INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Phishing Emails That Appear To Be From Major Banks
Summer's Almost Here!
Time to Have Some Fun!
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
How To Block Third-Party Cookies From Your Browser
Hello prtel.com customers
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 prtel.com Internet Team
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.
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.
Looking for a fun summer event? Park Region Telephone & Otter Tail Telcom are excited to sponsor FREE Movies in the Park again this summer. Join us at Roosevelt Park in Fergus Falls on Thursday evenings beginning June 6th. Movies start at 9:00pm, complete with delicious, hot popcorn and refreshments. This year, we've added five Friday night movies in surrounding communities too! Come join the fun.
Wait, we have more exciting news! SpongeBob SquarePant's is sending his best friend Patrick to join us for SummerFest in Fergus Falls. On June 7th from 1:00-3:30, stop by our offices at 230 West Lincoln Ave in Fergus Falls and have your picture taken with Patrick!
Patrick will also make a trip to Underwood on Thursday, June 6th from 11:30-12:30. You'll find him right outside our offices on main street. Don't miss out, come join the fun, we hope to see you there!
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.
In 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.
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:
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Thanks for your business!
The prtel.com Internet Team
Park Region Telephone Co.
100 Main St
Underwood, MN 56586
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