The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 2 October 2003 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Editor's Welcome  by Katrina Moran BMI Accepts PayPal  by Ruben Bybee
Recent Email Scams  by Ruben Bybee Verisign Hijacks DNS  by Ruben Bybee
E-Mail Perimeter Updated  by Ruben Bybee Adware & Spyware  by Ruben Bybee
WebTv & BMI  by Editor Did you Ever Wonder...  by Shirley B.
Question of the Month  by BMI Staff
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Editor's Welcome
by Katrina Moran


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Well, here it is the second issue of the On Ramp Newsletter. We made it through the first one so we're back again! Thank you to all subscribers who have written with kind words and other suggestions. We did find that we had a couple of bad links in our first newsletter and we have since improved the system so that should not happen again. All of our newsletters are archived online and you can visit them at any time from our newsletter page at http://newsletter.bmi.net. A special thank you to our newest contributor, Shirley with her great content to make you laugh!
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BMI Accepts PayPal
by Ruben Bybee


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For added convenience to you, BMI is now accepting PayPal as a method of payment for your BMI services. What is PayPal? PayPal is owned by E-Bay and members can instantly and securely send money to anyone in the U.S. with an email address. PayPal is the payment of choice for most e-bay auctions. For more information about PayPal, please visit the PayPal Web Site. To use PayPal with BMI, you will need to signup for a PayPal account (it is free) and then login to the secure BMI Billing Site and enter your PayPal info. If you choose to pay with PayPal, then you will receive an email each time that a payment is due and in that email you will find a link that you will need to click on to authorize the payment. No PayPal payments are made without your authorization.
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Recent Email Scams
by Ruben Bybee


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There has been a large increase in email scams recently. These scams typically arrive in your e-mail box asking you to click on a link to update your personal information. Be very cautious and alert because most of the time these are crooks trying to get your money or your identity. The most recent of these scams mention a bogus credit card transaction of $234.95. Others say that you need to update your PayPal or E-Bay information. The longest lasting scam has to do with a fictitious $25 million dollars waiting for you in Nigeria. Most of these scams look legitimate BUT they are not. It is always best to go directly to any website and not click on the e-mail links to update personal or credit card information.
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Verisign Hijacks DNS
by Ruben Bybee


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This is one of the most flagrant abuses of the public trust that I have seen in a long time and it is important that people understand the impact that it will have on their use of the Internet. In a reckless fashion, Verisign (aka Network Solutions) has seized control of every non-existent domain, zone, and DNS record in the .com and .net top-level domains around 12:00pm EDT on September 15, 2003. Their so-called "Site Finder Service" causes any DNS lookup for a non-existent zone beneath .com and .net to resolve to an IP address under Verisign's control. For instance, if you type in www.unknownsite.net you will be directed to a Verisign web site without your prior knowledge or consent. This hijacking of namespace was announced by mlarson@verisign.com on a public mailing list of network administrators many hours AFTER the change was implemented. I am not aware of any formal or informal attempt to involve traditional Internet standards bodies in this decision.
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E-Mail Perimeter Updated
by Ruben Bybee


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BMI has recently upgraded the perimeter protection for our e-mail servers. What this means to you is that your BMI e-mail box has the best possible protection against viruses, spams, directory harvest attacks, and other e-mail borne attacks. The perimeter servers work as a first line of defense and protect our internal servers. Currently our perimeter servers are seeing about 400,000 in bound e-mail messages each month. Over 290,000 of these messages are spam or viruses and are blocked before ever reaching our network. Click here for more information about our e-mail protection or you can login to your private quarantine center.
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Adware & Spyware
by Ruben Bybee


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What is AdWare? AdWare is any software application displaying or advertising banners while the program is running. Most AdWare is set to automatically start up when your computer boots. While connected to the Internet the AdWare will usually send random pop-up advertising to you. The problem with AdWare: Major concerns of AdWare are that they will slow down your computer and your connection. This is especially noticeable over dialup connections.
What is Spyware? In general, spyware is software that secretly gathers information about you without your knowledge and sends this info to third parties. The spyware usually automatically starts up when your computer reboots and is often difficult to detect.
How do I get this unwanted AdWare/Spyware? The way that AdWare/Spyware gets into your computer can be the result of installing a new program, usually bundled within "freeware" or "shareware." The premise is that the software developers can make money from bundling the AdWare/Spyware with free programs. Always be careful when downloading any software from the Internet.
How do I get rid of this junk? BMI has available a very nice program that will scan your system and remove the AdWare/Spyware automatically. You can find this on our Rewards Site
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WebTv & BMI
by Editor


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What is WebTv?
WebTv is receiver that connects to your television and your telephone line and brings the Internet right into your home! You can surf the net from the comfort of your couch. MSNTv and WebTv are the same, WebTv was bought out by MSN. The WebTv unit comes with a receiver, wireless keyboard, and a remote control.
How does BMI play a part in WebTv?
BMI is an Internet Service Provider, we are an "On Ramp" for customer's to access the internet via: a personal computer, or webtv. Once you purchase the WebTv unit, setup is fast and easy, less than 20 minutes. The internet service is through MSN starting at $21.95 a month for unlimited access, or you can choose to use your own Internet Service Provider. If you choose to use your own Internet Service Provider, such as BMI, MSN will still charge you for the service, but they'll give you a $10.00 discount on the $21.95. For more information on WebTv Visit MSN for details
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Did you Ever Wonder...
by Shirley B.


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Did you ever wonder...
Can you cry underwater?
If money doesn't grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?
Since bread is square, why is sandwich meat round?
Why do you have to "put your two cents in"... but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that exra penny going to?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
What did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
If you drink Pepsi at work in the Coke factory, will they fire you?
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Question of the Month
by BMI Staff


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Q: How do I change my homepage?
If you are using Internet Explorer
  • Go to browser ie: Internet Explorer
  • Click on Tools, Internet Options
  • In the address bar, enter what website you would like to show up when you get online, ie: www.bmi.net, www.yahoo.com, www.msn.com
  • Click Apply and Ok.
    If you are using Netscape
  • Go to browser ie: Netscape
  • Click on Edit, Preferences
  • You'll see a section Homepage, in the Location bar, enter what website you would like to showup when you get online, ie: www.bmi.net, www.yahoo.com, www.msn.com
  • Click Ok
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