INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Fake Antivirus Phone Scam Is Stealing Money And Identities
Join Us For The Annual Meeting
May 20 At 7pm.
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
This Month's FAQ
How Can I Tell If My Email Account Has Been Hacked?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In May
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
How To Add Smileys To Your Facebook Comments
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
For many of us, May is topped only by December in terms of special activities and celebrations. The school year is winding down, summer fun is gearing up, and you may have Mother's Day gatherings plus graduations, showers, and weddings to attend. Take a break from the action now to get informed about online threats and opportunities.
This May issue starts with an alert about an antivirus phone scam that's now making the rounds. Be sure your family, especially any older members who are fairly new to computers, are aware of this scam so they don't become victims. Speaking of family, check out the original gift ideas in the Pinterest section. And keep going to learn about hacked email accounts, enjoy amazing videos, visit cool websites, and find out how to add smileys to Facebook.
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
Many online scams start with an email but you also need to be cautious when the phone rings. There have been an increased number of reports recently of phone scammers claiming to be from Microsoft, or an antivirus company, or some random tech support facility. These callers will claim their systems have detected viruses and/or malware on your computer and they can help you with a lifetime of guaranteed support for just a one-time payment of $100 or so.
The process typically goes like this:
Microsoft recommends these do's and don'ts to help prevent becoming a victim:
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Question: A friend of mine recently mentioned that his email account had been hacked. How will I know if the same thing happens to me?
Answer: That's a great question to ask since this is a common problem. Here are the signs that your email or social network account has been hacked:
Should you be denied access to your account because a hacker changed the password, visit the Web service's site immediately and follow the steps it has for recovering an account. For additional information or recommendations about online security in general, please contact us.
Want to go a step beyond text-only emoticons such as :-) when you comment on a friend's Facebook post? As long as you know the "code," you can insert a cute and colorful smiley instead.
Simply type in the right characters, provided in the chart below, and they will change to the corresponding smiley when you post a comment. You'll note there are sometimes several different shortcuts listed for the same smiley; just take your pick.
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