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June 2015
June 2015
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Surf's Up In Indonesia!
Complete with beautiful views, this amazing footage highlights professional surfers on the waves in Indonesia as they guide tourists and train the next generation.
  Not Just Another Day At The Beach
Watch this prankster trick unsuspecting beach goers into thinking she's disappeared. All she needs are a "faulty" umbrella and a trap door beneath her towel.

Make a Difference – And Get A $15 Credit!

 

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Free Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

 

The Weather Channel
 
Pocket
 
Yelp

The Weather Channel
Being unprepared for the weather can put a damper on your day. But, of course, there's an app for that! Get high-quality forecasts and more.

Learn more...
 
Pocket
Found something online you don't have time for now? Just put it in your "pocket" and view later from any device — no Internet connection needed.

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Yelp
You already know how handy Yelp can be for sharing and reading reviews for restaurants and other businesses. Why not bring it with you wherever you go?

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Scam Alert – Be Careful When Buying Or Selling On Craigslist

 

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

 

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Uplifting Grapefruit
Mint Body Scrub
 
Turn An Old Desk
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Time For A Unique
Bicycle Rim Clock

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

 

Map Your Summer Vacation
npca.org – Want to see something amazing this summer? Go to one of America's national parks. From Yosemite to Yellowstone, and from the Great Smokies to the Grand Canyon, the U.S. boasts many breathtaking destinations. Use this handy map to find the best one to visit based on location, theme, category, or name.
Free + Recycling = Freecycle
freecycle.org – Have some stuff taking up too much space in your garage? Or are you looking for some new books to read? Either way, Freecycle could be great for you. It's a worldwide network of people exchanging things for free. Each local group is moderated by volunteers. Membership is (of course) free.
Make Cool, Creamy Treats
allyou.com – With a carton of ice cream and the right recipe, it's easy to create a cool dessert for summer entertaining on a hot day. You'll find a delicious assortment of options here, including Tropical Sherbet Cake, Mexican "Fried" Ice Cream Truffles, and Ice Cream Sundae Pie.
Protect Your Skin From Harmful Rays
skincancer.org – Summer means sun, and sun means the potential for fun as well as damage. Skin cancer is a real threat, but there's a lot you can do to prevent it. Check out this site for general recommendations as well as those for specific situations like going to the beach, driving, and golfing.


Short FAQ – What's The Best Way To Handle An Internet Troll?

 

Ugly Troll Pic Question: I'm troubled by the mean comments I find on Twitter and elsewhere, including some that have been directed at me. What can I do?

Answer: Sounds like you've discovered one of the downsides of online interaction: trolls. A troll is someone who uses offensive, inflammatory, or irrelevant messages to illicit emotional responses from others and throw the intended conversation off course. Trolls thrive on conflict, so one of the best ways to deal with them is to ignore them. However, if ignoring doesn't work or isn't an option, there are other steps you can take:
  • Don't take it personally. A troll's unkind words truly have nothing to do with you; they're more of a reflection of that person's own problems.

  • Try being nice. Some trolls are actually just people with strong opinions or who need a lot of attention. If you engage with them nicely (such as asking for clarification), they may respond in kind.

  • Use your settings. Many sites have options that allow you to control whose input you see and don't see. Set yours to omit the troll's posts from your view.

  • Kick them out. If the site has a moderator, ask that person to take appropriate steps to limit the troll's access or kick them off the site altogether.

  • Set a good example. Trolls' behavior can remind us that it's easy to hurt other people online. Take extra care to ensure your own messages come across the way in which you intend.

 

Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2015 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 2015
May 2015
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Shattering The CD Speed Barrier
With "warp" rotation speed and a super-fast camera, the Slow Mo Guys capture CDs as they spin to the point of shattering.
  "Don't Try This At Home" Bike Tricks
You won't believe the tricks performed all around San Francisco by urban bicycle daredevil Danny MacAskill. For him, it's all in a day's work.

Go Paperless – Receive A $15 Credit!

 

Go Paperless

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Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

 

Crazy Helium Booth Lite
 
Dashlane Password Manager
 
Credit Karma

Crazy Helium Booth
Lite -
FREE
Get ready to get silly — very silly! This app lets you make videos with crazy special effects including "Square Head" and "Owl Eyes."

Learn more...
 
Dashlane Password Manager - FREE
Tired of trying to remember the passwords for all your online accounts? This app makes it easy to keep and access them all in one place.

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Credit Karma - FREE
Whether you have good credit or want to, these apps can help you take charge. Get free credit reports and scores plus credit monitoring.

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Scam Alert – Fake Puppy Adoption Offers

 

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

 

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Grow Veggies In A Hanging Planter
 
Adorable Beach-Bound Teddy Bear Cupcakes
 
Leafy Square Wreath To Spruce Up A Door

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

 

Get Gardening
garden.org – Whether you're a seasoned gardener, or just planting your first tomatoes, you're sure to learn something from this National Gardening Association (NGA) site. The organization's mission is to provide educational garden programs to every generation. Check out the gardening articles, plant finder, how-to videos, and much more.
Simple, Easy Flight Finder
google.com/flights – Looking for an easy tool to help you find flights for your next vacation? Google Flights offers straightforward functionality. Simply type in your arrival and departure locations and dates, and you'll see options from several carriers. Choose the flights you want, then click the provided link to book directly with the airline.
Master The Grill
foodnetwork.com/grilling.html  – Grilling season has begun, and Food Network Grilling Central is the place to be. Find recipes for burgers and hot dogs, chicken, seafood, and other mains, as well as for side dishes, frozen treats, and party food. Get tips on how to grill or find your favorite Food Network star or show.
Best Garage Sale Tips
organizedhome.com – Sure, a garage sale might LOOK easy: put out a bunch of stuff, and sell it to people walking by. But, there are actually strategies for having a successful garage sale. For example, have yours early in the month — right after payday. Visit this site to get more great advice.


This Month's FAQ – Can My Computer Be Damaged During A Storm?

 

Stormy PicQuestion: I'm always a little concerned when it's stormy out. Is there a possibility bad weather can damage my computer?

Answer: Yes, a lightning strike can cause considerable damage to, or even destroy, computers and other electronic devices. Your house should be equipped with a Network Interface Device (NID), which is designed to prevent lightning from damaging wiring. You can and should also use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). But, neither of these precautions is guaranteed to prevent damage. The best way to protect your electronics is to unplug them during a storm. After the storm passes, be sure to start them up again to make sure they're operating properly.

 

Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2015 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 2015
April 2015
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

 

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Kitten Goes Crazy For Reflection
Who knew the mirror could be a place to find a playmate? Watch what happens when this adorable kitten tries to attack its new "friend."
  Vegetable Market is Right on Track
These veggie vendors in Thailand know exactly how to deal with a train running right through their market. Not so much as a mashed potato in sight!

Join Us Saturday, April 18 For Our Annual Meeting

 

Annual Meeting

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Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

 

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FYI Decision - FREE
This app, available for iPads and iPhones, can help you make both big and small decisions based on a set of objective, customizable criteria.

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Takeoff Mode - FREE
Need something to help you relax during plane takeoffs and landings? Takeoff Mode is designed to do just that, with an engaging game and soothing music.

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Autodesk Pixlr - FREE
Pixlr turns your phone into a darkroom, enabling you to edit photos with cropping, rotation, effects, overlays, borders, and more fun options.

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Scam Alert – Avoid Online Travel Booking Scams

 

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

 

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Fun, Yummy Cupcakes Look Too Good To Eat
 
Simple And Healthy Poached Egg Idea
 
Recycled Bedsprings Make Stylish Lamps

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

 

Ready, Set, Race!
indianapolismotorspeedway.com – Racing season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway starts on May 3, and this site can help you prepare. Whether you want to purchase tickets, find camping information, check out photos, or just learn more about events, you'll find it here. Visit the Get the Gear section for hats, t-shirts, and more.
Plant A Tree For Earth
forestnation.com – Earth Day is April 22, and you're invited to celebrate by planting a tree. ForestNation has a goal of one billion trees planted on this day to give back to Earth and help stabilize its climate. When you buy your tree from ForestNation, the organization will plant another in a developing country.
Grow Your Fruit and Veggie Knowledge
fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org – The latest guidelines from the USDA suggest that Americans fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal. This site makes it easy to use these nutrition stars in your meal planning. Check out the Nutrition Databases for how to select, store, and prepare dozens of healthful foods.
Fun In The Sand
thisissand.com – Remember how fun it was to play with sand when you were a kid? Now you can get the same experience, even if you're hundreds of miles from the nearest beach. This desktop application (that's also available for mobile devices) enables you to choose colors of sand and make your own artistic creations.


