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Spammers Have Jumped on the Pinterest Bandwagon

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Explore Technology in Freeland

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

Ask the Help Desk
How Can I Tell a Legitimate Email From a Hoax?

Sites to Check Out in August
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites

Short Tutorial
How to Stop the Address From Showing Up on Your Timeline


Dear Valued Customer,

For many, August combines carefree summer activities with back-to-school preparations. You'll find ideas for both seasons in this month's Great Sites list which includes delicious summertime peach recipes as well as advice for helping your students be successful this fall. If your back-to-school shopping includes tablets or smartphones, read about a new opportunity to shop for tech gadgets at the Whidbey Telecom Technology Store in Freeland.

In addition, this issue contains a Pinterest spam alert and tips on how to recognize the difference between a legitimate email and a hoax. We also tell you about a recent change regarding the email address displayed on your Facebook Timeline and how to make adjustments if needed. Just for fun, check out the two videos that showcase creativity--a marriage proposal using a movie trailer and artistic masterpieces made from dust.

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

Here's what's inside our August eNewsletter:

SPAM ALERT - Spammers Have Jumped on the Pinterest Bandwagon

Whidbey Telecom News - Explore Technology in Freeland

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

This Month's FAQ - How Can I Tell a Legitimate Email From a Hoax?

Sites of the Month - Great Websites To Check Out In August

Short Tutorial - How to Stop the Address From Showing Up on Your Timeline

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team



SPAM ALERT - Spammers Have Jumped on the Pinterest Bandwagon

All well-trafficked social media sites draw spammers trying to reel in unsuspecting users, and Pinterest is no exception. In fact, because of its rapid growth and heavy retail focus, Pinterest is especially attractive to spammers. (In case you're unfamiliar with Pinterest, it's a virtual bulletin board where you can "pin" images, share things you like with others, follow people you like, and have others follow you.)

In recent months, Pinterest users have reported receiving a surge of spam emails. Many of these emails are relatively benign--more annoying than harmful--and often attempt to get the recipient to visit a Pinterest board that links to a page about weight loss plans or retail deals. However, for legitimate businesses that use Pinterest, the influx of spam on the site can have more serious ramifications. For example, spammers can copy and attach viruses to a business's pin, causing its reputation to diminish.

Pinterest addresses this issue in its Terms & Privacy--Acceptable Use Policy. It reads, "You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: Send any unsolicited or unauthorized spam and spam comments on posts, advertising messages, promotional materials, email, junk mail, chain letters or other form of solicitation..."

Fortunately, Pinterest provides an easy way to report this type of spam. Simply click on the "Report Pin" button next to the image on the Pinterest site.



Explore Technology in Freeland

We get excited about new technology and want to share that excitement with you! We also want a place for our customers to learn and feel comfortable trying new tech gadgets. That's why we've opened an innovative Technology Store in our new Freeland Customer Experience Center.

Our Technology Store offers a wide variety of the latest devices for communication and entertainment. From the new Apple iPad and iPhone 4S, to Canon digital cameras and Sony camcorders, to Samsung Blu-ray players and Xbox 360 consoles. All of our products are on display for you touch, try, play, and learn before you buy. Our tech experts are there to answer your questions and help you find the product that's right for you.

As a Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, Whidbey Telecom is your one-stop shop for communication needs on South Whidbey. In addition to Apple's newest products, come try out many of the coolest smartphones and tablets. And it's not just devices; we also offer many accessories and a concierge-level of service you won't find anywhere else.

While you're here visit the WiFire, Freeland's newest and only Fireside Coffee Bar and Panini hot spot. You'll enjoy locally roasted coffee, fresh baked pastries, cookies and muffins, and the fastest Wi-Fi on South Whidbey for FREE! We look forward to serving you soon.



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

Movie Trailer Proposal
This groom-to-be used the big screen for a big proposal. Matt's girlfriend, Ginny, thinks she's about to see a movie trailer, but instead there's a film of Matt asking her father for her hand. Matt soon appears in the theater with popcorn--and the ring!

The Dirty Car Artist
You've seen those cars in parking lots--the ones covered with what looks like an inch of dirt. What most of us view as eyesores, Scott Wade sees as canvases. Also called the "da Vinci of Dust," he turns them into mobile art galleries.



How Can I Tell a Legitimate Email From a Hoax?

Question: I have friends that frequently send me important-sounding emails that I'm supposed to forward to people I know. How can I tell if the messages are legitimate or a hoax?

Answer: Good question. It's pretty simple. There are five signs that an email is a hoax:

  1. Urgency - You'll see lots of exclamation points and words in all caps like URGENT!!! and WARNING!!!
  2. "Tell all your friends" - There will always be a request that you share this "important information" by forwarding the message to everybody in your email address book or to as many people as you possibly can.
  3. "This isn't a hoax" - The message may include a seemingly sincere premise like "My neighbor, who works for Microsoft, just received this warning so I know it's true. He asked me to pass it along."
  4. Dire Consequences - The text will predict dire consequences if you don't act immediately--a missing child won't be found, or someone won't be able to die happy.
  5. History - Look for lots of >>>> marks in the left margin. These indicate that people who fell for the hoax have forwarded the message countless times before it reached you.

When in doubt, do your homework on a particular email at,, or It's worth a few minutes of your time to avoid spreading misinformation to others.



Great Sites To Check Out In August

What's Everybody Doing Tomorrow?
You may know what's on your calendar but what about everyone else's? This site tells you what's scheduled to happen tomorrow or another future day all over the world, in several categories including politics, culture, business, science, and sports. It's the most comprehensive public calendar on the Web.

Just Peachy Recipes
August is Peach Month and here's a site that celebrates this delectable summer fruit. Browse around to learn about the health benefits of peaches and pick up new recipes ranging from Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese to Peach and Blackberry Pecan Crumble.

Back to School for Parents Too
Children aren't the only ones going back to school. If you're a parent, you need to stay educated about your child's curriculum and other school issues. Here you'll find tips for parents of children from preschool to high school on promoting learning at home, working with teachers, using technology, and more.

Be a Smarter Shopper
Consumer Reports is a smart place to visit before you make major purchases. It offers consumer news, product recalls and safety notices, buying guides, price ranges, and other valuable information--all to help you make more informed choices and get the best value for your money.

Quick! Find a Quote!
Just the right quote can make your next presentation more impactful or a friend's tough day more tolerable. You'll find quotes galore on this site, organized by topic and author. You can also sign up to get quotes of the day, share great quotes via Facebook, or add a random quote to every email you send.



How to Stop the Address From Showing Up on Your Timeline

Facebook recently began shifting the default addresses of its almost 900 million users from the email addresses they chose when signing up on the site to their Facebook addresses, which are the "" ones. This has many users concerned, in part because some security experts believe those addresses are even more attractive to spammers and other cyber-criminals.

You do, however, have the ability to decide which email address will be displayed on your Timeline. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click on "About" under your contact information.
  3. Scroll to "Contact info" and select "Edit."
  4. Switch the crossed out circle symbol to a full circle for the email address you want to appear on your Timeline.
  5. If you want to deselect your Facebook email account and hide it from your Timeline, switch it from the full circle to the crossed out circle. (Note: The Facebook email address cannot be deleted, only hidden.)
  6. When you've completed your selections, press "Save."


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.

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