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The goal of each eNewsletter is to improve your Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting and entertaining.

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January 2014
January 2014
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Social Media Alert
Watch Out For Social Media Spam (And Scams)

Scholarship Applications Now Available!

Make These New Year's Resolutions About Your Computer

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
Do I Have To Stop Using Microsoft Windows XP After Its Support Ends?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In January

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Find People To Follow On Twitter


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View Happy New Year! Once the confetti is cleaned up and the noisemakers put away, it's time to tackle new challenges and enjoy new experiences. This January issue has plenty of new ideas to help you in the year ahead.

First you'll learn about the increased use of social media spam and its related phishing attacks. Be sure to review the precautions you can take to avoid becoming a victim. Also in the learning category, this issue explains the end of support for Windows XP and shares tips on how to search for people to follow on Twitter. To start 2014 with plenty of fresh ideas, check out the cool Pinterest pins, incredible videos, and resource-rich websites.

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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Social Media Alert – Watch Out For Social Media Spam (And Scams)

 

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Scholarship Applications Now Available!

 

Computer Resolutions for 2014

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Make These New Year's Resolutions About Your Computer

 

Computer Resolutions for 2014 Alliance Communications encourages you to remember Internet security when you set goals for 2014. Add these important resolutions to your list:
  • I will not respond to any email from anyone asking for my username and password no matter how important they make it sound.
  • I will change the username and password for my wireless router to something different than the defaults it came with to keep they guy parked out in the street off my Internet connection.
  • I will not use the same username and password for every Internet account I have.
  • I will create strong passwords and change them regularly.
  • I will keep my antivirus software updated and keep current with critical Windows Updates through my computer's automatic updates or by visiting update.microsoft.com.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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Light Up Where You Dine With Wine
 
A Dreamy Photo Of A Beach Paradise
 
A Little Bit of London For Afternoon Tea

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This Month's FAQ – Do I Have To Stop Using Microsoft Windows XP After Its Support Ends?

 

Download Graphics to View Question: I'm still using Microsoft Windows XP as my operating system. Can I keep using it after Microsoft ends its support in April 2014?

Answer: Support for Windows XP (and Office 2003) will end on April 8, 2014. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

You can continue to use Windows XP, but it's not recommended since your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Microsoft strongly recommends you get current with Windows and Office. For complete details including instructions for moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8, visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In January

 

Go For The Gold!
teamusa.org – Join Team USA on the Road to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Get to know the athletes by reading their bios, watching video interviews, and checking out their blogs. You can also browse around the Team USA Shop to pick up clothing to show your support for the team.
Recipes For A Healthier 2014
eatingwell.com – If you're making a New Year's resolution to eat better in 2014, this site can make it easier for you to be successful. You'll find all kinds of recipes that are healthy and delicious including Breakfasts to Grab & Go, Quick 5-Ingredient Dinners, and 26 Soups to Help You Lose Weight.
It Pays To Be Smart About Money
smartaboutmoney.org – Smart About Money (SAM) is a program of the National Endowment for Financial Education — an independent, nonprofit foundation. This site's many tools and resources include calculators to help with budgeting and debt management, a LifeValues quiz, worksheets, and more.
Take a Free Personality Test
learnmyself.com – What's more fascinating than learning about yourself? This site offers a free personality test that shows the five main aspects of your personality as well as a breakdown of 30 traits like kindness, anger, imagination, and intellect. One user described it as eerily accurate! Nine other free tests are also available.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Killer Trees on Whistler Mountain
This video lets you go along for the adventure of snowboarding over buried stumps and deep powder in a tree-filled run on Whistler Mountain. It's a fast-paced adrenalin rush that includes some close calls!
  1964 Predictions About 2014
In 1964, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made predictions about 2014. Many of them came true, such as: "Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone."

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Short Tutorial – How To Find People To Follow On Twitter

 

If you're fairly new to Twitter, or are simply looking for new people to follow, check out the Twitter search tips below:

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How to find people by name:
  • Type the person's name into the search box at the top of your Twitter homepage.

  • Results for your search will show up under the People tab on the search results page.

  • You can also search by typing the person's name into the search box on the Connect page.
How to browse accounts by interest:
  • From the Discover page, click Browse categories.

  • Click on any interesting category. You'll be shown a list of accounts you may want to follow.

  • You can also browse by interest using the search box at the top of the Browse categories page. Type in a topic (like "news" or "basketball") or a descriptive phrase (such as "ballet dancer" or "actor") and you'll see a list of account results for that search term.
How to browse Twitter's suggestions:
  • On the Discover page, click on Who to follow.

  • Browse suggestions Twitter has generated for you based on who Twitter thinks you might find interesting.

  • Click Follow to follow any user, or click their username to learn more about them.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2014 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
December 2013
December 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Phishing Alert
Watch For Fraudulent Package Delivery Emails

Keep The Change

May Your Holiday Season Be A Bright One

Get TV Magic This Holiday Season

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
I've Heard The Term "Catfishing" Used Recently. What Does It Mean?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In December

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Protect Your Data When Using Public Wi-Fi


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View We all wear many hats throughout the year and during the holidays, a Santa hat may be one of them! As you're making your list and checking it twice, jot down a few tips and ideas from this December issue.

It begins with a warning about fraudulent package delivery emails. While these are always out there, during the Christmas season they tend to become even more prevalent; scammers hope you'll be expecting lots of package deliveries and will fall for their fake notices. Speaking of fake, you'll also learn about catfishing (the use of fake online identities) as well as how to avoid a fake Wi-Fi connection while at a coffee shop. On a more festive note, you can enjoy a "ho, ho, ho" lot of recipe and decorating ideas and reminisce with a Bing Crosby Christmas video.

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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Phishing Alert – Watch For Fraudulent Package Delivery Emails

 

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Keep The Change

 

Keep The Change

Click here to see how you can make a Big Difference!

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May Your Holiday Season Be A Bright One

 

Take Note of Holiday Office Hours All of us at Alliance Communications hope your holiday season is filled with joy and brightened not only by the lights on trees but also by the smiles on faces. Please note that our office will be closed on the following days to allow our employees time to celebrate the holiday season:
  • Closing on Tuesday, December 24, at noon
  • Closed  on Wednesday, December 25
  • Closing on Tuesday, December 31, at 3 p.m.
  • Closed on Wednesday, January 1
In case of a service emergency, please dial 611 from any phone with Alliance service or call 605-594-3411.

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Get TV Magic This Holiday Season

 

TV Magic

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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Spicy Toppers
For Starry Cider
 
10 Holiday Ideas
For DIY Decor
 
For the Photographer
With a Creative Eye

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This Month's FAQ – I've Heard The Term "Catfishing" Used Recently. What Does It Mean?

 

Question: A friend mentioned seeing a documentary about an online scam called catfishing. What is it and how can I avoid it?

What Does Catfishing Mean? Answer: Catfishing is when someone creates a false identity to lure you into a false romantic relationship online. The term was coined by the documentary Catfish, which tells the story of a woman who used Facebook to create a fake online identity. Such a "relationship" can involve exchanging messages on Facebook or another social media site, texting, emailing, and so on. Catfishing relationships usually begin to unravel when the perpetrator refuses to talk on the phone or via Skype, and won't reveal basic information like a home address. These scammers may be lonely, bored, or in some way out for revenge. They may even try to get you to give them money.

If you suspect you are being catfished, do a search for the person's name to see if the information that comes up checks out with what that person has told you. Also, look at their social media profiles; if they are recently established, rarely used, or include few connections, that's another clue. Even if the person is legitimate, their motivations may not be. Don't give money or take any other actions that wouldn't be appropriate in a similar offline relationship. You can avoid catfishing by being selective about who you communicate with online, as well as what you tell them, and by regularly updating social media privacy settings and account passwords.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In December

 

Reclaim Forgotten Assets
unclaimed.org – The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators has created this site to help you reclaim property you may have forgotten about including bank accounts, stocks, trust distributions, CDs, safe deposit box contents, and more. Just click on the map to search by your name in your state.
101 Holiday Cookies
foodnetwork.com – For gifts, entertaining, or just for fun, check out this mouth-watering cookie gallery. View photos and get recipes for a wide variety of types (bars, sandwiches, dipped), flavors (chocolate, cinnamon, fruit), and shapes (crescent, swirled, candy cane). Use the social media buttons to share with friends.
Temporary Email Addresses
maildrop.cc – MailDrop offers free, disposable, receive-only email addresses to use instead of your real email address. A MailDrop inbox holds up to 10 messages and is cleared if it doesn't receive a message within 24 hours. Use it to receive e-commerce receipts without signing up for retailers' "latest offers."
Holiday Lights Around the World
travel.nationalgeographic.com – From Japan to Copenhagen to Sweden to the U.S., this site shows the best places in the world to see holiday lights. Check out the beautiful variety of decorations hung on shops, in gardens, at amusement parks, and other creative places. Plus, learn about the displays and the traditions they represent.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Bing Crosby Christmas
Even the Scroogiest will appreciate this video, which includes clips of the crooner's famous "White Christmas" and a reminder of the holiday's best qualities. It's a perfect respite for the busy end-of-year season.
  Mountain Bike Ride
Ready for some extreme sporting without the danger? Check out this video and prepare to be wowed. Mountain biker Kelly McGarry's helmet-camera-filmed ride includes frighteningly narrow paths and several flips.

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Short Tutorial – How To Protect Your Data When Using Public Wi-Fi

 

Download Graphics to View Access to Wi-Fi in public places — such as coffee shops, hotels, and airports — can be very convenient. It's great to be able to use your mobile device practically anywhere you go. However, as with most Internet-related activities, there are potential dangers including stolen data.

Follow these tips to avoid problems:
  1. Start with your mobile device at home. Make sure all antivirus, anti-spyware, and browsing software is updated. Keep your firewall activated at all times.

  2. Treat all Wi-Fi connections with suspicion. Hackers can set up fake connections whose names might look legitimate.

  3. At the Wi-Fi location, ask someone who works there the name of the network to be sure you're accessing the right one. If you have a choice between a password-protected connection and a non-password-protected connection, choose password protection even if you have to pay for it.

  4. Refrain from completing private transactions, such as banking or purchases that require you to enter a credit card number, using a Wi-Fi connection. Save these activities for home.

  5. Even if you're still operating your device, turn off the Wi-Fi connection when you're done using the Internet.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
November 2013
November 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Ransomware Senders Demand Money To "Fix" Files

TV Magic

Have a Data-Hungry Family?
Our Menu Includes Unlimited Internet!

Keep The Change

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Causes Buffering When I Watch Videos?

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

Short Tutorial
How To Help Keep Your Image Out Of Facebook Ads


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View With fall in full swing, we've assembled some valuable information to help you fully enjoy the season. Since getting scammed would certainly put a damper on any beautiful autumn day, we begin by sharing how to avoid the online bad guys' latest trick — CryptoLocker ransomware.

You'll find inspiration in this November issue for getting into seasonal crafts, decorating, and cooking in the Go Pinterest-ing! section. You'll also learn about video buffering and Facebook privacy to take some of the trouble out of technology. For fun entertainment plus valuable advice, check out the amazing "bicycle band" and "money tree" videos and sites to help you beat the flu, stay safe when you shop online for the holidays, and much 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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Scam Alert – Ransomware Senders Demand Money To "Fix" Files

 

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TV Magic

 

TV Magic

Click here to get your own TV Magic!

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Have a Data-Hungry Family? – Our Menu Includes Unlimited Internet!

 

Save Money With Our Unlimited Internet Do your family members have voracious appetites for things like online gaming and streaming movies through Netflix? Are there often several people at home using different devices at the same time? Some Internet providers make you pay extra when your data usage goes above a certain limit. But not Alliance Communications.

Our Unlimited High Speed Internet is truly unlimited. It's like the all-you-can-eat buffet of bandwidth. Enjoy your fill of data plus a deliciously fast connection – up to 100 Mbps download – for a set price. If you're hungry for more details, dial 611 from any phone with Alliance service or call 605-594-3411.

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Keep The Change

 

Keep the Change

Click here to see how you can make a Big Difference!

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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Cute And Creative Idea For Pumpkin Decorating
 
Chocolate + Espresso + Pumpkin + Caramel = Yum
 
Dress Your Coffee Cup In Stylish Cashmere

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This Month's FAQ – What Causes Buffering When I Watch Videos?

 

Download Graphics to View Question: Sometimes when I'm watching a video on YouTube, it will stop and start or play in a choppy fashion. What could be causing this and what can I do about it?

Answer: What you're describing is called buffering. This means that the part of the video you're trying to watch is currently downloading. Buffering can be the result of many different factors including problems with the hosting site, the speed of your Internet connection, and the software and/or hardware of your computer.

YouTube suggests the following troubleshooting tips:
  1. Clear your browser's cache and cookies.

  2. Pause the video. Allow the gray loading bar to load completely to the end of the player. Once the video has fully loaded, try playing the video again.

  3. Check your connection speed. You may want to increase it in order to have the best viewing experience.
Another possible reason for video difficulties is that the YouTube servers are experiencing high traffic. If this is the case, there's not much you can do but try again later.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In November

 

Time To Talk Turkey
butterball.com – Enter the "turkeysphere" to learn everything you need to know about choosing, preparing, and serving your Thanksgiving turkey. Helpful videos and text walk you through thawing, stuffing, roasting, the ever-popular deep-frying, and, of course, carving. For post-holiday meals and snacks, check out the recipe section for ideas on using leftovers.
What To Do To Beat The Flu
cdc.gov/flu – Fall brings colder weather, the holidays ... and unfortunately, the flu. But you don't have to let flu get the best of you this year. Check out this website for valuable information including flu basics, how flu spreads, where to get a flu shot, and other things you can do to help avoid getting sick.
A-door-able Fall Adornments
bhg.com – Visit this gallery to get inspiration for decorating with wreaths and other fall décor for your door, gate, or mantel. You'll find pretty and creative embellishments made with seeds, leaves, twigs, fruit, flowers, and much more. The site makes it easy to save, print, share, or pin your favorites!
Shop Safely Online During The Holidays
staysafeonline.org – It's always important to protect yourself online, and even more so during the holiday shopping season. The tips on this site may seem like common sense but you may not remember, for example, to print transaction details. It's worth a visit so you can stay safe while getting your shopping done.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Behold A Bicycle Band
You've seen plenty of marching bands. But what about a bicycling band? This video captures some true multitasking as several marching band members play instruments (and do it well) while riding a tandem bike.
  Real-Life Money Tree
What happens when 100 one-dollar bills are pinned to a tree on a busy city sidewalk? Watch this video to see the various responses to this interesting social experiment. Spoiler alert: most people walk by without noticing the money!

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Short Tutorial – How To Help Keep Your Image Out Of Facebook Ads

 

Short Tutorial Download Graphics to View Have you noticed how if a friend endorses a company or product, you're more likely to make a similar purchase? Facebook certainly knows this and uses this bit of psychology to boost the effectiveness of what are known as social ads. The problem is that it does this without users' permission. For example, in your news feed, you may see a paid ad for a sushi place, along with a note that says, "Jane Smith likes this." If you don't want Facebook using your name or likeness in this way, follow these easy steps:
  1. Within Facebook, click Settings (the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Home page).

  2. From the dropdown list, select Privacy Settings.

  3. In the left column, click Ads.

  4. In the Ads & Friends section, click Edit.

  5. Next to the phrase, Pair my social actions with ads for, click the dropdown arrow and select No one.

  6. Click Save Changes.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
October 2013
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Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Malware Alert
Malicious Software Masquerading As A Facebook Video

Upgrade To The Ultimate Triple Play
For FREE!

Your Small Change Makes A Big Difference!

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
How Do I Send Several Large Files By Email?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Get Started With Vine


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Spooky Pic Download Graphics to View Happy Halloween! We've put together a scary good issue to help you make the most of the month of October. It starts with a warning about malicious software dressed up to look like a Facebook video. (It's living proof that not all costumed characters are as harmless as the kids at your door on Halloween.) Please stay alert whenever you're online!

Also in this issue, you'll find plenty of inspiration for fun fall projects you can do with your family. Check out Go Pinterest-ing!, Sites of the Month, and Two to View for Halloween ideas including pumpkin carving, crafts, and costumes. To sharpen your online skills, don't miss our tips on how to email large files and how to get started with Vine, the app that makes it easy to share short videos.

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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Malware Alert – Malicious Software Masquerading As A Facebook Video

 

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Upgrade To The Ultimate Triple Play – For FREE!

 

Bundle and Save

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Your Small Change Makes A Big Difference!

 

Keep the Change

Click here to see how you can make a Big Difference!

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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Football Pretzel Bites Are Game Day Winners
 
Adorable Halloween Door Decorations
 
Try Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

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This Month's FAQ – How Do I Send Several Large Files By Email?

 

Attaching Large Files Question: Sometimes when I try to attach several large files to an email, it doesn't go through. I'm told the attachments exceeded the allowable limit. What should I do?

Answer: This is a common problem; we've all run into roadblocks trying to share large files by email. You can try sending the files one by one in separate emails to get around the size limits. But if you have very many files to send, this can be a time-consuming way to go. Another option is to use one of the many free online services for sending and receiving large files. Here are three of the most popular ones to consider: Dropbox, WikiSend, and Senduit.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In October

 

Find The Perfect Recipe ... Fast!
yummly.com – This recipe site truly is a feast for the eyes. You'll get hungry as you browse through its huge collection of appetizing food photos. Quickly search by a specific dish or use handy filters including ingredients, occasions, tastes, diets, allergies, cuisines, courses, and sources. Launched by foodies for foodies, it's a delicious resource.
Halloween Headquarters
spoonful.com/halloween – Don't be scared by all the Halloween preparations ahead! Spoonful has everything covered for you here — costumes for any kid, pumpkin-carving ideas, easy crafts, spooky recipes, ghoulish games, indoor and outdoor decorations, and safety tips. Don't miss the boo-tiful section just on ghost projects and treats.
How To Compare Anything
diffen.com – This site does one thing and does it well. It helps you understand the difference between any two things. Just enter two different words or phrases in the boxes provided and click on "Compare." Up will pop a side-by-side comparison chart. Popular comparisons include Epidemic vs. Pandemic, Their vs. There, and CT Scan vs. MRI.
See Under The Sea Thanks To Google Maps
google.com/maps/ – When you think of Google Maps, you probably think of getting directions to an unfamiliar hotel or home. But there's a whole new world to enjoy. Google Maps recently introduced a feature called "Street View Oceans," which lets you look around under the sea in a variety of places around the world.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Flying Over America
Imagine you're a bird flying above some of the most spectacular spots in America — from sea to shining sea. That's the feeling you'll get from this video. From the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, it takes you past cityscapes and landscapes.
  Pumpkin Ideas From Disney
Don't settle for the "same old, same old" jack o' lanterns this Halloween. Check out what Disney does with pumpkins during the fall season at Magic Kingdom Park. They're decorated to look like Disney characters, a snowman, a hot dog, and more.

