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 This video is the first of a series and will help you understand Bitcoin better in non-technical terms.

More and more people want to know what Bitcoin is – Is it a currency? A payment system?

The answer is yes to both, but that’s not the whole story – those are just part of a bigger picture.

This first video should answer some of your questions but may leave you with new ones — let me know what you most want to understand about Bitcoin and I’ll answer a selection of them in future lessons.

 

In this Q&A video, I answer a question from long-time Gold Club member and student Ian, who wrote me with a question about being locked out of a computer because of a forgotten password.

 

 

There are many companies that provide free services that are actually designed to collect information about you. Watch this video to understand more about how Google collects information about you every time you do a search, what some of the implications of that are, and one surprising way they share some of that information with other companies.  Learn about Duck Duck Go, an alternative search engine designed to help improve your privacy.

 

How to add the Duck Duck Go search engine to Firefox so you can use it in the built-in search box in the top right corner of the window

 

How to add the Duck Duck Go search engine to replace Google search in Safari browser (still allows you to go to Google.com to search if you want)

 

In this video I explain a little bit about how web pages load, what free web browser “plugins” are, and how four of them can help protect your privacy and security.

 

In this video I show you the basics of the Add-on Bar in Firefox, which you’ll need to be familiar with to use plugins – a.k.a. add-ons – I’m teaching you about.

How to install the Ghostery plugin for Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. 

Ghostery blocks common ad trackers as well as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social buttons and their tracking code

How to use the Ghostery plugin to protect your privacy when browsing the web with Firefox.

 

Once you’ve installed Ghostery, you can take a minute to use the setup wizard to configure Ghostery to work and protect you. This video (same for all browsers) takes you through each of the screens and explains the recommended settings.

 

How to install the Ghostery plugin for Apple’s Safari web browser. 

Ghostery blocks common ad trackers as well as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social buttons and their tracking code

How to use the Ghostery plugin to protect your privacy when browsing the web with Safari.

 This video shows you how to install the highly recommended AdBlock Plus browser plugin for Firefox.  This plugin protects your privacy and security. See the next following video for step-by-step instructions on using AdBloc Plus.

 

This lesson is an overview of using Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox to block ads on websites, which limits or removes the ability of third party companies to track you.

 

 This video shows you how to install the Adblock plugin for Apple’s Safari browser.  This plugin is a spin-off of the Adblock Plus browser for Firefox, which is still under development for Safari.  In the mean time, you can use this version to protect your privacy and security.  I’ll be posting additional videos soon with step-by-step instructions on how best to use it soon.

 

This lesson is an overview of using Adblock for Safari to block ads on websites, which limits or removes the ability of third party companies to track you.

 

Learn how to install the incredibly helpful NoScript plugin which protects not just your privacy but also your security by blocking potentially harmful “scripts” that can be used to spy on you or in extreme cases even infect your computer with damaging software.

There currently is no version of NoScript for Safari.

Learn how to use NoScript to browse websites safely.

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Learn how to install the BetterPrivacy plugin for Firefox  which helps protect your privacy by removing certain special types of cookies that don’t get deleted when you delete cookies the normal way.   This plugin works automatically once it’s installed. 

This plugin is currently not available for Safari.

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Once BetterPrivacy is installed, this video shows you all you really need to know about using it — which is really easy since if you set it to work the way I show you in the video, then it’s 100% automatic after that.

This plugin is currently not available for Safari.

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iCloud Lessons

First-Time Setup of the iCloud Preferences (which connect your computer to iCloud & make it work)

 

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To get iCloud working on your computer or computers (desktop, laptop, etc.) you need to be signed into your iCloud account correctly through the System Preferences panel.  This video gives a short introduction to what iCloud is (as opposed to “the cloud”) and then gives you the steps to get started.  These steps will have to be done once per computer.

Follow the next lessons to learn more about the different settings so you can understand how it all works and avoid problems.

iCloud Overview Part 1

 

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An overview of iCloud and how it works with your computer to make your life easier by “syncing” your information (contacts, appointments, photos, etc.)

