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IN THIS ISSUE

FACEBOOK WARNING
Scams Often Follow Big News Events
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Whidbey Tel Update
Freeland Customer Experience Center Now Open in Freeland!
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Two to View
A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
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Ask the Help Desk
Is There a Way To Quickly Screen Websites?
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Sites to Check Out in October
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites
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Short Tutorial
Removing Contacts From Your Address Book
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Dear Valued Customer,

In this October issue, we start by reminding you of how scammers take advantage of natural disasters like Hurricane Irene to try and lure you to malicious links. Then learn about Whidbey Telecom's new Customer Experience Center to see how we're bringing technology and community together. Check out the basketball halftime show in our Two to View section to see some very talented young ladies. This issue also includes advice on how to quickly screen websites (so you can avoid the disreputable ones) and highlights a few wonderful websites to inspire your fall baking, family photography, and more.

We think the information contained in this eNewsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing
your Internet experience.

Here's what's inside our October eNewsletter:

1. FACEBOOK WARNING - Scams Often Follow Big News Events

2. Whidbey Tel Update - Freeland Customer Experience Center Now Open in Freeland!

3. Two to View - A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

4. This Month's FAQ - Is There a Way To Quickly Screen Websites?

5. Sites of the Month - Great Sites to Check Out in October

6. Short Tutorial - Removing Contacts From Your Address Book

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team

 
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ONLINE WARNING

FACEBOOK WARNING - Scams Often Follow Big News Events

Newsworthy events, like the devastating Hurricane Irene in August, often trigger malicious links and phishing attacks that spread quickly across Facebook. The lure used by scammers is a promise of showing "leaked" videos, pictures, and other sensational information.

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The Hurricane Irene version looks something like the screen shot at the link above. No video actually exists. The page displays a clickable image of a fake video player. Clicking "Share" displays the link on the Facebook user's wall. Clicking "See the video" displays a list of deals that require user registration.

The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. They earn their money by getting a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. They may also use these types of Facebook scams to spread malware and obtain personal information.

Regardless of the disaster that's in the news, remember this: Whenever you're offered the chance to see a video or pictures that no one else has seen, don't be tempted to click. At the very least, these types of scams will place you in a cycle of worthless advertising promotions. In the worst-case scenario, you may unknowingly load nasty spyware and viruses on your computer. If you fall victim to a scam like this and the scammer's page appears on your Facebook wall, go directly to the page and click the "Unlike" link in the lower left-hand column. This will stop the scam from spreading via your wall.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Freeland Customer Experience Center Now Open in Freeland!

We're excited to announce that our new Customer Experience Center and fireside coffee bar, the "WiFire," are now located at 1651 Main Street in Freeland. This technologically advanced building features:

  • Locally Roasted Coffee and Delicious Panini
  • Fastest WiFi on Whidbey Island – 54 Mbps download speeds!
  • Latest Tech Gadgets in our Tech2You Center
  • Interactive Technology Demonstrations
  • Computer and Technology Classes
  • State-of-the-art Conference Room
  • And much more!

The mission of this new facility is to fuse our passion for technology with our commitment to provide concierge level customer support. Where else could you learn about the newest tech gadgets while sipping a fresh brewed cup of coffee? As your local provider of advanced voice and high speed internet services, we'd love to show you how technology can enrich your daily life.

Our Tech2You Team is ready to assist with all of your technology and computer needs, even at your work or home! Stop by and get caring computer support and repair from knowledgeable local experts. Can't find a convenient time to stop by? The Tech2You Team will come to you with fast and friendly mobile support.

If you're looking at upgrading to a new smartphone or tablet, we've got great news! Whidbey Telecom is a Verizon Wireless authorized agent. Now get all your communication needs met in one place. We have an array of new phones and can get you started on a new Verizon phone plan today. Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 2 coming soon!

Maybe you're just curious about new technology or not sure which device is right for you. We have a vast selection of the latest tech products for purchase including: tablets, Blu-ray players, HD video cameras, video game consoles, GPS units, computer accessories and cables to fit most of your entertainment needs! Our tech consultants are available to help you make the best purchase and show you how to utilize your new device.

We encourage you to stop by to explore, play, and experience the latest in technology for yourself. While you're here, visit the WiFire to try one of our seasonal coffee flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Egg Nog.

We look forward to seeing you!

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TWO TO VIEW

A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want to Miss

http://www.enewsletterhome.com/_eNewsletter/2011/10/VIDEO_A.htm

These Girls Know The Ropes
Think you can jump rope? Think again. The Kings Firecrackers have jumped way beyond the basic moves and they show off their amazing jump rope abilities at halftime during a Navy versus Army men's basketball game. You'll see it all, including one athlete being used as the jump rope.

http://www.enewsletterhome.com/_eNewsletter/2011/10/VIDEO_B.htm

41 Hours In An Elevator
In October 1999, Nicholas White was trapped alone in an elevator car for 41 hours--a horrifying ordeal more than 7 million people have viewed since the New Yorker posted time-compressed footage. (If you're claustrophobic, you may find this video more frightening than any Halloween movie!)

