Open for business

Letter carrier walks along sidewalk

USPS will remain open for business during the federal government shutdown.

“Postal Service operations are not being interrupted during the current government shutdown, and all Post Offices remain open for business as usual,” the organization said in a statement.

“Because we are an independent entity that is funded through the sale of our products and services, and not by tax dollars, our services are not impacted by the government shutdown.”

The statement is also available on the USPS Newsroom site.

Let it flourish

The 2018 Love stamp

The Postal Service dedicated Love Flourishes, this year’s Love stamp, Jan. 18 in Phoenix.

“When it comes to expressing appreciation for the people we love most, nothing matches the mail,” said Controller and Vice President Maura McDevitt, who led the dedication ceremony.

“We hope the Love Flourishes stamp will help you send cards and letters to those you care about with a special touch of affection, and serve as a reminder that no matter what the season or reason, flowers, especially on a stamp, are the perfect way to send love.”

The ceremony was held at the Phoenix Convention Center during Creativation, a trade show organized by the Association for Creative Industries. Other speakers included Mark Hill, the association’s president and chief executive officer; Arizona District Marketing Manager Michael Flores; and Anna Bond, the stamp artist.

The new stamp is a continuation of the Love series, which began in 1973.

The stamp art features a garden of colorful flowers surrounding the word “Love” written in cursive script.

The Love Flourishes stamp is available at Post Offices and The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

One of those things

Family using mobile devices together

Phones aren’t the only things that are smart.

Toys, watches, TVs, refrigerators, ovens and even lightbulbs with online connections fit into a product category referred to as the “internet of things.”

While connected devices and appliances offer conveniences — such as controlling thermostats from smartphones or getting the weather forecasts from digital assistants — hackers can potentially manipulate them to gain access to personal information.

Here are some tips to protect these kinds of devices:

• Create strong passwords. Reset the default passwords on devices with stronger versions.

• Install the latest software updates. Security updates help protect devices from unauthorized access.

• Disable internet connections. If your device functions without the internet or you’re unable to update the password or software, disconnect it.

The CyberSafe at USPS BlueLiteBlue and sites have more information.

Need to know

Postmaster Robert Mack and Martin Luther King III

Fit for a King. A classic stamp honoring Martin Luther King Jr. recently made a special appearance in Arlington, TX, during an annual celebration of the civil rights leader’s life.

The event, Advancing the Dream, concluded Jan. 15 with an awards banquet where Arlington Postmaster Robert Mack unveiled a 1999 Celebrate the Century stamp that commemorates King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.

The stamp is one of several offerings that USPS has issued over the years to celebrate King.

“I am very proud to work for the Postal Service — an organization that is committed to being welcoming, accepting and celebrating differences,” Mack said.

Steal away. The Postal Bulletin’s latest edition reminds employees to safeguard their personal information from identity theft and other dangers when conducting financial transactions online.

The Jan. 18 edition also includes an updated list of invalid USPS corporate account numbers.

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