Did you get a new smart phone for Christmas? If so, here are some tips to stay secure.

The number of Americans using smartphones is rising dramatically. As smartphone speed and technology improve, individuals are using their phone to access personal information. Many users now access and manage business and personal email as well as banking and other financial data from their phone. This can make a hacked or stolen phone a one-stop shop for would-be thieves and scammers. These tips will help protect personal information on your phone.

* Set a screen lock and password for your phone. Leaving your phone without a password is asking for trouble.

* Enable the remote location feature on your phone. This may help you track a lost or stolen phone. Not all phones have this feature built in, but there are apps available for purchase. Some will allow you to remove personal information from your phone after it has been stolen.

* Only allow your phone to join trusted networks. Scammers sometimes set up fake wireless networks in public places to lure users into joining the network. This may allow the scammer to track any data to and from your phone.

* Update your phone's software. Software updates frequently include security patches. Failing to update your phone's software may leave you vulnerable to hackers.

* Do not "jail-break" your phone. The practice of "jail-breaking" a phone involves opening up the operating system to applications that were not designed to work on it. This will make your phone vulnerable to hackers. Only download well-reviewed and tested applications. Some apps may include malicious software designed to capture your personal information.

If you have an old cell phone gathering dust, drop it off at the senior center. We recycle old cell phones for cash to enhance our noon lunch program.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from the Nazarene Church, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Transit news

It is time to renew your eligibility to ride the Mini Bus in 2013. Be sure to ask the next time you schedule the bus. Don't delay so you don't lose your service!

Never ridden the Mini Bus? Get an application now before the weather turns bad. Let us do the driving.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Once again we are offering pinochle lessons. Lessons begin at 1 p.m. and run until Jan. 31. No need to sign up, just come. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Check with Hope for the location this week. The Humdingers Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba starts at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo begins at 1:30 p.m. (50 cents per card; limit of six cards).

Jan. 23 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring the Blue Notes begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, corn, French bread, applesauce.

Friday: Baked fish, peas and carrots, winter mixed vegetables, wheat roll, cookie.

Monday: Creamy noodles and ham, tomato slices, wheat bread, citrus fruit.

Tuesday: Meat loaf, potatoes and gravy, winter mix vegetables, wheat roll, gelatin salad.

Jan. 23: Turkey, potatoes and gravy, carrot salad, wheat roll, strawberries.

2013 celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.