This Month's FAQ – How to Stop Videos From Auto-Playing On Facebook

 

Question: When I open Facebook, every video in my feed starts playing automatically. Can I make it stop?

Download Graphics to View Answer: The short answer is yes! And you have good reasons to want to do so. All those videos can use up your computer's power and might not be appropriate for the environment where you're watching them (such as work). Not to mention, it can be just plain annoying. To turn off this feature in Facebook, follow these instructions:
  1. From your Facebook home page, in the upper-right corner, click the down arrow, and select Settings from the menu.

  2. On the next screen, in the left column menu, choose Videos.

  3. Under Video Settings, next to Auto-Play Videos, click the down arrow, and select Off.
    The process for turning off this feature on your Facebook app is similar. Tap the menu icon, go into Settings, and find the video option from there.

 

Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2015 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 2015
March 2015
Link to Alliance Internet

 

Get A FREE Wireless Router

 

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

 

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Dashing Through The Snow
The power of nature and machines come together for an exciting display in this remarkable video. You might want to put on your ski goggles for this one!
  Learn A Bunch Of Brady Secrets
Apparently even sunny Marcia Brady gets a little cranky when she's hungry. Watch fascinating footage of the making of the 2015 Snickers Super Bowl ad.

Movie Time – Get The Best In Entertainment

 


Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

 

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Candy Crush Saga - FREE
Download this sweetest of apps to test your skills at mixing up the tasty treats on the game board just right. Play with friends to have the most fun.

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Pinterest - FREE
If you love the desktop version, download the app so you can pin on the go. Newbies will also appreciate the fun visual discovery and sharing.

Learn more...
 
Epicurious - FREE
Food lovers, take notice: This app allows you to search for recipes, make shopping lists, follow cooking instructions, and get a "recipe of the day."


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Scam Alert – Beware Of Malvertising

 

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

 

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Sour And Sweet Treat Has Berries Galore
 
Adorable Dogs Find Cozy Sitting Space
 
Fun And Colorful Jelly Bean Tree

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

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month
nwhp.org – Sponsored by the National Women's History Project, Women's History Month celebrates women's role in the history of our country. At this site, you can learn more about this year's theme, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives," find a performer or author to speak at your event, or purchase books and other resources.
Springtime Projects From Martha Stewart
marthastewart.com – Ready for some springtime projects? As usual, Martha Stewart has you covered. From egg ornaments to flower baskets to baby shower ideas, on this site you'll find step-by-step instructions to create them all. When you find something you like, it's easy to share with friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more.
Great Deals On Gym Memberships
consumerreports.org – This Consumer Reports article describes several practical ways to save money on a gym membership. It includes strategies like signing up toward the end of the month, joining with others, and negotiating a fee that excludes services you won't use. You can also watch updates from services like Groupon for membership offers.
Nutritious Springtime Produce
cookinglight.com – Every season has its best produce, and this site celebrates the nutrition-packed fruits and veggies of spring. How about some juicy strawberries for fiber and Vitamin C? A good source of plant protein, fresh peas are at their peak from April through July. Artichokes, rhubarb, and morel mushrooms round out the list.


This Month's FAQ – How Can I Keep Neighbors From Using My Home Wi-Fi?

 

Question: I suspect my neighbors are using my Wi-Fi. How can I prevent this?

Keep Neighbors From Using My Wi-Fi Answer: You're right to take precautions, as higher data charges, slow speeds, and hacking can result from unauthorized persons using your Wi-Fi (this is known as "piggybacking"). There are many steps you can take to prevent it from happening. Here are three of the most effective:
  1. Create a password. Go into the admin dashboard for your router and find the default password. Change it to something difficult to guess. The best passwords are long, random combinations of letters and numbers. Don't worry about having to remember your password — you'll only have to enter it the first time you use a device on the network.

  2. Encrypt wireless signals. This task also involves getting into your router dashboard. Once you're there, change your security mode to WPA2, WPA, or WEP.

  3. Reduce your range. Place your router in the middle of your home to restrict its range only to authorized users.

 

Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2015 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 2015
February 2015
Link to Alliance Internet

 

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

 

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Cop Sings Along to Taylor Swift Song
While on patrol, a cop sings and moves to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," and his arresting version of the hit song is caught on the dashcam.
  Even Top Athletes Need A Lift
Forget water, Gatorade, and the other usual sports drinks. Serena Williams confirms that it's allowed, then orders an espresso during a tennis match.

Attention Seniors – Scholarships Available

 

Scholarships

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Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

 

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GasBuddy - FREE
Whether gas prices are up or down, GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest place close to your location to fill up. You can also earn points by reporting gas prices.

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Trivia Crack - FREE
Test your knowledge of art, science, sports, geography, history, and entertainment. Play against friends or random opponents, then track your wins and stats.

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Tagwhat - FREE
Get "hyperlocal" information — from other users and online sources — about deals and events from places near your location, anywhere in the world.

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Scam Alert – Watch Out For Tech Support Scams

 

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

 

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Colorful And Delicious Valentine's Day Treat
 
Chomp On Chewy Chocolate Cherry
 
Ordinary Lampshade Becomes Night Sky

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

 

Scout Out A New Neighborhood
neighborhoodscout.com – Looking for a new city to call home? Check out this site first. Simply use the easy interface to learn about things like affordability, school system quality, average home values, and demographics. When you're ready for the next step, you have the option of being matched with a real estate agent.
Find Solutions To Product Problems
manualsonline.com – Sometimes a product problem is easy to fix — if you know how to find the solution. ManualsOnline provides access to over 700,000 product manuals so you can quickly solve problems. For a human touch, access the user community. You can also sign up for helpful product-specific newsletters and tools.
Check Out These Valentine's Videos
history.com – Curious about the origins of Valentine's Day? What goes on in the brain during heartbreak? Or how the kissing styles of men and women differ? As you get ready to celebrate the year's most romantic holiday, stop by this site to watch videos that will answer these questions and more.
Get Your Foodie Fix
restaurant.org – Move over, Iron Chef! Members of the American Culinary Federation have offered their views on the hottest menu trends for 2015, and this National Restaurant Association site reveals the results. Watch the video for an overview or read one of several PDFs and articles to get detailed "what's hot" info.


Short Tutorial – How To Perform A Search On Twitter

 

See What's Happening Right Now
Your Twitter timeline is great for helping you stay updated, entertained, and connected. But did you know you can also search the entire Twitterverse for information? Here's how it works:
  1. Locate the search box at the top of your Twitter home page or app.

  2. Type in your search term and enter.

  3. The results will reflect everything on Twitter, including tweets and users.

  4. In the full version, narrow the results by choosing from the selections in the left-hand column. If you're using the app, view these selections by tapping the "refine results" icon at the top of your screen.

  5. As an alternative search method, click or tap a hashtag within a tweet to find all tweets with the same hashtag.
With 300,000 new tweets posted each minute, it's likely you'll find what you're looking for!

 

Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2015 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 2015
January 2015
Link to Alliance Internet

 

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

 

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Discover The Secret Of This Optical Illusion
Here's a great reminder that things aren't always what they seem. The dots appear to be moving in circles but are actually moving in straight lines.
  "Surfin' USA" Bulldog
This English Bulldog, named Tillman, is one multi-talented (and cool) creature. Tillman skimboards, snowboards, and skateboards to The Beach Boys classic, "Surfin' USA."

Get Happy – With A DVR & HD From Alliance

 

Get Happy

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Featured Apps – These Are Well Worth A Look

 

Facebook - FREE Vine - FREE
Vine allows you to record and share six-second looping videos. Interact with friends, browse videos from other users, or share your creations on Facebook or Twitter.

Learn more...
  Flixster - FREE Overdrive - FREE
Love to read? Then you'll love this app, which lets you borrow thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and videos from your local library.


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Scam Alert – Avoid The Top 5 Facebook Scams

 

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

 

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Quick Hot Chocolate
For Cold Winter Days
 
Slow Cooker Dinners
Make Dinner A Snap
 
Guests Will Get A Kick
Out Of These Footballs

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

 

Major Life Events Can Affect Your Taxes
irs.gov/ – When you're caught up in the joy of a baby, marriage, or new house—or in the challenges of divorce, bankruptcy, or a natural disaster—the last thing you're probably thinking about is taxes. But these types of situations can have a significant tax impact. Visit this site to learn more.
Tools To Get Fit, All in One Place
fitday.com – FitDay can help you meet your weight loss goals with several helpful tools: articles that focus on the challenges of weight loss, a dietician to create a custom health plan, a calorie counter to track calorie intake, and a mobile app to keep track on the go.
Secure Online Financial Tracking
mint.com – Time to get your finances in order? With Mint, you can categorize and budget to achieve your financial goals. This online application allows you to see your cash, credit card, loan, and investment accounts all in one place. You can also organize your bills and get alerts when they're due.
Get And Stay Organized
unclutterer.com – From financial files to kids' toys to upcoming events, the Unclutterer can help you unclutter your life! This practical blog offers advice in numerous areas including kitchen, garage, and travel. For example, learn how to sort out your recipes, prepare yard tools for spring, or make the most of airport waiting time.


