INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Beware Of Fake BBB Emails
Changes In Washington Could Impact Your Telecom Services
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
What Should I Do When I've Been Hacked On Facebook?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In April
Setting Up A Pinterest Account And Starting To Pin
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
April showers may bring May flowers but they can also rain on your parade. Likewise, this April issue contains a mixture of "clouds" to watch out for and colorful opportunities to enjoy. It begins with a warning about fake BBB emails and tells you how to spot them in order to avoid phishing scams. We also include advice on what to do if you've been hacked on Facebook. The forecast is all sunny for the rest of the issue, where you'll find adorable videos, cool websites, and a beginner's guide to Pinterest.
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!
- West Central Internet Services Team
Businesses and consumers across the country are being hit by an ongoing email scam that appears to be from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The fake emails started late last year and have gone through a number of variations since then.
In one, people report receiving phone calls—in addition to emails—from scammers claiming to be from the BBB. These callers offer help to remove a virus from the recipient's computer. They claim the computer was infected when the owner downloaded a virus from an email scam using the BBB name. The BBB is cautioning not to give out any personal information to callers or to install or download any software they recommend.
Should you receive a suspicious email identified as being from the BBB, don't click on any links or open any attachments; doing so could unleash a virus. You can test the links by using your mouse to hover over them. The destination of the links will appear in a small pop-up box next to the link or at the bottom of the screen. If the email is a scam, the website shown will not be a BBB.org URL. After you've confirmed the email you received is a scam, the BBB has asked that you forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and delete it from your inbox. Also, make sure your virus software is up to date and run a virus scan.
The Universal Service Fund (USF) – a program overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and funded by telecommunications providers across the country – has for years been essential in ensuring that rural consumers living in difficult-to-serve areas have access to high-quality networks and affordable services. However, new Federal regulations and others under consideration are putting rural networks and services at risk.
High-speed broadband is becoming an essential part of daily life for businesses and consumers. Access is critical to commerce, civic participation, health care, and education across the far reaches of rural America. Although the FCC has stated its intent to ensure that all of America has comparable access to the Internet, new FCC regulations will reduce support for many smaller, locally based cooperatives and commercial telecom providers such as ours. Among other things, West Central Telephone will face:
You can help West Central Telephone continue to provide you with the services you need at affordable rates. Contact your congressional representatives and urge them to support regulatory action that ensures equal and affordable access to broadband for all Americans. Also ask them to help make sure that the new rules are implemented in a manner that is fair for all rural consumers and consistent with true universal service, and to tell the FCC to stop pressing for new rules that will only make matters worse.
Question: What should I do when I've been hacked on Facebook?
Answer: First of all, we're sorry to hear you've been the victim of a "Facecrook." You probably discovered the problem when you were denied access to your Facebook page after the hacker changed your password. But have no fear; you can reclaim your account and get your Facebook life back in order.
You'll need to reset your password and make sure it's secure. If you're not logged in, you can reset your password by clicking the "Forgot your password?" link on the Facebook login page.
If you're already logged in, you can reset your password by going to your Account Settings page located in the Account drop-down menu at the top of every Facebook page.
When choosing a new password:
Pinterest is an online pinboard that lets you organize and share images of your favorite things—from baked goods to craft projects to inspiring quotes. It's an invitation-only website, so to get started using it you need to ask a friend who's already on the site to invite you. Once you receive your email invitation, click the link to set up your account. The Pinterest wizard will take you through the following steps:
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The WCTA Communications Team
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