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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, November 9, 2014

From all of us at Sharper Training Solutions, thank you to all who have served our country. Happy Veteran’s Day!

In this Issue:
Special Feature: Ten Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
Special Feature: Windows 8.1 – More Charms
Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Mac OS X Mavericks - Ejecting Drives
Today's Topic: Windows 7 Aero Shake: Mass-Minimize Windows by Shaking the Mouse
Special Feature: How to Fix a Slow iPad
Websites of Interest: Veteran’s Day; Thanksgiving Decorations; Birthday Freebies; November 13 is World Kindness Day

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Special Feature: Ten Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

By Doug Shadel of aarp.org

Don’t Be a Statistic. In a new poll, AARP Research asked 2,250 Americans about their experiences with identity theft. More than 12 percent said unauthorized purchases were made in their name in the past year. According to the Justice Department, 16.6 million adults were victims of ID theft in 2012.

To avoid becoming one of those statistics, experts recommend a strategy of prevention and monitoring. Here are 10 ways to keep your accounts safe.

Secure Your Mail
Get a locking mailbox or use a PO Box. Almost 60 percent of Americans do not lock their mailbox.

Limit What Is Mailed to You
Get online accounts for all bank and credit cards. Nineteen percent of Americans over 50 have not set up online access to their financial accounts.

Never Leave Personal Information in Your Car
Nineteen percent of Americans 18 to 49 admitted they have left their wallet or purse in their locked car over the past week. But only 8 percent of those over 50 did.

Shred Documents Containing Personal Information
This includes bank and credit card statements, tax forms and medical bills. Forty-one percent of respondents age 50 and older shred documents once a week or more.

Lock Electronic Devices
Set up passcodes on your smartphones, laptops and tablets to prevent unauthorized use if they are lost or stolen. Forty-four percent of those age 50-plus who own smartphones have not set up a passcode on them.

Close Out Inactive Accounts
Old credit card accounts that are not in use can make tempting targets for ID thieves.

Don't Carry Your Social Security Card
Even exposing the last four digits of your Social Security number can put you at risk for fraud.

Monitor Your Account Activity
Check accounts and credit card statements online regularly. Three in 4 Americans who bank online say they check their accounts at least once a week.

Register With the 3 Credit Reporting Agencies
Establish accounts with Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Four in 10 Americans have not registered for online access to their accounts with the credit bureaus.

Put Fraud Alerts or Freezes on Your Accounts
You can put a fraud alert or establish a credit freeze on your accounts by contacting the three credit bureaus. Only 16 percent of respondents who had received breach notifications put fraud alerts on their credit files, and less than 6 percent opted for credit freezes.

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Special Feature: Windows 8.1 – More Charms

From microsoft.com

Using the Charms for Things You Do Often

The five charms—Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings—are quick ways to get to actions you do often, like search the web and your PC, print documents, and email photos and links. They’re always available on the right side of your screen, no matter where you are in Windows.

Swipe in from the right edge of your screen. Then tap or click Search, Share, Start, Devices, or Settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper or lower right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search, Share, Start, Devices, or Settings.)

You can also press the Windows logo key +C to open the charms.

Share

The Share charm is a quick way to share files, photos, and info with people you know, or save things for later, without leaving the app you're in. You can share a photo with just a few people at a time, share a link with your entire social network, or send an interesting article to the Reading List app so you can read it later.

You can share things from most apps with the Share charm. If you want to share things from the desktop, you can share through email or use OneDrive to share files and photos.

To share files
1. In an app, swipe the item you want to share to select it. (If you're using a mouse, right-click the item you want to share to select it.)
2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Share.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Share.)
3. Tap or click the person, app, or device you want to share with, and follow the on-screen instructions.

To share a link
1. Open an app and browse to the website, article, or map you want to share.
2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Share.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Share.)
3. Tap or click the person, app, or device you want to share with, and follow the on-screen instructions.

To change settings for Share
You can change which apps are listed in the Share charm, and how they appear.

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
2. Tap or click Search and apps, and then tap or click Share.
3. Change the settings you want.

Start

You can use the Start charm to get to the Start screen no matter where you are in Windows. Or if you’re already on Start, use it to go back to the last app you were using.

Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tapping Start. (Or, if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner of the screen, move your mouse all the way into the corner, and then click Start.)

Devices

The Devices charm is a quick way to send files and info to other devices that are connected to your PC, like your printer, Xbox, phone, speakers, TV, or a projector. The list of devices available in the Devices charm depends on the devices you have and whether they’re connected to your PC.

