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November 2012 Newsletter


Hello Subscribers,

This Newsletter has been a long time coming, but we have some important information to share with you our valued customers. Click on the topic that is of interest to you or peruse the whole document.

Topics covered in this newsletter are:

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Bill C-11 about to be passed - Copyright infringement

Copyrighted music and movie files are typically owned by the entertainment industry. We have been receiving notices of copyright infringements and want to make you aware of legislation that will change your risk. These notices identify the material and the computer that downloaded or uploaded it.

Section 41(25) and 41(26) of the Copyright Act will soon to be amended by Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act . These changes to the Act require that we provide information of your identity and also provides for statutory damages of up to $20,000 per work infringed. Bill C-11 has not been signed into law but that is imminent. 

This is the situation:

1. The entertainment Industry has been lobbying the Government for years to change the copyright laws to protect themselves from unauthorized use of their property.

2. They have spent millions of dollars to seed media ‘bit torrent’ sites with false files to discourage improper use while the laws are being re-written.

3. The mechanisms are in place to identify you and the media files that you have uploaded or downloaded.

4. They already have a list of offenders. They will come after you  

On a similar front, we also want to advise you that unscrupulous hackers are getting more organized, persistent and devious in their criminal efforts. They are developing their cyber crime skills that include phishing, internet scams, identity theft, and other sophisticated attempts to steal personal information. The estimate of cyber theft in 2008 was $8 billion worldwide. For 2011 the estimate is almost $400 billion, about the same as the illegal drug trade. In the Corporate world, the estimated value of stolen intellectual property is $1 trillion annually. 

For internet users looking to protect themselves, researchers have a few basic tips: not using a single password for all online accounts, avoid clicking unsafe links, connecting to secure Wi-Fi accounts, keep security software updated, and be careful about what you’re posting on the Internet, particularly in social media. Don’t give anyone remote access to your computer even if they claim to be from Microsoft. Don’t reply to notices about updating your account data. 


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Harewaves Has Moved!               

Harewaves Has moved To 5104 50st Eckville. That is right on Main Street in the building where Main Street Fashions used to be. Come and see our wide selection of Toys, Lego compatible building Blocks, party supplies, RV products and more. We also continue to sell and service computers.   


Our Grand opening Is planned for Saturday November 17th with super awesome deals the week leading up to the grand opening. Come and join us for some refreshments and door prizes on the 17th.



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Harewaves Sears Catalogue Agency

Our new Store location Came with the Eckville Sears Catalogue agency.

Most of you probably are aware of what the Catalogue agency is about, but for those of you who don't here is an explanation of what we do.

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Find us on Facebook

Harewaves is now on Facebook! "Like" our page to see all of the exciting items we carry in our new store. You will also receive timely notifications of outages and other important info we need to pass along.

The next 150 Like's will be entered in a draw to win a digital photo frame


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Fraud Awareness

This has always been a tricky subject to talk about. Why? Because it is complicated and it is cumbersome to try to explain to the average person. The only real defenses are 1. Up to date operating systems and programs 2. Well maintained Anti-virus and Anti-Spyware programs and 3.Education and awareness of the scams. We are way beyond the simple email scams where someone is asking you to help them transfer a million dollars to a US account for a commission. No, scams today involve detailed psychology and targeted claims that only require you to go to a website to to be infected by a security vulnerability.

What can you do to educate yourself? Here are a few tips and examples.

1. Use your spidey sense - If you receive an email that just doesn't seem to add up or it seems like a weird request. Don't do it! There are other ways to confirm if it is correct. Send a new email back to the sender asking if they sent it. Text of facebook them to ask about it. The number one way for hackers to catch people is by using a hacked email account to trick you into going to their malicious site or exploiting information. Hotmail and Gmail accounts are often hacked (and even the odd Harewaves account)and you may think your friend is sending you an email, but it is someone else trying to exploit you.

2. Do some investigating - Hackers are getting more devious. My wife asked me last month, "Why did you send me that website link to look up?" Sorry wife, that wasn't me go scan your computer for that virus you just got. In this case, the sender spoofed my name so the "From" field in the email showed my name. If you looked closely at it the actual email address it was coming from was not mine, but rather some hacked yahoo account. I primarily use Microsoft Outlook as my mail client, but most mail delivery clients are similar. Outlook has a menu if you right click on the email message in the inbox and one of the options is "message options" or "show headers" for some of the earlier versions. A lot of it is gobbledygook that most people don't understand, but one of the first lines is "return path" if this does not equal the same address as the one that sent it, you may have a problem. Do yourself and your friends a favor, next time you want to forward that youtube video or cool link, take 5 seconds and add a little personal note so they know it is you and only you sending it to them.

Another example I see quite often is a link to a web address that is actually set to take you somewhere else. Here is an example, try it out and see what I mean (it will open a new page and you can just close it to come back) It is really quite simple to imbed a different URL into the text so that you think you are going to a safe and well known site. Outlook and many others has an easy way to see that the link matches the destination. Hover your mouse over the link (but don't click it) and after a few seconds a little window will pop up with the link address. It should match, if not it is likely not good.

3. The third and final tip I will leave you with this time is "Use more complicated passwords". This is always a hard one because humans are lazy and forgetful by nature(myself included)and we want to use something that is easy to remember and simple to enter. Common passwords are a pet's name, a child's name, or a word that means something special to us. Single word passwords are the easiest to crack with what they call a dictionary attack. For example, in the case of an email password, they already have the user name - your email address- so then all they have to do is set up a program that just uses names and dictionary words to enter until it finds a match. I'm not saying you need to come up with some obscure password you will never remember like p8M-qN&83;;Zhh but be creative with your password. Use upper and lower case letters, add an number or maybe a punctuation mark.

Also on the same lines, never give a password to anyone. I can't count the number of times someone has sent me an email saying they were my Internet service provider and that if I don't enter my password my within 5 days my email account would be discontinued. There's that psychology again, giving you the sense of panic that your account is going to be removed if you don't comply. Most service providers have no need to ask you for that information, you have already given it to them, it is on their server. If in doubt, call them, or send a new email to their support address to confirm. Never give out your password when you have not initiated a request, you will regret it.

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We are located on Main Street in Eckville at 5104 50th St.

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Contact Info:

Phone: 403-746-0096


Location: 5104 50th Street, Eckville

Mailing: P.O. Box 841

Eckville, Alberta

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