Polar's E-Connections Team
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The Social Security Administration
has received reports of an e-mail message being circulated with the subject
"Cost-of-Living for 2007 update" and purporting to be from the SSA.
The message provides information about the 3.3 percent benefit increase for
2007 and tells the e-mail recipients to update their personal information or
their account will be suspended indefinitely. They are then directed to a phony
site designed to look like the official Social Security website.
Once at the bogus website, individuals are asked to register for a password and to confirm their identity by providing personal information such as their Social Security number, bank account information, and credit card information.
Patrick O'Carroll, Jr., Inspector General of Social Security, reminds the public to always take precautions when giving out personal information. "You should never provide your Social Security number or other personal information over the Internet or by telephone unless you are extremely confident of the source to whom you are providing the information," O'Carroll said.
You can report receipt of the aforementioned fraudulent e-mail message or other suspicious activity to Social Security's Office of Inspector General by calling the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available at OIG's website at www.socialsecurity.gov/oig.
For computer users who
access the Internet regularly, SecureIT Plus through Polar is a must have! With
new threats emerging everyday it's almost impossible for the normal computer
user to stay on top of computer security related issues. We make that easy with
SecureIT Plus through Polar.
SecureIT Plus is designed specifically for computer users who:
provides a base level of security protection to stop viruses and worms from
invading your computer, sending out e-mails on your behalf, and potentially
stopping your computer from functioning.
To get started with worry-free protection for your computer, contact Polar Communications today at 701-284-7221 or 1-800-284-7221 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SecureIT is another great service provided by your local Internet Service Provider - Polar Communications.
Question: Sometimes I go to a web page
that I know updates their content frequently (with stock reports, weather,
news, etc.) but I can't get it to refresh/reload with new information. Is there
anything I can do?
Answer: Yes, there is a trick you can try when this happens to you. When typing the site's URL (web address), add a question mark (?) to the end. Your web browser will think it's a new web page and will "refresh" it for you, displaying the updated content. If you need to keep "refreshing" on subsequent visits to the same web page, simply add a different letter(s) behind the question mark each time (i.e. ?glp) and the page will be downloaded with the most current information.
Why does this trick work? Your browser only downloads information in front of a question mark. However, since the whole URL changes (by adding the question mark and possibly other letters behind the question mark), the browser provides a complete "refresh" of the web page.
New Passport Site a Hub
http://getapassportnow.com - In an effort to enhance security and efficiency at
Hit the Slopes
http://skicentral.com - If you want to go skiing but aren't sure where, this site is a great place to start. There's a mountain of information including links to nearly 8,000 sites offering ski resort details, snow sports news, and vacation-planning resources. You can get current conditions at virtually any ski resort in the world and view snow cams at locations from
International Polar Bear Day
http://polarbearsinternational.org - February 27th is International Polar Bear Day, a great time to learn more facts about our furry friends. For example, the five "polar bear nations" in which the bears are found include the
Hot Recipes for Cold Weather
http://busycooks.about.com/od/favoriterecipes/tp/top10winterreci.htm - Gathered here are 10 favorite recipes for winter meals — hearty comfort foods guaranteed to warm up your spirits on even the coldest days. There's Mexican Pizza, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Swiss Eggs, Herbed Oatmeal Bread, Monte Cristo Sandwiches, Crock-pot Beef Stroganoff, Indulgent Mac & Cheese, and more. If you're not hungry now, you will be after getting a taste of this site.
Iditarod: Get Ready for the Race
http://iditarod.com - The Iditarod trail sled dog race is unlike any other event in the world. Each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover 1,150 miles across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra, and windswept coastline. The adventure begins on Saturday, March 3rd. To get ready for the action, check out the official site of the Iditarod now. You'll find an interactive trail map, information on this year's teams, a history of the event — even a glossary of mushing terminology. Become an Iditarod Insider and you'll also have access to daily video clips throughout the race and live streaming video events.
Remember all those heartwarming
family photos you took over the holidays? Where are they now? If they're stored
in a file on your computer and if your computer is equipped with a CD burner,
make sure you also burn a CD as a backup in case of hard drive failure. (Note:
If you have a DVD burner, the procedures are the same.) Here's how to do it:
Burning Images From Your PC To A CD Using Windows XP
Burning Images From Your Mac To A CD Using iPhoto 6 And Mac OS 10.4
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