eCurrents | December 2013


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Phishing Alert
Watch For Fraudulent Package Delivery Emails

How Are We Doing?

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

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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 eCurrents Team
 

 

Phishing Alert – Watch For Fraudulent Package Delivery Emails

 

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How Are We Doing?

 

3 Rivers has lots of ways for you to let us know how we're doing and what you're thinking!

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Email Stop by or call local:
  • Big Sky office (12 Skywood Road, 995-2600)
  • Browning RadioShack (104 East Central, 338-2535)
  • Conrad office (Pondera Shopping Center, 271-2535)
  • Shelby office (424 Main, 424-8535)
  • Fairfield main office (5th Street South, 467-2535)
Or call 800-796-4567 toll-free.

Call, post, email or stop by today!

 

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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.