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Short Tutorial – How To Get Started With Vine

 

Vine is a mobile app that allows users to film short videos — maximum length six seconds — on their wireless devices for one-touch sharing to Twitter and Facebook. The secret to Vine's success is elegant simplicity. Vines (as the short clips are known) are effortless to shoot and play an automatic loop as users scroll through their feeds. There are no editing functions; Vines appear in the raw, giving them a poignant immediacy.

Just follow these steps to get started with Vine:
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  1. Get Vine. Visit the App Store (iOS users) or Google Play (Android users) to download the Vine app to your wireless device. Note: Tablet and iPod users may need to download the phone version.

  2. Sign in. If you log in using your Twitter account, Vine will automatically populate your name and profile information. Alternately, you can enter an email address to create a new profile.

  3. Take the guided tour. To begin filming, click the camera icon in the screen's upper-right corner. The first time you do this, Vine offers an optional tutorial. Click "Yes" to receive onscreen prompting as you make your first video.

  4. Shoot something. From the in-app camera, touch the screen to record and remove your finger to pause. Repeat until you've filmed six seconds of footage. (The green status bar at the top measures elapsed time.) When finished, your film will play automatically on a loop. Click the green check mark to accept and share or "X" to reject and start over.

  5. Share your work. When you accept your film, a screen appears where you can enter a caption, location, and assign a topic channel (Comedy, Family, etc.). The caption field supports Twitter-style hashtags (#royalbaby, #stopmotion, etc.). This is also where you choose the social networks to which you will share your film. To finish, touch "Done." Note: Films can only be shared from the app immediately after you shoot them. However, your device saves a copy to its camera roll.

  6. Make yourself at home. Touch the icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to access a pull-down menu. Use the options to update your profile, follow others, and explore new content.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
September 2013
Untitled Document
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Facebook Alert
Beware of Six Flags Season Tickets Giveaway

Are You Ready For The New Fall Shows?
Get The Ultimate Triple Play Today!

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In September

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View We hope you're ready to enjoy what makes September so special — things like classes beginning, leaves changing, and footballs flying.

To add to the fall fun, we've "raked up" some timely content for this issue. It starts with a warning about a Facebook promotion that says you can "Like" and "Share" your way to free Six Flags season tickets; pass on this one since the claims are false. However, don't pass on checking out the cool Pinterest pins, videos, and sites we chose for you this month. We think they'll make you smile, and in some cases, make you want to learn more.

Speaking of learning, this September issue includes a lesson on the "Other" Facebook inbox and tips for finding YouTube videos tailored to your interests.

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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Facebook Alert – Beware of Six Flags Season Tickets Giveaway

 

You may have seen Facebook posts recently that claim Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to those who "Like" and "Share" a promotional image and click on a link to claim their prize. These claims are false. The promotion has no connection to Six Flags whatsoever and the theme parks are not giving away free season tickets. Instead, it's an attempt by online scammers to get people to "Like" and "Share" bogus promotional material and participate in survey scams.

Facebook Alert Download Graphics to View By posing as a well-known entity and offering attractive prizes as bait, the "Like Farmers" running the scheme hope to amass a large number of "Likes" for their fake Facebook Page in a short period of time. Pages with large numbers of "Likes" can later be sold on the black market to other scammers and unscrupulous Internet marketers. The pages can then be re-purposed and used to promote dubious products and services to a wide audience or to launch other scam campaigns. They may also be used to trick users into divulging personal information by informing them that they've won a (non-existent) prize. Be wary of any Facebook post or page that promises expensive prizes in exchange for simply clicking on "Like" or "Share" and don't take action when you see them.

Go here to read the response from Six Flags to this questionable program that's using their name.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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This Owl Makes A Wise School Lunch
 
Putting On The Spritz With Lemons Or Limes
 
Glitter Magnets Are A Fun Craft For Kids

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This Month's FAQ – Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?

 

Question: I use Facebook messages a lot and I've had friends tell me they're sending me messages that I'm not getting. Is Facebook deleting or not sending some of my messages? Where are these messages going?

Missing Facebook Messages? Answer: Not too long ago, Facebook introduced a "secret" inbox for profiles. It started as a way to separate event invites and group messages from messages your friends send. As you've noticed, messages you actually want sometimes end up in the wrong inbox.

You'll probably find the missing message in this new inbox. Fortunately, it's easy to locate. In the top bar of your Facebook profile, click the messages icon; it looks like two speech bubbles. That will take you to a window with "Inbox" and "Other" at the top. Click "Other" and you'll see the "secret" inbox.

Simply reply to the messages in this "Other" inbox and future messages from that person will appear in your regular inbox. You may want to get in the habit of checking this "Other" inbox once a week or so to make sure you don't miss more messages.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In September

 

Food For Football Fans
myrecipes.com – Here's the game plan: Rush to this site, check out the tailgating recipes for dips and appetizers, whip a few of them up in your kitchen, and score big points with your fellow football fans. Choose from Grilled Pepper Poppers, Creamy Feta-Spinach Dip, Barbeque Deviled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese Straws, and more!
Goodwill Hunting
shopgoodwill.com – This is the first Internet auction site created, owned, and operated by a nonprofit organization. Goodwill stories from across the country offer items for auction and revenues fund Goodwill's education, training, and job placement programs for people with disabilities. Shop for jewelry, books, toys, and more.
Explore Hidden Wonders
atlasobscura.com – This is not your run-of-the-mill site. Atlas Obscura, as the name suggests, features a collection of obscure places around the world. From the Winchester Mystery House with doors to nowhere and secret passages to Insectarium of Montreal, with both live and dead insect collections and over 160,000 specimens.
Watch And Learn
ted.com – TED originally stood for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but has since broadened its subject matter. If back-to-school season has you thinking about learning something new, check out the wide range of talks on this site. You'll benefit from the experiences of leading CEOs, scientists, and experts from many fields.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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See A Young Dustin Hoffman
This charmingly simple 1966 VW commercial uses the small stature of Dustin Hoffman to its advantage as he shows off the roominess of the fastback sedan. It offers lots of room in the interior. And lots of room in the trunks. (That's right. There were two!)
  Hair-Raising Hygiene In Space
Published on July 9, 2013, this video from astronaut Karen Nyberg on the International Space Station is a fascinating look at how a basic task changes when there's no gravity. Nyberg, an Expedition 36 Crew Member, shows how she washes her hair in space.

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Short Tutorial – How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests

 

With billions of hours of video available on YouTube, how do you go about finding quality content that suits your interests? Try these strategies:

Download Graphics to View Discover Disco
YouTube's "Disco" tool is a good way to find high-quality music videos because YouTube curates the playlists. Just enter the name of the artist or band you want to see more of and you'll be presented with an entire stream of relevant videos.

Try the Trends
YouTube's "Trends Dashboard" gives you a quick look at what's hot by gender and across various regions and age ranges. Check it out regularly to stay up-to-speed with the latest viral videos and newsworthy footage.

Check Out Charts
Visit "YouTube Charts" to see the most popular content on the site. You can view the most-liked, most-viewed, top-favorited, and even most-discussed videos within certain timeframes. There's also the ability to narrow down content by category, giving you a glimpse at the most-loved YouTube videos by subject.

Subscribe, Subscribe, Subscribe
Once you find YouTube channels you really like, click on the "Subscribe" button. You'll then be notified whenever that person uploads a new video. Also, pay attention to the "Channels for You" list on the sidebar to find other channels that relate to the one you like.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
August 2013
August 2013
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Watch For Fake "PayPal Account Deleted" Emails

It's Back To Cool Time
From Homework To Home Entertainment

Get NFL RedZone
And See All Of The Action!

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
How Can I Find Out What's Being Said About Me Online?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In August

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How to Tweak Your Facebook News Feed


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Dalmatian Download Graphics to View It's August, which means many people are experiencing the dog days of summer. In light of this, we've included some canine content in this issue. Check out the "smiling lips" dog toy in the Pinterest section and the amazingly well-trained dog in one of the featured videos. By the way, since we do the research about online topics, you don't have to work like a dog to stay informed. Below is a Scam Alert about fake PayPal emails currently making the rounds and how to protect your personal information from being stolen. You'll also find useful tips on using Google Alert and managing your Facebook News Feed.

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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Scam Alert – Watch For Fake "PayPal Account Deleted" Emails

 

Another spam campaign targeting PayPal users has recently been reported. The supposed email from PayPal claims that the user's account has been deleted. It offers the option to restore it by clicking the "Recover Account" button / link included in the email and entering the account email address and password into the login page to which the link leads. Don't do it! This page is a fake, designed to gather your personal information.

Download Graphics to View PayPal reminds its users of the following ways to avoid these types of scams:
  • Log in safely: To log in to your PayPal account or access the PayPal website, open a new web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Firefox or Chrome) and type in the following: https://www.paypal.com/

  • Check the email greeting: Emails from PayPal will always address you by your first and last name or the business name associated with your PayPal account. A PayPal scam email may include the salutation "Dear PayPal User" or "Dear PayPal Member."

  • Look out for attachments: PayPal emails will never ask you to download an attachment or a software program. An attachment found in a PayPal scam email will often contain a virus that can harm your computer or compromise your PayPal account.

  • Never give out personal information: If we require information from you, we will notify you in an email and request that you enter the information only after you have safely and securely logged in to your PayPal account.

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It's Back To Cool Time – From Homework To Home Entertainment

 

Speed Up Your Internet Now Let Alliance Communications get your home equipped for the busy school year ahead. Start by upgrading the speed of your Internet connection to accommodate multiple users and multiple devices. We offer cool Internet plans with super-fast download speeds up to 100 Mbps!

Then check out our cool TV packages, premium movie channels, and whole-home DVR service — after all, everybody needs a break from homework (or housework) sometimes!

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Get NFL RedZone – And See All Of The Action!

 

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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Deliciously Detailed Gumball Machines
 
When Life Hands You A Watermelon...
 
A Dog Toy To Make Everybody Smile

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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Find Out What's Being Said About Me Online?

 

Download Graphics to View Question: My reputation is important to me so I'm concerned about the comments people may be posting that include my name. How can I find out what's being said about me online?

Answer: Fortunately, there's an easy way to find out. You simply need to put a Google Alert on your name to keep track of how often people are talking about you on the Web and what they're saying. This strategy can also be used by companies or other organizations.

It takes less than a minute to set up a Google Alert. Go to www.google.com/alerts and enter your name, and variations of your name, with quotation marks around it. Tell Alerts whether you want all results or just the high quality ones, when you want them delivered, and how you want them sent to you.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In August

 

Pick Out New Picnic Recipes
delish.com – August is designated as Picnic Month. So if you need a reason to relax and dine on a blanket, now you have one. Check out this site for lots of picnic-perfect recipes such as Pretzel-Crusted "Fried" Chicken, Sweet Potato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing, and Shaker-Style Lemon Bars.
No Clue What's In Your C.L.U.E. Report?
personalreports.lexisnexis.com – Your credit report isn't the only report that impacts financial decisions made about you. The Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange or C.L.U.E. report shows insurers every auto or residential insurance claim you've been involved with for the past seven years. Get your free copy here.
Learn How To Clean Almost Anything
howtocleananything.com – There's an art to cleaning. You need the right products, tools, and procedures to get rid of dirt without damaging the item. Find all the tips you need to safely clean your home, vehicles, animals, sporting goods, clothing, computer, food, and more. It's good clean fun!
Backpack Safety Means Weighing The Options
kidshealth.org – Too-heavy backpacks are causing more children to suffer backaches. Before the school year starts, review the advice shared here on choosing the right backpacks, limiting the weight of contents, and wearing them safely. It's important information to help your kids or grandkids avoid unnecessary pain.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Jumpy The Dog Earns His Name
When given a command, Jumpy jumps into action and performs amazing tricks. He jumps off the top of a van and soars through the air. He performs a back flip. He catches a flying disc. He goes skateboarding. He even walks on his hind legs. What can your dog do?
  See World's First Hover Golf Cart
Golf carts haven't changed much over the years — until now! Bubba Watson and Oakley have created the world's first hovercraft golf cart. It's able to ride on a bubble of air and glide over any terrain including grass and sand, leaving no trace on the golf course.

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Short Tutorial – How to Tweak Your Facebook News Feed

 

Have you had enough of annoying posts in your Facebook News Feed? Are there certain people, or certain types of posts, that you'd rather not make part of your everyday routine? You can tweak your News Feed in several different ways by following the steps below:

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If you see a post in your News Feed that you'd like to eliminate, click the arrow in the top right corner of the selected post and choose "Hide."

Block Content by Type

To block all photos from a specific Friend:
  1. Hide his/her post (see above), then hover your cursor over "Change what updates you get from (NAME)."
  2. Deselect "Photos" from the drop-down list of post types.
See Only Important News

If a Friend's constant posts are clogging up your News Feed, navigate to the menu above and choose "Only important updates." From now on, you'll only see stories about his/her job, family, or relationship status.

Unfollow

To block all content from a specific Friend, choose "Unfollow" from the menu above. The Friend won't be notified, but might get suspicious if you stop commenting or miss an online announcement. For the sake of good relations, make occasional visits to his/her page and leave a comment.

Make Friends Into Acquaintances

Reclassifying a Friend as an Acquaintance on Facebook means you'll receive fewer updates and generally only important ones. To access Facebook's built-in acquaintance tool, hide any story from that Friend, then click "Organize your News Feed."

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
July 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Facebook Alert!
Spammers Make Money With "Like Farming"

Don't Let These Phone Failures Happen to You

Summer Nights Done Right...

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Did The First Website Look Like?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In July

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Make A Pinterest Secret Board


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Summer Fun for July July signals the middle of summer. So by now, you’re probably enjoying a comfortable routine of your favorite summer activities. There’s always room for something new, however. For fresh ideas to try this month, take a peek at the Pinterest and Sites of the Month sections below. You’ll find inspiration for July meals, celebrations, vacations, and more.

Also in this issue, we share a warning about the practice called “Like Farming” used by spammers on Facebook. Your innocent “Like” could end up being used for less than honorable purposes, so be selective about what you “Like” on Facebook from now on and spread the word with family and friends.

Keep exploring this issue to check out the first website, watch castles made from humans and a magician made from wood, and learn to create a Pinterest secret board for "hush, hush" project planning.

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 Alliance Internet Team

 

Facebook Alert! – Spammers Make Money With "Like Farming"

Like I'm Farmng When scrolling through your Facebook News Feed, chances are you've seen pull-at-the-heartstrings photos with captions such as "Please help! If this 18-month-old girl gets 10,000 'Likes,' her heart transplant is free."

Without a second thought, you may "Like" the post as a quick and easy way to show you care. But unfortunately, doing so will only benefit spammers and accomplish nothing good, since the post is probably a fake and the photo stolen. What's going on here? It's called "Like Farming" and it works like this:
  • A person or group of people create a Facebook page or website with an appeal to "Like" something and shares it among their networks.

  • The people in the creators' networks like and share the page with their own networks, who in turn "Like" and share it. In this way, the post continues to spread.

  • Facebook's automated algorithms notice a lot of activity on the post, so they work even harder to make sure it's seen.

  • The more people see it, the more people "Like" it. And the more people "Like" it, the more people see it. Before long, the post goes viral by the sheer force of its own momentum.

  • The creators illegally sell the Facebook page to a business or advertiser for a hefty sum, and now the new owner can send spam to any user who has "Liked" it.
We urge you to be smart and selective about what you "Like" on Facebook so you don't support these underhanded "Like Farming" pages and put dollars in the pockets of spammers. If you've clicked on "Like" for something in the past and now regret it, you can "Unlike" it. Go to your Facebook profile, choose the "More" button, and choose "Likes" from the drop-down menu. Select the one you want to remove, click on the "Like" button that appears, and then select "Unlike" from the drop-down menu.

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Don't Let These Phone Failures Happen to You

Don't Let These Phone Failures Happen to You There are times when being able to make a call goes beyond convenience to become a safety issue. If you rely solely on a cell phone and don't have a landline in your home, you run the risk of experiencing phone failures like these:
  • Emergency 911 dispatchers can't locate you. Calls from cell phones are not part of the 911 database and can't always be pinpointed by dispatchers. If a child doesn't know the address or an adult is unable to speak, emergency help may not know where to go.
  • You can't find your cell phone. The time it takes to find a cell phone can feel like an eternity when time is critical.
By contrast, a landline phone connection provides address information during 911 calls and remains ready to use at all times.

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Summer Nights Done Right...

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Kabob Comb Makes
Food Removal Easier
 
A New Way To Display
Is Around the Corner
 
Punch Box Is A Fun
Piñata Alternative

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This Month's FAQ – What Did The First Website Look Like?

Question: I heard somebody mention that the World Wide Web is now 20 years old. I'm curious — what did the first website look like?

Answer: It certainly wasn't much to look at, especially compared with the websites of today. Here's a brief history: On April 30, 1993, a team at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) first made the technology underlying the World Wide Web available, royalty-free, to anyone who wanted to use it.

Their initial website was very basic — just a summary of the product including the development history, instructions for creating your own pages, and technical information about the World Wide Web. But this text-only website laid the groundwork for the estimated 630 million websites that followed in the subsequent 20 years.

Image of the first Website

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In July

Be Prepared For Tornadoes And Thunderstorms
emergency.cdc.gov – Being informed and prepared is the best way to stay safe during severe weather. Take a few minutes now to review the important information on this site. It covers what to do in the event of a tornado watch or warning, what supplies to have on hand, how to shut off utilities, and more.
Create A Customized City Guide For Your Next Trip
stay.com – Travel to this site when planning a vacation. You can choose from 120 cities and then create a customized city guide with a map to take with you. Check out hotel, restaurant, and sightseeing recommendations. Plus, sign in with Facebook and see friends who have been to that city.
Enjoy Yummy Treats For National Ice Cream Month
delish.com – July is National Ice Cream Month so it's the perfect excuse to indulge your sweet tooth with a few new ice cream desserts. The delicious recipe assortment here includes Watermelon Bliss, Orange Creamsicle Pie, Grilled Banana Splits, Apple Ginger Ice Cream, and Cheesecake on a Stick.
Pick Up Hot Ideas For A Sizzling Summer
marthastewart.com – You could call this "Summer Central" since it's where Martha Stewart has gathered all kinds of summer recipes, party ideas, crafts and projects, and family activities. From building sand castles to hosting outdoor gatherings, it's one great idea after another.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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Human Castles Built With Courage
In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest and most intricate human castles. Some are up to 10 layers high! Take a look at the astonishing strength, balance, and courage displayed by these performers.
  A Masterpiece Of Marionette Magic
Known as the "Puppeteer to the Stars," Scott Land created this marionette of comedy magician and actor, Carl Ballantine. In this charming video, the puppet performs a stylized version of Mr. Ballantine's original magic act, complete with a disappearing moustache.

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Short Tutorial – How To Make A Pinterest Secret Board

The Secret Board Download Graphics to View Most of the time, you're probably happy to share the great ideas you've pinned on Pinterest. But there are certain situations — such as surprise party planning or gift buying — when you might want to keep things under wraps. That's the time to create a Pinterest secret board.

When you add pins to secret boards, they won't show up anywhere. This means they won't appear in the categories, search results, your home feed, or your followers' feeds. Pinterest won't even alert another pinner if you repin their content.

