Scam Alert – Don't Let Scammers Spoil Your Holiday Season
holidays should be a happy time filled with food, family, and friendship.
Unfortunately, they're also a big season for fraud. The Better Business Bureau
is warning holiday shoppers and donors to look out for these common scams:
Disreputable shopping sites
Be suspicious of sites offering electronics, popular toys, or luxury goods at
prices that are too good to be true. Every year holiday shoppers pay for a
supposedly great deal online but receive nothing in return. Always look for
the BBB seal when shopping online and click on the seal to confirm it is
legitimate. When purchasing items on auction sites, research the seller
extensively and listen to your doubts if the deal doesn't sound legit.
Bogus charitable pleas
People tend to be more generous during the holidays, which creates a great
opportunity for scammers to solicit donations to line their own pockets.
Always research a charity before making a donation, particularly when
receiving an online plea.
Common phishing emails around the holidays include e-cards and messages
pretending to be from companies like UPS or FedEx with links to package
tracking information. Don't click on any links or open any attachments to
emails coming from a questionable source. Keep in mind that typos and
grammatical mistakes are common red flags of a phishing email. Also, make
sure you have current antivirus software and that all security patches have
been installed on the computer.
For more advice on being a savvy consumer this holiday season, visit www.bbb.org/us/consumer-tips-holiday.
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Smartphones And Your Home Wi-Fi Network
Do you and your family members have
smartphones? Is your home set up with a Wi-Fi network? If the answer is
"yes" to both questions, we have a suggestion for you. When using
your smartphone at home, you may want to access the Internet via your Wi-Fi
network rather than use the national wireless network of your smartphone
This strategy has a couple of advantages. A home Wi-Fi network typically
offers a faster internet connection than many national wireless networks. It
can also save you money, especially if you don't have an unlimited data plan,
by eliminating the need to use your smartphone's data plan while at home.
Check with your wireless phone provider to verify the details.
Is your home not yet a hot spot? Moapa Valley Telephone
can help you enjoy the convenience of a home Wi-Fi network by providing a
wireless modem for use with our high-speed Internet service. You can trade in
your current non-wireless modem for a wireless enabled modem. The cost for
this is a onetime $25.00 upgrade fee or current MVDSL customers can purchase
a subsidized, standalone 300 Mb wireless N router for $25.00, while supplies
last. For more information, visit online here, or call
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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ – What Does GIF Mean And How Is It Supposed
To Be Pronounced?
Question: What does GIF mean and how is it supposed to be pronounced?
Answer: GIF is an acronym that stands for "graphic interchange
format," which is a compressed file format for images that can be used
to create simple, jerky, looping animations. The word, traditionally used as
a noun, is a longstanding part of Internet meme culture and has been in use
for 25 years. However, Oxford American Dictionary claims that 2012 was
the first year GIF went from merely being a noun to also being used as a
verb. GIF was named the Oxford Dictionaries US Word of the Year for 2012.
GIF may be pronounced with either a soft "g" (as in giant) or a
hard "g" (as in graphic). The programmers who developed the format
preferred the soft "g." As the story goes, they wanted to pay
homage to the commercial tagline of the peanut butter brand Jiff and
supposedly quipped, "Choosy developers choose GIF." However, the
pronunciation with a hard "g" is now very widespread and readily
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In December
Go-To Holiday Guide
www.countryliving.com – Other
than perhaps the North Pole, you'd be hard pressed to find a more bountiful
place for all things holiday. You'll find ideas for homemade gifts, clever
gift wrapping, low-cost holiday decorating, festive desserts, and more.
Tips on Tipping
www.emilypost.com – The
holiday season can create confusion with respect to tipping. How much
should you give? And who should be on your list? Emily Post comes to the
rescue with guidelines on tipping as well as gift giving.
Discover Your Next Destination
www.triptuner.com – This
is a fun and unique way to figure out where to go on vacation. Move the six
sliders to indicate where you fall on various scales, such as Urban/Lively
to Remote/Quiet. Your responses will instantly generate a list of
Library Of Free eBooks
www.openlibrary.org – Calling
all bookworms! Check out this lending library featuring over 1,000,000 free
eBook titles. Simply create your digital library account, then search by
subject or author. You can also browse the "Return Cart" of
recently returned books.
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
How Does The
This video takes you deep beneath the surface of the most basic Internet
transaction. Follow a packet of data as it flows from your fingertips; goes
through circuits, wires, and cables; moves to a host server; and then
travels back again—all in less than a second!
Rain And Thunder
At first glance, this looks like a typical choir. But instead of using
their voices to sing, they use their hands to create the sounds of rain and
thunder. It's so amazingly realistic, you may feel like you should grab an
umbrella to stay dry!
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Short Tutorial – How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure
It happens all the
time. A Facebook users tries to log in to his/her Facebook account and the
password no longer works. This often means a hacker managed to get access to
the account and change the password. To reduce the chances of this happening
to you, Facebook recommends taking security precautions:
- Think before you click. Never click on suspicious links—even if they appear
to come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on
Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) and links sent in emails. If one of
your friends clicks on spam by accident, that link might be sent to all
of their Facebook friends. Remember to never re-enter your Facebook
password or download something (ex: an .exe file) if you aren't sure
what it is. If you're asked to re-enter your password on Facebook (ex:
you're making changes to your account settings), check to make sure the
address of the page still has facebook.com/ in the URL.
- If you don't know what it is, don't paste it into
your Internet address bar.
Pasting unfamiliar text into your address bar could result in events and
pages being created from your account or other "spammy"
- Pick a unique, strong password. Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers,
and punctuation marks; don't use words that can be found in the
dictionary. When in doubt, change your password. You can reset your
password by going to your Account Settings page, which is located in the
Account dropdown menu at the top of every Facebook page.
- Never give out your username or password. Never share your login credentials (ex: email
address and password) for any reason. Individuals, pages, or groups that
ask for your login information in exchange for discounted goods (ex:
free poker chips) shouldn't be trusted. These types of deals are carried
out by cybercriminals and are in violation of Facebook's Payment Terms.
Click here for
additional information about keeping your Facebook account secure.
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