Online Pharmacy Scams, Halloween Treats, Fall Crafts, Travel Tips, and More
Online Pharmacy Scams, Halloween Treats, Fall Crafts, Travel Tips, and More
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  October 2021  
10-Digit Dialing is Coming

Download Images to View The FCC has approved 988 as the 3-digit abbreviated dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, beginning on July 16, 2022. But for 988 to work, 10-digit local dialing must first be implemented. This means everyone will be required to use 10-digit dialing for all local calls (area code + telephone number). This change to 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory beginning October 24, 2021, and is required by all phone carriers.

To prepare for this mandatory change all automatic dialing equipment or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete local calls using only the 7-digit phone number will need to be reprogrammed to now include the area code. Some examples are:
  • Life safety systems or medical monitoring devices
  • Fax machines
  • Internet dial-up numbers
  • Fire or burglar alarms and security systems
  • Speed dialers
  • Mobile or other wireless phone contact lists
  • Call forwarding settings
  • Voicemail services
JUST FOR YOU
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ImOn Communications is pleased to announce the return of our Thanksgiving Card Design Contest. All area 3rd through 5th grade students are invited to submit an original design for the front of ImOn's annual company Thanksgiving card.

Students can submit a 7.6" x 5.6" design that depicts the themes of Fall, Thanksgiving, thankfulness, and/or community. The design can include drawings, text, and/or original photography. For an official entry form, click here.

Submissions will be accepted through October 22nd, and a winner will be announced by November 1st. The winning design will be used for the front of the ImOn Thanksgiving card, along with the student's name and school listed on the back of the card. Plus, the winning student and their classroom teacher will both receive $100. For more information on how to enter, visit www.MyImOn.com/DesignCard.
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Here is a look at the beautiful photo adorning the 2021 ImOn Customer Calendar for the month of October. This photo was submitted by ImOn customer Sheryl Campbell and shows fall foliage at the Ellis Park Golf Course in Cedar Rapids. Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo with us!
ImOn Photo Contest Winners

Download Images to View We would like to thank everyone who submitted photos for this year's ImOn Calendar Photo Contest. We received almost 200 entries, each showcasing the beauty of Eastern Iowa! Our judges had a hard time deciding on the finalists, but in the end, 13 winning photos were selected to grace the pages of our upcoming 2022 ImOn Customer Calendar. Some of the winners include Clark Beltz, Dale Cooley, Janice Crites, Carol Frischkorn, Kevin Heeren, Jennifer Hildreth, Gwenaelle Lenain, and Kim Ogburn. We will share the winning photos on our social media pages and in upcoming newsletters, so stay tuned. Also, watch for the release of the 2022 ImOn Calendar in November. The calendar is free to all ImOn customers.
MUST-SEE VIDEOS
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Sheep Flow Like Water
This aerial time-lapse footage captures a herd of more than 1,000 sheep as they move from one pasture to another.
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Flashmob Performs "Do-Re-Mi"
About 200 dancers surprised the train station crowd with a performance of the beloved song from The Sound of Music.
NEWS AND VIEWS
Fall Sun Outages

Download Images to View Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, you may experience some degree of television interference due to a phenomenon known as "sun outages." A sun outage is an interruption or distortion of satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. At these times of the year, the sun's lower path across the sky takes it directly behind the communication satellites that transmit TV programming signals to stations on Earth. During a sun outage, your TV picture might become pixelated or in some cases disappear completely. The effects are seen on most channels and occur during various times of the day, lasting up to 15 minutes. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to prevent the sun from interfering with TV signals. Sun outages affect all cable companies across the country. This Fall, sun outages are predicted to occur between now and October 20th.
Tech Tip

Did you know that there is a shortcut to help you delete unwanted words from your documents?

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We're Hiring

Come be a part of the ImOn team! We're growing and have several career opportunities available in the following areas: customer care, construction, sales, technicians, engineering, management, 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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Signup for AutoPay Today!

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Don't be spooked by late payments! Make your life easier with ImOn's AutoPay service. ImOn's easy AutoPay program allows your monthly payment to be automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. It is an easy and convenient way to ensure your ImOn bill is paid on time, every time.

There are two easy ways to set up ImOn AutoPay — you can enroll by logging into your ImOn Account through the "Manage My Account" link on MyImOn.com or by downloading and mailing back a complete AutoPay form.
In Case You Missed It

Download Images to View Did you know that ImOn has a blog? The ImOn Insider Blog is a great resource to get tips, news, and ideas on how to stay connected in this ever-changing world. You will find actionable, relevant content that you can use to help get the most out of your ImOn services. Here are just a few of the things we have posted recently.
Countdown to Halloween

Now that October is here, it's time to get into the Halloween spirit! Which means grab the popcorn and all of your little goblins for some of the best Halloween movies of the season with Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween. This year's line-up is more spooktacular than ever with entertainment for the whole family. You can get the full schedule movies for the entire month at freeform.com/31NightsSchedule.

