INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Don't Fall For Free Gift Card Scams
Join Us For Our Open House
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
How Do I Make Sure My Firewall Is On?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October
Tips For Successfully Uploading A Video On YouTube
Hello West Central Internet Subscribers
Halloween brings all kinds of costumed characters to our front doors. And while guessing which child is behind each mask is fun, trying to identify scammers dressed up as credible organizations can be challenging. To help you, this October issue begins with a warning about gift card scams masquerading as free offers from major retailers.
Speaking of costumes, the Great Sites list includes one with lots of easy-to-make costume ideas for Halloween. You'll also want to check out the sites for resources on fall recipes, credit management, and more. Take a minute to learn about firewalls and make sure yours is turned on, and review the tips we've shared about uploading videos to YouTube. Don't miss this month's videos featuring a joyful flash mob and a wheelchair-bound ocean explorer.
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- West Central Internet Services Team
The Better Business Bureau is the latest established brand to be used by scammers to promote fake gift cards online. (Others have included Wal-Mart, Target, Starbucks, and Best Buy.) As tempting as these offers appear, especially with the holiday shopping season approaching, don't bother trying to redeem them. They're just tricks to collect consumer data; you won't receive the free gift card promised.
It works like this: The recipient receives an email, claiming to be from the established brand, stating that he/she has been issued a gift card worth a certain dollar amount. To receive this gift card free of charge, the recipient is told to immediately go to a website and provide information such as age, street address, email address, and phone number. Don't fall for it. You would be giving out personal information and receiving nothing but more spam in return.
In addition, experts warn that used, counterfeit, and fraudulent gift cards are frequently being sold on auction websites. For this reason, don't buy gift cards from auction websites; it's not worth the risk of ending up with a worthless piece of plastic. Only buy gift card directly from the store or from a secure retailer's website.
For more information on the Open House, click here!
Question: When reading about computer security, I often see the advice to "make sure your firewall is on." What exactly is a firewall and how do I make sure mine is on?
Answer: A firewall is the primary method for keeping a computer secure from intruders. It allows or blocks traffic into and out of a private network or the user's computer. A personal firewall typically comes with, or is installed in, computers.
To check the status of your firewall and turn it on if needed, follow these steps:
For Mac OS X 10.6 and later
Boo-tiful Halloween Costumes
spoonful.com – If you need some "scary good" ideas for Halloween costumes, check out this resource. From Rapunzel to a Washing Machine, you're sure to find a costume that fits your child's personality (and your crafting abilities). There are even last-minute outfits that can be thrown together fast. Fall Recipes You'll Fall For
simplyrecipes.com – The leaves are changing and so should your recipes in order to take advantage of foods that celebrate the fall season. Browse through this recipe collection for dishes including Apple Cranberry Pie, Butternut Squash Risotto, and Spicy Pumpkin Soup. Free Credit Score And More
www.creditkarma.com – Credit Karma provides truly free credit scores to consumers, along with related tools. Learn how you measure up to national averages and get advice on how to raise your credit score. You can also access offers that could save you money on your credit cards, auto loan, and more. Yesterday's Technology
retronaut.co – This site's slogan is, "The past is a foreign country. This is your passport." Take a trip back in time to see technological tidbits such as a 1949 radio hat, a 1984 Macintosh computer ad, and a 1969 film predicting what telecommunications would be like in the 1990s.
Perhaps you're now a pro at uploading photos on Facebook but haven't yet ventured into the realm of posting videos on YouTube. It's pretty easy to do and well worth the effort. After all, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving video must be worth at least a million. So capture those precious moments at the next family gathering and then review the basic tips below. You can get more detailed instructions on uploading by clicking here:
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