This Month's FAQ – What Do The Terms "Digital Native" And "Digital Immigrant" Mean?

 

Question: I've heard the terms "digital native" and "digital immigrant" but I don't know what they mean. Can you explain?

Download Graphics to View Answer: The terms "digital native" and "digital immigrant" both refer to how much of their lives people have spent in the digital world. Digital natives are those who have been interacting with digital devices, and especially the Internet, all their lives and feel comfortable with this technology. Digital natives are usually people in Generation Y and younger.

Digital immigrants are typically people belonging to Generation X and previous generations, who experienced life before the Internet. These folks may have grown up with TV, video games, and early computers but were introduced to the Internet as teens or adults. They have adapted to the Internet and related technologies but the interaction isn't as comfortable as it is for younger users.

 

Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
Garretson, SD 57030

605-594-3411



©2015 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 2014
December 2014
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Threatening Ransomware Is Going Around

Get A DVR And HD For The Holidays

Hope Your Holidays Are a Ho, Ho, Ho Lot Of Fun

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

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In December

This Month's FAQ
I've Heard Of Phishing, But What Is Whaling?

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

Short Tutorial
How To Delete Or Edit A Facebook Comment You Posted


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View There's always a little magic in the air during December, whether it's from glistening snowflakes or simply the sparkle of the holidays. Our gift to you is an issue filled with ideas for making this season even more magical.

In the Pinterest section, find inspiration for a whimsical Christmas tree cupcake, a fragrant stovetop potpourri, and a dazzling centerpiece made from old bulbs. In Sites of the Month, check out holiday presents to make in your kitchen and too-cute photos of snowmen (and snowwomen) to create in your yard. In Two to View, take a minute to enjoy a heartfelt love song performed by a husband for his wife.

This December issue also contains more serious Internet-related information. Take a few minutes to read the warning about CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware, discover the difference between phishing and whaling, and learn how to delete or edit your Facebook posts.

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 – Threatening Ransomware Is Going Around

 

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Get A DVR And HD For The Holidays

 

DVR and HD

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Hope Your Holidays Are a Ho, Ho, Ho Lot Of Fun

 

Holiday Greetings and Reminders All of us at Alliance Communications wish you a very jolly holiday season filled with wonderful celebrations with family and friends. As you plan your activities, remember our office will be closed on the following days:
  • Closed from Wednesday, December 24, at noon, through Thursday, December 25
  • Closed from Wednesday, December 31, at 3 p.m., through Thursday, January 1
In case of a service emergency, dial 611 from any phone with Alliance service or call 605-594-3411.

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

 

Smart Year-End Tax Moves
bankrate.com – Before you ring in the New Year, set aside some time to see if there are tax moves you should make before the end of 2014. This site covers 10 such moves including deferring your income, being generous to charities, and adding to your 401(k).
Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen
sunset.com – Food always makes a welcome gift and when it comes from your kitchen, it's even more meaningful. Take a peek at these 16 delicious recipes, ranging from Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee to Peppermint Stick Cocoa in a jar.
Escape To A Calming Oasis
calm.com – When the hectic holiday pace leaves you feeling frazzled, this site offers soothing images and music. You can use the timer to set the number of minutes you'd like to enjoy the scene or choose a timed "guided calm," which offers a voice-guided relaxation session.
Creative Ideas For A Snowman
hallmark.com – Want to make a snowman packed with personality that will capture the attention of your neighbors? Browse around this site and get ready to impress. You'll find a list of handy tools, inspiring photos, and step-by-step instructions.

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This Month's FAQ – I've Heard Of Phishing, But What Is Whaling?

 

Question: I've heard of phishing, where scammers masquerade as a trustworthy entity in an email and try to get my usernames, passwords, or other personal data. But what is whaling?

Download Graphics to View Answer: Whaling is a specific form of phishing that's designed to target upper-level managers in private companies. A whaling email is designed to look like a critical business message sent from a legitimate business authority such as the FBI or the Better Business Bureau. The scammers often use the person's correct title, direct line phone number, and the names of other key people in the business – information probably bought from other criminals online.

The message is designed to trick the recipient into clicking on a link that will compromise the recipient's computer, potentially giving the criminal access to confidential company information on their hard drives. Since the target is a "big fish," this scam is called "whaling."

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

 

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Boosting Bees By "Flower Bombing"
This beautifully crafted short film shows organic food brand Cascadian Farm use a crop duster to spread wild flower seed balls in an agricultural community to help increase its bee population.
  Marty Brown On America's Got Talent
Get your tissues ready for this touching expression of love on the stage of America's Got Talent. Marty Brown sings the same Bob Dylan song he regularly sings to his wife at home.

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Short Tutorial – How To Delete Or Edit A Facebook Comment You Posted

 

Edit A Facebook Comment Download Graphics to View You meant to post "thing" and it ended up "thong." Mistakes happen, including on Facebook. But don't worry if you realize your Facebook post has a typo or an embarrassing auto-correct situation. You can easily delete or edit your Facebook posts using the steps below.

To delete a comment on Facebook:
  1. Click on the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your comment.
  2. Select Delete.
  3. Click Delete.
To edit a comment:
  1. Click on the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your comment.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. Edit your comment.
  4. Press Enter or Return to post your updated comment, or Esc to cancel.
When you edit a comment, you'll see a note under your comment showing the time it was edited. Anyone who can see your comment can see that it was edited and click the link to see what was changed.

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Alliance Communications
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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.

 
November 2014
November 2014
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Discovery Networks Demand Extreme Hike In Programming Fees

Scam Alert
Watch Out For Fake Charities During Holiday Season

Happy Thanksgiving
From Our Family To Yours

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

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In November

This Month's FAQ
Which Security Question Should I Pick For A "Forgot Password" Feature?

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

Short Tutorial
How To Save Interesting Items On Facebook


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View November is the month when temperatures cool down and holiday preparations heat up. We've gathered seasonal content here to help you enjoy what makes November special (as well as avoid one of the month's potential threats). We start with a warning about the fake charity scams that turn up every fall, and we offer tips on how to avoid them.

Need recipe ideas for entertaining family and friends? Check out the hot cider and pumpkin doughnut recipes in the Pinterest section. Want to better understand your furry companions? Head for the fascinating dog site in Sites of the Month. Need inspiration for a building project? Watch a barn go up in minutes in Two to View.

This November issue also includes advice on how to pick a good security question as well as how to save interesting items on Facebook for reading later.

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

 

Discovery Networks Demand Extreme Hike In Programming Fees

 

Alliance Communications is currently in contract negotiations with Discovery Networks, the owner of Discovery, TLC, OWN, Investigation Discovery and others. Discovery wants rural cable TV providers to pay 50%-100% more than urban providers pay for the same networks! These predatory practices directly impact your bill.

We want to hear from you! How important are the Discovery Networks to you and your family? We also want to know which other channels you enjoy. Click here to learn more, take a short survey, and voice your opinion.

Our contract with Discovery Networks expires December 31.

Our goal is to manage your monthly bill by fighting against excessive TV network fee increases from large, powerful media conglomerates. That's why we are a member of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), an association of more than 900 independent cable and broadband companies across the United States. This allows us to negotiate as one large group to gain cost benefits. Rest assured, we will continue to negotiate hard to keep your prices low.

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Scam Alert – Watch Out For Fake Charities During Holiday Season

 

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Happy Thanksgiving – From Our Family To Yours

 

Thanksgiving Greetings and Reminders All of us at Alliance Communications hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. In the spirit of this holiday, we also want to thank you for using our communications services. By doing so, you help strengthen our local economy.

As a reminder, our office will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. Speaking of that weekend, we encourage you to take part in Small Business Saturday on November 29 and shop for the holidays at our community's small local businesses. When we support one another, we all win.

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

 

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Spice Up Fall With This Apple Cider Recipe
 
Pumpkin Doughnuts Round Out Breakfast
 
A Baby Donkey That's All Ears And All Too Cute

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

 

Try New Side Dishes For Thanksgiving
southernliving.com – The main dish of turkey may be non-negotiable, but we bet there's room on your Thanksgiving table for a new side dish or two. Check out this mouthwatering collection of recipes from Southern Living including Bacon & Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cumin.
See The World Through Your Dog's Eyes
dognition.com – This fascinating site helps you learn how your dog's mind works. The Dognition Assessment uses science-based games to look at empathy, communication, cunning, memory, and reasoning. The results will give you a richer understanding of your dog's behavior.
Make The Most Of Your Money
clarkhoward.com – Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer expert who shares ways for people to "save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off." You can watch recent video tips, listen to his radio show, and browse through information on everything from buying a car to negotiating a raise.
What's Trending In Holiday Decorating?
christmas.com – Using the same holiday decorations year after year can get boring. So before you deck the halls, pick up fresh ideas such as re-purposing vintage items and adding texture through burlap. You can also create a family page to share holiday photos, save recipes, and more.

