With fall in full swing, we've assembled some valuable information to help you fully enjoy the season. Since getting scammed would certainly put a damper on any beautiful autumn day, we begin by sharing how to avoid the online bad guys' latest trick — CryptoLocker ransomware.
You'll find inspiration in this November issue for getting into seasonal crafts, decorating, and cooking in the Go Pinterest-ing! section. You'll also learn about video buffering and Facebook privacy to take some of the trouble out of technology. For fun entertainment plus valuable advice, check out the amazing "bicycle band" and "money tree" videos and sites to help you beat the flu, stay safe when you shop online for the holidays, and much more.
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Scam Alert – Ransomware Senders Demand Money To "Fix" Files
Happy Holidays from 3 Rivers – Win a $50 Gift Card!
As a thank you to all of our subscribers, we are entering all of our customers' names into a drawing for one of five $50 gift cards from the QVC shopping channel—just in time for the holidays!
If you're a current subscriber to 3 Rivers local telephone, High Speed Internet or 3RTV Digital Video or Cable TV as of November 1, 2013, you're automatically entered! No purchase or sign up necessary!
We'll pick one name each Friday beginning November 8, and will announce the winner on Facebook. A complete list of winners will be available after December 6, 2013.
Winning subscribers' 3 Rivers accounts must be up to date and in good standing to claim gift card. You must have a QVC customer number to redeem the gift card. If you don't have a QVC number, you need to contact QVC at 800-345-1515 or go to QVC.com to get one. 3 Rivers cannot set up a QVC number for you.
This Month's FAQ – What Causes Buffering When I Watch Videos?
Question: Sometimes when I'm watching a video on YouTube, it will stop and start or play in a choppy fashion. What could be causing this and what can I do about it?
Answer: What you're describing is called buffering. This means that the part of the video you're trying to watch is currently downloading. Buffering can be the result of many different factors including problems with the hosting site, the speed of your Internet connection, and the software and/or hardware of your computer.
YouTube suggests the following troubleshooting tips:
Clear your browser's cache and cookies.
Pause the video. Allow the gray loading bar to load completely to the end of the player. Once the video has fully loaded, try playing the video again.
Check your connection speed. You may want to increase it in order to have the best viewing experience.
Another possible reason for video difficulties is that the YouTube servers are experiencing high traffic. If this is the case, there's not much you can do but try again later.
Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In November
Time To Talk Turkey butterball.com – Enter the "turkeysphere" to learn everything you need to know about choosing, preparing, and serving your Thanksgiving turkey. Helpful videos and text walk you through thawing, stuffing, roasting, the ever-popular deep-frying, and, of course, carving. For post-holiday meals and snacks, check out the recipe section for ideas on using leftovers.
What To Do To Beat The Flu cdc.gov/flu – Fall brings colder weather, the holidays ... and unfortunately, the flu. But you don't have to let flu get the best of you this year. Check out this website for valuable information including flu basics, how flu spreads, where to get a flu shot, and other things you can do to help avoid getting sick.
A-door-able Fall Adornments bhg.com – Visit this gallery to get inspiration for decorating with wreaths and other fall décor for your door, gate, or mantel. You'll find pretty and creative embellishments made with seeds, leaves, twigs, fruit, flowers, and much more. The site makes it easy to save, print, share, or pin your favorites!
Shop Safely Online During The Holidays staysafeonline.org – It's always important to protect yourself online, and even more so during the holiday shopping season. The tips on this site may seem like common sense but you may not remember, for example, to print transaction details. It's worth a visit so you can stay safe while getting your shopping done.
Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
Behold A Bicycle Band You've seen plenty of marching bands. But what about a bicycling band? This video captures some true multitasking as several marching band members play instruments (and do it well) while riding a tandem bike.
Real-Life Money Tree What happens when 100 one-dollar bills are pinned to a tree on a busy city sidewalk? Watch this video to see the various responses to this interesting social experiment. Spoiler alert: most people walk by without noticing the money!
Short Tutorial – How To Help Keep Your Image Out Of Facebook Ads
Have you noticed how if a friend endorses a company or product, you're more likely to make a similar purchase? Facebook certainly knows this and uses this bit of psychology to boost the effectiveness of what are known as social ads. The problem is that it does this without users' permission. For example, in your news feed, you may see a paid ad for a sushi place, along with a note that says, "Jane Smith likes this." If you don't want Facebook using your name or likeness in this way, follow these easy steps:
Within Facebook, click Settings (the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Home page).
From the dropdown list, select Privacy Settings.
In the left column, click Ads.
In the Ads & Friends section, click Edit.
Next to the phrase, Pair my social actions with ads for, click the dropdown arrow and select No one.