Homefront Reporter | May 2007

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Inside This Issue

E-Mail Scam
Don't Participate in Illegal E-mail Chain Letters

Upgrade To SecureIT Plus
Now With Parental Controls

Ask The Help Desk
How To Save Changes To Attachment Files Before Resending

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

Short Tutorial
Adding Contacts To Your Address Book



Welcome to the Homefront Reporter

E-mail has become part of our daily routines and it's the focus of this month's eNewsletter. We take a look at chain letters sent by e-mail and remind you that if money is involved, such letters are illegal. We also provide instructions on how to save changes you make to e-mail attachments, and how to add contact information to your e-mail address book. When you're finished with e-mail, browse through the Great Sites list. It includes an inspiring resource about Memorial Day, tips for fuel efficiency, and some fun ideas for your spare time.

The goal of each of our monthly eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. To meet this goal, each monthly newsletter will usually contain information related to:

  1. Warnings on a recent virus, e-mail hoax or security issue that may affect you
  2. An update on new services and other local interests
  3. An answer to a frequently asked Internet related question
  4. Some fun, seasonal websites to check out
  5. A short, step-by-step tutorial on an e-mail or browser related task

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To see what's inside this issue, take a look at the index to the left and thanks for reading!

- The Homefront Reporter Team

E-Mail Scam - Don't Participate in Illegal E-mail Chain Letters

You probably receive them regularly — e-mailed chain letters that promise a big return on a small investment. Most contain a list of names and addresses and instruct you to send a few dollars to the person at the top of the list, remove that name from the list, and add your own name to the bottom. The fraudulent promise behind chain letters is that by the time your name gets to the top of the list, so many people will be involved that you'll receive a fortune. One recently circulated e-mail chain letter promised earnings of "$50,000 or more within the next 90 days of sending e-mail." These e-mail messages often falsely claim that, "this is not a chain letter, but a perfectly legal money-making opportunity." Or they may include personal testimonials that are hard to prove and often fabricated.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reminds you that chain letters that involve money or other valuables and promise big returns are illegal. If you start one or forward one, you are breaking the law and could be prosecuted for mail fraud. This applies whether a chain letter is sent by e-mail or regular mail.

What should you do if you receive a potentially illegal e-mail chain letter? DO NOT REPLY OR PARTICIPATE. You can also report the scam to the FTC at spam@uce.gov. If you receive a chain letter via regular mail, call the Postal Inspection Service toll-free at 1-888-877-7644.

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Upgrade To SecureIT Plus - Now With Parental Controls

3 Rivers is pleased to announce that parental controls have been added to SecureIT Plus, our Internet security software. All of our customers who use this software now have the added protection of content filtering, access and time management controls, and monitoring/reporting capabilities, at no additional cost!

Beginning May 1, 2007, all 3 Rivers SecureIT Plus users will automatically have their software upgraded with this new parental control enhancement during the regularly scheduled live update.

The parental controls feature will initially be inactive until you activate it and proceed through the menus. To enable Parental Controls, open the SecureIT Management Console by right-clicking on the gold padlock found in your icon tray. At the Management Console, select the "Parental Controls" button on the left hand navigation bar. At the Parental Controls page, click the white box entitled "Enable Parental Controls" in order to activate the service and begin setup.

If you're a 3 Rivers dial-up customer and are considering upgrading to high speed DSL broadband, now is the time. SecureIT Plus, with new parental controls, is free for one computer when you sign up for 3 Rivers' DSL service. It is available for purchase by dial-up customers or for additional computers for DSL users for $3.95 per month (assisted installation is available for a one-time fee of $4.95).

SecureIT Plus is a comprehensive suite of fully managed and fully automated security software featuring antivirus, patch management, firewall, pop-up blocker, and spyware detection and removal, all with free 24/7 technical support. Visit www.3rivers.net or call a 3 Rivers customer service representative at 1-800-796-4567 for more information.

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Ask The Help Desk - How To Save Changes To Attachment Files Before Resending

Question: I'm having a problem with e-mail attachments. When I receive an e-mail with an attachment (usually a Word document), I open the file, make and save my changes, and then forward the edited file to a co-worker. When my co-worker opens the Word document, none of my changes have been saved. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: It sounds like you are failing to first save the attached Word document to your computer's hard drive. Making changes to a file without first saving the file to your computer will not save your changes. Next time, save the file to your hard drive. Then you can open the document, make your edits, save the changes to your file, prepare an outgoing e-mail message, and then add the edited document as an attachment to the outgoing message. Your edited version of the file will be sent to the recipient.

