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Scam Alert
Phishing Scams Target Amazon Shoppers

How Do You Spend Your Time Online?

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
How Much Time Does The Average American Spend On Facebook?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In January

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail Username


Hi MVDSL Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to ViewHappy New Year to you! January is the month for setting goals, and we hope this issue will inspire you to acquire new knowledge and try new experiences in 2013.

First you'll find an alert about recent phishing scams that use the Amazon name.We urge you to stay vigilant about online security threats this year; keep your antivirus software updated and apply operating system and software updates as they're released. Looking for new resources for cooking, decorating, learning, and shopping? Take a peek at the featured Pinterest pins and sites of the month. And be sure to check out the fascinating facts about social media usage and the handy tips on generating a Gmail username.

The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.

To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!

- Brad with MVDSL Support
 

 

 

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.

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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 arises.

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 optics.

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Go Pinterest-ing! Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

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Branch Out In Your Winter Decor

 

 

Measure The Perfect Amount Of Pasta

 

 

Out Of The Oven And Into Your Mouth


You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started? If so, click here.

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This Month's FAQ How Much Time Does The Average American Spend On Facebook?

Download Graphics to ViewQuestion: 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 month?

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 Miss


 

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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 each other.

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Short Tutorial How To Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail Username

Generate A Viable And Unique Gmail UsernameLet's 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 in use.
  • The username was in use but the address has been deleted.
  • The username was reserved to prevent spam or abuse.

Don't be discouraged. Follow these suggestions to help you generate a Gmail username that works for you:

1.    Think beyond "first name dot last name."
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 educator.edward@gmail.com. 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 bobsmith15@gmail.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.

Remember, your username is a big part of your identity on the Web. Take the time to choose it carefully.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Brad Lyon
Internet Manager



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Overton, NV 89040

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