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Welcome to the February edition of our eNewsletter. In this edition, you'll get information about holiday-themed attacks (including Valentine's Day) from the Storm worm that can infect your computer with malicious code. In our Great Sites section, we share resources related to Black History Month, the start of the NASCAR season, and President's Day. You'll also learn how to customize Internet Explorer 7 by adding additional buttons as well as adding a menu bar to the browser.
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- West Central Internet Services Team
The team behind the notorious Storm worm often takes advantage of holidays to launch attacks, and Valentine's Day is no exception. The worm is now using a Valentine's Day twist to try and infect users with malicious code. Be on the lookout this month for suspicious e-mails with subject lines about love. These "love" notes are actually designed to deliver a "poison kiss" to your computer.
The body of the message directs the recipient to a site featuring a large heart and a notification that says, "Your download should begin shortly. If your download does not start in 10-20 seconds, you can click here to launch the download and then press run. Enjoy!" If you receive one of these e-mails, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.
This Valentine's Day worm was originally packaged in a way that fooled most virus scanners. The SANS Internet Storm Center reported that initially only 4 out of 32 virus scanners were able to properly identify the downloaded file as Storm-infected prior to actual execution. Sophos, a world leader in enterprise IT security and control, says this worm is accounting for almost eight percent of overall e-mail traffic.
The Storm Gang changes the content of their attacks frequently, sometimes on a daily basis. To help protect your computer from spam like this, make sure you use and regularly update your computer's anti-virus software. In addition, do not click on website links contained in e-mail messages from unfamiliar or suspicious sources.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in June 2003 set up the national Do Not Call list of phone numbers that did not wish to receive telemarketing calls. The program was an overwhelming success. In the first week, people signed up 18 million phone numbers, and the Registry now has more than 149 million listings.
When originally developed, the Registry adopted a policy that required consumers to re-register their phone numbers every five years. That policy was revised in October 2007, when the FTC announced that "it will not drop any telephone numbers from the Registry based on the five-year expiration period pending final Congressional or agency action on whether to make registration permanent."
So, as it now stands, you don't need to re-register your phone numbers with the Do Not Call list — they will remain there even after the five-year term expires. However, if you've changed or added phone numbers since you initially registered, you can make those adjustments by visiting www.donotcall.gov or calling 1-888-382-1222.
Question: I recently purchased a new computer and it has the Microsoft Vista Home Premium operating system and includes Internet Explorer 7 as the browser. I noticed that Internet Explorer 7 does not have a menu bar at the top any longer. I used to frequently use the "Edit" button located on the menu bar to cut, copy, paste, etc. Is there a way to get this menu bar back onto the Internet Explorer 7 browser?
Answer: Yes, there is. With a goal of freeing up more space on the browser window, Microsoft Corp. removed the menu bar from its newest browser, Internet Explorer 7. To place the menu bar and its many associated functions back onto the Internet Explorer 7 browser, follow these simple steps:
http://whitehouse.gov/history/whtour - What better place to visit in honor of President's Day than the White House? (Granted, we mean the online version.) Take a 360° tour of the Oval Office, then pick a few of your favorite presidents from the past and read through their full bios. Historical photos of the presidents and first ladies in the White House are included here, as well as quizzes and games for kids.
Black History Month
http://history.com/minisites/blackhistory - February is Black History Month--a time to recall and celebrate the many contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. Established by historian Carter G. Woodson, the first celebration occurred in February 1926. Browse through this site to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of the civil rights struggle, read the stories of African-American icons in a variety of fields, and watch inspirational video clips of famous speeches and interviews.
Leap Day Learning
http://teachervision.fen.com/calendar/teaching-methods/3779.html - Since this is a leap year, we have an extra day at the end of February. Ever wondered how this all came to be? Learn virtually everything there is to know about the history of the calendar at this educational site. You'll even find out about modern proposals for calendar reform to make it more convenient to use.
http://theknot.com - There's a long "to do" list to complete before the bride and groom can say, "I do." If there's a wedding in your family's future, this site could be invaluable. It helps couples stay organized during the planning process with wedding ideas, shopping resources, and planning tools in one convenient place. Take advantage of the site's wedding budgeter where you can build your wedding budget, get expert advice, track each payment due, and schedule e-mail reminders.
Get Your Motors Running
http://motorsport.com - The NASCAR season begins this month with the 50th Annual Daytona 500 and that's just a fraction of the action. Race to this site for the latest news and schedules from more than 230 auto, motorbike, and powerboat circuits. You can also take a look back at past seasons of motorsport events, check out the statistics, and view recent race photos.
Unlike the Internet Explorer 6 browser, Internet Explorer 7 includes few buttons by default on its command bar (toolbar). To add additional buttons to Internet Explorer 7 browser when using either Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista Home Premium operating systems, follow these steps:
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