INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scams Often Follow Big News Events
Watch Why Broadband Is Essential In Rural Communities
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
Is There A Way To Quickly Screen Websites?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October
Removing Contacts From Your Address Book
Hello NCKCN internet members
Halloween has its share of scary characters, as does the Internet. In this October issue, we start by reminding you of how scammers take advantage of natural disasters like Hurricane Irene to try and lure you to malicious links. Speaking of scary, check out the elevator video in our Two to View section; it's a claustrophobic's worst nightmare. This issue also includes advice on how to quickly screen websites (so you can avoid the disreputable ones) and highlights a few wonderful websites to inspire you for pumpkin carving, fall baking, family photography, and more.
The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.
To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!
- The NCKCN Team
Newsworthy events, like the devastating Hurricane Irene in August, often trigger malicious links and phishing attacks that spread quickly across Facebook. The lure used by scammers is a promise of showing "leaked" videos, pictures, and other sensational information.
The Hurricane Irene version looks something like the screen shot to the right. No video actually exists. The page displays a clickable image of a fake video player. Clicking "Share" displays the link on the Facebook user's wall. Clicking "See the video" displays a list of deals that require user registration.
The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. They earn their money by getting a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They may also use these types of Facebook scams to spread malware and obtain personal information.
Regardless of the disaster that's in the news, remember this: Whenever you're offered the chance to see a video or pictures that no one else has seen, don't be tempted to click. At the very least, these types of scams will place you in a cycle of worthless advertising promotions. In the worst-case scenario, you may unknowingly load nasty spyware and viruses on your computer. If you fall victim to a scam like this and the scammer's page appears on your Facebook wall, go directly to the page and click the "Unlike" link in the lower left-hand column. This will stop the scam from spreading via your wall.
Broadband is the "universal equalizer," allowing residents in rural communities to have instant access to the same resources as residents in big cities. For example, broadband enables rural hospitals to send CAT scans to faraway physicians for review and interpretation, compensating for the lack of specialists in their own communities. Broadband also helps keep rural businesses thriving, attracts new businesses, and aids in education. To watch videos showing examples of rural broadband at work in Minnesota, Missouri, and Montana, visit www.youtube.com/saveruralbroadband now.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed radical policy changes that could deprive millions of individuals, businesses, and governments of affordable, high-quality broadband Internet access. Rural broadband providers have responded by putting forward alternative proposals that will make reform work for consumers, and that alternative is now before the FCC for review.
NCKCN needs our customers to reach out to their members of Congress on this issue, and urge them to Save Rural Broadband. It takes just a minute to make your voice heard. Simply visit www.saveruralbroadband.org to complete a pre-written letter and send it electronically. Act now; the future of rural America hangs in the balance.
Question: I don't want to get scammed dealing with suspicious websites. Is there a way to quickly screen websites before I do business with them?
Answer: Yes, there are a number of ways to do this type of screening. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have features that monitor your browsing activity and alert you if a site seems suspicious. Review the help section within your browser to find out how to activate these features. There is also software available that serves the same purpose. Contact your Internet Service Provider for more details.
In addition, you should always keep your eyes open and watch for the warning signs of phishing sites. Here are two key strategies:
If your email address book is cluttered with names from inactive relationships or filled with out-of-date email addresses, you're wasting time wading through an unnecessarily long list. So it's worth taking a few minutes now to clear out the clutter.
To remove contact information from your address book, simply follow the steps below for your specific email program:
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