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This Month's FAQ – Which Security Question Should I Pick For A "Forgot Password" Feature?

 

Question: Sometimes a website will ask me to choose a security question from a list or write my own. What makes a good security question for a "Forgot Password" feature?

Download Graphics to View Answer: The security question (and answer) that's associated with an online account enables you to be sent your password in case you forget it. In order to prevent someone not authorized to access your account from getting your password, it's important to use a security question with an answer that has these characteristics:
  • It should be difficult to discover through research. The answer to your security question should not be something that could be easily looked up online, such as, "What is my high school's mascot?"

  • It should be hard to guess. This means any question with a limited list of answers is not a secure one. For example, don't use any security question where the answer is a month, a color, or a day of the week. An intruder could probably guess with just a few tries the answer to a bad question such as "What color is my bedroom?"

  • It shouldn't change over time. The problem with a question such as, "What is your favorite book?" is that the answer may not be the same five years from now.
It's well worth your time to make sure your security questions and answers (along with your passwords) create a strong defense against hackers.

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

 

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See Why Not To Text And Drive
This video catches moviegoers off guard as it dramatically shows what can happen when you quit watching the road to reach for your phone.
  Amazing Amish Barn Raising
See more than 10 hours of barn building in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Clearly, many hands do make light work!

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Short Tutorial – How To Save Interesting Items On Facebook

 

Tired of scrolling through a friend's Facebook news feed to find the link to that cool story you didn't have time to read when it was originally posted? Thanks to a new feature in Facebook, you can save interesting items to check out later.

Download Graphics to View To save something you see on Facebook:
  • From your News Feed: Click the down arrow icon and then select Save

  • From a Page: Click the three dots icon and then select Save

  • From an event: Click the bookmark icon Save
Note: You can't save photos or posts without links.

When you save things on Facebook, they'll appear in your Saved Items that only you can see.

To view the things you've saved:
  1. Go to Facebook.com/saved or click Saved in the left column of your homepage after you've saved something.

  2. Click a saved category at the top or click a saved item to view it.
For more details, visit this link.

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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.

 
October 2014
October 2014t
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Hacker Alert
Another Data Breach At A Big Retailer

The Best Bundles In Town

Every Touchdown. Every Game.
With NFL RedZone

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

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October

This Month's FAQ
Can The Facebook Messenger App Take Control Of My Phone?

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

Short Tutorial
How To Correctly Make A Hashtag


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View It's October, which means pumpkins are showing up all over. Before you start carving jack o'lanterns for your home, carve out a few minutes to review this issue. It begins with an overview of a massive retail data breach, carried out by hackers as malicious as any Halloween ghouls. Make sure you're reviewing your payment card accounts regularly!

To really get in the spirit of October, check out the easy-to-make fall centerpieces in the Pinterest section, pumpkin recipes and costume ideas in Sites of the Month, and the time-lapse video of a giant pumpkin growing.

Speaking of growth, it's important to keep learning more about social media and other online topics. This issue includes an explanation of the recent brouhaha surrounding the Facebook Messenger app and teaches you what to do (and not do) when making a hashtag.

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

 

Hacker Alert – Another Data Breach At A Big Retailer

 

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The Best Bundles In Town

 

Best Bundles In Town

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Every Touchdown. Every Game. – With NFL RedZone

 

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

 

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Retro Calculator Adds Up To Cool Memories
 
You'll Fall For These Festive Fall Centerpieces
 
Coconut Hot Chocolate & Whipped Coconut Cream

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

 

Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?
odi.nhtsa.dot.gov – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it easy to check whether any vehicle recalls apply to you. Simply enter the model year, make, and model and do a quick search. You can also enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to get more detailed repair information.
Sweet And Savory Pumpkin Recipes
allrecipes.com – Pumpkin is the "in" ingredient this time of year, so join the fun by browsing through this collection of pumpkin recipes. You'll find Harvest Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Turkey Chili, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake, and more.
Easy Halloween Costumes For Kids
diynetwork.com – If you haven't yet figured out what your kids will be for Halloween, you should be able to scare up some great ideas at this site. The costumes are adorable and can be put together pretty easily, even if you aren't the crafty type.
Advice That's Right On The Money
smartaboutmoney.org – It pays to know as much as you can about money and you can learn a lot here. This site offers financial advice and information for all stages of life including calculators, quizzes, articles on hot topics, and an extensive resource library.

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This Month's FAQ – Can The Facebook Messenger App Take Control Of My Phone?

 

Question: I've heard some people have privacy concerns about the standalone version of the Facebook Messenger app. Can this app really take control of my phone? Facebook Messenger App Download Graphics to View

Answer: In mid-2014, Facebook rolled out the Facebook Messenger app, a standalone version of that social network's instant chat feature, which users accessed separately on their mobile devices (i.e., without launching the full Facebook app). That rollout prompted renewed interest in a December 2013 article by Sam Fiorella (circulated widely in August 2014) that warned potential Facebook Messenger users that the app's Terms of Service (TOS) "requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and direct control over your mobile device." Rumors started circulating that Facebook could use the app to surreptitiously take over users' smartphones to take photos or even make phone calls.

According to Facebook, those fears do not reflect reality. "If you want to send a selfie to a friend, the app needs permission to turn on your phone's camera and capture that photo," the company said in its message to users. "We don't turn on your camera or microphone when you aren't using the app." In other words, the Facebook Messenger app absolutely CANNOT do these things without YOU initiating them. It needs the permission in advance so that when you ask it to do these things, they work.

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

 

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Watch A Giant Pumpkin Grow
Check out this incredible time-lapse video that shows a pumpkin grow from a small seedling to become a 636-pound entry in a fair.
  Apple Ad Parody From IKEA
Get ready to grin! This very funny commercial for the printed IKEA Catalogue describes it as a "bookbook" with amazing new technology.

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Short Tutorial – How To Correctly Make A Hashtag

 

Hashtag Download Graphics to View A hashtag is a phrase or keyword that is preceded by a pound (#) symbol and used by the micro-blogging community to create a thread of conversations around a specific theme or topic. Its purpose is to categorize topics, bring ideas together, inspire exchange, and encourage others to join in.

When you make a new hashtag, follow these guidelines:
  • Keep it brief. You only need to add a # before a word to make it a hashtag. The best hashtags are those composed of a single word or a few letters. Twitter experts recommend keeping the keyword under 6 characters.

  • Use only numbers and letters in your keyword. Hyphens and dashes will not work.

  • Don't use spaces. Hashtags do not support spaces. So if you're using two words, skip the space between them.

  • Don't use special characters. Hashtags only work with the # sign. Special characters like "!, $, %, ^, &, *, and +" will not work.

  • Don't start with or use only numbers. For example, hashtags like #123 or #123yo won't work. Numbers can be used at the end, as in #SXSW14.
In addition, don't use more than two hashtags in your post. It goes against social media etiquette.

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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.

 
September 2014
September 2014
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Get the Ultimate Triple Play
And Get The Best Deal With FREE Installation

Data Breach Alert
Russian Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords

Get NFL RedZone
And Never Miss Another Touchdown!

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

This Month's FAQ
How Can I Turn Off Facebook's Notification Sounds?

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 Add The Pin It Button To Your Browser


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View September transitions us from summer to fall. As the month progresses, we may experience cooler temperatures, more colorful leaves, and seasonal changes to daily routines. To get you in the spirit, this September issue is sprinkled with fun, fall-related resources.

But first, we share important information on the Russian data breach that's been in the news lately, and what you can do on a regular basis to help protect your data. We also provide tips for how to turn off Facebook notification sounds and how to add the Pin It button to your browser.

Could your home use back-to-school touches this fall? Check out the Pinterest section. Want to turn free leaves into fabulous crafts? Rake up 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

 

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Bundles

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Data Breach Alert – Russian Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords

 

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Get NFL RedZone – And Never Miss Another Touchdown!

 

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

 

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Build Organization With Backpack Central
 
Pencil "Cake" Makes A Sharp Decoration
 
Cake Batter Cookies Feature Funfetti Flair

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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Turn Off Facebook's Notification Sounds?