This video covers the first 5 items in the iCloud preference pane:

Mail, Contacts, Calendars & Reminders, Notes, and Safari

iCloud Overview Part 2 – Photo Stream Settings

 

4:30 This video continues directly from the previous one and goes into details about the setup of Photo Stream and shows you how it looks once it’s working. Helps you understand the process and know it’s up and running correctly.

iCloud Overview Part 3

 

7:10 In the third segment of the iCloud preference panel overview, we look at the last 3 items in the iCloud settings – “Documents & Data”, “Back to My Mac” and “Find My Mac”

 

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Mac OS X – Accounts Lessons

How to Create a New User Account (and why you might want to)

 

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In this video I show you the steps of how to create an additional “user account” on your Mac OS X computer.

Having different accounts for different people can make the computer more secure when done correctly. I show you the steps and explain the concepts along the way.

An Example of the Security of a Standard User

 

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This video is a follow-up to the one above.

If you set up your new account on the computer in the way I suggest, the new account will be a “standard” user instead of an “administrator” — this makes the computer more secure by making it so secondary accounts have to basically ask your permission before doing anything serious and you have to enter your password (they can’t use theirs in this case for security reasons).

This video is an example of how to do this on the fairly rare occasions it comes up. Again, watch the video above this first, before this one.

 

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 How to Spot Dangerous
Email Phishing Scams

 

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This video goes over several common tactics used by scammers who send out official-looking emails that appear to be sent by companies such as Amazon, eBay, etc.

The purpose of the emails is to trick you into clicking a link to what seems to be the real company website so you sign in and they can steal your password and other info.

Fortunately, these scams are usually easy to spot if you are aware of the problem and you know what to look for.  Watch this video to find out.

Remember: once the video is playing, click the button in the lower right corner of the video to show it full screen so you can see all of the details!

Is The Cloud Safe?

 

 

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This video is a follow-up to the audio lesson where I gave an overview of “the cloud” as well as Apple’s iCloud service.

I had a student send in a question asking whether it was really a good idea to use the cloud at all — I thought it was a great question, so I recorded this lesson to go into some of the potential downsides of using cloud services and to discuss the concept of owning your information.

Understanding Web Browser Plugins

 

 

4:23 This video explains what a web browser “plugin” (a.k.a. “extension” or “add-on”) is. Browser plugins can do many things for you, but in a set of lessons I’ll be sharing with you soon, I’ll be showing you how to use plugins to protect your privacy and security online.

Understanding How Web Pages “Load” on Your Computer

 

 

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This video explains how web pages are not really a single thing (a “page”) but are actually a combination of a few or many different things. These things include fairly obvious parts of a web page such as words, images, or movies, but also include hidden things such as code which can be used to make the page look a certain way, or even to track you online.

The lesson explains how these many items are loaded, some parts faster than others, and how you can use plug ins like I talk about in the previous lesson to protect your privacy and security by preventing certain things from loading when you look at a web page.

 

Understanding Progressive Downloading and How it Affects Watching Videos

 

10:15 This lesson relates to the previous lesson, but focuses on the process of downloading videos (including this lesson) to help you understand why sometimes a video may start and stop if your internet connection isn’t fast enough, and why you can fast forward through a video, but only so far.

Testing Your Internet Speed and Understanding the Results

 

16:34 If you’re having problems online, especially if sites seem slow or videos won’t play smoothly, it’s helpful to do an Internet speed test. This video shows you how to run a speed test, how to understand the results, and how to use the principle of triangulation

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Internet & Email Lessons

3 Things to Do With Forwarded Emails

13:27 In this video I talk about three things you should do when you get a forwarded email before you think about sending it on to others. Helps you to avoid mistakes and protects you and the people close to you from viruses, spam, and other privacy and security problems.

Google Instant & Preview

5:14 Google introduced Instant and Preview to the search results on their site. I give you a look at what these are and give you a couple of tips and explanations

Deleting Flash Cookies

7:00 You’ve probably heard of cookies on websites, but what about Flash cookies? These are a little different than regular web cookies – I’ll explain what the differences are and how to deal with them, plus a basic definition of what a web cookie is in general .

 

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Privacy & Security

Creating an Account

5:01 I show you how to create a new account on your computer in Windows 7. Includes explanation of what accounts are and why it’s a very good idea for everyone who uses a computer to have their own account.

