Scam Alert – Phishing Scams Target Amazon Shoppers
Be on the lookout
for the latest phishing email that appears to be from Amazon.com but is not.
Its message confirms the processed order of an HD TV or other item but shows
that it is being shipped to an incorrect address. The phisher wants you to
see the wrong address and click on one of the links in the email such as
"Your Order" or "Merchant Contact Form" to get the
problem corrected. Doing so could expose your computer to malicious viruses
that capture passwords and private information. Or you could be tricked into
entering your Amazon account number or login information.
This is just one of
many phishing scams that use the Amazon name. In general, keep in mind that
Amazon will never send an unsolicited email that has an attachment or one
that asks you to reply with personal information. If you shop at Amazon and
need to verify an order, go to Amazon.com and check "Your Account."
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How Do You Spend Your Time Online?
I barely even
noticed as my own Internet habits changed over the past couple of years. Now
my first instinct is to find out if there is a video online somewhere to
address the question I have at any given moment. This reflects a nationwide
trend in the online habits of most people as about half of all Internet
traffic is currently attributed to watching streaming video. NetFlix alone
accounts for one third of all Internet traffic in the United States. MVT
prides itself on providing state of the art, reliable broadband service with
the capacity to stream video content.
Fiber optic cable is absolutely the best way to transport Internet traffic. Google
and Verizon FIOS, the highest rated Internet service providers, are fiber
based operations. This amazing technology enables the transmission of a
tremendous capacity of information in a very efficient and reliable manner.
The closer you are to a fiber connection, the better your Internet experience
will be. For this reason, MVT Broadband has been heavily invested in building
out our local fiber optic network for some time now.
MVT already has fiber optic connections directly to some homes and businesses.
In cases where the logistics or economics of a direct fiber connection
doesn't make sense, we use fiber to connect you to a local 'node'. Equipment
manufacturers have recently developed small scale, fiber fed DSL nodes that
can deliver 100 Mb service within 2000 to 3000ft. We have several of these
DSL nodes in our neighborhoods right now and we will deploy more as the need
With all of the changes going on, it is an exciting time to be in our
business, and a privilege to participate in progress from the driver's seat,
helping our customers 'stream like a dream' with the help of advanced fiber
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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ – How Much Time Does The Average American
Spend On Facebook?
Question: I'm curious how my use of social media compares with others.
For example, how much time does the average American spend on Facebook per
Answer: Let's start with the big picture. According to research posted
in Morrison Foerster's Socially Aware blog, use of social media has more than
doubled in the last several years. While only 24 percent of all online
Americans had at least one social-media profile in 2008, 56 percent of them
do now. To answer your question, the average Facebook user in America spends
almost seven hours per month on the site. That's well ahead of Tumblr and
Pinterest, which tie for second place with 1.5 hours per month. By contrast,
the average American visitor to Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ spends less
than half an hour on these sites per month.
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In January
Looking Back At Lincoln
www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org – If
Steven Spielberg's new movie Lincoln has sparked your interest in
the 16th President, check out this site from the Lincoln Institute. It
features fascinating details about Lincoln's years in the White House as
well as photos and sketches.
A Healthy Dose Of Information
www.everydayhealth.com – Are
you resolving to adopt healthier habits in 2013? You'll find plenty of
resources at this site including information on common health conditions
and topics, a symptom checker, tips on food and fitness, HealthTalk Live
Chats, and educational videos.
College Classes For Free
www.coursera.org – Here's
an opportunity to pick up invaluable knowledge without paying tuition.
Instructors from Princeton, Duke, Caltech, and 13 other schools conduct
free online classes on everything from math to music, complete with video
lectures, quizzes, and homework.
Custom-Tailored Fashion Bargains
www.shopittome.com – Shopping
for clothes just got easier. Simply tell this site what size you wear for
various garments and select your preferred designers and brands. You'll get
regular emails with a custom-tailored list of fashion bargains that will
save you 40-70 percent.
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
You probably think
of online passwords as serious security precautions. But have you ever
thought of them as funny? You will after watching Don Friesen's comedy
routine about trying to create and remember passwords.
Cute! Cute! Take a
minute to enjoy this video of adorable twin babies sitting side by side in
high chairs. When their father starts playing the guitar, the girls
immediately "dance" to the music while grinning and giggling at
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Short Tutorial – How To Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail
say you've decided to open a Gmail account but the username you want is
unavailable. Why does this happen? Gmail lists a username as unavailable if:
- The username or a very similar variation is already
- The username was in use but the address has been
- The username was reserved to prevent spam or abuse.
discouraged. Follow these suggestions to help you generate a Gmail username
that works for you:
1. Think beyond "first name dot last
If you have a common name, try using your initials, middle name, or a
nickname. Some people even use creative amalgamations of their names. For
example, Brandon Anderson becomes Branderson@gmail.com.
2. Incorporate your personality or profession.
Come up with a list of adjectives that describe you and find a way to
incorporate one or two of them into your username. You may also want to
consider making reference to your profession with a user name such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever you do, don't make your username complicated or hard to remember.
3. Avoid throwaway numbers.
Using a generic name with a number makes you look generic (and a bit like a
spammer). So please don't use usernames along the lines of email@example.com.
4. Check to see if it's available everywhere.
Whatever username you choose for Gmail, it would be great to keep it
consistent through the various social media channels. Before you make that
final naming decision, you may want to enter the name at www.knowem.com to see if you can claim it on
all the sites you use.
5. Register your own domain.
Another option for getting the Gmail username you want is to register your
own domain and use Google Apps instead. Google Apps for Domains offers all
the functionality of a standard Google account (Gmail, Calendar, Drive,
Google+, etc.), but it's mapped to a custom website. It costs about $10 to
register your own domain and then set up Gmail as your email client. This
way, you can get a cool email address like Jane@JaneDoe.com.
username is a big part of your identity on the Web. Take the time to choose
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