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Hacker Alert
Another Data Breach At A Big Retailer

Rediscover the Desktop Computer
Computer Purchasing Advice

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

This Month's FAQ
Can The Facebook Messenger App Take Control Of My Phone?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October

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

Short Tutorial
How To Correctly Make A Hashtag

Hi MVDSL Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to ViewIt's October, which means pumpkins are showing up all over. Before you start carving jack o'lanterns for your home, carve out a few minutes to review this issue. It begins with an overview of a massive retail data breach, carried out by hackers as malicious as any Halloween ghouls. Make sure you're reviewing your payment card accounts regularly!

To really get in the spirit of October, check out the easy-to-make fall centerpieces in the Pinterest section, pumpkin recipes and costume ideas in Sites of the Month, and the time-lapse video of a giant pumpkin growing.

Speaking of growth, it's important to keep learning more about social media and other online topics. This issue includes an explanation of the recent brouhaha surrounding the Facebook Messenger app and teaches you what to do (and not do) when making a hashtag.

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



Hacker Alert Another Data Breach At A Big Retailer

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Rediscover the Desktop Computer Computer Purchasing Advice

Many of us have seen our computer screen time shift from the desktop or laptop computers to our phones or tablets; however, much of what we still do on the Internet is easier to with the traditional mouse, keyboard, and monitor. In fact, I still get many questions on what to look for in purchasing a new desktop or laptop computer. Below is a list of what I'd look for in purchasing a new computer.

  • Hard drive: This has become my number one criteria in choosing a computer. I really like the solid state hard drive. A solid state hard drive has no moving parts and is typically about 3 times the speed of a traditional hard drive. You'll notice the speed difference when you boot your computer or when you open a program. My desktop computer with a solid state hard drive boots in about 10 seconds. The biggest downside to a solid state drive is cost and storage capacity. I'd recommend either a hybrid hard drive (one that is both solid state and traditional) or getting a computer with both a solid state and a traditional hard drive. You'd then load Windows and the programs you most use on the solid state drive and put your data and lesser used programs on the traditional hard drive.
  • CPU: Most CPUs are manufactured by Intel and they currently have their I3, I5, and I7 processor. The I7 is the best. Also within the I3-7 family of CPUs you have a choice of clocking speeds and memory. In my opinion, CPU speed is not as big of factor in selecting a computer as it once was. The average home user won't be able to tell the difference. I'd go with an I5 or I7 processor and not worry too much about the clocking speed or memory of the processor.
  • Memory (RAM): Get a minimum of 8 Gigabytes. If you are an average user, this is enough. If you are a power user, get 16 Gigabytes; anything more than this is probably wasted.
  • Operating system: Unless you purchase a Mac, you are probably stuck with Windows 8.1. The word on the street is that Windows 9.0 will be a free upgrade from Windows 8.1. Let's hope that Microsoft addresses consumer complaints from Windows 8 with Windows 9.
  • Who to buy from: I don't have a preference. In our office we have computers which we have built from scratch, ones from Dell, and ones from HP. They all seem to work equally well. Look for the best price for the features that you want.

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

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You'll Fall For These Festive Fall Centerpieces



Coconut Hot Chocolate & Whipped Coconut Cream

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This Month's FAQ Can The Facebook Messenger App Take Control Of My Phone?

Question: I've heard some people have privacy concerns about the standalone version of the Facebook Messenger app. Can this app really take control of my phone? Facebook Messenger App Download Graphics to View

Answer: In mid-2014, Facebook rolled out the Facebook Messenger app, a standalone version of that social network's instant chat feature, which users accessed separately on their mobile devices (i.e., without launching the full Facebook app). That rollout prompted renewed interest in a December 2013 article by Sam Fiorella (circulated widely in August 2014) that warned potential Facebook Messenger users that the app's Terms of Service (TOS) "requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and direct control over your mobile device." Rumors started circulating that Facebook could use the app to surreptitiously take over users' smartphones to take photos or even make phone calls.

According to Facebook, those fears do not reflect reality. "If you want to send a selfie to a friend, the app needs permission to turn on your phone's camera and capture that photo," the company said in its message to users. "We don't turn on your camera or microphone when you aren't using the app." In other words, the Facebook Messenger app absolutely CANNOT do these things without YOU initiating them. It needs the permission in advance so that when you ask it to do these things, they work.

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Sites Of The Month Great Sites To Check Out In October

Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it easy to check whether any vehicle recalls apply to you. Simply enter the model year, make, and model and do a quick search. You can also enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to get more detailed repair information.


Sweet And Savory Pumpkin Recipes  Pumpkin is the "in" ingredient this time of year, so join the fun by browsing through this collection of pumpkin recipes. You'll find Harvest Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Turkey Chili, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake, and more.


Easy Halloween Costumes For Kids  If you haven't yet figured out what your kids will be for Halloween, you should be able to scare up some great ideas at this site. The costumes are adorable and can be put together pretty easily, even if you aren't the crafty type.


Advice That's Right On The Money  It pays to know as much as you can about money and you can learn a lot here. This site offers financial advice and information for all stages of life including calculators, quizzes, articles on hot topics, and an extensive resource library.

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

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Watch A Giant Pumpkin Grow
Check out this incredible time-lapse video that shows a pumpkin grow from a small seedling to become a 636-pound entry in a fair.


Apple Ad Parody From IKEA
Get ready to grin! This very funny commercial for the printed IKEA Catalogue describes it as a "bookbook" with amazing new technology.

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Short Tutorial How To Correctly Make A Hashtag

Hashtag Download Graphics to ViewA hashtag is a phrase or keyword that is preceded by a pound (#) symbol and used by the micro-blogging community to create a thread of conversations around a specific theme or topic. Its purpose is to categorize topics, bring ideas together, inspire exchange, and encourage others to join in.

When you make a new hashtag, follow these guidelines:

  • Keep it brief. You only need to add a # before a word to make it a hashtag. The best hashtags are those composed of a single word or a few letters. Twitter experts recommend keeping the keyword under 6 characters.
  • Use only numbers and letters in your keyword. Hyphens and dashes will not work.
  • Don't use spaces. Hashtags do not support spaces. So if you're using two words, skip the space between them.
  • Don't use special characters. Hashtags only work with the # sign. Special characters like "!, $, %, ^, &, *, and +" will not work.
  • Don't start with or use only numbers. For example, hashtags like #123 or #123yo won't work. Numbers can be used at the end, as in #SXSW14.

In addition, don't use more than two hashtags in your post. It goes against social media etiquette.

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Best regards

Brad Lyon
Internet Manager

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



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