Have you received a strange email from the IRS or from EZ-Pass saying that you have a bill to pay? They are scams.
How about a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft saying that your computer has contacted them? Another scam.
If there is a problem with your tax return, the IRS will send you something in the mail. They do not conduct business via email. The same is true for EZ-Pass. And, Microsoft is not monitoring your computer.
Read this article from Consumer Reports on some of the current scams. Be wary of anyone asking you for personal information via email, phone, or even in person.
Sometimes people sign up for Facebook or Twitter accounts, but then decide for whatever reason that they want to permanently delete their account. Deleting your accounts (and all of the posts and pictures contained in them) can be a tedious process. Facebook has instructions for doing this here. And Twitter provides help with deleting your account here. If you don’t want to delete your entire account, but just delete some postings and better manage your content, TweetDelete can do that for your tweets and Facebook can help you manage your content with their Use Activity Log.
For more information on deleting content (or your entire account), check out the great article Swear Off Social Media, For Good or Just for Now, by Molly Wood in The New York Times.
Do you want to get better at Microsoft Excel, learn how to check out ebooks and emagazines and read them on your tablet, or find out how to research your ancestors online? This summer we have classes on these topics and much more at the Poughkeepsie Public Library! Space in each workshop is limited, so visit our online calendar to check out our offerings and register, or call (845) 485-3445 x3381 for more information.
Public Computer Center staff will be offering an Introduction to Instagram course on Wednesday, June 25 at 1 pm. Join us to find out how to snap photos on your mobile device using the Instagram app, and then share these photos with family and friends.
Check out our calendar of events for more information and to register.
Encore is the new way to search for materials in the Poughkeepsie Public Library District (and every other library within the Mid-Hudson Library System too!). Encore allows users to search millions of book, movie, e-book and audiobook titles available through the Mid-Hudson Library System, as well as downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals. Another new feature of Encore is the ability to check out e-books and audiobooks within the library catalog, instead of leaving the catalog and going to the Overdrive website. And like with the old catalog, you can continue to manage your holds and renewals online by logging into your account. If you would like training on how to get the most out of this great new resource, visit us for one-on-one help!
Check out the new catalog here.
Our PCC will be offering the workshop Using the Library in Your Job Search on May 28 at 1 pm, which is full of helpful tips for getting a job. However, job seekers often can’t make it to the class but could still use guidance on writing a resume that will get noticed by employers. GCFLearnFree has a great tutorial that meets these needs, and can be completed at the user’s own pace. Participants learn about different resume styles and what information to include (and not include) in each section, and can also take a look at the gallery of resume samples for ideas on how to format their own resume.
Check out this great resource here.
The PCC will be holding an Introduction to LinkedIn workshop on May 21 at 1 pm, and with that in mind, I thought I would share an article on LinkedIn “don’ts” from the Information Week website. People often think LinkedIn is a magical website that will instantly find you a job, but they often have no real idea what to do with their profile once they sign-up for an account. LinkedIn is not a magic bullet for people’s job search struggles, but it can be a useful tool if used correctly (and realistically). Pitfalls to be aware of when using LinkedIn include exaggerating your job titles or accomplishments, oversharing irrelevant information that clutters up your connections’ newsfeed, and (arguably one of the worst mistakes) doing nothing with your profile. Read these helpful hints and more here:
8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
And let us know–what are the worst mistakes you have seen LinkedIn users make?