Beware Of Ad Threat – Malvertisements Appear On Top Websites
Malvertisements are online advertisements
that are capable of infecting a PC with malware. Compromised computers can
then be used to create powerful botnets to carry out identity theft,
corporate espionage, or other nefarious activity. Malvertising is the current
computer hijacking technique of choice for organized crime gangs.
According to research disclosed by security intelligence firm RiskIQ, the
spread of malvertisements has spiked tenfold over the past year. It's a
growing threat to consumers since the infected ads are appearing on some of
the top 500 commercial websites including weather.com, foxsports.com,
monster.com, and usnews.com.
You can help protect your PC from malvertisements by making sure the
following are current:
- Antivirus and antispyware programs
- Updates for your Web browsers
- Updates for popular applications, especially Adobe
Flash and Adobe PDF
protection, you may want to consider using browser plug-ins, such as NoScript
and AdBlock, that block all online ads.
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Changes For 2012
In 2011, we more
than doubled our capacity to the Internet. In a previous newsletter, we noted
that we believe this increase gives us a connection leaving Moapa Valley to
the Internet that is about 10 times larger than all of our competitors
combined. In 2012, we will continue to improve our connection with a diverse
fiber route through Coyote Springs into Las Vegas.
At the beginning of 2012, we will have new pricing and speeds. This new
pricing will bundle your home telephone, a connection to Moapa Valley's
biggest and fastest Internet, access to MVT's highly rated free security
products, unlimited Internet access, and the ability to pay your bill to a
locally owned company that gives back to the community—all for a price that
is very competitive with Infowest's Internet only pricing.
Finally, we will start to roll out a new DSL technology called VDSL2 and
bring fiber directly to the home. VDSL2 can provide speeds over 100 Mb. Our
current fiber equipment reaches speeds up to 1 Gb. Both VDSL2 and fiber will
be available in limited areas.
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
This English Bulldog, named Tillman, is one multi-talented (and cool)
creature. Tillman skimboards, snowboards, and skateboards to The Beach Boys
classic, "Surfin' USA," in this fun video that more than
1,600,000 Web surfers have already viewed.
Beauty of Bulbs
Want a quick way to get in the holiday spirit? Watch this spectacular light
display that's perfectly synchronized to "Carol of the Bells." It
features Christmas trees of all sizes that appear and then disappear, while
changing colors to the beat of the music.
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This Month's FAQ – What's The Difference Between POP And IMAP?
Question: I've seen the acronyms POP and IMAP used
with respect to email but I'm not clear on what they mean. Could you explain
the difference between POP and IMAP?
Answer: We understand your confusion. There are so many acronyms that
apply to technology, it can be difficult to stay on top of them all. In a
nutshell, POP and IMAP are simply different protocols for handling email.
POP stands for Post Office Protocol. When using the POP protocol, the mail
server receives email and stores it until you request it by opening your
email client (such as Windows Live Mail or Thunderbird) and pressing the
"Send/Receive" button. Your email client, in essence, uses the POP
protocol to ask the mail server if there are any email messages waiting. If
there are, it tells the mail server to send them to you. When the mail server
receives your POP request, it sends the messages to your email client. Once
you receive the messages, they're usually deleted from the mail server.
By contrast, IMAP stores a copy of the email messages. IMAP stands for
Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP allows you to download emails from the
mail server to your email client in much the same way as POP does. However,
the difference is that when you request your email from the mail server using
IMAP, it sends a copy of each email message to your email client software and
also stores a copy on the mail server.
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In December
Easy Goal Setting
dayzeroproject.com – Ready
to set goals for the new year? You can create goal lists on this site and
will be encouraged to come up with 101 things to do in 1,001 days. If
you're not sure what to put on your list, check out the "Top 101
Things to Do" list or the "Idea Finder." Click on the
"Features" tab and you'll find pre-set goals to choose from under
Movie Ratings for Kids
kids-in-mind.com – The
holidays provide more time for kids to go to the movies and this site helps
you determine which ones are appropriate for them to see. You'll find movie
ratings based on three critical indicators—Sex & Nudity, Violence &
Gore, and Profanity—along with detailed descriptions of exactly what is
depicted in each movie. Discussion topics are also covered.
foodnetwork.com – The
only thing that might be more fun than eating holiday cookies is making
them and this site gives you dozens of delicious ways to do it. Check out
the recipe gallery of "50 Fabulous Holiday Cookies," the cookie
swap video, and other instructional videos featuring some of your favorite
Food Network stars.
homemadegiftguru.com – Looking
for some thoughtful yet inexpensive holiday gift ideas? This site offers
plenty of inspiration, especially if you're crafty. You'll find
instructions for making things like gift baskets, food in jars, tie-dyed
items, and homemade bath salts. You can also do a search for a gift you
want to learn how to make.
Tips for Saving Energy
energysavers.gov – Now that
cold weather is here, it's a good time to think about saving some cold cash
on heating bills. Get practical ideas here for how to do just that, as well
as other energy-saving tips. Check out the home, vehicle, and workplace
sections, and click on the "Tips" tab to download the
comprehensive Energy Savers Booklet that covers areas throughout your home.
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Short Tutorial – How Do I Create A New Photo Album On
For many people, the holiday season inspires
more photo-taking sessions than any other time of year—from pajama-clad
family members under the tree to smiles of delight as gifts are unwrapped.
Once you capture the holiday memories, share them with your Facebook friends
using the steps below:
1. Click "Add Photo/Video" at the top
of your Facebook Home page.
2. Pick "Create Photo Album."
3. Click "Select Photos" and then
choose the photo files you want to upload. To upload multiple photos at once,
hold down the "Control" button on your PC or the
"Command" button on your Mac, while clicking the image files.
4. Click "Open" once you've selected
5. After you select photos to upload, you'll
see a prompt to choose your album title, audience, and photo quality.
6. A progress bar will show you the status of
your upload. Once it's complete, click the blue "Create an Album"
button to see your new album.
You can upload 200
photos per album on Facebook and create as many albums as you want.
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