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BOOK NOW for FREE computer and internet
training and more at your local Digital Hub!
Group and one-on-one training available.
• Computer basics
• Internet, email & Skype
• Social media (e.g. Facebook)
• Online shopping, banking & security
• Online news, eBooks and family history
• Tablets and smartphones
(Topics vary across locations. Check your local Digital Hub for details.)
Adelaide City Digital Hub:
Grote St Library, Adelaide
P: 8203 7990
Adelaide Hills Digital Hub:
Coventry Library Stirling
P: 8408 0488
Charles Sturt Digital Hub:
Civic Centre Library, Woodville
P: 8408 1333
Salisbury Digital Hub:
Len Beadell Library, Salisbury
P: 8406 8311
Willunga Digital Hub:
Willunga Library, Willunga
P: 8384 0006
E: email@example.com .gov.au
BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION
Local Digital Hubs –
keeping you in touch
Pam Kean is just one of a growing
number of people who have found
the training sessions at their local
Digital Hub so useful that they are
recommending them to their friends
Throughout Pam’s working life
she had a range of roles where
information technology was part of
her daily routine. Now semi-retired,
Pam still regularly uses her IT skills,
but without on-the-job training
updates she needed another way to
keep up to date.
After purchasing an iPad, not
knowing how to organise her digital
photos on it, and wanting to make
the most of the apps available,
Pam enrolled in a session at her
local Digital Hub. In these sessions
she learned how to sort and
catalogue her photos, and how
cloud computing could help her with
document and file storage.
“Despite being semi -retired”, says
Pam, I’m still a very busy person.
I take lots of photos on my travels
and understanding how to sort
them into albums directly from my
iPad is something I’ve found really
useful. The instructors at the Digital
Hub explained things in a way that I
could easily understand and use in
my day-to-day life.”
Pam has now signed up for
more sessions and will complete
these over the next few months
in readiness for the National
Broadband Network rollout.
Digital Hubs offer a variety of
courses for everyone in the
community, ranging from those for
people with limited or no experience
(such as basic computer, email
and internet), to smartphones and
tablets, social media and plenty
more for more experienced people.
The Digital Hubs are a partnership
between Councils and the Australian
Check out your local Digital Hub
for all details or go to www.
A guide for seniors staying safe online
In the wake of National Cyber Security
Awareness Week, held on 20-24 May
2013, now is a good time to review
your online security.
While research shows that your
vulnerability to cyber security risks
is not related to your age, if you use
the internet you need to be proactive
about protecting yourself online.
President of the Australian Seniors
Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA),
Nan Bosler, says seniors should be
aware of online safety because using
the internet “is too good to miss”.
“ASCCA wants older Australians to
be safe and confident users of the
internet because it gives you access
to the world at the click of a mouse or
the flick of the finger,” Nan says.
Nan was named as a Stay Smart
Online ambassador for the Australian
Government’s National Cyber Security
Awareness Week, which is held each
year to raise awareness about the
importance of being secure online.
One of Nan’s top cyber security tips
is to install an anti-virus program and,
importantly, update it regularly.
“Not installing an anti-virus program
on your computer is like leaving
the front door unlocked – it is an
invitation to unwanted or potentially
dangerous guests,” Nan says.
Another common problem you may
encounter is scam and hoax emails
that aim to trick you into revealing
personal information. Be suspicious
of emails from people you don’t know
– particularly if they promise money
or something that sounds too good to
be true – and never email personal or
Nan recommends visiting www.
staysmartonline.gov.au for more
information about online risks and
how to manage them. On the website,
you can also sign up for the Stay
Smart Online Alert Service which
provides free updates on security
Nan says if you learn how to stay safe
online you will not just be helping
yourself – your family will also
“Children will often talk to a
grandparent about things that worry
them when they are online and we
need to be ready to help them,” she
A spokesperson for the Department of
Broadband, Communications and the
Digital Economy says the Australian
Government takes the cyber safety
of all Australians very seriously and
has committed substantial funding to
strengthen the nation’s cyber security
“Research indicates that those
seniors who are regular users of
the internet are as confident in their
abilities to protect themselves online
as users in other age groups,” Deputy
Secretary of Digital Strategy and
Services, Abul Rizvi, says.
“What is important is making sure
that online users of all ages are aware
of the risks and understand how to
The Australian Government’s top 10
tips to stay smart online are:
• Install and update your security
software and set it to scan
• Turn on automatic updates on all
your software, particularly your
operating system and applications.
• Use strong passwords and different
passwords for different uses.
• Stop and think before you click on
links and attachments.
• Take care when transacting online
– research the supplier and use a
safe payment method.
• Only download “apps” from
reputable publishers and read all
• Regularly check your privacy
settings on social networking sites.
• Stop and think before you post
any photos or financial information
• Talk with your child (or grandchild)
about staying safe online, including
on their smart phone or mobile
• Report or talk to someone
if you feel uncomfortable or
threatened online – download the
Government’s Cybersafety Help
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