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Mozilla Firefox for browsing the web.
For those on an old OS like Windows XP, upgrading from old IE to Firefox is highly recommended.


Mozilla Thunderbird for retrieving your emails.
Built in junk mail controls and message filtering make this preferred over using webmail.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials for virus protection on Win 7 and older. Windows Defender is bundled with Windows 8 and 10, for built-in virus and malware protection.
Remember to uninstall your current anti-virus program before installing another one.

These programs are free, and a nice quick way to get them is with the ninite.com website, where you can easily select the programs you want and it will help get them installed quickly.

Adblock Plus

Using an ad blocking extension with your browser, like Adblock Plus, will help to block ads, which can be a source of confusion, infections, and unwanted software.

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Security Alert: Email Fraud Warning, Fake Surveys

If you see a pop-up survey from MCSNet, it's a scam. If you get an email pretending to be from MCSNet asking for your password, or to click a link to some odd site, it's a scam. We have no online surveys and we will never ask you for your password, and any electronic communication from MCSNet will come from MCSNet and reply to MCSNet, for example @mcsnet.ca and http://mcsnet.ca

Wi-Fi can slow you down

When speeds are a concern, use a cable instead of Wi-Fi.

A cabled connection will provide more bandwidth, better latency, and improved reliability. Wi-Fi may be convenient for avoiding the cabling setup, but if you plan to stay in your current residence for a length of time, it may be worth it to get a cable or two run to endow the best experience through your local network.

Streaming Video Netflix/Youtube Usage and Smoothness Help

If your Netflix subscription is running you into the usage cap, or isn't running smoothly, click this link for adjusting the Netflix usage setting can help.

Similarly, the Magic Actions add-on for Firefox or Chrome can fix Youtube issues as well.

Taking Out the Trash

March 21st, 2012

We will be emptying the trash folders for all e-mail accounts.

If you have important messages in trash, please dust them off and give them a nice folder to stay in. The trash folders will be emptied automatically. In the average mailbox, the trash is taking up about 25% of the used message space. We will never email you asking for your password or asking you to click a link.

Protect Your Devices From Power Surges

May 21st, 2015

With thunderstorm season approaching, please help to protect your equipment by ensuring that it is behind a grounded surge suppressor.

If you are in a rural area where there are large spikes in the power and a higher chance of a direct lightning strike, the best protection is to physically unplug your devices from the outlets during an active electrical storm.