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E-Mail Hoax - Fake Pharmaceutical E-mail Is Prescription for Trouble
There's been a recent surge in fraudulent e-mails claiming to be from the United States National Medical Association (US NMA). There is no such organization and these messages are not from any United States government agency. (There is an association called the National Medical Association that promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent, and they have nothing to do with this spam.) The e-mails are part of a scheme to lure you to one of more than a dozen phishing sites, such as "MyCanadianPharmacy," under the false pretense of providing consumer information about buying pharmaceuticals online. If you click on the link contained in the e-mail, up comes a website offering name-brand prescription drugs such as Valium, Viagra, and Xanax at too-good-to-be-true prices.
According to reliable sources, including Forbes.com and the Better Business Bureau, this is one of the most notorious worldwide spam scams ever conducted. Crooks are blasting the e-mails around the globe by the billions, so if one hasn't hit your Inbox yet, it probably will soon. Here's what the e-mail looks like:
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (www.us-cert.gov) was established in 2003 to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure against cyber attacks. Their site contains a warning about the bogus US NMA e-mails, and encourages you to take the following steps to protect yourself from phishing attacks:
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Attention 3 Rivers Dial-Up Internet Customers - How Does Saving $150 Sound?
If you qualify and want to make the jump to High Speed Internet, sign up for 3 Rivers' DSL service in September and we'll give you the first TWO months plus your modem for free! That's a $150 value!
3 Rivers DSL provides a dedicated Internet connection over your existing phone line, but still allows you to receive and make phone calls on the same line while remaining connected!
Offer applies to anyone in 3 Rivers' service area, even if not a current dial-up customer. After 2 months, cost is $49.95 per month. Modem valued at $49.95. SecureIT Plus is free for one computer; purchase for additional computers for $3.95 per month. Download speeds are not guaranteed and vary by location. Actual download speeds depend on a variety of factors, including line conditions and distance from a 3 Rivers central office. DSL service is not available in all areas and is subject to qualification by 3 Rivers. Offer expires September 30, 2007.
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Ask The Help Desk - Do I Have To Use A Search Engine Every Time I Want To Go To A Website?
Question: I've recently seen three friends type in the web address of a website (for example, "www.microsoft.com") into the Google search field of their Web browser, then scroll through the resulting list of sites, and click on the link of the web address. The link takes them to the exact web address they just typed into the search field. Am I missing something here? Why don't these people save a step and simply type the web address into the address field of their browser and hit the "enter" key? There's no need to do a search for a site through a search engine like Google if you already know the web address of the site you'd like to visit, right?
Answer: You are correct. Typing a web address into a search field is a pretty common (but unnecessary) extra step made by even experienced Web surfers. While it makes sense to use a search engine when you're looking for a list of sites you'd like to visit, there's no need to start there when you already know a specific web address. Simply go to the address bar found on your browser, delete the current URL listed, type in the web address, and press the "enter" key.
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Great Sites To Check Out This Month
Take the Tech Test
http://pewinternet.org/quiz - What's your relationship with communications technology? Are you an "Omnivore" that never met a gadget you didn't like? Or are you an "Inexperienced Experimenter" that's willing to try new technologies? Take this quick online quiz from the Pew Internet and Online Life Project to discover which of the 10 groups best describes you. The site also contains reports under "Family, Friends & Community" about topics including cyberbullying, social networking sites and teens, and the vulnerability of "wired seniors" to viruses and spyware.
David Beckham In Action
http://davidbeckham.com - David Beckham made his MLS league debut for the LA Galaxy in August and fans around the world are keeping a close eye on him. Here at the official David Beckham website you can catch the latest soccer news, read David's weekly blog, get a look at his fashion style, learn about the David Beckham Academy for young athletes, and find out about his current ambassador/charity activities. If you're a big Beckham fan, you can also register to receive online newsletters.
Bright Ideas for Kids
http://hasbro.com/litebrite/swf/litebrite.cfm - Remember Lite-Brite? It's the classic toy that's been popular with kids and parents alike since Hasbro introduced it in 1967. Lite-Brite allows kids to create a "glowing" picture by placing multi-colored pegs into a battery-powered screen. Now budding artists can also create Lite-Brite designs online at this site, then print or e-mail them to share with family and friends. The fun continues with links to other popular games like Battleship and The Game of Life.
Keep an Eye on Safety
http://preventblindness.org - September is Eye Safety Month — a reminder to protect yourself and your children from eye injuries at home and during sports. Accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year, and more than 40,000 people a year suffer eye injuries while playing sports. The Prevent Blindness America site offers a wide variety of important resources including tips on accident prevention at home, sports safety, sports eye protectors, and first aid for eye emergencies. You'll also find the latest headlines about eye health.
A Whole New Ballgame
http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/gameplan - Local stadiums won't be the only places with football action this month. Coming to theaters is The Game Plan from Walt Disney Pictures, the story of rugged superstar Joe Kingman (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) whose Boston-based football team is chasing a championship. Then Joe discovers he has a 7-year-old daughter, and has to tackle the biggest challenge of his life — taking care of her! After getting a preview of the movie here, you can play the game Mall Quarterback and help Joe find his daughter lost at the mall.
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Short Tutorial - Copying And Pasting Text
The ability to copy and paste text saves a great deal of keyboarding time while doing a variety of online activities. For example, you can copy and paste text from one e-mail message to another. Or copy and paste URLs (web addresses) from a document into the address bar of your browser. Here are the steps to take:
Copying Text Using The Windows Operating System
Copying Text Using The Macintosh Operating System
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