November 2012 Newsletter

Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company eNewsletter

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE  

 

Scam Alert
Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter And Facebook

KCTC Spam & Virus Protection Report Update

Kalona RadioShack Holiday Photo Shoot!
Have a family photo taken for FREE on November 17th or December 8th!

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

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

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In November

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

Short Tutorial
How To Compress Large Files

 

 

 

 

Dear KCTC Internet Subscribers 

Holiday Season is Kicking into Gear Now that it’s November, the holiday season is kicking into gear. Calendars are starting to be filled with festivities and planning has begun for shopping, baking, and decorating. When you need a break from the action, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the online resources we share here.

This November issue includes a warning about Pinterest account takeovers by spammers. We hope it doesn’t happen to you but if it does, you’ll know what to do. Speaking of Pinterest, we’re launching a NEW section that features cool images to pin; enjoy the inspiration! You’ll also find timely websites to explore, learn how to compress files, be treated to a couple of amazing videos, and more.

The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you’ll find this information interesting.

To see what’s inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!

- The KCTC Internet Team

 

Scam Alert – Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter And Facebook

 

Pinterest Alert
Pinterest users have reported widespread account takeovers in which spammers post images promoting things such as work-at-home schemes and diet pills. The spammers delete boards, rename them, and change the contents. Since Pinterest users often link their accounts with other social networks like Twitter and Facebook, the spam images are showing up on those networks as well. 

Download Graphics to View

Pinterest advises customers who have had their account taken over to change their password immediately and warns that “misleading third party apps” and “web browser extensions” often play a part in account takeover incidents. The site also advises users to have a unique password for each social networking site.

KCTC Spam & Virus Protection – Report Update

 

 

 

 

 

Email messages sent to KCTC customers: 8,788,984
SPAM email messages blocked by KCTC filters:
7,935,819
Percent of email received by KCTC servers as SPAM:
over 90%
Virus-infected email messages blocked by KCTC: 285

As always, you can check the KCTC Quarantine Report to see which messages are being filtered out by the KCTC spam filters, or use the “Quarantine” tab on KCTC Webmail. These standard features of all KCTC email accounts. For more information on the Quarantine option, go to the support page

KCTC offers a CONVENIENT monthly service to our customers who are tired of pop-ups and spyware, don’t want the responsibility of maintaining Microsoft Critical Updates, or don’t know when to download the latest virus definitions. SecureIT from SecurityCoverage and KCTC provides you with:

  • Fully managed 24-7 virus protection
  • Automated patch management for critical Microsoft patches
  • Fully managed spyware detection and removal
  • Hard drive optimization & notification
  • Integrated Internet pop-up blocker
  • Urgent alerting & notification
  • Monthly summary report

For more information about the SecureIT service, please visit http://www.kctc.net/SecureIT, or call or stop by the KCTC office at 510 B Ave., Kalona – 319.656.3668, or email kctc@kctc.net.
Please note: this service is only available to Windows users.


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

Martha Stewart’s Perfect Roast Turkey

Tennis Ball as
Light Bulb Remover

Autumn Leaves Garland

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


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

 

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

Lifecasting Lifestreaming Answer: Lifecasting is uninterrupted streaming of an individual’s daily life, captured via wearable technology. Lifecasting is distinct from frequent webcam postings in that the camera moves with the individual and often streams directly to the Internet, removing the need for uploading.

Lifestreaming is the practice of collecting an online user’s disjointed online presence in one central location or site. Lifestreaming services bring photos, videos, bookmarks, microblog posts, and blog posts from a single user into one place using RSS. Friendfeed and Tumblr are examples of lifestreaming services.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Short Tutorial – How To Compress Large Files

 

Download Graphics to View When you attach large files to emails, they can be slow for you to send as well as slow for your recipients to receive. That’s why it makes sense to sometimes compress large files using built-in Windows or Mac software. Here’s how to do it:

Windows

  1. Put all the files you would like to compress in a folder. To create a new folder, right-click on the screen and scroll down to “New,” and then to “Folder.” Type in the name of the folder in the space where the text is highlighted.
  2. Click and drag the files you want to compress into the new folder.
  3. Right-click on the folder, select “Send To,” and then click on “Compressed (zipped) Folder.” A dialog box will appear that shows you the progress of the compressing files. Wait as the files are compressed.
  4. Attach the compressed folder with the extension .zip to your email.

Mac OS

  1. Move the files you would like to compress into a folder. To create a new folder, open a Finder window, select the File menu, and click on “New Folder.” Type a name for the folder in the space underneath the folder icon where the text is highlighted.
  2. Click and drag the files you want to compress into the new folder.
  3. Right-click on the folder and select “Create Archive.” Wait as the files are compressed. You will see a dialog box indicating the progress of the action.
  4. Attach the compressed file with the extension .zip to your email.

 

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Gary Davis
General Manager

Kalona Co-op Telephone Co.
510 B Ave
Kalona, IA 52247

319-656-3668

 

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