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ACA's TV Ransom Campaign

Yesterday, the American Cable Association launched a campaign designed to create awareness of the real cause for rising TV costs. The campaign, TV Ransom, rightfully lays the blame at the feet of corporate broadcasters and their increasingly excessive demands to retransmit content.

For more information, follow the link: TV Ransom

Solar Outages – Fall 2017

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Due to “Sun Outages” some TV signals may experience signal degradation from October 4th until October 12th.

Signal degradation can cause pixelated picture, picture freezes and/or audio distortions, and they can last anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.

The interruptions do not affect all channels and are an unavoidable side effect of content providers using satellite down-links to distribute their TV Channels. To read more, go to the following link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_outage

FTC: Identity Theft Notice

  Two days ago, the FTC released a report that showed just how fast Identity Thieves can obtain and use your identity. The study consisted of the FTC posting fake IDs on websites popular with Identity Thieves. It took nine minutes before the information attracted attention. There were at least 1,200 attempts to use the fake identities and the attempts ranged from trying to buy pizza to online dating subscriptions.

The report also advocated the use of two-factor authentication. While it isn’t a perfect system, it does help. Two-factor authentication is a system that uses two forms of verifying your identity in order to alleviate the issue of “easy” identity theft. For example, to login into one account you would be required to enter your password and a code that is sent to your phone. This form of authentication has been long established in the gaming community and has seen a recent surge of use in other industries, such as banking.

There is nothing that can be done to make your identity totally safe from theft, and despite the hassle many feel using two-factor authentication it is one of the better ways of protecting your identity.

See the report here.

STREAM Day

ValuNet’s Jacob went down to Soden’s Grove to show the students from Logan Avenue school our bucket truck during STREAM Day.