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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, October 18, 2015

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please have a mammogram or take someone you love to have one.

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Tech Support Scams
Special Feature: Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan: The Best New Features
Today's Topic: Windows 10 - Personalizing Your Desktop
Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks
Websites of Interest: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Resources, Halloween Recipes; New York Fall Foliage Report; October 24 is United Nations Day


Special Feature: Tech Support Scams

From scamguard.com

It rarely or ever happens that any technician from a PC manufacturer or tech support company would cold call non-client computer users and tell them that there's an immediate threat to their computers and that the company needs remote access to fix the problem. Yet, many people fall for this scam.

Usually operating out of India, scammers call victims and allege that they're with a big name tech company. Victims are told that their computers are either already infected or about to become infected with malware that can cause significant damage, such as operating system corruption or identity theft. The “technicians” then urge users to allow them to have remote access to troubleshoot and fix related issues. Scammers use these opportunities to infect systems with malware or perform other damage; or send users to third-party websites that cause damage. All of these actions are focused on the singular goal of giving scammers access to computers so they can cause errors and then charge for unnecessary repair services.

ScamGuard advice: Never give anyone remote access to your computer unless you initiated the call to a known tech support company.


Special Feature: Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan: The Best New Features

By Sam Rutherford of laptopmag.com

In last year's OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple added major features such as Continuity, which allows for better cross-device app use, better iCloud syncing, improved Spotlight search and a more streamlined user interface. This year, you can expect better multitasking, Web surfing and even improved graphics tech. Here are the coolest features coming to Apple's next update to OS X, version 10.11 El Capitan.



Today's Topic: Windows 10 - Personalizing Your Desktop

From gcflearnfree.org

Windows 10 makes it easy to customize the look and feel of your desktop. To access the Personalization settings, right-click anywhere on the desktop, then select Personalize from the drop-down menu. The Personalization settings will appear.

Fonts, Background, Colors, Lock Screen, Themes, and Start can be personalized. Here are the steps:


Special Feature: iPad Tips and Tricks

A collection of tips showing some useful features of iPad with iOS 9.

Find your Misplaced iPad
Make your iPad play a sound — even if it’s set to silent. Open the Find iPhone app on another device, tap the missing iPad, tap Actions, and then tap Play Sound.

See What’s Nearby
Use Maps to find food, shopping, health facilities, fun, and more nearby. Just tap the search field.

Make a Note of That
In Safari, Maps, and many other apps, you can save a note about what you’re looking at without leaving the app. Tap the Share Button (top right; small box with up arrow), then tap Notes.


Websites of Interest:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Resources

Halloween Recipes
There's no trick to making these Halloween food ideas, including ghoulish-ly good cupcakes, cookies, treats, and candies.

New York Fall Foliage Report

October 24 is United Nations Day
United Nations Day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization