Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2015
It’s here – iOS 9! You must install because updates are good for your device and they really mean it this time. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions you may have. There’s a lot to read and digest so plan some large time blocks.
iOS 9 is here and El Capitan may be released before you read this (probably 9/30). So let’s get up-to-date on what’s new in security using Two-Factor Authentication. This is important for you to use and understand. More on the subject here /
If you follow Bookmarks each month you know I’ve mentioned a website called and suggested you use and remember it. David has changed the name of the site. Still good and still lots to learn from him – just go to Also follow his YouTube channel.
Catch Dana’s Home Automation presentation at October meetings, both SMUG and MIAMUG. And remember to talk to Dana Haynes about a club discount for his tutorial site and start learning!
Another site for tutorials.
Here are some sites to learn about the 4th gen Apple TV. Compare to present Apple TV and the competition.
Read about News here. It came with iOS 9. Personalize the app and you’ll have your news you follow at your fingertips.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2015
Good stuff to learn about here even though it’s a bit dated. BUT poke around on this site and you’ll find some free tutorials as well as some at a small cost.
Meet Dana Haynes, our new SMUG member, who recently moved to mid-Michigan from Florida. He is a certified Apple consultant and has this wonderful site for tutorials and help with your Mac and Apple devices. I’m sure he’ll be spotted at MIAMUG also. Welcome Dana!
Learn here just how to be safe on public Wi-Fi networks.
Here’s a site to help you use your iPhone for photography more effectively and creatively. Here’s a good place to begin –
Learn more about Photos for OS X and its editing power.
Do you know these hacks for your iPhone? I bet you can find at least a couple that will make you say – “I didn’t know that!”
MacKeeper – avoid at all costs! Read about class-action law suit.
Looking to protect your valuable data? Then primary in your consideration should be that you backup offsite. Read this article by Joe Kissell who teamed up with the review site (The Wirecutter). Spend some time reading the CrashPlan review and so much more.
It’s terribly time consuming to drag a cd or dvd to the trash to eject. Joke! Put Disk Eject in your menu bar and save time. Find out how to do that.
Here’s Keychain 101 (Apple’s Password Manager). I admit I use Keychain and 1Password and I’m happy with the convenience.
The Apple Event is next week on Wednesday September 9. You should not miss the Apple Event keynote. It’s fun to see the new announcements and the excitement. Watch it live on your computer at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2015
iOS 9 should arrive in mid-September. Read about it now and be ready.
El Capitan is your next operating system. Find out here what’s new, what’s different and be ready for it’s release in the fall.
We’ve talking a lot about security recently. Read the article to understand your Mac’s firewall.
Siri is working with Apple Music. Here are 12 secret Siri commands for Apple Music. Try them out!
MacKeeper for your Mac. What a deal! Not! Check out the information in the links above. Remove MacKeeper!
More to read on security.
Learn more about staying safe on public wifi.
This is a VPN I’ve used when we travel. Try it free for 30 days. After that check out subscriptions and passes.
Here read about some measures and privacy settings that Apple device owners should know.
Use Siri to call Emergency Services. Read this and be aware of this.
Good video that will walk you through the process you need to take if a Safari pop-up is appearing on your Mac.

Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2015
Your Apple ID lets you access and store content in iCloud, make FaceTime calls, send iMessages, use Apple Pay, and purchase items from the App Store and iTunes Store. You’ve forgotten your Apple ID password? Oh, NO! Here’s the process for you to reset your password.
Getting your first iPhone or possibly a new one? Follow these steps to begin on the path of becoming an iPhone pro.
Get ready – El Capitan and iOS 9 are on the way. These links should spark your interest.
Using Gmail? Then you should be aware that you now can Undo Send. Follow the directions here and try it out. You’ll enable it and love it.
Shared albums in Photos for Mac and iOS is the best and very easy way to share your photos with friends and family.
Here are 9 slides containing the steps to format a startup drive for your Mac.
Learn about iBooks for your Mac and iOS devices. Your reading will be available on your Mac and devices and so will your bookmarks and notes.
By the time you read this Apple Music will have arrived with the iOS 8.4 update. Learn about it here and give it a try.

Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2015,0
Here’s yet another link to help you use the new Photos App for Mac.
Evernote – one of the greatest apps/website for your organizational needs. Learn about more Evernote can do for you here.
Password selection is important. Recovery of forgotten passwords means selecting answers that only you know to security questions. We’re bad at this! Let’s get better, find out how. AND always use a Password Manager!
Check out the content available on Apple TV. Not enough time in a day to see all that is offered.
Step by step directions here for setting up family sharing. It’s fun – try it!
Before you set out on your summer travels take a look at some accessories you may need to keep your technology running.
Is the beachball rolling and rolling on your Mac? You may need to reinstall Yosemite or whatever system you’re running. Back up FIRST!
I’m really enjoying this site. This is a review from last month’s Bookmarks regarding updating Flash Player. At the end of the video you can click on a link that takes you to a video on removing adware from your system. It’s the same app from May Bookmarks. Check out David A. Cox’ upcoming classes – attend LIVE or view later on or on
Let’s read about staying safe on public wifi.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2015
This is a link to the website of David A. Cox. Don’t let the PC part of the site throw you! Below are some of the videos I’ve watched. I take exception to his view on using virus software. Watch the videos – he does share some interesting information. You can also register to watch his classes live online. Register on the site. Join his mailing list also. Oh, and enter contest for the Apple Watch. (1Password) (iCloud) (Photos for Mac 2015)
More for you on the new Photos app on the Mac.
Macworld podcast on Photos. Get all Macworld podcasts – subscribe in iTunes.
Lots of reasons to use 1Password in addition to storing your passwords.
Goodbye and so long to those photo duplicates and duds. Read how to get them out of your library. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

The links below are all regarding adware which may or may not be living on your Mac. The question about removing adware has surfaced at club meetings. I downloaded the app in the last link and ran it. It found no adware – which didn’t surprise me, as I haven’t seen any sign of a culprit.
Here’s the quick and easy way to see if Adobe Flash really needs an update. When you receive a message to update Flash, follow these steps and check it out. Don’t fall for an imposter who only wants to install malware on your Mac. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2015
Use this guide to help you be ready and to understand Photos. It’s coming to Prime Time soon! Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Here’s a 5-part Diary of a Cord Cutter. There’s a lot here so stick with it. Learn from this series so that you are informed before making the decision or not. Make sure you don’t miss info on Apple TV below.
Before you cut the cord make sure you consider Apple TV. Learn more about the future Apple TV here. The new Apple TV could very well play a part in your cord cutting decision.
More about Apple Pay – but this this time some background on security and how the banks must step up their practices. Interesting and valuable information.
Learn how to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks and Yosemite. Be warned – deleting or moving files inside this folder could cause problems with an application.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2015
This was Chris Breen’s first article on Photos. Maybe you missed it in February Bookmarks.
More on the new Photos app that will be replacing iPhoto soon.
Here’s some typing tips to use on your iPhone and iPad.
If you’re concerned with privacy and security, both articles will help you understand FileVault 2.
New FCC rules on unlocking your phone may be something you’re interested in doing.
If you only learn to use a few of these Mac keyboard shortcuts you’ll look like a genuine power user.
Sign up for FREE Tips & Tricks delivered to you by email. That means everyday of the week you’ll receive a tip to save you time and use your iDevice more productively. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).
It’s getting closer! In fact there’s an Apple Event scheduled for March 9. Rumor has it that the Apple Watch will be discussed. Learn all about the Apple Watch here. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
For iPhone Users: Follow this list (Steps 1-6 or easiest to more involved) to get more speed out of your iPhone. There’s so much information here – don’t miss the main points and the sub-points.
AOL users: Mary Nesset and Jerry Brasseur sent this information to both clubs’ members. If you missed it – it’s here again.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2015
Get to know Siri (she’s improving). Here are 12 secret commands you may not know about. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Here’s a Siri guide for you to review.
Here’s a good wintertime activity. Learn how to eliminate duplicate and poor photos from your iPhoto library and then do it. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
MacKeeper – read about it here and AVOID it! Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Is a new Mac in your future? This site provides the step-by-step process you need to follow to set up your new Mac. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
This is Part 2 of the article used in Bookmarks last month. You’ll learn more of the power of Apple’s free Preview app. If you missed Part 1 – here’s the link.
Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Here’s an update on Apple Pay. Try it – you’ll like it!
It won’t be long before the launch of OS X 10.10.3 and Photos for OS X. Read about Photos here and be ready for the transition.
More information on Photos for OS X, as well as a launch date projection of April 2015. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
One more thing! How about setting up two-step verification for your Apple ID. Your Apple ID is key to many things you do with Apple. Only you should have access to your account details, be able to update your password, access the data you store with iCloud, make purchases in iTunes and the App Store. Add another layer of security with two-step verification.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2015
Take a look at this site for FREE Photography classes taught by university professor and professionals. Explore the site and find even more.
This is Part 1 of a terrific article written by Lesa Snider. Read about her fame at the end of article. You’ll learn about the superpowers of Apple’s Preview. Preview comes with your Mac and is the most useful app you don’t know about. Bookmark this site and come back for Part 2. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Here are two sites to help you learn to use Airdrop. Very cool!
If you’re still haven’t installed Yosemite – learn 17 things you can do in Yosemite that you couldn’t do in Mavericks. Now install!
You’re about to lose your wallet to Apple Pay. That may sound scary. Read and learn about Apple Pay and you’ll gain confidence.
I did it – what was I waiting for! Family Sharing is great – try it. Also good for young families – gives parents necessary controls. Download the Family Sharing Reference Guide on the second site.