Let's hear it for the easy, breezy days of summer! To help you enjoy the season to its fullest, this June issue shares ideas to enhance your patio parties as well as tips to avoid getting burned — by cybercriminals, that is. Don't miss our warning about phishing emails that claim to be from major national banks; you don't want to fall prey to these schemes and have money stolen from your account. You'll also learn what to do if you still use Windows XP and how to block third-party cookies from your browser.
On a lighter note, you'll find plenty of inspiration for all kinds of summer fun. Both the Pinterest and Sites of the Month sections feature resources to update what you serve at outdoor gatherings as well as how you decorate your outdoor living spaces. We bet you'll find at least a few recipes or projects to try in the coming months. And be sure to watch this month's videos for high chair laughter and football field tears.
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Scam Alert – Phishing Emails That Appear To Be From Major Banks
Phishing emails purporting to be from major national banks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America are on the rise, so please be extra vigilant when going through your inbox. These fraudulent emails may look remarkably like ones from your bank and contain alerts about frozen accounts or unusual activity – messages created to frighten you into clicking on a link in the email to correct the issue. Users who did click on such links have had money stolen from their bank accounts.
Don't fall victim to these phishing scams. It's safest to never click on a link in an email that claims to be from your bank. If you get a message that looks even vaguely real, it's much better to open a browser window and type in the URL of your bank's home page and log in as normal.
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This Month's FAQ – What Does It Mean That Microsoft Is "Killing" Windows XP?
Question: I heard that Microsoft is "killing" Windows XP, which has me concerned since I still run it. What does all this mean exactly?
Answer: First of all, you're certainly not alone in your preference for the tried-and-true Windows XP. There are an estimated 500 million people around the world who still rely on Windows XP to perform their daily computing chores.
What's happening with Windows XP is this:
Support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 ends April 8, 2014. After that date, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after Microsoft's support ends may expose your computer to security risks.
Microsoft strongly recommends you get current with Windows and Office. For complete details including instructions for moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8, visit www.microsoft.com.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In June
Enter For A Chance To Win $20,085 From Gerber facebook.com – Oh baby! Gerber is celebrating its 85th birthday and is giving away cash prizes for 85 days to mark the occasion. Visit this Facebook page today to "blow out" the candle on the Gerber birthday cake and enter for your chance to win the $585 daily prize and $20,085 grand prize.
How Long Will You Live? media.nmfn.com – Granted, it's difficult to answer that question with absolute certainty. But statistically speaking, certain key factors can help estimate a person's lifespan. Answer the simple questions on this site's Lifespan Calculator and instantly find out how many birthdays you might end up celebrating.
Budget-Friendly Patio Design Ideas houzz.com – If you're like many people, your patio becomes a hotspot for entertaining during the summer. To make it look great and function well, check out this photo collection of creatively designed patios. You'll find all kinds of outside ideas that will fit inside your budget.
Recipes for Summer Entertaining tasteofhome.com – When you're planning a backyard party for family and friends, you'll find lots of recipes here you'll want to try. Get refreshed on hot days with a Watermelon Cooler or take advantage of your garden's bounty with Fresh Summer Salsa or Caprese Salad Kabobs.
Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
Baby Food Jar Leads to Laughter Talk about doing double duty! This baby food jar not only provides lunch but laughter as well. Take a minute to enjoy this adorable baby's giggles in reaction to the mother playing peek-a-boo with the Gerber Baby image on the label.
Boy Scores Emotional Touchdown You'll probably have one of those "goose bumps" moments when you watch this touching video. Jack Hoffman, a boy fighting brain cancer, got the chance to score a 69-yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game as the players assisted and the crowd roared.
Short Tutorial – How To Block Third-Party Cookies From Your Browser
In the computer world, cookies are small files that carry information from one session on a site to another or between sessions on related sites. Some cookies are called third-party cookies because they come from a site other than the one you're visiting — often from an advertiser that buys Google Ads.
If this practice raises privacy concerns for you, you'll be pleased to know that each browser has a way to block third-party cookies:
Internet Explore Click the wrench in the top-right corner and then "Internet Options." Go to the Privacy tab and click "Advanced." Check the box that says "Override automatic cookie handling" and then click Block under third-party cookies.
Firefox Click on Firefox on the menubar at the top left corner. Go to the Privacy tab and under History, select Use Custom Settings for History where it says "Firefox will." Then, uncheck "Accept third-party cookies."
Chrome Click the three-lined icon in the top right corner of the window. Click "show advanced settings" and then Content settings in the Privacy menu. Choose to block third-party cookies and site data.
Safari Go to Preferences in the drop-down menu, click on the "Privacy" icon, and select "From third parties and advertisers" in the "Block cookies" section.