Washington Apple Pi

A Community of Apple iPad, iPhone and Mac Users

General Meeting:

Mac security in an age of cyberwar and cyber crime

June 25, 2011, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

Note: Yes, we know this is the second General Meeting in June, but the first General Meeting was really the May General Meeting using a new, experimental, expanded version of May. We hope to return to the Gregorian calendar next month.

Stop the presses; the (2nd) June meeting program has been changed!

The planned June presentation by Apple Representative Aaron Davis is being postponed until the August 27 General Meeting. It seems that the Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) won't be out of his cage until then!

In lieu of the above, we will have a presentation on computing security — a rather timely topic considering the recent buzz about malware on Macs. We will talk about safe hex with Safari (Pi management earlier suggested "safe sex," but that topic may be too hot for June), how to use the Security and Sharing preference panes in System Preferences, how to set up safe accounts, how to use Parental Controls, and recommended virus scanners.


9:30 Questions and Answers
10:10 Back to Basics with Bob Jarecke
10:20 Club Announcements with the Pi President
10: 30 Coffee Break
10:45 Main Presentation: Mac security in an age of cyberwar and cyber crime
12:00 Finish up and Sub Sandwich lunch
12:30 - 2: 00 Mobile Lifestyle SIG

June’s meeting will be held at our usual location, the Enterprise building, Room 178 on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax VA.

Remember, if you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can view the live Webcast of the meeting. Check out the URL shown below:


The main portions of the meeting will be broadcast,which means during the coffee break, the meeting will be shown as off line.

If you intend to view the meeting on the Web, go to the site ahead of time and register yourself with the Ustream site. There is no cost and it will allow the meeting monitor to see exactly who is signed in and viewing the meeting.

Following the General Meeting, the Mobile Lifestyle SIG will meet.

Join us. Laptops and iPads welcome.

George Mason University Essential Information

The meeting will be held in Enterprise Hall, Room 178.

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road)
Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Here is a campus map with annotations (PDF, 2.8 MB). Interactive map of campus: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Sandy Creek Parking Garage is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $3.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A (see map below)

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.

George Mason Map