3 Handy Privacy Options on Facebook

So you’d like to have more control over who can see your information on Facebook? Check out these three handy tools to help control what people see on your Facebook profile.
1. Preview your public profile.
So all your friends can see that your favorite singer is George Strait and you get a kick out of the sneezing baby panda video...but who else knows what is on your profile?
Use this easy preview your profile tool to see what your profile looks like to the public. 
You can even see how it looks to your Facebook friends by typing their name in the box at the top of the page. 
2. Control the settings for each of your individual posts.
Everyone on Facebook can set his or her own default privacy settings. But what if you want the public to see the sneezing panda video you post?
Control the privacy of each post using the drop down menu to the left of the post button in your status update. 

Facebook privacy settings for individual posts
The posts default to the most recent privacy setting you selected. So don't forget to change the setting back on your next post. 
3. Review friends' posts that tag you before they appear on your profile.
Your friend wants to tag you in their status update about the fun camping trip you are taking together, but you don’t want it to show up on your profile. With these controls you can enable the option of reviewing tags before they appear on your wall.
Go to privacy settings where you can edit your tag settings by selecting the option next to "How tags work". That will give you the option to enable the profile review.
Facebook privacy tag approval
Bonus Tip: Facebook is ever-evolving and changes privacy options frequently. Stay up-to-date with the latest security settings by liking Facebook’s Security Page.

Governor Nixon joins Socket to Break Ground on Rural Fiber Project

Socket and construction workers break ground with Mo Governor Jay Nixon.Socket held a ceremony Wednesday, October 19, to celebrate the groundbreaking of its fiber-to-the-home network in rural Boone and Callway Counties.
The event was held at the Millersburg Christian Church, the site of one of Socket's huts to house equipment for the new network.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon praised the project and other efforts to expand broadband throughout Missouri.
"Through our state and local partnership, area schools, courthouses, hospitals, public safety agencies and libraries across the state soon will be able to provide faster, more reliable Internet service," Governor Nixon said. "Students in the biggest cities to the smallest towns will have access to the same next-generation learning tools. Missouri businesses, whether at the forefront of innovation or in a storefront on Main Street, will be able to grow, succeed and prosper. Missouri broadband is a step in the right direction, and together, we're moving forward."
Construction crews have already begun boring holes for conduit piping that will house the fiber-optic cable. The first customers should be activated before the end of the year
Learn more about Socket's rural fiber project and sign up for ongoing updates at www.socket.net/fiber.
View a news release from Governor Jay Nixon's office about the ceremony.
View news coverage from KOMU, KRCG, the Fulton Sun, the Columbia Tribune and the Columbia Missourian.
View photos from the event on Socket's Facebook page.

Meet Jeff Gray, Programmer/Analyst

Every month, Socket employees nominate and vote on a co-worker who best exemplifies our Core Values and BeliefsJeff Gray, Socket's You-Make-the-Difference Winner for October 2011.
This month, we picked Jeff Gray, programmer/analyst.
He joined the Socket team two years ago and builds all kinds of really cool behind-the-scenes tools that help the rest of us do our jobs.
Lately, he's been working hard on Socket's new Fax to Email service, as well as a tool (we call it the Raptor) to help us keep in touch with the nice folks we meet at events throughout Missouri.
"Always willing to help, Jeff never says something can’t be done," said a co-worker who nominated him for the award. "He will find a way. And he has. He makes a difference."
Jeff is originally from Lebanon, Missouri. He and his girlfriend, Jennifer, like to travel. Their most recent journeys took them to Nashville, TN and Broken Arrow, OK. He also likes playing video games and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He says this is going to be the year the Cards win it all. We hope he's right.
Congratulations, Jeff!
Read about other You-Make-the-Difference-Award winners. 

How to Create Superhero-Strong Passwords

Usernames and passwords are abundant nowadays, allowing us to access customized information and easily manage our accounts online.
However, it can be difficult to come up with login information that is both secure and easy to remember.
Doing so is crucial, though, to avoid becoming a victim to cyber criminals, who use sophisticated programs to crack passwords and steal your personal information.
So if you're using a password like "123456" or "letmein" it's time to take a few minutes and beef up your password strength.
Luckily, we're here to help with a few simple tips.