There are two ways to make a Pinterest secret board. Simply log in to your account and follow one of the procedures below:
  • Scroll down to the bottom of your profile. You will notice that Pinterest automatically gives you three blank secret boards at the bottom of the page titled Create A Secret Board. These can only be seen by you (the board creator) and any contributors you choose to add. Just click on one and begin pinning.
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  • Go to the Add tab at the top right-hand corner of your page. Choose the option Create A Board and move the slider button to secret (red) in the settings.
NOTE: Pinterest limits you to three secret boards at any one time. If you're using a mobile device, you need to first download the most recent version of Pinterest for iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet. Then, go to your profile, click on the Boards tab, and scroll down until you see the option for Create a Secret Board.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
 
June 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Phishing Emails That Appear To Be From Major Banks

Lift Off With New Internet Speeds
Now Get Up To 100 Mbps!

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Does It Mean That Microsoft Is "Killing" Windows XP?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In June

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Block Third-Party Cookies From Your Browser


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Let's Hear it for Summer! Let's hear it for the easy, breezy days of summer! To help you enjoy the season to its fullest, this June issue shares ideas to enhance your patio parties as well as tips to avoid getting burned — by cybercriminals, that is. Don't miss our warning about phishing emails that claim to be from major national banks; you don't want to fall prey to these schemes and have money stolen from your account. You'll also learn what to do if you still use Windows XP and how to block third-party cookies from your browser.

On a lighter note, you'll find plenty of inspiration for all kinds of summer fun. Both the Pinterest and Sites of the Month sections feature resources to update what you serve at outdoor gatherings as well as how you decorate your outdoor living spaces. We bet you'll find at least a few recipes or projects to try in the coming months. And be sure to watch this month's videos for high chair laughter and football field tears.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Phishing Emails That Appear To Be From Major Banks

Phishing emails purporting to be from major national banks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America are on the rise, so please be extra vigilant when going through your inbox. These fraudulent emails may look remarkably like ones from your bank and contain alerts about frozen accounts or unusual activity – messages created to frighten you into clicking on a link in the email to correct the issue. Users who did click on such links have had money stolen from their bank accounts.

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Don't fall victim to these phishing scams. It's safest to never click on a link in an email that claims to be from your bank. If you get a message that looks even vaguely real, it's much better to open a browser window and type in the URL of your bank's home page and log in as normal.

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Lift Off With New Internet Speeds – Now Get Up To 100 Mbps!

New Internet Speeds

For more information on our New Internet Speeds, click here!

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Pin 1 Download Graphics to View
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Sizzling Cupcake Ideas For BBQ Parties

Wow! Smart Bathtub Cleans Itself And More

Plants To Keep Bugs From Bugging You

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This Month's FAQ – What Does It Mean That Microsoft Is "Killing" Windows XP?

Windows XP Question: I heard that Microsoft is "killing" Windows XP, which has me concerned since I still run it. What does all this mean exactly?

Answer: First of all, you're certainly not alone in your preference for the tried-and-true Windows XP. There are an estimated 500 million people around the world who still rely on Windows XP to perform their daily computing chores.

What's happening with Windows XP is this:

Support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 ends April 8, 2014. After that date, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after Microsoft's support ends may expose your computer to security risks.

Microsoft strongly recommends you get current with Windows and Office. For complete details including instructions for moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8, visit www.microsoft.com.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In June

Enter For A Chance To Win $20,085 From Gerber
facebook.com – Oh baby! Gerber is celebrating its 85th birthday and is giving away cash prizes for 85 days to mark the occasion. Visit this Facebook page today to "blow out" the candle on the Gerber birthday cake and enter for your chance to win the $585 daily prize and $20,085 grand prize.
How Long Will You Live?
media.nmfn.com – Granted, it's difficult to answer that question with absolute certainty. But statistically speaking, certain key factors can help estimate a person's lifespan. Answer the simple questions on this site's Lifespan Calculator and instantly find out how many birthdays you might end up celebrating.
Budget-Friendly Patio Design Ideas
houzz.com – If you're like many people, your patio becomes a hotspot for entertaining during the summer. To make it look great and function well, check out this photo collection of creatively designed patios. You'll find all kinds of outside ideas that will fit inside your budget.
Recipes for Summer Entertaining
tasteofhome.com – When you're planning a backyard party for family and friends, you'll find lots of recipes here you'll want to try. Get refreshed on hot days with a Watermelon Cooler or take advantage of your garden's bounty with Fresh Summer Salsa or Caprese Salad Kabobs.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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Baby Food Jar Leads to Laughter
Talk about doing double duty! This baby food jar not only provides lunch but laughter as well. Take a minute to enjoy this adorable baby's giggles in reaction to the mother playing peek-a-boo with the Gerber Baby image on the label.
Boy Scores Emotional Touchdown
You'll probably have one of those "goose bumps" moments when you watch this touching video. Jack Hoffman, a boy fighting brain cancer, got the chance to score a 69-yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game as the players assisted and the crowd roared.

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Short Tutorial – How To Block Third-Party Cookies From Your Browser

Block Third-Party CookiesIn the computer world, cookies are small files that carry information from one session on a site to another or between sessions on related sites. Some cookies are called third-party cookies because they come from a site other than the one you're visiting — often from an advertiser that buys Google Ads.

Advertisers buy space on many sites so they can use cookies to see your traffic habits and learn your likes or dislikes. All of this happens independently of the site you're actually visiting.

If this practice raises privacy concerns for you, you'll be pleased to know that each browser has a way to block third-party cookies:


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Click the wrench in the top-right corner and then "Internet Options." Go to the Privacy tab and click "Advanced." Check the box that says "Override automatic cookie handling" and then click Block under third-party cookies.

Firefox Icon Firefox
Click on Firefox on the menubar at the top left corner. Go to the Privacy tab and under History, select Use Custom Settings for History where it says "Firefox will." Then, uncheck "Accept third-party cookies."

Chrome Icon Chrome
Click the three-lined icon in the top right corner of the window. Click "show advanced settings" and then Content settings in the Privacy menu. Choose to block third-party cookies and site data.

Safari Icon Safari
Go to Preferences in the drop-down menu, click on the "Privacy" icon, and select "From third parties and advertisers" in the "Block cookies" section.

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Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



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May 2013
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Fake Antivirus Phone Scam Is Stealing Money And Identities

Rocket Speed
For All Your Gadgets

We Have The Recipe For A Sweet Mother's Day Gift

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
How Can I Tell If My Email Account Has Been Hacked?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In May

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Add Smileys To Your Facebook Comments


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Mothers Day For many of us, May is topped only by December in terms of special activities and celebrations. The school year is winding down, summer fun is gearing up, and you may have Mother's Day gatherings plus graduations, showers, and weddings to attend. Take a break from the action now to get informed about online threats and opportunities.

This May issue starts with an alert about an antivirus phone scam that's now making the rounds. Be sure your family, especially any older members who are fairly new to computers, are aware of this scam so they don't become victims. Speaking of family, check out the original gift ideas in the Pinterest section. And keep going to learn about hacked email accounts, enjoy amazing videos, visit cool websites, and find out how to add smileys to Facebook.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Fake Antivirus Phone Scam Is Stealing Money And Identities

Scam Alert Many online scams start with an email but you also need to be cautious when the phone rings. There have been an increased number of reports recently of phone scammers claiming to be from Microsoft, or an antivirus company, or some random tech support facility. These callers will claim their systems have detected viruses and/or malware on your computer and they can help you with a lifetime of guaranteed support for just a one-time payment of $100 or so.

The process typically goes like this:
  1. The scammers first want you to download a remote access service and grant them access to your PC.
  2. Next the scammers want you to buy and install antivirus software that's usually counterfeit or just a trial version that leaves you with non-functioning, useless protection. They may also recommend the latest Windows operating system, which is also likely to be counterfeit.
  3. Because the scammers were given unfettered access to your PC through the remote access service, they may install a backdoor Trojan — a malicious application that enables them to steal your passwords, use your system and Internet connection to send spam, and more.
If you receive a call from someone saying your PC has been compromised, just hang up the phone. Reputable companies will not make unsolicited calls about the health of your computer.

Microsoft recommends these do's and don'ts to help prevent becoming a victim:

DO
  • Be suspicious of unsolicited calls related to a security problem, even if the caller claims to represent a respected company.
  • Use up-to-date versions of operating system and application software.
  • Make sure security updates are installed regularly.
  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
  • Make sure your firewall is turned on and that antivirus software is installed and up to date.
DON'T
  • Provide personal information, such as credit card or bank details, to an unsolicited caller.
  • Go to a website, type anything into a computer, install software, or follow any other instruction from someone who calls out of the blue.

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Rocket Speed – For All Your Gadgets

Fast Internet

For more information about our new Internet speeds, click here!

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We Have The Recipe For A Sweet Mother's Day Gift

Sweet Mother's Day GIft What do you get when you take today's best TV programming, mix in blockbuster movies, add the convenience of HD/DVR service, and sprinkle it with love? You get a Mother's Day gift that has all the ingredients for fun and relaxation.

To give Mom upgraded TV services, call 605-594-3411 today.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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A Flowerpot That's Customized For Mom

Now You Can Browse On Curved Surfaces

Ombre Colors Create Unique Photo Collage

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? If so, click here.

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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Tell If My Email Account Has Been Hacked?

This Month's FAQ Question: A friend of mine recently mentioned that his email account had been hacked. How will I know if the same thing happens to me?

Answer: That's a great question to ask since this is a common problem. Here are the signs that your email or social network account has been hacked:
  • Friends, family members, or colleagues report getting a strange email from you, perhaps one that touts a shady-sounding business venture.

  • There are posts you never made on your social network page. These posts often encourage your friends to click on a link or download an app.

  • Your information was lost via a data breach, malware infection, or lost/stolen device.
If you believe your account has been compromised, change the password to that account and other key accounts as soon as possible. Create a unique password for each account. Your passwords should be long and use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Should you be denied access to your account because a hacker changed the password, visit the Web service's site immediately and follow the steps it has for recovering an account. For additional information or recommendations about online security in general, please contact us.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In May

Browse Through Billionaires' Backgrounds
bloomberg.com/billionaires – This fascinating interactive site gives you a look at the world's richest people including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and several members of the Walton family (of Wal-Mart fame). Get net worth summaries, find out about their prized possessions, and see how the rankings change over time.
Take A Virtual Tour Of The Smithsonian
mnh.si.edu/panoramas – The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History showcases amazing collections that give visitors a look at ancient life forms, rare gems, and a variety of other natural science specimens and artifacts. If you can't make it to Washington, D.C., take a virtual tour and roam around at your leisure.
Learn The Latest Sunscreen Guidelines
skincancer.org – While skin protection is an all-year issue, it becomes particularly critical during summer months when more skin is exposed. Before you shop for your next bottle of sunscreen, check out this site. It defines the acronyms (UVA, UVB, and SPF) and gives the new rules for sunscreen labels.
Don't Settle For Ho-Hum Hamburgers
allrecipes.com – May is National Hamburger Month so it's time to fire up the grill and celebrate. If you're hungry for some new ideas, look through this site's hamburger recipes that range from basic to gourmet. Be sure to watch the video on how to make a perfectly cooked hamburger.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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Dog Drinking Water ... Very Slowly
This footage from "Secret Life of Dogs" shows an Alsatian (or German Shepherd) dog drinking water in ultra slow motion. At times, its tongue looks more like a sea creature. Who knew that such an ordinary activity could look so extraordinary?
Food For Thought On 2,000 Calories
The average adult needs to consume about 2,000 calories daily to maintain his or her weight. But what does 2,000 actually look like? This video takes popular foods — including bagels, eggs, Big Macs, and pizza — and shows how much of each totals 2,000 calories.

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Short Tutorial – How To Add Smileys To Your Facebook Comments

Want to go a step beyond text-only emoticons such as :-) when you comment on a friend's Facebook post? As long as you know the "code," you can insert a cute and colorful smiley instead.

Simply type in the right characters, provided in the chart below, and they will change to the corresponding smiley when you post a comment. You'll note there are sometimes several different shortcuts listed for the same smiley; just take your pick.

Smileys Chart

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
April 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team

Join Us April 20th For Our Annual Meeting

Alliance Adds 3 New Channels

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Does The Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In April

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
Save Time By Learning Keyboard Shortcuts


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View In April, we get to enjoy the color and fragrance of the first spring blooms. Among the flowers, however, there are often weeds and this applies to the Internet as well. A case in point: Your inbox will be a mixture of welcome messages and unwelcome scams. We begin this issue by warning you about fake Facebook Security Team emails that try to get your personal information.

You'll also find a "bouquet" of other fun and useful resources here. Get inspired by this month's Pinterest selections. Learn what the software term "Easter Egg" means. Check out cool sites including one to search for unclaimed property and another to pick out a tree for your property. Enjoy two charming videos starring a soft-hearted couple and three hard-working farmers. Then take a minute to pick up some timesaving keyboard shortcuts.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team

Cybercriminals are using fake Facebook Security Team emails to trick unsuspecting users into visiting a malicious page and entering their usernames and passwords. Check out this sample email to see how the scam works:

Scam Sample


Recipients are told their Facebook account is about to be suspended due to a violation of the social network's Terms of Service. The message includes a bogus link that takes users to a phony third-party Facebook application that asks them to enter their Facebook account name, password, and other information. If entered and submitted, this information is automatically sent to the scammers and used to hijack the account.

Scammers use official sounding page names, applications, and links to make their schemes appear legitimate to unsuspecting users. If you have fallen for the trick, try to access your Facebook account. If you are able to do so, change your password immediately. In the event you have already been locked out, report the compromise and Facebook will help you regain control of your account.

For information about other Facebook scams and how to protect your privacy and security, visit http://facecrooks.com.

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Join Us April 20th For Our Annual Meeting

Carpe Diem

For more information on the Annual Meeting, click here! See you there!

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Alliance Adds 3 New Channels

Alliance Communications has three new channels to the channel lineup.

Major League Baseball Network
Digital channel 31 in the Elite Package and HD channel 331
MLB Network airs live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events.

E! HD
HD Channel 403
E! features entertainment-related programming, reality television and feature films. Top shows include Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Fashion Police, Chasing the Saturdays, Chelsea Lately, and The Soup. E! is also available on digital channel 103 in the Basic Choice package.

AMC HD
HD Channel 388
AMCprimarily airs movies along with original programming. AMC's most successful original series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels. AMC is also available on analog and digital channel 88 in the BasicChoice package.

Not an Alliance Cable TV customer? You should switch today. Alliance's packages give you more programming at a better price. Dial 611 from any phone with Alliance service, or call 605-594-3411.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Invite This Handy
Hedgehog To The Party

Sweet Cupcake Is
Spring In Full Bloom

Wrap Up Cute, Quick,
And Colorful Vases

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? If so, click here.

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This Month's FAQ – What Does The Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?

Question: I've heard the term "Easter Egg" applied to software. I'm familiar with the chocolate candy variety I saw in baskets last month, but not this kind. What is an Easter Egg?

Easter Eggs Answer: An Easter Egg is an undocumented function or inside joke hidden in software by its makers — secret "goodies" found by word of mouth or by accident. They are in no way destructive and are usually placed there simply for additional fun and credits. The term was coined by Atari after a secret message was left by software designer Warren Robinett in the video game Adventure. This practice is similar in some respects to hidden signature motifs such as Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameo appearances in his movies and the "Hidden Mickeys" throughout the various Disney Parks.

In computer software, Easter Eggs are secret results that occur in response to an undocumented set of commands. These results can vary from a simple printed message or image to a page of programmer credits or a small videogame hidden inside an otherwise serious piece of software. Videogame cheat codes are a specific type of Easter Egg, in which entering a secret command will unlock special powers or new levels for the player. Easter Eggs can also be found in movies, TV commercials, DVDs, and CDs.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In April

Play Virtual Keyboard
bgfl.org – Here's a way to add a musical note to your day — try your hand at playing this virtual keyboard. Choose piano, organ, saxophone, flute, pan pipes, strings, guitar, steel drums, or double bass. Who knew you could sound so good?
Find Money That Might Be Yours
unclaimed.org – Billions of dollars are waiting in unclaimed property programs and some of it could be yours. Do a search at this site from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and Council of State Governments.
A Tree-mendous Resource
arborday.org – Arbor Day is celebrated April 26 in the U.S. and it's a great time of year to pick out and plant trees. You'll find all the help you need to dig into tree projects at this Arbor Day Foundation site. It includes a tree guide, nursery, care tips, forums, and more.
Creative Cakes Plus Cool Cash
womansday.com – There are plenty of cake-worthy occasions in spring — from graduations to showers — so check out this sweet resource for celebratory cake recipes. While on the site, register to win $100,000 in the Goodbye Debt Sweepstakes.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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Heartwarming Surprise Puppy
This video captures the touching moment when a man surprises his girlfriend with a pug puppy to help console her after the loss of her 10-year-old beagle to a brain tumor. It's nonstop tears, hugs, and canine cuteness that will make you smile.
I'm Farming And I Grow It!
Who doesn't love a parody music video? This homegrown one was produced by the Peterson Farm Bros. and proudly spotlights the work of farmers. Since they "gotta feed everybody," they dance through crops, cattle, and combines.

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Short Tutorial – Save Time By Learning Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard ShortcutsIn today's fast-paced world, it seems we're all looking for ways to get more done in less time. One way to be more efficient while on the computer is by using keyboard shortcuts to do frequent tasks instead of moving the mouse and clicking icons.

To perform a keyboard shortcut, you press two, three, or sometimes four keyboard keys at the same time. If that sounds tricky, keep this in mind: You can press and hold the Control (CTRL) key first and then press the other key(s). If you're a Mac user, use the Command (CMD) key instead of the CTRL key for the keyboard shortcuts below.

Here are some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts:

CTRL+S (Save)
The first rule of computer use is to save your work often. You never know when the program you're using, or your entire computer, is going to crash. It's a good idea to use this shortcut after every few sentences you write.

CTRL+Z (Undo)
This shortcut lets you undo a mistake very quickly. Pressing CTRL+Z several times will often undo the last several changes.

CTRL+C (Copy)
CTRL+V (Paste)

If you do a lot of copying and pasting of text, these keyboard shortcuts will really save you time. Just use the mouse to select what you want to copy, press CTRL+C, click the mouse where you want to paste, and press CTRL+V.

There are hundreds of other keyboard shortcuts and, depending on your computer habits, you may want to learn more of them. For complete information, visit this site for Windows or this site for Mac.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
March 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Fraud Alert
Tax-Related Identity Theft Is On The Rise

It's Your Lucky Day
Switch To Ultimate Triple Play for FREE!

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Can I Do To Protect The Privacy Of My Search History?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In March

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
What To Do If You Think Your Computer Has Malware


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View If the month of March had its own color, it would be green. Between the green shamrocks of St. Patrick's Day and the first green buds on trees, March is all about nature's favorite hue. In this issue, you'll find online resources for festive green cupcakes in the Pinterest section as well as tips for eating more green vegetables in Sites of the Month.

