INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team
You Must Know What's Below
Call 811 Before You Dig!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
This Month's FAQ
What Does The Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In April
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
Save Time By Learning Keyboard Shortcuts
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
In April, we get to enjoy the color and fragrance of the first spring blooms. Among the flowers, however, there are often weeds and this applies to the Internet as well. A case in point: Your inbox will be a mixture of welcome messages and unwelcome scams. We begin this issue by warning you about fake Facebook Security Team emails that try to get your personal information.
You'll also find a "bouquet" of other fun and useful resources here. Get inspired by this month's Pinterest selections. Learn what the software term "Easter Egg" means. Check out cool sites including one to search for unclaimed property and another to pick out a tree for your property. Enjoy two charming videos starring a soft-hearted couple and three hard-working farmers. Then take a minute to pick up some timesaving keyboard shortcuts.
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
Cybercriminals are using fake Facebook Security Team emails to trick unsuspecting users into visiting a malicious page and entering their usernames and passwords. Check out this sample email to see how the scam works:
Recipients are told their Facebook account is about to be suspended due to a violation of the social network's Terms of Service. The message includes a bogus link that takes users to a phony third-party Facebook application that asks them to enter their Facebook account name, password, and other information. If entered and submitted, this information is automatically sent to the scammers and used to hijack the account.
Scammers use official sounding page names, applications, and links to make their schemes appear legitimate to unsuspecting users. If you have fallen for the trick, try to access your Facebook account. If you are able to do so, change your password immediately. In the event you have already been locked out, report the compromise and Facebook will help you regain control of your account.
For information about other Facebook scams and how to protect your privacy and security, visit http://facecrooks.com.
Question: I've heard the term "Easter Egg" applied to software. I'm familiar with the chocolate candy variety I saw in baskets last month, but not this kind. What is an Easter Egg?
Answer: An Easter Egg is an undocumented function or inside joke hidden in software by its makers — secret "goodies" found by word of mouth or by accident. They are in no way destructive and are usually placed there simply for additional fun and credits. The term was coined by Atari after a secret message was left by software designer Warren Robinett in the video game Adventure. This practice is similar in some respects to hidden signature motifs such as Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameo appearances in his movies and the "Hidden Mickeys" throughout the various Disney Parks.
In computer software, Easter Eggs are secret results that occur in response to an undocumented set of commands. These results can vary from a simple printed message or image to a page of programmer credits or a small videogame hidden inside an otherwise serious piece of software. Videogame cheat codes are a specific type of Easter Egg, in which entering a secret command will unlock special powers or new levels for the player. Easter Eggs can also be found in movies, TV commercials, DVDs, and CDs.
In today's fast-paced world, it seems we're all looking for ways to get more done in less time. One way to be more efficient while on the computer is by using keyboard shortcuts to do frequent tasks instead of moving the mouse and clicking icons.
To perform a keyboard shortcut, you press two, three, or sometimes four keyboard keys at the same time. If that sounds tricky, keep this in mind: You can press and hold the Control (CTRL) key first and then press the other key(s). If you're a Mac user, use the Command (CMD) key instead of the CTRL key for the keyboard shortcuts below.
Here are some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts:
The first rule of computer use is to save your work often. You never know when the program you're using, or your entire computer, is going to crash. It's a good idea to use this shortcut after every few sentences you write.
This shortcut lets you undo a mistake very quickly. Pressing CTRL+Z several times will often undo the last several changes.
If you do a lot of copying and pasting of text, these keyboard shortcuts will really save you time. Just use the mouse to select what you want to copy, press CTRL+C, click the mouse where you want to paste, and press CTRL+V.
There are hundreds of other keyboard shortcuts and, depending on your computer habits, you may want to learn more of them. For complete information, visit this site for Windows or this site for Mac.
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