INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter And Facebook
Don't Be A Victim Of Phishing Scams!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
This Month's FAQ
What's The Difference Between Lifecasting And Lifestreaming?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In November
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
How To Compress Large Files
Greetings from Polar's E-Connections Team
Now that it's November, the holiday season is kicking into gear. Calendars are starting to be filled with festivities and planning has begun for shopping, baking, and decorating. When you need a break from the action, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the online resources we share here.
This November issue includes a warning about Pinterest account takeovers by spammers. We hope it doesn't happen to you but if it does, you'll know what to do. Speaking of Pinterest, we're launching a NEW section that features cool images to pin; enjoy the inspiration! You'll also find timely websites to explore, learn how to compress files, be treated to a couple of amazing videos, and more.
The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.
To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!
- The E-Connections Team
Pinterest users have reported widespread account takeovers in which spammers post images promoting things such as work-at-home schemes and diet pills. The spammers delete boards, rename them, and change the contents. Since Pinterest users often link their accounts with other social networks like Twitter and Facebook, the spam images are showing up on those networks as well.
Pinterest advises customers who have had their account taken over to change their password immediately and warns that "misleading third party apps" and "web browser extensions" often play a part in account takeover incidents. The site also advises users to have a unique password for each social networking site.
Identity thieves use fraudulent email scams, or "phishing" scams, to trick you into giving away your vital personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and other account information. Phishing is typically carried out by email, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.
To combat phishing schemes, we strongly encourage all customers to have strong passwords. Suggested strong passwords are those that cannot be easily guessed or are associated with your name or other personal information. Strong passwords contain letters and numbers and are at least 8 characters long. Changing your password quarterly or bi-annually will also help prevent hackers from getting into your personal information.
There have been several "phishing" emails going around recently, emails that are meant to look like a legitimate business asking for your personal information or information on your accounts. Please do not reply to these emails with your information! Polar will never ask you to email your personal account information including passwords, login names, social security numbers, credit card numbers or any other private account information. Delete these "phishing" emails and contact us at 800.284.7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns.
Question: What's the difference between lifecasting and lifestreaming?
Answer: Lifecasting is uninterrupted streaming of an individual's daily life, captured via wearable technology. Lifecasting is distinct from frequent webcam postings in that the camera moves with the individual and often streams directly to the Internet, removing the need for uploading.
Lifestreaming is the practice of collecting an online user's disjointed online presence in one central location or site. Lifestreaming services bring photos, videos, bookmarks, microblog posts, and blog posts from a single user into one place using RSS. Friendfeed and Tumblr are examples of lifestreaming services.
When you attach large files to emails, they can be slow for you to send as well as slow for your recipients to receive. That's why it makes sense to sometimes compress large files using built-in Windows or Mac software. Here's how to do it:
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Thanks for your business!
The E-Connections Team
110 4th St E
Park River, ND 58270
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