INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Cyber Pandemic Known As GameOver Zeus
Respect Copyrighted Material And Avoid Digital Piracy
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
How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts
Hello NCKCN internet members
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
With 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 www.copyrightinfringement.org, "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:
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.
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
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