 

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Question: I'm getting tired of hearing notification sounds every time I have Facebook activity. How do I turn off the sounds?

Answer: There's a quick-and-easy fix for this problem that will reduce the noise in your life! To turn off Facebook's notification sounds:
  1. Go to your Facebook page.

  2. Click the upside-down triangle in the upper-right corner of the blue bar, then click the "Settings" link.

  3. In the left column, select "Notifications."

  4. Where it says "On Facebook," click the "View" link and uncheck "Play a sound."

  5. Click the "Save Changes" button.

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

 

Is Your Fireplace Ready for Fall?
usfa.fema.gov – With temperatures dropping, you may be in the mood to start a fire in your fireplace or woodstove. Before you do, take a quick look at this site. It offers reminders on the importance of inspections and cleaning, using the proper wood, and more.
Recipes for a Better Morning
cookinglight.com – September is Better Breakfast Month and a great time to try some quick and healthy breakfast recipes. Take a look at delicious options including Blueberry Power Muffins, Greek Yogurt Parfaits, and Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese.
Understanding Ebola
cdc.gov – The recent West African outbreak of Ebola has captured headlines and understandably raised concerns. This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a great resource for learning about transmission, signs and symptoms, risk of exposure, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Rake Up New Craft Ideas
bhg.com – Those gorgeous fall leaves in your yard can be showcased in your home, thanks to this collection of simple craft projects. Use leaves as ornaments. Frame them like artwork. Or turn them into a wreath. The options are "tree-mendous."

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

 

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Trombonist Serenades Cows
Who knew cows loved trombone music? Watch an entire herd of them come up over the horizon and run toward the trombone-playing farmer.
  Baby Tears Up When Mother Sings
When this mother sings a beautiful, yet sad, song to her 10-month-old baby, the baby reacts by crying sweet tears sure to melt your heart.

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Short Tutorial – How To Add The Pin It Button To Your Browser

 

Download Graphics to View The Pin It button makes it easy to Pin things to Pinterest that you find on the web — like a recipe from your favorite food blog or a photo from a travel site. You can get this button from the Pinterest Goodies page at http://about.pinterest.com/en/goodies#browser.

Here are the steps to adding the Pin It button to Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari:

Chrome
  1. Go to http://about.pinterest.com/en/goodies#browser from Chrome (or get the Pin It button at the Chrome web store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps).
  2. Click "Install Now."
  3. After installing, you'll see a Pin It button any time you mouse over an image. Or, click the red P at the top of your browser whenever you find something on the web you want to Pin.
Firefox
  1. Go to https://about.pinterest.com/assets/ext/Pinterest-Firefox.xpi.
  2. Click "Install Now."
  3. After installing, click the red P at the top of your browser whenever you find something on the web you want to Pin.
Internet Explorer
  1. Go to http://about.pinterest.com/en/goodies#browser.
  2. Drag the button to Internet Explorer's bookmark bar.
  3. After installing, just click Pin It from your bookmarks whenever you find something on the web you want to Pin.
Safari
  1. Go to http://about.pinterest.com/en/goodies#browser from Safari.
  2. Click "Install Now."
  3. After installing, you'll see a Pin It button any time you mouse over an image. Or, click the P at the top of your browser whenever you find something on the web you want to Pin.

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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.

 
August 2014
August 2014
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Get the Ultimate Triple Play
And Get The Best Deal With FREE Installation

Scam Alert
Beware Of Emails Claiming To Be From Big Online Retailer

Get NFL RedZone
And Never Miss Another Touchdown!

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

This Month's FAQ
What Does #TBT Mean?

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 Adjust What You See In Your Facebook News Feed


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Back To School The month of August may lead to back-to-school shopping lists, stir up classroom memories from years ago, or inspire you to expand your knowledge of certain subjects. In this spirit, we've gathered smart online tips and notes about educational resources.

We want you to be able to outsmart cybercriminals, so study the warning about scams attached to the Amazon name so you'll be able to identify their tricks. To help you learn more about social media, check out our description of Throwback Thursday and instructions on how to adjust your Facebook News Feed. And don't miss the Sites of the Month for great places for your brain to visit.

You'll also find just plain fun things in this August issue; after all, everyone deserves recess! For instance, pick up some clever craft ideas in the Pinterest section and watch videos about cake cutting and tight rope walking.

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

 

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Apples to Apples

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Scam Alert – Beware Of Emails Claiming To Be From Big Online Retailer

 

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Get NFL RedZone – And Never Miss Another Touchdown!

 

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

 

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Clever Bathroom
Storage From Pipe
 
Whoo, Whoo Wants
An Owl Craft Idea?
 
Blueberry And White
Chocolate Cheesecake

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This Month's FAQ – What Does #TBT Mean?

 

Question: Some of my Facebook friends are posting old photos with the hashtag #TBT. What does it mean?

Throwback What? Answer: The hashtag #TBT stands for Throwback Thursday — a weekly social media posting theme that invites users to post content, usually photos, from their past. In addition to Facebook, Throwback Thursday posts are also very popular on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.

It's easy to participate in Throwback Thursday and the "blasts from the past" are a fun conversation starter. Just scan a photo from that dusty photo album on your shelf and post it using one of these hashtags: #TBT, #ThrowbackThursday or #Throwback. Just for fun, you can also check out what celebrities have posted on Throwback Thursdays by visiting this link.

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

 

Enjoy Fair Food At Home
food.com – August is a busy month for state fairs across the U.S. If you just can't get enough of iconic fair food, check out this fairly spectacular recipe collection. It features favorites such as chocolate bacon, fried Twinkies, corn dogs, blue-ribbon pies, and more.
Learn Fast And Have Fun
memrise.com – If back-to-school season has inspired you to learn something new, you may want to check out this education site. There are thousands of free courses — from languages to history to trivia — all using science-based learning techniques to improve your memory and increase your fun.
How Well Do You Know The World?
geoguessr.com – You don't need to head to the airport to embark on a journey. GeoGuessor's games take you from desolate roads in Australia to the bustling streets of New York City and many places in between. To play, simply look at a photo and guess its location; the closer you are in miles, the more points you earn
Enter Your Birthdate For Cool Statistics
you.regettingold.com – We're all getting older. But thanks to this site, we can also get wiser. Enter your birthdate to see all kinds of factoids including how many birthday candles have been on your cakes so far, approximately how many breaths you've taken in total, and major news headlines from each phase of your life.

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

 

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Daredevils Up In The Air
This breathtaking video (as in you'll be holding your breath) shows men tight rope walking between two hot air balloons, known as skylining.
  Scientific Way To Cut A Cake
You probably cut a round layer cake the same way you cut a pie – in wedges. But check out this better way to cut a cake that will keep it fresher longer.

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Short Tutorial – How To Adjust What You See In Your Facebook News Feed

 

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When you check your News Feed, do you sometimes grumble under your breath about the stories you see there? In other words, is some content just not of interest to you and wasting your time? According to our friends at Facebook, you can make News Feed adjustments by choosing to view stories in the order they're posted, by hiding stories you don't want to see, by following or unfollowing friends, and by using friend lists.

Adjust Viewing Order Click next to News Feed in the top-left corner of your feed to choose which stories you see first. Select Top Stories to see the stories at the top of your Feed, or select Most Recent to see stories in the order they were posted. Keep in mind that Top Stories is the default way to view stories in your Feed.

Hide Stories You Don't Want To See
To keep stories from people, Pages, or groups from appearing in your News Feed, click the down arrow in the top right of a story. You'll see the option to Unfollow the person, Page, or group. You can also click "I don't want to see this" and give Facebook feedback or take more action, like asking the person who posted the story to take it down, or reporting the story to Facebook if it doesn't follow the Community Standards.

Follow Or Unfollow Your Friends
To adjust the updates you see from friends, you can choose to Follow or Unfollow them. Visit a friend's Timeline and click the Following button to the right of their profile picture to Unfollow. Unfollowing means you'll no longer see your friend's updates in News Feed. Your friend will not be notified if you unfollow them.

Use Friend Lists
Click one of your friend lists on the left side of your homepage to see stories just from the people on that list.

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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



©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.

 
July 2014
July 2014
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Malware Alert
Cyber Pandemic Known As ...

Go Paperless
Receive $15 Bill Credit!

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

This Month's FAQ
What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?

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 Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Watermelon! Download Graphics to View July is a delicious time of year and we hope you're getting a taste of all it has to offer. Of course, the Internet is a little like a slice of watermelon – you have to deal with a few seeds while enjoying the good stuff. Speaking of which, be sure to check out our alert about the latest malware pandemic, including warning signs and a helpful resource. To enhance your privacy, we share quick-and-easy instructions on how to adjust who sees your Facebook posts.

