Spotlight

How good are you at spotting an imposter?

Jul 13th, 2017 | By
How good are you at spotting an imposter?

You get a call from someone who says they’re from the IRS and you owe back taxes. But do you?
A pop-up on your computer warns your machine is infected and you need immediate technical support. Should you be worried?
You get a call: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” But is it really your grandchild?
Imposter fraud occurs when a scammer poses as someone they’re not — like the IRS, a computer support technician, or a family member — in order to steal your money. These types of scams have reached epidemic proportions across the country.



At the library: Books? Check. Technology? Double-check

Jun 28th, 2017 | By
At the library: Books? Check. Technology? Double-check

From introductory computer training, Internet for beginners, and how to use e-mail, just to name a few, the 50-plus age group can keep up with the latest in technology at Pierce County Libraries for free.
Mary Getchell, communications director for Pierce County Library System, said their branches offer a wide variety of courses to help older adults hone computer skills. “From turning on the computer to computer basics, getting to know the parts of the computer, windows function, keyboard function, even how to use the mouse,” she said, adding that in 2016, the libraries provided 639 computer classes for more than 2,200 attendees.



She worked with computers before her grandkids were born

Jun 11th, 2017 | By
She worked with computers before her grandkids were born

Smartphones are commonplace. Almost everyone has one, including my grandchildren, who consider it a necessity. Smart phones can perform many functions of a computer; they typically have a large screen and an operating system.
Amused by my flip phone, my grandchildren were relieved to learn I had left the dark ages and finally owned a smart phone. They may feel knowledgeable of the latest technology, but have no idea their grandmother used a computer before they were born.



107th birthday deserves a ‘big party’

May 17th, 2017 | By
107th birthday deserves a ‘big party’

Jonie Emrick is among the folks looking forward to the celebration of Ruth Hofto’s 107th birthday.
Hofto is a regular at the University Place Senior Center, where Emrick is the director. And Emrick promises that on May 12, Hofto’s birthday, the center will go all out to be sure it is a day to remember.
By all accounts, Hofto is an amazing woman. An artist, she held an art show at the Lakewood public library when she was 97, and she drove until age 98.
Ten years ago, Hofto’s daughter, Jacki Hofto, retired from her job at the University of Texas as a music teacher and moved back to the family home in University Place to help her mother.