Dear Mosaic Telecom Subscriber
This August issue is filled with all kinds of tips to help you do all kinds of things, including outsmart scammers, save money, and make the most of your free time. It starts with a warning about a Windows Live ID scam that's circulating via e-mail, and a reminder to keep up your regular precautions against phishing. You'll also learn about the purpose of an IP address, and find out how to create compressed files and folders. We think you'll also enjoy the variety in our Great Sites section; these resources feature everything from caffeine counts in popular foods to 137 years of content from Popular Science.
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!
- Your friends at Mosaic Telecom
If you receive an e-mail like the one pictured here that appears to be from Microsoft Customer Support, be careful. There are fraudulent e-mails now circulating that have a subject line about confirming your e-mail address for Windows Live ID. They are not from Microsoft as claimed, and are simply part of a phishing scam.
Ironically, the e-mail's message pretends to actually be concerned about the security of your personal information and recommends that you don't click on the links placed in the e-mail. Instead, it says to copy and paste the desired link into your browser's address bar.
Microsoft reminds users that it will never ask you to provide your username, password, date of birth, country, credit card information, or other personal information via e-mail. And you should never enter your password anywhere besides the official Windows Live ID sign-in page.
Here are additional tips to help you avoid phishing scams:
The Internet is a routine part of the way we live our lives. From e-mail and online chatting with friends, to banking, shopping, and surfing or simply playing an online game, the Internet is an extremely useful tool. However, with its use comes inherent dangers – dangers that can impact you personally and financially.
Malware, virus, and spyware threats are not only growing in number but are constantly evolving to find new ways to infect your computer. Here are some best practices you can apply when using the Internet to prevent security threats.
Didja Know that Mosaic Telecom's Free Internet Class Schedule is now available for sign up on our corporate website at http://www.mosaictelecom.com/Internet/ClassesCTC.html
Question: What exactly is an IP address and what is its purpose?
Answer: An Internet Protocol (IP) address is an electronic serial number that takes the form of four numbers separated by dots; an example would be 10.50.50.50. Every machine connected to the Internet—computer or any other Web-enabled device—has a unique IP address. Wherever you browse online, send an e-mail or instant message, or download a file, your IP address functions like a vehicle license plate or a finger print to enforce accountability and traceability. IP addresses are used by routers to forward messages from one computer to another over the Internet.
Curb Your Caffeine
www.mayoclinic.com – If you're like most adults, you probably drink some combination of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks each day. While these beverages can give you a boost, too many of them can be harmful to your health. Mayo Clinic's "caffeine content" site recommends no more than 500 to 600 milligrams of caffeine per day. This helpful site also shows you the amount of caffeine in many popular brands, including foods and medications you might not have considered.
Get It Write
www.paperrater.com – High school and college students will appreciate this handy tool. PaperRater analyzes academic papers for plagiarism, spelling, grammar, style, word choice, and readability. This free service is maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students, and allows you to correct many common mistakes before you turn in your papers. The site also includes a vocabulary builder and a blog with helpful writing tips. It's like having an English professor at your service 24/7!
137 Years of Popular Science
www.popsci.com – Rocket ships, dinosaurs, sports medicine, computers, and the future of technology—Popular Science has covered it all in its 137 years. Now, the magazine has partnered with Google to offer its entire archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's a fascinating trip down memory lane for science buffs.
Cool Summer Treats
allrecipes.com – There's nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cool, creamy treat. This site offers dozens of recipes that feature ice cream, including ice cream sandwiches, sherbet, sorbet, and ice cream pies and cakes. For each recipe, you can read reviews, write your own, save to a recipe box, or share with friends. You can also check out videos, and subscribe to the baking newsletter.
www.dogfriendly.com – Remember poor Snoopy being turned away by the sign that read "no dogs allowed"? Don't let this happen to your pooch! This travel site lists accommodations, parks, attractions, stores, and outdoor restaurants where dogs are welcome all over the world. You can search by location (country, city, state), or by destination, such as campgrounds, beaches, attractions, and dog parks. And don't forget to check out the site's blog for the latest dog news.
Compressing files and folders decreases their size so they take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. (You might think of this process as the electronic version of using vacuum-compression storage bags for extra clothes or blankets.) It's particularly handy, for example, when you have a long list of files to e-mail to someone, since you'll be able to attach just one compressed (or zipped) folder with everything in it instead of attaching 10 or 12 files individually. To create compressed files and folders, follow the steps below:
Creating Compressed Files and Folders Using ...
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