Also on the menu of this July issue are recipes featuring summer produce and a video showing an unusual apple-peeling method. Since so much of summer is spent outside, don't miss the tips for protecting your skin against the sun, the inspiration of an amazing mountain climb without ropes, and a cool idea for a skateboard swing.

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 – Cyber Pandemic Known As ...

 

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Go Paperless – Receive $15 Bill Credit!

 

Paperless Billing

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

 

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Try This Fun, Fresh
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This Month's FAQ – What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?

 

RAT Download Graphics to View Question: I've seen the acronym RAT used in computer articles but am confused by its meaning. Does it stand for Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan?

Answer: Actually, RAT can stand for either Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan. What's the difference? A Remote Access Tool is a piece of software used to remotely access or control a computer; it can be used legitimately by system administrators for accessing client computers. For example, the IT person at your company could use a Remote Access Tool to see what's on your computer screen and help you troubleshoot a problem.

When a Remote Access Tool is used for malicious purposes by hackers, it's known as a Remote Access Trojan. This type of RAT (aptly named) infects the victim's machine to gain administrative access and allows hackers to perform unauthorized operations. To prevent unknowingly allowing a Remote Access Trojan to invade your computer, avoid unsolicited email attachments and links, run up-to-date security software, and don't believe anyone who contacts you claiming to be tech support for a major company.

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

 

Learn To Be Safe In The Sun
foh.hhs.gov – July is UV Safety Month. How much do you know about the sun's harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays and how to protect yourself from them? Take the Sun Safety Quiz here and find out. Be sure to review the tips provided on clothing, shade, sunscreen, and more.
Discover Your Inner Artist
weavesilk.com/ – This interactive site helps you create works of art using just your mouse or touchpad. Click on "Draw something" to begin the process, then let the spirit move you. Everything you draw will automatically be duplicated to make a symmetrical image.
Try New Recipes Featuring Summer Produce
foodnetwork.com – Summer fruits and vegetables are a rainbow of deliciousness. So whether you get them from your backyard, a farmers' market, or the grocery store, make the most of them with this crop of Food Network recipes including Watermelon Cucumber Salad and Fresh Peach Cake.

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

 

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A Very A-Peeling Technique
Who knew how handy a power drill could be in the kitchen? This chef must be in a big hurry to make apple pies!
  Look Ma, No Ropes!
You'll be mesmerized — and on the edge of your seat — when you watch this daring free-solo climb with no ropes.

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Short Tutorial – How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

 

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If you have a large number of Facebook friends, it's likely this list includes people who are actually distant acquaintances. Should you decide you don't want these people seeing all of your Facebook posts, simply follow the steps below to adjust your default audience.

Locate Privacy Settings
  1. On your Facebook home page, click the down arrow on the top-right part of the screen.
  2. From the menu, choose Settings.
  3. You will be brought to a page titled General Account Settings.
  4. In the left column, click Privacy.
  5. You will be brought to a page titled Privacy Settings and Tools.
Adjust "Who Can See My Stuff"
  1. On the Privacy Settings and Tools page, under "Who Can See My Stuff," next to "Who can see your future posts," click Edit.
  2. You will see an image that looks like the status update box. Click the down arrow at the bottom of this image.
  3. Select who you want to be the default audience for your posts (remember, you can change this each time you post). Then click Close.
  4. Click the other links in this section and follow the instructions to adjust past posts.

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June 2014
June 2014
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Rip-Off Alert
Beware of Vacation Rental Scams

Go Paperless
Receive A $15 Credit!

Alliance Boosts Email Storage By 500MB

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

This Month's FAQ
Why Do I Need To Leave My Device Unplugged For 15-30 Seconds?

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 Bookmark A Website


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Beautiful Roses Download Graphics to View The flower for June is the rose so be sure to take time to smell the roses this month. You'll also want to take time to check out this issue, which is blooming with ideas to help you fully enjoy your summer.

If you're considering a vacation rental, don't miss our tips on how to avoid online scammers and end up with a great place to stay. Continuing in the vacation mode, we also share a website designed to spot the best airfare deals. Of course, you don't have to travel to savor the joys of summer. Check out the resources for sprucing up your backyard, filling Mason jars for parties, and whipping up yummy picnic food. To add smiles to your day, watch the amazing videos of dancers young and old — they're sure to spin their way into your heart.

Keep moving through this June issue to learn why tech support tells you to unplug your devices for a certain number of seconds and how easy it is to bookmark your favorite sites.

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

 

Rip-Off Alert – Beware of Vacation Rental Scams

 

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Go Paperless – Receive A $15 Credit!

 

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Alliance Boosts Email Storage By 500MB

 

We have added 500MB storage to the mailboxes of Alliance email address users.

Now Alliance email address users have a total of 600MB of storage for email messages. Additional storage is available for $1/100MB.

This will allow users to receive more email files before they reach their maximum storage limit. 

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

 

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Berry Delicious Greek Yogurt Smoothie Pops
 
Clever Meets Country
For Your Next Party
 
30 DIY Ideas For An Awesome Backyard

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This Month's FAQ – Why Do I Need To Leave My Device Unplugged For 15-30 Seconds?

 

Question: It seems like every time I call tech support with a problem, the first thing they advise is to unplug my computer or modem and leave it unplugged for 15-30 seconds. Why is that delay needed?

Why Do I Need To Leave My Device Unplugged Answer: The reason for this delay is that most devices contain capacitors, which are little batteries that function like energy buckets. They fill up when you put a current through them and discharge otherwise. Capacitors will hold a charge for at least 10 seconds after the power is off, so you have to wait longer than that for your device's Random Access Memory (RAM) to be fully inactive. To be on the safe side, tech support often advises users to wait 15-30 seconds to make sure the capacitors discharge completely. This is important because while there's a charge, your device's RAM is still active and whatever problem you're trying to fix won't be wiped out. If you plug your device back in right away, the problem just returns. So when it comes to troubleshooting, patience is a virtue!

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

 

Blockbuster Or Bomb?
rottentomatoes.com – Summer is the blockbuster movie season and you'll have plenty of choices at the movie theater. Before you turn over your hard-earned money for tickets, however, check and see what reviewers and audiences are saying at this site. It will help you pick better flicks.
Support During A Health Crisis
caringbridge.org – CaringBridge is a site that supports private pages dedicated to those in a health crisis. Instead of flooding Facebook with sensitive information, you can create a CaringBridge page and invite family and friends to visit. While there, they can get patient updates and share good wishes.
Find Best Airfare Bargains
airfarewatchdog.com – By using this site, you can take a vacation from the hard work of trying to find the best airfare deals. Just enter where you want to go, and its "Dealhounds" will watch for the lowest prices on flights to that city and alert you of them. It's a doggone easy way to find a travel bargain.
Plan The Perfect Picnic
mrfood.com – International Picnic Day is June 18. To get ready for the celebration, check out these recipes. You'll find all kinds of delicious foods to go in your picnic basket or cooler including Crisp Cucumber Salad, BLT Burritos, Iced Green Tea, and Lime Margarita Bars.

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

 

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Still Kicking At Age 79
Simon Cowell is humbled after rejecting a 79-year-old ballroom dancer right before she gives the performance of a lifetime. You'll be as shocked as the audience was on Britain's Got Talent.
  Oh Baby! Can They Dance!
Check out this delightful commercial for Evian water. In it, people on a city sidewalk are surprised to see themselves as dancing babies in the reflection of a store window. Too cute!

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Short Tutorial – How To Bookmark A Website

 

Bookmarks are links to websites that make it easy to get back to your favorite places on a regular basis. By using bookmarks, you don't have to keep entering in the complete URL each time you want to visit. Here's how to bookmark a website you're viewing:

How To Bookmark A Website Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Simply press Ctrl + D on your keyboard. The page you're on will be added to your browser's bookmark folder automatically. This works in every major browser except Safari for Mac. The shortcut in Safari is Command + D.

Clicking the Star Icon
If you'd rather not use keyboard shortcuts, there's an alternative. Every major browser uses a star to represent bookmarks. It might show up in the address bar, or somewhere to the left or right of the address bar.

In Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, clicking the star automatically adds the bookmark to your bookmarks folder. Clicking the star again lets you edit the bookmark name and choose its location in your bookmarks or delete it.

For Internet Explorer, clicking on the star icon opens the bookmarks menu. Then you click the "Add to favorites" button.

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Thanks for your business!

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Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
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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.

 
May 2014
May 2014
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Phishing Alert
Watch For Emails Claiming To Be From A Major Credit Card

Catch All The MLB Action!

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

This Month's FAQ
What's The Story With Facebook's New Privacy Dinosaur?

