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Inside MCC’s October 2015 eNewsletter:

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SCAM ALERT - Beware of Facebook Friend Request Scam

There's a Facebook scam making the rounds that you should know about. It works like this: You get a friend request from someone you thought you were already friends with on Facebook, perhaps a relative or casual acquaintance. You think that's a little odd, but figure maybe this person had to create a new account or something, so you accept. Before long, you start to receive strange messages -- urgent pleas for money due to an emergency or invitations to sign up for work-at-home jobs or free gift cards.

Clearly, this is no friend. It's a scammer that has spoofed a Facebook account in order to steal money or distribute spam links.

What should you do if you receive a friend request from someone you don't know, or if your own account is spoofed? Here are a few tips:

*Always double-check friend requests: Don't just automatically click "accept" for new requests. Take a few moments to look over the profile and verify that account is a real person, not a scam. If you receive a friend request from someone you are already friends with, don't confirm the request until you verify it with your friend. Contact them by some other means -- phone, email, text, etc.

*Don't blindly trust friends' recommendations: Just because a link, video, or other information is shared by a friend doesn't mean that it's safe to click. It could be a fake account, a hacker, or mean that your friend hasn't done his or her research.

*Watch for poor grammar: Scam Facebook posts are often riddled with typos and poor English.

*Alert your friends: If your Facebook friend suddenly starts posting links to work-at-home schemes or scandalous celebrity videos, tell him or her directly about the suspicious activity. Otherwise, they may never know that their account has been impersonated.

Have fun on Facebook but watch out for fake friends!


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

Have A Ball With A Pumpkin

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Bowl Them Over With Fall Leaves

Good-Looking Halloween Donuts


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FEATURED MOBILE APPS - These Are Well Worth A Look

Need to split the check at a restaurant or pay your share of a group gift
for a friend? Pay almost anyone instantly and securely with Venmo.
Learn more here... https://venmo.com/about/product/

It's America's favorite word game, and this app lets you play Scrabble with friends on Facebook or play solo against the computer.
Learn more here... http://www.ea.com/scrabble-free-ipad

Planning a home improvement project? Here's a handy way to get inspired, browse through photos, and connect with professionals.
Learn more here... http://www.houzz.com/mobileApps


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

Site of the month thumbnail image Time To Study College Rankings
If someone in your family will be college bound in the coming year or two, be sure to study this annual ranking of colleges and universities from U.S. News & World Report. You'll also find college advice for students and parents as well as tips on applications, loans, and more.

Site of the month thumbnail image Fun And Flexible Photo Editing
With PicMonkey, you can easily edit and touch up photos, or develop your own photo designs. Give your photos a makeover with Wrinkle Remover and Teeth Whitening, try fun special effects to create unique photo images, or use the collage tool for a cool new Facebook cover.

Site of the month thumbnail image Winning Tailgating Recipes
The chefs at Food Network have teamed up to bring you the Top 50 Tailgating Recipes. You'll score big with friends and family on game days with dishes including Charleston Cheese Dip, Three Cheese and Artichoke Scones, and Charred Corn Guacamole with Corn Chips.

Site of the month thumbnail image Set The Scene For Halloween
Don't be spooked at the prospect of decorating your home for Halloween! The folks at HGTV have done the work for you with this gallery of ghoulish ideas for inside and out. From cleverly decorated pumpkins to ghostly curtains and slipcovers, you're sure to scare up compliments.


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  • Molalla Historical Society.
  • Foundation for Rural Services (FRS).
  • Molalla Youth Football.
  • Molalla Communities that Care / Community Emergency Preparedness Summit.
  • Molalla River Academy.
  • Molalla Backpack Buddies Program.


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

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Music By Birds On The Wires
What would it sound like if birds on the wires were viewed as notes in a musical composition? Watch this to find out.

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Toddler Plays With Gorilla
Apparently the peek-a-boo game is familiar to gorillas, as this little boy found out to his delight while visiting the zoo.

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SHORT TUTORIAL - What Does the Term "Ping Rate" Mean?

Question: I've seen the term "ping rate" mentioned in online video games
but I'm not sure what it means? Can you fill me in?

Answer: Ping rate or Latency is simply the delay of messages sent between computers; in other words, how fast you get a response after you've sent out a request. Ping rates will vary based on the quality of your Internet connection and the distance between the server and your computer. Ping is measured in milliseconds, and you can check yours at various speed test sites including MCC's own speed test at http://speedtest.molalla.net (See the "Latency" results). A fast ping means a more responsive connection, which is especially important in applications where timing is critical such as online video games.


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Best regards,

- Your MCC Team

Molalla Communications Company

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