Bowie Apple Club

Virtural Private Network (VPN)


A VPN is a service you connect to that sends and receives data across the internet on your behalf. When you set up and enable VPN, all of your internet traffic goes through it, both ways. Ideally, this traffic is encrypted and only the two parties who should have access to the information are able to use it.

Advantages of a VPN

  • Block ads or create a private session between your and your network.
  • Access to Restricted Sources
  • Security and privacy

Safe Shopping Online

We must purchase food, gas, medicine and other necessary items for family, friends or ourselves. In the cashless social, credit cards have become a mainstay. Before shopping online with a credit card at Amazon, Whole Foods, Best Buy and other, take a look at the browsers address bar for the safe and secure symbol. Here are a few tips to keep us safe:

  • ☞Shop at trusted web sites https://
  • ☞Try to use Strong Passwords
  • ☞Protect Browsing- Private or Incognito
  • ☞Avoid Public Terminal
  • ☞Protect your WiFi

USPS Informed Delivery Service

Informed Delivery is an application for the US Postal Service. It provides the ability to interact with incoming mail and packages in one convenient location. The messages are sent to via email to your phone, tablet or computer.

  • Digital snap shot of each envelops
  • Report missing mail
  • Schedule emails and or text alerts
  • Scan the barcode on labels
  • Leave delivery instructions

Speed Up Your Hardware

Follow these steps to speed up your hardware.

  • Purge Apps From Memory
  • Hardware with too many apps constantly running the background or the device has low memory are some of the reasons for a slow hardware. View apps running in the background and close them. View the list of running apps: iOS 9 -Double click the Home button Swipe up to close apps iOS 10- Swipe from the left to view the Control Center Swipe up on the window to close apps. Continue the process for each app window.
  • Reboot the iPad
  • Hold down the sleep/wake button until instructions appear to turn power down/turn off the iPad.
  • Inspect Your Wi-Fi Connection
  • Check the Internet speed, install a Wi-Fi Speed test app. The average network is around 12 megabits-per-second(Mbps) to 25+Mbps.
  • You’re running current iOS verion
  • Clear Storage Space
  • Store photos, music and video files on an usb/flash drive and delete from your device.
  • Delete unwanted apps. In the browser(s) Safari or Chrome, delete cookies and web history.

Additional tips given at the club meetings on the second and fourth Friday of the month.

Do Not Track

This feature is a component of all browsers for the users to opt out of website tracking. By default this feature is turned OFF except in Private browsing where it is always turned ON. Chrome browser:

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top right (3 dots),
  • Click More > Settings.
  • At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  • Under "Privacy," check or uncheck Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic
Firefox feature lets every content advertisers and providers of sites visited that your behavior is not to be tracked:
  • Click the menu button ☰ and select Preferences.
  • Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  • Tracking Protection
  • DoNotTrack-Choose the Always setting.
  • Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.