Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
This March issue starts with an important warning about e-mail scams during tax season — make sure you watch for these bogus messages in the weeks ahead to help avoid identity theft. To protect your private information when using a public computer, follow our tutorial on removing your history, cache, and temporary files. We also teach you how to find the "Help" button on Internet Explorer 7 and guide you to a variety of Great Sites to help educate, entertain, and instruct you this spring.
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- West Central Internet Services Team
It's tax season again and the Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to beware of current e-mail scams using the IRS name. In particular, watch for messages about the upcoming rebate checks tied to the economic stimulus package — spammers are using these rebates as bait. The goal of the scams is to trick you into revealing personal and financial information such as Social Security or bank account numbers, which the scammers can use to commit identity theft.
The IRS does NOT send unsolicited e-mail about tax account matters to taxpayers, and you will NOT need to respond to any e-mail in order to receive this year's rebate check. The vast majority of Americans who qualify for the rebate will not have to do anything other than file their 2007 individual income tax return to receive their check. The IRS will use information on the tax return to determine eligibility and calculate the amount of the stimulus payments.
Another bogus e-mail falsely claims to come from the IRS and tells the recipient that he or she is eligible for a tax refund of a specific amount. The message then instructs the recipient to click on a link in the e-mail to access a refund claim form that asks for bank account information.
Should you receive an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS — DO NOTHING EXCEPT DELETE IT. Do not click on links within the body of the e-mail, and do not provide any information. If the IRS needs to contact you about a tax refund or audit, they will do so by traditional mail. If you need to access the IRS website to get information, initiate contact by typing the IRS.gov address into your browser's address bar.
Question: I recently replaced my Internet Explorer 6 with the newer Internet Explorer 7 browser. In looking at the Internet Explorer 7 browser, I can't find the "Help" button. What happened to it?
Answer: In an effort to free up space on the browser window, Microsoft Corp. hid the "Help" button on Internet Explorer 7. (Internet Explorer 7 does not have a menu bar by default, which is where "Help" is found in Internet Explorer 6.) To find the "Help" button, whether you are using Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista Home Premium as your operating system, follow these steps:
National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video - Take a close-up look at amazing video from around the world at this National Geographic site. Categories include animals, daily news, environment, kids, music, people & places, science & space, and specials. Both educational and entertaining, the videos let you explore the diversity of this planet a few minutes at a time — from a market in Morocco to giant spiders in the sea.
Dyeing to Decorate Eggs?
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/easter_eggs_ms - Disney's Family Fun magazine has "egg-xactly" what you need to prepare for Easter egg decorating. This site contains dozens of creative ideas to turn shells into little works of art. Go beyond the usual dip-and-dye method and try decoupage, sponges, stickers, crayons, and stencils. It'll be easy to get crackin' since the instructions are all here.
Prepare for the DTV Transition
http://dtv.gov - In less than a year, on February 17, 2009, a government mandate will require TV broadcasters to stop transmitting analog signals. After that day, only digital signals will be used. Now's the time to educate yourself on the upcoming change and find out what you may need to do to get ready. This FCC site covers all the essentials on the new TV technology, converter box coupon program, and shopping tips.
Welcome to the Show
http://mlb.com/spring_training/y2008/index.jsp?c_id=mlb - Every team starts with a clean slate. Warm up for the 2008 season by visiting Major League Baseball's Official Spring Training website. You'll find the in-depth information you need on the teams, players, and new prospects to get you ready for the games ahead. Thinking about traveling to Florida or Arizona this year to watch the preseason action? You can purchase your Spring Training tickets online.
Come Aboard the Midway
http://www.midway.org - The Midway is a carrier with a 47-year history that spanned the end of WWII and Desert Storm. The next time you're in San Diego, make time to visit the USS Midway Museum and see the ship for yourself. It's a tour that's been experienced by more than a million people, and you can get a taste of it at this site. Check out this site to see historical photos, read about the crew, download a map, and get details on exhibits like the Admiral's War Room and the Brig.
When sharing a computer at a public location (i.e. a hotel lobby or a library), it's a good idea to remove the history, cache, and temporary files from the computer before closing your surfing session. Leaving the information on the computer opens the door later for others to access your private information. Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, Macintosh's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox browsers each provide a solution for erasing your sensitive information upon the completion of your Internet session.
Erasing Your Private Information From A Public Computer When Using Internet Explorer 6 On Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista Home Premium
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