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Email Warning
Phishing Schemes Circulating About Webmail

The Reality Behind Wireless Networks

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
Is It OK To Let My Computer Sleep Instead Of Shutting It Down?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In November

Short Tutorial
Adjusting Your Junk Email Filters/Controls

Greetings from Polar's E-Connections Team

Spectacular Fall Image Fall is famous for the spectacular changes that take place as leaves transform into fiery hues. So it's fitting that this November issue celebrates the power of change. It begins with a warning about phishing schemes—the details may change but you can spot the "red flag" in these types of emails and avoid getting scammed. Don't miss our Two to View section. It features inspiring videos about people linked to amazing changes. You'll also find ways to change how you save money, decorate your home, maintain your car, and more. Should you change a computer routine or setting? Keep reading for tips.

The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.

To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!

- The E-Connections Team


Email Warning – Phishing Schemes Circulating About Webmail

Pfish HookBe on the lookout for a clever phishing scheme that uses email messages claiming to be from the Technical Support Team of your Webmail Messaging Center. The scheme's goal is to gain full access to your email account and be able to send spam posing as you.

For example, the message may claim that your email address has been queued for deactivation as a result of a continuous error script. In order to resolve the problem, you're instructed to reset your email address by replying to the email and providing your current email address and password. According to the message, if you provide incorrect information or ignore the instructions, it will lead to the deactivation of your email address.

DO NOT REPLY to emails of this type. Threats of account deactivation are a common "red flag" of phishing schemes that are used to try and frighten you into taking action. If you're ever unsure of the legitimacy of a message that claims to be regarding your email address, give us a call for assistance.

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The Reality Behind Wireless Networks

Wireless Graphic
Ever use an iPhone or BlackBerry on an Interstate or country highway and marvel that, even in the middle of nowhere, such robust communications are available? It's as if wireless devices only need towers and clear skies to magically connect you to the rest of the world. Actually, that "connection magic," in many parts of the country, is provided by a rural telephone company.

Here's how it all works...
When you make a wireless call, it is transmitted to the nearest tower. But from there it rides a fiber or copper land facility on a rural telephone company's backbone network to that company's central office. And from there it goes to the rest of the world, whether it's another mobile device, home phone, or business line.

A rural telephone company's backbone is also required for the never ending data to and from your mobile phone, including text messages, email and web access.

When you connect to the Internet through a wireless network from your computer, the signal isn't transmitted to a tower, but instead, it's sent to a wireless hub installed in a home or business. But like a tower, that hub also relies on a rural telephone company's backbone to send and receive your data.

Rural telephone companies' land-based networks are critical! The world is indeed going wireless, but wireless simply doesn't work without the foundation of the existing physical wired network. Without the continued support to maintain our wired backbone, the wireless network is doomed to fail.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1   Cool Video Number 2
Never-Aired Apple Commercial
Called "Here's to the Crazy Ones," this 1997 Apple TV commercial was narrated by Steve Jobs but never aired. It celebrates those in history—from Albert Einstein to John Lennon to Amelia Earhart —who went out on a limb for innovation, progress, and change.
  Woman Hears For The First Time
Sarah Churman, 29 years old, was born deaf and recently heard for the first time thanks to a hearing implant. This touching video shows Sarah weeping with joy at the moment the device is turned on and then smiling and saying, "My laughter sounds loud."

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This Month's FAQ – Is It OK To Let My Computer Sleep Instead Of Shutting It Down?

Question: If I'm not planning to use my computer for several hours, is it OK to use the computer's sleep mode rather than shut it down completely?

Power Button Answer: Generally speaking, sleep mode is most efficient for both Macs and PCs. One of the primary advantages of using sleep mode is that you have easy access to your work when you "wake up" your computer, since you don't have to reopen applications as you do when you boot up the machine from being completely powered down.

As an example, if you're through working for the day and put your computer to sleep and then remember an email you forgot to send, you can simply "wake up" the computer and use the email application that's already running. This process is much easier and faster than waiting for the computer to boot up and then reopening the application.

