2023-05 BMUG Newsletter

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BMUG Newsletter

May, 2023

Please note the security advice below.

Next Meeting - Leopold Library, May 9 at 3.00 pm.

Why not join us?

If you'd like to join our meeting by Zoom, please don't hesitate to email us for the link.

What do you need to know and what can you ignore?

pictureWhat we need to be aware of is becoming more significant as more security breaches are affecting us, everyday citizens using the technology of the day.

We don't usually think of ourselves as being at risk but the experts tell us again and again that we are.

At our last meeting, we chatted about these issues and now we want to help more BMUG friends check on the safety of their data and thus themselves and their families.

Have you heard what happened to someone like you because of a digital intrusion?

Have you managed to check the preferences on your phone and iPad to have the most limited exposure available?

Would you like someone to step through the process of checking your preferences with you?


Is this of interest?

On pain management.  Paul Biegler, author of  'Why does it still hurt?’ is having a free session Sunday 21 May 5:30 pm at Queenscliff Town Hall.

Science journalist and former doctor Paul Biegler shines a light on revolutionary new ways to treat persistent pain so that sufferers can take control and truly heal.


Even though it’s free, bookings are still essential for the session.

Here's a challenge for you!

Do you normally only watch Channels from the ABC and SBS? You might like to try this on Channel 7.

Wed evenings 7:30 pm “The 1% club”

This has some challenging questions you might find fun. It is probably best to record it, as often difficult to get the answer in the 30 seconds time limit and so often a few more seconds is enough to get the answer.

You don’t need to have great logical or mathematical brain to reach an answer as much as you need to explore all of the information provided, rather than following a single path.

Past episodes can be viewed on the 7 Plus app.

The questions are intriguing, but the compère can be a bit over the top.
Anyway, it's an opportunity to think divergently.

MacOS, iOS updates

iOS 16.4.1 - Update Now Warning Issued To All iPhone Users


Similarly there has been a recent update to counter security vulnerabilities in MacOS Ventura 13.1

However Apple has now released a Rapid Security Response update for iOS 16.4.1, macOS 13.3.1 https://appleinsider.com/articles/23/05/01/apple-issues-rapid-security-response-update-for-ios-1641-macos-1331


ChatGPT Alternatives (@ 2023_3_18)

Many alternative to ChatGPT are emerging.
This article reviews 29 different alternatives by category e.g. Translation ChatGPT alternative for Translation

  • Elsa Speak
  • Bloom
  • DeepL Write


It seems to be a very comprehensive coverage if you are interested in exploring conversation AI, but be mindful the domain is continually changing and expanding. Note some offer free usage, while others are by subscription.


iCloud storage backup


If you use iCloud to store your files, this article would be of interest to you. However it makes for some complex and detailed reading. A section on Photos and Notes might assist in explaining how iCloud photo storage integrates with your local Photos app photo library.

Reminder: using Chrome on a Mac defeats Apple's privacy features

Apple works incredibly hard to protect the privacy of its users on the internet. In particular through its Safari web browser, Mail program, Gatekeeper software, and many other features.

Apart from the Chrome browser, other non Apple products may present the same vulnerabilities and dangers.



How to use Activity Monitor in macOS Ventura

e.g. useful to see which app seems to be using the most power or memory storage etc and affecting the performance of your device to assist in deterring whether your device has been hacked. https://appleinsider.com/inside/macos/tips/how-to-use-the-activity-monitor-in-macos-ventura


The importance of backups of your data cannot be understated. Probably best to have several stored at home and off site.

Some of us in the past have used a variety of storage devices and software.
In the past, majority use of hard drives, but now, SSDs with their increased storage capacity, faster read/write speeds, smaller device dimensions and weight are increasingly become preferred choice. Reliability has yet to be proven.




How hackers can use your WhatsApp account, unbeknown to you. But worse can actually take over your account without your intervention.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/blog/news/2023/01/protect-your-whatsapp-account- against-actors-who-try-to-steal-it-while-you-sleep? 

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