INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scammers Taking Advantage Of Japan Disaster
You're Invited To Our Annual Meeting
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
Which Is Correct: E-mail Or Email?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In May
Setting Up A Signature For Your Emails
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
Welcome to our May issue. Legend has it that May was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring. Her name is related to a Latin word that means growth. So in that spirit, we'll do our best to help you grow in your Internet knowledge. We begin with a warning about online scams related to the Japan disaster. Also included in this issue is the answer to the e-mail vs. email question and tutorials on setting up an email signature. Just for fun, check out the two videos sure to please animal lovers. Then get ready for the season with websites featuring information about disaster preparation, spring cleaning, gas prices, and more.
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
Once again, cybercriminals are using natural disasters to try and trick Internet users into manmade scams. Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, phony donation requests and dangerous links started turning up designed to exploit consumer interest and concern. If you fall for them, you could have your money and credit card information stolen, as well as your identity.
Be on alert for these types of threats:
If you'd like to donate to the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, go to your browser and type in the website address of a well-established international relief organization.
There's an animal theme to this month's featured videos. We think they're the "purr-fect" way to add some fun to your day.
Question: I've noticed that some people include a hyphen when spelling e-mail and others simply use email. Which is considered to be the correct format?
Answer: The e-mail vs. email debate was recently settled by the editors of the AP Stylebook—the de facto style and usage guide for much of the news media. They announced that email is now the preferred format since it reflects majority usage. This transition is indicative of the evolving nature of language. When "electronic mail" was first introduced, Internet technology required more explanation and a hyphen was used in e-mail to emphasize the concept of electronic.
Another example of the evolution of language is LOL. Today, LOL stands for "laugh out loud" but back in 1960, those letters stood for "little old lady." The Oxford English Dictionary officially added LOL as a word in March 2011, along with FYI (for your information). Why? So many of us are using these expressions in emails, on Facebook, etc., that they've become part of our language.
Is It Rogue Security Software?
lavasoft.com – To keep your computer safe from threats, you need to be aware of rogue security software, which falsely claims to protect your computer and can actually threaten computer security. The Rogue Gallery is a resource that keeps computer users safe from rogue security software by providing a comprehensive database of current rogue security applications. You can use this site to check for the latest threats, check for threats alphabetically, or submit possible rogue programs.
Disaster Preparation Tips
ready.gov – Any number of disasters—such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, and fires—can mean you'll need to survive on your own for a period of time. Disasters are, by nature, unexpected but there are steps you can take to prepare for them. This FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) site explains what to have in your emergency preparedness kit and how to create a Family Emergency Plan. There are also resources for keeping up to date on emergency situations and a special section to get kids involved to help them feel safe.
tipnut.com – Spring is a great time to work on special projects from crafts to cleaning to cooking. This helpful site features tips in all of these categories and more. Learn how to remove stubborn carpet stains, make a raised garden bed, get rid of flies, or cook a perfect sunny-side-up egg. When you find a tip you like, you can share it on Facebook or Twitter. You can also submit your own tips or sign up for a newsletter to receive tips via email.
gasbuddy.com – Don't let high gas prices put the brakes on your road trip plans. Use this site's Trip Cost Calculator to determine the best places to fill up along the way. When you get back from your trip, visit the site to find the cheapest gas sources in your area. You can also check out the Gas Price Heat Map to see how prices in your area compare to those in other parts of the country.
Top Chefs' Recipes
cookstr.com – This site is similar to other cooking sites, but with a twist: You get to meet the chefs behind the recipes. So if you like the style of a certain chef, you can review his/her collection for similar dishes. The site includes Irish chefs, pastry chefs, sauce experts, and more. Search for a recipe to try or check out the bios of the featured chefs. And don't forget to sign up for The Cookstr 10, an eNewsletter that delivers 10 delicious recipes to your inbox each week.
A signature is a block of text placed at the bottom of your outgoing emails to "sign off" and close the messages. The primary purpose of a signature is to let people know who you are and how to contact you. Many people also take this opportunity to convey a bit of their personality through the use of a favorite quotation or a particular font.
What you include in your signature is up to you, and you may want to create a couple of signatures - such as one for business and one for personal use. To set up a signature, follow the steps below for your email program.
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