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 Use Hashtags On Twitter


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View What will you do in the month of May? Maybe you'll kick your outdoor exercise routine into high gear. Maybe you'll share celebrations with the mothers in your life. Or maybe you'll take your tablet to the patio and explore the world from your own backyard. Whatever May means to you, maybe you'll get ideas here to enhance your experiences.

This issue starts with a warning about a fraudulent American Express email that's making the rounds. Take a minute to read about this phishing scam so you don't accidentally give away your account information. You'll also learn about the new dinosaur showing up on Facebook and get tips on how to correctly use hashtags on Twitter.

Purely for the fun of it, check out the springtime projects in the Pinterest section, browse around websites featuring everything from the moon to a museum, and view two incredible videos showcasing a natural wonder and man-made special effects.

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 Emails Claiming To Be From A Major Credit Card

 

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Catch All The MLB Action!

 

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

 

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Make A Splash With Dog-Activated Fountain
 
Help Mom Relax With Bath Salts Just For Her
 
Brighten Breakfast With Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

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This Month's FAQ – What's The Story With Facebook's New Privacy Dinosaur?

 

Question: When I was on Facebook recently, a "Privacy Reminder" pop-up window showed up with a dinosaur on it. Can you explain what's going on with this dinosaur?

Download Graphics to View Answer: Facebook is testing this pop-up reminder to encourage users — who are about to make public posts that all the world can see — to pay attention to who they're sharing with on its platform.

For those of you who haven't had a visit from the privacy dinosaur yet, its message reads, "Sorry to interrupt. You haven't changed who can see your posts lately, so we just wanted to make sure you're sharing this post with the right audience." It then asks the user to click on Friends, Public, or Options (for more choices).

It's a good reminder for all of us to think before we share on Facebook so we don't overshare with the wrong group of people.

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

 

If The Moon Were Only One Pixel
joshworth.com – Just how vast is the solar system? It's difficult to wrap your head around it so this site does its best to explain. It uses a scale model based on "if the moon were only one pixel." To explore, scroll through using your keyboard's right arrow key. Please be patient; you have many miles to cover!
Dive Into Delicious Distractions
foodgawker.com – In a nutshell, this is like Pinterest just for foodies. What you'll find is photo after photo of the most amazing food, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. We warn you: This site is guaranteed to make you hungry, so think twice about visiting if you're on a diet!
Stay Home And Visit The British Museum
britishmuseum.org – For the 36th year, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around May 18. In honor of this, take a look at many online tours offered by The British Museum. Its collection is dedicated to human history and culture, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
Looking For Government Benefits?
benefits.gov – Many Americans receive government benefits at some point during their lives, from career development assistance to Medicaid/Medicare to Social Security. This site features the Benefit Finder, a questionnaire to make it easier to find out which benefits you may be eligible to receive.

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

 

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Boardwalk Empire Special Effects
Take a fascinating, piece-by-piece look at how Brainstorm Digital puts together many separate images to create complete scenes in the popular HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. What's real? What's not?
  Inside An Active Volcano
Thanks to the drone, KJI Phantom, you can get a very close (yet safe) look at the fiery eruption of an active volcano. This is the Yasur volcano on the remote island of Tanna in Vanuata.

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Short Tutorial – How To Use Hashtags On Twitter

 

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
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Check out this advice on hashtags from the Twitter Help Center:

Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:
  • People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.
Example: In the Tweet below, @eddie included the hashtag #FF. Users created this as shorthand for "Follow Friday," a weekly tradition where users recommend people that others should follow on Twitter. You'll see this on Fridays.

Using hashtags correctly:
  • If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet.
  • Don't #spam #with #hashtags. Don't over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than two hashtags per Tweet.)
  • Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.

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Alliance Communications
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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.

 
April 2014
April 2014
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Malware Alert
Don't Move Out If You Get One Of These Emails

Join Us April 26
For Our Annual Meeting!

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

This Month's FAQ
What's The Story Behind The New Domain Names?

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
How To Turn On Private Browsing On Your Browser


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Spring Is Here - Download Graphics to View April begins with the silly practical jokes of April Fools' Day and there's no reason we can't continue that light-hearted attitude throughout the month. To help keep a spring in your step, check out this issue's cool-as-a-spring-breeze Pinterest pins plus websites featuring Earth Day, egg recipes, outdoor entertaining, and the Hope diamond. You'll also enjoy two amazing videos about a lucky tornado survivor and brave tower climbers.

Of course, it can't be all fun and games. We also include a heads-up about emails claiming to be from lenders or landlords with malicious attachments, educate you about new domain names, and teach you how to turn on private browsing on your browser.

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 – Don't Move Out If You Get One Of These Emails

 

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Join Us April 26 – For Our Annual Meeting!

 

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

 

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"Toasty" Handwarmers Are A Slice Of Heaven
 
A Sweet Easter Treat: Eggs In Brownie Nests
 
This Craft Project May Be Your Cup Of Tea

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This Month's FAQ – What's The Story Behind The New Domain Names?

 

Download Graphics to View Question: For years, most website addresses ended in .com, .net, and .org. Lately, however, I've been seeing more variety in domain names. Why is that?

Answer: What you're describing is the expansion in the number of generic top-level domains, known as gTLDs. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided in 2012 that the 22 existing gTLDs — including .com, .net, and .org — weren't enough. So, ICANN decided to allow up to 1,400 new gTLDs. ICANN claimed, "These additional gTLDs will enhance competition, innovation and choice in the Domain Name space, providing a wider variety of organizations, communities and brand new ways to communicate with their audiences."

As you've seen, new gTLDs such as .app, .sports, .club, and .healthcare have already started to launch. Many more of these domains are in the process of being brought to market; it's a long and complicated procedure that's designed to include protections for trademark holders and give average users a fair shake at getting the names they want.

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

 

Unearth Earth Day Ideas
epa.gov – Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. If you'd like to join the celebration, take a look at this site. You'll find ideas on how you can take "greener" actions at home, work, school, and stores as well as when you're on the road.
Get Cracking With Egg Recipes
cookinglight.com – Eggs take center stage during the Easter season so don't scramble to come up with new recipes at the last minute. Instead, check out these top-rated egg dishes from Cooking Light. They include Mediterranean-Style Poached Eggs, Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese, and Double Vanilla Meringues.
Go Outside and Play
backyardsimple.com – Are you experiencing spring fever? The best treatment may be to throw an outdoor party for family and friends. This site is brimming with fresh ideas for backyard entertaining including easy Mason jar lights, grilling tips, serving sizes for a crowd, budget-friendly food, lawn games, and more.
Mystery of the Hope Diamond
smithsonianchannel.com – April's birthstone is the diamond and there's no more famous one than the huge, blue-gray Hope diamond. Take a sneak peak here at the Smithsonian Channel's documentary about the world's most celebrated jewel and learn about the legendary curse that's plagued its owners.

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

 

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Happy Post-Tornado Surprise
This older woman in Oklahoma is being interviewed after a tornado destroyed her home in 2013, and she thinks her dog is gone. To her surprise and delight, the dog emerges from the rubble during the interview.
  A 1,768-Foot Vertical Commute
Fair warning: If you're afraid of heights, don't watch this video! The rest of you will be fascinated by the footage of workers climbing a tower, step by step, in the open air to begin their workday on one of the world's tallest towers.

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Short Tutorial – How To Turn On Private Browsing On Your Browser

 

Private, or incognito, browsing is designed to keep your browsing history away from the eyes of casual snoopers. In other words, someone who jumps on your computer won't see where you've been online. Every major Web browser – Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera – has private browsing. When you turn this feature on, your browser won't record your browsing history and will ignore ad-tracking cookies.

For instructions on how to turn on private browsing, click on the icon below for your browser.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

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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.

 
March 2014
March 2014
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Scam Alert
Watch For IRS Tax-Related Scams

This Is A Big Deal
Bundle & Save

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

This Month's FAQ
What Does "404 Page Not Found" Mean?

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
How To Print Only A Section Of A Webpage


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Cool Pic Download Graphics to View It's time to march into spring and this March issue gives you plenty of ideas to explore as you move through the month. Since we don't want scammers to take you on a detour, we include a warning about tax-related scams and share valuable tips to help keep your identity safe. You'll also find helpful tips about the "404 Page Not Found" message and how to save on your printing costs.

Just for fun, check out the Pinterest pins, videos, and websites we've selected for you. They feature lots of fresh ideas for your spring activities, whether it's cooking something new, sprucing up your home, or planning your vegetable garden.

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 IRS Tax-Related Scams

 

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This Is A Big Deal – Bundle & Save

 

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

 

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Try Yummy Tomato Butternut Squash Soup
 
Sliding Barn Door Adds Cool Country Touch
 
This Baby Giraffe Is Too Cute For Words

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This Month's FAQ – What Does "404 Page Not Found" Mean?

