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What is a VPN and Why Should I Use One?

Posted by ImOn Communications on Aug 17, 2022 9:54:00 AM

With many of us working from home over the past two years, you may have had to use something called a VPN. But what exactly is a VPN and why should you use it?

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Topics: Computers, Internet, technology, Wi-Fi, security

Stay Connected to All the Shark-Filled Action With ImOn

Posted by ImOn Communications on Jul 19, 2022 2:08:35 PM

One of the most anticipated weeks of the summer is fast approaching and ImOn is here to help you dive into all of the heart-pumping action! Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has become a summer tradition full of non-stop action. Kicking off on Sunday, July 24th, this year’s Shark Week is filled with even more shark-filled programming, including brand new star-studded shows and never-before-seen underwater research that will have you on the edge of your seat. It’s going to be jawsome!

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Topics: Cable TV, TV Everywhere, Apps

Helpful Planning Tools for Your Summer Getaway

Posted by ImOn Communications on Jun 24, 2022 10:46:38 AM

The summer solstice marks the official beginning of summer at the end of this month, meaning
it’s time to start planning that annual summer getaway! There is no doubt that the days of
physical maps are well behind us, but we sometimes fail to realize that there is a lot more out
there than Google Maps or GPS navigation. Whether you are looking for a vacation you can
drive, fly, cruise, or ride a train to—we’ve compiled a variety of handy internet resources
below!

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Topics: Apps, Travel

Techy Gift Ideas for High School Grads

Posted by ImOn Communications on May 4, 2022 4:17:07 PM

Graduations are right around the corner. Whether your graduate is college-bound or headed into the workforce, there’s at least one tech gadget they’ve had their eyes on. We’ve rounded up a list of the best Gen Z-approved tech essentials, so you can congratulate their hard work with a gift that’s equally fun and practical.

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Topics: Computers, Internet, technology, School, security, Holidays

A History of Women in Tech

Posted by ImOn Communications on Mar 16, 2022 5:08:32 PM


Throughout the 20th century, women have played an important role in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, laying the foundation for the technology we use today. Like many women in history, women in the STEM fields have too rarely been recognized and celebrated for their contributions.

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Topics: technology, women

Commit Random Acts of Kindness with Our ImOn Team

Posted by ImOn Communications on Feb 15, 2022 5:33:02 PM

February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day! We’re using the holiday as an opportunity for our staff to come together to spread kindness to our community. When it comes to random acts of kindness, it’s the more the merrier. So we’re inviting you to participate in National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th with us.

To make sure we’re spreading kindness to all corners of the community, we’ve divided acts of kindness into categories based on who will receive your kindness. Our hope is that you will complete at least one random act of kindness in each category—but don’t let that limit you.

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Topics: ImOn Communications, Community, Random Acts of Kindness

Apps for Your Best You in 2022

Posted by ImOn Communications on Jan 5, 2022 3:52:41 PM

With the new year upon us, you might be dusting off that old scale and forcing yourself to go to the gym before the sun’s up. But wellness is more than just dropping some weight (although that can help) and it can look different for everyone. Wellness can be a way of taking control of our lives and making conscious decisions about how we want to live. Of course, this is much easier said than done, so we’ve compiled a list of apps that can make your wellness journey smoother and easier.

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Topics: Internet, Apps, Holidays

Sleigh the Holidays with These Shows and Movies

Posted by ImOn Communications on Dec 2, 2021 5:25:15 PM

After a strange holiday season in 2020, the holidays are back in full force this year and you know what that means—Holiday movies and shows! No matter if you’re into the claymation classics, heartwarming black and white films, action movies that take place around Christmas (we see you Die Hard fans), family holiday comedies, or something in between—we’re here to help you build your holiday viewing calendar. You can even download this calendar, print it out and let each person select a couple of movies or shows for the whole family to watch together.

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Topics: Cable TV, TV Everywhere, movies, Holidays

Google Search Tips

Posted by ImOn Communications on Nov 23, 2021 4:25:04 PM
Long gone are the days of having to look up information in an encyclopedia or going to the library to research something. Now we simply ‘Google it’. Google is one of the most used search engines in the world, performing more than three billion searches a day. In a fraction of a second, Google can give you links to hundreds of millions of websites for answers to all of your questions. But did you know there are tricks you can use to help Google narrow down your search to help you find your answer faster? Here are just a few tips to help make your searching more efficient.
  • Use the tabs.
    Across the top of every search page, there are tabs labeled Web, Images, Videos, News, Shopping, etc. While many people already use these search tabs, it is an easy way to help define what kind of search you want to do. You can use the Image tab to search for just image files, or the News tab to look for recent news articles. While these tabs are meant to give you more general search results, they can help reduce your search time.
  • Use quotation marks to find the exact wording.
    When you are trying to search for something specific, try using quotation marks around the phrase you are searching for. By putting your search parameters inside quotation marks, it tells Google to only look for the words you entered in the exact order you entered them. This helps Google know exactly what you are looking for and narrows down your search results for a better match.

  • Use a minus sign to remove words from a search.
    To help narrow down your search results, use the minus sign to tell Google to omit certain words from your search. This trick comes in very handy when you are searching for a word that may have a double meaning or when you are getting a lot of search results that aren’t of interest to you. Simply add the “-" symbol in front of the word(s) you don't want your search results to include. For example, if you search “ Mustang,” Google will give you results for both the Mustang car and the Mustang horse. But you only want results for the Mustang car. Instead, use the minus sign and search for “Mustang – horse." This tells Google to search for mustangs but to remove any results that have the word horse in them. This tip can save you lots of time when doing searches.

  • Use “OR” to combine similar searches.
    By using “OR” between two different search words or phrases allows Google some flexibility in its search. The “OR” means Google will search and show results for one term or the other, or both. This usually comes in handy when you are searching for two similar words or subjects. An example might be searching for “chocolate” OR “White Chocolate”.

  • Use the asterisk wildcard.
    Use an asterisk in your search when you are searching for quotes, titles, expressions, or song lyrics and you are unsure of the exact/entire phrase. Google uses the asterisk as a placeholder for an unknown or variable word. It will then search for all variations of that phrase. It is kind of like a wild card!

  • Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words.
    Forget the dictionary, Google can also provide definitions for words, including slang words. Just type in “DEFINE:” and a word, and Google will give you the definition, pronunciation, and more.
While these are all tricks to help make your Google searches more efficient, there are also some fun things you can do with Google. It has a host of built-in games, including Pac-Man, tic tac toe, Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Snake. There are also tools like a calculator, metronome, breathing exercises, and more. What can’t Google do?
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Topics: Internet, technology, School

Give Thanks And Give Back

Posted by ImOn Communications on Nov 10, 2021 5:45:47 PM

Temperatures are cooling down across eastern Iowa, and soon holiday excitement will be in the air. For Iowans, “spreading holiday cheer” isn’t just a saying. It’s something we show by making donations, fundraising campaigns, and volunteering opportunities. Whatever the reason. Whatever the season. We all love seeing stories of human generosity, which is why we’ve compiled ways you can give back this holiday season!

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Topics: ImOn Communications, Community, Volunteering

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