Saturday, March 28, 2020

How do you stop online trackers from following you? | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Last week we learned the difference between
first party cookies and third party cookies. The
reality is, we all need to be careful about who
we grant access to our browsing activity. Even
if we feel like we don’t have anything to hide,
there is no guarantee of what entities will do
with that information so it’s best to share as
little as possible with strangers. The following
tips help keep your information private online.

Great ways to block online tracking

Browser add-ons
One of the simplest things you can do to block
third-party cookies is download an anti-tracking
browser extension. The Electronic Frontier 
Foundation’s Privacy Badger uses algorithms
to learn which third-party requests to block
while Disconnect uses user-generated lists.
Ghostery allows users to choose whether or
not to grant permission to third-party trackers.
All three of these browser add-ons are
available for Chrome and Firefox.

Clearing and blocking third-party cookies
Most browsers also have options that help limit
the ability of third parties to give your device
cookies, although they are generally less
effective than the browser extensions listed

Search engines that will not track you
Search engines such as DuckDuckGo or
Qwant do not track your IP address or log your
search history, letting you access information
with privacy. While using different search
engines will help, remember that Google can
also access your data via Android devices,
YouTube, and Gmail.

Email services that will not track you
The best option to keep your emails secure
and private are end-to-end encrypted services
such as ProtonMail.

Use a VPN
To avoid being tracked by your device’s IP
address, you can use a
VPN (Virtual PrivateNetwork).
This will route your Internet traffic
through a VPN server of your choosing and
replaces your IP address with the IP address of
that VPN server. Be sure to only use
trustworthy VPN services because the
company you choose can access and record
your online activity while you are connected to
their infrastructure.

Final Thoughts

There is no such thing as absolute privacy on
the Internet, but you can take positive steps to
limit your exposure. As there are many ways to
track you online, for maximum protection, you
should use a combination of the methods
outlined above. However, even if you only use
a couple of these tools, it will dramatically limit
the amount of information online trackers can
collect from you and help you take back control
of your personal data.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Did you hear about the monkeys who shared an Amazon account? 
They were Prime mates.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

2 ways you’re being tracked online | E-Neighborhood Advisor

Stopping online trackers is clearly a hot topic.
An internet search for ways to block trackers
yields more than 32 million results. You know
tracking happens to you. You search retailer
sites for a new sweater, or a snow blower, or a
life insurance policy. Suddenly ads for those
items pop up every time you’re online. It’s not a
coincidence. Your travels about the web are
being monitored, creating both a privacy issues
and security risk. But what can you do? Is
constant surveillance the price you pay for
being online?

The ProtonVPN Blog has some tools and
techniques you can use to block websites from
tracking you, but first it’s helpful to know who is
following you, and how these services actually
follow you.

A quick way to evaluate which third-party
trackers are following you is to visit the EFF’s
Panopticlick or Am I Unique. These sites will
show you the trackers that still have access to
your online activity and help you see your
device’s “fingerprint.”

How cookies track you on the Internet
Cookies are tiny bits of text that websites place
on your device based on the websites you visit
and the things you click on. This text can then
be read when you return to the site, letting it
“recognize” you and re-create your previously
chosen preferences. These are what allow you
to remain logged in to a site unless you
deliberately log out. These types of cookies are
called first-party cookies, since they come
directly from the website you are accessing.

Third-party cookies are placed on your
device by third-parties — not by you, not by the
website you are visiting, but by secret
advertising services. These advertising
services then follow your device from site to
site, trying to see what websites and topics
interest you to improve the ads they show you.
They can also end up with a thorough record of
your online activity.

Generally speaking, first-party cookies can be
useful, while third-party cookies raise
numerous privacy concerns. Fortunately, third-
party cookies are easy to isolate. Next week
we’ll be discussing several ways to avoid or
block third-party cookies. Watch for our email
with the subject line: How do you stop online
trackers from following you?

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Why do beavers spend so long on the Internet?
They never want to log off.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

(COVID-19) A Message for Our Valued Customers of Capell Flooring and Interiors

(COVID-19) A Message for Our Valued Customers of Capell Flooring and Interiors

We have seen and understand the growing concern in our community over the spread of the coronavirus and wanted to let our valued customers know that we are taking the health and safety of both our staff and customers very seriously.

In our store and warehouse, we have increased cleaning frequency, provided hand sanitizers at entrances, desks, and other high-touch areas.  We have worked hard to ensure a clean, comfortable shopping experience for our customers.

Our staff is all dedicated to eliminating handshakes while still providing friendly service.  Our installers and sales teams are taking extra precautions before entering our customers’ homes.
We are happy to work with you over the phone or via FaceTime, Facebook Video, Skype, Google Duo or Zoom video conferencing.  We are also happy to arrange in-store appointments for a private consultation.

