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Phones numbers, should I or shouldn't I give it out?

Google has implemented a new feature wherein you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and then you will be given a map to their house.

Before forwarding this, I tested it by typing my telephone number in google.com. My phone number came up, and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped out where I live. Quite scary. Please look up your own number. Read below for details.

Think about it--if a child, single person, ANYONE gives out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming. This is not a hoax. MapQuest will put a star on your house on your street.

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to:http://www.google.com

Type your phone number in the search bar with dashes (i.e. 555-555-1212) (dashes and no spaces very important) and hit enter. This will divulge your name and address. You will see a link option to the right for MapQuest (click on it), which will use the address to provide a map to your home or place of business.

If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on the telephone icon next to your phone number. I removed my name, but it takes 48 hours. If you are unlisted in the phone book, you might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check.

Timothy J. Kilkenny
Founder & CEO

The Web's Wayback Machine

According to the founder of the Internet Archive, the average life span of a Web page is 100 days. But not at http://www.archive.org/. The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine lets you surf through Web history for pages dating to the frontier days of 1996.

Forget about irritating "File not found" messages. The Wayback Machine has archived over 10 billion Web pages that otherwise would have been lost, encompassing the largest publicly accessible database in the world at 100 terabytes. (By comparison, the Library of Congress contains only about 20 terabytes of data.)

The site's real gems are its special collections, such as the September 11 archive--a virtual time capsule containing hundreds of pages and television broadcasts--and the Prelinger Archives, which feature more than 900 digitized industrial, educational, and government films dating to 1903, including amateur films of the Golden Gate Bridge's construction and of the New York World's Fair of 1939. You can either view them (using Windows Media Player) or recode them for copying to a DVD recorder.

Happy (And Safe) Surfing from Your Friends at FullNet!

Roger Baresel

What is Typosquatting?

Typosquatting is a form of Internet cybersquatting based on the probability that a certain number of Internet users will mistype the name of a Web site (or actually its URL) when surfing the Web. Typically, a typosquatter will register several possible input errors for a "brand name" Web site known for its high traffic, and then monitor to see how many clicks a day each of their "typo" domain names receives, and use the information to sell advertising for the sites that receive a high volume of accidental traffic. Advertising revenue might come from selling ads to the original site's competitors or by providing redirect pages to related products or services.

One-letter typo in Google's domain name could lead to a massive virus- and spyware-infection attack. " A simple misspelling of Google's domain name could lead to your worst nightmare. Google is not the only website that has been affected by Typosquatting, for those who are researching genealogy beware. Perhaps the most outrageous examples of possible typosquatting in genealogy are those surrounding the American Family Immigration History Center at http://www.ellisland.org and http://www.ellisisland records.org/.

The practice of typosquatting was first spotted in the late 1990s and was a common tactic for pornography sites, used to generate traffic from misspelled Internet addresses.

Helpful Hint

You should bookmark your favorite sites using your Web browser. Then when you want to visit the site, you can just click on the bookmark without having to type its name. That way you don't inadvertently end up in the wrong place because you mistyped or misspelled the domain name. It will speed your surfing, as well.

Shane Thomas
Customer Service Manager

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