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Swear by your computer, not at it.

Swear by your computer, not at it.

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Classroom Learning

Classroom Learning

In addition to coaching services, TekBasics teaches classes for community education venues including:
  • Middlesex Community College / Bedford
  • Roudenbush Community Center / Westford
  • Minuteman Community Education / Lexington
  • Groton-Dunstable Community Education / Groton
Courses listed below that are highlighted in green with dates are currently scheduled. If you’re interested in a class that is not currently scheduled, please notify us via email. Tell us which classes you’re interested in as well as suggestions for additional classes.

  • Macintosh Computer Fundamentals / Bedford (not currently scheduled)
    Sorry, this course is not currently scheduled.

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    This 8-week course was offered by Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA.
    Call to enroll: 800-818-3434.
    For questions contact Caitlin Campopiano via email:
    campopianoc@middlesex.mass.edu

    Macintosh Computer Fundamentals
    Learn to use a Macintosh computer, navigate the file system, manage files, install applications, and use iCloud. Learn how to access System Preferences, Apple applications and Apple utilities to accomplish tasks. Share data and files with other users, and synchronize data with iOS devices, Techniques for basic maintenance, troubleshooting and backing up are also included. This course covers the OS X operating system version 10.10 Yosemite. You are encouraged to use your own Macintosh computer.  Computers are also available in the classroom.

    Total hours: 16hrs (8 classes)
    Course fee: $249
    Dates: Tuesdays, 1/26 - 3/22
    Start/end time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Course ID Number: TBD
    Room Number: AR 210

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  • Online Privacy, Security & Passwords for Mac Users / Bedford (not currently scheduled)
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    This 6-week course was offered by Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA.
    Call to enroll: 800-818-3434.
    For questions contact Caitlin Campopiano via email: campopianoc@middlesex.mass.edu

    Online Privacy, Security & Passwords for Macintosh Users
    Learn to use your Macintosh computer in a secure manner while maintaining your privacy. You will be able to minimize the dangers of credit card fraud, hacking, identity theft, malware, phishing, Wi-Fi sniffing and other dangers. Learn why your online activities are tracked and analyzed, and develop a personalized privacy strategy for managing your Internet connection, browsing the web, email, chatting, using social media and sharing files. Learn how to improve your passwords and apply a real-world strategy that includes choosing a password manager, auditing existing passwords and dealing with situations where automated password tools can’t help.

    Course fee: $199
    Dates: Mondays, 9 November - 14 December 2015
    Start/end time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Course ID Number: TEC 747 31      16135
    Room Number: AR LIB2

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  • Backing Up Your Mac / Groton (not currently scheduled)
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    Bring the recommended text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the text, click here.


    Course: Backing Up Your Mac

    Instructor:  David Price

    Location: Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Groton, Massachusetts

    When: Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 -- 7:00-9:00 pm

    In seconds you can lose your family photos and videos, passwords, financial records, contacts, music, work documents and personal projects. All of your precious files can disappear instantly! Protect yourself from disk failures, user errors, fire, theft, electrical surges, or natural disasters.

    If you are backing up your Mac properly you need not worry. If your computer suffers a disaster, you'll be able to recover from your backup.

    In this class you'll learn the best backup strategy. You'll learn three key components of a successful backup plan, advice for backing up digital photos and massive video projects, and time-tested recommendations for setting up, testing, maintaining, and restoring backups.

    The recommended text is an eBook that can be purchased at www.tekbasics.com/backingup.html. Print it out and bring it to class for reference and notes.

    Learn how to:

    • Design a reliable backup system. Learn how to make it thorough, ensuring that all your data is safe, and easy to manage.

    • Shop for different backup media options such as hard drives (USB, FireWire, eSATA, or Thunderbolt), flash drives, optical media, tape drives, RAIDs, Drobo storage devices, and Time Capsules.

    • Choose backup software and online backup options. Learn about key features, overviews and tips for noteworthy backup products and online services.

    • Use Time Machine. Learn what goes on inside Time Machine, and how to best make use of Apple’s built-in backup system.

    • Make backups. Get real-world suggestions for making the backup process as easy as possible.

    • Use your backup to recover lost data successfully in the event of a hard disk crash or other disaster. Restoring your files is what's really important.

    This course provides specific information for Macintosh users, but the overall approach also applies to Windows users.

