Goggle Plus now Google Minus

That’s the end, finished, kaput. GooglePlus has finally closed for good.

Originally Google+ was touted to become an all encompassing social network which would shake Facebook and become its serious competitor.

Instead it never got the wings to really take off and the death knell came by way of the enormous data scandals of recent days which not only hit Facebook and cost them billions in fines, but as we now learn, Google has not been free of data leakage and they assess that half a million users’ private details have leaked into unauthorized hands.

According to the Wall Street Journal Google has known about this since March but has kept quiet about it. An internal memo which the paper has obtained shows that Google feared the political consequences of a disclosure. The company said that the problem wasn’t big enough to publicise, and that the data which was leaked wasn’t serious enough  to make the breach public.

Last Monday Google nevertheless closed the whole GooglePlus setup.

Newsletter – September 2018

Open Days

Open Days are planned for Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th September from 10.00am to 2.00 pm at the Learning Centre (200 Matai Rd, Raumati Beach). This is an excellent opportunity for you to suggest to your friends that they come along to find out about our computer training courses and workshops.

There will also be a promotion day at Coastlands on Tuesday 25th September – why not drop by and say hello.

Changes to the Executive Committee

Following the Annual General Meeting, there were a couple of changes to the Committee. Continue reading

Anti-Tracking Software

 

I was reading an article in a consumer magazine about how to protect your privacy when using Facebook and the author had added a sidebar about an anti-tracking product (Privacy Badger) that he recommended. From there I found the Privacy Badger reviews online and decided to give it a go. Privacy Badger is a free browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Firefox for Android created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

When asked to give a demonstration of the product at a recent Question & Answer (Q&A) session, I took a longer look at anti-tracking extensions and decided the presentation should be a comparison between two of the available products. Continue reading

Newsletter – July 2018

New Term Courses and Workshops

The new term’s programme is now underway and this is a good time to consider how you can upgrade your computer skills. Term 3 Courses can be found by clicking here and Workshops here

Contact Elaine Ph 021 169 6256  or email her at SNKBookings@gmail.com to enrol.

Annual General Meeting

Twenty-eight members attended the AGM on 18 July at the Learning Centre.

The Guest speaker was David Robertson who gave a very interesting talk about the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

AGM: Election of Executive Committee for 2018-19

The following Members were elected; Continue reading

Newsletter – June 2018

 

This year’s AGM will be held at the Learning Centre on Wednesday 18th July at 1.30pm. All members are welcome – please put it in your diary. The Guest Speaker is David Robertson from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and refreshments will be served afterwards.  

Nominations for the Executive.

If you know of someone you think would be a productive member of the Executive for this coming year then click here for our online Nomination Form Continue reading