New Author Website Tuesday, Sep 15 2009 

Nancy L. Childress has, for many years, hosted her website through Geocities. Like many others, Nancy L. Childress Services, has moved her website before Geocities reorganizes in October. Visit her at her new domain:

www.maynebooks.com

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May 2009, V8#5: Computer Tuesday, May 5 2009 

Do I need a Web Presence?

If you are an author or genealogist, the short answer is a shouted YES. Whether it be a Facebook or MySpace page, Twitter account, blog (Blogger, WordPress, etc.), a dedicated website with your own domain, or combinations of the above, being on the internet is becoming as standard as business cards, letterhead, and post office boxes for professional and hobbyists alike. You need to “get out there” to be found, just be careful how much you reveal. I always suggest using a post office box for an online address. If you want to talk to folks on the phone, but are worried about giving your permanent information out, buy a pay as you go phone. They are like disposable email addresses, if the account becomes a problem, discard it.

February 2004, V3#2: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

 Identity Theft via email

Have you been getting any “returned to sender” email from addresses that you don’t recognize?  Usually, when this happens and you recognize the email (but don’t remember sending anything), you have a virus.  However, if you don’t recognize the address, your email has probably been used by someone to spam.  How is this possible, you ask.  The same way putting your physical address on bulk postal mail.  The difference is that the post office disposes of bulk mail that is not deliverable.  The email system routes non-deliverable email back to whoever “sent” it.  Though we do NOT recommend it, you can send email from any address, known or made up (which may still turn out to be viable) by changing your email settings.  If this happens to you, we suggest double checking to be sure you don’t have a virus first and then (if no virus):

  1. Contact your server and explain what seems to be happening.  Some servers could care less, but many would want to know because it may effect how their domain (the last part of your address after the @) is seen – and filtered/rejected – by other servers.  This can effect how your normal email is delivered.

  2. If you wish to keep your address, follow the instructions provided in Volume 2, Number 4 to set message rules to filter anything with the same subject line(s) as the bogus returned email.  This helps you sort “good” and “bad” email quickly.

  3. If you feel it is necessary, ask to change addresses.

  4. Email everyone you feel is important and explain what has happened.

  5. If you have a website that you post your email, make sure it is hidden such as a link that reads email me rather then the address typed out.

  6. If you have a website, you may want to post to it what has happened.  We added a notice page for this and other types of announcements.