Hello NCKCN internet members
Welcome to our February eNewsletter issue. It contains information on a variety of timely topics that we hope will come in handy for you this month. First you'll learn about the risks of counterfeit software and ways to avoid buying it unknowingly. Keep reading to learn what hashtags are and how to use them on Twitter, as well as how to change the sound you hear when new e-mail arrives on your computer. For added fun in February, check out Great Sites for cruise planning tips, chili recipes, home design ideas, and more.
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According to a recent report from Microsoft®, the number of customers who unknowingly purchased counterfeit and pirated Microsoft software has risen dramatically over the last two years. This software poses a serious risk to security, since studies around the world have shown that a high percentage of illegally copied or downloaded software contains spyware, malware, or other malicious code. Consumers who are duped by fraudulent software can encounter viruses, lose personal information, risk having their identities stolen, and waste valuable time and money.
Worse yet, today's counterfeiters are often large criminal syndicates that don't stop at distributing hundreds of copies of unlicensed software. Software pirates are likely to create botnets, which are armies of compromised computers controlled by cybercriminals and used to perform a host of illegal Internet activities.
Here are some tips to help you avoid buying counterfeit software:
Question: As someone who's just getting started on Twitter, I'd like to know more about hashtags. What are they and how do I use them?
Answer: Hashtags are a community-driven way to label tweets (posts made to Twitter). They begin with the hash mark (#), followed by a word, phrase, or abbreviation—examples of hashtags include #americanidol and #lakers. When you insert a hashtag in your post, it makes it easy for Twitter users who don't already follow you (plus anyone searching Twitter) to find your public contributions to the discussion on that particular topic.
Here are some tips for you:
Lend a Hand in Haiti
http://redcross.org - You can help the victims of the catastrophic earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti by making a contribution to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. It will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies and technical assistance. Visit their site to make a donation, get news updates from Haiti, and find out how to get information if you have loved ones there. You can also send a $10 donation by texting 'Haiti' to 90999.
Celebrate Black History Month
http://biography.com/blackhistory/index.jsp - February is Black History Month, and a great time to visit this site. It features an interactive timeline to give you an overview of black history. You can also read articles, watch videos, play games, and check out featured bios on such notable figures as Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks.
Cruisin' for Trip Tips
http://cruisecritic.com - Considering a cruise? Whether you're an experienced or novice cruiser, this detailed site can help you plan your trip. Find the best cruise for you by destination, lifestyle, cruise line, or price. Read features about weather, dietary restrictions, safety, trends, and more. Communicate with other cruisers on the message boards. And don't forget to read the expert cruise reviews for advice from the pros.
Hot Site for Chili Lovers
http://chilicookoff.com - This is the online home of the International Chili Society (ICS). Cookoffs take place throughout the world, and winners are qualified to compete at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff held each year in October. Check it out to read about cookoff winners dating back to 1967 and get some of their chili recipes to try at home. It's a sure recipe to heat up cold days.
Tour a Dream Home for Inspiration
http://hgtv.com/dream-home/index.html - It never hurts to dream big, and this site lets you experience the HGTV Dream Home 2010 in multiple ways. View the floor plan, watch videos, get a feel for life in New Mexico (where the home is located), or take a room-by-room tour. Check out the blog to learn even more about this contemporary Pueblo-style home. And if you like what you see, visit the Products section to find pieces to make your own home a little dreamier.
You probably enjoy having the freedom to change the ring tone on your phone to suit your personality and preferences. Well, you have a similar opportunity to change the sound you hear when new e-mail arrives on your computer. Just follow the steps below for your e-mail program and operating system:
Changing the Sound of New E-mail Notification Using ...
E-Mail Program: Outlook Express 6 or Mozilla Thunderbird
Computer Operating System: Windows XP
E-Mail Program: Windows Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird
Computer Operating System: Windows Vista
E-Mail Program: Mail.app
Computer Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5
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