This issue also includes a warning about tax-related email scams and how to prevent becoming a victim. You don't want someone stealing your identity — or your tax refund. Check out this month's FAQ for guidance on protecting the privacy of your Google search history. In the Short Tutorial, learn what to do if you think your computer has been infected with malware. And just for fun, we give you the green light to relax and watch the surprising videos in Two to View.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Fraud Alert – Tax-Related Identity Theft Is On The Rise

 

Download Graphics to View The numbers are staggering. According to Congress' Government Accountability Office, the IRS detected 642,000 cases of identity theft in the first nine months of 2012, up from 242,000 in all of 2011. Nearly 16,000 taxpayers complained of problems related to identity theft to the Taxpayer Advocate in the first half of fiscal 2012, a 57 percent increase over the previous year.

Identity thieves use a taxpayer's identity, stolen by phishing emails or other methods, to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. The legitimate taxpayer may be unaware that anything has happened until they file their return later in the filing season and discover two returns have been filed using the same Social Security number.

What can you do to avoid becoming a target? First, beware of emails that appear to be from the IRS. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media tools to request personal or financial information. The IRS also does not send emails stating you are being electronically audited or that you are getting a refund. If you receive this type of email, you can assume it is fake. Ignore it or, better yet, forward it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Visit www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection for more details.

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St. Patrick's Day Special

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

 

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This Month's FAQ – What Can I Do To Protect The Privacy Of My Search History?

 

Question: I use Google for most of my searches and am concerned about privacy. What can I do to protect the privacy of my search history?

Download Graphics to View Answer: We understand your concern. The amount of information Google collects and what it does with your information makes many people uncomfortable. Google records all the search terms you enter and your search history can reveal a great deal about your hobbies, age, health problems, religion, and so on. Google uses this data to improve and customize your searches, as well as to serve you targeted ads.

Google does allow you to clear your Google Web History and turn off personalization to prevent Google from storing your search history in the future. The process is fairly easy and you'll find the steps to do so by clicking here.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In March

 

Movie Site Is A Big Hit
www.fandango.com – Watch HD movie trailers and read reviews to decide what to see this weekend. Then check movie times and buy your tickets. You can also read detailed information about upcoming films to plan future movie nights.
You Won't Believe Your Eyes
www.thisiscolossal.com – Take a visual vacation at this site that explores art, design, and photography. It features a collection of incredibly unique images including ice-laden trees, rainbows of tulip fields, and "architect gone mad" buildings.
Eat More Green Vegetables
www.thekitchn.com – Thanks to St. Patrick's Day, March is the month that celebrates green. Of course, green vegetables are always a healthy choice and this site shares easy ways to eat more of them each day.
Take A Trip To Mars
www.nasa.gov – March was named for the Roman God "Mars" so it's an appropriate month to check out the Mars Mission. No spaceship is required. Simply visit this NASA site to see the latest news, images, and videos.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Surprise Light Show at Grand Central
On the night of Grand Central Terminal's 100th Birthday, commuters and tourists were treated to this surprise performance using LED flashlights and camera flashes. It spanned three floors of windows and created a spectacular show of light.
9-Year-Old's Ping Pong Ball Shots
If you're someone who struggles to throw a paper wad into a trashcan, you'll be impressed by this kid. He manages to skillfully bounce and throw a ping pong ball into a drinking glass from multiple starting points. We're told he's started basketball this year!

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Short Tutorial – What To Do If You Think Your Computer Has Malware

 

Download Graphics to View Malware is short for "malicious software." It includes viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer without your consent. These programs can cause your device to crash and can be used to monitor and control your online activity. Criminals use malware to steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud.

Your computer may be infected with malware if it:
  • Slows down, malfunctions, or displays repeated error messages.
  • Won't shut down or restart.
  • Serves up a barrage of pop-up ads.
  • Displays webpages you didn't intend to visit or sends emails you didn't write.
  • Displays new and unexpected toolbars or icons.
If you suspect there is malware on your computer, take these steps:
  1. Stop shopping, banking, and doing other online activities that involve user names, passwords, or other sensitive information.

  2. Update your security software, and then run it to scan your computer for viruses and spyware. Delete anything it identifies as a problem. You may have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

  3. If your computer is covered by a warranty that offers free tech support, contact the manufacturer. Before you call, write down the model and serial number of your computer, the name of any software you've installed, and a short description of the problem.

  4. If steps 3 and 4 have not fixed the problem, you need to seek assistance from a local computer repair technician. Your Internet service provider may offer this service or be able to make a recommendation to you.

  5. Once your computer is back up and running, think about how malware could have been downloaded to your machine, and what you could do differently to avoid it in the future. Again, check with your Internet service provider for suggestions on computer security solutions.

  6. If your security software or operating system was out-of-date, download the newest version and set it to update automatically. Be sure to change any online passwords that you used while your computer was infected.
If you think your computer has malware, the Federal Trade Commission wants to know. You can file a complaint at www.ftc.gov/complaint.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

February 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Ransomware Threat Demands PC Users Pay Or Else

You'll Love This Sweet Deal On TV, Internet, And Phone

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
In The World Of Computers, What's A Supercookie?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In February

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Edit Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

February There's a lot to love about February. It's the month of Valentine's Day with all those heart-filled expressions of affection. We hope you get to share some sweet moments with loved ones; for a little celebration inspiration, check out the Pinterest section below.

Also in this issue, there's a ransomware warning. You'll learn how to avoid being ripped off by this online extortion as well as what to do if your computer has already been locked up by the virus. There's more learning in store in the FAQ and tutorial sections, where we teach you about supercookies and give you the steps for editing a Facebook timeline cover photo. Be sure to also watch this month's "just for fun" videos and browse through the featured websites for valuable content.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Ransomware Threat Demands PC Users Pay Or Else

Ransomware Threat Download Graphics to ViewA threat previously seen mostly in Eastern Europe has recently hit the United States. Known as ransomware, the scheme is essentially online extortion that involves infecting a user's computer with a virus that locks it. Users are told that the only way to get their machines back is to pay a steep fee — usually a few hundred dollars.

Security researchers estimate that about three percent of compromised computer owners fall for the scheme and pay. Why? They act impulsively due to fear and panic. These cybercriminals flash messages claiming to be from local law enforcement agencies accusing users of visiting illegal pornography, gambling, or piracy sites. Users may also be told that if they attempt to unlock the computer on their own, it will lead to the deletion of all files, videos, photos, and documents.

Victims' computers most often become infected with ransomware after people visit compromised websites that download the program to their machines without so much as a click. Security experts warn to NEVER PAY THE RANSOM; you'll lose your money and probably get nothing in return. If you do fall prey to ransomware, a number of legitimate security vendors offer solutions for unlocking machines. Talk to a local computer technician you trust for more information.

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You'll Love This Sweet Deal On TV, Internet, And Phone

Switch to Triple Play for FREE

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we're offering a sweet deal on our most popular bundle of digital cable with HD channels, DVR, high speed Internet, local phone and unlimited long distance.

Enjoy them all for the deliciously low price of just $99.95 per month — much less than buying them separately.

To order your bundle, and make the switch for FREE, call 605-594-3411 today.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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This Month's FAQ – In The World Of Computers, What's A Supercookie?

Question: I'm familiar with the kind of cookie that tracks user preferences and browsing histories. But what's a supercookie?

What's A Supercookie? Answer: Yes, there are many more kinds of cookies these days than chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin. As you correctly stated, a regular cookie is a bit of text stored on your browser that tracks user preferences and browsing histories. Cookies enable websites to "remember" information about you such as your name, preferences, and shopping basket contents.

Recently, some major online properties have been identified as using supercookies, also known as "Flash cookies" and "zombie cookies." Supercookies serve the same basic purpose as regular cookies but are stored in different locations on a user's machine — for example, in a file used by a plug-in such as Flash. This makes them harder to find and delete, especially since a browser's built-in cookie detection process won't remove them. Furthermore, some supercookies have additional capabilities, like regenerating regular cookies to prevent their removal by the user.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In February

Go Red For Women
www.goredforwomen.org – February is American Heart Month and 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women program. Check out this site to learn about heart disease, know the risk factors, and get heart-healthy recipes.
Learn From The Best
www.ted.com – TED originally stood for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but has since broadened its scope. It features riveting talks by remarkable people (some now famous and others who may be famous someday). You're sure to gain information and motivation.
Quirky Consumer Content
consumerist.com – When consumers and companies interact, strange and sometimes funny things can happen — like the Nebraska man who drove all the way into a pizzeria and then calmly ordered a pizza. If you're looking for fun fodder for conversation, look here.
Discounts Are Housed In This Cabin
www.couponcabin.com – You'll find a comprehensive collection of coupon codes, printable coupons, freebies, and other great deals at this bargain-lovers site. Whatever you're getting ready to buy, it's worth stopping here first to see what you might be able to save.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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Precious Polar Bears At Play
A couple of curious and energetic youngsters explore the outdoors while their concerned mother keeps her watchful eye on them. You'll be able to relate to the family dynamics in this adorable polar bear video.
Inside a McDonald's Photo Shoot
Ever wondered why the burger in a McDonald's ad looks different from the one you're eating for lunch? It's because the photographed burger has been primped for the camera by food stylists, as shown in this behind-the-scenes look.

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Short Tutorial – How To Edit Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo

On your Facebook timeline, your small profile picture is the picture that friends see next to your name everywhere on Facebook. Your cover photo, by contrast, is the large horizontal image at the top that offers an opportunity for you to feature an image that represents who you are or what you care about. For example, you might use a cover photo of a ski slope if you're a skier.
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To keep your timeline fresh and interesting, it's a good idea to replace your cover photo regularly. Here's how to do it:
  1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to your timeline.

  2. Hover over your cover photo.

  3. Click "Change Cover" at the bottom-right of your cover photo.

  4. Pick one of the options from the pop-up menu. "Choose from Photos" lets you pick a photo from Facebook, and "Upload Photo" lets you select a photo stored on your hard drive. You also have the option to Reposition or Remove your cover photo.

  5. Make your photo selections and save your changes.
The best Facebook cover photos tend to be original images that you took or created yourself. But if you'd rather get some help, a wide selection of Facebook cover template images are available online at stock photo sites.

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Thanks for your business!

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Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
January 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Phishing Scams Target Amazon Shoppers

What's Everyone Watching?
Find Out With The What's Hot App!

During Severe Weather Emergencies, Landlines Can Be Lifelines

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
How Much Time Does The Average American Spend On Facebook?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In January

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail Username


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View Happy New Year to you! January is the month for setting goals, and we hope this issue will inspire you to acquire new knowledge and try new experiences in 2013.

First you'll find an alert about recent phishing scams that use the Amazon name.We urge you to stay vigilant about online security threats this year; keep your antivirus software updated and apply operating system and software updates as they're released. Looking for new resources for cooking, decorating, learning, and shopping? Take a peek at the featured Pinterest pins and sites of the month. And be sure to check out the fascinating facts about social media usage and the handy tips on generating a Gmail username.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Phishing Scams Target Amazon Shoppers

Be on the lookout for the latest phishing email that appears to be from Amazon.com but is not. Its message confirms the processed order of an HD TV or other item but shows that it is being shipped to an incorrect address. The phisher wants you to see the wrong address and click on one of the links in the email such as "Your Order" or "Merchant Contact Form" to get the problem corrected. Doing so could expose your computer to malicious viruses that capture passwords and private information. Or you could be tricked into entering your Amazon account number or login information.
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This is just one of many phishing scams that use the Amazon name. In general, keep in mind that Amazon will never send an unsolicited email that has an attachment or one that asks you to reply with personal information. If you shop at Amazon and need to verify an order, go to Amazon.com and check "Your Account."

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What's Everyone Watching? – Find Out With The What's Hot App!

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For more information on the What's Hot App, click here!

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During Severe Weather Emergencies, Landlines Can Be Lifelines

WInter Storm Image Alliance Communications wants to make sure your family is able to maintain phone communications during severe weather. Please remember that VoIP and wireless services can fail to perform as needed during power outages.

Landline connections are still far superior for emergency needs, and we strongly encourage you to stay with, or return to, landline phone service for safety and reliability.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Branch Out In Your Winter Decor

Measure The Perfect Amount Of Pasta

Out Of The Oven And Into Your Mouth

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? If so, click here.

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This Month's FAQ – How Much Time Does The Average American Spend On Facebook?

Download Graphics to ViewQuestion: I'm curious how my use of social media compares with others. For example, how much time does the average American spend on Facebook per month?

Answer: Let's start with the big picture. According to research posted in Morrison Foerster's Socially Aware blog, use of social media has more than doubled in the last several years. While only 24 percent of all online Americans had at least one social-media profile in 2008, 56 percent of them do now. To answer your question, the average Facebook user in America spends almost seven hours per month on the site. That's well ahead of Tumblr and Pinterest, which tie for second place with 1.5 hours per month. By contrast, the average American visitor to Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ spends less than half an hour on these sites per month.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In January

Looking Back At Lincoln
www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org – If Steven Spielberg's new movie Lincoln has sparked your interest in the 16th President, check out this site from the Lincoln Institute. It features fascinating details about Lincoln's years in the White House as well as photos and sketches.
A Healthy Dose Of Information
www.everydayhealth.com – Are you resolving to adopt healthier habits in 2013? You'll find plenty of resources at this site including information on common health conditions and topics, a symptom checker, tips on food and fitness, HealthTalk Live Chats, and educational videos.
College Classes For Free
www.coursera.org – Here's an opportunity to pick up invaluable knowledge without paying tuition. Instructors from Princeton, Duke, Caltech, and 13 other schools conduct free online classes on everything from math to music, complete with video lectures, quizzes, and homework.
Custom-Tailored Fashion Bargains
www.shopittome.com – Shopping for clothes just got easier. Simply tell this site what size you wear for various garments and select your preferred designers and brands. You'll get regular emails with a custom-tailored list of fashion bargains that will save you 40-70 percent.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss


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You probably think of online passwords as serious security precautions. But have you ever thought of them as funny? You will after watching Don Friesen's comedy routine about trying to create and remember passwords. Cute! Cute! Take a minute to enjoy this video of adorable twin babies sitting side by side in high chairs. When their father starts playing the guitar, the girls immediately "dance" to the music while grinning and giggling at each other.

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Short Tutorial – How To Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail Username

Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail Username Let's say you've decided to open a Gmail account but the username you want is unavailable. Why does this happen? Gmail lists a username as unavailable if:
  • The username or a very similar variation is already in use.
  • The username was in use but the address has been deleted.
  • The username was reserved to prevent spam or abuse.
Don't be discouraged. Follow these suggestions to help you generate a Gmail username that works for you:
  1. Think beyond "first name dot last name."
    If you have a common name, try using your initials, middle name, or a nickname. Some people even use creative amalgamations of their names. For example, Brandon Anderson becomes Branderson@gmail.com.

  2. Incorporate your personality or profession.
    Come up with a list of adjectives that describe you and find a way to incorporate one or two of them into your username. You may also want to consider making reference to your profession with a user name such as educator.edward@gmail.com. Whatever you do, don't make your username complicated or hard to remember.

  3. Avoid throwaway numbers.
    Using a generic name with a number makes you look generic (and a bit like a spammer). So please don't use usernames along the lines of bobsmith15@gmail.com.

  4. Check to see if it's available everywhere.
    Whatever username you choose for Gmail, it would be great to keep it consistent through the various social media channels. Before you make that final naming decision, you may want to enter the name at www.knowem.com to see if you can claim it on all the sites you use.

  5. Register your own domain.
    Another option for getting the Gmail username you want is to register your own domain and use Google Apps instead. Google Apps for Domains offers all the functionality of a standard Google account (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Google+, etc.), but it's mapped to a custom website. It costs about $10 to register your own domain and then set up Gmail as your email client. This way, you can get a cool email address like Jane@JaneDoe.com.
Remember, your username is a big part of your identity on the Web. Take the time to choose it carefully.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
December 2012
December 2012 Newsletter
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Don't Let Scammers Spoil Your Holiday Season

$1,000 Scholarships For High School Seniors

Have A Happy And Healthy Holiday Season

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Does GIF Mean And How Is It Supposed To Be Pronounced?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In December

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View Do the holidays have you in a daze? With so much going on in December, it's easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. We urge you to take a deep breath and keep your focus on what's truly important to you. Hopefully, we can help by equipping you with valuable online resources.

In this December issue, you'll find a warning about common holiday scams plus instructions on how to keep your Facebook account secure. Be sure to review this important information. Just for fun, we share cool pins from Pinterest to inspire wrapping, baking, and gift giving plus handy sites about holiday decorating, tipping, and more. You also don't want to miss this month's amazing videos, including one on how the Internet works.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Don't Let Scammers Spoil Your Holiday Season

Don't Let Scammers Spoil Your Holiday Season The holidays should be a happy time filled with food, family, and friendship. Unfortunately, they're also a big season for fraud. The Better Business Bureau is warning holiday shoppers and donors to look out for these common scams:

Disreputable shopping sites
Be suspicious of sites offering electronics, popular toys, or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true. Every year holiday shoppers pay for a supposedly great deal online but receive nothing in return. Always look for the BBB seal when shopping online and click on the seal to confirm it is legitimate. When purchasing items on auction sites, research the seller extensively and listen to your doubts if the deal doesn't sound legit.

Bogus charitable pleas
People tend to be more generous during the holidays, which creates a great opportunity for scammers to solicit donations to line their own pockets. Always research a charity before making a donation, particularly when receiving an online plea.

Phishing emails
Common phishing emails around the holidays include e-cards and messages pretending to be from companies like UPS or FedEx with links to package tracking information. Don't click on any links or open any attachments to emails coming from a questionable source. Keep in mind that typos and grammatical mistakes are common red flags of a phishing email. Also, make sure you have current antivirus software and that all security patches have been installed on the computer.

For more advice on being a savvy consumer this holiday season, visit www.bbb.org/us/consumer-tips-holiday.

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$1,000 Scholarships For High School Seniors

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Have A Happy And Healthy Holiday Season

Holiday Image We hope your holiday season is filled with wonderful moments, and we wish you the very best in 2013. Please note that our office will be closed on the following days to allow our employees time to celebrate the holiday season:

Christmas Hours
  • Open Monday, December 24,
    8 a.m. to noon
  • Closed Tuesday, December 25
New Year's Hours
  • Open Monday, December 31,
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Closed Tuesday, January 1
You can still receive tech support by dialing 611 from any phone with Alliance service, or call 605-594-3411.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Tape + Straws = Festive Gift Wrap

The Forecast Is For Icy Cupcakes

Wear A Ring To Be Awakened

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? If so, click here.

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This Month's FAQ – What Does GIF Mean And How Is It Supposed To Be Pronounced?

What Does GIF Mean? Question: What does GIF mean and how is it supposed to be pronounced?

Answer: GIF is an acronym that stands for "graphic interchange format," which is a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, jerky, looping animations. The word, traditionally used as a noun, is a longstanding part of Internet meme culture and has been in use for 25 years. However, Oxford American Dictionary claims that 2012 was the first year GIF went from merely being a noun to also being used as a verb. GIF was named the Oxford Dictionaries US Word of the Year for 2012.

