Security experts are reminding people to be on high alert for
fraudulent e-mails during the month of December. Spammers and cyber criminals
have already begun sending out spam with messages related to seasonal
shopping and the current economic turmoil.
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Question: I've heard that Google recently implemented a feature
that enables anyone to type a phone number into the search bar and be able to
see the corresponding address and view a map that shows where that home is
located. I'm concerned that this could pose a safety risk for me and my
family. Is there anything I can do?
1. Go to http://www.google.com.
2. Type your phone number (including area code) in the search bar.
3. Press the "enter/return" key or click your cursor arrow on "Google Search."
4. If your address information appears, click on "Map" located to the right of the address information.
5. To remove your name from the Google phonebook, click your cursor arrow on your phone number, and click on "Request to have your name removed from this list." Complete the form and click on "Submit Form." Your removal request will be processed in approximately 48 hours.
If you have an unlisted number or cell phone as a primary contact, this Google map issue will not apply to you.
Dare to Compare
Are you getting annoying e-mails from someone you know? If you
are, you can block the sender's e-mail address so that you will no longer see
their messages in your Inbox. Instead, any e-mails received from that address
would go to your Deleted Items or Junk E-mail folder. Please note that
blocking a sender's e-mail address is not an effective way to fight spam,
since spammers will typically change their e-mail address frequently.
1. With Outlook Express open, select a message whose sender you want to block.
2. Click your cursor arrow on "Message" in the menu bar, and drop down to and select "Block Sender..." from the resulting drop-down menu.
3. When the Outlook Express alert window opens, it will tell you it has added the sender to your Blocked Senders List. It will also ask you if you would like to remove all messages from this sender from the current folder. Click "Yes" to move all messages from the blocked sender to the Deleted Items folder. Click "No" to leave the messages where they are.
Blocking a Sender When Using ...
1. With Windows Mail open, select a message whose sender you want to block.
2. Click your cursor arrow on "Message" in the menu bar, drop down to "Junk E-mail" from the resulting drop-down menu, and then select "Add Sender to Blocked Senders List."
3. When the Windows Mail alert window opens, it will tell you it has added the sender to your Blocked Senders List and the message has been moved to the Junk E-mail folder. Click "OK" to close the window.
Blocking a Sender When Using ...
1. With Mozilla Thunderbird open, click your cursor arrow on "Tools" in the menu bar. Select "Message Filters" from the resulting drop-down menu.
2. When the Message filters window opens, click on "New..."
3. When the Filter Rules window opens, type in a name for the filter in the "Filter name:" field.
4. Next, you will need to select the conditions that you want to use to filter messages. (This tutorial demonstrates how to filter by identifying specific senders in the "From" line.)
5. In the "For incoming messages that:" section, click the button next to "Match all of the following" or "Match any of the following," depending on how general or specific you want your filter to be. (Windows Vista also offers "Match all messages" as a selection.)
6. Select "From" and "is" from the drop-down menus.
7. Type in the sender's name that you want to filter in the empty box to the right of the drop-down menus. To add more names, click on the plus (+) sign.
8. In the "Perform these actions:" section, choose "Delete the message" for Windows XP SP2 and "Delete Message" from the drop-down menu for Windows Vista. Click "OK" to exit the Filter Rules window.
9. The Message Filters window will reappear and you should see the new filter you just created. Highlight the new filter and click on "Run Now" next to the "Run selected filter(s) on:" section. (By default, "Inbox" will already be selected.) Close the Message Filters by clicking on the red "X" in the upper right corner.
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