Digital Asset Estate Planning; Even After You’ve Died Your Identity Isn’t Safe
by Judy Taylour, 9/11/2020,  Video Recording→   PDF Handout 1→   PDF Handout 2→   Word Check List→   Excel Check List
This information will continue to be found on our General Meetings page under Past Presentations. 

Android SIG
Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, 2:30 pm

If you have been having any issues with your phone or tablet, please join us. If you are having difficulties joining SenCom’s virtual meetings, please let me know so that I can help you join us.
Please bring you questions and if you have any that I can prepare for before the meeting, please let me know as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday,
Bob Bowser, (785) 608-4904

Revised Virtual Meeting procedure:
We miss seeing our members. If you have been having problems joining our virtual meetings using Free Conference Call, please contact a Board Member and one of us will work with you prior to the meeting you are interested in joining. Board Members email addresses and phone numbers are under the “About Us” tab of SenCom’s website.


If you have the FreeConferenceCall (FCC) app, please start the app to join our meeting with audio and video. If you do not have the FCC app and do not want to install the FCC app, please click on this link below to enter the virtual meeting and participate with audio only (your picture will not be available to anyone):

You will still need to tell Free Conference Call to use the audio either of your computer or through a separate phone call. If you are using the FCC app on a computer, smart phone, or tablet, turn on your video by clicking on the icon of a video camera so that we can see you. On a phone or tablet, you may need to tap your screen to see the icon.

Here are the complete instructions for our virtual meeting procedure:

We are using a service called Free Conference Call that allows all of us to be on at one time through video/audio conferencing or just audio conferencing. If you have a camera and speakers on your desktop computer or a laptop computer with a camera and speakers, you will find that using your PC or Mac computer along with the FCC app will probably give you the best experience. To use your computer to conference into the meeting, follow the instructions that I have assembled in this PDF:

Using your computer to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→ (Revised)

Also available on our Free Conference Call page→ (Revised)

When using the Chrome browser to access a video conference, you may see a message that your browser has blocked access to your camera or audio. Look at the icons at the top right area of your browser for an icon with a red X like the following:

Click on the icon and then click on the button to allow access and then click the Done button. If the red X does not disappear after a few seconds you may need to refresh your browser by clicking on the icon near the top left of your browser that looks like the following:

The settings for the site will be saved in your Chrome browser Privacy and security settings so you will not need to do this the next time you access the site.

Although Chrome is the preferred browser, others have used Firefox without any problems.

For those who wish to use their Android devices (either tablet or phone), we are using an app called FreeConferenceCall that you can download from the Google Play Store (note that there are no spaces in the app name). Bob Bowser has assembled a set of instructions that you can print and follow to join the meeting:
Using your Android device to access the FreeConferenceCall (PDF)→

Apple iPad/iPhone users can find the same app (Free Conference Call) on the Apple App Store. Installing and using it should be very similar to the Android instructions above.

Joe Callison, (913) 229-4684
Bob Bowser, (785) 608-4904

Our Shawnee classes have been cancelled thru December

It was the decision of the Shawnee City Manager’s Office that SenCom’s classes are cancelled through December.  The situation will be looked at again in October when they are preparing the brochure for next year.  They are citing the age of the participants as the reason they are uncomfortable with our classes even with the adjustments we have made.
Check our Webinars page for upcoming free online instruction.

All Jo Co Library Branches Have Reopened

With safety at the forefront of our concerns, we have decided to extend the cancellation of meeting and study room bookings through January 1, 2021. Please continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates on Library services.

On Monday, June 15, Johnson County Library reopened all 14 of its branches with limited services and temporarily modified hours of operation, listed below. As we work to rebuild staffing capacity, modified hours allow our branch staff time to safely process materials and sanitize staff and patron spaces.  

Returns are accepted 24/7 in any of our branch book drops, and our eLibrary is always open!  Please see our Reopening FAQ  for additional details about Library services, placing and picking up holds, due dates and fines, safety protocols and more. Please note the hours vary… Continue »

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By Joe Callison
29 August, 2020

Solving Video Conferencing Camera and Microphone Problems

Because of privacy concerns, the use of cameras and microphones on electronic devices has become complicated. The operating systems (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS) have settings to either allow or block apps from using the camera and microphone. By default, they are initially blocked until you change the settings. If you access the video conferencing through an internet browser (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari for example), the privacy settings of the browser will also initially block access until you change the settings in the browser. This is often done when first accessing video conferencing through a browser when a message appears for you to either allow or block access to the camera or microphone (two separate messages). Doing so will change the browser settings for you, but sometimes you just get a message that says you need to change your browser settings to allow access.  