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Great Sites To Check Out This Month

A Grateful Nation
http://www.thulix.com/memorial_day/  -  Memorial Day, celebrated this year on May 28th, is a time to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many to support our country. This site is a comprehensive resource about Memorial Day, and includes information on the holiday's history and special events as well links to museums, memorials, and cemeteries honoring fallen heroes from the Civil War to the present day. You'll also find opportunities to offer support to U.S. troops currently deployed.

Will the Third Time Be a Charm?
http://spiderman3.sonypictures.com -  The upcoming release of Spider-Man 3 promises to deliver the excitement and fun we've come to expect from the first two movies. Spider-Man 3 reunites Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, and follows the adventures of the super hero as his suit turns from red to black, giving him greater powers but posing new challenges. Check out the official site to see the trailer and get the behind-the-scenes scoop.

Find Your Celebrity Look Alike
http://www.starsinyou.com  -  Ever been told you that you look like a famous celebrity? Now you can see for yourself in seconds ... and it's free. Simply go to this site and upload a full-face photo, and the search engine will compare your face with thousands of celebrities. You'll instantly receive photos of your celebrity matches, along with a percentage figure for each. You could be 76% Shania Twain, for example, and 67% Laura Linney. It makes a fun break on a busy day.

Discover a Unique Style of Vacation
http://discoverhouseboating.org -  You've been on a cruise. You've stayed in plenty of hotels, cabins, and cottages. But have you ever taken a houseboat vacation? Houseboating lets you (and your family and friends) enjoy the amenities of a luxurious condominium while you move to a different lakefront spot whenever you want a change in scenery. This site includes a variety of articles geared for houseboat beginners, and includes links to places you can rent a houseboat in the U.S. and Canada.

Slow Down and Save
http://fueleconomy.gov -  Every five miles an hour you drive over 60 mph is like paying an extra 20 cents more per gallon of fuel. Clearly, it pays to slow down, especially since the cost of gasoline typically rises during the summer vacation season. You'll find lots more fuel-saving tips when you visit this site, including advice on driving more efficiently, keeping your car in shape, and planning and combining trips. You can also download the 2007 Fuel Economy Guide to help you choose a more efficient vehicle — a move that can save you hundreds of dollars every year.

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Short Tutorial - Adding Contacts To Your Address Book

They're probably sitting on your desk right now--business cards or other printed materials containing important names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and so on. How do you add this contact information to your e-mail address book? Just follow the steps below for your e-mail program:

Adding Contacts To Your Address Book When Using Outlook Express 6 In Windows XP Home Edition:

  1. With Outlook Express open, click on the "Addresses" button on the toolbar.
  2. In the Address Book window, click on the "New" button and then click "New Contact" from the resulting drop-down menu.
  3. Enter your new contact's information in the "Properties" window. If you'd like to enter more detailed information such as their home, business, and personal contact information, click on each corresponding tab to do so.
  4. Click the "OK" button to save your new contact and close the "Properties" window. Your new contact will now be listed in the "Address Book" window.
  5. Close the Address Book window by clicking on the red "X" in the upper right hand corner of the window.

Adding Contacts To Your Address Book When Using Thunderbird 1.5 On Windows XP Home Edition And Macintosh OS 10.4

  1. With Thunderbird open, click your cursor arrow on the "Address Book" button on the Thunderbird toolbar.
  2. In the Address Book window, click on the "New Card" button.
  3. Start by clicking on the Contact tab and fill in the fields. Continue with the fields in the other tabs if needed.
  4. When you're finished, click on the "OK" button. Your new contact will show up in your address book list.

Adding Contacts To Your Address Book 4.0.4 When Using Mail 2.1.1 On Macintosh OS 10.4.9

  1. With your Address Book open, click on the "+" sign under the field that includes the list of contacts. A new card will appear in the right hand field.
  2. Click on each labeled area and type in the information for your new contact.
  3. Close the Address Book program by going to the Address Book menu and selecting "Quit Address Book."

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The Homefront Reporter Team
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