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Start the New Year with New Tech Tips, New DIY Projects, New Recipes & More
Start the New Year with New Tech Tips, New DIY Projects, New Recipes & More
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  January 2022  
Download Images to View Happy New Year!

While we all had high hopes that 2021 would bring us back to more "normal" circumstances, your team at ImOn is still taking precautions to keep our employees, customers, and our community safe. But a pandemic can't stop us from continuing to provide the most reliable high-speed broadband services and superior customer support. And it's not stopping us from making huge progress towards our aggressive growth goals, either!

In 2021, ImOn continued to grow our service area in Cedar Rapids, expanded our fiber network to our first residential neighborhood in Dubuque, and added an additional 4,000 addresses to our service area in Iowa City. In 2022, as we approach our 15th anniversary, we plan to grow even faster. We expect to complete the build out of the ImOn network in Iowa City by December 2022 and be making significant progress in Coralville. We will also continue adding residential addresses to our service areas in both Dubuque and the Cedar Rapids metro area. And all the while, we will continue supporting these communities as we always have, giving financial donations and volunteer support to local non-profits and civic organizations. Because that's the ImOn Way!

We know you have options when it comes to your telecommunications services. That's why we want to express our sincere appreciation to you for placing your trust in ImOn. From all of us at ImOn, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
JUST FOR YOU
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Here is a look at the beautiful photo adorning the 2022 ImOn Customer Calendar for the month of January. This photo of an old barn surrounded by a fresh blanket of snow in Cedar Rapids was submitted by ImOn customer Clark Bentz. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo with us Clark! Remember, you can still grab your free 2022 ImOn Customer Calendar in the ImOn Customer Care Office at 101 3rd Ave SW, Suite 200, Cedar Rapids.
ImOn Customer Appreciation Month at ImOn Ice Arena!

ImOn Communications wants to start the year out right by celebrating you, our loyal customers. Now through January 31, 2022, ImOn customers can receive a FREE skate rental with the purchase of a paid skate admission at the ImOn Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids. Present the coupon below or your current ImOn bill to receive this special offer. Happy New Year from ImOn and thank you for being a valued customer.

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Check Out These Movie Recommendations From Our Staff!

With more snowy and cold days ahead, it is a great time to stay inside and curl up on the couch to watch a movie. We thought it would be fun to poll our employees and ask them to share some of their favorite movies. Here are some of their recommendations of great movies you can enjoy with your family (or by yourself!).


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MUST-SEE VIDEOS
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Stunning Underwater Wonders
You'll feel like you're scuba diving when you watch this video of the Red Sea's coral reefs and colorful sea life.
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Snowboarding Baby in China
Only 11 months old, this girl has great balance and can snowboard down a slight slope. She even has a coach!
NEWS AND VIEWS
Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Download Images to View No, we're not kidding. National Squirrel Appreciation Day is a real thing and it is celebrated every January 21st. While many of you may enjoy these cute, fuzzy woodland creatures, we in the telecommunications industry look at them more as a frustrating foe.

Like most rodents, squirrels chew on things to sharpen and control the length of their teeth. Unfortunately, they often choose to do that on electrical and fiber-optic cables. They like to chew off the outer insulation of the wires and even chew on the hard wires themselves, which can result in a service impact for our customers. In fact, according to Tony Bennett, ImOn Director of Network Operations, ImOn averages about 17 small outages a year due to squirrel chew damage! The good news is our team has become very adept at quickly identifying and repairing these chews to minimize downtime for our customers.

So, if you choose to celebrate our furry friends this National Squirrel Appreciation Day, please shower them with a ton of hard nuts so they won't need to chew on our cables!
Make a Resolution to Good Computer Health!

Download Images to View At the start of every year, millions of people make New Year's resolutions ranging from losing weight to quitting smoking. But why not make a resolution to keep your computer healthy this year? Here are a few tips to help keep your devices safe and healthy in 2022.
  • Perform Regular Backups: Make sure you perform regular backups of your system to ensure you don't lose your important photos, documents, and more.

  • Toss Out The Old: Go through and delete any old files, programs, apps, photos, and emails you no longer need or use. Consider going through your current email subscriptions and unsubscribing from those you no longer need or want. This will help to clear up more memory space for new things. You may also want to clear your Internet browser history, cookies, and cache data regularly to help with sluggish web browsing.

  • Restart or Shut Down Regularly: Just like us, our devices need time to rest and reboot. Consider shutting down your devices when not in use, or at least give them a weekly restart. This will ensure they can receive important software upgrades, increase their performance, and prevent memory leaks. And don't forget about your modem and routers. ImOn recommends that you reboot these devices regularly too.

  • Stay up to date: Make sure your security software, web browser, and operating systems are all up to date. This is one of the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats that could not only hurt your computer but also you.

  • External Care: Periodically wipe away dust, crumbs, and pet hair from your fan vents, screens, and keyboards. Use a microfiber cloth or a can of condensed air. Also, clean up clutter from around your devices to ensure good airflow to help keep your devices from overheating.
Update Contact Info

Download Images to View At ImOn, we are committed to providing you outstanding customer service, and one way we do that is by sending out regular communications to our customers through email. This includes outage notifications, service impacting news, changes to your services, and reminders about customer events and perks. As we start the new year, we want to ensure you receive all of this important information.

Please make sure we have your current email address and phone number in our system. You can visit www.MyImOn.com/Contact and submit a form with your current information, or contact the ImOn Customer Care team at 319-298-6484 during normal business hours.
The Worst Passwords of 2021

Download Images to View NerdPass, a password management provider, recently released its list of the 200 worst passwords of 2021. Because these passwords are used so often, NerdPass says that it takes less than a second for hackers to crack them. That means using any of these passwords is pretty much useless in securing your devices and personal information. Are you using any of these passwords? If so, you should consider changing your password to something more secure. Here are a few tips on how to make a stronger password:
  1. Don't include personal information: Avoid using your name, nickname, the name of your kids or pets, your birthday or anniversary dates, your street name, or anything else associated with you that someone could easily find on social media or through a quick Internet search.

