Years ago, computer users could turn to other users to learn more about what computers can do – and find out how to get them to do it. Computer clubs have disappeared, mainly because computers have become much easier to use over the years.
Still, help can be found at your local library. The Winter Haven Public Library, for example, offers a full program of classes that are free but require registration.
The first date in April is Canva 101 (Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m.), online or at the library. Canva is a graphic design program. It’s free and allows users to share content and ideas to create posters, handouts, social media graphics, and other marketing and promotional items.
The next day (Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.) the library will turn to the Android phone. The course will be in person at the library. “In this course, we’ll share usage tips and tricks, basic functions, apps, and troubleshooting. Bring your own phone or tablet to get hands-on experience during the course,” the library advised.
iPhone users will have a class for them on April 12 from 2-3 p.m., also in person at the library. The course will be an informal Q&A session, so bring an iPhone – you can use it during the course.
Job seekers can take a class on resume writing on April 20 from 3 to 4 p.m. The in-person class at the library focuses on Microsoft Word resume templates. Additionally, constructive editing tips will be available for existing resumes.
On April 26 from 2-3 p.m. streaming media devices will be covered at the library. Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick are two such streaming devices that will be covered. Students will learn “the differences between these two devices and how they can be cost-effective alternatives to cable television.”
The library is located at 325 Ave. At NW, Winter Haven, 33881. For more information, visit the library’s website, www.mywinterhaven.com/library, or call 863-291-5880.
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Crooks profit from the war in Ukraine
Several cybersecurity firms have issued warnings over the past month warning that criminals and scammers are at work taking advantage of the chaos surrounding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The common theme is that the scammers pose as Ukrainians in immediate need of financial assistance, or they imitate the websites of international charities.
Users can help reduce their risk by not clicking on links provided in emails and other electronic communications. Instead, type the website of known charities in the browser URL window.
An alternative is to go to this website – www.scamadviser.com – and enter the website of the charity to be assessed.
Scam involving Lakeland Electric
Speaking of scams, there’s a phone scam going around Lakeland Electric. A recorded female voice notifies the customer that the account is overdue and that service will be cut within 45 minutes if the deficit is not cleared immediately.
The potential sucker is then prompted to press 1 to be connected with a representative. That’s when I hung up and called Lakeland Electric to report the incident.
“We don’t call people to tell them we’re going to cut their power in 45 minutes,” a customer representative told me.
As stated in the previous article: if there is any doubt, go directly to the source instead of believing that the source has contacted you.
Lonnie Brown can be contacted at [email protected]