Facebook Privacy updates
Everywhere you look; there are articles about people making poor decisions about information people are sharing on sites like Facebook. The Internet is no longer a place where you can hide out easily—friends, family, and employers are present, reading your status updates and viewing pictures from last week. That’s just the beginning—the world of social networking can be a feeding ground for identity thieves and stalkers. Steer clear of these inherent dangers associated with social networking (Facebook in particular)by reviewing a few of the guides we have listed in this blog article.
In a general sense, there are several top-level ideas that you can apply across social media channels to keep the information you want private, segmented to your network. First, keep in mind that the information you share on social sites is in the public to some varying degree. The whole point of social media is about sharing and it is designed to disseminate information across the web. Even though you have some privacy settings, other people are viewing the content you upload.
Keeping that concept in mind, you need to determine what you are comfortable sharing and others that shouldn’t be shared via the social networks. Here are a few other concepts to keep in mind (from Consumer Reports, via Read Write Web: link)
- Using a weak password
- Listing a full birth date
- Overlooking privacy controls
- Posting a child’s name in a caption
- Mentioning being away from home
- Letting yourself be found by a search engine
- Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised
As the countdown draws closer, we wanted to give one more mention of the new Oregon area code that is set to be introduced on January 10th. The new area code, 458, is set to augment the entire 541 area code that is already in place in southern, mid, and eastern Oregon. The addition of the new area code brings about the requirement for ten digit dialing for all local calls (541/458‐xxx‐xxxx) and will take effect in January 2010.
What does this mean for your Internet and telecommunications services? At PEAK, this means that if you connect to the Internet through a Dial‐up connection, you will need to update the area code section of your connection settings (either 541 or 458). Otherwise you will most likely receive an error when dialing.
Here’s how to make the change on your computer. If you need help updating this prompt, don’t hesitate to call and ask for help.
The mail server upgrade may make it necessary to update your mail application settings to connect with PEAK mail servers and receive mail. Please utilize these screen shot guides as a way reconnect your computer to your email. Note: these guides are only necessary if you are using an email application such as: Outlook, Thunderbird, or Apple Mail.
In these guides, where you see “vmail01.peak.org” for the server addresses, you should use: “mail.actionnet.net“
- Using POP to read your mail:
- POP (Post Office Protocol), which most people use, downloads mail to your computer to read, where you can keep as much of it as you want, but you can only access it from one computer. We frequently have people complain about missing mail, only to find that they left another computer running a pop mail client and it fetched the mail there instead of the one they wanted it on. If you only need to access mail on one computer, this is the simpler solution however:
- Apple Mail
- Using IMAP to read your mail:
- IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), increasingly common, is a more complex protocol that leaves your mail on the mail server, where it can be accessed from multiple computers, even at the same time. It is more flexible, but you are limited on how much you can leave there, and will still need to move it to your local computer if you want to keep it indefinitely (otherwise, you’ll eventually run out of room on the server):
Note that because of the completely different message management involved, most mail clients can’t switch an account from one type to the other. If you want to switch, you need to delete (or disable) the old account configuration in your mail program and add (or re-enable) the new one.
To Actionnet.net email users –
(setting changes and actions involved in this migration only affect actionnet.net users and not other current PEAK administered email domains)
Thank you for your continued patronage as a PEAK Internet customer. As part of an ongoing effort to provide quality services for customers, PEAK will be upgrading the email system that is currently providing your service. It is expected that this process will be seamless and your current email and contacts will be preserved. Please note the important access changes in this note:
- PEAK will be migrating from the current mail system to an upgraded mail platform. This upgrade will provide added stability, ease of use, and improved user-interface. The exact date for this transition will be December 2nd, 2009. Your archived mail will be migrated soon after the account transition.
- To access your mail after December 2nd, you must use your complete customer username to log-in. As an example, rather than using “user124,” you must now use “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- During this process, all easily exploitable passwords (less than six letters, no special characters,
etc.) will be reset with the appended text originally sent in the notifying email message. After you log-in using this new combination, your password needs to be changed. You may do this by accessing: http://zmail.peak.org/ with your updated account information, clicking on “Preferences,” then “General,” and “Change Password.” Note: weak passwords are being actively exploited by spammers. This step is being taken to prevent the threat of account hijacking and subsequent fraudulent activity.
- Please select a password with at least eight characters that includes digits, uppercase letter, lowercase letters and special characters (such as those above the digit keys on your keyboard).
- General mail settings:
- Email account name: email@example.com
- IMAP or POP server: mail.actionnet.net
- SMTP Server: mail.actionnet.net
If you want to connect to the mail server in a more secure manner, using TLS or SSL, then use http://zmail01.peak.org for IMAP, POP, and SMTP servers so that the security certificate will be properly identified by the mail server. This is highly recommended for users accessing the Internet via a wireless connection and recommended for all email users.
Thank you for your cooperation during this upgrade and please understand that your complete satisfaction is our first priority! If you have any difficulties or questions about the transition, please call PEAK at 800.731.4871 for support.
Remember! PEAK Internet is a full service provider, giving you a wide range of Internet-related service choices for your home or business. In addition to our reliable emails services, we offer high-speed DSL, and a variety of hosting services. Please feel free to contact us for more information on any of the services we offer.
*The username must have “@actionnet.net” as part of the username. If you want to connect to the mail server in a more secure manner, using TLS or SSL, then use zmail01.peak.org for IMAP, POP, and SMTP servers so that the security certificate will be properly identified by the mail server.
It is recommended (if you are using a wireless connection, we *strongly* recommend) that you change your settings to:
POP/IMAP (‘incoming’) server: zmail01.peak.org – port 995 (POP3S)/993 (IMAPS *SSL required
SMTP (‘outgoing’) server: zmail01.peak.org – port 587, *TLS required
(some older Outlook versions may require port 465, SSL required instead, but 587 is preferred if possible)
The servername is required to be zmail01.peak.org in order for your mail program to properly verify that it is connected to the right mail server and not an imposter