To assist in figuring out how to make these permission changes, I have compiled links to many of the help and support articles that should cover most needs. Several of our SenCom members are also able and willing to assist you with any technical problems you are having with video conferencing. Feel free to call the SenCom telephone number shown on the home page, or you can call or email any of the Board members listed and they will help get you in touch with one of our technical persons. We want you to be able to stay in touch with us and enjoy the benefits we can only offer through video conferencing at this time. Don’t give up!

Windows 10:

Chrome Browser:

Firefox Browser:

Safari Browser:

Zoom Help:

FreeConference Call Help:

Facetime Help:

Messenger Help:

WhatsApp Help:

Skype Help:

Google Meet Help:

Microsoft Teams Help:

(For Geeks Only)
By Joe Callison
8 September 2020

How to Create a Personal VPN

I had some time during the Labor Day weekend when it was too hot to do anything outside, so I was experimenting with a VPN feature in an ASUS router in the SenCom computer lab. It began as an investigation into the possibility of adding access to a classroom management program running in the computer lab from a remote student’s computer.  

Setting up the VPN involved creating a user name and password for the VPN server and choosing a range of client IP addresses that would get assigned by the router as they logged in. The ASUS VPN server will handle up to 30 clients.

I also set up the router DDNS feature so that the dynamic IP address assigned by the internet service provider would be stored to a file at a static DDNS IP address. This storage is handled by a DDNS server which can be any of those listed in a drop down menu in the router, some free and some not, or the free one hosted by ASUS. I chose the ASUS one and so the DDNS address is a name I assigned with appended to it in the format: In the event a future connection to the ASUS DDNS server can’t be made, the last known IP can still be found by going to and entering just the name to get the numeric IP address, which will be valid if the router has not been repowered or rebooted since the last assigned address was stored by the DDNS server. You may already have another existing DDNS server account that can be used if you have IP cameras or other IP devices that can be accessed when you are away from home. If your internet service provider assigned you a static IP address, then DDNS is not even needed.

With the VPN server set up I then had to set up a VPN client in my home computer. Windows 10 has a built-in VPN client that can be used. The settings are in the Network & Internet section or you can click on the VPN button in the Notifications panel. Choose add a VPN and assign any connection name you want to use for it (I chose ASUS) and for the server name or address I used the “name” DDNS server address. A static numeric address could be entered if applicable. You can go ahead and enter the user name and password for the VPN server if you want an instant connection or leave them blank and when attempting to connect you will be prompted to enter them. I chose to enter them in the settings.

When I look at my available connections, I now see one called ASUS in addition to my home wi-fi SSID. If I connect to the ASUS, then it establishes a connection to the ASUS VPN server located in the SenCom computer lab in addition to being connected to my wi-fi. I tested a connection to using tracert in a command prompt to verify that indeed the connection was first routed to the DDNS server address, which would point it to the ASUS router with the VPN server before going out to the server hosting Also when I went to my Google browser it wanted me to verify my computer for security because the VPN made it look like a new device was trying to access my Google account.

If your home router has a VPN server option, you can set it up as I have done in this example. The DDNS feature would also be needed if you have a dynamic IP address at home (most likely) and want to use the VPN server when you are away from home. If your router does not have a VPN server you would need to sign up for one of the other free or paid VPN services available or use the VPN feature available in some internet browsers, which only functions when using the browser.

One last thing to note is that a VPN only helps to hide you from being tracked on the internet, it does not necessarily add security unless you also encrypt the transmissions. That is another advanced VPN setting available in the ASUS router that has to be enabled. I have not yet researched how the encryption is used if enabled. I assume whatever software you are using would need to be using one of the enabled MPPE encryption types.

Volunteers Needed

We still need volunteers to help our board members and to fill two positions: Hospitality General Meeting (Nadyne resigned due to health reasons), and Programs need help now and take over later this year (Mary Ann has been doing two jobs) – please email me or another Board Member. Our email addresses are on the “Board of Directors” page under the “About Us” menu. Remember this is your organization, please help us keep it healthy and growing. LITTLE OR NO COMPUTER SKILLS REQUIRED.

Lou Risley, (913) 298-0575,

SenCom gratefully acknowledges the
following organizations for their support:

Google Fiber

City of Shawnee:
Parks & Recreation Department

Johnson County Library:
Central Resource, Oak Park


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