow in the lower-left corner of the icon.

To Create a Shortcut

Navigate to where where your folder is located.
Hold down the Option and Command keys, and then click and drag the folder to the desktop. While you are dragging it, you should see a small arrow on the icon.
When you release the mouse, the shortcut will be created. The icon should still have an arrow indicating that it is a shortcut.


To review Mac OS X Mavericks Finder, please see these articles from previous newsletters:

Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Finder

Mac OS X Mavericks - Finder Tabs

Mac OS X Mavericks - Working with Files and Folders


In our next newsletter: Mac OS X Mavericks - Deleting Files and Folders


Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn off Remote Assistance

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:

Turn off Remote Assistance

Turning off unnecessary services in Windows can greatly reduce your exploit risk while improving system performance. And, unnecessary services do not just subject you to security risk, they also slow down the operation of your computer.

Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop are Windows services that let you open a direct connection between two machines over the Internet for the purpose of getting help from someone who is not right in front of your computer.

Windows Remote Assistance is a convenient way for someone you trust, such as a friend or technical support person, to connect to your computer over the internet and walk you through a solution—even if that person isn’t nearby.

While this is a very useful and powerful tool when you need it, in the wrong hands, it is also potentially dangerous. Because it can allow a remote user to install software and tamper with a system configuration, someone could trick an unsuspecting novice into allowing access to his or her machine, and then plant malicious software used to gain access to sensitive information.

Turning off the Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop services will add a little speed to your computer while helping to keep you safe online. If you need remote computer help in the future, simply follow the steps below to temporarily turn Remote Assistance back on.

To disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop, follow these steps:

Windows XP

Right-click on My Computer
Click Properties from the menu
Click on the Remote tab at the top
To disable, or turn off, Remote Assistance, click to uncheck the box next to Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer
To disable, or turn off, Remote Desktop, simply uncheck the box next to Allow users to connect remotely to this computer.
Click OK

(Note: Some users may not see Remote Desktop as an option on the Remote tab of their My Computer Properties. Remote Desktop is a feature of Windows XP Professional and Media Center Edition and is not available on Windows XP Home.

Windows Vista

Click the Start Orb and type System in the search box at the bottom.
Click System in the search results under Programs.
Click Remote settings on the left.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue
In the Systems Properties dialog box that you now see, click to remove the check mark next to allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer. In the Remote Desktop area, click to select Don’t allow connections to this computer.
Click OK.

Windows 7

Click on the Start Orb.
Click Control Panel.
Click on System and Security.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue
Click on Allow Remote Access.
Click to remove the checkmark in the box next to allow remote assistance to this computer.
Click OK.

In our next edition, Speed Up a Slow Computer – Additional Features than can be Disabled


Special Feature: iPad Basics - Setting Up iCloud

From gcflearnfree.org

If you elected to set up iCloud when you first turned on your iPad, good news—you're all set! If you didn't, the process is still quick, easy, and hassle-free. All you have to do is open your device's settings, then turn on the service.

To Set Up iCloud on an iPad:

Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.
Tap iCloud in the left pane.
If you're asked to confirm your Apple ID and password, enter them, then tap Sign In.
Follow the on-screen instructions to allow or block certain features of iCloud.
You'll see a list of all of the iCloud features you can use. Tap the controls to turn each one ON or OFF depending on your personal preferences.

Setting Up Your Other Devices

Remember, in order to use iCloud, you need to set up your other devices too (for example, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, or PC). This is what will allow you to to access your files and information anywhere—no matter which device you're using. It will also sync information from your other devices to your iPad.

In our next edition:
Syncing with iCloud - Enabling Automatic Downloads


Websites of Interest:

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Your best friend is waiting. Petfinder can bring you together.

June 6, 1944 was D-Day in Normandy, France. Visit these sites for information, history, video and spoken recollections of veterans who were there.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The Solar system, galaxies, and stars

Google Operating System
Unofficial news and tips about Google