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January 28, 2017 General Meeting: Parallel universes with Parallels

The first General Meeting of 2017 will delve into how you can run non-Mac operating systems on a Mac, in parallel with macOS, using Parallels. Ever had a need to run Windows 10, or Linux, or something else, but didn't want to go to the trouble and expense of owning and maintaining multiple machines? It is surprisingly easy. Note change in meeting building and room number.

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Parallels and non-Mac operating systems

At the January General Meeting the Pi will demonstrate Parallels  a suite of software that allows you to run non-Mac operating systems side-by-side with your Mac programs. There will also be a demonstration of Parallels Toolbox, a program from the same company that has not a thing to do with Parallels Desktop for Macintosh.

Holiday shopping online

The Center for Internet Security has written a simple, clear set of guidelines for purchasing things online. While focused on the holidays, the guidelines cover general online shopping, including threats from using public wireless networks for financial transactions to fake sites designed to mimic legitimate businesses. Check out their one-page list of recommendations.

Security and new devices

Many people give, or receive, new or recycled electronic devices over the holidays. Recycled devices may have sensitive information from the previous owner, or may be seriously behind on security updates. New devices may contain hidden, default passwords that could allow others into the device, or have unwanted, possibly dangerous software preinstalled. The Center for Internet Security has a handy one-page list of things to check.

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