The short version is, be cautious about what you share on the Internet. Don't believe everything you read.
This page is long! Because the Internet is big. It's a bazillion-page encyclopedia written by millions, so you still want to be sure the publisher has good credentials. For general information about using the Internet, click here. For an explanation on everything from how e-mail works to dealing with e-mail attachments, click here. (From Marti Michell is not affiliated with any of the sites mentioned on our Web site.) As you scroll down this page, you will find good info about email, too.
A bit about copyright: Traditional quilt designs like Ohio Star, Lone Star, Seven Sisters, etc., have been out there for so long, they are public domain designs and are not protected by copyright. However, when those blocks or antique quilt designs are used in a new quilt design, that design is copyright-protected. If you buy a book or pattern with instructions for making that design, you can make that quilt for your personal use, but if you want to make many copies of it to sell, you should contact the designer; she has the right to profit from her work and many designers will grant permission for you to make and sell copies. Do not assume that, because you see it online, it is free for you to copy or use. People share their copyrighted materials through websites, Facebook, Instagram, etc., and people who have no right to share that same information also copy and share it as their own, so you can't assume that what you see and what you read is accurate unless you are on the designers' social media page(s). For some info about copyrights and my website, visit this page.
A bit about Facebook and other social networking sites: Don't give out personal information. If you join a Facebook group, you will become "friends" with many peole you don't know and are likely never to meet (a good reason to avoid many topics or be thoughtful when commenting). "Liking" friends posts lets them know you like or agree with them, but liking is really about collecting advertising info. After liking a post or page, you may begin to see ads showing up on your "home" page. There is some explanation about that in Facebook's FAQs; explore your profile and privacy buttons on Facebook and read their FAQs to learn more. For some understanding of what "liking" means to scammers and spammers, read this article on CNN.
A note about using images and other online "content: Do not assume that, because it is online, it is free for you to use. Many websites feature copyrighted materials, including photos. Much of the info out there is available for your use under certain conditions that should be stated somewhere on the website. Quilters are especially generous; just ask for permission. To learn what is "fair use", etc., click here.
When sending emails, always use a subject line. Blank subject lines are often automatically deleted or filtered to a spam folder without being opened or read because it looks like spam.
your virus program often, as new virus definitions are added regularly.
If you think your computer may have a virus, these sites may be
Symantec's Security Response
McAfee Security Virus Information
Protect yourself from Internet fraud. We recently received an e-mail from our Internet Service Provider (ISP) warning of fraudulent e-mails sent in their name requesting personal information from users. Called "phishing," the same thing is happening to banks and other legitimate businesses and the sender's address often looks like the legitimate address. If you receive an e-mail that appears to be from your ISP or bank requesting confirmation of your password, PIN, credit card number, etc., don't reply to the e-mail. Criminals may use links that actually redirect you to a different Web page from the address that appears in the e-mail. Always type the correct Web address directly into the address bar of your Web browser before visiting a site that asks you to submit personal information. Don't buy anything promoted in an unsolicited e-mail; it could be a scam.
If you wish to report a phishing experience, you can forward the
e-mail (with headers, see bullet #8 below) to the legitimate website
(address your letter to abuse@..., spam@... or webmaster@... )
and also to firstname.lastname@example.org (the Federal Trade Commission's data collection address); and
Do not open any attachments that you are not sure of - even if they appear to be from a friend about something the gov't is doing that looks like you'd want to know about it - or warns you that an e-mail virus has been detected on your machine and you must read the attached document to learn how to get rid of it- it's a fake! If your friends ask why you send them an odd attachment, or if it appears that you sent a junk e-mail to yourself, it is probably because your e-mail program is "spoofing." Unfortunately, it happens to everyone.
To reduce spam: Set up and use mail filters (filters may be called "rulers" in your email program). Learn how to use all the options in your mail program and visit your ISP's home page to learn about any spam-blocking tools they offer. In the meantime, scroll down to read 10 ideas that can help right now, or skip to a specific tip using the links below.
|1. Using Mail Filters||2. Be a Smart Forwarder||3. Don't post your address||4. Don't click "unsubscribe"||5. Be smart signing up|
|6. Use a unique name||7. Block spam||8. Report spam||9. Ignore chain letters||10. Be proactive|
you visit a Website and you can't see the photos or the page is
blank, you may need to upgrade your browser software. Browsers must
be upgraded regularly, as codes and programming are improved to
make using the Internet easier and more enjoyable. Just go to the
browser's home page (do a search on your browser's name if you don't
know how to get to the home page) and search that site for an upgrade.
This usually solves the problem.
Lastly, "Adobe" is not used to read PDFs. Adobe® is a corporation that makes software and Adobe® Reader® is their software that is broadly used for reading PDFs. If you need it, you can download it for free here.
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