Managing Your Account

7:59 Continuing from the previous lesson, I go into how to change a number of the settings of the account, including making it more secure by adding a password, and customizing the account with a photo

Parental Controls

11:49 Parental controls can be used to limit access to the computer in a variety of ways – based on time of day and day of week, by specific programs and for a specific accounts. Has a lot of potential uses, and not just for kids but guests, employees, etc. who you might want to have specific control over how or when they can use the computer.
Windows Basics & Tips

Understanding Program Windows

16:24 This lesson takes the topic of a program window and breaks it down to help you understand and more easily work with them on your computer. I go over the different components

Using Show Desktop

6:06 Sometimes when you have a window or multiple windows open, you need to get to something on the desktop. Windows gives you a way to instantly hide all of the open program windows

How to Use Windows Search

5:03 Windows Vista & Windows 7 have a built in search function in the Start Menu. In this lesson I give you an overview of how to use it and not only locate lost files, but use it as a quick way to launch progams you want to run and more.

Understanding Shutting Down vs Restarting & More

5:46 This video looks at the shut down button in the Start Menu and the

“hidden” menu next to it that many people miss. I explain why shutting down the right way is important, and help you understand each of the different options in the shutdown menu.

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Mac

OS X Lessons

Using “Quick Look”

3:49 In this video we look at a very handy feature of “Snow Leopard” (Mac OS which is called Quick Look. I use this constantly as it’s a very quick & easy way to take a look at the contents of many types of files, from pictures to videos, to Word or PDF files

Print to a File

8:13 The Mac OS has had a very useful “hidden” feature for several years now which allows you to print pretty much anything to a PDF file. One example of how to use this would be as a way to save a web page for later viewing on your computer, or on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.

Another Way to Save Useful Info From Web Pages & Elsewhere

11:33 The previous tip is very useful for saving entire pages of information from websites or elsewhere, but what if you only want to save part of a webpage or document to a file? This lesson shows you a few tips on how to do so and retain the original formatting, as well as shows you how some programs let you do this better than others because of how well they hook into “services” on your Mac.

Using “Metadata” to Help You Find Things on Your Mac

5:15 Spotlight is the name of the search feature built into Mac OS X in the upper right corner of the screen. It can be a huge help and time-saver but has problems finding many kinds of files unless you give it a little help.

Metadata gives the computer information (key words) about what is in a given file. This video shows you how you can add metadata to files or use the metadata it already has to find what you want on your computer.

Mac App Store Lessons The Mac App Store was introduced in January of 2011, and is installed automatically on any Mac as long as they have version 10.6.6 of Snow Leopard. It gives you a secure and very easy way to buy software and install it with one click from an icon on your Dock.

Mac App Store Intro

5:55 In this lesson we’ll take an introductory look at the Mac App Store, which makes it easier than ever before to find, securely order, install and update programs on your computer.

Setting Up Your Store Account

3:41 Most Mac owners already have an account with Apple, something known as your “Apple ID”. You’ll need to enter your ID (usually your email address) and your password to be able to order and do more than window shop (so to speak) in the Mac App Store. If Apple already has your payment information on file, you won’t even have to enter that. You also have the option of creating an Apple ID if you don’t have one.

How to Find and Install an App

9:58 Shows you how to find what you’re looking for in the App Store, and how to correctly understand and get the most out of the customer ratings when picking an app. Once you’ve found what you want, you’ll see how easy it is to order and install what you buy.

Easily Keeping Apps Up to Date

4:19 Updating programs on your computer (aside from the built-in Apple software) traditionally was up to you to take care of. Updating often involved going to the website for each program, checking to see if there was a newer version, downloading it, and installing it all.

Not incredibly hard to do, but easy to let slide, especially when you have a lot of programs installed. The App Store helps simplify this with all programs you download through it.

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Silver Club Recent Video Lessons:

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Internet & Email Lessons

3 Things to Do With Forwarded Emails

13:27 In this video I talk about three things you should do when you get a forwarded email before you think about sending it on to others. Helps you to avoid mistakes and protects you and the people close to you from viruses, spam, and other privacy and security problems.

Google Instant & Preview

 

5:14 Google introduced Instant and Preview to the search results on their site. I give you a look at what these are and give you a couple of tips and explanations

Deleting Flash Cookies

 

7:00 You’ve probably heard of cookies on websites, but what about Flash cookies? These are a little different than regular web cookies – I’ll explain what the differences are and how to deal with them, plus a basic definition of what a web cookie is in general .

 

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