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Meet the ImOn Team

At ImOn Communications, we believe that the people behind our company are just as important as the company itself. Our team is full of great people working hard to deliver the reliable service you deserve. So we wanted to introduce you to some of the friendly, local faces behind ImOn.

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Beware of Online Tricks

Download Images to View Ghosts, goblins, witches, and tummy aches from candy overconsumption are the traditional things to be aware of in the month of Halloween. That was until 2004, when October was declared National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Since 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness has grown tremendously, but there are always new threats popping up all around the U.S. ImOn wants to make sure its valued customers are prepared with the knowledge and tools to watch out for potential online scams and cyber identity theft.

Protecting Yourself Online
You wouldn't go trick or treating without a costume, right? Well, the same rule should apply for accessing the internet on an unprotected device. The first rule of safe internet practice is to make sure you have up-to-date security software installed on your computer and any other devices that are connecting to the Internet. These software platforms might not cover every online threat, but they constantly scan and block the most devastating risks (i.e. malware, spyware, other viruses) from attacking your devices. It's much less of a headache to make sure your security software is updated than it is to deal with the mayhem a virus can cause.

Download Graphics to View You've Got Mail
Email is probably the most used tool on the internet. It's great for work and personal lives, but it's also great for hackers and scammers. Some malicious emails are obvious to spot in your inbox, while others are very hard to distinguish from a safe email. Some malicious emails will appear to be from an e-commerce website you have previously shopped at, a government agency or financial institution, or even a coworker. To learn more about how to spot phishing emails, click here. Below are some common ways to prevent becoming a victim of malicious email attacks.
  • Make sure your email spam filters are turned on and report any spam email activity you do receive.
  • If an email appears suspicious, it’s best to avoid opening or clicking on anything. Reporting as spam and deleting the email are the best ways to discard the threat.
  • Never reveal any personal or financial information via email, and don’t respond to email requests for this type of information.
  • Pay attention to URLs. They may look similar to a legitimate website's URL, but there are often slight differences (i.e. misspellings, .com vs .net, etc.).
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There is a lot of personal and private information on our smartphones and tablets and it's important to implement measures to make sure that your mobile devices are secure and private. The National Cybersecurity Alliance provides up-to-date information on how to make sure popular apps and services on your smartphone have the privacy settings you desire. Stay up to date on their privacy guidelines here.

Here are a few general guidelines to make sure you're keeping your information and devices secure and protected.
  • Use strong passwords/passcodes and take advantage of features like facial ID recognition or thumbprint scanning. For more information about how to create a strong password, click here.
  • Don’t use the same password/passcode for every app on your smartphone.
  • If you download an app to use one time, delete it afterward.
  • Limit your activity when connected to public Wi-Fi or hotspots.
  • Don't respond to text messages or click URLs from text messages when you don't know the sender.
Knowledge is Power
The more you know the more you can protect yourself from common scams or fraud attempts on your devices. AARP is dedicated to making many scams public knowledge in the hopes that you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim. From cyber-attacks that target elderly users, to what to watch out for when booking travel, AARP offers a lot of different articles and tips on what to watch out for. Make sure to also subscribe to their podcast, The Perfect Scam, for even more knowledge on what to watch out for when you're online.
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Breast Cancer Resource
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This site shares life-saving information and offers ways to support women.
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Plan Your Next Trip
It never hurts to dream, right? Take a journey through travel photos and articles that showcase the best destinations.
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Live Well and Eat Well  
Live Well and Eat Well
If you want your home to be warm and welcoming, browse these inspiring ideas for home décor, gardening, and cooking.
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CUSTOMER ALERT
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COOKING DEMO
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7 Halloween Treats
Your goblins will gobble up these jack-o'-lantern peppers, creepy crawly cupcakes, wicked witch hats, and more.
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10 Easy Pasta Recipes
After watching this video, we guarantee you'll be hungry for pasta. Fortunately, these dishes are easy to make.
CRAFTY IDEAS
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Make Leaf Lanterns
All you need is wax paper, leaves, decorative tape, and votive candles to create glowing autumnal accents.
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Pumpkin Carving Tips
Get step-by-step instructions for creating jack-o'-lanterns that look great, last longer, and stay safe from burning.
FAQ/TUTORIAL
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