    About the instructor:
    DAVID PRICE has been using Apple products for 29 years. He earned his graduate degree at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught technical courses at vocational high schools, colleges, high tech firms and community education programs. He is an Apple Certified Support Professional at TekBasics in Dunstable, MA and he is a member of the Apple Consultants Network.

  • Backing Up Your Mac / Lexington (not currently scheduled)
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    Bring the recommended text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the text, click here.

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  • Backing Up Your Mac / Westford (not currently scheduled)
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    Bring the recommended text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the text, click here.

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  • Managing Your Passwords / Groton (not currently scheduled)
    Sorry, this course is not currently scheduled.

    To receive notification via email when this course will again be available, click here.

    Bring the recommended text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the text, click here.

    To register, request a registration form from Karen Tuomi, ktuomi@gdrsd.org or call 978-448-8471.


    Course: Managing Your Passwords

    Instructor:  David Price

    Location: Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Groton, Massachusetts

    When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 -- 7:00-9:00 pm

    In our online world it's not uncommon to have dozens to hundreds of passwords. Ideally, you should produce passwords that are unique and random, but you need to remember them all. The human brain has trouble performing these tasks reliably, so people take shortcuts their brains can handle. They pick easy passwords, like their kids' names or patterns of keys on the keyboard. They use the same password everywhere so they have only one password to remember instead of hundreds.

    This course lays out a simple strategy that will keep you as secure as possible with a minimum of effort. The goal is to provide an understanding of the vulnerabilities and threats associated with passwords, ways to minimize your risks, and how to use passwords safely without losing your sanity.

    The recommended text is an eBook that can be purchased at www.tekbasics.com/passwords.html. Print it out and bring it to class for reference and notes.

    Did you know:

    • 9-character passwords with upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and punctuation are NOT strong enough.

    • You CANNOT turn a so-so password into a great one by tacking on a punctuation character and number at the end.

    • Even if you come up with a great password, it is NOT safe to use the same password everywhere.

    • A delay between login attempts does NOT make a password immune to automated cracking.

    • If you're an ordinary person without valuable data, your account may STILL be hacked, causing you problems.

    • You can NOT manually devise 'random' passwords that will defeat potential attackers.

    • A password is not necessarily adequate just because it does not appear in a dictionary.

    • It's NOT a smart idea to change your passwords every month.

    • Security questions like 'What is your mother's maiden name?' can make your data INSECURE.

    • Adding a character to a 10-character password does NOT make it 10% stronger.

    • Easy-to-remember passwords like 'correct horse battery staple' will NOT solve all your password problems.

    • All password manager apps are NOT pretty much the same.

    • Your passwords will NOT be safest if you never write them down and keep them only in your head.

    This course is useful to anyone who uses passwords, whether you use a Mac or a PC, an iPad or iPhone or an Android device.

    About the instructor:
    DAVID PRICE has been using personal computers for 35 years. He earned his Master of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught technical courses at vocational high schools, colleges, high tech firms and community education programs. He is an Apple Certified Support Professional at TekBasics in Dunstable, MA and he is a member of the Apple Consultants Network.

  • Managing Your Passwords / Lexington (not currently scheduled)
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    Bring the recommended text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the text, click here.

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  • Managing Your Passwords / Westford (not currently scheduled)
    Sorry, this course is not currently scheduled.

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    Bring the recommended text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the text, click here.

    To register go to the Roudenbush Community Center website.

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  • iOS 8 Crash Course for iPad and iPad / Westford (not currently scheduled)
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    Bring the recommended ebook text to class for reference and notes. To purchase the ebook click here.

    To register go to the Roudenbush Community Center website.

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  • iPad Essentials / Westford (not currently scheduled)
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  • iPhone Essentials / Westford (not currently scheduled)
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  • Digital Photos on Your Macintosh / Westford (not currently scheduled)
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  • Beginner Digital Photos on Macintosh / Groton (not currently scheduled)
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I’m Dave Price and I've used Macintosh since it launched in 1984. I've always been the go-to Mac guy during my teaching years and high-tech career. I started TekBasics in 2010 because of the need for an Apple resource in the Nashua area. I look forward to working with you, whether it's troubleshooting or learning more about Apple technology.

When I'm not on my Mac I enjoy spending time with my family. I'm a husband and father to three grown kids and I'm blessed that my two grandkids live nearby.

Contact Us
Call 978-502-7672 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

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