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ASK THE HELP DESK

Is There a Way To Quickly Screen Websites?

Question: I don't want to get scammed dealing with suspicious websites. Is there a way to quickly screen websites before I do business with them?

Answer: Yes, there are a number of ways to do this type of screening. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have features that monitor your browsing activity and alert you if a site seems suspicious. Review the help section within your browser to find out how to activate these features. There is also software available that serves the same purpose.

In addition, you should always keep your eyes open and watch for the warning signs of phishing sites. Here are two key strategies:

  • When you navigate to a website, such as PayPal, be sure the URL shows the correct address (such as www.paypal.com), and not a variation (such as www.scammercentral.com/paypal). Move your mouse over links on the site or try clicking on them to see if they are active. Many phishing sites use links that don't work or that open to blank pages.
  • If you are performing a financial transaction, look for "https" at the beginning of the URL (the "s" stands for "secure") and the locked padlock "secure browsing" symbol (usually located at the bottom left of your screen). Be wary of pop-ups or requests for information the site should already have, such as your name, address, password, credit card number, or Social Security number.

Remember, phishing is successful not because of advanced technology but because of unsuspecting Web users. When you're aware of what you're doing, you reduce your chances of landing on a phony site and becoming a phishing victim.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In October

"Past Meets Present" Photos
http://dearphotograph.com
This site, presented in blog format, allows viewers to upload photos of past snapshots (often from the film photography era) held against the original setting in the present day. They offer a fascinating juxtaposition between past and present, and the captions provide glimpses into how photographers remember the people and events in the photos. Browse through the images or upload some of your own!

Got A Minute For A Timed Game?
http://sporcle.com
Do you know the names of all 50 states? How many corporate logos can you recognize in six minutes? Can you type the numbers 1-100 in under a minute? Visit this site to test yourself with these and many other fun games. Topics include geography, history, language, sports, TV, and movies. Choose games by these categories or by most popular, newest, or favorites. Or challenge yourself with a random quiz.

Life Expectancy Calculator
http://livingto100.com
If you're interested in living to a ripe old age, this site may be able to help. The Life Expectancy Calculator asks you 40 quick questions related to your health and family history and then estimates how old you will live to be. It also gives you detailed action items on what to do to live longer. Unlike many similar sites, you don't have to enter your email address to get the results.

Delicious Apple Recipes
http://sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant/easy-delicious-apple-recipes-00418000069192
Fall is a great time to enjoy apples and you can make the most of them with the recipes here. How about Pumpkin Waffles with Apples and Apple Cider Syrup for breakfast? Toasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches for lunch? Or Spiced Apple Carrot Cake for dessert? View, print, or save the recipes, or use the social media links to share with friends.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

Removing Contacts From Your Address Book

If your email address book is cluttered with names from inactive relationships or filled with out-of-date email addresses, you're wasting time wading through an unnecessarily long list. So it's worth taking a few minutes now to clear out the clutter.

To remove contact information from your address book, simply follow the steps below for your specific email program:

Removing Contacts From Your Address Book When Using ...
Email Client: Thunderbird 6.0.2
Computer Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.4 - 10.6, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

1. With Thunderbird open, click your cursor arrow on the "Address Book" button located on the toolbar.

2. When the Address Book window opens, click on the contact you want to delete. (The contact's name will be highlighted when you click on it.)

3. Click the "Delete" button located on the toolbar. If you are using Windows XP, the selected contact is now deleted.

4. If using other operating systems, a Confirm dialogue box will appear asking, "Are you sure you want to delete the selected contact?" Click the "OK" button. The selected contact is now deleted.

Removing Contacts From Your Address Book When Using ...
Email Client: Mail 4.5
Computer Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.6

1. With Address Book open, click your cursor arrow on the "All Contacts" icon in the "Group" column.

2. Click on the entry you want to delete in the "Name" column to select it. (The contact's name will be highlighted when you click on it.)

3. Click on the "Edit" menu and select "Delete Card" from the drop-down menu. A dialog box will drop down asking, "Are you sure you want to delete the card for..." Click the "Delete" button and the contact is deleted.

Removing Contacts From Your Address Book When Using ...
Email Client: Windows Live Mail
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

1. With Windows Live Mail open, click your cursor arrow on the "Contacts" button located in the left-hand column of the Windows Live Mail window.

2. Select the contact you want to delete. (The contact's name will be highlighted.)

3. Click on the "Delete" button located on the toolbar.

4. A Windows Live Mail dialogue box will appear asking the question, "Delete this contact?" Click the "Yes" button and the contact will be deleted.

 

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We hope you found this eNewsletter to be informative. It's one of our ways of keeping you posted on news and information about our industry and our community. Thank you for the privilege of serving you!

Best regards,

Your Whidbey Telecom Team

We have used our best efforts in collecting and preparing the information published herein. However, we do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any and all liability for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions resulted from negligence, accident, or other causes.

©2011 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

 


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