InfoManager for Monday, November 30th, 2015

by Lynn Wegley, InfoManager, with co-editor Fred Showker

What’s Here:
02  Cyber Secutiry Update: POS, POP, Kim Jong-un, ModPOS, McAfee, Africa and more!
03  iPhone Update from LG, OLED, 6S or 6S Plus, Lightning port, to Cydia and more
04  Apple Watch InfoManager: Are sales flat, are watches even selling?
05  User Groups on Facebook for Week Ending 11/28/2015
06  Kepler 22
07  Turn an Old Mac Into a Cheap VPN
08  24 essential OS X El Capitan utilities
09  Quotes: Shaw, Kimbrough, Bob Proctor


01  Remember: Safe, spam-free reading:
   Click Firefox reader mode the Firefox READER to avoid screen spam on many of the sites we refer you to.

The content is usually very good, and important to read, but they’ve implemented so many affiliate links and stalker ads just for revenue, it’s become dangerous. Many host drive-by malware, and they don’t even know it!

As soon as you arrive at the site, click FireFox’s Reader icon and you’ll immiately be presented with a nice, clean, readable, screen with no ads, no danger and no worries.

If you’re using Safari or Explorer, YOU ARE AT RISK. Install FireFox immediately.


02  Cyber Secutiry Update: POS, POP, Cyber Monday, Kim Jong-un, ModPOS, McAfee, South Africa and more!

   Black Friday is over, now Cyber Monday is tomorrow, and upwards to a billion dollars will be stolen from American shoppers in the cybercrime shopping spree. They’ll take your money any way they can – and the only way to avoid it is to get off-line and don’t shop. Go to your local store and pay cash. Anyway – there are lots of other evils out there waiting to get you, so we’d better get going:
** Before Shopping Online This Cyber Monday, Secure Your Personal Accounts. Here’s How.
** Cybersecurity start-ups are proliferating, but sorting out what works is tricky
** Point of Sale “Malware on Steroids” Could Affect “Multiple Millions”
** South Korea enlists cyber warriors to battle Kim Jong-un’s regime
** Security Experts Warn of “Highly Sophisticated” ModPOS Malware
** Cybersecurity professionals: The healthcare industry needs you
** Top Five Cyber Monday security threats and what to do about them
** Don’t expect Anonymous to beat ISIS, cyber-security expert says
** John McAfee: Volunteers are the key to a secure digital world
** South Africa Makes Spamming and Phishing Top 40
** Beware of scammers targeting your smartphone
** How to protect yourself from cyber crooks


03  iPhone Update from LG, OLED, 6S or 6S Plus, Lightning port, to Cydia and more

   THE LIFE AND TIMES OF iPHONE just keep getting more and more interesting and exciting each passing week. With rumors of iPhone 7 already on the horizon, changes in technology seem to outpace people’s intelligence. Keep up with iPhone InfoManager.
**  LG investment adds new fuel to reports that Apple is planning an OLED iPhone
**  Should you buy a new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, or wait for the iPhone 7? A guide
**  Rumor: iPhone 7 to lose 3.5mm headphone port in favor of Lightning port
**  How to deal with iPhone 6/6 Plus lag and stutter (iOS 9 tutorial)
**  Five Awesome iOS 9 Cydia Tweaks for iPhone Photos
**  Tricks to free up space on your iPhone


04  Apple Watch InfoManager: Are sales flat, are watches even selling

   What’s happening? They’re saying Watch sales have sunk, and it’s doomed. Can that be? Do you know anyone with a watch? I know one person. So we follow the news and rumors about the Apple Watch…
** Apple Watch’s killer app: usage studies show it isn’t e-mail
** Research Reveals Apple Watch Users’ Daily Patterns
** These are the features Apple Watch owners love most
** How Apple’s winning Black Friday – at full price
** Apple Watch gains holiday sales momentum
** Will This Be an Apple Watch Christmas?


05  User Groups on Facebook for Week Ending 11/28/2015

   Here are some more great content items posted by user group members on Facebook! If you’re not already with us, please feel free to jump in…
** Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7 With All-in-One Lightning Connector
** Safari for iPhone & iPad: How to open tabs in the background
** My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and your) amusement
      It’s a good idea if you log into your Facebook account prior to reading this article.


06  Kepler 22

   Kepler 22 for iOS, a unique and immersive Sci-fi FPS experience in a new world on a distant solar system. Communications with the planet Kepler 22, a twin planet of the earth, broke down suddenly and earth command has teletransported General Matteus P. Morrison to investigate the incident. (Bologna, Italy; not an American product.)


07  Turn an Old Mac Into a Cheap VPN

   This how to article by Thorin Klosowski on (VPN means virtual private network)


08  24 essential OS X El Capitan utilities

   Jonny Evans wrote this in the Apple Holic column on


09  Quotes:  Shaw, Kimbrough, Bob Proctor

   People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
– George Bernard Shaw

    Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.
– Emily Kimbrough

   It’s a strange thing, you have said it thousands of times I am sure… you will never know what you can do until you try. However the sad truth is, that most people never try anything until they know they can do it.
– Bob Proctor


…and have a great week!

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A weekly column from the mice of Lynn Wegley and Fred Showker.

Lynn is a UGN veteran (AOL User Groups Forum) and User Group Network. He’s been a supporter and volunteer on many, many UGNet and User Group Academy projects. As a long-time user group member, he’s been a volunteer from Honolulu to Boston and beyond.

Lynn is currently working to rebuilding the Tulsa Users of Macintosh Society (TUMS) and also is a member of the Apple Corps of Dallas. An active participate on several MUG Facebook pages as well.

Fred has been a user group guy since 1986, through the AOL UG Forum days, then out onto the Web. Fred started and developed the User Group Network as a parallel organization to the Mug News Service, then continued through the founding of the Association of Apple Computer Users and Groups, and continues today at


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