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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Staying Safe Online

Posted by eileen on November 17, 2009

Just a friendly reminder that Cyber Safety should ALWAYS be a priority!  According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  You faithful Info@WPL readers probably remember my post earlier this year, Email Scams.  I posted an example of one the phishing scams I have received in my email.

If you are unsure of how to recognize a phishing scam, check out FAQ: Recognizing Phishing Scams from CNET News and Microsoft’s How to Recognize Phishing Emails or Links.  Another great source for online safety information is the National Cyber Security Alliance.  If you receive an email from someone claiming to be the IRS, check out How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites.

Scammers often target social networking sites, like Facebook.  To keep yourself safe on Facebook, become a fan of Facebook Security to receive security information in your News Feed.

Email Scams

Posted by eileen on April 10, 2009

Prior to working at the library, I’d heard about email scams: a Nigerian prince needs your bank information so he can bring large sums of money to the U. S., you won the lottery in another country and must pay the processing fee to receive your money, etc.  For some reason, I now actually receive these types of emails.  The latest one I got reads like this:

“Hello Dear,
My name is Mrs. Catharina Sies; I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for humanity services. I am 61 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago immediately after the death of my husband who has left me everything he worked for and because the doctors told me I will not live longer than some weeks because of my health I decided to WILL/donate the sum of USD 3, 500, 000:00 Three million five hundred thousand dollars to you for the good work of humanity and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows. I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.
Here is the Contact information of my Attorney below:
Mr. John Foxy Esq
Phone: +44-703-183-7885
Fax:   +44-871-264-1453
Tell him that I have WILLED USD 3,500 000.00 to you and I have also notified him. I know I don’t know you but I have been directed to do this.
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished as i don’t want anything that will jeopardize my wishes.
Mrs.Catharina Sies”

Note: I did not correct any spelling/grammatical/formatting errors from the original email.

The best thing about these types of emails is that some people, knowing they are scams, actually respond to them, for fun.  To see what I mean, check out these sites: and  They are quite amusing.  Keep in mind, these sites may have some harsh or offensive language.

What should you do if you get one of these scam emails?  Well, even though the two sites above make it sound like a lot of fun, you probably shouldn’t respond or interact with the senders in any way.  Better to be safe than sorry.  We’ll just live vicariously through the 419 Baiters :-) .

What do I do when I get one of these scam emails?  If it seems like a particularly clever one, I read it and maybe laugh about it with a friend or co-worker (or post it on a blog).  If it’s one I’ve seen before, (I won a Global Award!), I generally send it to my Junk Mail folder and block the sender’s address.

Many of you are probably thinking, who would fall for this stuff?  Well, people obviously do, or these scams wouldn’t be around anymore.  Keep in mind, as Consumer Fraud Reporting says, “NO legitimate lottery contacts winners.  Winners must always contact the lottery first.”

Preferred Searches

Posted by dawn on February 6, 2009

Preferred SearchesDo you frequently search the catalog for a favorite subject?  Would you like to be notified by email when something is added to the collection on your favorite topic?  If the answer is yes, then you’ll want to set up a Preferred Search.  To get started, log in to My Account.  Search the catalog as you normally would.   In the green box at the top of the results page you will see a button that says “Save as preferred search” – click it.  You can search for a broad subject such as Cookery, or a narrower subject such as Cookery, American — California Style.  The words that appear in the search box next to the type of search are saved as your preferred search.  So if you want a narrow search, make sure the all the words in your subject are included in the search box.

To use your preferred searches, click on Return To Your Record at the top of the screen then click the Preferred Searches button.  To search the catalog, click on the Search link next to your preferred search.   To receive email notification when something new is added to the collection on your subject, simply check the box in the column called Mark for Email then click the Update List button.  An email notification is sent each Monday when material cataloged during the previous week matches any of the preferred searches you have checked.  YOU MUST HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR LIBRARY RECORD or you will not receive an email notice.  (See Modify Personal Info.)

Preferred Searches work with any kind of search.  While you may not want to create a preferred search for a title, you may want to be notified if the library adds a book by a particular author.  You may also like to listen to classical music or world music. In that case, create a preferred search for the call number CD Classic or CD World Music.  Don’t forget to check the Mark for Email box (and click the Update List button) so you can be notified when we add something new.

Modify Personal Info

Posted by dawn on

Modify Personal InfoDo you have a new email address or telephone number?  How would you prefer to receive your library notices?  You can update this information yourself online!

Just login to My Account with your name, library barcode number and PIN.  Click the Modify Personal Info button and make the necessary changes.  If your mailing address has changed, please call the library at 630-868-7510 and we will make the change to your library account.

Do you have an email address?
Enter your email address and click the button to tell us that you would like to receive notices from the library by email.  With an email address in your account you will receive a Courtesy Notice before material is due.  You will receive Hold Notices and Overdue Notices via email, and you can receive a notice if the library adds material that might be of interested to you.  (See Preferred Searches.)  Here’s another reason to add an email address to your account:  if you forget your PIN you can change it immediately via a link sent to your email address.  This feature works only if an email address is entered in your account.   (On the login screen, click the Forgot your Pin? link to reset it via email.)  If you don’t have an email address in your account, please call the library at 630-868-7510 to have us reset your PIN.

Online Book Clubs

Posted by eileen on October 17, 2008

Sometimes it’s difficult to choose a book to read. Sometimes we just don’t have time to browse the shelves in our favorite section of the library. Fortunately, Wheaton Public Library has a great service to solve just that problem. It’s called an Online Book Club and it’s free to join. Each weekday, you will be emailed a five-minute selection from a book. By Friday, you will have read at least two chapters! That should be enough to decide if it’s something you want to read or not, right? The next Monday, you’ll get a new book to start. You can decide what type of books you want to get. The choices are: Fiction, Nonfiction, Teen, Business, Romance, Good News, Science Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Audio, and Pre-publication. All you need is an email address and a few minutes of spare time. So don’t stress about taking time to pick a book to read, have them sent right to your email!
Check out our Online Book Clubs page for more info. and click on Subscribe to join!