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Don't Let Spammers Spoil Your Holiday Season

Whidbey Telecom News
Free Wi-Fi for Whidbey Telecom Customers

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
What Does GIF Mean and How Is It Supposed To Be Pronounced?

Sites of the Month for December
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites

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

Short Tutorial
How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure


Dear Valued Customer,

Do the holidays have you in a daze? With so much going on in December, it's easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. We suggest a big smile, take a deep breath and keep your focus on what's truly important to you. Hopefully, we can help by equipping you with some fun and valuable online resources.

In this December issue, you'll find a warning about common holiday scams plus instructions on how to keep your Facebook account secure. Find out how our Whidbey Telecom Internet Team can enable you to stay connected to our Wireless High Speed Internet connection when around South Whidbey. Just for fun, we share cool pins from Pinterest to inspire wrapping, baking, and gift giving plus handy sites about holiday decorating, tipping, and more. You also don't want to miss this month's amazing videos, including one on how the Internet works.

We think you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience.

Here's what's inside our December eNewsletter:

  1. SCAM ALERT - Don't Let Spammers Spoil Your Holiday Season

  2. Whidbey Telecom News - Free Wi-Fi for Whidbey Telecom Customers

  3. GO PINTEREST-ING! - Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

  4. This Month's FAQ - What Does GIF Mean and How Is It Supposed To Be Pronounced?

  5. Sites of the Month - Great Websites To Check Out In December

  6. Two To View - A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

  7. Short Tutorial - How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team



SCAM ALERT - Don't Let Spammers Spoil Your Holiday Season

The holidays should be a happy time filled with food, family, and friendship. Unfortunately, they're also a big season for fraud. The Better Business Bureau is warning holiday shoppers and donors to look out for these common scams:

Disreputable shopping sites
Be suspicious of sites offering electronics, popular toys, or luxury goods at prices that are too good to be true. Every year holiday shoppers pay for a supposedly great deal online but receive nothing in return. Always look for the BBB seal when shopping online and click on the seal to confirm it is legitimate. When purchasing items on auction sites, research the seller extensively and listen to your doubts if the deal doesn't sound legit.

Bogus charitable pleas
People tend to be more generous during the holidays, which creates a great opportunity for scammers to solicit donations to line their own pockets. Always research a charity before making a donation, particularly when receiving an online plea.

Phishing emails
Common phishing emails around the holidays include e-cards and messages pretending to be from companies like UPS or FedEx with links to package tracking information. Don't click on any links or open any attachments to emails coming from a questionable source. Keep in mind that typos and grammatical mistakes are common red flags of a phishing email. Also, make sure you have current antivirus software and that all security patches have been installed on the computer.

For more advice on being a savvy consumer this holiday season, visit



Free Wi-Fi for Whidbey Telecom Customers

While out and about in the South Whidbey community, you can take your Whidbey Telecom High Speed Internet connection with you! As an added benefit to our High Speed Internet service, we proudly offer the ability to take your connection anywhere you find our Wi-Fi networks.

You'll find this complimentary Wi-Fi coverage over most of downtown Langley including the marina, SR-525 in Clinton from Anchor Books to the Ferry Dock, Bayview Corner, and Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. Of course, you'll also get super-fast access to our Wi-Fi whenever you visit the Whidbey Telecom Customer Experience Center and WiFire Coffee Bar in Freeland.

We've also been making improvements to our Wi-Fi networks to make them easier to find and connect to. Beginning in January, some of the network names will be changing. When visiting one of the locations listed above, you may see other Wi-Fi networks nearby. The three you want to pay attention to are WhidbeyTelWiFi, WhidbeyTelWeb, and WhidbeyTelVisitor. Here's a quick description to help you choose which to connect to:

WhidbeyTelWiFi – (Formerly WhidbeyTelecomRoam) This is the recommended wireless connection for current customers. When you join this network, you'll be asked to enter your full email address and password - just like you would to access your Whidbey Telecom Webmail. Simply accept the security certificates that come up next and you're done. By using this "device keychain" setup, your device will automatically connect to our Wi-Fi network wherever you are within our Wi-Fi service areas.

WhidbeyTelWeb – This wireless connection is a more familiar public option that is designed as a temporary connection for current customers. Quickly connect to this network using your full email address and password. There are no security certificates or setup with this network, but you will need to login each time connect.