GIF may be pronounced with either a soft "g" (as in giant) or a hard "g" (as in graphic). The programmers who developed the format preferred the soft "g." As the story goes, they wanted to pay homage to the commercial tagline of the peanut butter brand Jiff and supposedly quipped, "Choosy developers choose GIF." However, the pronunciation with a hard "g" is now very widespread and readily understood.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In December

Go-To Holiday Guide
www.countryliving.com – Other than perhaps the North Pole, you'd be hard pressed to find a more bountiful place for all things holiday. You'll find ideas for homemade gifts, clever gift wrapping, low-cost holiday decorating, festive desserts, and more.
Tips on Tipping
www.emilypost.com – The holiday season can create confusion with respect to tipping. How much should you give? And who should be on your list? Emily Post comes to the rescue with guidelines on tipping as well as gift giving.
Discover Your Next Destination
www.triptuner.com – This is a fun and unique way to figure out where to go on vacation. Move the six sliders to indicate where you fall on various scales, such as Urban/Lively to Remote/Quiet. Your responses will instantly generate a list of destination suggestions.
Library Of Free eBooks
www.openlibrary.org – Calling all bookworms! Check out this lending library featuring over 1,000,000 free eBook titles. Simply create your digital library account, then search by subject or author. You can also browse the "Return Cart" of recently returned books.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

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How Does The Internet Work?
This video takes you deep beneath the surface of the most basic Internet transaction. Follow a packet of data as it flows from your fingertips; goes through circuits, wires, and cables; moves to a host server; and then travels back again—all in less than a second!
Rain And Thunder On Stage
At first glance, this looks like a typical choir. But instead of using their voices to sing, they use their hands to create the sounds of rain and thunder. It's so amazingly realistic, you may feel like you should grab an umbrella to stay dry!

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Short Tutorial – How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure

It happens all the time. A Facebook users tries to log in to his/her Facebook account and the password no longer works. This often means a hacker managed to get access to the account and change the password. To reduce the chances of this happening to you, Facebook recommends taking security precautions:
    Keep Your Facebook Account Secure
  • Think before you click. Never click on suspicious links—even if they appear to come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) and links sent in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam by accident, that link might be sent to all of their Facebook friends. Remember to never re-enter your Facebook password or download something (ex: an .exe file) if you aren't sure what it is. If you're asked to re-enter your password on Facebook (ex: you're making changes to your account settings), check to make sure the address of the page still has facebook.com/ in the URL.

  • If you don't know what it is, don't paste it into your Internet address bar. Pasting unfamiliar text into your address bar could result in events and pages being created from your account or other "spammy" actions.

  • Pick a unique, strong password. Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers, and punctuation marks; don't use words that can be found in the dictionary. When in doubt, change your password. You can reset your password by going to your Account Settings page, which is located in the Account dropdown menu at the top of every Facebook page.

  • Never give out your username or password. Never share your login credentials (ex: email address and password) for any reason. Individuals, pages, or groups that ask for your login information in exchange for discounted goods (ex: free poker chips) shouldn't be trusted. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and are in violation of Facebook's Payment Terms.
Click here for additional information about keeping your Facebook account secure.

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Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

November 2012
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter And Facebook

Get More From Your HDTV. Get HD Channels!

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours

Go Pinterest-ing!
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

Short Tutorial
How To Compress Large Files


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Holiday Season is Kicking into Gear 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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter And Facebook

Pinterest Alert

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.

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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.

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Get More From Your HDTV. Get HD Channels!

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Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours

Thanksgiving Image Thanksgiving is the ideal time to express appreciation for the people we cherish. The staff and board of Alliance Communications hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration surrounded by family and friends. We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a loyal customer; by choosing us as your communications provider, you help strengthen our local economy.

As a reminder, our office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Martha Stewart's Perfect Roast Turkey

Tennis Ball as
Light Bulb Remover

Autumn Leaves Garland

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? If so, click here.

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This Month's FAQ – What's The Difference Between Lifecasting And Lifestreaming?

Question: What's the difference between lifecasting and lifestreaming?

Lifecasting 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.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In November

Denture Your Dog
www.pedigree.com – Check this site out for guaranteed grins. Simply upload a photo of your dog and add your choice of teeth, costume, background, and text-to-speech message. Then share your crazy canine creation on Facebook or another popular site.
Real-Time Social Media Search
socialmention.com – What are people online saying—right this minute—about the topics you're interested in? Find out by entering a topic and getting real-time results from blogs, social media networks, and more. You can also sign up for free Social Media Alerts via email.
Gallery of Google Doodles
www.google.com – Google recently celebrated its 14th birthday, making it a good time to look back and enjoy the site's famous Doodles. You can browse through its extensive Doodles collection here, learn about the program, and even buy merchandise.
Christmas Cookie Collection
www.tasteofhome.com – Find recipes here for every type of Christmas cookie, from elaborately decorated cut outs to the quick-and-easy drop variety. Each recipe has a color photo plus reviews and ratings to help you plan your holiday baking. It's one sweet resource!
New Uses For Old Things
www.realsimple.com – Recycling isn't just about plastic jugs and aluminum cans. You can also find new uses for items sitting around your house, known as repurposing. This site features favorite repurposing ideas, like using an old matchbox to store needles and thread for a sewing kit.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Shake It Up
This fun and educational video shows how different animals quickly shake themselves dry. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology studied 16 soggy species including mice, dogs, tigers, and bears. Boy, can they move!
Home Movies at Disneyland
Shot in 1956, one year after Disneyland opened, this home movie beautifully captures the California theme park's early days. Posted by Jeff Altman, it was shot by his grandfather and includes footage of his grandmother meeting Walt Disney.

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Short Tutorial – How To Compress Large Files

Download Graphics to View 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:

Windows
  1. Put all the files you would like to compress in a folder. To create a new folder, right-click on the screen and scroll down to "New," and then to "Folder." Type in the name of the folder in the space where the text is highlighted.

  2. Click and drag the files you want to compress into the new folder.

  3. Right-click on the folder, select "Send To," and then click on "Compressed (zipped) Folder." A dialog box will appear that shows you the progress of the compressing files. Wait as the files are compressed.

  4. Attach the compressed folder with the extension .zip to your email.
Mac OS
  1. Move the files you would like to compress into a folder. To create a new folder, open a Finder window, select the File menu, and click on "New Folder." Type a name for the folder in the space underneath the folder icon where the text is highlighted.

  2. Click and drag the files you want to compress into the new folder.

  3. Right-click on the folder and select "Create Archive." Wait as the files are compressed. You will see a dialog box indicating the progress of the action.

  4. Attach the compressed file with the extension .zip to your email.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
October 2012
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Don't Fall For Free Gift Card Scams

Get More From Your HDTV
Get HD Channels!

Smartphones And Your Home Wi-Fi Network

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
How Do I Make Sure My Firewall Is On?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October

Short Tutorial
Tips For Successfully Uploading A Video On YouTube


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Spider Man Halloween brings all kinds of costumed characters to our front doors. And while guessing which child is behind each mask is fun, trying to identify scammers dressed up as credible organizations can be challenging. To help you, this October issue begins with a warning about gift card scams masquerading as free offers from major retailers.

Speaking of costumes, the Great Sites list includes one with lots of easy-to-make costume ideas for Halloween. You'll also want to check out the sites for resources on fall recipes, credit management, and more. Take a minute to learn about firewalls and make sure yours is turned on, and review the tips we've shared about uploading videos to YouTube. Don't miss this month's videos featuring a joyful flash mob and a wheelchair-bound ocean explorer.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Alert – Don't Fall For Free Gift Card Scams

The Better Business Bureau is the latest established brand to be used by scammers to promote fake gift cards online. (Others have included Wal-Mart, Target, Starbucks, and Best Buy.) As tempting as these offers appear, especially with the holiday shopping season approaching, don't bother trying to redeem them. They're just tricks to collect consumer data; you won't receive the free gift card promised. Gift Card Scam

It works like this: The recipient receives an email, claiming to be from the established brand, stating that he/she has been issued a gift card worth a certain dollar amount. To receive this gift card free of charge, the recipient is told to immediately go to a website and provide information such as age, street address, email address, and phone number. Don't fall for it. You would be giving out personal information and receiving nothing but more spam in return.

In addition, experts warn that used, counterfeit, and fraudulent gift cards are frequently being sold on auction websites. For this reason, don't buy gift cards from auction websites; it's not worth the risk of ending up with a worthless piece of plastic. Only buy gift card directly from the store or from a secure retailer's website.

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Get More From Your HDTV – Get HD Channels!

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Smartphones And Your Home Wi-Fi Network

Smartphone Image Do you and your family members have smartphones? Is your home set up with a Wi-Fi network? If the answer is "yes" to both questions, we have a suggestion for you. When using your smartphone at home, you may want to access the Internet via your Wi-Fi network rather than use the national wireless network of your smartphone provider.

This strategy has a couple of advantages. A home Wi-Fi network typically offers a faster Internet connection than many national wireless networks. It can also save you money, especially if you don't have an unlimited data plan, by eliminating the need to use your smartphone's data plan while at home. Check with your wireless phone provider to verify the details.

Is your home not yet a hot spot? Alliance Communications can help you enjoy the convenience of a home Wi-Fi network with a wireless router for use with our high speed Internet service. For more information, call 605-594-3411.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Flash Mob Brings Joy To Many
Oh, the joy of it all! To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell (a bank in Sabadell, Spain), this flash mob of 100 professional musicians and singers performed "Ode to Joy" to the delight of the surprised crowd.
Wheelchair Goes Underwater
Wheelchair-bound since 1996, Sue Austin got help from dive experts to modify her wheelchair so she could explore the wonders of the ocean while seated. This dream-like video shows Austin piloting through the water past colorful ocean life.

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This Month's FAQ – How Do I Make Sure My Firewall Is On?

Is My Firewall On? Question: When reading about computer security, I often see the advice to "make sure your firewall is on." What exactly is a firewall and how do I make sure mine is on?

Answer: A firewall is the primary method for keeping a computer secure from intruders. It allows or blocks traffic into and out of a private network or the user's computer. A personal firewall typically comes with, or is installed in, computers.

To check the status of your firewall and turn it on if needed, follow these steps:

For Windows
  1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the "Start" button, clicking "Control Panel," clicking "Security," and then clicking "Windows Firewall."

  2. Click "Turn Windows Firewall on or off." If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Click "On," and then click "OK."
If you want the firewall to block everything, including the programs selected on the Exceptions tab, select the "Block all incoming connections" check box.

For Mac OS X 10.6 and later
  1. From the Apple menu, select "System Preferences..." When the System Preferences window appears, from the View menu, select "Security & Privacy" (10.7 and later) or "Security" (10.6).

  2. Click the "Firewall" tab.

  3. If the orange padlock icon in the lower-left side of the window is closed, click it, and then authenticate with your Mac's administrator username and password. This will allow you to make changes.

  4. Click "Turn On Firewall" (10.7 and later) or "Start" (10.6) to enable the firewall.

  5. To configure the firewall, click "Firewall Options..."(10.7 and later) or "Advanced..." (10.6). In the sheet that appears, choose from the following options:

    • For the strictest setting, check "Block all incoming connections."
    • Check "Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections" to allow digitally signed applications access to your network without prompting.
    • Click "Enable stealth mode" to have your computer ignore pings and similar software that attempts to discover your computer.
    • Use the plus and minus buttons to add and remove applications from the firewall. When added, you can either allow or block traffic to them.

  6. Click "OK" to save your settings.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In October

Boo-tiful Halloween Costumes
spoonful.com – If you need some "scary good" ideas for Halloween costumes, check out this resource. From Rapunzel to a Washing Machine, you're sure to find a costume that fits your child's personality (and your crafting abilities). There are even last-minute outfits that can be thrown together fast.
Fall Recipes You'll Fall For
simplyrecipes.com – The leaves are changing and so should your recipes in order to take advantage of foods that celebrate the fall season. Browse through this recipe collection for dishes including Apple Cranberry Pie, Butternut Squash Risotto, and Spicy Pumpkin Soup.
Free Credit Score And More
www.creditkarma.com – Credit Karma provides truly free credit scores to consumers, along with related tools. Learn how you measure up to national averages and get advice on how to raise your credit score. You can also access offers that could save you money on your credit cards, auto loan, and more.
Yesterday's Technology
retronaut.co – This site's slogan is, "The past is a foreign country. This is your passport." Take a trip back in time to see technological tidbits such as a 1949 radio hat, a 1984 Macintosh computer ad, and a 1969 film predicting what telecommunications would be like in the 1990s.

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Short Tutorial – Tips For Successfully Uploading A Video On YouTube

Perhaps you're now a pro at uploading photos on Facebook but haven't yet ventured into the realm of posting videos on YouTube. It's pretty easy to do and well worth the effort. After all, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving video must be worth at least a million. So capture those precious moments at the next family gathering and then review the basic tips below. You can get more detailed instructions on uploading by clicking here: Download Graphics to View
  • Use a modern browser. Users with the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer with Silverlight have the most success.

  • Use a supported file format. Only video files are accepted, while audio and image files must be converted to video. Do not upload files types such as .WOB, .IFO and .BUP, which are not actual video files.

  • Do not use HTML tags, special characters, or excessive text in the video title or any of the other fields.

  • Upload videos in their original resolution. Videos should be uploaded at the highest resolution available. Videos uploaded with a 16:9 aspect ratio will fit the player perfectly. Most 4:3 resolutions are supported, but the video will be pillarboxed in order to fit the player.

  • Upload videos in original quality whenever possible. If you do not need to edit your video, simply upload the unaltered original recording for optimal quality.

  • Upload videos with identical Audio/Video durations. Audio and Video tracks should begin and end at exactly the same time.

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September 2012
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Travel Alert
Take Security Precautions When Using Hotel Internet Connections

FREE Installation
Cable TV, Internet or Phone Service

Know What's Below
Call 811 Before You Dig

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
What Should I Do If I Accidentally Released Information To A Phishing Site?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In September

Short Tutorial
How To Increase Text Size For Easier Reading Of Email


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Fall in Love with Fall There are many reasons to fall in love with fall including cooler temperatures and a new season of sports. In this September issue, we kick off the action with advice to travelers regarding wireless Internet use in hotels; be sure to follow these tips to avoid potential security threats during your fall trips.

This month's Great Sites list features valuable ideas for all kinds of fall activities. Whether you plan to paint your home, organize a family reunion, or shop for a car, you'll find resources to help make things go more smoothly. You'll also learn how to respond if you release personal information to a phishing site and how to increase text size in emails. Ready for a break? Enjoy the unique performances of a "musical" typewriter and a 3D printer in the featured videos.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Travel Alert – Take Security Precautions When Using Hotel Internet Connections

Take Security Precautions When Using Hotel Internet ConnectionsRecently, travelers' laptops have been infected with malicious software while using hotel Internet connections. In these instances, the traveler was attempting to set up the hotel room Internet connection and was presented with a pop-up window notifying the user to update a widely used software product. If the user clicked to accept and install the update, malicious software was installed on the laptop. To help avoid this type of threat while traveling, take these precautions:
  • Before using a hotel's Internet connection, make sure your computer's firewall is turned on.

  • When you connect to the hotel's wireless network, the network title probably will include the hotel's name. If several networks are accessible from within the hotel, consult the front desk to determine the official wireless access point. (The other network connections may be unsecured or malicious and may open up your computer to viruses or hacker attacks.)

  • Check for a secure login page before you sign in. Most hotel wireless access points require you to submit your name, room number, or other personal information. Look for an address starting with "https://" to ensure the login page is encrypted to protect your personal information.

  • When using wireless networks at hotels, avoid conducting banking and financial transactions.

  • If possible, plug into an Ethernet connection; they tend to be more secure.
Remember, while the free wireless Internet connection at your hotel is handy for checking email and accessing flight information, it can also be attractive to hackers. When traveling around the Web, be smart.

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Know What's Below – Call 811 Before You Dig

Call 811 Image Fall is a great time to plant trees and tackle other landscaping projects. But at least 48 hours before you dig, call 811. Tell the operator where you're planning to dig and what type of work you'll be doing, and your affected local utilities companies will be notified. In a few days , they'll send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes, and cables so you'll know what's below — and be able to dig safely. Remember, always call 811 before you start any digging project.

Alliance Communications thanks you in advance for your cooperation in this community effort.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
A Unique "Type" Of Orchestra
If you're of a certain age, you may have fond memories of the clickety-clack made by typewriter keys. As it turns out, one orchestra considers the sound to be music to their ears. Check out this letter-perfect musical performance.
3D Printing is One Amazing Thing
The technology world is buzzing about the possibilities offered by 3D printing. Auto enthusiasts, including Jay Leno, have already used 3D printers to create discontinued parts for classic cars. This video shows the 3D printing of a wrench.

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This Month's FAQ – What Should I Do If I Accidentally Released Information To A Phishing Site?

Question: I recently disclosed some personal information on a site that I believed was legitimate but now know was a phishing scam. What should I do to avoid becoming the victim of identity theft?

Answer: So sorry to hear of your predicament. You're not alone; phishers are getting increasingly sophisticated and manage to get many people to disclose information like credit card numbers online. Depending on what information has been compromised, here are some key steps to take: This Month's FAQ
  • Report the theft to the three major credit-reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion Corporation). Request that they place a fraud alert and a victim's statement in your file, and remove inquiries and/or fraudulent accounts stemming from the theft. You should also get a free copy of your credit report to check whether any accounts were opened without your consent.

  • Notify your bank(s) and ask them to flag your account and contact you regarding any unusual activity.

  • Change the passwords on all user ID accounts that you gave out. Make sure to tell the company that maintains your compromised user ID account that you have given your password to a phishing site, and make sure there hasn't been any irregular activity on your account(s).

  • Document the names and phone numbers of everyone you speak to regarding the incident. Follow-up your phone calls with letters and keep copies of all correspondence.
For additional information to help you fight back against identity theft, visit: www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In September

Brush Up on Paint Colors
voiceofcolor.com – Planning to paint this fall? This site is both aesthetically pleasing and immensely practical. You can learn about 2012-2013 color trends, play the Color Sense Game, use the Online Paint Visualizer, and find color inspiration. It's sure to give you the confidence to move beyond boring beige.
Here's to Honey!
honey.com – September is Honey Month and a great time to start using more of this naturally tasty ingredient. Buzz around for hundreds of recipes such as Bee Sweet Banana Bread, Caribbean Chicken with Honey Pineapple Sauce, and Beehive Cookies. You'll also learn about honey's health and beauty benefits.
Planning a Big Event?
spendji.com – Whether you're planning a reunion or a wedding, lots of people plus lots of decisions can add up to lots of stress. Spendji will help you set a budget, research costs, assign to-do lists, post key dates and reminders, and much more. It's an easy way to manage complicated events.
Look for Your Next Book
goodreads.com – Attention all bookworms! You'll want to bookmark this site and visit it often for suggestions on what to read next. Just enter the titles or genres you've enjoyed in the past and get instant book recommendations. You can also check out book discussions and have fun with book trivia and quizzes.
A Fully Loaded Car Site
edmunds.com – Fall is a smart time of year to research your next car purchase and get ready to take advantage of year-end deals. You'll find a comprehensive collection of car-buying resources parked at this site—including shopping tips, car comparisons, reviews and recommendations, and loan calculators.

