Protect Your PC
the Homefront Reporter
Protect Your PC - How To Get Free
Microsoft Security Updates For Your Computer
computer from viruses, worms, and other hacker attacks is an unfortunate part of
life on the Internet. Because Microsoft Corp. products have proven vulnerable to
such threats, the company helps its customers fight back with its security
A list of Microsoft security updates, available at http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins , is updated, when needed, on the second Tuesday of each month. If you use Microsoft products (such as Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, and MSN Messenger, among others), we strongly recommend you visit this web page monthly to download the critical software fixes (called "patches") listed there. At this web page, you can sign up to receive e-mail, instant messaging, or RSS alerts each time a major security update is released.
The Microsoft Windows Update website ( http://update.microsoft.com ) provides another easy way to quickly install software fixes for Microsoft products. When you visit this web page, your PC is automatically scanned for missing critical software updates, providing you a list of updates that you can choose to install.
It's important to remember that Microsoft will NEVER e-mail you software updates or patches as e-mail attachments. Malicious hackers have been known to send spoof e-mail messages that appear to come from Microsoft, urging you to download the accompanying attachment to prevent infection by a virus or worm. These attachments are actually worms or viruses themselves. If you are not currently set up to automatically receive software updates from Microsoft, ALWAYS be sure to go to Microsoft web pages to download Microsoft-related patches and service packs rather than doing so via links e-mailed to you.
Of course, it is vitally important to use and regularly update your computer's anti-virus software. Always scan file attachments of all incoming e-mail messages, even messages from people you trust. Many viruses and worms are spread over networks, through attachments, and by sharing storage media such as diskettes, Zip disks, and CDs. You have the ultimate responsibility for protecting your computer against these threats.
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IMPORTANT - VERIFY YOUR E-MAIL
Communications plans to disable the mail.3rivers.net setting to our email server
effective September 15, 2005. Most of our Internet subscribers have been set up
with the correct settings or have already made the necessary changes to their
Internet e-mail options. If you have had Internet service with us for over 3
years and have not updated your computer, you may need to make the setting
change. Please verify your e-mail settings are correct or contact our 24/7
technical support at 1-800-796-4567. We will be happy to walk you through the
verification steps to make sure you have smooth e-mailing after the 15th of
Correct e-mail settings are as follows:
3 Rivers Communications is now offering NetXL+, a new and improved dial-up or broadband accelerator service. Click here to learn more. NetXL+ offers:
In the early stages of Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross was already in the process of launching the largest mobilization of resources for a single natural disaster in its history. The priority of the American Red Cross is to meet the urgent, critical needs of storm victims by providing emergency shelter, food, and water. To find out how you can help or to donate online to the American Red Cross, go to http://www.redcross.org/.
The Salvation Army is another critical organization providing much needed assistance to both storm victims and first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A $100 donation to The Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, plus provide two cases of drinking water and a household clean-up kit. To donate online to The Salvation Army or to find out other ways you can help, go to: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn.nsf
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Ask The Help Desk - Is There A
Shortcut When Using Online Drop-Down Boxes?
Question: Sometimes when I'm using a drop-down box while
making a purchase online, it takes forever to scroll down to the item I'm
looking for. Is there a better way?
Answer: Yes, there is a better way. We'll illustrate how with an example.
Let's say you're filling out an online shopping cart form that asks you to select the item you intend to purchase from a drop-down box. The site's drop-down box includes dozens of products (listed alphabetically) for you to choose from. If you are purchasing an apron, you're all set since your product starts with the letter "a" and will be listed towards the top. But what if you are buying an umbrella? You'd have to scroll down through lots of products to get to "umbrellas."
Here's a quicker way. When you get to a drop-down box, type in the first letter of the item you're hunting for. You'll find that items beginning with that letter start popping up in the box. So, for the example above, simply type in the letter "u" and products starting with "u" (there can't be many) will come up. No more scrolling!
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Great Sites To Check Out This Month
http://MissingMoney.com - MissingMoney.com's national database contains 8 million abandoned items valued at about $2 billion. It's the only free, state-sponsored, state-endorsed national database listing unclaimed assets from 26 states. Additionally, the site provides links to state offices not currently included in its online database. The site is sponsored by the NAUPA (National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators). Simply type in your name and it does the searching for you. The site says that 1 in 8 Americans has unclaimed money ... one of them could be you!
Do-It-Yourself Appliance Repair
http://Appliance411.com - This site offers free repair help for do-it-yourselfers when it comes to fixing broken washing machines, dryers, microwaves, garbage disposals, humidifiers, dishwashers, stoves, trash compactors, water filters, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and more. Looking for an owner's manual for your make and model? Appliance411.com can help. Looking for the model number on your appliance but can't locate it? You've come to the right place!
See Our Nation's Fall Foliage By Rail
http://amtrak.com - Autumn is a great time of the year to travel the states to see the many colors of nature. Why not leave the driving to someone else this fall and travel by train? AMTRAK operates the U.S.'s national passenger rail service and offers a variety of scenic tours throughout our beautiful country. AMTRAK's website provides information on schedules, fares and reservations, station locations, and on their "Small Groups Save Big" travel savings program.
Learning Science Can Be Fun
http://ars.usda.gov/is/kids - This site is an interesting learning resource targeted toward kids ages 8-13. (Adults can learn a lot here too!) The website is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and was developed by the Agricultural Research Service information staff in Beltsville, Maryland. Topics reviewed include "Tastes Like Chicken" (edible bugs), "Vinegar: More Than Just A Salad Dressing," "Powerful Plants Meet Tough Tanks," and "What's Good About Sewer Bacteria."
The World's Largest Balloonfest
http://balloonfiesta.com - The end of this month marks the beginning of the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosts this annual event which this year runs from September 30th through October 9th. Over 700 balloonists participate in simultaneous liftoffs and a variety of flying accuracy competitions. Balloons with special shapes (i.e. piggy bank, stagecoach, cow) are also a part of the event agenda. Check out the site for a huge picture gallery and more event details.
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Short Tutorial - Opening And
Saving Received vCard Information
Last month we
provided tutorials on how to create and send vCards via e-mail. Remember, vCards
are digital business cards that can be attached to outgoing e-mail messages. The
vCards usually contain text-based information (such as address, phone, and fax
numbers) and appear as attachments that have a ".vcf" file extension name.
The tutorials below show you how to open and then save information contained within received vCards to then be placed into your address book.
Opening/Saving a vCard in Outlook Express When Using Windows XP:
Double click your cursor arrow on the vCard that you were sent. Your address book will open automatically and display the information that was in the vCard.
Opening/Saving a vCard When Using Mozilla-based E-mail Programs:
While the Mozilla based e-mail software programs (i.e. Netscape 7.2 and Thunderbird 1.0) can send vCard attachments, they don't allow you to import the contact information directly into your address book. However, the information shows up in the preview window so you can simply copy and paste the information into a new address book entry.
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The Homefront Reporter Team
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