January 27 SHIFT Workshop: Create an Online Security Action Plan


As more of us are leading digitally active lives, we also face more risk with our identities, credit and devices.  Education about the risks that we face is an important element of helping to ensure our online safety.  However, this workshop will take you beyond awareness in order to recommend actions that should be a part of your online security action plan. This workshop will present specific actions that you can take to help keep you safe online. We have distilled the best advice from cybersecurity experts who recommend key steps to help keep you safe online.


These steps include:

  • Passwords are a challenge for many in our community.   Your action plan needs rules for creating, using and remembering strong passwords.  We will recommend a password manager that will be explore in a February workshop.
  • Multifactor/Two-Factor authentication seems like a hassle to many.  Let’s define, understand and endorse it so that we can make it a habit where it is available.
  • Be Smart about WiFi.  Using unsecured public WiFi can be a security concern.  We will help you understand the issues and possible actions including using a VPN.
  • Freeze your Credit.  This step insures that even if someone has stolen your identity, you can thwart a bad person’s attempts to establish credit in your name.  We will teach you the credit freeze process. 
  • Mobile Device Security.  Your devices carry a lot of information about you and your life.  We will help you take action to help insure your devices are secure.  

Education and awareness continue to be an import step in any plan.  The objective of this workshop is to take you beyond awareness about online safety and present action steps that will help make you make your digital life more secure.  Please understand that no workshop can identify or protect you against every type of crime, fraud, or threat.  But we hope that your action plan is a major step toward your online safety.  

This class is for all users of laptops, PC’s, smartphones or tablets.  

After the session, you will have access to the resources found on the website. There you will find lessons specifically developed for older adults.  Use the online site to review class topics and explore lessons on other topics.  


Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Our Presenter:


Don Frederiksen is the founder and principal of the, the online club that helps older adults stay connected and engaged by learning, sharing and exploring technology. Don could be a Shift poster child with his encore experience.

After 35 years working as an IT leader and manager, trainer, data analyst and  developer, his position was terminated in 2017 due to a corporate acquisition. He learned about Shift during his outplacement exploration.  

The continues to be a work in progress with a mission to help older adults be active lifelong learners.

Don started his professional career as a school band director, discovered personal computers in the early 80’s, and never looked back. He traveled the country teaching IT professionals, started two companies and led corporate IT teams. He has a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St Thomas. He lives in St Anthony, MN.

Please note: registering through the event page for the event is just STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step Two: The Zoom link contained on the confirmation or in the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our Zoom Virtual Conference Platform which will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. That second registration will generate a meeting invitation email which contains your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE that will allow you to log-in to the meeting/call/workshop at the appointed time.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating, however this addition step is to protect our virtual meeting from uninvited guests gaining access to the online classroom and causing any type of nuisance or disruption.

Thank you for your patience with this additional SHIFT safety process and protocol.


In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment.

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances:

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

Event Sponsored by Maser, Amundson and Baggio, P.A.

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