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Short Tutorial – How To Increase Text Size For Easier Reading Of Email

Download Graphics to ViewDo you sometimes struggle to read the small text of emails? This problem can be easily solved in a couple of ways. First, you can use a system-wide zoom feature to come in closer to a program or item on the screen. If you're using Windows 7 or Vista, for example, you can use the Magnifier tool by pressing the Windows key and "+" to zoom in. On a Mac, go to System Preferences, then Universal Access, and check "On" under Zoom.

In addition, all email applications have the ability to increase font sizes. For detailed instructions, click on the link below that applies to you.

For Outlook and Outlook Express:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/the-text-of-my-messages-is-larger-or-smaller-than-usual-HA010237748.aspx

For browser-based email including Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL:
Please note: Adjusting the text size may cause graphical distortion as not all applications increase the layout and image size to match the text. Proper visual layout can only be guaranteed at the default text size.

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Alliance Internet Team




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612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



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August 2012
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Spam Alert
Spammers Have Jumped On The Pinterest Bandwagon

See Every Touchdown From Every Game With NFL RedZone

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

Short Tutorial
How To Stop The @facebook.com Address From Showing Up On Your Timeline


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

August Summer and Back to SchoolFor 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.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Spam Alert – Spammers Have Jumped On The Pinterest Bandwagon

Beware Pinterest Spammers 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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See Every Touchdown From Every Game With NFL RedZone

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Movie Trailer Proposal
This groom-to-be used the big screen for a big proposal. Matt's girlfriend, Ginny, thinks she's about to see a movie trailer, but instead there's a film of Matt asking her father for her hand. Matt soon appears in the theater with popcorn—and the ring!
The Dirty Car Artist
You've seen those cars in parking lots—the ones covered with what looks like an inch of dirt. What most of us view as eyesores, Scott Wade sees as canvases. Also called the "da Vinci of Dust," he turns them into mobile art galleries.

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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Tell A Legitimate Email From A Hoax?

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?

Email or Hoax? Answer: Good question. It's pretty simple. There are five signs that an email is a hoax:
  1. Urgency
    You'll see lots of exclamation points and words in all caps like URGENT!!! and WARNING!!!

  2. "Tell all your friends"
    There will always be a request that you share this "important information" by forwarding the message to everybody in your email address book or to as many people as you possibly can.

  3. "This isn't a hoax"
    The message may include a seemingly sincere premise like "My neighbor, who works for Microsoft, just received this warning so I know it's true. He asked me to pass it along."

  4. Dire consequences
    The text will predict dire consequences if you don't act immediately—a missing child won't be found, or someone won't be able to die happy.

  5. History
    Look for lots of >>>> marks in the left margin. These indicate that people who fell for the hoax have forwarded the message countless times before it reached you.
When in doubt, do your homework on a particular email at www.hoax-slayer.com, www.snopes.com, or www.scambusters.org. It's worth a few minutes of your time to avoid spreading misinformation to others.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In August

What's Everybody Doing Tomorrow?
zapaday.com – You may know what's on your calendar but what about everyone else's? This site tells you what's scheduled to happen tomorrow or another future day all over the world, in several categories including politics, culture, business, science, and sports. It's the most comprehensive public calendar on the Web.
Just Peachy Recipes
gapeaches.org – August is Peach Month and here's a site that celebrates this delectable summer fruit. Browse around to learn about the health benefits of peaches and pick up new recipes ranging from Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese to Peach and Blackberry Pecan Crumble.
Back to School for Parents Too
schoolfamily.com – Children aren't the only ones going back to school. If you're a parent, you need to stay educated about your child's curriculum and other school issues. Here you'll find tips for parents of children from preschool to high school on promoting learning at home, working with teachers, using technology, and more.
Be a Smarter Shopper
consumerreports.org – Consumer Reports is a smart place to visit before you make major purchases. It offers consumer news, product recalls and safety notices, buying guides, price ranges, and other valuable information—all to help you make more informed choices and get the best value for your money.
Quick! Find a Quote!
quotesdaddy.com – Just the right quote can make your next presentation more impactful or a friend's tough day more tolerable. You'll find quotes galore on this site, organized by topic and author. You can also sign up to get quotes of the day, share great quotes via Facebook, or add a random quote to every email you send.

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Short Tutorial – How To Stop The @facebook.com Address From Showing Up On Your Timeline

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 "username@facebook.com" ones. This has many users concerned, in part because some security experts believe those @facebook.com addresses are even more attractive to spammers and other cyber-criminals.

You do, however, have the ability to decide which email address will be displayed on your Timeline. Simply follow the steps below.
    Facebook Tutorial
  1. Log in to your Facebook account.

  2. Click on "About" under your contact information.

  3. Scroll to "Contact info" and select "Edit."

  4. Switch the crossed out circle symbol to a full circle for the email address you want to appear on your Timeline.

  5. If you want to deselect your Facebook email account and hide it from your Timeline, switch it from the full circle to the crossed out circle. (Note: The Facebook email address cannot be deleted, only hidden.)

  6. When you've completed your selections, press "Save."

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Alliance Communications
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605-594-3411



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Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
July 2012
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Warning
Fake Facebook Account Cancellation Request

Landlines Save Lives

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
How Can I Share My Videos Privately On YouTube?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In July

Short Tutorial
Taking A Full Or Partial Screenshot


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Olympic Swimmer On your mark. Get set. Go! July will race by, thanks in part to the excitement of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Get moving now and pick up ideas from this month's Great Sites list—from British food recipes to picturesque travel images to "get organized" systems for better home maintenance. For more inspiration, watch the amazing videos of a paralyzed marathoner and an eagle owl in flight.

Unfortunately, scammers are quick on their feet as well and are always coming up with new tricks. This issue warns you of fake Facebook emails about account cancellation that try to trick you into installing malware. We also give instructions on how to share YouTube videos privately and how to take screenshots.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Warning – Fake Facebook Account Cancellation Request

Scammers know how much you value your Facebook account and they're trying to take advantage of that fact. Fraudulent emails are now circulating, seemingly from Facebook, that say Facebook has received an account cancellation request. Recipients are asked to either confirm or cancel this request by following a link.
Facebook Scam
If you receive an email like this, do NOT click on the link. Although the link appears to be official because it goes to a facebook.com address, it actually links to a third-party application just running on the Facebook platform. When recipients click on the link, they're asked to allow an application to run. When the "run" button is clicked, recipients are then asked to download the new version of Adobe Flash. In reality, the file that downloads is not the latest version of Flash, but code allowing hackers to spy on activities and take control of computers.

Here are some other tips to help you stay safe online:
  • Always run antivirus software and be sure to keep the virus definitions up to date.

  • Apply operating system and software updates as they're released. Just make sure you download the updates from trusted sources and not random email links.

  • Try to avoid clicking links within emails if possible. Instead, type the URL directly into your browser web address bar.
FYI—If you ever do decide to deactivate your Facebook account, you will receive an email from Facebook that simply confirms that the deactivation has been completed.

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Landlines Save Lives

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
A First For Paralyzed Marathoner
Claire Lomas, paralyzed from the chest down, completed the London Marathon in 16 days using a ReWalk exoskeleton suit. She became the first person to finish a marathon using the bionic walking assistance system. You'll be inspired with every step.
Astounding Footage of Eagle Owl
This high-speed movie in full HD captures the flight of an eagle owl in breathtaking detail. You'll feel like you're actually there as the majestic bird swoops in to grab a chicken leg. Who can blame it? Moving those wings must work up an appetite.

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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Share My Videos Privately On YouTube?

Question: I like to record videos of vacations and other special events to share with my family and friends. However, when I upload my videos to YouTube, strangers sometimes post mean comments. How can I share my videos privately?

Share Privately on Youtube Answer: If you would like to limit the exposure of one of your videos, you can set it to be a Private video. This means only you and up to 50 other users who you invite to view the video will be able to see it. The video will not appear on your channel, in search results, or in playlists.

To set a video to be Private:
  1. Sign in to your YouTube account and click the Account link located at the top right of any page.

  2. Click the Uploaded Videos link. Click and choose the video you want to send to your friends. Then click the Edit button.

  3. Under the Broadcasting and Sharing Options section (on the left side of the page towards the bottom), you'll see Privacy options. Click the little black arrow/triangle to expand and see all your privacy options (if it's not already open and you cannot see your privacy options).

  4. If the video is set to Private, you'll see a section to enter up to 50 YouTube usernames that will have access to your private video.
Keep in mind that in order to watch a private video, your contacts must already have a YouTube account. If they don't already have an account, they'll first need to sign up for one. Once they've activated their account, they'll be able to sign in and watch the private video you sent them.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In July

Picture Your Next Trip
trippy.com – This site is a lot like Pinterest except it's just for travel images. Trippy makes it easy to collect travel ideas from others as well as share favorite shots from your own vacations. To picture the possibilities, select a destination from the "Browse" menu and see places in that city that prompt rave reviews.
Shop With Purpose
we-care.com – You can support a cause you believe in simply by shopping or booking travel. When you start at We-Care.com, a percentage of what you spend at participating online merchants goes to the nonprofit, school, or association you choose. Simply search under "Merchants" to be linked to their sites.
Get Organized At Home
homespothq.com – When you're a homeowner, there's so much to keep track of when it comes to maintenance like appliance manuals, paint colors, and supplies for repair projects. When throwing everything in a junk drawer no longer works, get organized here. This site will even send you email reminders about maintenance tasks.
British Food for Olympic Appetites
bbcgoodfood.com – In case you want to eat like a Brit while watching the London 2012 Summer Olympics, you'll find plenty of recipes to choose from here. How about Shepherd's Pie? Or Toad in the Hole? Or Crispy Fish & Chips? You can end the meal with a traditional English dessert like Bakewell Tart.
Guinness World Records
guinnessworldrecords.com – Olympic athletes aren't the only ones who set records. Explore the bizarre and amazing achievements by all kinds of people that are made official by Guinness World Records. From the longest nose on a living person to the longest single line of dancers, it's all on this site. Be prepared to have your jaw drop!

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Short Tutorial – Taking A Full Or Partial Screenshot

A picture tells a thousand words, which is why taking a screenshot (also called a screen grab or print screen) is so useful. A screenshot allows you to show another person exactly what's on your computer screen—an especially handy ability when seeking technical help or discussing a joint project. Follow the instructions below to take a full or partial screenshot in Microsoft Windows or with a Mac:

PC Screen Shot Taking A Full Screenshot in Windows
  1. Press the "PrtScn SysRq" key located at the upper right of your keyboard. Note: Print Screen (PrtScn) might be abbreviated differently on your keyboard.

  2. Windows captures the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. You can now attach the file to an email message.
Taking A One-Window Screenshot in Windows
  1. If you want to take a screenshot of just one window, make sure that the window is the "active" window on your screen. (This means that it should be in front of all your other windows.)

  2. Hold down the "Alt" key and press "PrtScn SysRq."

  3. Windows captures the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. You can now attach the file to an email message.
Mac Screen Shot Taking A Full Screenshot
With A Mac

  1. Hold down both the "command" and "shift" keys and press the "3" key.

  2. Mac OS X captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on your desktop. You can now attach the file to an email message.
Taking A Partial Screenshot
With A Mac
  1. Hold down both the "command" and "shift" keys and press the "4" key.

  2. You'll be presented with a cross-hair symbol. Left-click your mouse on it and drag the cursor to highlight the area you'd like to take a picture of.

  3. Release to take the screenshot.

  4. Mac OS X captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on your desktop. You can now attach the file to an email message.

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Thanks for your business!

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Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
June 2012
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Warning
Fraudulent Rental Property Postings

Alliance Values Your Questions And Feedback

Go Paperless And Receive A $15 Credit

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
How Can I Tell If My Computer Might Be Infected With Malware?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In June

Short Tutorial
Changing The Default Search Engine On Your Browser


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Summer Full SwingSummer is now in full swing so it’s time to enjoy everything the season has to offer. You’ll find plenty of inspiration in the June Great Sites list, which includes recipes for backyard parties, travel ideas steeped in history, and a handy way to simplify car care. The fun continues with two videos sure to make you smile featuring a strong baby and almost-human dogs.

On a more serious note, this issue gives you a heads-up on fraudulent rental property postings that are scamming victims out of money and shares common warning signs of malware on your computer. You’ll also learn how to change the default search engine on your browser for a fresh look at finding information.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Warning – Fraudulent Rental Property Postings

Rental HomeThe Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently issued an alert after receiving many complaints from victims of rental property scams. The common theme in these scams is fraudsters using the Internet to try and capitalize on the desperation of people needing to find affordable rental property within a short amount of time.

Here's a typical scenario: You're searching online (on Craig's List or elsewhere) and come across an ad about a rental home in a great area at a great price. It appears to be legitimate so you start communicating with the "owner" by email. You're told the place is yours if you wire money to cover an application fee, security deposit, first month's rent, etc. You wire the money and then never hear from the "owner" again.

How does this happen? Scammers hijack legitimate home listings including the photos, change the contact information, and then list the modified ads on another site. Or they make up listings for places that aren't for rent or don't even exist.

Take these precautions to avoid becoming a victim:
  • If the rental price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Research average rental rates for similar properties in the area.

  • If you're communicating by email, check for common red flags like poor grammar, misspellings, character/spacing mistakes, and excessive capitalization.

  • Be suspicious if there seems to be an unusually strong sense of urgency to rent the property quickly or if the person insists on communicating only by email.

  • It's a red flag when the person says he/she currently lives overseas or is out of the country on business. Scammers often tell victims this to explain why they can't meet in person.

  • Never send money to anyone you haven't met or don't already know and trust.

  • Do your homework online. Search the rental address, the landlord's name, and any contact information used in the posting before you proceed.

  • Do not fill out a detailed rental application and return it to an unknown person either by email or postal mail. You put yourself at risk for identity theft.
Please be careful out there! You don't want that "home sweet home" to turn sour.

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Alliance Values Your Questions And Feedback

Alliance Communications offers a variety of ways for you to reach us. Feel free to call, stop by, or send us an email if you have questions about services.

Office locations and hours starting June 11:
Garretson Headquarters
612 Third St.
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Baltic Satellite Office
501 Second St.
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Brandon Satellite Office
Lewis/Sunshine Plaza
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon.

Payment drop boxes also are available outside of each office.

After-Hours Trouble Calls: Alliance's phones are answered 24 hours a day. Simply dial 611 from a phone with Alliance local phone service or call (605) 594-3411. Just follow the menu prompts.

Email: email@alliancecom.net

Website: You can make payments, look up past bills, explore service options, and more by going to www.alliancecom.net.

Mail: Alliance Communications, P.O. Box 349, Garretson, SD 57030

Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions. We are happy to help.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Oh Baby! This Boy Is Strong!
At just 9-10 months of age, baby Jonas is already displaying an impressive combination of upper-body strength and determination. Take a look as he does chin-ups on the edge of the desk in order to try and see what's playing on the computer screen.
Delightful Dog Duo Dining
With a little help from four human hands, two dogs enjoy a meal at a busy restaurant. You can't help but smile as you watch them politely dab their mouths with napkins, eat from china bowls using silverware, and interact with each other and the waitress.

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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Tell If My Computer Might Be Infected With Malware?

My Computer Might Be InfectedQuestion: Lately, my computer has been acting strangely and I'm concerned that something is wrong. Is there a way to tell if it's infected with malware?

Answer: There are common warning signs (listed below) of the presence of malware and if your computer is exhibiting them, it could very well be infected. Keep in mind, however, that some of these symptoms could be caused by other reasons; for example, slow performance could be due to insufficient hard drive space.

A sudden change in how your computer is running is often the result of malware. Watch for the following signs:
  • Slowness - Your computer suddenly takes much longer than before to run programs, access files or the Internet, or even shut down.

  • Freezes - Your computer frequently seizes up or you can't leave websites or close your Web browser.

  • Frequent pop-up messages - Be especially vigilant if these are warnings that you need to purchase software to remedy a security threat. (The software is generally fake.)

  • New browser homepage – Malware, once installed on your system, can change browser settings without your knowledge. A sign of this is an unexpected change in your browser homepage to a site you typically don't visit.

  • Mysterious messages - Your friends and family receive email messages from your account but you didn't send them. Or they notice status updates on Facebook or Twitter that couldn't possibly have been posted by you.

  • Automatic start-ups - Familiar programs on your computer (or ones you didn't know were there) start unexpectedly or you're randomly connected to unknown websites.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to malware so make sure you keep your computer's security software updated. Please contact us if you need additional information or recommendations.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In June

Fresh Recipes For Summer
food.com/recipes/summer – What's on the menu for your family this summer? If it's backyard entertaining, picnics in the park, and shopping at farmers' markets, you'll find new recipes here to fit the bill perfectly. Try the Chipotle Taco Burger, Creamy Corned Zucchini and Peppers, Greek Salad Skewers, or Frozen Cappuccino Bars.
Learn About Teen Challenges
notmykid.org – The challenges kids and families face today are complex and have the potential to devastate lives and derail futures. This site provides facts and resources on topics including substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, safe dating, bullying, and Internet safety. Learn the warning signs and find out how to take action to help your child.
History Meets Mystery
mysteriousplaces.com – Who made the head statues on Easter Island? How was Stonehenge constructed? Why did the Mayans build pyramids? You can explore sacred sites and ancient civilizations around the world by visiting this site. If you want an even closer look, check out the travel information to help plan trips to these exotic destinations.
Keep Caring For Your Car
carcare.org – To keep your car safe, dependable, and on the road longer, you need to keep up with recommended maintenance. This site can help by building a service schedule for your car when you enter the make and model. You can even have service reminders emailed to you. Also, be sure to check out the "Ask the Tech" and DIY sections.
Civil War 150th Anniversary
nps.gov/civilwar – Although 150 years in the past, the Civil War's causes and consequences still reverberate today. This new website from the National Park Service features an impressive collection of Civil War stories, photos, and illustrations as well as a timeline and map of battles. You can even get a firsthand account on Twitter by following @CivilWarReportr.

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Short Tutorial – Changing The Default Search Engine On Your Browser

Are you searching for a new twist to your computer routine? Perhaps changing your default search engine would do the trick. While Google remains number one in the search engine rankings, you may want to start regularly using one of the other popular options such as Bing, Yahoo! Search, or Ask. Simply follow the steps below for your browser and operating system.

IE 8 Icon Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser:
Internet Explorer 8
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the right side of the Search Bar (to the right of the magnifying glass) and select "Add" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. When the Manage Add-ons window opens, make sure "Search Providers" is selected and then click on the search provider of your choice. If you don't see your favorite search engine on the list, choose "Find More Search Providers" from the bottom of the window.

  3. Once you have chosen the new search provider, click the "Set as default" button and your new selection will be labeled "Default" in the "Status" field.

  4. Click the "Close" button to save your changes and close the Manage Add-ons window. The Search Bar will now show the name of your new search provider.

IE 8 Icon Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser:
Internet Explorer 9
Computer Operating System: Windows Vista and Windows 7
  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the right side of the Search Bar (to the right of the magnifying glass) and select the icon of the search provider you prefer from the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  2. If you do not see the icon of the search provider you prefer, click on the "Add" icon from the bottom-right of the drop-down menu.

