Greetings from Polar's E-Connections Team
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you received e-mails recently that say you have an e-card waiting for you from
an unnamed schoolmate, family member, or neighbor? They're probably from phishers trying to lure you to websites that deliver a
malicious Trojan horse program to your computer. At first glance, these e-mail
messages may appear to be legitimate, since they claim to come from companies
Here's an example of a bogus e-card notification:
Now compare it to an actual e-card notification from Hallmark:
To protect yourself, watch for these clues to help spot a fake:
Polar Communications is
constantly looking to find ways to improve our service to you and provide you
the best internet service possible. Within the next month or so Polar
Communications will be upgrading our email anti-virus by purchasing a separate
server to take care of scanning for virii and spam.
This will free up space and time on the email server to let it work better for
The upgraded system will be the same anti-spam/virus product you are used to but with a lot more features you can take advantage of.
Many of you have told us that you miss the spam-box type function that you had when we were using Postini for anti-spam. We have listened to you and with the upgrade you will have an individual web page / control panel to help you manage your spam. No longer will you see *Spam?* tagged email in your inbox (unless you like it that way). Spam will now be deposited in a separate place with an easy-to-use web page to manage it.
You will have greater and easier control over what gets (or does not get) to your inbox.
Another comment we frequently heard is that spam should not count against your email quota. After the upgrade undeleted spam that is moved to your spambox will no longer count as used space in your mailbox. This will give you more room for your regular email. You will see fewer of those dreaded over-quota messages.
Spam reporting (and false-spam reporting) will be much easier. If we can make it easy for you to tell us about spam that made it to your inbox - and about innocent mail that was trapped as spam, then we will be able to use those examples you provide to better tune the spam filters so that they can be more efficient and you can see less spam.
Our current anti-spam system is doing an excellent job. While you may be concerned at seeing a few spam messages get through each day the volume of spam that is stopped is much greater than most of you imagine. The system is stopping more than 98% of the spam that is attempted to be delivered.
On a typical day over a half a million (500,000) email messages are presented to the PolarComm email server. Our first level of spam defense (which is called Mail Hurdle) typically discards over 300,000 of those by examining whether the email server they come from follows the proper rules for email. Spammers most often use very cheap stripped down (to be fast) software so that they can send more spam in a day.
Question: Sometimes when I try to
download a web page, it gets "stuck" and the requested page does not
appear. When this happens to me, I go back to the address bar and type the web
address in again. Is there something else I could do?
Answer: Keep in mind that the Internet is like a huge highway system with traffic going in a variety of directions all at the same time. Sometimes traffic gets "held up" at virtual intersections along the way. This "getting stuck" phenomena is so common that browser makers have created a button to help out. Next time a web page gets "stuck," simply click on the "Stop" button and then the "Refresh" button on your browser's menu bar. (The "Refresh" button applies to Internet Explorer; use "Reload" if using Firefox or Safari.) If the web page still doesn't download, follow these steps:
Make It Quick
http://mealsmatter.org/RecipesAndMeals/QuickMeals/index.aspx - This time of year tends to be hot and hectic so you probably won't want to spend much time cooking. Speed up your meal preparation with a quick trip to this recipe site. It contains lots of ideas for fast and healthy meals that you can throw together in a flash, without needing to run to the store. There are plenty of kid-friendly and vegetarian dishes, and even super-simple recipes with six ingredients or less.
Hit the Books
http://libraryspot.com - Since the school year will soon be beginning, it might be smart to bookmark this library site for the students in your family. It pulls together leading reference resources in a single convenient spot, including Wikipedia, WorldCat, Library of Congress, and Britannica. You can also ask homework questions, find science project ideas, and listen to the two-minute Daily Almanac Podcast featuring historical happenings, notable birthdays, and a word of the day.
Root for the Underdog
http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/underdog - There's no need to fear. Underdog is here! The superhero canine bursts onto screens this month in a new live-action rendition of the classic cartoon from the '60s and '70s. Comedian Jason Lee is the voice of Underdog, an ordinary beagle that unexpectedly obtains superpowers (including the ability to fly and speak) due to a lab accident. While on this fun Disney site, play the Underdog games Super Fetch and City Sweep, and check out the funny Underdog bloopers. Rated PG.
http://collegefootballfanatics.com - Kick off the start of the 2007 College Football season with a visit to this site, which includes breaking football news, teams & conferences, rankings & polls, scores & standings, statistics, and recruiting information. Follow the action of your favorite college teams, get tickets to games, and look ahead at the schedule for the upcoming bowl season. Can't find exactly the information you want? No problem. There's also a link to the College Football Search Engine.
National Golf Month
http://www.playgolfamerica.com - August is National Golf Month, and if you haven't taken up the sport yet, now is a great time to take a swing at it. Play Golf
Do you find yourself
sending messages to the same group of people all of the time? Do you get tired
of going through your address book each time you send a group message to select
the individual e-mail addresses of your recipients?
Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and Macintosh's Mail.app e-mail software programs each provide a method for putting e-mail addresses into a "group" to then easily send a message to multiple recipients at once. This option allows you to simply select the name of a group and then everyone listed in the group will receive the message without having to type in each individual e-mail address. It's a very handy shortcut. Here's how to do it:
Sending Group E-mail Messages Using Outlook Express 6 In Windows XP Home Edition
Sending Group E-mail Messages Using Thunderbird 1.5 on Mac OS X or Windows XP Home Edition
Sending Group E-mail Messages Using Mail.app 2, Address Book 4.0.4, and Mac OS X 10.4.9
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Thanks for your business!
The E-Connections Team
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Park River, ND 58270
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