INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Whitney Houstonís Death Triggers Scams
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
What Happens To A Facebook Userís Account After Death?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In March
Uploading And Sharing Images On Twitter
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
Spring begins this month and as you "March" forward, take this great online information with you. It starts with a warning about phishing scams related to Whitney Houston; sadly, these scams occur after many celebrity news events. You'll find a fun contrast in our featured videos—one's high tech, the other low tech. Also in this issue, we explain what happens to a Facebook user's account after death, tell you how to tweet a photo, and share five websites to put some spring in your step.
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Hoping to make a quick buck, online crooks wasted no time capitalizing on the death of Whitney Houston. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of new scams that exploit the public's fascination with the singer. Twitter and Facebook have been bombarded with responses to Houston's death, creating a perfect target for cybercriminals to access personal information from unknowing victims.
One popular Twitter scam disguises itself under "RIP Whitney Houston." Clicking on the link in the rigged Twitter post takes people to a blog dedicated to Houston's career, but the blog automatically redirects them to a webpage offering different Whitney Houston wallpapers. Downloading wallpaper then triggers yet another offer to download Whitney Houston ringtones. No matter what you do, the devious webpage eventually takes you to a survey site that asks for private information such as your cellphone number.
On Facebook, a wall post with the subject "I cried watching this video. RIP Whitney Houston" is followed by a link to what promises to be a YouTube video. It is, in actuality, a link that leads to several other websites until you reach a similar survey site.
To protect yourself from Whitney Houston phishing scams—and other ones tied to news events that are sure to come—follow these simple rules:
Question: For many of us, the messages and photos posted on Facebook are like a scrapbook of our lives. What happens to a Facebook userís account after death?
Answer: Thatís a great question. Thereís increasing discussion these days about social media as it relates to end-of-life issues. Hereís what it says on Facebook:
"It is our policy to memorialize all deceased users' accounts on the site. When an account is memorialized, only confirmed friends can see the profile (timeline) or locate it in Search. The profile (timeline) will also no longer appear in the Suggestions section of the Home page. Friends and family can leave posts in remembrance.
In order to protect the privacy of the deceased user, we cannot provide login information for the account to anyone. However, once an account has been memorialized, it is completely secure and cannot be accessed or altered by anyone.
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved oneís account from the site. To actually delete a profile page, however, a family member or executor must submit proof of their relationship with the deceased before getting further instructions."
Some people refer to memorializing a profile as a Facebook funeral. It allows people to save and share their memories of the deceased.
On a related topic, thereís now a Facebook app called if I die. It gives people the opportunity to create a video or text message to be played after their demise, as verified by at least three ďtrusteesĒ the person selects from his or her Facebook list.
A picture is worth a thousand words, which makes tweeting photos such a great idea. Fortunately, it's easy to upload and share images using your Twitter account. Just follow the steps and tips below.
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