  3. When the Manage Add-ons window opens, make sure "Search Providers" is selected and then click on the search provider of your choice. If you don't see your favorite search engine on the list, try sorting the list by selecting "most popular" from the top of the list.

  4. Once you have chosen the new search provider, click the "Add to Internet Explorer" button. You will have the option to make this your default search provider in the resulting pop-up window.

  5. Click the "Add" button to save your choice. The icon of your newly added search provider will now be available in the search drop-down menu described in step 1.

Firefox Icon Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser:
Mozilla Firefox*
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,
and Mac OS X
  1. With Firefox open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the left side of the Search Bar field and select one of the other search engine options from the resulting drop-down menu. If you don't see your favorite search engine in the list, choose "Manage Search Engines" to add even more.

Chrome Icon Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser:
Google Chrome*
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,
and Mac OS X
  1. With Chrome open, click your cursor arrow on the icon that looks like a wrench in the far right corner of the screen and select "Settings" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. The Basics window will open. In the "Search:" section, click on the down arrow to display other search engine options. Select the one that you would like to make as the default. If you don't see your favorite search engine in the list, choose "Manage Search Engines" to add even more.

  3. Close the tab to finalize your changes.

Safari Icon Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser:
Safari*
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,
and Mac OS
  1. With Safari open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the left side of the Search Bar field (to the right of the magnifying glass) and select one of the other search engine options from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. Alternatively, you can manage your default search engine on the "General" tab of the Safari Preferences accessed through the top Safari menu.
* Tutorial written for the latest non-beta version of the browser available at publishing time.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
May 2012
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Warning
Online Dating Can Pose Threats

Happy Mother's Day And Thank You!

Go Paperless And Receive A $15 Credit

If Infected,
Your Computer Will Lose Internet After July 9

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
What Is The Correct And Legal Way To Pin Images On Pinterest?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In May

Short Tutorial
Managing Your Facebook News Feed By Moving Friends To An "Acquaintances" List


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

May Flowers This May issue is abloom with a delightful bouquet of tips and resources. It begins with a warning about the potential threats of online dating along with precautions to take to avoid getting scammed. You'll also find captivating videos, guidance on properly pinning images on Pinterest, and a tutorial on how to move those not-really-friends on Facebook to an "Acquaintances" list. For other fresh ideas, spring to action and check out this month's Great Sites list.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Warning – Online Dating Can Pose Threats

Online Dating Can Pose Threats Three major dating sites—Match.com, eHarmony.com, and Spark Networks—recently announced they will start screening for sexual predators, identity thieves, and scammers to try to increase safety for users. While millions of people use dating sites to meet people, and many forge successful relationships, criminals and scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims.

This makes it a good time to review precautions to take if you participate in online dating. For example, that wonderful looking profile may actually be a fake if the person:
  • wants to leave the dating site immediately and use personal email or IM to communicate

  • proclaims love instantly

  • claims to be from the U.S. but is now traveling or working overseas

  • plans to visit you but is prevented by a traumatic event or a business deal gone sour
A common scheme for these scammers is to build online relationships and eventually try to convince you to send money in the name of love. Never wire money to cover travel, medical emergencies, hotel bills, hospital bills for a child or other relative, visas or other official documents, or losses from a temporary financial setback. You may lose your heart on a dating site but you don't have to lose your shirt as well.

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Happy Mother's Day And Thank You!

Mother's Day Image All of us at Alliance Communications wish a very Happy Mother's Day to the mothers in our community. You play such a vital role in shaping the lives of children and we thank you for your loving dedication and tireless efforts.

We hope you get to enjoy special celebrations with your families during the month of May.

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If Infected, – Your Computer Will Lose Internet After July 9

DNS Image Users of Windows PC and Macs alike have until July 9, 2012, to check and see if they've been infected with malware called DNS Changer and, if so, disinfect their computers. After that, the FBI will throw a switch that prevents infected computers from accessing the Internet.

What's going on here? It all began 2007, when DNS Changer surfaced and infected millions of machines. (To give you some background, the DNS system is a network of servers that translates a website address into the numerical addresses that computers use.) DNS Changer reprogrammed victim computers to use rogue DNS servers owned by the attackers. This allowed the attackers to redirect computers to hacker-created websites, and also prevented computers from updating or using anti-virus software, leaving them vulnerable to other threats.)

Last November, the FBI arrested six Estonian nationals that allegedly ran the fraud, and seized the rogue DNS servers. The FBI put up surrogate servers in place of the malicious ones, but only temporarily. After July 9, those servers will shut down, preventing infected computers from reaching the Internet since they'll be trying to redirect through servers that no longer exist.

To find out if your computer is infected and how to address the problem, visit https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS and click on "Check Your DNS." Also be sure to update and run your current security software. If you need assistance, please contact us for security software recommendations.

You'll find additional information on DNS Changer at these links:

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
A Moving Tribute to a Mother
Since May is the month in which we honor mothers, it seems fitting to share this video about a young man's last moments with his. More than a million people have viewed his heartfelt reminder to tell your mother, right now, how much you love and appreciate her.
Push to Add Drama
TNT publicizes itself by saying, "We Know Drama." So it should come as no surprise that TNT chose a very dramatic way to launch the network in Belgium—a red button on a quiet square that, when pushed, produced sirens, an ambulance mishap, street fights, and more.

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This Month's FAQ – What Is The Correct And Legal Way To Pin Images On Pinterest?

Pinning Images on Pinterest Question: I recently got started with Pinterest and have been hearing talk of copyright issues that has me a little worried. What is the correct and legal way to pin images on Pinterest?

Answer: We went straight to the source on this one. Here's the statement Pinterest released in April: "Pinterest values and respects the rights of third party creators and content owners, and expects you to do the same. You therefore agree that any User Content that you post to the Service does not and will not violate any law or infringe the rights of any third party, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Rights (defined below), publicity rights or rights of privacy. We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to remove User Content from the Service for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or the Pinterest Acceptable Use Policy. It is important that you understand that you are in the best position to know if the materials you post are legally allowed. We therefore ask that you please be careful when deciding whether to make User Content available on our Service, including whether you can pin or re-pin User Content on your boards." You can visit http://pinterest.com/about/terms/ for more details.

It basically boils down to this—not all site owners want their images pinned. How do you know if sites are okay with it? Pinterest now has some code in their help section that site owners can add if they don't want to be pinned. If you try to pin on a site with this code, you'll see a message stating that the site owner doesn't want images to be pinned. Until this code is commonly used though, the only way to know for sure is to ask. To be on the safe side, you can look for the "pin it" button on sites; it lets you know they are okay with their images being pinned.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In May

Enter The HGTV Green Home 2012 Giveaway
hgtv.com – This year's HGTV Green Home in Georgia blends a farmhouse design with modern amenities and eco-friendly features. For a chance to win this stunning home, enter the sweepstakes by June 1, 2012.
Your Life Can Make Headlines
fodey.com – This site is simply for fun. It lets you instantly generate your own "newspaper clipping" with the headline and article text you provide. You can then use the clipping on your Facebook page to announce big news in a creative way.
Need A Facebook Cover?
coverjunction.com – If you're still searching for the perfect cover image to use on your Timeline, check out Cover Junction. It literally covers everything from A to Z (abstract to zodiac) including cars, fashion, movies, quotes, and technology. You're sure to find one that speaks to you.
Paws To Make You Say, "Ahh..."
cutestpaw.com – This site claims to feature the cutest animal pictures around the world and it's hard to argue with that. Whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, browse through its adorable collection of cats, dogs, rabbits, and more. You can also share your own animal pictures.
Neat Sweet Treats
cupcake-recipes.com – It's a busy time of year for celebrations as family and friends gather for events such as graduations and wedding showers. At this site, you'll find lots of delicious and distinctive cupcake recipes to serve, along with photos for decorating inspiration.

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Short Tutorial – Managing Your Facebook News Feed By Moving Friends To An "Acquaintances" List

Friends To An Acquaintances List
We all have some Facebook friends that we barely know and never interact with but we don't want to unfriend them. We just don't want to see their constant stream of posts. Thankfully, Facebook has developed a tool to make it easier to classify these people as acquaintances so you'll see fewer of their posts in your News Feed. Facebook will even suggest which people you might want to place in your "Acquaintances" list. To use this tool, simply follow the steps below.
  1. Log in to your Facebook account.

  2. Go to your Friends page.

  3. Select the "Acquaintances" list and click "See All Suggestions."

  4. Facebook will point out the individuals with which you haven't interacted much lately, and allow you to add them to the appropriate list with a click. You'll then see fewer of those individuals' posts in your News Feed.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
April 2012
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Warning
Beware Of Fake BBB Emails

Annual Meeting
April 21

Keep A Landline For Peace Of Mind

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
What Should I Do When I've Been Hacked On Facebook?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In April

Short Tutorial
Setting Up A Pinterest Account And Starting To Pin


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Really Cool PicApril showers may bring May flowers but they can also rain on your parade. Likewise, this April issue contains a mixture of "clouds" to watch out for and colorful opportunities to enjoy. It begins with a warning about fake BBB emails and tells you how to spot them in order to avoid phishing scams. We also include advice on what to do if you've been hacked on Facebook. The forecast is all sunny for the rest of the issue, where you'll find adorable videos, cool websites, and a beginner's guide to Pinterest.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Warning – Beware Of Fake BBB Emails

Better Business BureauBusinesses and consumers across the country are being hit by an ongoing email scam that appears to be from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The fake emails started late last year and have gone through a number of variations since then.

In one, people report receiving phone calls—in addition to emails—from scammers claiming to be from the BBB. These callers offer help to remove a virus from the recipient's computer. They claim the computer was infected when the owner downloaded a virus from an email scam using the BBB name. The BBB is cautioning not to give out any personal information to callers or to install or download any software they recommend.

Should you receive a suspicious email identified as being from the BBB, don't click on any links or open any attachments; doing so could unleash a virus. You can test the links by using your mouse to hover over them. The destination of the links will appear in a small pop-up box next to the link or at the bottom of the screen. If the email is a scam, the website shown will not be a BBB.org URL. After you've confirmed the email you received is a scam, the BBB has asked that you forward it to phishing@council.bbb.org and delete it from your inbox. Also, make sure your virus software is up to date and run a virus scan.

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Annual Meeting – April 21

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We hope you join us!

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Keep A Landline For Peace Of Mind

Landline Image Some people are choosing to rely solely on cellphone service and no longer maintain a landline phone. Be aware that this decision could have serious consequences in the event of an at-home emergency, power outage, or natural disaster. Cellphones are simply not as reliable and effective in certain emergency situations and can hamper your ability to quickly get the help you need.

For example, when 911 is called from a landline phone in your home, the emergency dispatch center automatically receives your precise location and will be able to dispatch a fast and accurate response. This is particularly critical if you're home alone and unable to speak to 911 due to choking, a stroke, or a heart attack. A landline phone can also be a lifesaver if a young child calls 911 and can't provide the home's address.

In a power outage, you can no longer charge your cellphone so eventually it becomes useless. In addition, many factors can affect the operation of a cellphone tower, especially natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and ice storms. Cellphone networks can also become overwhelmed by the sheer number of individuals trying to make calls simultaneously during a disaster.

To maximize your ability to communicate both at home and away, the best solution is to maintain both landline and cellphone services. Together, they add up to peace of mind.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Fascinated by Flushing
Gizmo the cat just can't get enough, flushing the toilet again and again and again. Who knew swirling water was so fascinating? Perhaps Gizmo's owners should get this cat interested in cleaning the toilet as well.
"I Feel Happy of Myself!"
After learning to ride his bike, this young boy gives an impromptu speech of celebration and inspiration. His sweet words contain lessons for all of us about continuing to practice in order to "get better and better at it."

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This Month's FAQ – What Should I Do When I've Been Hacked On Facebook?

facecrooks.comQuestion: What should I do when I've been hacked on Facebook?

Answer: First of all, we're sorry to hear you've been the victim of a "Facecrook." You probably discovered the problem when you were denied access to your Facebook page after the hacker changed your password. But have no fear; you can reclaim your account and get your Facebook life back in order.

You'll need to reset your password and make sure it's secure. If you're not logged in, you can reset your password by clicking the "Forgot your password?" link on the Facebook login page.

If you're already logged in, you can reset your password by going to your Account Settings page located in the Account drop-down menu at the top of every Facebook page.

When choosing a new password:
  • Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks.
  • Don't pick a word from the dictionary.
  • Don't pick something you've used as a password on another site.
To reduce your chances of getting hacked again, be careful before signing up for a new Facebook application; they are often the gateway to these kinds of problems. In particular, watch out for applications with "too good to be true" promises as well as those that request you invite half of your friends before you get full functionality.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In April

Go Easy On Your Eyes
protectyourvision.org – With heavy computer use can come Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which commonly results in symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. To help prevent these problems, take a look at this site. You can set up your choice of automatic signals to remind you to periodically take a break from the computer screen and rest your eyes.
What's Up With Upcoming Movies?
moviepilot.com – What movies are coming to theaters? And what will they be like? Here's a very convenient resource for movie fans that lets you search by theme channels—all the way from Action to Zombies. Read plot summaries, find out where the movie is in the production process, and discover whether it's expected to be "Hot" or "Not".
Tips to Improve Gas Mileage
fueleconomy.gov – In light of rising gas prices, now's a good time to learn how to drive down your costs through better gas mileage. This U.S. Department of Energy site offers tips on how to drive more efficiently, keep your car in shape, plan and combine trips, and choose a more efficient vehicle. There's also a Fuel-Saving Tip of the Week.
Titanic's 100th Anniversary
photos.denverpost.com – This April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here you can browse through a poignant photo gallery of artifacts retrieved from the Titanic, some of which will be auctioned by Guernsey's Auction House this month. The images include a section of the hull, china, jewelry, spectacles, and a chef's hat.
Lighten Up Spring Meals
www.simpleanddelicious.com – Going from winter to spring isn't just about changing your wardrobe. It's also an opportunity to make seasonal revisions to your meals. Now that it's spring, check out the refreshing ideas on this site for lighter menus that take advantage of the grill and encourage you to pile on the produce. How about a Primavera Stuffed Tomato or a Honey-Raspberry Parfait?

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Short Tutorial – Setting Up A Pinterest Account And Starting To Pin

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Pinterest is an online pinboard that lets you organize and share images of your favorite things—from baked goods to craft projects to inspiring quotes. It's an invitation-only website, so to get started using it you need to ask a friend who's already on the site to invite you. Once you receive your email invitation, click the link to set up your account. The Pinterest wizard will take you through the following steps:
  1. Choose a sign-in method. Use your Facebook or Twitter login to automatically connect to those accounts. Your Pinterest activity will show up there. For an account without connections, use a unique Pinterest user name and password.

  2. Choose topics of interest. Your choices dictate what shows up in your home page Pinterest feed.

  3. Choose a few people to follow. Pinterest makes suggestions from your other social networking accounts.

  4. Set up your first pinboards. Use the default names or change them to ones of your own creation. You can edit pinboards and names anytime in the future.
Once you've set up your Pinterest account, here's what to do to begin pinning:
  1. Browse other people's pinboards to get ideas before you start pinning yourself. Use Follow buttons to find and follow people and pinboards. Hover over a pin to Repin, Like, or Comment on other people's pins. For more options, click on the image. You can send the image to your Facebook or Twitter feeds, or easily embed the image in your own website.

  2. Add the Pin It button to your browser so you can start pinning. You'll find a tutorial in the About menu. Using the Pin It button automatically embeds the address of the website into the pin so followers can find the original image and information about it.

  3. Press the Pin It button while browsing. Pinterest will show you the images you can pin from that page. Choose the one you want and click on it. It will give you a chance to choose a pinboard and add a comment. Use the @ symbol before a name to mention Pinterest friends; they'll receive a notice.

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March 2012
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Warning
Whitney Houston’s Death Triggers Scams

How To Order Pay-Per-View Events

This News Video Could Be A Lifesaver

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
What Happens To A Facebook User’s Account After Death?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In March

Short Tutorial
Uploading And Sharing Images On Twitter


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Images for LuckSpring begins this month and as you "March" forward, take this great online information with you. It starts with a warning about phishing scams related to Whitney Houston; sadly, these scams occur after many celebrity news events. You'll find a fun contrast in our featured videos—one's high tech, the other low tech. Also in this issue, we explain what happens to a Facebook user's account after death, tell you how to tweet a photo, and share five websites to put some spring in your step.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Warning – Whitney Houston’s Death Triggers Scams

Whitney HoustonHoping to make a quick buck, online crooks wasted no time capitalizing on the death of Whitney Houston. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of new scams that exploit the public's fascination with the singer. Twitter and Facebook have been bombarded with responses to Houston's death, creating a perfect target for cybercriminals to access personal information from unknowing victims.

One popular Twitter scam disguises itself under "RIP Whitney Houston." Clicking on the link in the rigged Twitter post takes people to a blog dedicated to Houston's career, but the blog automatically redirects them to a webpage offering different Whitney Houston wallpapers. Downloading wallpaper then triggers yet another offer to download Whitney Houston ringtones. No matter what you do, the devious webpage eventually takes you to a survey site that asks for private information such as your cellphone number.

On Facebook, a wall post with the subject "I cried watching this video. RIP Whitney Houston" is followed by a link to what promises to be a YouTube video. It is, in actuality, a link that leads to several other websites until you reach a similar survey site.

To protect yourself from Whitney Houston phishing scams—and other ones tied to news events that are sure to come—follow these simple rules:
  • Don't click on the links. A mouse click on a link can be an easy trace for the cybercriminal to track down the private information stored in your system.

  • Never download anything that looks suspicious even if it comes from a friend on Facebook or Twitter. This will help keep your personal information safe.

  • Make sure your antivirus software is frequently updated and scan your system accordingly.
In short, remain vigilant whenever you're online and use basic common sense.

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How To Order Pay-Per-View Events

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This News Video Could Be A Lifesaver

Fire Truck Image If you think you no longer need a landline phone, this news report from WHO in Des Moines might change your mind. It points out that by calling 911 from a landline phone, you can be more easily and specifically located during an in-home emergency than is often possible from a cellphone. We urge you to take a few minutes to watch this video for its important safety information.

For more about the advantages of landlines during emergencies, call us at 1-800-701-4980.

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
A Day Made of Glass
Corning gives us a peek into the remarkable future of glass technology. A family accesses news, messages, videos, and more—all by touching next-generation glass panels located throughout their home on the bathroom mirror, refrigerator, kitchen counter, and stovetop.
Chain Reaction of Ordinary Objects
Look ma, no hands! This video is called "The Page Turner" because a carefully arranged sequence of movements by a series of items, from coffee cup to tape roll, causes the newspaper page to turn without being touched by human hands. You have to see it to believe it.

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This Month's FAQ – What Happens To A Facebook User’s Account After Death?

Question: For many of us, the messages and photos posted on Facebook are like a scrapbook of our lives. What happens to a Facebook user’s account after death?

