Here’s what’s inside our March 2016 Newsletter:
The Gulfcoast Networking Team
The latest Facebook scam takes advantage of users’ trust in their friends. Scammers are making duplicate accounts, and then sending friend requests to friends of the original Facebook account holder. For example, say you have a friend named Jane Smith, and you’ve been friends with her on Facebook for several years. Suddenly, “Jane Smith” (complete with a profile photo you recognize) sends you a new Facebook friend request. What’s going on here?
Scammers are betting that you’ll accept their request, thinking, “Oh, Jane must have accidentally unfriended me, and is now refriending,” or, “Maybe she was off Facebook for a while and has recently rejoined.” Unfortunately, it’s likelier that neither of these scenarios is true. What’s really happening is that someone has duplicated Jane’s account in order to friend her friends and gather their personal information or send them spam.
If you’ve already been fooled by this scam, immediately unfriend the fake account. You can also report the offense to Facebook.
To avoid falling prey to this con in the first place, always check with friends who send you seemingly duplicated requests, using a separate method (such as texting or email) to see if their request is legitimate. Also, inform your other Facebook friends because it’s likely you and Jane Smith have some friends in common that the scammer will also try to fool. Finally, to ensure your account doesn’t get copied, change your password and adjust privacy settings to something other than Facebook’s default “public” view.
March brings spring cleaning… We are looking to sell some items that have been sitting around here for far too long. Make a point of dropping by and see what we’ve got.
We continue to hear reports of folks getting phone calls and popups claiming to be from “Microsoft Support” and offering to clean up an infected computer. These calls and popups are totally bogus! We offer a variety of “Safe Computing Packages” that make it easy for you to contact us and for us to solve your computer issues quickly. In many cases, we can check your computer for you remotely and save you the trouble of unplugging everything and dragging it in.
For more information on our Safe Computing Packages, visit https://home.gulfcoastnetworking.com/safe-computing/ or give us a call at 727-847-2424.
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March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and this site is a great resource for all things Irish. Learn about the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, New York. Discover some delicious Irish recipes, find out how to research your Irish ancestors, and much more.
Get ready to wow your friends and family with the bakery-quality recipes on this site. Start with Cinnamon Rolls or Double Chocolate Pancakes for breakfast and work your way up to scrumptious brownies, cheesecakes, and cookies. Oh, and how about some tarts, pies, or ice cream creations for dessert?
Easy Easter Decorating
Need some inspiration for Easter decorating? This slideshow offers many great ideas for pretty centerpieces and table settings. They include egg-shaped place card holders and beautiful bouquet napkin rings. From the simple to the ornate, you’re sure to find at least one idea for your Easter table.
Tons of Fun Facts
Finally, the answers to all of life’s pesky questions, like, “Can your hair turn white from fright?” Learn fun facts in the areas of science, health, history, entertainment, and others. Check out the Top Ten section to learn about the Top 10 Biggest Things in the Universe and much more.
Wonders On Wheels
The word “can’t” doesn’t exist for the wheelchair-bound dancers in this video. Watch as they participate in a beautiful ballet.
New Perspective On Hide-And-Seek
Watch from a toddler’s point of view as he searches for his parents, with help from the family dog, in a cute game of hide-and-seek.
Question: Is private browsing totally private?
Download Graphics to View Answer: Maintaining your privacy online is difficult because everything you do is tracked in some way and leaves an electronic “footprint.” To counteract this phenomenon, each web browser has something called private mode. When you browse in this mode, the browser doesn’t record where you go. Here’s how to browse in private mode in Chrome. (If you use a browser other than Chrome, check its help section to find out how to browse privately.)
1. Open a Chrome window.
2. In the top right corner, click the Menu icon (stacked horizontal bars).
3. Select New Incognito Window.
4. A new window will open with a gray “incognito” icon in the top left corner.
5. When you want to close incognito mode, just click “X” in each incognito window.
Just remember that neither of these methods are foolproof. Your Internet service provider can still detect the sites you visit, and there is still evidence on your computer that a tech-savvy person could find. Plus, if your employer monitors your computer for work, they can see the sites you visit, as can those sites themselves.
We hope you found this newsletter to be informative. It’s our way of keeping you posted on the happenings at our shop.
Thanks for your business!
Rob Marlowe, Senior Geek
Gulfcoast Networking, Inc.
6335 Grand Blvd
New Port Richey, FL 34652
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