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Inside MCC’s May 2016 eNewsletter:

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SECURITY ALERT - The Next-Generation In Ransomware

The newest ransomware (malicious software that interferes with your computer's functioning and requires a ransom to restore it) is even more problematic than previous types, because it not only prevents access to your documents, it locks you out of your computer entirely. This file, called Petya, is typically transmitted via email. If you open the attachment, or follow the link, it begins running on your computer.

Once this happens, you'll see a series of things happening, including the Blue Screen of Death, the Windows Check Disk running, and a screen showing a skull and informing you of the ransom you have to pay to get your computer to function again. If you choose to pay the ransom, you'll have to use another computer to do it.

Fortunately, you have a couple of other options to try. Take your computer to an IT technician, who may be able to recover your system. Or, if possible, shut down your computer immediately when you see the Blue Screen of Death. At this point, you may still be able to salvage your files.

Of course, the best strategy is to prevent the file from infecting your computer in the first place. To do this, use standard malware prevention techniques:

*Be wary of all email you receive, especially from people you don't know. Don't open any attachments from an unknown source and don't follow any links unless you know where they go.

*Use complex, varied passwords and keep them private.

*Only download software and apps from known, trusted websites and stores.

*Keep your operating system, browser, and all applications up to date. Regularly install security patches and other updates.

*Use an anti-virus and anti-malware application, and run it regularly to ensure continuous protection.

*Perhaps most importantly, back up all your files regularly. Use a reliable offsite backup and recovery service. While there is a lot of potential danger in computer and online use, there are also many steps you can take to protect yourself.


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

Egg Carton Ladybug Is Easy Kids' Craft

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Yummy Candy Eggs In Fun Brownie Nest

Use Mason Jars To Plant Herb Garden
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FEATURED MOBILE APPS - These Are Well Worth A Look

This app gives targeted suggestions for household projects based on info you provide. You get instructions and can love, complete, or schedule tasks.
Learn more here... https://brightnest.com/posts/home-maintenance-there-s-an-app-for-that

Blocky Raider
Get ready for your newest game addiction. Make your way through the blocky temple while avoiding spikes, traps, lava, and other exciting obstacles.
Learn more here... http://www.fullfat.com/games/blocky-raider/


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

Site of the month thumbnail image Support Team USA
With the summer Olympics coming up, check out this site to meet the athletes, get a refresher on the sports, stay updated on the team, and get Rio de Janeiro travel updates. You'll find exciting stories, photos, and videos. Get even more goodies when you sign up for Team USA updates.

Site of the month thumbnail image Springtime Salads
When the weather warms up, you don't want to be inside for hours preparing food. This site offers recipes for easy, delicious salads. Try one of the Main Dish options for a quick dinner, or search by different criteria to find a super salad to accompany your next meal.

Site of the month thumbnail image Avoid Bug Bites
You may know that you can catch certain diseases — including Lyme disease, West Nile disease, and Zika — from bug bites, but you may not know how to prevent it from happening. This helpful site describes how to avoid bug bites, as well as what to do if you get bit.

Site of the month thumbnail image Ultimate Road Trips
If you love road trips, you won't want to miss this site. From iconic Route 66 destinations to the best motorcycle rides, you'll find beautiful National Geographic pictures and great information here. Be sure to explore the Top 10 lists (like the top 10 food road trips) and Road Trip Tips.


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Wi-Fi SPOTS - Local Wi-Fi Locations

         MCC Wi-Fi locations


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MCC Board members, Lorraine Peters and Ron Jones, pose with Mulino Elementary students as they receive the iPad donation check.
  • Mulino Elementary for additional iPads.
  • 2016 Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo.
  • Molalla Communities That Care.
  • 2016 Cruizin-4-Life event.
  • 2016 MACC Fourth of July Giant Street Parade.
  • 2016 FRS Youth Tour to Washington D.C.
  • Country Christian High School Girls Basketball Summer Invitational tournament.
  • Molalla Police Department.
  • Molalla High School’s Share the Love.
  • 2016 Renaissance Public Academy events and fundraisers.
  • Molalla River Watch.
  • Molalla High School Summer Baseball program.
  • Foothills Freedom 5k and Molalla River Trail Race events for 2016.
  • Molalla Booster Club’s 2016 fundraising dinner and auction for MHS athletics.
  • Oregon Department of Forestry & Molalla Kiwanis Club Molalla Food Bank fundraising dinner and auction.
  • Rural Dell Parent Teacher Club.
  • Butte Creek School.
  • 2016 MHS Graduation party.
  • Molalla River Academy’s 2016 fundraiser dinner and auction.
  • 2016 Goat Mountain Gallop.
  • Wi-Fi setup for Molalla Relay for Life kickoff meeting.


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

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Paris the Kitten
Watch this cute kitten play, discover and enjoy her kittenhood.

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New Mountain Coaster
This Canadian mountain coaster is like a roller coaster in the woods. Enjoy all the ups and downs from a user's point of view.


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SHORT TUTORIAL/FAQ - How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Dying?

Question: My computer has been giving me problems lately, but I don't want to spend the money on a new one if I don't have to. How do I know when it's time to give up?

Answer: Generally, a computer should last from three to five years, but could last much longer. To be sure it's really time to say goodbye to your trusted technology, look for the following signs:

*Frequent program glitches are a classic sign of a dying computer. You may notice that your computer slows down, freezes, crashes, or sends error messages. This is particularly worrisome if several programs are acting up and the problems persist even after rebooting.

*Problems with your mouse, monitor, or flash drive can also be warning signs. If you've checked to make sure the cables are firmly connected to your computer and the devices still don't act properly, your computer could be starting to go.

*A noisy hard drive or system fan is likely caused by malfunctioning parts, which could be due to wear and tear on your computer. Depending on the age of your computer, you may want to replace the parts or buy a new one.

*Error messages like "disk boot failure" could indicate hard drive failure or a corrupt operating system.

*Sluggish performance could be symptomatic of a nearly full hard drive, a computer virus, or an underlying hardware problem.

*Frozen pixels or weird lines on your laptop's screen could be a sign of imminent screen failure.

Just as you'd take your car to a mechanic when it's acting up, take action when your computer is not performing normally. Have it checked out by a computer technician and ask if repair or replacement makes the most sense.

MCC offers a variety of computer and device services and diagnostics. Feel free to call 503-829-1100 or visit www.molalla.com/solutions.html for more information.


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Best regards,

- Your MCC Team

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