February 2014 Newsletter

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We'd like to congratulate The Homestead On FoxRidge for being the winner of this month's free site hosting. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.

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Top 10 Phishing Scams

It's my job to keep an eye out for the most recent phishing scams and let everyone know. One of the newsletters I get as a source for this is called "hoaxslayer". They just reported some new phishing scams I wanted to alert you about, so you can forward to your friends:

1. E-mail claiming to be from the "Energy Billing System" that your latest bill is available online and can be viewed with just one click. Of course the amount is sky-high so they want you to prevent a negative consequence.

2. Phishing E-mail supposedly from Microsoft and you need to click a one-time automatic verification so your account will not be suspended. STOP - LOOK - THINK before you click.

3. Scam E-mail about a "Shocking Accident Roller Coaster Video" on Facebook. The carriage and its passengers have come off the track. Yeah, sure.

4. A phishing E-mail purporting to be a notification about an incoming payroll related fax. It claims with just one click you can see the payroll. If you click your PC gets infected with malware.

5. Bogus E-mail from "your landlord" that claims your rent is late and you need to pay within 10 days or face court proceedings. It's a hoax and if you download the .zip file and open it, your PC will be infected.

6. E-mail claiming to be from a Court Secretary, announcing your complaint has been received, and urges you to click on a link and confirm your complaint. Nobody wants to be in court so do not let them scare you.

7. E-mail from a bank that claims you must click on a link to upgrade to a new security system to give you maximum protection. Not so!

8. Phishing E-mail claiming to be from Evernote, that states an image has been sent and invites you to click to view it. They play on your curiosity so do not fall for it.

9. Eviction Notice scam. This claims that you have been evicted and must vacate your house premises within a specified time frame or risk further legal proceedings. You are instructed to open an attached file for more information. But if you open it, your PC gets infected.

10. Facebook message claiming Vin Diesel has died and invites you to click a link to see the video why he died. Vin is alive and kicking thank you very much. This is just another one of those celebrity death scams. Do not fall for them.

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New Sites Joining Us Or Completed Recently

Help these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.

  • Lambert White Dorpers - A small family farm breeding registered full blood and purebred White Dorper sheep. Ewes, bucks and lambs for sale at all times. Located near Stephenville, TX approximately 75 miles Southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth.

  • Granny Lou's Bed and Breakfast - A lovely three-story Victorian home just two blocks from historic downtown Bonham Texas. Wake up in the morning to a complete hot breakfast, take a bubble bath in a claw-foot tub or lounge in the marble Jacuzzi.

  • Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival - Nature festival, bird watching field trips, and birds of prey demonstration in the Texas Hill Country at Fredericksburg, TX.