  2. Make it long: Try to make your password at least 8 characters long. When it comes to passwords, the longer the better.

  3. Don't reuse passwords: We know it can be hard to remember all of the different passwords you may have. But don't be lazy and use one password for several sites/accounts. If a hacker gets that password, they will be able to unlock all your accounts.

  4. Don't use any of the passwords on the list: We had to say it, even though it should be obvious!
For more tips on how to create a strong password, check out our blog post here.
Options for Paying Your ImOn Bill

ImOn is proud to offer several different options for paying your monthly bill. For more details on the options listed below, visit www.MyImOn.com/Bill.


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We're Hiring!

Get your year started out right by joining the ImOn team! We're growing and have several career opportunities available in the following areas: customer care, construction, sales, engineering, management, marketing, and more. ImOn offers competitive salaries with generous benefits, career growth opportunities, and a fun work environment. Click here to see all available positions and the benefits of joining the ImOn team.


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Apps for Your Best You in 2022!

Download Images to View With the new year upon us, most of us are hoping for a better year than the last. To achieve this, 74% of Americans make a New Year's resolution to either learn something new, make a lifestyle change, or set a personal goal. But according to Health.com, only 46% will stick to their resolution after six months. We know it can be difficult to achieve your resolution, so we have compiled a list of some helpful apps to help keep you on track.

Fueling Right:
Let's start with the fuel our wellness journey runs on. Wellness often entails balance, so before you start starving yourself and working out incessantly, check out these apps that can help you develop better eating habits.
  • Mealime: A meal planner that helps you make healthy choices ahead of time, so you don't just end up grabbing the quickest and easiest option.
  • Noom: This app uses psychological research to help build better habits allowing you to meet your weight and diet goals.
  • Lose It!: This app acts as a personal calorie counter and food/meal tracker to help you stick to your diet goals and eat healthier.
Build Better Habits:
Bad habits are hard to break. Good habits are hard to build. These apps could give you the edge you need to get in the habit of wellness.
  • Streaks: As the name implies, this app helps you build "streaks" of healthy habits—whether it's eating healthy, working out, taking the dog for a walk, studying a foreign language, or just about anything else.
  • Flamy: This is an app designed to help people quit smoking. You can set goals, use different motivations to meet those goals, and even monitor different aspects of your health that will improve as you smoke less.
  • Way of Life: Users input the habits they want to break as well as those good habits they want to build. The app will then provide notifications to help users stay on track. Over time, users can assess their progress and begin to understand what is at the root of their bad habits.
Mental and Emotional Wellness:
Wellness isn't just physical—it also includes feeling well emotionally and mentally.
  • Mindshift CBT: This app is based on the philosophies and techniques of cognitive-behavioral theory (CBT). It helps people adjust their thinking and behaviors as a way to quiet anxiety.
  • Happify: Just play some games and boost your mood! This app is also based on cognitive-behavioral theory but uses gamification as the mode.
  • Yoga for Beginners: The name is self-explanatory. This app lets you build a regular yoga practice right from your phone! If you're nervous about jumping right into group yoga classes, start with this app and build some confidence.
  • Headspace: Headspace is filled with soothing, guided meditations—like breathing exercises, body scans, and more! Headspace makes living mindfully extremely approachable, especially if you're trying it for the first time.
  • Calm: Calm is a sleep and mediation app to help you get better sleep, lower stress, and lessen anxiety.
Feel Good Financially:
Financial wellness can help relieve stress and tension in relationships or just personal stress and tension.
  • digit: Make saving automatic. With digit, you set a savings goal and everyday digit analyzes your spending and income in order to transfer the right amount of money to a savings account, without leaving your checking overdrawn.
  • Mint: Mint's been around for a long time and moved through several versions. While it has more features than you might need, it is the most comprehensive app for understanding your entire financial landscape. It can even help you increase your credit score!
  • Qapital: Qapital connects to your bank accounts and lets you save money, set goals, get investment advice, and even uses IFTTT (if this then that) rules to automate actions.
SITES OF THE MONTH
Get Bird ID Help  
Get Bird ID Help
Enjoy birdwatching? This site will help you identify the birds you see. It also offers live cams, videos, and games.
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Facts for the Fun of It  
Facts for the Fun of It
When you have some time to kill, check out this site filled with fun facts about history, space, food, TV, and more.
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Healthy New Year!  
Healthy New Year!
If you made New Year's resolutions about improving your health, you'll find resources here that could help you.
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CUSTOMER ALERT
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COOKING DEMO
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20 Sheet Pan Dinners
Cooking everything in one pan is one brilliant way to minimize work. Check out the many delicious recipes here.
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Morning Glory Muffins
Start your day off right! These yummy muffins have whole wheat flour, grated carrots and apples, pineapple, and nuts.
INSTAGRAM FOCUS
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Trivial Pursuit Trivia
Two Canadian journalists came up with the idea for Trivial Pursuit in 1979. Relive how this board game became a classic.
 
"Yikes!" and Bikes
This is no leisurely bike ride. Watch all the high-speed twists and turns in exciting GoPro footage of cyclists in rough terrain.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TIPS
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10 Easy DIY Projects
Even beginners can make this crate coffee table, tire turned container, wine cork pen holder, and more.
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How to Patch Holes in Drywall
Have holes in your wall? Learn to patch them, whether they're small or large, with these easy-to-follow tips from a pro.
FAQ/TUTORIAL
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