Facebook after Death Answer: That’s a great question. There’s increasing discussion these days about social media as it relates to end-of-life issues. Here’s what it says on Facebook:

"It is our policy to memorialize all deceased users' accounts on the site. When an account is memorialized, only confirmed friends can see the profile (timeline) or locate it in Search. The profile (timeline) will also no longer appear in the Suggestions section of the Home page. Friends and family can leave posts in remembrance.

In order to protect the privacy of the deceased user, we cannot provide login information for the account to anyone. However, once an account has been memorialized, it is completely secure and cannot be accessed or altered by anyone.

Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from the site. To actually delete a profile page, however, a family member or executor must submit proof of their relationship with the deceased before getting further instructions."


Some people refer to memorializing a profile as a Facebook funeral. It allows people to save and share their memories of the deceased.

On a related topic, there’s now a Facebook app called if I die. It gives people the opportunity to create a video or text message to be played after their demise, as verified by at least three “trustees” the person selects from his or her Facebook list.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In March

See Yourself In Vintage Style
yearbookyourself.com – How would you look in the hairstyles and clothing from past decades? It's fun to find out on this site, which lets you take your photo and place it in vintage yearbook shots from the '50s, '60s, '70s and beyond. Just picture it—you with Farrah hair, or a groovy headband, or Buddy Holly glasses. Create hysterical portraits and then share them on Facebook.
Duct Tape Prom Outfits
duckbrand.com – Sure, we all know that duct tape is handy for lots of repairs. But did you know it could be used to make prom outfits? Stuck at Prom® is a contest from Duck Tape® brand that challenges high-schoolers to make amazing prom outfits out of the tape for the chance to win scholarships. Once the top 10 entries are selected, you can start voting for the winners in March.
Can’t Recall What’s Recalled?
saferproducts.gov – It seems like every time you turn around, there's another product recall in the news. By visiting this site, you can easily search for recalls by product category including dishwashers, appliances, space heaters, children's products, and toys. You can also file a report on an unsafe product that you've discovered.
Best Recipes, Best Chefs
cookeatshare.com – They have to be three of the best verbs around—cook, eat, and share. Billed as the world's largest kitchen, cookeatshare.com is boiling over with culinary content. Find the world's highest rated recipes, share recipes with family and friends, connect with the world's best chefs and subscribe to their recipes, and organize and manage your own recipes.
Grow Your Garden Knowledge
www.garden.org – March is a great month to plan your spring planting. At this National Gardening Association site, you can dig up all kinds of fresh ideas for your landscape. It features expert advice on flowers, food gardens, lawns and ground covers, trees and shrubs, and much more. You'll also find helpful tools like how-to videos, a pest control library, and plant care guides.

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Short Tutorial – Uploading And Sharing Images On Twitter

Download Graphics to ViewA picture is worth a thousand words, which makes tweeting photos such a great idea. Fortunately, it's easy to upload and share images using your Twitter account. Just follow the steps and tips below.
  1. Go to your homepage on Twitter.com.

  2. When you click inside the Tweet box on your homepage or on the New Tweet button, you will see two small icons in the lower left corner — one for adding your location (a compass) and one for uploading an image (a camera). Click on the camera icon.

  3. It will prompt you to locate the image you want to upload on your computer.

  4. After you attach the image to your Tweet, your Tweet box will contain the thumbnail in the lower left corner and the camera icon highlighted in blue.

  5. If you selected the wrong image or no longer wish to share that image, click the "x" control in the thumbnail or next to the filename to delete the current image.

  6. Enter any text you'd like and click on the Tweet button.

  7. Once you've successfully tweeted, click on the Tweet to view the image in the display pane.
Tips:
  • You're welcome to upload any image that is 3MB or smaller.

  • Twitter will scale the image for you to fit into the display pane on the right side of your Twitter.com timeline.

  • Twitter accepts gif, .jpeg, and .png files.

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Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
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605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Februay 2012
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Warning
Beware Of Tax-Related Emails

Your Shows, On Your Schedule

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
What Is A Meme?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In February

Short Tutorial
Setting Up Your Facebook Timeline


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Happy Valentines Day Hearts are everywhere in February, as are messages of affection and appreciation. Since we love our customers and want you to fully enjoy your online experiences, we put our heart and soul into bringing you valuable tips and information each month. This issue includes a warning about tax-related email scams, examples of creative memes online, and instructions on how to set up your new timeline on Facebook . We bet you’ll also love the fun videos and super-cool websites.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Scam Warning – Beware Of Tax-Related Emails

Beware of Tax Related Email ScamsTax season can be frustrating enough; don't make it worse by falling victim to a tax-related email scam. Each year cybercriminals use a variety of ploys to try to convince nervous taxpayers to reveal personal information. One currently circulating scam uses the name of a legitimate tax preparation software company—Turbo Tax.

The phony email tells recipients they need to upgrade their software in order to be in compliance with new tax laws. It also provides a link which leads to a fake (but legitimate-looking) website. At this point, recipients may be asked to enter personal information to confirm they're the software holder; the cybercriminals then use this information to file tax returns and have refunds sent to them.

To protect yourself:
  • Always check on the legitimacy of the tax preparation service you are going to use.

  • If you receive an email from any tax preparation software company, do not open it or click on any link. If you actually need a software upgrade, go directly to the company's secure site.
On a related note, keep in mind that the IRS does NOT send unsolicited email about tax account matters to taxpayers. If you should receive an email claiming to be from the IRS, DO NOT REPLY, CLICK ON ANY LINKS, OR PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION. Visit the IRS website for more about reporting and identifying IRS email scams.

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Your Shows, On Your Schedule

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Baby's First Technology Lesson
A baby shows how, for her generation, technology is the rule rather than the exception. After using an iPad, she expects a magazine to work the same way. This "sign of the times" was picked by Mashable, a leading digital news website, as one of the top videos of 2011.
Cobra Weave Stick Bomb
Looking for something to do at home on the next snowy day? This fun video shows plain old popsicle sticks transformed into a cool, multicolored, exploding "cobra weave stick bomb." The stick bomb shown uses 1,000 sticks; the world record, as of 2011, is over 5,000!

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This Month's FAQ – What Is A Meme?

Question: I've heard the term "meme" used to describe photos and videos but I'm not sure what it means. What is a meme, exactly?

What is a MEME? Answer: In general terms, a meme (pronounced meem) is a cultural idea that is passed from person to person. Just about any piece of information that gets passed throughout the population or down through the generations (such as the ability to start a fire, the invention of the phone, a welding process, a fashion trend, a joke, or a catch phrase) is considered a meme. The collection of all memes is the basis of culture.

An Internet meme is a particular kind—a meme that's transmitted online in the form of videos, songs, photos, or Photoshop-enhanced images. Often times, these memes are humorous in tone and created in response to something happening in the news. Examples include the "Pepper Spraying Cop" and "Tebowing."

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In February

Mardi Gras Recipes
allrecipes.com – Get ready for Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras by visiting this site. It's loaded with recipes and videos for all your Cajun favorites including gumbo, dirty rice, blackened catfish, and king cake. Many of these recipes are highly rated by readers who have tried them. Check out the reviews, add recipes to your recipe box, or share favorites with friends.
Watch Flights In Progress
flightaware.com – Next time you’re picking someone up at the airport, visit this sophisticated flight tracking site, which offers detailed information on the status of commercial flights. Just enter the flight specifics and see a map that shows the flight in progress. While you’re there, check out the home page for at-a-glance delay news and the photo section for dazzling aircraft shots.
Free Credit Tools
quizzle.com – Just like going to the doctor periodically for a checkup, you need to track your credit to understand your financial health. This site, recommended by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, provides tools and information to help you better understand your credit. Get a free credit report, free credit score, credit improvement suggestions, and more.
Build Your Vocabulary
vocabulary.com – Quick, what does “adumbrate” mean? Not sure? Then you’ll want to check out this website to learn this word and more like it. The site offers a fun way to improve your vocabulary by answering multiple-choice questions. If you sign up for an account, the site will track your vocabulary and present new words you probably don’t already know.
Panoramic Travel Views
tourwrist.com – This innovative site lets you take a 360° look at all kinds of travel spots and events worldwide. The 360° experience allows you to see these locations like you’ve never seen them before. When you find something you like, the site makes it easy to share through social media or email. You can even create an account to shoot and post your own panoramic views.

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Short Tutorial – Setting Up Your Facebook Timeline

Facebook Timeline

Timeline is Facebook's new way of presenting you to the world and is the most radical change in the history of the site. Whether you're ready or not, Facebook has begun the mandatory Timeline rollout. Here's what to do to learn more about it and manage the content of your new timeline:
  1. Log in to your Facebook account.

  2. Go to www.facebook.com/about/timeline. You'll learn the basics of Timeline and see examples of what this feature can look like. At the bottom of this page, there may be a box showing which of your Facebook friends has signed up for Timeline.

  3. Click "Get Timeline." You'll have seven days to preview your timeline before other people can see it. You can use this time to add a cover, fill in life events, and star important stories. Until your timeline goes live, people will see your old profile.

  4. To add a cover image to your timeline, go to your timeline and click "Add a Cover." Choose whether you want to upload a new photo or pick a photo from one of your existing photo albums. (Note: Your cover image has to be at least 720 pixels wide.) Once you choose a photo, you can reposition it by clicking on the image and dragging it up or down. When you're satisfied with your cover image, click "Save."

  5. Scroll down on your timeline and edit or remove any items you don't want shown. Do that by holding your cursor over the upper right of the item you want to edit and then make your choice on the drop-down list.

  6. From that list, you can change the date of the item, add a location, hide it from the timeline, delete the post altogether, or report it/mark it as spam.

  7. If you'd like to "feature" any of the posts, click on the star icon to the left of the pencil icon and that item will be expanded all the way across the page, made larger for all your friends to see.

  8. Once you're satisfied with all the edits you've made, go back to the top of the Timeline and click "Publish Now." After seven days, your timeline will be published automatically.
Be aware that once you start the Timeline process, there's no going back. Since some users don't like the change, scammers are preying on people desperate to get rid of Timeline and revert back to the old Facebook Profile layout. Scammers are creating Facebook Pages filled with deceptive instructions that promise users the ability to go through such a rollback if they complete a series of actions such as inviting friends to "Like" a page or watching YouTube videos. Don't fall for these scams! They will not magically make you more powerful than Facebook.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2012 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this eNewsletter are trade names, service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
January 2012
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Buyer And Seller Beware
Tips To Avoid Scams On Craigslist

Bundle And Save For The New Year!

Alliance Communications Cooperative Inc.
Expanding January 2012

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

This Month's FAQ
What's The Best Way To Transfer Files To My New PC?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In January

Short Tutorial
Manually Clearing Your Browser History


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Happy New Year!The start of a new year is a great time to learn new things and explore new opportunities. To give you some help, this January issue contains Internet-related information and inspiration. Be sure to read the tips on avoiding scams on Craigslist, particularly if you plan to buy or sell on the site in 2012. If a new computer is in your future, check out the advice on how to transfer files from your old one. And everyone can benefit from knowing how to clear your browser history. There's pure fun waiting for you in Two to View, plus innovative ideas in Sites of the Month.

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 Alliance Internet Team

Buyer And Seller Beware – Tips To Avoid Scams On Craigslist

Buyer and Seller Beware!Craigslist, an online collection of location-based classified ads, can be great for finding sofas, apartments, and even jobs. But as with all online activities, there is the potential for misuse. Scammers can be found virtually everywhere, including Craigslist, and they're out to get your money in any way they can.

Some popular tactics include listing items that don't actually exist and getting you to pay for them; getting you to pay for your purchase through a phony escrow account; getting you to pay for items through Western Union or another service that doesn't trace the receiver; getting you to reveal bank account or other financial information; and offering to pay more for an item that you've listed, then getting you to send a refund that reveals your banking information.

Craigslist offers several tips for avoiding these scams, but the #1 piece of advice that will prevent 99 percent of all scams is to deal only with local folks, and meet them in person. Here are a few more rules:
  • Never send funds via a wire service such as Western Union or Moneygram.
  • Beware of fake cashier's checks and money orders.
  • Don't believe any guarantees "from Craigslist," since Craigslist is not actually involved in any transaction.
  • Never purchase an item or rent a living space you haven't seen.
  • Refuse to submit to credit or background checks until you know the potential employer or landlord is legitimate.
Source: www.craigslist.org/about/scams

For added protection, trust your instincts. Be wary of ads that look as though they were written by someone who does not use English as their primary language (check for spelling errors and awkward usage). Also make sure you are really on Craigslist; it's easy to make a typo and end up on a site that looks like Craigslist but is really a scammer site.

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Bundle And Save For The New Year!

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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Cool Video Number 1 Cool Video Number 2
Splish, Splash, Giggle, Giggle
You just can't go wrong when you combine an adorable baby, bath time, and the family dog. More than two million people have checked out this incredibly sweet video, no doubt smiling along with the baby as they watched.
Flash Mob In Times Square
Take a look at this popular video of a six-minute surprise celebration in New York City. The talented performers create one singular sensation as they sing and dance to music including the famous song from "A Chorus Line."

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This Month's FAQ – What's The Best Way To Transfer Files To My New PC?

Question: I'm planning to get a new computer with Windows 7 and will need to transfer my files over from my old PC. What's the best way to do this?

Answer: The best way to transfer your files is to use the Microsoft tool designed specifically for this task, Windows Easy Transfer. With this tool, you can easily transfer user accounts, files and folders (including documents, photos, and music), and other information (such as Internet favorites, email messages, and program settings).

Transfer Files With Easy Transfer, you can decide how you want to pull the data from your old computer over to your new computer.

Your options are:
  • Through a network connection
  • Using a CD or other removable media
  • With a special cable (called the Easy Transfer cable) that you can order online or pick up at an electronics store
You'll need to start Easy Transfer on both computers, choose what information you want to transfer, and follow the instructions to complete the task.

Keep in mind you will still need to install applications on your new computer, such as the Microsoft Office suite, financial software, and any other programs you may have on your old system. Also note that transferring data can be a lengthy process; the actual time will vary depending on the method you choose (network, media, or cable) and the amount of data you have.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Windows Easy Transfer page.

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In January

Healthy Snacks
realsimple.com – Love to nibble between meals but worried your snacking habit will ruin your New Year's resolution to lose weight or eat healthier? This site serves up over 40 snack recipes that are low in calories and fat, yet high in fiber and protein. And good news—you'll be pleased to see some of your favorites here including cookies, popcorn, and even a latte.
Practical Travel Search
hipmunk.com – Sure, you can sort flight options by the usual categories of price, duration, and arrival and departure times. But in addition, this travel search site lets you sort by "agony." A visual timeline makes it easy to see your choices from least to most agonizing, and to sort by other criteria as well. Use the hotel function to find details on hotels and their surroundings.
Discover New Entertainment
tastekid.com – Here's an easy way to discover new music (as well as books, movies, and TV shows). Just enter one of your favorites and get back a list of others you might like. You can even do "cross-searches" such as getting music suggestions by entering your favorite movie. Click the links to learn more about each suggestion, then comment, search for additional recommendations, and share on social media.
Creative Project Funding
kickstarter.com – On Time magazine's list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011, Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Browse the site to learn about ventures that just might be the next big thing in art, fashion, film, or music. Check out the featured projects, or search by category or city. If you see an interesting project, you can contribute as little as $1 to its development.
Share Memories
proust.com – This site is like a virtual, ongoing holiday dinner where friends and family can share memories, thoughts, and aspirations. Learn more about your loved ones by asking questions like, "What is the most valuable piece of advice you ever received?" Or respond to questions yourself, then share your answers. View your stories and those of others as a book, list, map, or timeline.

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Short Tutorial – Manually Clearing Your Browser History

Your browser history is a handy tool when you want to quickly return to a recently visited webpage. But it can also become a privacy issue, which is why browsers provide the option of clearing your history. It's also a good thing to do regularly to help prevent the slowdown of your Internet and computer speeds due to the accumulation of cookies and offline webpages. To clear your browser history, simply follow the steps below for your browser and operating system.

IE 8 Icon Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser:
Internet Explorer 8
Computer Operating System: Windows XP
  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. The Internet Options window will open and the "General" tab should be selected. In the "Browsing history" section, click on the "Delete..." button.

  3. The Delete Browsing History window will open. By default, some of the selections will be checked. Once you are satisfied that the appropriate selections have been made, click on the "Delete" button.

  4. The "Delete Browsing History" progress box will appear to show you the deletion status.

  5. Click the red X in the upper right corner to close the Internet Options window.
Internet Explorer 8 also gives you the option of automatically deleting your browsing history upon exiting from the program. To do this, simply follow these steps:
  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. The Internet Options window will open. While on the "General" tab and in the "Browsing history" section, check the box next to "Delete browsing history on exit."

  3. Next, click on the "Apply" button to save your changes and then click on the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.
IE 8 Icon Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser:
Internet Explorer 9
Computer Operating System: Windows Vista and Windows 7
  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the button resembling a gear or cog on the right side of the tool bar, drop down to the "Safety" menu, and select "Delete Browsing History..." from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. The Delete Browsing History window will open. The box next to "History" should be checked. Uncheck any other items you do not want to delete, like Cookies.

  3. Click on the "Delete" button. The "Delete Browsing History" pop-up box will appear showing you the progress of deleting your history and will close automatically when the process is complete.
Internet Explorer 9 also gives you the option of automatically deleting your browsing history upon exiting from the program. To do this, simply follow these steps:
  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the button resembling a gear or cog on the right side of the tool bar and select "Internet Options" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. The Internet Options window will open. While on the "General" tab and in the "Browsing history" section, check the box next to "Delete browsing history on exit."

  3. Next, click on the "Apply" button to save your changes and then click on the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.
Firefox Icon Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser:
Mozilla Firefox 8.0.1
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
  1. With Firefox open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" menu and select "Clear Recent History..." from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. The Clear Recent History window will open. Click the down arrow next to "Details" and verify that the box next to "Browsing & Download History" is checked.

  3. From the drop-down menu next to the "Time range to clear:" field, choose from the five items listed: "Last Hour," "Last Two Hours," "Last Four Hours," "Today," or "Everything."

  4. Click on the "Clear Now" button.
Safari Icon Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser:
Safari 5.0.5
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
  1. With Safari open, click your cursor arrow on the "History" menu and select "Clear History" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. A pop-up box will appear asking, "Are you sure you want to clear history? You can't undo this action." There is also an empty check box next to "Also reset Top Sites." Check the check box and then click on the "Clear" button.
Chrome Icon Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser:
Google Chrome 16
Computer Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6
  1. With Chrome open, click your cursor arrow on the "History" menu and select "Show Full History" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. When the "History" window opens, click on the "Edit items..." link to the upper right.

  3. Click the "Clear all browsing data..." button at the top of the list of links in Chrome's history.

  4. Close the window when you're finished.
Chrome Icon Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser:
Google Chrome 16
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
  1. With Chrome open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" icon that is shaped like a wrench on the right of the menu bar and select "History" from the resulting drop-down menu.

  2. When the "History" tab opens, click on the "Edit items..." link to the upper right.

  3. Click the "Clear all browsing data..." button at the top of the list of links in Chrome's history.

  4. Close the tab when you're finished.

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Alliance Internet Team




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