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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, July 17, 2016

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Are You an Easy Target for Scammers?
Special Feature: What is iCloud? An Introduction to iCloud and How to Use It
Today's Topic: Why Grandparents Should Learn to Text
Special Feature: iPad Basics – Siri
Websites of Interest: Travel


Special Feature: Are You an Easy Target for Scammers?

Some online behaviors may put you at risk. Take this quiz from AARP to see how much you know about some of the ways people can be scammed:


This is the last article in our series, Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets. We hope you enjoyed it. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to review our previous article in this series

How to Stop Spam with Disposable Email Addresses

Ignore Delivery Failures of Messages You Did Not Send

How to Disguise Your Email Address in Newsgroups, Forums, Blog Comments, Chat

How to Report Spam with SpamCop

How Long, Complicated Email Addresses Beat Spammers

How to Use Disposable Email Addresses at Your Web Site

Don't Use Your Primary Email Address to Sign Up for Anything

How to Know the Email Address for Spam Complaints

How to Submit Spam to SpamCop via Email

Use a Good Anti-Spam Program

Assume Mail from Unknown Senders is Spam

Domain Owners: Set up Throwaway Addresses to Fight Spam

Whether or Not to Unsubscribe from Spam

Mail with "ADV" in the Subject is Spam

Don't Use "This is Spam" to Unsubscribe

Spam is Named After Monty Python's Spam Skit

Don't Delete Spam Automatically

Watch Out for Those Checkboxes

Spammers Track Usage, Too

How to Report Spam Comfortably with SpamCop

Mail Not Addressed to You is Likely Spam

Do Not Threaten Spammers

How to Make Sure Your ISP Does Not Filter Your Newsletters as Spam

How to Use Bayesian Spam Filtering to Get Rid of Junk Email

Don't Believe Spammers When They Say "You Requested"


Special Feature: What is iCloud? An Introduction to iCloud and How to Use It

By Amy German of germanpearls.com

What is iCloud?

The cloud is a place to store your files, similar to a hard drive or jump drive. The difference between the cloud and your hard drive is that the files aren’t stored in your computer or your phone, they’re stored by someone else, on someone else’s computer, which you can access anywhere. iCloud is a cloud service provided by Apple. So, if you have an iCloud account and store files in iCloud, you’re really storing them in Apple computers somewhere.

Visit our website to learn how to use iCloud and how to access your files:

In our next newsletter:
Cloud Storage Comparison


Today's Topic: Why Grandparents Should Learn to Text

By Susan Adcox of about.com

Are you a texting holdout? Do you tend to call your children and grandchildren instead of texting them, only to find that they don't pick up? Do you leave voice mails that are never listened to? Maybe it's time to change your ways. Learn all about texting here:


In our next newsletter:
Dictionary of Texting Jargon


Special Feature: iPad Basics – Siri

From gcflearnfree.org

Siri is an extremely useful feature that comes with the iPad and iPhone (but not the iPad 2 or earlier). Sometimes referred to as a virtual assistant, it can help you with all kinds of things. For example, you can use Siri to send messages, schedule meetings, and search for nearby restaurants—all without having to perform the task yourself.

Powered by the sound of your voice rather than gestures or your keyboard, Siri can understand and respond to complex questions like, "Remind me that I have a doctor's appointment on the 18th." Or, "What's the weather going to be like today?"

To use Siri, just press and hold the Home button on your device, or, on a newer iPad or iPhone, say “Hey Siri.” Then tell Siri what you need. The more you use Siri, the better it will understand you (as it grows accustomed to your voice).

Here are some examples of what Siri can do:



Websites of Interest:


Room Key
Direct access to hotels around the globe.

Lets you search flights by date, price, and budget — even if you don’t know where you want to go.

Seat 61
A guide to traveling by train or ferry

Hotel Reviews
Check these sites before you book a room

Pet Friendly Travel
Question: We want to bring our dog when we travel. Do you know any websites that will help us find accommodations and other information?

Yes, there are many. Here are some of our favorites.

Finding Accommodations:

Traveling Information:

Travel Safety Tips: