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Is your password leaving you at risk?

While you probably check the lock on the front door each night before bed, make sure your car alarm is set as you walk away and keep your wallet in a safe place – are you taking the same thought and energy into cyber security? Your passwords are the lock and key to information such as your social security number, bank account information, personal family photos and much more. By allowing yourself to lean on lazy passwords such as your favorite sports team or your dog’s name, not to mention using that password for multiple accounts, you are opening yourself up to a major security breach. Great Plains Communications has three tips to keep in mind to secure your personal information through better password practices.

 

Use a password manager.

We have a lot of passwords. It can be daunting to think of remembering at least 8 characters for 8 different accounts. Whatever you do, DON’T USE THE SAME PASSWORD. We are all guilty of committing a few password sins, but this has to be the worst of all. Your Facebook gets hacked and what do you think that person is going to do next? BINGO: check your bank account, credit card, etc. with that handy password they just gained access to. By using a password manager programs such as 1Password or LastPass, you can create strong and unique passwords for all of your accounts and lose the risk of forgetting them.

 

Use a passphrase.

We have entered the era of passphrases vs. passwords. Instead of throwing some numbers and symbols on the end of the month your first child was born, turn to random phrases to stay secure. By using a phrase, you add length and randomization. But don’t just string together a sentence about your life or a pop culture reference. Be creative! For example: “Plug Tricky Stapler.”

 

Add two-factor verification.

Unfortunately, sometimes a password or passphrase just isn’t enough. You may notice accounts on social networks, banks, and even Google offering an added layer of protection called two-factor verification. What this means is you will need to put in your password but also a one-time code that is sent to your phone or email, or through an app like Google Authenticator. What this can also do is notify you if someone else is attempting to enter a password into one of your accounts.

2019 Halloween Crafts with Kids

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes and candy, it’s a great time to get your kids involved in helping decorate for the season. Get their little hands busy in the kitchen, at the table or in the yard with these fun and spooky crafts from our cable channels, Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network.

How to Make a Haunted Gingerbread House – Food Network

Gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas! If you are having a Halloween kids party, this could be a fun activity to keep them busy. Rather than candy canes, look for candy corn. The kids will have so much fun showing off their creations.

Spooky Peanut Butter Cookies – Food Network

Similar to the classic peanut butter blossom cookies, swap out the chocolate kiss for some malted chocolate balls and a few lines of melted semisweet chocolate, and you have adorable and yummy spider cookies.

How to Make a Rope Pumpkin – HGTV

While there isn’t a ton for the kids to help with, they can assist in gluing and watching this beautiful pumpkin take shape from something as ordinary as rope. Pick out a cute ribbon to go on top and this pumpkin will surely jazz up your front porch or fireplace mantel.

DIY Stick Spider Web – HGTV

Help find the right sized sticks and get them secured with the yarn, then let the kids get creative in creating their unique spider webs.

How to Make Halloween Mason Jar Mummies – DIY Network

Don’t think you have to just use mason jars, or that you must go buy some. Empty pasta jars would work or get creative with it. Just make sure they are glass so that the light can shine through. Then, wrap away and these little guys could make adorable party favors or just a fun and festive decoration.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Fall Landscaping and Calling Before You Dig

Temperatures have dropped and soon multicolored leaves will sprinkle the yards. If you are looking to do some fall cleanup before the cold embrace of winter, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind you of the Digger’s Hotline and calling before you dig.

Keep in mind, this isn’t needed for planting chrysanthemums or other annual fall flowers along the front of the house. However, if you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. These projects could include installing a new fence or digging up a dying tree or shrub.

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city. Pipes and wires can run below streets, businesses, parks and your home without your knowledge. While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, cable and phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some wires may be buried as shallow as 6 in.

In addition to the 811-phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit at http://www.ne1call.com/.

Remember that it is your duty to call before starting a project, and if you do damage to any pipes or wires, you may be liable. Protect yourself and your neighbors and call 811 first!

Freeform’s ’31 Nights of Halloween’ Is Back!

It is officially October and you know what that means! 31 Nights of Halloween returns to Freeform to bring you Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family and much more. What used to be the 13 Nights of Halloween, grew into the 31 Nights of Halloween last year and is back by popular demand.

Below we have listed Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween 2019 evening schedule:

(All times in Central Time)

October 1

5:45 p.m. Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. Zombieland

October 2

4:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. ParaNorman

October 3

5:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

7:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

11:00 p.m. Edward Scissorhands

October 4

5:45 p.m. Addams Family Values

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 5

7:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

8:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere Goosebumps

10:30 p.m. Monster House

12:30 a.m. Scared Shrekless

October 6

7:15 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

9:20 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:30 p.m. 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

12:30 a.m. Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins

October 7

5:20 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:25 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984)

October 8

7:00 p.m. Iron Man

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

October 9

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

October 10

7:25 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

9:30 p.m. Disney Pixar’s Toy Story of TERROR!

11:00 p.m. Monster House

October 11

6:15 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

8:20 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 12

5:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream

7:40 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream 2

10:20 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream 3

October 13

6:30 p.m. Disney’s Moana

9:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:10 p.m. The Corpse Bride

October 14

4:50 p.m. Mrs. Doubtfire

7:55 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

October 15

5:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

7:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

11:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 16

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

October 17

5:50 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

7:55 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

11:00 p.m. R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Nigh of Doom House

October 18

4:40 p.m. Scream 2

7:20 p.m. Scream 3

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 19

5:45 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:55 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984)

10:25 p.m. Ghostbusters II

October 20

6:45 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

8:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

10:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

October 21

5:25 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:30 p.m. Goosebumps

October 22

5:50 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

7:55 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

11:00 p.m. Monster House

October 23

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. Matilda

October 24

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 25

5:45 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:55 p.m. Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

October 26

4:35 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

6:40 p.m. Addams Family Values

October 27

8:10 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 28

2:10 p.m. Scream

4:40 p.m. Scream 2

7:20 p.m. Scream 3

October 29

7:55 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

11:00 p.m. The Corpse Bride

October 30

5:45 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

October 31

ALL DAY Hocus Pocus Marathon

 

While this is just the evening schedule, you can find the full programming schedule at Freeform.com. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

It’s Officially Fall and We are Celebrating with Pumpkin Recipes!

Yesterday was the first day of fall and we are celebrating by looking to our cable channel, Food Network for our favorite pumpkin recipes. We have found both sweet and savory ideas your family and friends are sure to love this season.

3 Things to Make with Pumpkin Spice

The craze of pumpkin spice hasn’t faded at all, but rather grown into even more creative recipes. Here is how to make your own pumpkin spice and enjoy it in a few creative ways.

Pumpkin Hard Cider Cheese Dip

Pumpkin, apple cider and cheese are all comforting fall favorites, add them together and you get this delicious and flavorful dip for anything from bread to apple slices.

Ree’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

As the mornings get cooler, fill your kitchen with the warm smells and flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon with this fall spin a breakfast favorite.

No-Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This is for all of you pumpkin pie lovers, and don’t think they leave out the crust just because it’s ice cream! Taste the flaky bits mixed throughout the refreshingly cold pumpkin treat.

Pumpkin Keg with Bourbon-Apple Punch

Talk about a different kind of pumpkin carving, this will be an impressive centerpiece to any fall party! Just don’t forget to label the different pumpkin kegs if you choose to have alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

 

You can find recipes like these and much more on Food Network! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Have you signed up for SmartHub yet?

Have you signed up for SmartHub and Auto-Pay? As a Great Plains Communications customer, you have access to our account management system, SmartHub! It is a smart, fast, and convenient system that allows you to view and pay your bill, receive notifications, report service issues and contact us about services and promotions.

To access SmartHub, you can either log-on to https://gpcom.smarthub.coop or download the free app from the iOS or Android app store. This allows you to manage your account at home and on the go!

Once you are signed in to SmartHub, you can also sign up for Auto-Pay and do away with worrying about late or missed payments. To show our appreciation, we enter all customers participating in the Auto-Pay program into a monthly drawing for a $100 Visa gift card! If you have any questions about signing up for SmartHub or the Auto-Pay program, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Back-to-School Social Giveaway Winner

Help us in congratulating Sheri Hink-Wagner of Imperial, NE on being our Back-to-School Social Giveaway winner! She shared that her favorite part of the season is, “getting the routine back. Plus picking out new school supplies. The return of jeans and sweater season is a plus too.” As our winner, she will receive a 16 GB Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet and a $100 Amazon gift card!

We want to thank everyone who entered our giveaway, and tell you there is still another way you can win this school year! Check out our Back-to-School promotion going on through September 27.

Sign up for new or upgraded Internet speeds and receive up to a $100 Amazon gift card!

Head back to school with high-speed Internet from Great Plains Communications! To find out more or to sign up for this promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Back-to-School Social Giveaway

 

Don’t miss our Back-to-School social giveaway going on right now! As part of our promotion, we want to help with the chaos of the season by giving away a 16 GB Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet and a $100 Amazon gift card. All you have to do is tell us your favorite part of this time of year! Maybe it is getting the family back into a routine, football games, or visiting the pumpkin patch.

How to Enter:

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Comment on the post, your favorite part of the Back-to-School season

The winner will be randomly selected Thursday, September 12 and we will announce the winner on our blog.

If you are looking for more ways to save this school year, check out our Back-to-School promotion!

From now through September 27, sign up for new or upgraded Internet speeds and receive up to a $100 Amazon gift card!

Head back to school with high-speed Internet from Great Plains Communications! To find out more or to sign up for this promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Fall Show Premieres

Fall show premieres are just about here and you won’t want to miss a moment! Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite premieres starting this month with new storylines, as well as familiar faces bringing horror, drama and comedy.

Unbelievable – Netflix

September 13

 

Prodigal Son – FOX

September 23

 

Emergence – ABC

September 24

 

The Unicorn – CBS

September 26

 

Evil – CBS

September 26

 

You can catch these shows, along with new seasons of returning favorites this fall. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Tailgating Recipes for the Start of Football Season

Not only are we approaching a long holiday weekend, but it is the start to the Nebraska Cornhusker football season! Saturday, August 31 marks the first game as we take on the South Alabama Jaguars at home in Memorial Stadium at 11 AM. The game will be aired on ESPN. With the late morning game, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some tailgating recipes that you can make ahead or grill right before the game.

Guy’s Artichoke Spinach Dip

Damaris’ Pulled Pork Nachos

Carne Asada Tacos

Extra-Creamy Avocado Deviled Eggs

Find recipes like these and much more on the Food Network. If you are not a Great Plains Communications cable customer but would like to find out what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. And don’t forget to catch the game this Saturday on ESPN. Go Big Red!!

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