 

In our next newsletter: Windows 8.1 – The Settings Charms

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Special Feature: Intro to the Mac - Mac OS X Mavericks - Ejecting Drives
From gcflearnfree.org
Ejecting Drives
When you connect a flash drive or external hard drive to your Mac, it is known as mounting the drive. Before you disconnect the drive, it's important to eject it (or unmount it) properly to avoid damaging the data.
To Eject a Drive
Click the Finder icon on the Dock.
Locate your drive in the sidebar and click its eject button.
The drive will disappear from the sidebar and you can safely disconnect it from the computer.
If your flash drive appears as an icon on the desktop, right-click the drive icon and select Eject. The drive icon will disappear from the desktop. Alternatively, you can click and drag it to the Trash. It can then be safely disconnected from your computer.

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Today's Topic: Windows 7 Aero Shake: Mass-Minimize Windows by Shaking the Mouse

From computershopper.com

If you didn’t read about this tip here or elsewhere first, you’d probably only discover it in the midst of a fit of frustration sometime down the road. If you grasp the title bar of a given window, then shake the mouse rapidly while still holding down the left mouse button, you can minimize all windows except for the shaken one. (This feature is called, unsurprisingly, Aero Shake.)

Aero Shake is handy for reducing onscreen clutter, and if you happen to own a touch-sensitive tablet PC or other touch-enabled computer, Aero Shake is especially satisfying to use. And if you don’t have a touch screen at your fingers or your mouse in hand at the moment, you can also perform the same operation from the keyboard, by hitting the combination Windows key + Home (not nearly as fun, alas).

To restore the window arrangement as you had it before, just repeat the action: Shake the title bar again (or hit Windows key + Home again), and your other windows will pop back up in the same positions as before.

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Special Feature: How to Fix a Slow iPad

By Daniel Nations of about.com

Is your iPad running slow? Does it seem to get bogged down after a few hours? This is not an uncommon problem. It is usually caused by an app that is running in the background, which can lead to the app taking up too much memory or processing power. Luckily, this is also relatively easy to fix.

1. The first thing to try is to purge your most recent apps from memory. The iPad multitasks by suspending applications that are no longer active, but allowing a portion of the application to keep running. In this way, Pandora can still send music to your speakers even after you've closed it.

To close the application, we need to bring up a list of all running applications. You can do this by double clicking the home button at the bottom of your iPad. (It's the circular button you use to close iPad apps.) When you press it twice in quick succession, your most recent apps are shown as small windows with their associated icon below it.

To close an app, touch the window and swipe toward the top of the screen, a gesture that resembles sliding the app off the iPad. Remember, you touch the app window, not the app icon.

Go ahead and close the first four or five apps and see if that helps. If it doesn't, proceed to the next step.

Note: If you have not upgraded to iOS 7 or 8, you will get a different screen when double-clicking the home button. This screen has all of the application icons lined up across the bottom of the screen with no associated windows. Simply touch an application and hold your finger down until the icons begin shimmering. Small red circles with a minus sign in the middle will appear on the top of the icons. At this point, you can simple touch the red circle to close an app.

2. Sometimes closing down apps simply won't do the trick. In this case, rebooting the iPad is the best recourse. To reboot the iPad, hold down the sleep/wake button button until instructions appear telling you to slide a button to power off the iPad. After the iPad's screen goes completely dark, it is powered down and you can start it back up again by holding down the sleep/wake button again. Your iPad should boot up shortly and be responding much better. If you continually find that your iPad slows down after use, try to keep in mind the apps that are running at the time. Sometimes, a single app can cause the iPad to begin performing poorly.

Learn how to upgrade to iOS 8:
http://computerkindergarten.com/101914.html

3. If you are running desperately low on storage space, clearing up a little extra elbow room for the iPad can sometimes improve performance. This can be accomplished by deleting apps that you no longer use, especially games that you don't play anymore.

Learn how to delete iPad apps:
http://computerkindergarten.com/110214.html

4. You can also speed up Safari by deleting your cookies and web history, though this will cause you to log back into any websites that have saved your login information.

Learn how to clear cookies and web history in the iPad Safari browser:
http://computerkindergarten.com/102614.html

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Websites of Interest:

Veteran’s Day
Learn the history of the day and the event at these websites:
http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

Thanksgiving Decorations

Visit the Better Home and Gardens website for some Thanksgiving decorating ideas:
http://www.bhg.com/thanksgiving/indoor-decorating/

Here are some craft ideas for kids for decorating your home and table.
http://tinyurl.com/69we9

Birthday Freebies
Find free loot in your area and nationwide.
http://www.birthdayfreebies.com/

November 13 is World Kindness Day
Learn more about it here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Kindness_Day