What is the number one thing people do on Independence day … ?

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You might be surprised, but the number one thing people do on Independence Day is EAT!

Make sure you’re prepared with these Top 3 grilling tips for your Fourth of July Cookout

  1. Gas vs. Charcoal? The long-standing debate over which grilling method is “better” involves several variables, from flavor to cost to preference. Charcoal brings out that great smoky flavor no matter what you’re cooking and you can also control the intensity of the flame. On the contrary, gas grills are easier to use, because the heat is manageable and there’s hardly any clean up! There is no right or wrong decision, so choose your preference.
  2.  Turn up the heat! In the hopes that the weather is already nice on the 4th, make it even hotter! The grill that is. Preheat your grill 15 to 20 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature for cooking. Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. You know you got it right when you hear that beautiful searing sound once the meat hits the grill.
  3.  The meat isn’t everything- Don’t forget about the side dishes! Potato and pasta salad, coleslaw, fruit, baked beans, the list goes on and on! It doesn’t matter which side dishes you choose to make for your cookout, just make sure you spend time planning for them too as they are just as important as the meat!

Happy 4th of July from EarthLink!

Troubleshooting tips for your DSL Internet connection

We’re always concerned when our customers can’t get the most out of the internet.   As a result of our continuous monitoring, and information that we’ve received from those customers who have reached out to us, we have been able to quickly isolate and address the most common issues that affect performance and connectivity.   We believe that there are no widespread issues on our end at this time but we want to provide some troubleshooting steps that we think may be helpful for our customers who frequently experience connectivity issues.

  1. To make your internet connection as consistent and secure as possible, please follow the steps outlined in the links for Windows Users and for Mac Users
  2. It is critical that all WiFi connections are password protected. This prevents unwanted users from accessing your home network, impacting performance, connectivity and possibly your personal information.
  3. All computers should be protected with anti-virus software (yes, even Macs). There are many free programs available and also those for purchase. EarthLink offers Symantec’s Norton product line for a modest monthly fee, but we mostly want you to know that your computer needs to be protected.  Viruses not only can compromise your computer, but they often can result in poor performance or an inability to get to the internet.
  4. Whatever issue may be impacting your connection, we don’t want you to feel like you’re alone.  If you would like one of our technicians to reach out to you directly, please send us a private message with your account information and your best contact number and we’d be happy to troubleshoot with you.

EarthLink Position on Heartbleed Bug on Consumer Systems

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The Heartbleed bug is a recent vulnerability that has been circulating news articles this week.  EarthLink has validated that we are not using any impacted versions of OpenSSL in our consumer systems like webmail.earthlink.netmyaccount.earthlink.net andmy.earthlink.net.

Please keep in mind that using the same email and password combination for multiple sites can pose a risk if any one of those sites is compromised. We strongly suggest that you choose a unique password for your EarthLink email address that you do not use on any other websites. This will greatly improve the security of your EarthLink account, and thank you for being a customer of EarthLink.

8 Great Smartphone Apps to Save You Money

Nobody likes paying more than they have to. At least no one I know.

But going out of your way to find the best price can cost you more time than you have to lose. Running around town to price shop. Comparing multiple websites. Flipping through circulars and clipping, organizing and keeping track of coupons. There’s gotta be an easier way.

Fortunately, for smartphone users, there’s a cache of mobile phone apps to help you cash in on the best deals and save all over the place. Whether you’re looking to score at major retailers, land the lowest last-minute hotel rate or consistently pay less at the pump, these are among the top money-saving apps to get pumped about.

All are free and iPhone/Android compatible.

RedLaser
Let’s say you’re at a major office supply store looking for a new laptop or tablet. Wouldn’t you love to know what the “other guys” are selling it for without making an additional trip? Armed with the RedLaser Bar Code and QR scanner app, just scan a product’s barcode and you can pull up pricing on the same item at major competitors. Additional perks include coupon notifications and the ability to scan and save all of your loyalty card info in one place.

Hotel Tonight
Who says you snooze you lose? You can wait until the last minute and still land an amazing deal on an upscale hotel stay. With Hotel Tonight, you can score discounts of up to 70% on same-day stays at high-end hotels. Great rates get posted after noon each day for deals in 12 countries and over 150 prime locations.

shopkick
You don’t even have to buy anything to get something with shopkick. You see, with shopkick, you get points (or “kicks”) just for walking into a store. And you can put your kicks toward gift certificates at participating retailers, including Target, Macy’s, Old Navy and more. Those who spend, of course, get more kicks.

ShopAdvisor
If you already know what you want, ShopAdvisor can help you get it when it’s priced right. With ShopAdvisor, you scan the barcode of something you have your heart set on. It’ll end up on your “watch list” so that whenever it goes on sale (at a store in your vicinity), you’ll be the first to know.

GasBuddy
The staggeringly high prices we’re seeing at the pump have fueled just about all of us to be more frugal in one way or another. GasBuddy puts road warriors in the driver’s seat by alerting where in town you can top off the tank for the lowest price.

RepairPal
If there was only a quick fix to the grind of finding a qualified mechanic. Wait…there is. Download the RepairPal app and know what price you should pay for your repair. What’s more, the app locates qualified mechanics in your area, tracks all your repairs, and offers one-touch access to roadside assistance.

RetailMeNot
With RetailMeNot, customers get the benefit of retail coupon savings without the hassle of having to physically have them in hand (simply show your phone at checkout.) With the app, you can quickly pull up coupons or coupon codes at loads of major retailers.

Viggle
TV junkies can have their fix with the Viggle. Download the app and “check in” to register the show you’re watching (you’ll earn one point per minute). You can earn bonus points for watching featured programs, too. Points are redeemable for gift cards and other prizes.