Greetings from Polar's E-Connections Team
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Besides fraudulent websites, the most common Hurricane Katrina Internet-related scams are e-mail solicitations, a practice called "phishing," asking for money for Katrina's victims. The message asks for a donation and, when an unsuspecting donor provides a credit card number or makes an electronic payment, the money is pocketed by the scammer and identity theft is a possibility. Rip-off attempts based upon the notorious "Nigerian fee scams" are also making the rounds.
Other e-mail scams don't even require a reply. Messages with Katrina-related subject lines and file attachments carrying Trojans or viruses can infect your computer if you open the files. Plus, chain letters (such as "victims receive $1 every time you forward this message") and messages that use interest in the disaster to sell unrelated and often bogus products are circulating.
Common sense is your biggest ally in protecting yourself against these scams. Here are several tips to help protect yourself against scammers:
Polar Communications will
be upgrading your email server in the near future. We are moving to a larger
version of the same server we have now, but with more speed, more capacity for
users and many new features. The server will provide in-house anti-spam and
anti-virus filtering, which will offer you more comprehensive and easier to
manage protection than you are currently enjoying with Postini.
We will also have the opportunity to offer shared messaging and calendaring to those businesses using PolarComm hosted email. This will allow your employees to enjoy a branded webmail where you can share and manage the company's inboxes. It will also offer a shared calendar which would allow you to permit other employees to see your business schedules and would allow managers to manage items on the employee's calendars.
PolarComm will do everything possible to make the transition as smooth and transparent as possible for you, however there will be a small amount of time (perhaps a few hours) that the email services will be down while we move our many thousands of email accounts from the old server to the new one. We will schedule the move to take place in the middle of the night so it will impact as few customers as possible.
We do not have a schedule yet, except that it will happen in the next few weeks. We wanted to make you aware of what is coming up as we continue to make PolarComm services better and maintain our position as the best internet service provider we can be. Please watch your email for announcements of specific times and impacts. There should be no actions you as a user need to take, and there will be no change in the settings on your email program, but we will give you plenty of notice in any case.
We appreciate your business. Have a great October!
Question: I plan to take my laptop
computer with me when I travel during the upcoming holidays. Why does airport
security scan laptops separately from other carry-on luggage? Can the x-ray
system that airports use harm my computer?
Answer: Laptop computers are inspected separately because it's a better way to determine if an explosive device has been hidden within the computer. With all of the electronic components built into a laptop, it's difficult for a security worker to look at an x-ray image and determine if there's a bomb. Chemistry kits called "sniffers" are also used on suspect laptops to determine if residue from bomb-making chemicals is present. Additionally, airport security may ask you to turn your computer on as a further precaution to make sure that your computer is not a bomb in disguise.
It's a misperception that airport x-ray machines will damage laptop computers and other electronic devices, such as cell phones and PDAs. The concentration of the x-ray beam is not strong enough to penetrate the casings of electronics. However, there has been a new development regarding photographic film and airport security x-ray machines. X-ray scanners of recent years do not damage film. But as a part of anti-terrorism airport security upgrades, a new type of x-ray machine, called a CTX-5000SP, is being installed in many airports in
The CTX-5000SP is designed to better detect explosives, but tests have shown that x-rays from these machines will damage unprocessed film if the film receives a direct hit from the beam. Processed film and electronic devices are not affected.
How To Find The Lowest
http://gasbuddy.com - With gas prices the way they are, we need all the help we can get. This site runs 170+ local websites across the
The Legend of Zorro Released This Month
http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thelegendofzorro - Multiple Golden Globe Award nominee Antonio Banderas and Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones team up again in the follow-up to their internationally popular motion picture, The Mask of Zorro. The first film grossed over $200 million and the sequel promises to be just as adventurous and action-packed. The official site for The Legend of Zorro includes production notes, lots of photos, bios, and a thrilling movie trailer. The film opens October 28, 2005 and is rated PG.
Dress Your Dog Up As A Bee For Halloween
http://beedogs.com - Have you been wondering what costume your dog will wear for Halloween? Me neither. But for those of you who are, why not dress him/her up as a bee? The person who runs this site collects pictures of dogs that are dressed up in bee costumes and posts them for the world to see. Come on. You're not doing anything really important right now anyway — and you are very curious. Go take a look!
The Amazing Race: Family Edition
http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race8 - Last month's Emmy Award winning television show, The Great Race, is back for another season only this time with a new spin. Instead of two-person teams, the teams are now four-person teams comprised exclusively of related family members — including children as young as eight years old. The Amazing Race: Family Edition is the eighth competition for this popular series. Check out the site to learn more about the family team members in this season's contest.
Solve Your Midnight Gourmet Coffee Craving
http://gourmetsleuth.com/copycat_starbucks.asp - Have you ever had a 2 a.m. craving for a java chip frappe from your favorite local coffee shop which happened to close hours ago? This site can help as it takes a shot at trying to recreate some popular drink and baked good recipes. It may not taste exactly the same nor have the same ambiance as your cozy coffee shop, but at least you can wear your pajamas as you sip.
hitting the "Caps Lock" key when typing an e-mail message is a common
When you are in a hurry, your left pinky finger sometimes just doesn't reach
either the "tab" key or the "shift" key but instead hits
right in between on the "Caps Lock" key. Before you know it, you've
got a whole line of text in all capital letters.
If it's rare that you intentionally use the "Caps Lock" key — it's used when making a series of letters all capitalized — you can set your computer to sound an alert when hitting this key. Here's how to set your sound alert when using Windows XP:
For Mac users, there is no sound alert setting for the "Caps Lock" key. However, if your "Caps Lock" is turned on when using the Safari browser and going to a site that requests a password, you'll see a symbol in the right corner of the password field advising you that your "Caps Lock" key is on. Give it a try.
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The E-Connections Team
110 4th St E
Park River, ND 58270
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