INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Online Dating Can Pose Threats
Your Computer Will Lose Internet After July 9
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
What Is The Correct And Legal Way To Pin Images On Pinterest?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In May
Managing Your Facebook News Feed By Moving Friends To An "Acquaintances" List
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
This May issue is abloom with a delightful bouquet of tips and resources. It begins with a warning about the potential threats of online dating along with precautions to take to avoid getting scammed. You'll also find captivating videos, guidance on properly pinning images on Pinterest, and a tutorial on how to move those not-really-friends on Facebook to an "Acquaintances" list. For other fresh ideas, spring to action and check out this month's Great Sites list.
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.
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- West Central Internet Services Team
Three major dating sites—Match.com, eHarmony.com, and Spark Networks—recently announced they will start screening for sexual predators, identity thieves, and scammers to try to increase safety for users. While millions of people use dating sites to meet people, and many forge successful relationships, criminals and scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.
This makes it a good time to review precautions to take if you participate in online dating. For example, that wonderful looking profile may actually be a fake if the person:
Users of Windows PC and Macs alike have until July 9, 2012, to check and see if they've been infected with malware called DNS Changer and, if so, disinfect their computers. After that, the FBI will throw a switch that prevents infected computers from accessing the Internet.
What's going on here? It all began 2007, when DNS Changer surfaced and infected millions of machines. (To give you some background, the DNS system is a network of servers that translates a website address into the numerical addresses that computers use.) DNS Changer reprogrammed victim computers to use rogue DNS servers owned by the attackers. This allowed the attackers to redirect computers to hacker-created websites, and also prevented computers from updating or using anti-virus software, leaving them vulnerable to other threats.
Last November, the FBI arrested six Estonian nationals that allegedly ran the fraud, and seized the rogue DNS servers. The FBI put up surrogate servers in place of the malicious ones, but only temporarily. After July 9, those servers will shut down, preventing infected computers from reaching the Internet since they'll be trying to redirect through servers that no longer exist.
To find out if your computer is infected and how to address the problem, visit https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS and click on "Check Your DNS." Also be sure to update and run your current security software. If you need assistance, please contact us for security software recommendations.
You'll find additional information on DNS Changer at these links:
Question: I recently got started with Pinterest and have been hearing talk of copyright issues that has me a little worried. What is the correct and legal way to pin images on Pinterest?
Answer: We went straight to the source on this one. Here's the statement Pinterest released in April: "Pinterest values and respects the rights of third party creators and content owners, and expects you to do the same. You therefore agree that any User Content that you post to the Service does not and will not violate any law or infringe the rights of any third party, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Rights (defined below), publicity rights or rights of privacy. We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove User Content from the Service for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or the Pinterest Acceptable Use Policy. It is important that you understand that you are in the best position to know if the materials you post are legally allowed. We therefore ask that you please be careful when deciding whether to make User Content available on our Service, including whether you can pin or re-pin User Content on your boards." You can visit http://pinterest.com/about/terms/ for more details.
It basically boils down to this—not all site owners want their images pinned. How do you know if sites are okay with it? Pinterest now has some code in their help section that site owners can add if they don't want to be pinned. If you try to pin on a site with this code, you'll see a message stating that the site owner doesn't want images to be pinned. Until this code is commonly used though, the only way to know for sure is to ask. To be on the safe side, you can look for the "pin it" button on sites; it lets you know they are okay with their images being pinned.
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