In terms of energy use, sleep mode does use some power, but not much, and no battery power (assuming your computer is plugged in). Remember that fully shutting down and booting up your computer uses power too.

There are times when you need to completely shut down your computer, such as when installing new hardware or software. It's also best to shut down completely in case of lightning storms or if you won't be using your computer for several days or more. But if your computer will be idle for just a few hours, sleep mode is fine.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In November

Coupons Are Cool  – Spending money may be fun but this site points out that saving is a whole lot more fun than overspending and dealing with debt. It's packed with ways to save including coupons, rebates, sweepstakes, freebies, online deals, and how-to videos. Use the coupon database to find deals on your favorite products or check out the guides for tips on how to save at popular stores.
Home Décor Ideas  – Browse through thousands of inspiring home photos and create your own ideabook to collect the looks you love. Locate photos by style, room, or metropolitan area. You'll also find an extensive section of products to help you reproduce the designs in your ideabook and a Q&A section where you can post decorating questions or answers.
Car Care Central – Use this comprehensive site to manage all aspects of owning your car including diagnosing problems, getting information on a new vehicle, and finding a mechanic. You can also sign up for reminders to keep up with regular maintenance and get help locating parts and accessories. Check out the car dictionary before you visit your local garage to prepare for the mechanic-speak!
Videos For Fun And Learning  – From delightful dance routines to cartoon creatures to athletic feats, this site features interesting and educational videos that the kids—and everyone else—should see. You'll find clips of space views, claymation, scientific research, music, toy tricks, and much more. Scroll through the recent posts or click "random post" to see what comes up.
Money-Saving Meals – How does Steamed Mahi Mahi With Vegetables and Garlic Mustard Sauce sound for dinner tonight? If you answered, "Expensive," think again. This recipe is just one of many on the Food Network's "Good Food for Less" webpage. Check out scrumptious-looking photos to find a recipe you want to try. Then print, save, or share it.

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Short Tutorial – Adjusting Your Junk Email Filters/Controls

The war on spam is best fought on multiple fronts, involving email administrators as well as end users. You can check with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) about the computer security services it has available. In addition, become familiar with the junk email filters/controls offered by your email client and make sure the settings are appropriate for your particular situation; you will have choices regarding what is identified as junk mail and where it is moved. Keep in mind that you also have the ability to select individual emails and make sender-specific junk mail rules as you go along. To adjust your overall junk email filters/controls, follow the steps below.

IE 8 Icon Adjusting Your Junk Email Filters/Controls When Using ...
Email Client:
Thunderbird 6.0.2
Computer Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.6, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  1. With Thunderbird open, click your cursor arrow on "Tools" located in the menu bar.

  2. Select "Options..." from the resulting drop-down menu.

  3. When the Options window opens, select the "Privacy" icon.

  4. Here you can select your default junk mail settings. For more in-depth (account-specific) settings, select "Tools" from the menu bar, then select "Account Settings..."

  5. When you have made your selection, click the "OK" button to save your changes and close the Options window.
IE 8 Icon Adjusting Your Junk Email Filters/Controls When Using ...
Email Client:
Mail 4.5
Computer Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.6
  1. With Mail open, click your cursor arrow on the Mail menu and select "Preferences" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. When the Preferences window opens, click on the "Junk Mail" button.

  3. Check the box next to "Enable junk mail filtering." You can also set other preferences including where junk mail is moved and what types of messages are exempt from junk mail filtering.

  4. When you are finished, close the Preferences window.
IE 8 Icon Adjusting Your Junk Email Filters/Controls When Using ...
Email Client:
Windows Live Mail
Computer Operating System:  Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  1. With Windows Live Mail open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow underneath the "Junk" icon.

  2. Select "Safety options..." from the resulting drop-down menu.

  3. When the Safety Options window opens, make sure that the "Options" tab is selected.

  4. Here you can choose the level of junk mail protection suitable for your individual needs.

  5. When you have made your selection, click on the "Apply" button to save your changes and then the "OK" button to close the Safety Options window.

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The E-Connections Team

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