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Internet-Wide Protests Against the Blacklist Legislation ( #SOPA #PIPA )

When you browse The Web on Wednesday, January, 18th, you will notice that many popular sites will be displaying messages protesting the dangerous censorship legislation currently pending in Congress (#SOPA #PIPA) instead of their regular content. Sites such as Google, Wikipedia, and many others. January 18th, 2012, may be the date of the largest online protest to occur so far in Internet history. Please take the time to learn more about this important issue that effects all Internet users. See the links below for more information and actions you can take…


http://blacklist.eff.org/

http://americancensorship.org/
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/fight-blacklist-toolkit-anti-sopa-activists

Help Stop The Internet Censorship Bill

no_censorship_buttonCongress is about to pass Internet censorship, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the internet censorship bill on Tuesday, January 24th 2012, and unless we can find 41 senators to block the vote, it is going to pass…

Can you meet with your senators during the January recess and ask them to vote it down? Visit http://americancensorship.org/ before January 24th to help.

Here is a helpful guide to In-Person Meetings with Your Congressional Representatives provided by the EFF.

Say “NO” to Internet Censorship

no_censorship_buttonThe US Congress is considering America’s first system for censoring the Internet. Despite public outcry, the Internet Censorship bill could pass at any time. If it does, the Internet and free speech will never be the same.

SAY “NO” TO INTERNET CENSORSHIP

Please take a few minutes to learn more and contact your elected officials to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Use the links below…

http://americancensorship.org/

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/11/protect-ip-act-very-real-very-bad-call-now-block-it

https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173

Learn more about these and similar issues by visiting the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

This video helps to explain the issues with these bills…

Phone Scam for your Computer!

Be weary of receiving phone calls from a Microsoft Service Center or similar name, claiming they are calling you to help you remove viruses from your computer.  This is likely a scam to take money or even your identity from you.

So far, the callers seem to always call with an accent and try to get you to go to websites to remove the viruses and want to charge you a fee for it using a credit card.

Mostly this scam appears to be attacking UK folks, but phone calls have started hitting US customers and even our own Widomaker Customers.

If you receive such a phone call, do not fall for it.  If you can, record the call or if you can get any information, take it and report it to the authorities. Hang up the phone.

Support for Windows 98/ME is Ending

Don’t be left behind with old and soon to be outdated software, leaving your Operating System (OS) open to vulnerabilities, hacker attacks, and viruses. Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, and Millennium Edition (ME) will no longer be supported by Microsoft (including security updates) as of the end of June 2006.

It may be time to decide whether you should upgrade your exisiting computer or buy a new computer. Visit this page for more details and information.

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