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Malware Alert
Cyber Pandemic Known As ...

What's a Router? What's a Modem? Should I Care?

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

This Month's FAQ
What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In July

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

Short Tutorial
How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts


Hi MVDSL Internet Subscribers

Watermelon! Download Graphics to ViewJuly is a delicious time of year and we hope you're getting a taste of all it has to offer. Of course, the Internet is a little like a slice of watermelon you have to deal with a few seeds while enjoying the good stuff. Speaking of which, be sure to check out our alert about the latest malware pandemic, including warning signs and a helpful resource. To enhance your privacy, we share quick-and-easy instructions on how to adjust who sees your Facebook posts.

Also on the menu of this July issue are recipes featuring summer produce and a video showing an unusual apple-peeling method. Since so much of summer is spent outside, don't miss the tips for protecting your skin against the sun, the inspiration of an amazing mountain climb without ropes, and a cool idea for a skateboard swing.

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
 

 

 

Malware Alert Cyber Pandemic Known As ...

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What's a Router? What's a Modem? Should I Care?

In today's world almost everyone is connected to the Internet. Most of us shop and bank on-line. An informed Internet consumer is more aware of the risks of the Internet in addition to the many opportunities that it provides.

If you get DSL Internet service from MVDSL, the device in your house functions both as a DSL modem and a Router. If you have fiber Internet service you will have two devices an Optical Network Terminator (Fiber Modem) and a router. I'm going to define a Router and a Modem in non-technical terms. If you are a techno purist, I apologize in advance.

Modem: Think of it as a converter. It takes a signal that your computer understands and converts it to something that can be carried over a telephone line (DSL Modem), or a coax cable (Cable Modem), or over the air (Wireless Modem) or even over a fiber optic cable.

Router: A router protects you by keeping all data traffic between devices within your home isolated to your home. You might want to share a printer or the hard drive on your computer with the other devices in your home. The router prevents this traffic from being seen by someone from the outside. Secondly, a router hides the devices in your home from the Internet. Generally you don't want someone from China or Russia connecting to your computer. A router makes this more difficult. However, in those cases where you may want someone to connect to a device in your home like an XBox, you can configure your router to allow this and still provide protection to the other devices in your home. This can be done through a router with a technique called port forwarding which will be a topic of a future newsletter. You care about a router because it helps to protect you from bad guys.

We at Moapa Valley Telephone take security seriously, and we make sure that you have the protection of a router or in those rare cases where a router is not required that you understand the risks. Be aware that a router does not provide complete protection. It will offer no protection against doing something foolish on the Internet - like downloading a suspicious file or opening an email attachment that you are not positive as to what it is. It will also provide no protection against viruses. As always be careful in using the Internet.

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

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Try This Fun, Fresh
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Kids Will Flip Over A
Skateboard Swing


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This Month's FAQ What Does The Acronym RAT Mean?

RAT Download Graphics to ViewQuestion: I've seen the acronym RAT used in computer articles but am confused by its meaning. Does it stand for Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan?

Answer: Actually, RAT can stand for either Remote Access Tool or Remote Access Trojan. What's the difference? A Remote Access Tool is a piece of software used to remotely access or control a computer; it can be used legitimately by system administrators for accessing client computers. For example, the IT person at your company could use a Remote Access Tool to see what's on your computer screen and help you troubleshoot a problem.

When a Remote Access Tool is used for malicious purposes by hackers, it's known as a Remote Access Trojan. This type of RAT (aptly named) infects the victim's machine to gain administrative access and allows hackers to perform unauthorized operations. To prevent unknowingly allowing a Remote Access Trojan to invade your computer, avoid unsolicited email attachments and links, run up-to-date security software, and don't believe anyone who contacts you claiming to be tech support for a major company.

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Sites Of The Month Great Sites To Check Out In July

Learn To Be Safe In The Sun
foh.hhs.gov  July is UV Safety Month. How much do you know about the sun's harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays and how to protect yourself from them? Take the Sun Safety Quiz here and find out. Be sure to review the tips provided on clothing, shade, sunscreen, and more.

 

Discover Your Inner Artist
weavesilk.com/  This interactive site helps you create works of art using just your mouse or touchpad. Click on "Draw something" to begin the process, then let the spirit move you. Everything you draw will automatically be duplicated to make a symmetrical image.

 

Try New Recipes Featuring Summer Produce
foodnetwork.com  Summer fruits and vegetables are a rainbow of deliciousness. So whether you get them from your backyard, a farmers' market, or the grocery store, make the most of them with this crop of Food Network recipes including Watermelon Cucumber Salad and Fresh Peach Cake.

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

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A Very A-Peeling Technique
Who knew how handy a power drill could be in the kitchen? This chef must be in a big hurry to make apple pies!

 

Look Ma, No Ropes!
You'll be mesmerized and on the edge of your seat when you watch this daring free-solo climb with no ropes.

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Short Tutorial How To Adjust Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

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If you have a large number of Facebook friends, it's likely this list includes people who are actually distant acquaintances. Should you decide you don't want these people seeing all of your Facebook posts, simply follow the steps below to adjust your default audience.

Locate Privacy Settings

1.    On your Facebook home page, click the down arrow on the top-right part of the screen.

2.    From the menu, choose Settings.

3.    You will be brought to a page titled General Account Settings.

4.    In the left column, click Privacy.

5.    You will be brought to a page titled Privacy Settings and Tools.

Adjust "Who Can See My Stuff"

1.    On the Privacy Settings and Tools page, under "Who Can See My Stuff," next to "Who can see your future posts," click Edit.

2.    You will see an image that looks like the status update box. Click the down arrow at the bottom of this image.

3.    Select who you want to be the default audience for your posts (remember, you can change this each time you post). Then click Close.

4.    Click the other links in this section and follow the instructions to adjust past posts.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Brad Lyon
Internet Manager



Moapa Valley Telephone Company
183 S Anderson St
Overton, NV 89040

702-397-2601

 

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