SVMUG Monthly Meeting September 15, 2014 Joe Kissell - Privacy & Security!

posted Sep 12, 2014, 6:08 AM by Pam Ailes   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 6:52 PM ]

Hello svmug members & friends! 

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group (svmug) is on Monday, September 15, 2014 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.

SPEAKER & TOPIC:  Joe Kissell - Privacy and Security

The news is full of reports about hacked accounts, stolen password lists, malware, and other security threats that can affect Mac users. Don’t panic! You can keep your data safe and protect your online privacy if you understand some basic principles. In this essential session on privacy, Joe Kissell discusses the risks and how best to deal with them. You'll learn what went wrong in some of the best-known security failures and how to avoid becoming the next victim.

The talk will include creating, storing, and using excellent passwords—and managing weak links such as password reset systems and security questions. Joe will cover when and how to use two-factor authentication, other one-time and ongoing steps you can take to improve your privacy, and what to do if you find out (or suspect) that your security has been compromised.


Joe Kissell is a best-selling author known primarily for writing about Macs, iOS devices, and other high-tech topics. He is a senior editor of TidBits and the author of numerous ebooks in the Take Control series.

Macworld has a list of articles written by Joe that you can check out:

OPEN SOURCE TOPIC:   LilyPond and Frescobaldi presented by Dan Reed

Frescobaldi is a music editor for music files created with something called, LilyPond. LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. It brings the aesthetics of traditionally engraved music to computer printouts. LilyPond is free software and part of the GNU Project. LilyPond came about when two musicians wanted to go beyond the soulless look of computer-printed sheet music.  Musicians prefer reading beautiful music, so why couldn’t programmers write software to produce elegant printed parts? 

The result is a program that creates beautiful sheet music following the best traditions of classical music engraving. It takes care of the details of layout programmatically, allowing composers, transcribers and publishers to focus on the music instead of improving their software’s default output. Whether you want a lead sheet, tablature, or a complete score, you can make it with LilyPond.


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, please call 408-877-6377 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.


During the Break, we nibble on yummies that attendees bring to the meeting. If you are able to do so, please bring some sort of finger-food.  There aren't any beverages available unless you bring some, so if you would like something to drink, please bring your own in a seal-able container, such as a water bottle.



6:45 PM - Doors open around this time

7:00 PM - Introduction

7:05 PM - News 

7:30 PM - Presentation: Joe Kissell

8:15 PM - Break time - attendees bring food

8:30 PM - Open Source: LilyPond presented by Dan Reed

8:45 PM - Group Q & A

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


Sep 15 - Joe Kissell on Privacy & Security

Oct 20 - DriveSavers: Dave Bradley and Mike Cobb — recovery services

Nov 17 - Chris Breen — Mac OS X Yosemite

Dec 15 - Annual Holiday Party! speaker TBD

2015 CALENDAR:  *Date changes

*Jan 26 - 4th Monday meeting due to Google Holiday

*Feb 23 - 4th Monday meeting due to Google Holiday

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.



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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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San Leandro Mac User Group, at 

North Coast Mac User Group, at 

Planet Mac User Group, at