Malware Alert
Cyber Pandemic Known As GameOver Zeus

Respect Copyrighted Material And Avoid Digital Piracy

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In July

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

Hello NCKCN internet members

Watermelon! Download Graphics to View July is a delicious time of year and we hope you're getting a taste of all it has to offer. Of course, the Internet is a little like a slice of watermelon – you have to deal with a few seeds while enjoying the good stuff. Speaking of which, be sure to check out our alert about the GameOver Zeus malware, including warning signs and a helpful resource. Another "seedy" online threat is the Remote Access Trojan, which is covered in This Month's FAQ. To enhance your privacy, we share quick-and-easy instructions on how to adjust who sees your Facebook posts.

Also on the menu of this July issue are recipes featuring summer produce and a video showing an unusual apple-peeling method. Since so much of summer is spent outside, don't miss the tips for protecting your skin against the sun, the inspiration of an amazing mountain climb without ropes, and a cool idea for a skateboard swing.

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


Malware Alert – Cyber Pandemic Known As GameOver Zeus

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Respect Copyrighted Material And Avoid Digital Piracy

Download Graphics to ViewWith so many options out there for viewing movies and TV shows online, it can be confusing to find the real thing — content that doesn't involve copyright infringement. In addition, others could be using your Internet account without your knowledge to conduct illegal activities. It's important you understand that downloading pirated content through a site like BitTorrent is illegal and organizations are actively protecting these rights.

For example, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) is designed to help consumers understand when files may have been shared illegally on peer-2-peer (P2P) networks through their Internet accounts. According to, "artists, moviemakers and other owners of content join public P2P networks to see if the music, movies, and TV shows they've made available are being shared without permission and in violation of U.S. copyright law. If they notice that a file is being shared illegally, they notify the appropriate Internet Service Provider (ISP) and that ISP, in turn, passes on that notice to their subscriber as a Copyright Alert."

NCKCN is receiving CAS notifications regarding copyright infringement by our Internet customers. Sharing illegal content violates the NCKCN/Cunningham Acceptable Use Policy. Disciplinary action including fees associated with tracking and notifying customers of violations up to, and including, termination of the Internet account for repeat violators may be taken.

If you are alerted about unlawful content sharing, we trust that you will take the appropriate steps to correct the situation. To help avoid these issues in the future, follow these tips:
  • Watch for titles that are "too new to be true." Movies that have yet to be released in theaters, or which are still out in theaters, are not legally available online. If very recent titles are being sold or traded online, they are almost invariably illegal copies.
  • Trust your eyes and ears. In many cases, the quality of illegal copies is inferior with poor sound and can appear blurry or shaky.
  • Be cautious when websites make offers that are "too good to be true." Be wary of "free" content when searching for and purchasing downloads from unfamiliar sites; they typically indicate pirated product. Look out for terms like "Unlimited Movie Downloads," "100% legal," and "Millions of Files Shared." Offers for one-time or yearly fees with no details and no contact information should also alert you that you have entered an illegal site.
As you look for entertainment online, remember to be respectful of the artists' work and keep your downloading within legal parameters. If you have any questions about our policies regarding digital piracy, call NCKCN at 785-738-2218.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Skateboard Swing

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This Month's FAQ – What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?

RAT Download Graphics to View Question: I've seen the acronym RAT used in computer articles but am confused by its meaning. Does it stand for Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan?

Answer: Actually, RAT can stand for either Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan. What's the difference? A Remote Access Tool is a piece of software used to remotely access or control a computer; it can be used legitimately by system administrators for accessing client computers. For example, the IT person at your company could use a Remote Access Tool to see what's on your computer screen and help you troubleshoot a problem.

When a Remote Access Tool is used for malicious purposes by hackers, it's known as a Remote Access Trojan. This type of RAT (aptly named) infects the victim's machine to gain administrative access and allows hackers to perform unauthorized operations. To prevent unknowingly allowing a Remote Access Trojan to invade your computer, avoid unsolicited email attachments and links, run up-to-date security software, and don't believe anyone who contacts you claiming to be tech support for a major company.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In July

Learn To Be Safe In The Sun – July is UV Safety Month. How much do you know about the sun's harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays and how to protect yourself from them? Take the Sun Safety Quiz here and find out. Be sure to review the tips provided on clothing, shade, sunscreen, and more.
Watch The World’s Wind – Thanks to supercomputers and weather satellites, the Wind Map team has come up with a global map of the wind. Click and drag to rotate the globe or double click to zoom in. Click once to see what the wind is doing at any point in the world.
Discover Your Inner Artist – This interactive site helps you create works of art using just your mouse or touchpad. Click on "Draw something" to begin the process, then let the spirit move you. Everything you draw will automatically be duplicated to make a symmetrical image.
Try New Recipes Featuring Summer Produce – Summer fruits and vegetables are a rainbow of deliciousness. So whether you get them from your backyard, a farmers' market, or the grocery store, make the most of them with this crop of Food Network recipes including Watermelon Cucumber Salad and Fresh Peach Cake.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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A Very A-Peeling Technique
Who knew how handy a power drill could be in the kitchen? This chef must be in a big hurry to make apple pies!
  Look Ma, No Ropes!
You'll be mesmerized — and on the edge of your seat — when you watch this daring free-solo climb with no ropes.

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Short Tutorial – How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

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If you have a large number of Facebook friends, it's likely this list includes people who are actually distant acquaintances. Should you decide you don't want these people seeing all of your Facebook posts, simply follow the steps below to adjust your default audience.

Locate Privacy Settings
  1. On your Facebook home page, click the down arrow on the top-right part of the screen.
  2. From the menu, choose Settings.
  3. You will be brought to a page titled General Account Settings.
  4. In the left column, click Privacy.
  5. You will be brought to a page titled Privacy Settings and Tools.
Adjust "Who Can See My Stuff"
  1. On the Privacy Settings and Tools page, under "Who Can See My Stuff," next to "Who can see your future posts," click Edit.
  2. You will see an image that looks like the status update box. Click the down arrow at the bottom of this image.
  3. Select who you want to be the default audience for your posts (remember, you can change this each time you post). Then click Close.
  4. Click the other links in this section and follow the instructions to adjust past posts.

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