General Meeting

General Meeting
Virtual Meeting
Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, 1:30 pm

Presenter: Bob Gostischa
Topic: Staying Safe and Secure

In today’s “Online World,” Safety, Security and Privacy need to be taken seriously. This presentation will aid in that mission. Using the right programs and apps can help keep you safe and secure as well as reduce your privacy exposure. Using free programs and apps whenever possible to accomplish this goal is an added bonus and this presentation includes information on many recommended free programs. Join presenter Bob Gostischa as he simplifies, clarifies, and demystifies your devices (gadgets or technology) so you have a safe, secure and enjoyable Internet experience. Some of the topics are: VPNs, Is it a safe link? Bluetooth, Ransomware, Phishing campaigns, Has your password been hacked? 8 essentials for secure computing, and 9 tips for your smartphone.

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

Notice from the Johnson County Library:
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.

Our General Meetings are usually held on the second Friday of each month except for the July and August vacation period. They are usually held at the Johnson County Central Resource Library except for the May Annual Meeting/Lunch which is usually held at Lakeview Village.

Past Presentations:

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

Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting, 5/14/2020
Video recording of Annual Meeting

Instructions for a Video Conference or Virtual Meeting
by Joe Callison, Revised 9/8/2020 ~ View PDF→ 

Home Automation Introduction, 1/10/2020
By Bill James, VP of Operations, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; APCUG Director, Region 8. Slide Show (PDF)→

Local History & Genealogy Resources on, 10/11/2019
by Amanda Wahlmeier, Local History Librarian of the Jo Co Library.

Protect Yourself Against Scams, 10/12/2018
by Mandi McCoy, Marketing Consultant with Partners in Primary Care.

Let the Internet Help You Read for Fun
by Elizabeth Appelbaum, Ph.D., 1/12/2018 ~ Slide Show (PDF)→

Password Managers, KeePass & LastPass
by Mike Hurley and Jack Pearce, 12/8/2017
KeePass YouTube vidio:
LastPass YouTube vidio:

Being Connected and Secure: Lessons for Everyday Computer Use
by Roozmehr Safi, 1/13/2017 ~  Slide Show (PDF)→

Backing Up a Computer
by Joe Callison, 12/9/2016 ~ View PDF

YouTube – More than Entertainment
by Joe Callison, 3/11/2016 ~ View PDF

Free Ways to Protect Your Computer
by Mike Smith, 6/12/2015 View PDF

How To Purchase A Car
by Elizabeth Appelbaum, Ph.D., 3/21/2014 ~ Slide Show (PDF)→

How to Research the Purchase of Electronic Devices
by Joe Callison, 2/14/2014 ~ Use these ~ ~ ~ ~