How To Disable Links In Thunderbird

If you use Thunderbird for your email client as I do, please consider this option.
I disabled the ability to click on a link in an email message. It is just too easy to click on a link and then realize you shouldn’t have clicked on that one.

This forces me to go to the link, press the context key, copy the link and then go to my browser and paste the link.

This, at least for me gives me some time to think about if I really want to go to this link or not. I can paste the link into notepad to take a closer look. You might learn that the link to a file your friend wants to share with you doesn’t really go to Drop Box, or Google Drive as the email says, but actually takes you to a site on the internet that isn’t quite what you were expecting, even if the log in page looks just like Drop Box or Google Drive.

Disabling the ability to click on a link in Thunderbird doesn’t mean that Thunderbird is the weak link in all of this, Thunderbird just allows one to configure its settings more than you will find in other email clients. That in my opinion, makes Thunderbird more secure.

If you would like directions on how to enable this option please go to the article I posted on my blog, back in November 2013.


Today’s NUT Meeting

Thanks to all who attended today’s Northland Users of Technology meeting.
We had a demonstration of using a bar code scanner to identify products and to get directions and nutritional information.
We listened to an interview with a reporter for USA Today about why you shouldn’t use publicly available WiFi networks. All of that was done with the $99 Kangaroo PC.

We also discussed adding calendar entries to your IOS or Android device and planned on some things to focus on for next month.

Besides all of the talking and demonstrations, we enjoyed some yummy food thanks to Rebecca and Grace from Hy-Vee.

We get together the second Saturday of the month in the Club Room in the Hy-Vee on NW 64th Street in Kansas City.
In case you were wondering, yes, you can use Share-A-Fare to get to and from that address.

NUT Meeting Saturday March 12, 2016

You are invited to the next meeting of Northland Users of Technology. Saturday March 12, 2016
10:00am – 11:30am
Hy-Vee Club Room
5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

Please join us for friendly conversation about technology and how it helps those who are blind and visually impaired. We are an unstructured group with no membership fees, officers, or bylaws. We are about getting together to talk with each other in person and enjoying yummy food.
Bring yourself and bring a friend. There is no requirement that people have a visual impairment or any level of knowledge about technology. We are here to help and not judge. There are no stupid questions. Everyone has a different level of knowledge about things, and asking questions is how we learn from each other.
we are now meeting in the Club Room at Hy-Vee rather than the kitchen area. We will have a larger meeting place away from the noise and distractions of other people gathering for breakfast. If you need assistance getting to the Club Room, just stop at the Customer Service desk and they will be happy to help you get there.

Feel free to show up early, Ruthie and I are usually there around 9:15.

Hy-Vee has wonderful friendly employees that will go to the kitchen area for us and get food from the breakfast buffet or other orders from the kitchen.

So join us for some great conversation about technology and maybe a demonstration or two.

I plan to demonstrate using a bar code scanner and freely available sources online for retrieving product information and directions. The bar code scanner can be purchased for about $150 with nothing more to buy, assuming you have a computer to connect it to via a USB port.

I also plan to demonstrate how to move the location of your “Documents” folder in windows so that all of your documents are instantly backed up online with One Drive, Google Drive, or your choice of file storage services. Using this method, anytime you save to the “documents” location in Word, Notepad, Jarte, etc.. your files are backed up. If you also use “File History” in Windows 8.1 and 10 you can have an extra copy of your documents and other important user files copied to an external drive.
Just a couple of free options for keeping your files safe, for when the time comes and your computer gets sick.

I’ll be using my Kangaroo PC for these demonstrations. If you haven’t had a chance to experience this $99 computer with Windows 10, feel free to check it out.

If you have any questions, please email me at: