February Newsletter 2012
Hello GBTA.net Internet Subscribers
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.
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- The GBTA.net 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:
GBT has two great promotions going on in February. For installations in February only, you can have the first 2 months of our CareGuard medic alarm systems FREE! CareGuard systems allow elderly people to stay safe and worry- free in their own homes by providing quick access for help in time of emergencies. At the same time, their children and they themselves have peace of mind knowing help is coming at the push of a button. Call us today at 1-800-432-7965 for all the details and to take advantage of our February special!
Our 2nd promotion in February is for our security systems. These rural areas are no longer as safe as they once were. GBT is helping address that concern with our Bulldog Alarm Systems. During February, we have a kit on sale that includes all the sensors most people would have to secure their home, including wireless door alarms, heat/smoke, and motion detectors. It also includes a key fob for easy activation/deactivation when your hands are full of groceries. The system is on sale during February for only $29.95/ month, including monitoring, with a 3-year contract. That's right—NO MONEY DOWN, and the $29.95 includes the equipment and our monthly monitoring.
The system can be installed by the homeowner, or we will do it for you. Average install time is about 3 hours. Our fee for installation, if needed, is $75/hour. Give us a call for all the details. We want you and your family to feel safe and secure!
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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