Spam Alert – Spammers Have Jumped On The Pinterest Bandwagon
well-trafficked social media sites draw spammers trying to reel in
unsuspecting users, and Pinterest is no exception. In fact, because of its
rapid growth and heavy retail focus, Pinterest is especially attractive to
spammers. (In case you're unfamiliar with Pinterest, it's a virtual bulletin
board where you can "pin" images, share things you like with
others, follow people you like, and have others follow you.)
In recent months, Pinterest users have reported receiving a surge of spam
emails. Many of these emails are relatively benign—more annoying than
harmful—and often attempt to get the recipient to visit a Pinterest board
that links to a page about weight loss plans or retail deals. However, for
legitimate businesses that use Pinterest, the influx of spam on the site can
have more serious ramifications. For example, spammers can copy and attach viruses
to a business's pin, causing its reputation to diminish.
Pinterest addresses this issue in its Terms & Privacy—Acceptable Use
Policy. It reads, "You agree not to engage in any of the following
prohibited activities: Send any unsolicited or unauthorized spam and spam
comments on posts, advertising messages, promotional materials, email, junk
mail, chain letters or other form of solicitation..."
Fortunately, Pinterest provides an easy way to report this type of spam.
Simply click on the "Report Pin" button next to the image on the
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Upgrade Your Browsers Today To Enjoy Our New MVT Website
MVT Internet is on
the verge of unveiling a brand new website. Our new website will take
advantage of exciting features found only in the newer Web Browsers. To use
these features on our website and on others utilizing current standards you
should update your browser. If you are currently using Firefox, Chrome, or
Safari you should be ok as these browsers do a good job of updating
If Internet Explorer is your preferred browser and you have not been diligent
with your Windows updates, or you don't even know what a Windows update is,
please read on as implementing these updates will not only improve your
Internet experience, it will lower the risk of getting a virus or having your
Clicking on this link, http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
initiates the update for Windows and Internet Explorer. When you are done you
should have Internet Explorer 8 or 9 installed - version 8 for Windows XP and
version 9 for Vista and Windows 7. To check your Internet Explorer version,
you need to open Internet Explorer, click on help, and then about Internet
Explorer. If you have a version of Windows older than XP such as 2000, ME or
98, send me (Brad) an email, email@example.com
with your contact information and we can discuss other options for you.
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
This groom-to-be used the big screen for a big proposal. Matt's girlfriend,
Ginny, thinks she's about to see a movie trailer, but instead there's a
film of Matt asking her father for her hand. Matt soon appears in the
theater with popcorn—and the ring!
The Dirty Car
You've seen those cars in parking lots—the ones covered with what looks
like an inch of dirt. What most of us view as eyesores, Scott Wade sees as
canvases. Also called the "da Vinci of Dust," he turns them into
mobile art galleries.
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This Month's FAQ – How Can I Tell A Legitimate Email From A
Question: I have friends that frequently send me
important-sounding emails that I'm supposed to forward to people I know. How
can I tell if the messages are legitimate or a hoax?
Answer: Good question. It's pretty simple. There are five signs that
an email is a hoax:
You'll see lots of exclamation points and words in all caps like URGENT!!!
2. "Tell all your friends"
There will always be a request that you share this "important
information" by forwarding the message to everybody in your email
address book or to as many people as you possibly can.
3. "This isn't a hoax"
The message may include a seemingly sincere premise like "My neighbor,
who works for Microsoft, just received this warning so I know it's true. He
asked me to pass it along."
4. Dire consequences
The text will predict dire consequences if you don't act immediately—a
missing child won't be found, or someone won't be able to die happy.
Look for lots of >>>> marks in the left margin. These indicate
that people who fell for the hoax have forwarded the message countless times
before it reached you.
When in doubt, do
your homework on a particular email at www.hoax-slayer.com,
www.snopes.com, or www.scambusters.org. It's worth a few
minutes of your time to avoid spreading misinformation to others.
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In August
What's Everybody Doing Tomorrow?
zapaday.com – You may know
what's on your calendar but what about everyone else's? This site tells you
what's scheduled to happen tomorrow or another future day all over the
world, in several categories including politics, culture, business,
science, and sports. It's the most comprehensive public calendar on the
Just Peachy Recipes
gapeaches.org – August is
Peach Month and here's a site that celebrates this delectable summer fruit.
Browse around to learn about the health benefits of peaches and pick up new
recipes ranging from Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese to Peach
and Blackberry Pecan Crumble.
Back to School for Parents Too
schoolfamily.com – Children
aren't the only ones going back to school. If you're a parent, you need to
stay educated about your child's curriculum and other school issues. Here
you'll find tips for parents of children from preschool to high school on
promoting learning at home, working with teachers, using technology, and
Be a Smarter Shopper
consumerreports.org – Consumer
Reports is a smart place to visit before you make major purchases. It
offers consumer news, product recalls and safety notices, buying guides,
price ranges, and other valuable information—all to help you make more
informed choices and get the best value for your money.
Quick! Find a Quote!
quotesdaddy.com – Just the
right quote can make your next presentation more impactful or a friend's
tough day more tolerable. You'll find quotes galore on this site, organized
by topic and author. You can also sign up to get quotes of the day, share
great quotes via Facebook, or add a random quote to every email you send.
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Short Tutorial – How To Stop The @facebook.com Address From
Showing Up On Your Timeline
began shifting the default addresses of its almost 900 million users from the
email addresses they chose when signing up on the site to their Facebook
addresses, which are the "firstname.lastname@example.org"
ones. This has many users concerned, in part because some security experts
believe those @facebook.com addresses are even more attractive to spammers
and other cyber-criminals.
You do, however, have the ability to decide which email address will be
displayed on your Timeline. Simply follow the steps below.
1. Log in to your Facebook account.
2. Click on "About" under your
3. Scroll to "Contact info" and
4. Switch the crossed out circle symbol to a
full circle for the email address you want to appear on your Timeline.
5. If you want to deselect your Facebook email
account and hide it from your Timeline, switch it from the full circle to the
crossed out circle. (Note: The Facebook email address cannot be deleted, only
6. When you've completed your selections, press
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