INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Spammers Have Jumped On The Pinterest Bandwagon
Get A Run For Your Money With The Home Run Pack!
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
How Can I Tell A Legitimate Email From A Hoax?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In August
How To Stop The @facebook.com
Greetings from Polar's E-Connections Team
For many, August combines carefree summer activities with back-to-school preparations. You'll find ideas for both seasons in this month's Great Sites list which includes delicious summertime peach recipes as well as advice for helping your students be successful this fall.
In addition, this issue contains a Pinterest spam alert and tips on how to recognize the difference between a legitimate email and a hoax. We also tell you about a recent change regarding the email address displayed on your Facebook Timeline and how to make adjustments if needed. Just for fun, check out the two videos that showcase creativity—a marriage proposal using a movie trailer and artistic masterpieces made from dust.
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- The E-Connections Team
All well-trafficked social media sites draw spammers trying to reel in unsuspecting users, and Pinterest is no exception. In fact, because of its rapid growth and heavy retail focus, Pinterest is especially attractive to spammers. (In case you're unfamiliar with Pinterest, it's a virtual bulletin board where you can "pin" images, share things you like with others, follow people you like, and have others follow you.)
In recent months, Pinterest users have reported receiving a surge of spam emails. Many of these emails are relatively benign—more annoying than harmful—and often attempt to get the recipient to visit a Pinterest board that links to a page about weight loss plans or retail deals. However, for legitimate businesses that use Pinterest, the influx of spam on the site can have more serious ramifications. For example, spammers can copy and attach viruses to a business's pin, causing its reputation to diminish.
Pinterest addresses this issue in its Terms & Privacy—Acceptable Use Policy. It reads, "You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: Send any unsolicited or unauthorized spam and spam comments on posts, advertising messages, promotional materials, email, junk mail, chain letters or other form of solicitation..."
Fortunately, Pinterest provides an easy way to report this type of spam. Simply click on the "Report Pin" button next to the image on the Pinterest site.
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Question: I have friends that frequently send me important-sounding emails that I'm supposed to forward to people I know. How can I tell if the messages are legitimate or a hoax?
Answer: Good question. It's pretty simple. There are five signs that an email is a hoax:
Facebook recently began shifting the default addresses of its almost 900 million users from the email addresses they chose when signing up on the site to their Facebook addresses, which are the "email@example.com
You do, however, have the ability to decide which email address will be displayed on your Timeline. Simply follow the steps below.
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