In April, we get to enjoy the color and fragrance of the first spring blooms. Among the flowers, however, there are often weeds and this applies to the Internet as well. A case in point: Your inbox will be a mixture of welcome messages and unwelcome scams. We begin this issue by warning you about fake Facebook Security Team emails that try to get your personal information.
You'll also find a "bouquet" of other fun and useful resources here. Get inspired by this month's Pinterest selections. Learn what the software term "Easter Egg" means. Check out cool sites including one to search for unclaimed property and another to pick out a tree for your property. Enjoy two charming videos starring a soft-hearted couple and three hard-working farmers. Then take a minute to pick up some timesaving keyboard shortcuts.
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Scam Alert – Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team
Cybercriminals are using fake Facebook Security Team emails to trick unsuspecting users into visiting a malicious page and entering their usernames and passwords. Check out this sample email to see how the scam works:
Recipients are told their Facebook account is about to be suspended due to a violation of the social network's Terms of Service. The message includes a bogus link that takes users to a phony third-party Facebook application that asks them to enter their Facebook account name, password, and other information. If entered and submitted, this information is automatically sent to the scammers and used to hijack the account.
Scammers use official sounding page names, applications, and links to make their schemes appear legitimate to unsuspecting users. If you have fallen for the trick, try to access your Facebook account. If you are able to do so, change your password immediately. In the event you have already been locked out, report the compromise and Facebook will help you regain control of your account.
For information about other Facebook scams and how to protect your privacy and security, visit http://facecrooks.com.
3 Rivers has contracted with an outside company to perform a customer satisfaction survey. You may get a phone call over the next couple of weeks asking for your opinion on the services 3 Rivers provides. We sure would appreciate you taking a few minutes to respond to the survey—it will not only give us the answer to the question, "How are we doing?", but will also help us improve the services we provide to you now and deliver insight in to what we need to concentrate on in the future. The information we receive from you will only be used in aggregate form with all others who respond— 3 Rivers will not have access to your specific individual answers.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to make 3 Rivers better!
This Month's FAQ – What Does The Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?
Question: I've heard the term "Easter Egg" applied to software. I'm familiar with the chocolate candy variety I saw in baskets last month, but not this kind. What is an Easter Egg?
Answer: An Easter Egg is an undocumented function or inside joke hidden in software by its makers — secret "goodies" found by word of mouth or by accident. They are in no way destructive and are usually placed there simply for additional fun and credits. The term was coined by Atari after a secret message was left by software designer Warren Robinett in the video game Adventure. This practice is similar in some respects to hidden signature motifs such as Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameo appearances in his movies and the "Hidden Mickeys" throughout the various Disney Parks.
In computer software, Easter Eggs are secret results that occur in response to an undocumented set of commands. These results can vary from a simple printed message or image to a page of programmer credits or a small videogame hidden inside an otherwise serious piece of software. Videogame cheat codes are a specific type of Easter Egg, in which entering a secret command will unlock special powers or new levels for the player. Easter Eggs can also be found in movies, TV commercials, DVDs, and CDs.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In April
Play Virtual Keyboard bgfl.org – Here's a way to add a musical note to your day — try your hand at playing this virtual keyboard. Choose piano, organ, saxophone, flute, pan pipes, strings, guitar, steel drums, or double bass. Who knew you could sound so good?
Find Money That Might Be Yours unclaimed.org – Billions of dollars are waiting in unclaimed property programs and some of it could be yours. Do a search at this site from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and Council of State Governments.
A Tree-mendous Resource arborday.org – Arbor Day is celebrated April 26 in the U.S. and it's a great time of year to pick out and plant trees. You'll find all the help you need to dig into tree projects at this Arbor Day Foundation site. It includes a tree guide, nursery, care tips, forums, and more.
Creative Cakes Plus Cool Cash womansday.com – There are plenty of cake-worthy occasions in spring — from graduations to showers — so check out this sweet resource for celebratory cake recipes. While on the site, register to win $100,000 in the Goodbye Debt Sweepstakes.
Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
Heartwarming Surprise Puppy This video captures the touching moment when a man surprises his girlfriend with a pug puppy to help console her after the loss of her 10-year-old beagle to a brain tumor. It's nonstop tears, hugs, and canine cuteness that will make you smile.
I'm Farming And I Grow It! Who doesn't love a parody music video? This homegrown one was produced by the Peterson Farm Bros. and proudly spotlights the work of farmers. Since they "gotta feed everybody," they dance through crops, cattle, and combines.