INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Beware Of Tax-Related Emails
Important Message For
Park Region Internet Customers
Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
This Month's FAQ
What Is A Meme?
Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In February
Setting Up Your Facebook Timeline
Hello prtel.com customers
Hearts are everywhere in February, as are messages of affection and appreciation. Since we love our customers and want you to fully enjoy your online experiences, we put our heart and soul into bringing you valuable tips and information each month. This issue includes a warning about tax-related email scams, examples of creative memes online, and instructions on how to set up your new timeline on Facebook . We bet you’ll also love the fun videos and super-cool websites.
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
Tax season can be frustrating enough; don't make it worse by falling victim to a tax-related email scam. Each year cybercriminals use a variety of ploys to try to convince nervous taxpayers to reveal personal information. One currently circulating scam uses the name of a legitimate tax preparation software company—Turbo Tax.
The phony email tells recipients they need to upgrade their software in order to be in compliance with new tax laws. It also provides a link which leads to a fake (but legitimate-looking) website. At this point, recipients may be asked to enter personal information to confirm they're the software holder; the cybercriminals then use this information to file tax returns and have refunds sent to them.
To protect yourself:
Recently, we’ve identified a fraudulent email that has targeted some of our customers. This email informs our customers that we are currently upgrading the prtel.com messaging server and requests personal information. This email was not sent out by our company. Please be aware that at no point will Park Region request credit card, banking or other personal information, including account usernames and passwords, via e-mail.
Fraudulent emails are typically sent to obtain personal and financial information. Often, there are spelling or grammatical errors. The email is from an address that does not belong to the company in question. The email asks for personal information, such as a password or account number. There will usually be a sense of urgency – the email may suggest that you will lose your account or have information deleted if you don’t respond. Sometimes, it will include links to websites, which should not be visited. If you receive a suspicious-looking email, delete it or forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will investigate the issue and resolve it to the best of our ability.
Question: I've heard the term "meme" used to describe photos and videos but I'm not sure what it means. What is a meme, exactly?
Answer: In general terms, a meme (pronounced meem) is a cultural idea that is passed from person to person. Just about any piece of information that gets passed throughout the population or down through the generations (such as the ability to start a fire, the invention of the phone, a welding process, a fashion trend, a joke, or a catch phrase) is considered a meme. The collection of all memes is the basis of culture.
An Internet meme is a particular kind—a meme that's transmitted online in the form of videos, songs, photos, or Photoshop-enhanced images. Often times, these memes are humorous in tone and created in response to something happening in the news. Examples include the "Pepper Spraying Cop" and "Tebowing."
Timeline is Facebook's new way of presenting you to the world and is the most radical change in the history of the site. Whether you're ready or not, Facebook has begun the mandatory Timeline rollout. Here's what to do to learn more about it and manage the content of your new timeline:
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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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