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Marino on Money: June 10

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

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A struggling economy may be to blame for record high cases of identity theft. Financial planner Ross Marino has more on how to protect yourself while surfing the web.

“This week’s question is about identity theft. The biggest risk may be from phisherman. This type of phishing is spelled with a ph. Phishing with a ‘ph’ is the process where scam artists attempt to steal your personal information by getting you to divulge it. They will ask for your Social Security number, different account numbers, passwords, or other information.

They are tricky, so you need to be careful. The phishermen usually imitate a company you already do business with. So, you may receive an email that looks exactly like the usual correspondence you receive from the company. This makes it virtually impossible to tell whether or not it’s a scam. They’ll get your attention by claiming there is a problem with your account, then ask for you to verify the personal information.

Always check with the company before you divulge anything. I’m not aware of any financial services company that would ask you verify sensitive information through email.

So if you receive one of these emails, please be careful.”

Tomorrow, I will talk about one of the ways you can check to see if an identity theft has occurred.

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A struggling economy may be to blame for record high cases of identity theft. Financial planner Ross Marino has more on how to protect yourself while surfing the web.

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Wilmington celebrates end of slavery with Juneteenth festival

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

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Juneteenth is an annual celebration of the end of slavery in America.

Dozens of Juneteenth festivals go on across the country, including right here in Wilmington.

Wilmington’s Juneteenth festival dates back to 1995. There are vendors and performers at the festival, and you can learn more about the history of Juneteenth.

Organizers hope people of all races will come together to reflect on this part of history.

The festival begins Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the MLK Center and Robert Strange Park in Wilmington. It should end around seven.

If you would like to participate in the planning of future Juneteenth festivals, please call 371-1610.

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Juneteenth is an annual celebration of the end of slavery in America.

Dozens of Juneteenth festivals go on across the country, including right here in Wilmington.

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Making sure your wireless signal is secure

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

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If you’re wireless at home or at work, and don’t have a lock on your wireless network, hackers and piggy backers can use your internet portal, which slows down your connection speed and opens the door to potential malicious attacks.

“Wardriving” is the act of driving around town with a wireless computer to find open connections to people’s unsecured wireless networks.

We drove around a Wilmington apartment complex with Gregory Oldham, a network security consultant, to demonstrate just how easy it is to tap into private systems.

He used a system called net stumbler. Here’s the alarming statistic, we found that at least one third of homes in just this one area were unsecured.

Oldham says a wardriver, or internet thief, who accesses your network could not only use your internet, but could steal personal information stored on your computer. They could also use your computer as a “zombie” to send out spam or malicious software, making you look like the culprit.

“Potentially, if they get infected on their computer, it could spread to your computer, because most network worms are aware that there’s a network connection,” Oldham said.

The instructions as to how to secure your wireless network differ, depending on the brand of your router.

The best way to do so is by referring to the router’s instructions manual or calling the ‘800’-number generally listed on the instructions.

With Netgear, for example, you’ll choose a security option.

“Just put a password, encrypt it, use wireless protection protocol, or the WEP or WPA, or just put something out there that shows that it’s security-enabled, so that people can’t just connect to it, for free.”

You can tell if someone is using your internet connection by doing a little detective work or you can contact Greg Oldham at capefeartech.com.

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videoIf you’re wireless at home or at work, and don’t have a lock on your wireless network, hackers and piggy backers can use your internet portal, which slows down your connection speed and opens the door to potential malicious attacks.

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Man named suspect in Wallace Pizza Hut shooting

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

A former New Hanover County resident is in the Duplin County jail after a fatal shooting in Wallace Tuesday night.

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Willy freed after recuperating

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

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Sea turtles are often in the news in this area, but one particular reptile has made headlines from here to England.

Willaminia, or Willy as she’s called, has been at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in North Topsail where she has been recuperating since April.

She needed some care after washing up on the shores of England, far from her native waters and in pretty bad shape.

British activists shipped her from the U.K., to the turtle hospital on Topsail Island, and Wednesday it was time for Willy to be discharged.

“Even though she loved it in the U.K. where she has lots of friends and fans and where they took great care of her, this part of the Atlantic is where she belongs and we hope she is going to find her way out there and live a long and happy life,” said Jean Beasley, director at the turtle hospital.

Dozens gathered on the beach to watch this famous turtle be returned to the ocean. On the way, Willy waved goodbye to the crowd that wanted to see the famous turtle first hand.

“It was pretty cool to come see a turtle that flew across the ocean,” said Caitlin Pike.

Even with all the sea turtle hype, some still needed some convincing about seeing Willy off.

“At first, I didn’t really want to go but then my mom convinced me that I might not be able to go ever again, so I decided ok,” said David Kahle.

For many spectators, taking care of Willy was the least we can do.

“The ocean gives us lots of treasures from sea glass to the food we eat so to be able to give back makes a big difference,” said Lea-Ann Morris.

A crew from the BBC was there today, documenting the end of Willy’s travels.

Willy is just a small part of the efforts of the sea turtle hospital, just last week the hospital released 22 more turtles back out to sea.

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videoSea turtles are often in the news in this area, but one particular reptile has made headlines from here to England.

Willaminia, or Willy as she’s called, has been at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in North Topsail where she has been recuperating since April.

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