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Inside MCC’s October 2016 eNewsletter:
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BE ALERT - Ransomware Posing As Windows Update

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that cyber criminals can install on your computer, enabling them to hold your files for ransom. They use a variety of means to do this, including email attachments, fake websites, and phony ads. They're counting on you opening their attachment, or clicking on links within their emails or on a website. But, no need to feel foolish if you've ever done this the fakes can be very convincing.

The latest ransomware scam is called Fantom and is particularly pernicious. Here's why:

* It poses as a Windows update that you need to install.

* It looks realistic, complete with the Microsoft copyright and "critical update" file name.

* It locks up all your files and prevents you from using your computer while it's "downloading."

Once it's installed, you'll receive a notice informing you that your files have been encrypted, and you need to pay a ransom before the criminals will unencrypt them. You can pay the ransom, and the bad guys may unencrypt your files. A better strategy is to ignore the request for a ransom and just restore your backed up files; this is one reason regular backups are so important.

But the best strategy is to avoid the ransomware in the first place; you can do this by installing a strong security system. In addition, follow all the standard online safety rules:

1. Don't open email attachments or click on links within emails from unfamiliar senders.

2. Stick to well-known internet sites, and be thoughtful about where you click.

3. Don't accept file transfers from unknown sources.

4. Keep your applications up to date (with the real updates your system provides).

5. Never give personal information, such as login data, to someone calling you from out of the blue. If it's a company you do business with, always call them back at a number you already know.

It's almost Halloween, but don't be spooked by the Fantom! Take precautions, and make sure your computer gets the treats and not the tricks.


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LOCAL FEATURED BUSINESS - Happy Family Chinese Restaurant & Lounge

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

Cheesy Football Log For Game Day

101 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
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Decadent Chocolate Halloween Truffles
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GO PAPERLESS - Simplify and Save

Simplify your billing today with electronic billing.



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FEATURED MOBILE APPS - These Are Well Worth A Look

How far away is that boat or building? This app shows you the distance to objects seen through the camera lens of your device.
Learn more here... http://www.caramba-apps.com/easymeasure/

Vue is a video editor and camera with live filters, montage effects, and stickers. It makes creating cinematic videos easy!
Learn more here... http://vue.video/

Wish emojis could be more personal? Bitmoji creates an avatar of you and includes it in fun stickers you can use with many apps.
Learn more here... http://www.bitmoji.com


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

Site of the month thumbnail image Find Forgotten Cash
Wouldn't it be nice to find some extra cash for holiday shopping? Now you can discover if any is coming your way. Forgotten bank accounts, undelivered tax refunds, and other funds are held as "unclaimed money." Use the USA.gov site to search for and claim amounts being held on your behalf.

Site of the month thumbnail image Save Big On Flights
It's time to start thinking about holiday travel plans and this site can help. CheapOair offers a "best price guarantee" as well as easy booking and 24/7 customer care. Search for flight information as you would on other travel sites or check out "Today's Flight Deals," "Featured Offers," or "Last Minute Flights."

Site of the month thumbnail image Breast Cancer Awareness
October is breast cancer awareness month and the American Cancer Society (ACS) has a lot of information to share. Explore this site to learn about cancer, get involved, and stay healthy. If you want to dig deeper, you can explore important cancer research or find a local ACS chapter.

Site of the month thumbnail image Best Homemade Pizzas
You can't beat pizza for family movie night or just about any night! This site offers crazy-creative recipes like Summer Squash Pizza with Goat Cheese and Walnuts, and Clam Pizza with Salad Topping. When you find one you love, click a share button to post the recipe on social media.


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  • Molalla High School Yearbook.
  • Molalla High School Oceanography class.
  • Molalla Rural Fire Department to purchase trauma kits.
  • Clackamas County Sherriff’s Posse annual barrel racing event fundraiser.
  • Molalla Elementary Jog-a-Thon fundraiser.
  • Molalla area kids at the Clackamas County Livestock auction.
  • 4-H Project Livestock Auction.
  • Molalla Historical society.
  • Molalla High School Band department.
  • Molalla High School Theater department productions.
  • Mulino Elementary to support the Operation Backpack program.
  • 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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Toddler Works Out With Rocky
This hilarious video shows a toddler who watches Rocky work out and mimics his moves. You won't believe this lightweight's skills!

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Buttery Bloopers
Watch a husband and wife have fun trying to get their lines right in a commercial for pot pies at Dysart's Restaurant in Bangor, Maine.


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SHORT TUTORIAL/FAQ - What is Scareware and How Can I Avoid It?

Question: I know scareware is something bad that can happen on my computer, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. What is scareware, and how can I prevent it?

Answer: Scareware is a form of malware (malicious software) that cyber criminals can install on your system to make you think something bad is happening and that you need to take a specific action (which benefits the criminal) to make it stop.

For example, you might get a message on your screen warning you that your credit rating has been compromised, and you need to pay a "service" to have it restored. Or that there is something wrong with your computer and you need to pay a "technician" to have it fixed. These "services" or "technicians" will then charge you money to "fix" a problem that was never really there.

If you see such an alert on your computer, you may be able to remove the malware by running a virus scan with your security application. If the problem is in progress, try shutting down your browser; but don't use the X to do this ? instead press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to get your task manager up and do it from there. Or shut off your computer and restart it, but don't resume your previous browser session.

Of course, the best prevention is avoiding the malware altogether. To do this, ensure that you have active, current anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a firewall.


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Best regards,

- Your MCC Team

Molalla Communications Company

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