Currently, we do not have anyone on our staff (including the store, warehouse, and installation crews), who are showing any symptoms. If that changes, we have all committed to remaining home to ensure the safety and health of everyone else.  We are all monitoring our health very closely.  

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult and uncertain time.  The Treasure Valley is a wonderful place to live, and we are grateful to be a part of it.  We have said this a lot, but we truly do have the best customers in town.

We love our community and will continue to serve you in all your flooring needs as safely as possible.


Matt Capell - President/Owner of Capell Flooring and Interiors, Inc.

#doingourpart #ourpromisetoyou #thisisboise #capellflooring #staysafe #behappy #yougotthis

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tricky tongue twisters and the history behind them | E-Neighborhood Advisor

March blows in like a lion and is known to
spawn some twisters. But where do tongue
twisters come from? And why do they exist?
According to Gwendolyn Purdom in Mental
Floss, early English tongue twisters were used
to teach pupils proper speech.

Whether it's selling seashells by the seashore
or buying Betty Botter's bitter butter, some of
these difficult phrases go way back to when
elocution was practiced as routinely as
multiplication tables.

Peter Piper
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper

Peter and his famous pickled peppers first
appeared in print in 1813 in John Harris's Peter
Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect
Pronunciation. But as is the case with many
classic tongue twisters, the rhyme itself may
have already been in common use by that

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck,
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

While it likely predates her, Vaudeville
performer Fay Templeton is credited with
singing a song with this chorus in 1903 in the
Broadway musical The Runaways.

She Sells Seashells
She sells seashells on the sea shore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I'm sure. 
And if she sells seashells on the sea shore,
Then I'm sure she sells seashore shells.

Legend has it the rhyme is a tribute to 19th
century English paleontologist Mary Anning.

Anning was thought to have been responsible
for being among the first to identify fossilized
poop. Anning is known in scientific circles
(Charles Dickens even wrote about his
admiration for her after her 1847 death) but the
idea that she’s also the muse behind the
tongue twister has given the general public a
nice way to honor her as well.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S Here's another tongue twister for you!
If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Writing Effective Emails | E-Neighborhood Advisor

For 19 years, Seton Hall professor Dr. Dennis
Jerz has been maintaining a list of best
practices for email. The most recent updates
underscore the distinction between email and
social media conversations. Social media
allows us to chat informally with people we
usually know; email is largely a business tool,
so it’s important to use it in a clear, concise,
professional way.

Jerz and his colleagues have identified the top
strategies for writing effective emails, here are
a few of them.

Write a meaningful subject line.
Give your reader a concrete reason to open
your message. A clear subject line will help a
busy professional to decide that your email is

Be kind. Don’t flame.
Think before you click “Send.” If you find
yourself writing in anger, save a draft, go get a
cup of coffee, and imagine that tomorrow
morning someone has taped your email
outside your door. Would your associates and
friends be shocked by your language or

Don’t assume privacy.

Email is not secure. Just as random
pedestrians could reach into a physical mailbox
and intercept envelopes, a curious hacker, a
malicious criminal, and your IT department can
probably read any and all email messages in
your work account. If it’s not worth the risk,
then don’t put it in an email.

Respond Promptly
If you want to appear professional and
courteous, make yourself available to your 
online correspondents. Even if your reply is, 
“Sorry, I’m too busy to help you now,” at least
your correspondent won’t be waiting in vain for
your reply.

Show Respect and Restraint
Many a flame war has been started by
someone who hit “reply all” instead of “reply.”

While most people know that email is not
private, it is good form to ask the sender before
forwarding a personal message. If someone
emails you a request, it is perfectly acceptable
to forward the request to a person who can
help — but forwarding a message in order to
ridicule the sender is tacky.

Be tolerant of other people’s etiquette
blunders. If you think you’ve been insulted,
quote the line back to your sender and add a
neutral comment such as, “I’m not sure how to
interpret this… could you elaborate?”

For more tips and examples, check out

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What was forest gump's email password?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Welcome to March 2020 | Capell Flooring and Interiors

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the March edition of the Neighborhood Advisor! This month is
packed with loads of spring articles, trivia and tips for your home.

March always feels like a fresh start. From spring-cleaning flowers blooming
to warmer weather, everything just seems a lot brighter compared to the
gloomy winter months. Some ways that you can add a spark of brightness
and personality to your home also is by trying some popular home decorating
trends such as wood floors, porcelain tile, open shelves, colored kitchen
cabinets or adding plants.

If you’re thinking of redecorating your home for those spring/summer months
in time for your fun family gatherings and barbecues then why not stop in to
see us at Capell Flooring and Interiors?

Thank you once again for joining us for another month of the Neighborhood
Advisor. We hope you have a wonderful month!

Your friend,
Matt Capell