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Inside MCC’s March 2015 eNewsletter:

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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES - Scholarships

 

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LOCAL FEATURED BUSINESS - Jasper's Cafe

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SCAM ALERT- Beware of Malvertising

Malvertising is one of the latest ways for bad guys to get bad stuff onto your computer. Here's how it works: You visit a website, click on an ad, and get directed to another site that tells you your computer needs an update and encourages you to download phony software that will "fix" the problem. The software then infects your computer with problematic malware or spyware.

Here's catch #1: Some malvertising doesn't require you to click on the ad. Just its presence on the site you've navigated to can give it access to your computer. Here's catch #2: This phenomenon isn't just happening on "sketchy" websites; it's happening on reputable sites such as YouTube and Reuters.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

1. Don't click ads that seem too good to be true, such as those that offer money, gifts, discounts, or anything else for free.

2. Ensure your operating system is up to date. Operating systems typically update automatically. When they do, be sure to follow the instructions to leave your computer on.

3. Set security settings on your browser to detect sites with malvertising. For example, in Chrome, in the Settings section, click Show Advanced Settings. Under Privacy, ensure the Enable Phishing and Malware Protection box is checked.

4. Disable Flash. There will be a different process, depending on which browser you use. For Chrome, go to Settings and click on Show Advanced Settings. Under Privacy, click Content Settings. In the new screen, under Plug-ins, choose Click to Play.

 

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GO PINTEREST-ING! - Cool Stuff to Pin on Your Pinterest Boards

Sour And Sweet Treat Has Berries Galore
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775853925389/

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Adorable Dogs Find Cozy Sitting Space
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775853925263/

Fun And Colorful Jelly Bean Tree
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/131871095312271295/

 

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FEATURED MOBILE APPS - These Are Well Worth A Look

Candy Crush Saga - Free
Download this sweetest of apps to test your skills at mixing up the tasty treats on the game board just right. Play with friends to have the most fun.
Learn more here... http://www.candycrushsaga.com/

Pinterest - Free
If you love the desktop version, download the app so you can pin on the go. Newbies will also appreciate the fun visual discovery and sharing.
Learn more here... http://www.pinterest.com/

Epicurious - Free
Food lovers, take notice: This app allows you to search for recipes, make shopping lists, follow cooking instructions, and get a "recipe of the day."
Learn more here... http://www.epicurious.com/services/mobile

 

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SITES OF THE MONTH - Great Sites to Check Out in March

Site of the month thumbnail image Celebrate Women’s History Month
http://nwhp.org
Sponsored by the National Women's History Project, Women's History Month celebrates women's role in the history of our country. At this site, you can learn more about this year's theme, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives," find a performer or author to speak at your event, or purchase books and other resources.

Site of the month thumbnail image Springtime Projects From Martha Stewart
http://marthastewart.com/1060554/spring
Ready for some springtime projects? As usual, Martha Stewart has you covered. From egg ornaments to flower baskets to baby shower ideas, on this site you'll find step-by-step instructions to create them all. When you find something you like, it's easy to share with friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more.

Site of the month thumbnail image Great Deals On Gym Memberships
http://consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/01/7-ways-to-save-gym-membership/index.htm
This Consumer Reports article describes several practical ways to save money on a gym membership. It includes strategies like signing up toward the end of the month, joining with others, and negotiating a fee that excludes services you won't use. You can also watch updates from services like Groupon for membership offers.

Site of the month thumbnail image Nutritious Springtime Produce
http://cookinglight.com/food/in-season/spring-vegetables-fruits
Every season has its best produce, and this site celebrates the nutrition-packed fruits and veggies of spring. How about some juicy strawberries for fiber and Vitamin C? A good source of plant protein, fresh peas are at their peak from April through July. Artichokes, rhubarb, and morel mushrooms round out the list.

 

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RECENT MCC SPONSORSHIPS - Community Support

  • Molalla High School, Share the Love.
  • MHS Track Team, 2015 Goat Mountain Gallop.
  • Molalla Kiwanis, Oregon Department of Forestry fundraising auction and dinner.
  • MHS Baseball scoreboard.
  • MHS newspaper, The Molalla Crier.
  • Molalla Youth Sports / the Molalla Hoopsters basketball team.
  • Molalla High School dance team at the state tournament.
  • Molalla Communities That Care.
  • Molalla River Academy annual fundraising auction and dinner.
  • 2015 FRS Washington D.C. youth tour for two local students.
  • Clackamas County Sherriff’s Posse 2015 Barrel Racing Event.
  • Molalla Mat Club 2014 annual tournament.
  • 2015 FRS Youth Tour.
  • Meal program at Molalla Adult Center.
  • Mulino Elementary.
  • Molalla FFA Alumni Annual Auction and Dinner event.

 

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TWO TO VIEW - Amazing Videos You Don’t Want to Miss


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Dashing Through The Snow
The power of nature and machines come together for an exciting display in this remarkable video. You might want to put on your ski goggles for this one!

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Learn A Bunch Of Brady Secrets
Apparently even sunny Marcia Brady gets a little cranky when she's hungry. Watch fascinating footage of the making of the 2015 Snickers Super Bowl ad.

 

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This Month's FAQ - How Can I Keep Neighbors From Using My Home Wi-Fi

Question: I suspect my neighbors are using my Wi-Fi. How can I prevent this?

Answer: You're right to take precautions, as higher data charges, slow speeds, and hacking can result from unauthorized persons using your Wi-Fi (this is known as "piggybacking"). There are many steps you can take to prevent it from happening. Here are three of the most effective:

~Create a password. Go into the admin dashboard for your router and find the default password. Change it to something difficult to guess. The best passwords are long, random combinations of letters and numbers. Don't worry about having to remember your password -- you'll only have to enter it the first time you use a device on the network.

~Encrypt wireless signals. This task also involves getting into your router dashboard. Once you're there, change your security mode to WPA2.

~Reduce your range. Place your router in the middle of your home to restrict its range only to authorized users.

 

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- Your MCC Team

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