Happy New Year! Once the confetti is cleaned up and the noisemakers put away, it's time to tackle new challenges and enjoy new experiences. This January issue has plenty of new ideas to help you in the year ahead.
First you'll learn about the increased use of social media spam and its related phishing attacks. Be sure to review the precautions you can take to avoid becoming a victim. Also in the learning category, this issue explains the end of support for Windows XP and shares tips on how to search for people to follow on Twitter. To start 2014 with plenty of fresh ideas, check out the cool Pinterest pins, incredible videos, and resource-rich websites.
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!
- The eCurrents Team
Social Media Alert – Watch Out For Social Media Spam (And Scams)
Make These New Year's Resolutions About Your Computer
3 Rivers encourages you to remember Internet security when you set goals for 2014. Add these important resolutions to your list:
I will not respond to any email from anyone asking for my username and password no matter how important they make it sound.
I will change the username and password for my wireless router to something different than the defaults it came with to keep the guy parked out in the street off my Internet connection.
I will not use the same username and password for every Internet account I have.
I will create strong passwords and change them regularly.
I will keep my antivirus software updated and keep current with critical Windows Updates through my computer's automatic updates or by visiting update.microsoft.com
For more valuable Internet ideas, reminders, tips, trends, troubleshooting and terms, 3 Rivers' Website Compass online magazine is an invaluable resource for virtually anything you do online, both at home and at work. Check out the link at the bottom of this email. Back issues are available.
This Month's FAQ – Do I Have To Stop Using Microsoft Windows XP After Its Support Ends?
Question: I'm still using Microsoft Windows XP as my operating system. Can I keep using it after Microsoft ends its support in April 2014?
Answer: Support for Windows XP (and Office 2003) will end on April 8, 2014. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.
You can continue to use Windows XP, but it's not recommended since your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Microsoft strongly recommends you get current with Windows and Office. For complete details including instructions for moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In January
Go For The Gold! teamusa.org – Join Team USA on the Road to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Get to know the athletes by reading their bios, watching video interviews, and checking out their blogs. You can also browse around the Team USA Shop to pick up clothing to show your support for the team.
Recipes For A Healthier 2014 eatingwell.com – If you're making a New Year's resolution to eat better in 2014, this site can make it easier for you to be successful. You'll find all kinds of recipes that are healthy and delicious including Breakfasts to Grab & Go, Quick 5-Ingredient Dinners, and 26 Soups to Help You Lose Weight.
It Pays To Be Smart About Money smartaboutmoney.org – Smart About Money (SAM) is a program of the National Endowment for Financial Education — an independent, nonprofit foundation. This site's many tools and resources include calculators to help with budgeting and debt management, a LifeValues quiz, worksheets, and more.
Take a Free Personality Test learnmyself.com – What's more fascinating than learning about yourself? This site offers a free personality test that shows the five main aspects of your personality as well as a breakdown of 30 traits like kindness, anger, imagination, and intellect. One user described it as eerily accurate! Nine other free tests are also available.