Scam E-Mails Seek H1N1 Profile
Concerning The Illegal Use Of File-sharing Programs
Ask The Help Desk
What Should I Do If I Lose My Internet Connection?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In January
Sending E-mail Messages To Groups Of People
Hello NCKCN internet members
A New Year is here and it's a great time to expand your Internet knowledge with new information. In this January issue, we start by giving you a heads-up about a recent H1N1 scam e-mail pretending to be from the CDC. Take note of this warning to help prevent your computer from getting a virus. You'll also learn what steps to take if your Internet connection goes down, and how to save time by sending e-mail messages to groups of people. In Great Sites, there are plenty of new ideas to explore in 2010 including resources to help you stay healthy, recipes to spice up your meals, and online games to add fun to your day.
The goal of each of our monthly 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. If, however, you'd prefer not to receive these bulletins on a monthly basis, click here.
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
Keep an eye on your inbox. If you receive an e-mail that appears to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking you to create a personal H1N1 vaccination profile, it's a scam. Ignore the e-mail and do not respond, or you may put your computer at risk for a virus.
These fraudulent e-mails talk about a CDC-sponsored state vaccination program, and tell recipients that they need to create a personal H1N1 vaccination profile on the CDC's website whether they're vaccinated or not. A link is provided for this "registration process" that leads to a fake webpage that looks similar to the CDC's. Once there, recipients are asked to download instructions on creating their profile. If they click on the link to download, they're in danger of getting a computer virus and giving scammers access to their personal information.
To avoid becoming a victim of such phishing attacks:
NCKCN sends Cunningham Telephone and Cable notices that they have been contacted by Warner Bros, etc. on our customers who share out bootleg or illegal copies of movies using such file-sharing programs as Kazaa (and the other 30 or more such computer programs). The enforcing companies have an IP address of the offender and it's tracked to NCKCN.
We get contacted on your illegal use of file-sharing programs that have been traced to your internet account. We want to remind you that these activities can have serious consequences including fines and even in some instances jail time. If we are subpoenaed for the information, we will have no choice but to turn over the information to the appropriate parties.
In the meantime, we spend a considerable amount of time and expense logging and documenting these infringements including this certified letter you have received. These actions do violate our NCKCN/Cunningham acceptable use policy and we will be starting to recover our time and expense for these violations on repeat offenders.
Effective immediately, there will be a $20 per violation charge applied to your internet account for every additional notice we receive.
We hope you understand and take measures to stop these violations. If you have any questions or are unsure why you were issued this notice, please call our office at 800-287-8495.
Question: Every once in awhile, I lose my Internet connection at home. Do you have any troubleshooting tips for me? What can I do to get back online?
Answer: In the event of a temporary service outage or if you lose connectivity, you may need to reboot your modem. If your network features a router, it will need to be rebooted as well. Since the sequence in rebooting is important, we'll review the procedure one step at a time:
Gold Medal Resource on Olympics
http://www.olympic.org - Get all of your Olympic information here at the official site of the Olympic Movement. See details on upcoming Olympic Games (including the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver that begin February 12th), read athlete statistics, follow the activities of the International Olympic Committee, or relive highlights of past Olympics with photos and videos.
Get Healthier in 2010
http://everydayhealth.com - If your New Year's resolutions include getting fit, eating right, or taking charge of your health, you'll want to visit this resource-packed site. It provides thorough descriptions of common conditions, drugs, and symptoms, as well as information on how to eat healthier, manage your weight, and start a fitness program. Be sure to check out the Health Tools section for a calorie counter, meal planner, brain games, and more.
Beat the Clock With Fun Fill-in Games
http://sporcle.com - Got a few minutes? Try out one of the fun fill-in games on this site. Examples include One-syllable Things, U.S. Capitals, The Simpsons, and Book Covers. Fill in as many of the blanks as you can in the time allotted. Once you get the hang of it, you may be inspired to create your own game. Then share the fun by directing your friends to it in an e-mail, from your blog, or from your Facebook page.
Good Eats for Great Recipes
http://foodnetwork.com/good-eats - Whether or not you're a fan of the zany culinary-related antics of Alton Brown on his show Good Eats, you'll enjoy visiting the show's website. To celebrate the program's 10th anniversary, the site is featuring classic Good Eats videos. In addition, you can download some of Alton's best recipes for meat, pasta, fish, vegetables, fruit, soup, breakfast, and dessert dishes.
How to Teach Teens About Money
http://giveme20.com - If you're a parent of a teen, the phrase, "Give me $20" (for gas, the mall, etc.) is probably all too familiar. While your teen may be great at spending all those $20 handouts, he or she may not understand the basics of sound money management. That's where this site comes in, providing tips for educating teens on budgeting, spending, saving, and more. It includes calculators to help them reach spending goals, information about credit, an advice blog, a list of resources, a money terms glossary, and even some fun money games.
Do you frequently send the same e-mail message to groups of people such as close friends or members of a club? If the answer is yes, how do you do it? If you individually select the e-mail addresses of recipients and place them in the "To" field, we encourage you to consider a better way. Take a few minutes to create separate groups with these e-mail addresses and send future messages to the name of the group instead. Your recipients will appreciate the change, since their individual e-mail addresses will no longer appear in the "To" field (which can potentially expose them to scammers). Here's how to do it:
Sending Group E-mail Messages Using ...
E-Mail Program: Outlook Express 6
Computer Operating System: Windows XP
E-Mail Program: Mozilla Thunderbird
Computer Operating System: Windows XP and Windows Vista
E-Mail Program: Windows Mail
omputer Operating System: Windows Vista
E-Mail Program: Address Book 4.1 for Mail.app
Computer Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5
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The Staff at NCKCN
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