Fraud Alert – Tax-Related Identity Theft Is On The Rise
The numbers are staggering. According to
Congress' Government Accountability Office, the IRS detected 642,000 cases of
identity theft in the first nine months of 2012, up from 242,000 in all of
2011. Nearly 16,000 taxpayers complained of problems related to identity
theft to the Taxpayer Advocate in the first half of fiscal 2012, a 57 percent
increase over the previous year.
Identity thieves use a taxpayer's identity, stolen by phishing emails or
other methods, to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. The
legitimate taxpayer may be unaware that anything has happened until they file
their return later in the filing season and discover two returns have been
filed using the same Social Security number.
What can you do to avoid becoming a target? First, beware of emails that
appear to be from the IRS. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers
by email or social media tools to request personal or financial information.
The IRS also does not send emails stating you are being electronically
audited or that you are getting a refund. If you receive this type of email,
you can assume it is fake. Ignore it or, better yet, forward it to the IRS at
for more details.
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Protecting Your Family
Chances are that you
have a child with an Internet-enabled mobile device such as an iPod, iPad, or
Kindle. The old days of putting your computer in a visible location in your
home just do not apply anymore. What can you do? At MVT Broadband, we give
you options such as:
1. Content Filtering. For a minimal charge of $1.50 per month, we
will enable content filtering on your home Internet. Our basic filter is
configured to stop pornography, swimsuits and intimate apparel, with an
option to block YouTube. We can also customize a filtering configuration to
meet your needs. You will receive a username and password, allowing you to
temporarily disable the filter when needed. Remember that no filtering
solution is 100%.
2. SecureIT Plus. This is a free antivirus program that we
offer that also acts as a content filter. SecureIT only protects the device
it is installed on. Click
here to sign-up for SecureIT
3. Parental controls on your DSL router. Do you want to restrict your child's
Internet access to a certain time of the day or day of the week? Is there a
website that you want to block? You can do this from your DSL router. Here is
a short video showing you how...
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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ – What Can I Do To Protect The Privacy Of My
Question: I use Google for most of my searches and
am concerned about privacy. What can I do to protect the privacy of my
Answer: We understand your concern. The amount of information
Google collects and what it does with your information makes many people
uncomfortable. Google records all the search terms you enter and your
search history can reveal a great deal about your hobbies, age, health
problems, religion, and so on. Google uses this data to improve and
customize your searches, as well as to serve you targeted ads.
Google does allow you to clear your Google Web History and turn off
personalization to prevent Google from storing your search history in the
future. The process is fairly easy and you'll
find the steps to do so by clicking here.
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In March
Movie Site Is A Big Hit
www.fandango.com – Watch
HD movie trailers and read reviews to decide what to see this weekend. Then
check movie times and buy your tickets. You can also read detailed
information about upcoming films to plan future movie nights.
You Won't Believe Your Eyes
www.thisiscolossal.com – Take
a visual vacation at this site that explores art, design, and photography.
It features a collection of incredibly unique images including ice-laden
trees, rainbows of tulip fields, and "architect gone mad"
Eat More Green Vegetables
www.thekitchn.com – Thanks
to St. Patrick's Day, March is the month that celebrates green. Of course,
green vegetables are always a healthy choice and this site shares easy ways
to eat more of them each day.
Take A Trip To Mars
www.nasa.gov – March
was named for the Roman God "Mars" so it's an appropriate month
to check out the Mars Mission. No spaceship is required. Simply visit this
NASA site to see the latest news, images, and videos.
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
Show at Grand Central
On the night of Grand Central Terminal's 100th Birthday, commuters and
tourists were treated to this surprise performance using LED flashlights
and camera flashes. It spanned three floors of windows and created a spectacular
show of light.
Pong Ball Shots
If you're someone who struggles to throw a paper wad into a trashcan,
you'll be impressed by this kid. He manages to skillfully bounce and throw
a ping pong ball into a drinking glass from multiple starting points. We're
told he's started basketball this year!
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Short Tutorial – What To Do If You Think Your Computer Has
Malware is short for
"malicious software." It includes viruses and spyware that get
installed on your computer without your consent. These programs can cause
your device to crash and can be used to monitor and control your online
activity. Criminals use malware to steal personal information, send spam, and
Your computer may be infected with malware if it:
- Slows down, malfunctions, or displays repeated error
- Won't shut down or restart.
- Serves up a barrage of pop-up ads.
- Displays webpages you didn't intend to visit or sends
emails you didn't write.
- Displays new and unexpected toolbars or icons.
If you suspect there
is malware on your computer, take these steps:
1. Stop shopping, banking, and doing other
online activities that involve user names, passwords, or other sensitive
2. Update your security software, and then run
it to scan your computer for viruses and spyware. Delete anything it
identifies as a problem. You may have to restart your computer for the
changes to take effect.
3. If your computer is covered by a warranty
that offers free tech support, contact the manufacturer. Before you call,
write down the model and serial number of your computer, the name of any
software you've installed, and a short description of the problem.
4. If steps 3 and 4 have not fixed the problem,
you need to seek assistance from a local computer repair technician. Your
Internet service provider may offer this service or be able to make a
recommendation to you.
5. Once your computer is back up and running,
think about how malware could have been downloaded to your machine, and what
you could do differently to avoid it in the future. Again, check with your
Internet service provider for suggestions on computer security solutions.
6. If your security software or operating
system was out-of-date, download the newest version and set it to update
automatically. Be sure to change any online passwords that you used while
your computer was infected.
If you think your
computer has malware, the Federal Trade Commission wants to know. You can
file a complaint at www.ftc.gov/complaint.
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