 

Question: Sometimes when I try to visit a website, I get a message that says something like, "404 Page Not Found." What does this mean and what should I do next?

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Answer: This error message means the page corresponding to the URL you entered cannot be found on the site's server. It's possible the page no longer exists or that there is an error in the URL you entered. To rule out the second possibility, check the URL carefully to ensure you didn't mistype. If it seems accurate, try these steps:
  1. Click the reload button in your browser.

  2. Try removing one level of the URL at a time. For example, if you typed in "http://www.abc.com/x/y/z," remove "/z." If you still see nothing, or an error message, remove "/y," and so on. If you finally get to the home page (e.g. "http://www.abc.com"), try browsing or doing a search for the information you're looking for.

  3. Test the URL at the site downforeveryoneorjustme.com. This site will tell you if just you are unable to access the page or if it's a problem with the site itself.

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

 

Antiques Roadshow Sweepstakes
pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow – If you're a fan of Antiques Roadshow, enter the "Golden Ticket" Sweepstakes now for a chance to win a 3-day, 2-night trip for two to Chicago and experience an exclusive VIP day during Roadshow's 2014 Tour. This site also offers resources to value your treasures.
Score Big With Party Recipes
allrecipes.com – You'll find "slam dunk" party food here to keep the gang happy while watching the games. Big winners include Boilermaker Tailgate Chili, Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips, Grilled Bacon and Jalapeno Wraps, and Antipasto Squares.
Green Means Go ... Enjoy Ireland!
travel.nationalgeographic.com – Given St. Patrick's Day, March is the month when many people's thoughts turn to Ireland. Leave it to National Geographic to capture this country's most beautiful scenery. If you can't get there in person, this site's stunning photos are the next best thing.
Get Tips For Spring Planting
garden.org – It's the time of year to start planning your garden and this site has plenty of resources to help you successfully grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs. You'll be able to harvest plenty of expert advice from the Plant Finder, How-To Videos, Food Garden Guide, and much more.

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

 

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Coca-Cola Happiness Machine
Watch the fun reactions on the faces of people when they're surprised by a special Coke machine at a bus stop in Sweden. The machine displayed large images of summer scenes during the dead of winter.
  Tips For Growing Giant Tomatoes
The Three-Minute Gardener, Marvin Meisner, shares his tips for how to grow giant tomatoes. He takes you through the steps of choosing the right tomato variety, preparing the soil, watering, pruning, and plant support.

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Short Tutorial – How To Print Only A Section Of A Webpage

 

To save on paper and ink, you may sometimes want to print just a portion of a webpage rather than the whole thing including the ads, comments, etc. After all, what's the point of printing extra pages that just end up in the trash?

Download Graphics to View Picture Here's how to print only a portion of a webpage:
  1. Highlight the portion that you want to print by left-clicking at the beginning of the text and dragging your mouse until the end of the text.

  2. Once this is highlighted, click your cursor arrow on "File" from the menu bar.

  3. Click on "Print" from the resulting drop-down menu.
Many webpages feature icons with options such as Print, Email, and Share. If this is the case, click on their Print icon and an advertisement-free version of the article will appear, ready to print.

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605-594-3411



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February 2014
February 2014
Link to Alliance Internet

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Fraud Alert
Take Precautions Against Data Breaches

Save More When You Bundle!

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

This Month's FAQ
How Cold Is Too Cold For Gadgets?

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
Cheat Sheet For More Effective Searches


Hi Alliance Internet Subscribers

Cool Heart Pic We hope you love this February issue, which shares Valentine's Day inspiration and gives you a helping hand with timely challenges. It begins with a look at the Target data breach, since education is at the heart of what we do here each month. Be sure to read what steps you can take to fight back against hackers.

If February means cold weather where you live, don't miss the warnings about what freezing temps can do to your devices. This issue also includes handy tips on how to quickly find the content you're searching for online. Speaking of searches, if you're looking for a cute classroom Valentine idea, check out the Pinterest pins. And as always, enjoy the fun videos and fascinating websites we've selected for you.

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 – Take Precautions Against Data Breaches

 

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

 

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Make Yoda Valentines
With Glow Sticks
 
Pumpkin Spice Waffles
& Butternut Bacon Syrup
 
Have A Ball With A
Cool Disco Ball Planter

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This Month's FAQ – How Cold Is Too Cold For Gadgets?

 

Download Graphics to View Question: I sometimes want to leave my laptop or tablet in the car. Is it safe to do that when it's very cold outside?

Answer: No, it isn't safe to leave devices outside in very cold weather. That's because when a device is exposed to cold temperatures for too long, its battery will die and its LCD screen will likely start having issues. What's more, if you leave it in the cold and then bring it into a warm room quickly, you can cause condensation to build up inside the device, which has the potential for more long-term damage.

Generally speaking, bring your device inside when temperatures are below freezing. For more detailed recommendations, check your device's manual for the manufacturer's recommended temperature ranges for both operating situations (when it's turned on) and non-operating situations (when it's turned off). If you can't find the manual, look for it at manualsonline.com.

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

 

Celebrate Black History Month
history.com – Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions of black Americans. This site features videos on Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, and more as well as an interactive Black History Timeline.
The Almost Invisible Man
kleinsungallery.com – You have to see this to believe it. Liu Bolin is an artist who painstakingly paints his face and clothing in order to blend into the background. Check out this gallery of his work and see him virtually disappear in a grocery aisle, in front of a statue, in a forest, and in assorted other scenes.
Is Your Password As Unique As You Think?
telepathwords.research.microsoft.com – Microsoft Research created Telepathwords to help identify an easy-to-guess password so you can create a stronger one. Start entering your password and Telepathwords will try to guess the next character before you type it. If it's able to guess lots of the characters, so could hackers!
Mingle With The Stars
oscar.go.com – The Oscars will be broadcast on March 2, 2014, and if you're a movie buff, it's must-see television. Get prepared in February by visiting this star-studded site. Check out the Oscar buzz, relive the 2013 red carpet, test your knowledge of Oscar trivia, see a preview of the coming Academy Museum, and much more.

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

 

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Three Miles Beneath The Atlantic
Join the adventure as Remote Operated Vehicles recover Apollo F-1 engines three miles beneath the Atlantic. The scene is described as an "underwater wonderland" and "an incredible sculpture garden."
  The World's Smallest Movie
As you may recall from science classes, an atom is the smallest particle of an element that can exist either alone or in combination. So it's a big deal that they were able to make this tiny movie: A Boy and His Atom.

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Short Tutorial – Cheat Sheet For More Effective Searches

 

Download Graphics to View Want to find online content even more quickly and easily? Use the search tips below:
  • Wildcard. Insert an asterisk to get variable results in a phrase. Example: "parents pay * for *" This returns results about many different things parents pay for and how much they pay.

  • Word exclusion. Exclude what you don't want by typing a minus sign before a term. Example: "Drum -ear -oil" avoids results that talk about eardrums or oil drums.

  • Rare words. Use the most uncommon word or words possible. Results are more likely to address the intended topic.

  • Answer vs. question. Search engines are more likely to share information in the form of answers than they are questions. So type the query in the form of an answer. Example: The phrase (with quotes) "What is red dye made from?" will refer you to nonsense pages. The phrase (with quotes) "red dye is made from" gets the answers you want.

  • Synonyms. Use a tilde mark (~) in front of a word to search for its synonyms.

  • Similar content. To search for webpages that have content similar to a given site, type "related:" followed immediately by the website address.

  • Stop words. The most common words are ignored by most search engines to make the search function faster. This includes words like "the," "and," "a," "to," "of," and "is." Usually it doesn't matter that these words are left out of the search. However, if it's important for the search engine to recognize a stop word in your search, include it within a phrase surrounded by double quotes. Some search engines will recognize the stop word if you type a plus sign before the common word.

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Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
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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.

 
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!

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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

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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!

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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.

 
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

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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

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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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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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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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September 2013
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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:

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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!

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Alliance Internet Team




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August 2013
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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.

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  • 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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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!

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July 2013
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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
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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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Alliance Communications
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June 2013
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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
Pin 2 Download Graphics to View
Pin 3 Download Graphics to View

Sizzling Cupcake Ideas For BBQ Parties

Wow! Smart Bathtub Cleans Itself And More

Plants To Keep Bugs From Bugging You

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 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:


IE 8 Icon Internet Explore
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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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.
May 2013
Link to Alliance Internet

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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Pin 3 Download Graphics to View

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

 

St. Patrick's Day Special

For more information on switching to Ultimate Triple Play for FREE, click here!

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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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February 2013
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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

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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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Alliance Internet Team




Alliance Communications
612 Third Street
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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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Alliance Internet Team




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