WhidbeyTelVisitor – This wireless connection is for visitors to South Whidbey Island. If you don't have Whidbey Telecom High Speed Internet, for a small fee – either by day or by month – you can access our ultra-fast Wi-Fi network.

For customers who are already familiar with WhidbeyTelecomRoam, you will need to reconnect to the new WhidbeyTelWiFi wireless network. This will work the same as it has in the past and once you connect to the new network, you won't need to enter your login information again.

If you have any questions about our wireless internet connections, please contact our friendly and helpful Technical Support Team at 360.321.TECH(8234).



Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Tape + Straws = Festive Gift Wrap

The Forecast Is For Icy Cupcakes

Wear A Ring To Be Awakened

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started?
If so, click here.



What Does GIF Mean and How Is It Supposed To Be Pronounced?

Question: What does GIF mean and how is it supposed to be pronounced?

Answer: GIF is an acronym that stands for "graphic interchange format," which is a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, jerky, looping animations. The word, traditionally used as a noun, is a longstanding part of Internet meme culture and has been in use for 25 years. However, Oxford American Dictionary claims that 2012 was the first year GIF went from merely being a noun to also being used as a verb. GIF was named the Oxford Dictionaries US Word of the Year for 2012.

GIF may be pronounced with either a soft "g" (as in giant) or a hard "g" (as in graphic). The programmers who developed the format preferred the soft "g." As the story goes, they wanted to pay homage to the commercial tagline of the peanut butter brand Jiff and supposedly quipped, "Choosy developers choose GIF." However, the pronunciation with a hard "g" is now very widespread and readily understood.



Great Sites To Check Out In December

Go-To Holiday Guide
Other than perhaps the North Pole, you'd be hard pressed to find a more bountiful place for all things holiday. You'll find ideas for homemade gifts, clever gift wrapping, low-cost holiday decorating, festive desserts, and more.

Tips on Tipping
The holiday season can create confusion with respect to tipping. How much should you give? And who should be on your list? Emily Post comes to the rescue with guidelines on tipping as well as gift giving.

Discover Your Next Destination
This is a fun and unique way to figure out where to go on vacation. Move the six sliders to indicate where you fall on various scales, such as Urban/Lively to Remote/Quiet. Your responses will instantly generate a list of destination suggestions.

Library Of Free eBooks
Calling all bookworms! Check out this lending library featuring over 1,000,000 free eBook titles. Simply create your digital library account, then search by subject or author. You can also browse the "Return Cart" of recently returned books.



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

How Does The Internet Work?
This video takes you deep beneath the surface of the most basic Internet transaction. Follow a packet of data as it flows from your fingertips; goes through circuits, wires, and cables; moves to a host server; and then travels back again--all in less than a second!

Rain And Thunder On Stage
At first glance, this looks like a typical choir. But instead of using their voices to sing, they use their hands to create the sounds of rain and thunder. It's so amazingly realistic, you may feel like you should grab an umbrella to stay dry!



How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure

It happens all the time. A Facebook users tries to log in to his/her Facebook account and the password no longer works. This often means a hacker managed to get access to the account and change the password. To reduce the chances of this happening to you, Facebook recommends taking security precautions:

  • Think before you click. Never click on suspicious links--even if they appear to come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) and links sent in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam by accident, that link might be sent to all of their Facebook friends. Remember to never re-enter your Facebook password or download something (ex: an .exe file) if you aren't sure what it is. If you're asked to re-enter your password on Facebook (ex: you're making changes to your account settings), check to make sure the address of the page still has in the URL.
  • If you don't know what it is, don't paste it into your Internet address bar. Pasting unfamiliar text into your address bar could result in events and pages being created from your account or other "spammy" actions.
  • Pick a unique, strong password. Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers, and punctuation marks; don't use words that can be found in the dictionary. When in doubt, change your password. You can reset your password by going to your Account Settings page, which is located in the Account dropdown menu at the top of every Facebook page.
  • Never give out your username or password. Never share your login credentials (ex: email address and password) for any reason. Individuals, pages, or groups that ask for your login information in exchange for discounted goods (ex: free poker chips) shouldn't be trusted. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and are in violation of Facebook's Payment Terms.

Click here for additional information about keeping your Facebook account secure...


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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