eCurrents | April 2008


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Inside This Issue

Protect Your Laptop from Theft

3 Rivers' SecureIT Plus Has A New Look And Enhanced Features!

Ask The Help Desk
Why Do Sent E-mails Sometimes Take So Long Getting To Recipients?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In April

Short Tutorial
Erasing Your Private Information From A Public Computer



Welcome to eCurrents

In this April issue, we pass along helpful tips for the active spring days ahead. You may be out and about more with your laptop, so be sure to review the important advice on how to prevent laptop theft -- an increasingly common crime. Can't wait to dig into landscaping projects? Check out Great Sites for resources about gardening as well as how to save money by reducing water usage. You'll also learn why e-mails sometimes take hours to reach their recipients, and you'll get a tutorial on adjusting the cookie settings on your browser.

The goal of each of our monthly 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. If, however, you'd prefer not to receive these bulletins on a monthly basis, click HERE.

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



Warning! - Protect Your Laptop from Theft

According to the technology news organization ARS Technia, the year 2007 could be considered the "Year of the Laptop." Laptop sales rose 21 percent last year, and industry analysts predict that they'll exceed desktop sales for the first time in 2008. These statistics aren't surprising since laptops offer the convenience of being able to work and stay in touch wherever you go.

Unfortunately, laptops are also attractive to thieves. To reduce the likelihood of your laptop being stolen, the website recommends tips including the following:

  • Treat your laptop like cash. Never leave your laptop unguarded, even for just a minute.
  • If you must leave your laptop in your car, make sure it's out of sight. Parked cars are a favored target of laptop thieves.
  • Keep your passwords elsewhere. Don't store passwords in your laptop case -- it's the equivalent of leaving keys in your car. Why make it easy for a thief to gain access to your personal or business information?
  • Pay attention in airports. Keep your eye on your laptop during the entire security process since the crowds and confusion of airports create fertile ground for theft.
  • Be careful in hotels. Try not to leave your laptop in your room. Use the hotel safe if possible.

If your laptop is stolen, report it immediately to the local authorities. And if it's a business laptop, be sure to report it to your employer so they're aware of potential data breaches.

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3 Rivers' SecureIT Plus Has A New Look And Enhanced Features!

SecureIT Plus has undergone a major overhaul! It has been significantly enhanced to provide optimal performance.

What does this mean for you? A better product, with increased peace of mind that your computer is being properly protected. Specifically, SecureIT Plus has been upgraded to include the following:

  • Improved anti-virus integration with Sourcefire's ClamAV engine
  • New malicious software prevention features
  • Significantly smaller download package
  • Improved management console with exciting new look and feel

  • 3 Rivers provides SecureIT Plus FREE for one computer, including professionally assisted installation, when you subscribe to our High Speed Internet service. Compare that to Norton or other leading Internet anti-virus software that can cost as much as $69 or more! Call a 3 Rivers customer service representative today for details.

Current 3 Rivers' SecureIT Plus users please note:
Your SecureIT Plus software will be automatically updated-- the SecureIT icon in your task bar will change from a gold padlock to a white cross. The only thing you will be prompted to do after the update occurs is reboot your computer. That's it! If you have questions, please call 3 Rivers. SecureIT Plus is available for purchase for additional computers for $3.95 per month. Assisted installation has a one-time charge of $9.95.

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Ask The Help Desk - Why Do Sent E-mails Sometimes Take So Long Getting To Recipients?

Question: When I send an e-mail, sometimes the person I sent it to does not receive it for a long time. It may take an hour or more. Other times when I send an e-mail, the recipient receives it almost immediately. Why does it sometimes take so long for an e-mail to land in the recipient's inbox?

Answer: E-mail is not an instant messaging program. It does not go straight from point A to point B. E-mail instead travels through multiple e-mail servers on its way to a recipient's computer. If any of the e-mail servers along the way are having technical issues or incurring heavy traffic, e-mail messages needing to pass through the affected server will be delayed until that server's problems are resolved.

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

Carrie On - Carrie Underwood will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10th. Visit this site to see video of Randy Travis giving the good news to Underwood, the singing star who made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2005 just weeks after winning American Idol. You can also view the calendar of events, purchase tickets to upcoming performances, get Nashville travel tips, and find out how to enjoy Opry shows on TV, radio, and online.

How Does Your Garden Grow? - Here's a one-stop resource for those lawn and garden projects you're planning for the coming months. The information you need is all here -- from plant selection to soil preparation to care instructions. You can also submit specific questions for university experts to answer. Go ahead and ask, for example, which variety of tree you should plant in a certain spot. We're pretty sure they won't be stumped.

Get "Lost" Online - Many fans are hooked on this award-winning TV series about plane crash survivors on a mysterious island. If you're one of them, or would like to join the group, you'll be lost without this official Lost site. Read episode recaps, watch full episodes online, check out theories posted by fans, or submit a theory of your ow

Save Water and Money - Are too many of your dollars literally going down the drain? At this site, you'll find plenty of water conservation tips and resources. Learn 100 ways to save water in your area of the country. Take the family water audit to see how wisely you're using water now. Find out what's new in water-saving gadgets. There's even a landscape watering guide to calculate how frequently to water your plants and lawn. It's information that's good for your wallet (and the world's water supply).

Well Said - Not sure how to pronounce a particular word, and don't want to sound stupid? All you have to do is submit the word in question on this handy site and you'll hear it spoken instantly. It's an online English pronouncing dictionary, and in certain situations, it could prove invaluable.

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Short Tutorial - - Adjusting The Cookie Settings On Your Browser

In computer terms, a cookie is a very small text file placed on your hard drive by a server when you visit a website. It is essentially your identification card, and its job is to keep track of your preferences and store information such as your e-mail address. Cookies can actually save you time by eliminating the need to re-enter your information every time you make inquiries or purchases at your favorite websites.

The default setting for Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3, and Firefox 2 browsers is to automatically accept either some or all cookies whenever a request is made by a website. However, you can adjust this setting if you are concerned about websites placing cookies on your browser as you surf the Web. Follow the steps below to either accept all cookies from websites, accept only certain cookies from websites, or to decline accepting any cookies.

Adjusting Your Browser's Cookie Settings When Using Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium

  1. With Windows XP or Windows Vista open, click your cursor arrow on "Tools" in the menu bar. Drop down to and select "Options."
  2. When the Options window appears, select the "Privacy" tab.
  3. If you'd like all cookies to be set when visiting websites, check the box next to "Accept cookies from sites."
  4. Next, select how long you'd like cookies to be kept on your computer. Choose from "Keep Until: they expire," "Keep until: I close Firefox," or "Keep until: ask me every time."
  5. Once you've made your choices, click on the "OK" button to close the Options window.

Adjusting Your Browser's Cookie Settings When Using Firefox 2.0 With Mac OS X 10.4.9

  1. With Safari 3 open, click your cursor arrow on "Safari" (when using a Mac) or "Edit" (when using Windows) in the menu bar. Drop down to and select "Preferences."
  2. When the Preferences window appears, select the "Security" tab.
  3. The cookie settings are right below the "Block pop-up windows" check box. (Yes, you can block pop-ups with a single click.)
  4. Choose to "Always" accept cookies, "Never" accept cookies, or accept cookies "Only from sites you navigate to." The last option would prevent advertisers on websites that you visit from leaving cookies on your computer.
  5. Once you've made your choices, click on the red circle in the upper left corner of the dialog box to close it when using a Mac. If you are using Windows, click on the gray X in the upper right corner of the dialog box to close it.

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