Protect Your PC
Greetings from Polar's
you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable
tool for enhancing your Internet experience. If, however, you'd prefer not to
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Protecting your computer
from viruses, worms, and other hacker attacks is an unfortunate part of life on
the Internet. Because Microsoft Corp. products have proven vulnerable to such
threats, the company helps its customers fight back with its security updates
A list of Microsoft security updates, available at http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins , is updated, when needed, on the second Tuesday of each month. If you use Microsoft products (such as Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, and MSN Messenger, among others), we strongly recommend you visit this web page monthly to download the critical software fixes (called "patches") listed there. At this web page, you can sign up to receive e-mail, instant messaging, or RSS alerts each time a major security update is released.
The Microsoft Windows Update website ( http://update.microsoft.com ) provides another easy way to quickly install software fixes for Microsoft products. When you visit this web page, your PC is automatically scanned for missing critical software updates, providing you a list of updates that you can choose to install.
It's important to remember that Microsoft will NEVER e-mail you software updates or patches as e-mail attachments. Malicious hackers have been known to send spoof e-mail messages that appear to come from Microsoft, urging you to download the accompanying attachment to prevent infection by a virus or worm. These attachments are actually worms or viruses themselves. If you are not currently set up to automatically receive software updates from Microsoft, ALWAYS be sure to go to Microsoft web pages to download Microsoft-related patches and service packs rather than doing so via links e-mailed to you.
Of course, it is vitally important to use and regularly update your computer's anti-virus software. Always scan file attachments of all incoming e-mail messages, even messages from people you trust. Many viruses and worms are spread over networks, through attachments, and by sharing storage media such as diskettes, Zip disks, and CDs. You have the ultimate responsibility for protecting your computer against these threats.
Want to save some time and
a stamp? Pay your Polar bill online with Polar's E-Statement! E-Statement is
easy to use and secure. Our E-Statement uses a secure SSL certificate with
authentication capable of 128-bit encryption. What does this mean for you? It
means that the information you type in will be encrypted as it is sent across
the web to Polar Communications. (With any e-commerce site you use...you should
check for the yellow padlock in the lower right corner of your browser window.
This is the certificate that is in place for security. You can double-click on
the padlock for more information.)
Using E-Statement doesn't mean you must pay your bill online. You can check your bill, sort your calls and information, and more. Using Polar's E-statement requires a username and password. If you are interested and/or would like to obtain a username and password, please contact our billing department at 1-800-284-7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our billing department is available Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM.
E-Statement is another great feature from your local provider...Polar Communications!
Question: Sometimes when I'm using a
drop-down box while making a purchase online, it takes forever to scroll down
to the item I'm looking for. Is there a better way?
Answer: Yes, there is a better way. We'll illustrate how with an example.
Let's say you're filling out an online shopping cart form that asks you to select the item you intend to purchase from a drop-down box. The site's drop-down box includes dozens of products (listed alphabetically) for you to choose from. If you are purchasing an apron, you're all set since your product starts with the letter "a" and will be listed towards the top. But what if you are buying an umbrella? You'd have to scroll down through lots of products to get to "umbrellas."
Here's a quicker way. When you get to a drop-down box, type in the first letter of the item you're hunting for. You'll find that items beginning with that letter start popping up in the box. So, for the example above, simply type in the letter "u" and products starting with "u" (there can't be many) will come up. No more scrolling!
Photos Of Cats With
Stuff On Them
http://stuffonmycat.com - It's exactly what it sounds like — lots of pictures of cats with stuff on them ... styrofoam packing peanuts, shower caps, post-it notes, empty pizza boxes, celery sticks, headphones, jig saw puzzle pieces, loose change, etc. There are some pretty funny pictures. Go check them out!
Do-It-Yourself Appliance Repair
http://Appliance411.com - This site offers free repair help for do-it-yourselfers when it comes to fixing broken washing machines, dryers, microwaves, garbage disposals, humidifiers, dishwashers, stoves, trash compactors, water filters, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and more. Looking for an owner's manual for your make and model? Appliance411.com can help. Looking for the model number on your appliance but can't locate it? You've come to the right place!
See Our Nation's Fall Foliage By Rail
http://amtrak.com - Autumn is a great time of the year to travel the states to see the many colors of nature. Why not leave the driving to someone else this fall and travel by train? AMTRAK operates the U.S.'s national passenger rail service and offers a variety of scenic tours throughout our beautiful country. AMTRAK's website provides information on schedules, fares and reservations, station locations, and on their "Small Groups Save Big" travel savings program.
Learning Science Can Be Fun
http://ars.usda.gov/is/kids - This site is an interesting learning resource targeted toward kids ages 8-13. (Adults can learn a lot here too!) The website is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and was developed by the Agricultural Research Service information staff in Beltsville, Maryland. Topics reviewed include "Tastes Like Chicken" (edible bugs), "Vinegar: More Than Just A Salad Dressing," "Powerful Plants Meet Tough Tanks," and "What's Good About Sewer Bacteria."
The World's Largest Balloonfest
http://balloonfiesta.com - The end of this month marks the beginning of the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosts this annual event which this year runs from September 30th through October 9th. Over 700 balloonists participate in simultaneous liftoffs and a variety of flying accuracy competitions. Balloons with special shapes (i.e. piggy bank, stagecoach, cow) are also a part of the event agenda. Check out the site for a huge picture gallery and more event details.
Last month we provided
tutorials on how to create and send vCards via e-mail. Remember, vCards are
digital business cards that can be attached to outgoing e-mail messages. The
vCards usually contain text-based information (such as address, phone, and fax
numbers) and appear as attachments that have a ".vcf" file extension
The tutorials below show you how to open and then save information contained within received vCards to then be placed into your address book.
Opening/Saving a vCard in Outlook Express When Using Windows XP:
Opening/Saving a vCard in Entourage When Using Macintosh OS X:
a vCard in Mail.app When Using Macintosh OS X:
Double click your cursor arrow on the vCard that you were sent. Your address book will open automatically and display the information that was in the vCard.
Opening/Saving a vCard When Using Mozilla-based E-mail Programs:
While the Mozilla based e-mail software programs (i.e. Netscape 7.2 and Thunderbird 1.0) can send vCard attachments, they don't allow you to import the contact information directly into your address book. However, the information shows up in the preview window so you can simply copy and paste the information into a new address book entry.
We hope you found this
newsletter to be informative. It's our way of keeping you posted on the
happenings at our shop. If, however, you'd prefer not to receive these
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Thanks for your business!
The E-Connections Team
(We have used our best efforts in collecting and preparing the information published herein. However, we do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any and all liability for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions resulted from negligence, accident, or other causes.)
Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.
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