Secure your Devices – Biometrics are Best!

by | Nov 3, 2019

The Senior Tech Club wants to provide information that will help keep you safe online and with your devices.  

One of the tips offered by the National CyberSecurity Alliance to help protect yourself and stay safe online is to make sure you secure your devices 

Here is the recommendation from their StaySafeOnline website. 

Lock your devices, like your tablet and phone: You lock the front door to your house, and you should do the same with your devices. Use strong passphrases or passcodes to lock your tablet and phone. Securing your devices keeps prying eyes out and can help protect your information in case your devices are lost or stolen.

Let’s start with a Passcode
Every iPhone should have a passcode.  A passcode will prevent someone from tacking your iPhone and access your personal data.

Then add Biometrics

All iPhones since the iPhone 5s have offered a biometric security tool.

Touch ID: If your iPhone has a Home button and is an iPhone 5s or newer, you can use a fingerprint to unlock your iPhone.
Face ID:  If you iPhone is an iPhone X or newer, you can use facial recognition to unlock your iPhone.

Using either approach is not only more secure but once you get used to the necessary action, will be faster and more convenient when you need to unlock them.  For example, are have a Kodak moment that you need to capture with your iPhone, Touch ID or Face ID will allow you to capture that moment more quickly.

This week, we offer two Senior Tech Club recipes to help with the setup of your security tools.  Both of these recipes are normally only available to Senior Tech Club members for as our final aide in recognition of National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (October) we will make them available to all.

We want you to secure your devices.  It is a smart tip!

Featured Recipe

Passcodes and Touch ID


The Senior Tech Club, we recommends two basic security approaches for securing your iPhone or iPad: Use a Passcode Set Up Touch ID This recipe will provide the steps to… ....Continue Reading

Featured Recipe

Face ID


The use of Face ID is recommended for both security and convenience. The setup is easy. This recipe will guide you through the setup and use of Face ID ....Continue Reading

News & Events

Here are news and events on the Senior Tech calendar for the coming weeks.  Reply to this email if you want more information. 

March 2020 Classes

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for the month of March along with links where you can receive more information.

Senior Tech Time (iPhone) – St Anthony Community Services March 23 2-4 pm

Stay Safe with your iPhone. This class will review the basic security and safety setup for your iPhone and iPad. This includes Touch ID, Face ID, Emergency SOS, Driving with your iPhone, Setting up Medical ID, Blocking TeleMarketers and general recommendations about avoiding phishing and malware.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

Senior Tech Time (Android) – St Anthony Community Services March 25 2-4 pm

How to Make your Android SmartPhone Smarter. This class explores the features of the Android smartphone that are most useful for older adults. This includes bringing widgets to the home screen, managing notifications, using Google assistant and activating do not disturb.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website


Contribute to Medical Research & Get an Apple Watch for $49

iPhone users who are 65+ are invited to join the Johnson & Johnson Heartline Study and receive an Apple Watch for $49.  This is not only a great price for an Apple Watch but an opportunity to learn about heart health and participate in medical research.  

See the eligibility requirements, application and frequently asked question on the Heartline website. 

Magical Ending to Disney World Trip

A fun and heart-warming story from this past week involved the family of an iPhone 11 user from Montana.  They were visiting Disney World with their six-year old girl.  It was a dream of her short lifetime.

Starting with the iPhone 7, our iPhones have become increasingly waterproof.  The iPhone 11 is the most waterproof iPhone Apple has manufactured.  But dropping your iPhone into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World is not in the specifications.  And certainly having it submerged for nearly two months is beyond belief.  It survived!

You can read the story at the MacRumors web site and then take some comfort in knowing that your iPhone is capable of surviving a dunk in a pool, ocean or lake.  But don’t ever submerge your phone to wash it.