July is a delicious time of year and we hope you're getting a taste of all it has to offer. Of course, the Internet is a little like a slice of watermelon – you have to deal with a few seeds while enjoying the good stuff. Speaking of which, be sure to check out our alert about the GameOver Zeus malware, including warning signs and a helpful resource. Another "seedy" online threat is the Remote Access Trojan, which is covered in This Month's FAQ. To enhance your privacy, we share quick-and-easy instructions on how to adjust who sees your Facebook posts.
Also on the menu of this July issue are recipes featuring summer produce and a video showing an unusual apple-peeling method. Since so much of summer is spent outside, don't miss the tips for protecting your skin against the sun, the inspiration of an amazing mountain climb without ropes, and a cool idea for a skateboard swing.
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Malware Alert – Cyber Pandemic Known As GameOver Zeus
This Month's FAQ – What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?
Question: I've seen the acronym RAT used in computer articles but am confused by its meaning. Does it stand for Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan?
Answer: Actually, RAT can stand for either Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan. What's the difference? A Remote Access Tool is a piece of software used to remotely access or control a computer; it can be used legitimately by system administrators for accessing client computers. For example, the IT person at your company could use a Remote Access Tool to see what's on your computer screen and help you troubleshoot a problem.
When a Remote Access Tool is used for malicious purposes by hackers, it's known as a Remote Access Trojan. This type of RAT (aptly named) infects the victim's machine to gain administrative access and allows hackers to perform unauthorized operations. To prevent unknowingly allowing a Remote Access Trojan to invade your computer, avoid unsolicited email attachments and links, run up-to-date security software, and don't believe anyone who contacts you claiming to be tech support for a major company.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In July
Learn To Be Safe In The Sun foh.hhs.gov – July is UV Safety Month. How much do you know about the sun's harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays and how to protect yourself from them? Take the Sun Safety Quiz here and find out. Be sure to review the tips provided on clothing, shade, sunscreen, and more.
Watch The World's Wind earth.nullschool.net – Thanks to supercomputers and weather satellites, the Wind Map team has come up with a global map of the wind. Click and drag to rotate the globe or double click to zoom in. Click once to see what the wind is doing at any point in the world.
Discover Your Inner Artist weavesilk.com/ – This interactive site helps you create works of art using just your mouse or touchpad. Click on "Draw something" to begin the process, then let the spirit move you. Everything you draw will automatically be duplicated to make a symmetrical image.
Try New Recipes Featuring Summer Produce foodnetwork.com – Summer fruits and vegetables are a rainbow of deliciousness. So whether you get them from your backyard, a farmers' market, or the grocery store, make the most of them with this crop of Food Network recipes including Watermelon Cucumber Salad and Fresh Peach Cake.
Short Tutorial – How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts
If you have a large number of Facebook friends, it's likely this list includes people who are actually distant acquaintances. Should you decide you don't want these people seeing all of your Facebook posts, simply follow the steps below to adjust your default audience.
Locate Privacy Settings
On your Facebook home page, click the down arrow on the top-right part of the screen.
From the menu, choose Settings.
You will be brought to a page titled General Account Settings.
In the left column, click Privacy.
You will be brought to a page titled Privacy Settings and Tools.
Adjust "Who Can See My Stuff"
On the Privacy Settings and Tools page, under "Who Can See My Stuff," next to "Who can see your future posts," click Edit.
You will see an image that looks like the status update box. Click the down arrow at the bottom of this image.
Select who you want to be the default audience for your posts (remember, you can change this each time you post). Then click Close.
Click the other links in this section and follow the instructions to adjust past posts.