A few comments about online privacy for Facebook

social media is about sharing

social media is about sharing

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.


After adamant discontent from users, Facebook updated its privacy controls to be more straightforward and easier to configure.  Accordingly, we’ve compiled a few guides provide a few critical steps to staying safe on Facebook.



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)

  1. Using a weak password
  2. Listing a full birth date
  3. Overlooking privacy controls
  4. Posting a child’s name in a caption
  5. Mentioning being away from home
  6. Letting yourself be found by a search engine
  7. Permitting youngsters to use Facebook unsupervised

Oregon’s New Area Code

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.

Note: There may be slight differences in different versions of Windows, but here is a simple way to update the Dial-up phone number in Windows XP.
First click on the Start button. About half way up the menu should be Settings.  Inside the Settings menu, you should be able to select Control Panel.
Once inside the Control Panel, there should be a large number of icons.  If you do not have a bunch of icons like the picture below, click on “Switch to Classic View” on the far left margin.  Now that you have all the icons we want you to double click on Internet Options.
From the Internet Options window, click on the fifth tab over. It should be labeled “Connections”.  Under the Connections tab, it will show any and all Dial-up connections you have on your computer.  The PEAK Dial-up connection may not be labeled PEAK as shown in the picture below, but there should be something there.  If you have more than one Dial-up connection, you will want to select the connection that is listed as “Default”.  Once you have clicked on the PEAK (or the “Default”) connection,  click on the “Settings” button that is down and to the right.
Here in the settings window, you should have your PEAK user name and password listed.  Your password may not look like it is the correct length, but should be fine. Just click on the “Properties” button next to the user name, and a new window should pop up.
The Properties window should show the current phone number you use to dial. Just add 541 in front of the current number that is listed and you are all set. Make sure to put 541 in same field as the rest of the number. Do not check the “Use dialing rules” box.  If 541 is already in the correct field, you do not need to add it again. You can use spaces or dashes in the phone number, but it is not required.  Once you have added the 541 to the Dial-up number as seen below, click “OK” at the bottom of the window.
Now, you should be back able to click “ok” on the next screen, and “ok” again on the next screen.  And now you are back to the control panel.  Just close out of the control panel, by clicking the red “X” ad the top right of the window.
You are now all set to dial-up to the internet using the fill area code.  Well done and if you had any trouble following this guide of if you experience any error’s after updating the phone number please give us a call at 541-754-7325.
You should now be able to click “OK” on the next window, and “OK” again on the last open window of this type. You should now be back to the Control Panel.  Just close out of the Control Panel by clicking the red “X” at the top right of the window.
You are now all set to dial up to the Internet using the full area code.  Well done. If you had any trouble following this guide of if you experience any errors after updating the phone number please give us a call at 541-754-7325.

Configuring your mailbox applications

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:

  • Thunderbird
New account
Update existing account
  • Outlook
New account
Update existing account
  • Apple Mail
New account
Update existing account
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):

New account
Update existing account
New account
Update existing account
Apple Mail
New account
Update existing account

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.

ActionNet Email Upgrade

To Actionnet.net email users –

Dont Forget to change your username and check your password.

Don't Forget to update your user name when logging in to the new system. You must have: "@actionnet.net" as a part of your whole user name.

(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 “user124@actionnet.net.”
  • During this process, all easily exploitable passwords (less than six letters, no special characters,
    If you arent able to log into your account, try adding the added text from your notification email.
    If have trouble logging into your account, try appending the text included in the notification email from PEAK to the end of your password.

    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:     user@actionnet.net
  • 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. 

For more information, a short guide on setting your advanced security options.

For more information on updating your mail application, visit our guide.

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.

Advanced Security Settings for PEAK Email

*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

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