Warning! - Phony IRS E-mail Lands In Many Inboxes
According to IRS.gov, a phony e-mail
claiming to come from the IRS has recently been circulating in large numbers.
The subject line is typically “Notice of Underreported Income,” and the
e-mail may contain an attachment or link to a bogus webpage directing
taxpayers to their "tax statement." In either case, when the
recipient opens the attachment or clicks on the link, they download malware
including the hard-to-detect Zeus Trojan.
This malicious code can take over the hard drive, giving someone remote access
to the computer, or it could look for passwords and other information and
send them to the scammer to gain access to bank accounts. Researchers
estimate that the Zeus criminals are emptying more than a million dollars per
day out of victims' bank accounts with the software, and it's the most
prominent spam-delivered virus in the world right now.
Please remember that the IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers
about their tax accounts. If you receive an unsolicited e-mail claiming to
come from the IRS, do not open any attachments or click on any links. Those
who believe they may already be victims of identity theft should find out
what to do by going to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's website, OnGuardOnLine.gov.
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Ask The Help Desk - Must Tweets Only Talk About What I'm
Question: The typing box at
Twitter.com is labeled: "What are you doing?" Am I limited to
answering that question in my tweets?
Answer: No, you are certainly not limited to answering the "What
are you doing?" question on Twitter. (Especially if that results in
tweets that contain just the mundane details of your everyday life, like the
fact that you're now eating a bowl of cereal.) You can use those 140
characters for other things, and doing so often makes tweets more interesting
and valuable to others. For example, you can pose questions to your followers
such as, "What's got your attention and why?" or "What do you
think about _______?" You can also send links to neat stuff you've found
online, or spread the word about breaking news events.
Sites Of The Month - Great Sites To Check Out In December
Money Made Easy
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/money101/index.html - Is
2010 the year you'll finally start saving more? Reallocate your investments?
Get out of debt? If your New Year's resolutions are financial in nature, some
lessons in money management may be in order. Here you'll find Money 101
featuring 23 lessons from Setting Priorities to 401(k)s-all
designed to help you make smarter financial decisions.
http://northpole.com/Kitchen/Cookbook - If
you're not already in the Christmas spirit, cooking up some delicious holiday
treats just might get you there. At this site, you can download recipes from
Mrs. Claus herself! Recipes are available for cookies, fudge, candy, cakes,
pies, and more. And, don't forget to check out other areas of the site to see
Disco Dancing Santa, write Santa a letter, or track his travels on Christmas
http://emilypost.com/everyday/holiday_FAQs_entertaining.htm - A
lot of holiday stress can be attributed to wondering about appropriate
behavior: "Is it acceptable to bring an extra guest to dinner?"
"How elaborate a gift should I give my new boyfriend/girlfriend?"
"Should my tipping habits change during the holiday season?" The
Emily Post Institute site offers gracious suggestions to address these and
other tricky holiday situations.
Family (Medical) Tree
http://mayoclinic.com/health/medical-history/HQ01707 - This
site covers an important topic you may not have given much thought to: your
family medical history. Such a history can provide useful information to your
doctor in assessing your disease risk, recommending treatments or prevention
steps, and ordering tests. The site discusses what information to get, and
how to gather it in a way that's comfortable for family members. The holidays
are a great time to start collecting this vital data.
Sesame Street Turns 40
- On November 10, 1969, television history was made as the
first episode of Sesame
Street aired. This year, the show's website
is celebrating the program's 40th anniversary with history, trivia, and fun
videos. Vote for your favorite videos, watch rare clips, download character
computer wallpaper, and read behind-the-scenes stories. Those who watched the
show from the beginning will be happy to know some of the original characters
still live on Sesame Street!
Short Tutorial - Uploading A Video On YouTube
Want to unleash your creativity and broadcast your talents to
a global audience? YouTube makes it pretty simple for anyone to upload a
video to the site. They accept video files from most digital cameras,
camcorders, web cams, and cell phones in the .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG file
formats. Once you've finished editing your video, make sure it's less than 10
minutes and smaller than 100MB.
YouTube recommends using the following settings to upload a video of high
- MPEG4 (Divx,
- 320x240 resolution
- MP3 audio
- 30 frames per second
Resizing your video to these specifications before uploading
will help your videos look better on YouTube.
To upload a video on YouTube:
1. Create a YouTube
account by clicking on the "Create Account" link in the upper right
corner of any YouTube page and then log in to your account.
2. Click "Upload
Videos" in the upper right corner of any YouTube page. The "Video
File Upload" page will appear.
3. Click on the
"Upload Video" button. The "Select File" dialog box will
4. Navigate to the
file you would like to upload and click on the "Select" button.
Your upload will begin.
5. While your video is
uploading, enter as much information about your video as possible, including
Title, Description, Tags, and Category. The more information you include, the
easier it is for users to find your video. Make your tags as descriptive as
you can. For example, if you took a video of your friends at the beach, you
might want to tag it like this: party beach surfing. Each tag is separated
from the others by a space.
6. Determine if you
want your video set to Public (so anyone can access it) or Private (so only
your friends and family can view it). You also have the options to prevent
people from posting comments or to filter comments yourself.
7. Click the
"Save Changes" button.
8. To see your video,
click on the "Go to My Videos" link towards the bottom of the page.
Depending on your Internet connection speed and the size of
the video, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to upload
a video. If you have a high speed connection, you can generally expect the
upload to take somewhere between 1-5 minutes for every 1MB.
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