Category Archives: Internet Safety

Watch out for scams!

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.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/08/watch-out-for-these-impersonation-scams/index.htm

Check Out the New GCFLearnFree.org!

One of the PCC staff’s favorite sites to recommend for technology training (for both the public and for us!) is GCFLearnFree.org. They relaunched their website this week with changes designed to make it easier for users to move around the website and locate the topics they are interested in learning more about.

Don’t worry about changes in content though–all of the information that previous users found so helpful is still there. GCFLearnFree.org  offers a comprehensive selection of tutorials on topics such as:

  • Technology basics
  • Microsoft Office
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Job searching, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  • Everyday life skills such reading maps, managing your money, and reading food labels

Visit GCFLearnFree.org and start learning today!

What Not to Do on the Internet

Since internet safety is always a pertinent topic, I wanted to share this humorous story from Yahoo Tech about what to do (or not to do!) to keep your online accounts safe from hackers. Easy passwords, using the same password for every site, fake emails, cell phone numbers for account verification, and paying for help are all discussed in a witty fashion by the author.

 

How to Get Hacked in 5 Exciting Steps

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/how-to-get-hacked-5-exciting-steps-77015513634.html