  • Get creative. Words from the dictionary or common abbreviations aren't going to cut it. Start mixing together letters, numbers and special symbols in a combination only you know. Try substituting special characters for letters, such as $ for S, 3 for E, etc. 
  • Don't get personal. Avoid using your name, birthdate, driver's license number or other personal information in your passwords. These could potentially be deciphered by hackers.
  • Make it long. Passwords should be at least eight characters. Fourteen is even better. String a short phrase or sentence together, take out the spaces and add or substitute some numbers and special characters.
  • Don't reuse it. If one of your accounts gets hacked, don't let them all become vulnerable. It's best to create slightly different passwords for each of the sites you visit.
  • Check security. Use a tool like Microsoft's Password Checker to find out how strong your new passwords really are.

Remember that a password is ultimately all that stands between your private information and a cyber-thief. Take the time to increase that protection now, or risk dealing with even bigger hassles down the road.

Celebrating Customer Service Appreciation Week

Socket thanked employees during Customer Service Appreciation WeekOctober 3-7 was Customer Service Appreciation Week, a time to recognize and thank employees dedicated to taking care of customers.
At Socket, we believe everyone here is involved in customer service--either directly or indirectly.
That's why we offered all our employees a yummy yogurt parfait as a surprise breakfast and a relaxing chair massage from Licensed Massage Therapist Elizabeth Bates.
It takes a lot of great people and hard work to provide what we believe to be the best service and support in Missouri. And that's something we want to recognize.
If you've had an above-and-beyond customer service experience with Socket, take a moment to tell us about it by emailing kudos@socket.net. We'll pass along your thanks to the rep that took care of you, as well as their supervisor.
They might even enjoy your email more than a neck rub!

Jefferson City Business Showcase a Success!

We had a great time at this week's Jefferson City Business Showcase.Fax to email is explained at Socket's booth at the Jefferson City, MO Business Showcase.
It gave us the chance to debut our brand new fax-to-email service!
Think about what your office may have looked like many years ago. All the outdated equipment you've probably ditched throughout the years--old phones, big computer monitors and so on.
Now you can ditch that clunky old fax machine for good, too! We showed our customers a quick demo of how simple and easy faxing can be.
(If you missed the show, that's OK. Learn all about fax-to-email here.)
The show was also a great opportunity for us to catch up with all our local business clients.
Socket reps answer questions from a visitor at the Jefferson City Business Showcase.Our team of account reps and engineers--many of them from Jefferson City themselves--answered questions about our services and what's new at Socket. It was great to see so many familiar faces!
Even though the show's over, the van's unpacked and our outdated office equipment is back in the basement, we're still here to answer your questions, seven-days-a-week.
Give us a call at 1-800-762-5383, or stop by our new Jefferson City office at 500 Broadway, Suite B.

Gearing Up for the Jefferson City Business Showcase

We're setting up today for the Jefferson City Business Showcase this Thursday, October 6.
Come check out our new fax-to-email service and find out how you can ditch that clunky old fax machine for good.
A special congratulations to Socket business clients who have been nominated for special awards! Winners will be announced at the show.
Small Business of the Year Nominee

Exceptional Employee Award Nominees

We hope to see everyone out at the Jefferson City Business Showcase on Thursday, October 6 at the Firley YMCA. Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, please visit the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce website.

70 degrees and sunny

Apparently our techs got a little bored over the weekend.Socket Techs assembled a paper clip man over the weekend.
When we came in the door on Monday morning, this little guy was sitting on the shelf to greet us in all his clippy, staple-remover glory.
Hopefully everyone was outside enjoying the nice Missouri fall weather. Or maybe everything was just running so smoothly that we weren't needed.
In any event, if you are having problems with your phone or Internet, please call us at 1-800-762-5383. We've got plenty of local techs ready to help you seven-days-a-week.
Our supply of paper clips may depend on it.

Who is Socket

Founded in 1994, Socket is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet service provider with the largest service area in the state.

Socket is a privately held company that provides families and businesses a choice for local and long-distance phone and Internet service. We combine the highest quality customer service with in-depth technical knowledge.

Our network serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses in more than 400 Missouri cities, and our customers enjoy simple billing and quick, friendly service.

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