Tall Kiosks Replacing Pay Phones: What Are They?
If you live in NYC, or have recently visited and spent some time walking around, you might have noticed many new tall kiosks around the city. LinkNYC kiosks are replacing places where pay phones previously lived.
The kiosks, known as Links, were first introduced in early 2016 by CityBridge. Since then, about 1,250 Links have been put up in all 5 boroughs; the company aims to have 7,500 erected by 2026 when their contract expires with the city. Links are not only a critical piece of the city’s goal to bring broadband internet access to all New Yorkers but their community-first approach provides other social benefits. Each Link has an interactive screen, offering everyday information like weather, local maps, a connection to the 311 service, as well as the ability to anonymously search for nonprofit and social services. The kiosks also offer free phone calls to anywhere in the country and users can register and connect to its Wi-Fi service.
The system’s biggest challenge now is finding new locations. Aside from putting new Links up, the current ones are in a constant state of refinement, with options ranging from whimsical and fun to time-sensitive and necessary. The idea is also expanding to other cities, like Philly, who plans to start building them this summer. To learn more about the Links and how to take advantage of what they have to offer, visit here.
Malicious Emails: Definitions to Know
Many of us aren’t strangers to malicious emails. If you haven’t been targeted yourself, you have probably read about companies or individuals who have been compromised recently. We thought it would be helpful to understand some terms describing different types of scams.
This might also help you be on the looked and prevent you from opening an email you might otherwise not have noticed anything different about.
Scams: Intentional deceptions made for gain, or to cause damage through email. For example: “You are a winner of a $1,000,000 lottery fund! Click here to claim your reward.”
Spam: Also known as junk email, designed to trick you into thinking their message is worth reading. For example: “Great value medical store!”
Hoax: Warnings about a non-existent threat, or an offer that sounds too good to be true. For example: “Your account will be deactivated in 24 hours unless you confirm your email address and password.”
Phishing: Pronounced “fishing”. Phishing emails try to entice you into disclosing personal information, such as your username, password, or bank account details. For example: “You have been given a tax refund. To help us process your payment, please click here and enter your name, address, phone number and bank details.”
Spoofing: When the sender address of an email has been altered to hide its true origin, used by virus and spam authors to make their emails look legitimate and lure people into clicking on links or downloading attachments. For example: The email looks as if it is from one address but hovering over it reveals a different address.
If you have any additional questions about malicious emails and how to keep yourself or your company protected, feel free to contact the office.
Verizon: Content Transfer App
It is always exciting when it is time for a new phone – including stocking up on new accessories like cases or headphones. The least exciting part is making sure all of the content from your old phone safely makes it’s way onto your new phone.
The Verizon Content Transfer app is here to make the transition seamless whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, or are switching from one to the other. Any content that is backed up to the cloud will be automatically accessible on your new phone once you’ve logged in to the cloud. For any other content that hasn’t been backed up, you can use the Content Transfer app to easily choose what to transfer from your old phone to your new one. First, you need to activate your new device and connect to Wi-Fi. Then you can download the app on both phones, identifying which is old and which is new. You pair your phones and choose which content you want to transfer, whether it be messages, photos, or anything else you want to keep. In the app, you can see the progress, and once it’s done, you will see a summary of everything that was transferred. Lastly, you can start to enjoy your new phone!
To learn more about the simple steps to transfer content from old to new phone, as well as the slight differences depending on the types of phones you have, visit here.