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  • Apple Group

    Apple 300Get MORE from your iPad & Mac Devices

    This group is available to anyone who has or is thinking of buying an iPad, Mac Computer and/or iPhone that would like to find new ways of using their devices.
    Every month our committee members or a guest speaker makes up to 4 presentations so that you can expand your knowledge of the wonderful devices designed by Steve Jobs.

    Here are some of the subjects we include in the presentations that are made each month

    New Users - Emails, Gestures, iCloud, Contacts, Calendars and Safari

    More advanced users - Settings, Bluetooth, Pages, Numbers, Siri, Maps, Photos & iMovie.

     At the end of the presentations we have a number of round tables where you can talk about the specific areas you are interested in while you enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuits

    If you want to have better knowledge of your Apple equipment come and join us on the 4th Monday in the month at 2pm in the Otford Methodist Church HallĀ  in Otford High Street. To receive a copy of the meeting agenda a few days before the meeting please send an email to the address below
    Contact :   Dave Simmons

    Meetings :   Monday, 2nd, 2.00-4.00 in Otford Methodist Church, High Street, Otford.TN14 5PH

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  • Computer Open Group

    Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Monday of the month – October through May. There is usually an illustrated  talk on a topic of interest followed by a question and answer session where members raise problems they are experiencing with their computers. A reciprocal agreement with Knole U3A means that members of both organisations are welcome to attend each others computer group meetings. 
    2020 Programme

    January 20th - The Internet of Things - Warren Taylor

    February 17th - Computers in the Library Service - Jenny Carter, Kent Libraries

    March 16th - Beacon and the Sevenoaks U3A Website - David Taylor

    April 27th - Compiuter Security - Aimee Payne , Kent Police

    May 18th - Social Media - Tony Fishpool

    Meetings are held in the Otford Village Memorial Hall Club Room, starting at 2pm.

    Entrance Fee: £2 including Tea.
    Mike Davies

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  • Computer Training

    AGE UK

    LOCAL LIBRARIES

    ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES

    Link to Age UK Computer Training CoursesAge UK is also located in St John’s Road, at the Old Meeting HouseTel: 01732 454108. The programme is based on identifying individuals’ needs and covers a full range of topics, which are then worked on a one on one basis. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to the sessions.  Modest charges are on an hourly basis.

    Training facilities are available in many local libraries. You are invited to drop in and discuss your needs with them.

    Timeslots can be booked for one on one sessions at Otford Library on 01959 522488.

    Sevenoaks Library offers free courses on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays – contact jenny.carter@kent.gov.uk

    In Sevenoaks the Adult Education Centre in Hatton House, Bradbourne Road offers a range of professionally staffed training programmes.  Brochures detailing these and information on other Kent Centres can be obtained from Sevenoaks Library.

    S&G TRAINING

    ONLINE COMPUTER TRAINING

    Link to the S&G Training websiteS&G Training offers one-on-one training at the offices of Mind located at 34 St John’s Road, Sevenoaks – Tel: 01732 458910. Courses for beginners are free and there is then a wide range of more advanced courses to suit individual requirements. These include Microsoft Office, Digital Photography, Facebook, Skype and more, all at modest prices. The emphasis is on determining individuals’ needs and then working on a one on one basis.

    The choice is extensive and ranges from free training courses, starting with basic instruction for beginners, to expensive courses aimed at professional level skills.

    Students should explore a selection of websites to see what is available and decide what would suit their personal requirements.

    To get you started, here are a few websites worth exploring :

  • Security & Scams

    Cyber Crime Presentation by the Serious Crime Directorate.  This presentation was made at the Computer Group Meeting on the 22nd January 2018 and contains a lot of useful advice on protection of digital data.

    ARTICLES FROM THE INTERNET

    ARTICLES FROM NATIONAL U3A

    The articles on this page can be accessed by visiting various reputable sites on the Internet, or have been provided by our own U3A members.

    WHICH? magazine also has a complete (free) section on their website which details many of the most frequently encountered computer security problems and how to deal with them.  This can be accessed at https://computing.which
    .co.uk/hc/en-gb/categories/
    200751629-Security-and-Privacy

    How To Deal With Fraudulent Emails
    Never Wait For Your Computer to Start Again
    Is Your Monitor Set Up Correctly ?
    12 ways to Speed Up Your PC
    What To Do If Your PC Is Infected By Malware
    How To Keep Your Windows Desktop Tidy
    Beware the Paypal Scammers
    How Safe Are Your Favourite Websites
    Top 5 Online Privacy Mistakes
    Stay Safe Online
    The Perfect Password
    How to Avoid Phishing Scams

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    Cloud Computing

    If any member is aware of any good advice to make computer usage faster, easier or safer, please let the web team know and we will add the article to this page.

    Email the Web Team

    CRIME PREVENTION GUIDES

    LITTLE BOOK OF BIG SCAMS

    Kent Police have produced a series of themed guides providing crime prevention advice.
    Current titles are:

    • Home & garden security;
    • Property marking;
    • Anti-social behaviour;
    • Plant theft;
    • Contacting Kent Police;
    • Rural crime;
    • Safe cycling;
    • Bike security;
    • Vehicle security;
    • Motorbike safety;
    • Restorative practice;
    • Bogus callers;
    • Metal theft;
    • Personal safety;
    • Drug dealing and use (spotting/reporting)

    Visit :   www.kent.police.uk/yourguide

    Or contact :   01622 652162 or 652164

    The Metropolitan Police have produced a book which offers plenty of advice about how to avoid being caught out by the numerous scams, which we may come across from time to time.  The book covers the following items :

    • Identity Fraud;
    • Mass Market Fraud - Scam Mail;
    • Investment Scams;
    • Door-to-Door Scams;
    • Dating and Romance Scams;
    • Banking and Payment Card Scams;
    • Mobile Phone Scams;
    • Health and Medical Scams;
    • Internet Scams;
    • Psychic and Clairvoyant Scams;
    • Frequent Scamming Tools;
    • Fraud is Not a Victimless Crime;
    • Handy Hints to Protect Yourself;
    • What to do if You Get Scammed -  Contacts and Reporting Advice.

    For more information please go to :   http://www.met.police
    .uk/docs/little_book_scam.pdf

    GET SAFE ONLINE

    BANK SCAMS

    Link to the Get Safe Online websiteThe Get Safe Online website at www.getsafeonline.org provides free, independent, user-friendly advice on how to use the internet safely and confidently, under 7 main headings :

    1. protecting your computer;
    2. protecting yourself;
    3. smartphones & tablets;
    4. shopping, banking & payments;
    5. safeguarding children;
    6. social networking;
    7. businesses.

    There are a multitude of sub-headings within those main groups to help you with specific problems.

    bankScam 1

    1.  A fraudster calls pretending to be the police or from your bank.  They claim your bank account has been used fraudulently.

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    2. They tell you to hang up and call the police or bank back to ensure the call is genuine,  They stay on the line, so when you redial you think you are through to the police or your bank.  They then tell you to give them your PIN number.

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    3,  They send a taxi or courier to collect your card.  With your card and PIN they can access your money.

    Remember :
    The police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card over the phone.  So never give them to anyone.  If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime, call us on 101.  Or if the incident is in progress, call 999.

     Cyber Crime Presentation by the Serious Crime Directorate. January 2018

    Little Book of Cyber Scams

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