Month: April 2018

Email for Week of April 22, 2018

subject line: Are Your Online Behaviors Putting You At Risk?

Many online behaviors put users at risk.

Most of us use the internet as we need to, without a lot of thought about our computer and personal information being “safe” while online, whether it be for work or pleasure.

In fact, a recent survey1 indicated that almost a third of American internet users don’t have, or don’t know if they have; anti-virus, anti-malware, or anti-spyware software on their computer.
This indicates a lot of people take being safe while using the internet for granted. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. According to the FBI’s most recent information, the FBI is receiving an average of more than 800 calls per day relating to cyber-crime. And in 2016, there were verifiable victim losses due to cyber-crime totaling $1.33 billion.

What About Using A Public WiFi System?

Unless you have up to date anti-virus, anti-malware, or anti-spyware software on your computer, it is not a good idea to use a public WiFi system.

How To Protect Your Computer

Considering the safety issues with using the internet and WiFi systems, it is important you know the necessary steps to take and stay safe while on the internet. According to the FBI, the following safety tips will help protect your computer from intrusion: Keep Your Firewall Turned On: A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information.

Install or Update Your Antivirus Software: Antivirus software is designed to prevent malicious software programs from embedding on your computer. If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it.

Install or Update Your Antispyware Technology: Spyware is just what it sounds like—software that is surreptitiously installed on your computer to let others peer into your activities on the computer. Some spyware collects information about you without your consent or produces unwanted pop-up ads on your web browser. Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store. Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code.

Keep Your Operating System Up to Date: Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes. Be sure to install the updates to ensure your computer has the latest protection.

Be Careful What You Download: Carelessly: downloading e-mail attachments can circumvent even the most vigilant anti-virus software. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. They may have unwittingly advanced malicious code.

Turn Off Your Computer: With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action. The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible. Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection—be it spyware or a botnet that employs your computer’s resources to reach out to other unwitting users.

Warmly,

XXXXX

 

1. From Allan Newman Research, a national opinion research firm.

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Email for Week of April 15, 2018

subject line: A New Twist On Camping

For a new twist on the average camping trip why not try renting an old Forest Service cabin or lookout tower? The Forest Service has many cabins and towers available for rent across the United States. These were once used by the Forest Service to spot fires and are now available for the public to rent. For the adventurous spirit these towers and cabins are the perfect fit. Each tower and cabin is unique. So make sure you do your research before booking one. These book quickly, plan in advance and book your stay as soon as you can.

These lookout towers typically have rustic sleeping arrangements such as cots and some form of primitive cooking set up. There is usually no power, water or bedding. Again, this does vary based on the location you choose to rent. These details are listed on the recreation.gov website.

So how do you rent a lookout tower, cabin or other camping spot?

Go to www.recreation.gov. Click on the Find Places and Activities, tab, select Campgrounds and in the search box you can enter the state, city, general area you are looking to go camping in- for example you could search: Look out Towers Montana and a list will populate with options that fit your search criteria.

From there you can review the amenities and fees for each of the options. Most look out towers rent for about $25 to $100 a night. Each area will offer its own unique opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Warmly,

XXXXX

Disclaimer: Travel is personal and each individual’s goals and experiences may differ. This article is merely a recommendation and the author cannot be held responsible for the outcome of your vacation.

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Email for Week of April 8, 2018

subject line: What Might Cause your home Not to Sell

How to ensure your home sells for the highest realistic price and what might cause it not to sell

Selling a home can be confusing. Why? Because you’re bombarded with misleading information, confusing claims, and bad advice from family and friends that aren’t accountable or responsible to you for the advice they give. This is why it is important to seek the advice of a wise real estate advisor. If you are thinking of selling your home, included in this issue are questions to ask the real estate agent you choose to consult with.

What Stops Homes from Selling?

  1. The marketing materials are not appropriate or properly customized.
  2. The agent does not have a well-organized strategy to showcase the home to its best advantage.
  3. The initial price is not accurate.
  4. The home isn’t shown properly.
  5. The photography and staging are not done properly.
  6. The agent doesn’t effectively communicate market changes and feedback from other showings.
  7. The agent is passive vs. active in marketing the home to find buyers.

If you are thinking of selling your home, reply to this email to schedule a complimentary pre-marketing consultation.

Warmly,

XXXXX


For Real Estate Advice that pertains to financial, legal, or tax related information contact the professionals in those fields. The practice of Real Estate representation can vary by state. Ask your Real Estate Representative for agency information pertaining to your state and company. 

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