SVMUG Monthly Meeting Jan 26, 2015 - Safety Online - Cloak VPN

posted Jan 9, 2015, 11:00 PM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 7:32 PM ]


The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00PM. As always, meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Bring a friend! We are in our "Normal" room: BODEGA BAY TECH TALK ROOM at Google in Mountain View, CA. See below for details and directions.


Dave is in Seattle, WA. His remote presentation will cover the security of public and wi-fi networks and about VPNs in general. He’ll also tell us a bit of history on why they built Cloak and gave it the current features. He will step through the process of using Cloak on various platforms. There will be plenty of time for open discussion about privacy and security online, government surveillance, cybercrime, and of course: ”Best things to do to stay safe online!”  Being safe online goes beyond VPNs, which only solve one of many many problems out there.


About the presenter:

Dave Peck has had an unusual trajectory through the software industry. His first "hit" was a shareware game for Mac System 7 when he was in high school. He's been a full-time engineer for massive technology companies like Microsoft and Silicon Graphics. He helped start a handful of technology companies including one that was sold to Microsoft. But mostly, he's a self-proclaimed software nerd and an indie Mac and iPhone developer at heart. His current project called Cloak, is a VPN service that is designed to keep you safe on untrusted networks without getting in your way. He develops Cloak with his two colleagues, Peter Sagerson and Nick Robinson, in Seattle, WA.


Dave Peck - co-founder

OPEN SOURCE:  Font Awesome, the iconic font and CSS toolkit

Our open source topic tonight will be presented by Dan Reed. 

Font Awesome icon font set can be used in any website.  What is an icon font? An icon font is a special black on white character that looks like an icon, but is treated exactly like a font by CSS and your web browser. Icon fonts are easier to style than images. Anything CSS can do with text can also be done to an icon font. While images can be positioned and scaled with CSS in your browser, they do require an image editor in order to change the color. Knowledge of lassos and dexterity is required unless the image happened to be a layered file. 

More info at:


We will be meeting at Google, in the Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room. If you have not been here before, please allow for some extra time to find the room. Often there is a giant white mobile "Hair cut van" parked in the parking lot near where a cafeteria for Google employees and the Bodega Bay room are located. If you are lost, call (408) 480-1690 and we will try to get you to the right place.

Bodega Bay Tech Talk Room

Google - Building 1950

1950 Charleston Rd  (same as 1950 Amphitheater Parkway)

Mountain View, California 94043



If you log into the svmug yahoo group, click on the Photos link to see photos of the svmug sign, the big white hair-cut van and the side area of the Google building near where the usual meeting room (Bodega Bay), as well as other building maps and rooms. If you are not yet a member of the svmug yahoo group, you can easily join from this link by clicking the "About" link and then click "Join Group".


-- From Highway 101, take the Amphitheater Parkway exit, which is also Rengstorff Avenue; Head North.

-- Turn right (East) onto Charleston Rd.

-- Turn left (North) onto the Google complex, at the 3rd driveway entrance. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.

-- Look for the meeting room shown on the map.

NOTE:  If you are coming from the other direction on Charleston (coming from the East and driving West), once you cross the creek's bridge, turn RIGHT at the first driveway and go along the right side of the Google building. You'll most likely see the big white hair cut van parked there. You want to park near here. Look at the map to verify the driveway's location since it is hard to see in the dark.



6:45 PM - Doors open around this time; Get a Visitor Badge in the lobby.

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Remote Presentation: Cloak VPN - Dave Peck

8:15 PM - Break

8:30 PM - Open Source: Font Awesome  - Dan Reed

8:45 PM - Q&A - misc.

9:30 PM - All done!  Clean up after ourselves and go.

2015 CALENDAR:  *Date changes!!! *

* Jan 26 - Meeting is on the 4th Monday due to a Google Holiday; 

TOPIC:  Cloak VPN (Dave Peck via remote)

* Feb 23 - Meeting is on the 4th Monday due to a Google Holiday; TOPIC:  Michael Cohen, Take Control of Pages

Mar 16 - TBD

Apr 20 - TBD

* Meetings these months are on the 4th Monday because the 3rd Monday is a holiday for Google so the meeting room is not available.

NOTE:  Is there a new product or technology you think the group would like to know about? Who would you like us to bring back? Let us know.



SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group)

SVMUG meetings occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (with some holiday exceptions). Meetings are free and open to the public. Audience members may arrive or depart at their convenience, so feel free to arrive late, or leave early if you wish.

SVMUG started as the South Bay branch of the Berkeley Mac User Group (BMUG), and lives on after the dissolution of the main organization. We hold monthly meetings on the Google campus in Mountain View, focusing on user support, vendor demonstrations, and community contacts.



Did you know that we have a Yahoo Group Email List?  You can join here:

The email list is where the announcements are sent and members can ask questions at any time. You can set your email settings to get individual emails or a daily digest or only the special announcements like this one. Or, if you prefer no emails, you can just go directly to the yahoo group to read the messages there. You can always check the website for announcements.

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BMUG West, at 

East Bay Mac User Group, at 

San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

North Coast Mac User Group, at 

Planet Mac User Group, at