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Editor’s Mailbag

Fluorescent bulb collections postponed

NEW ULM — The Brown County Fluorescent Bulb Collection in New Ulm on May 6 and in Springfield on May 7 have been postponed in response due to the coronavirus recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. A new date will be announced when plans are finalized.

Turner Ladies plan bake sale

NEW ULM — Turner Ladies will be doing their Bake Sale on Saturday, May 2 starting at 9 a.m.

Pre-orders only. Available items are: pints $3 and quarts $6of sauerkraut and german potato salad; schmierkuchen $10; 4 cinnamon rolls $4; apple strudel one-half loaf $4; fresh home made bread $5. All items will be made at Turner Hall. To preorder call 276-4541 or 276-5798. For pick up enter on Washington Street.

Please check the Turner Hall Facebook page for more information.

BBB warns against posting senior photos on Facebook

BURNSVILLE — It seems harmless and fun! A bunch of friends on Facebook or other social media are sharing their senior portraits, including the high school name and graduation year, to support the graduating class of 2020 (most of whom are at home because of the coronavirus pandemic).

Scammers or hackers who surf through social media sites will see these #ClassOf2020 posts, and will have the name of your high school and graduation year, which are common online security questions. All it takes is an internet search to reveal more information about you, such as family members, your real name, birth date or even where you live.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) cautions everyone to be aware of what they are sharing. Even if you think it’s just going to your friends, it could also be going somewhere else.

Other recent viral personal list posts include all the cars you’ve owned (including makes/model years), favorite athletes, and top 10 favorite television shows.

What most people forget is that some of these “favorite things” are commonly used passwords or security questions. If your social media privacy settings aren’t high, you could be giving valuable information away for anyone to use.

BBB has the following tips to keep you safe on social media:

Resist the temptation to play along. While it’s fun to see other’s posts, if you are uncomfortable participating, it is best to not do it.

Review your security settings. Check your security settings on all social media platforms to see what you are sharing and with whom you are sharing.

Change security questions/settings. If you are nervous about something you shared possibly opening you up to fraud, review and change your security settings for banking and other websites.

For more information about privacy concerns online, see BBB’s scam alert on Facebook quizzes.

For tips for staying safe online, read BBB’s tips on staying cybersecure.

Report scams to BBB Scam Tracker.

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