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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, April 17, 2016

We will not be publishing this newsletter next week so that we can celebrate the holidays with our families and friends. We wish all of our readers a Happy Passover.

In this Issue:
Special Feature: New Trends in Credit Card Fraud
Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Delete Spam Automatically
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn off Remote Assistance
Special Feature: iPad and iPhone: Stop these Popular Apps from Draining Your Battery
Websites of Interest: Passover; Passover recipes; Need a Hand?; April 22, is Earth Day; April 17 is Ford Mustang Day

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Special Feature: New Trends in Credit Card Fraud

by Sid Kirchheimer of aarp.org

Despite stability in the number of victims and losses last year, the ways that credit card fraud occurs have changed. With the switch to chip-enabled EMV cards in 2015, identity thieves are moving from cloning counterfeits of that existing plastic and, instead, are focusing on opening new fraudulent accounts with stolen Social Security numbers and other sensitive data.

Learn more about how these scams work and what you can do to protect yourself:

http://tinyurl.com/z3fqguh

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Special Feature: Top 25 Most Popular Anti-Spam Tips, Tricks and Secrets: Don't Delete Spam Automatically

Spam, spam and spam. How to avoid spam, how to filter spam, and how to complain about spam are the items on this menu of junk mail fighting tips. With the help of Heinz Tschabitscher of about.com, we are presenting an ongoing series of tips and tricks that you can use to minimize the amount of junk mail that you will receive in your email inbox.

Filtering spam is a tricky matter. While many clever strategies exist that can significantly cut down on the amount of unsolicited mail in your Inbox, no filter can be 100% accurate.

There will be spam that slips through the filter or — worse — legitimate mail that is caught by the anti-spam filter.

That is why it is a good idea to build a safety net into your filters.

Do not delete mail immediately with an anti-spam filter; do not even put it in the trash. It is usually better to have a special "Possibly Spam" folder where filters put the suspected spam. Every few days you can have a look at the contents of this folder and, if it does not contain any legit email, empty it.

In our next edition: Watch Out for Those Checkboxes

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Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – Turn off Remote Assistance

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.
In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:
http://computerkindergarten.com/restorepoints.html

Turn off Remote Assistance

Turning off unnecessary services in Windows can greatly reduce your exploit risk while improving system performance. And, unnecessary services do not just subject you to security risk, they also slow down the operation of your computer.

Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop are Windows services that let you open a direct connection between two machines over the Internet for the purpose of getting help from someone who is not right in front of your computer.

Windows Remote Assistance is a convenient way for someone you trust, such as a friend or technical support person, to connect to your computer over the internet and walk you through a solution—even if that person isn’t nearby.

While this is a very useful and powerful tool when you need it, in the wrong hands, it is also potentially dangerous. Because it can allow a remote user to install software and tamper with a system configuration, someone could trick an unsuspecting novice into allowing access to his or her machine, and then plant malicious software used to gain access to sensitive information.

Turning off the Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop services will add a little speed to your computer while helping to keep you safe online. If you need remote computer help in the future, simply follow the steps below to temporarily turn Remote Assistance back on.

To disable Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop, follow these steps:

Windows XP

Right-click on My Computer
Click Properties from the menu
Click on the Remote tab at the top
To disable, or turn off, Remote Assistance, click to uncheck the box next to Allow Remote Assistance invitations to be sent from this computer
To disable, or turn off, Remote Desktop, simply uncheck the box next to Allow users to connect remotely to this computer.
Click OK

(Note: Some users may not see Remote Desktop as an option on the Remote tab of their My Computer Properties. Remote Desktop is a feature of Windows XP Professional and Media Center Edition and is not available on Windows XP Home.

Windows Vista

Click the Start Orb and type System in the search box at the bottom.
Click System in the search results under Programs.
Click Remote settings on the left.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue
In the Systems Properties dialog box that you now see, click to remove the check mark next to allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer. In the Remote Desktop area, click to select Don’t allow connections to this computer.
Click OK.

Windows 7

Click on the Start Orb.
Click Control Panel.
Click on System and Security.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue
Click on Allow Remote Access.
Click to remove the checkmark in the box next to allow remote assistance to this computer.
Click OK.

 

In our next edition, Speed Up a Slow Computer – Additional Features that can be Disabled

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Special Feature: iPad and iPhone: Stop these Popular Apps from Draining Your Battery

By Conner Carey of iphonelife.com

It’s well-known in the app world that the Facebook app is a huge battery drain for the iPad and iPhone. But apart from that, we may find ourselves asking, "What is draining my battery life?"

A general reason why popular apps take up battery life (even when not in use) is the background refresh feature. This automatically refreshes apps so that when opened, the most recent information is in front of you. We'll show you how to turn that feature off, plus an extra tip perfect for social media apps like Facebook.

Here’s a list of popular apps that kill battery life, and, more importantly, how to prevent those apps from draining your iPad and iPhone’s juice.

http://tinyurl.com/zzmuxx5

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Websites of Interest:

Passover
Passover begins this week. Learn more about the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Pesach.
www.passover.net/

Take a look at this site for Passover recipes.
http://tinyurl.com/pyjhly2

Need a Hand?
Find support services in your area.
http://tinyurl.com/ztn9fcj

April 22, is Earth Day
Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth's environment.
http://www.earthday.org

April 17 is Ford Mustang Day
Ford Mustang Day commemorates of the day the Mustang was first introduced to the public in 1964.
http://tinyurl.com/3f6ep6d