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IN THIS ISSUE

BUYER AND SELLER BEWARE
Tips to Avoid Scams on Craigslist
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Whidbey Telecom Update
Community Classroom Makes Technology Easy
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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
What's the Best Way to Transfer Files to My New PC?
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Sites to Check Out in January
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites
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Short Tutorial
Manually Clearing Your Browser History
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Dear Valued Customer,

The start of a new year is a great time to learn new things and explore new opportunities. To give you some help, this January issue contains Internet-related information and inspiration. Be sure to read the tips on avoiding scams on Craigslist, particularly if you plan to buy or sell on the site in 2012. Learn how Whidbey Telecom is making technology easier through the new Community Classroom. If a new computer is in your future, check out the advice on how to transfer files from your old one. And everyone can benefit from knowing how to clear your browser history. There's pure fun waiting for you in Two to View, plus innovative ideas in Sites of the Month.

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

Here's what's inside our January eNewsletter:

BUYER AND SELLER BEWARE - Tips to Avoid Scams on Craigslist

Whidbey Telecom Update - Community Classroom Makes Technology Easy

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

This Month's FAQ - What's the Best Way to Transfer Files to My New PC?

Sites of the Month - Great Sites to Check Out in January

Short Tutorial - Manually Clearing Your Browser History

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team

 
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ONLINE WARNING

BUYER AND SELLER BEWARE - Tips to Avoid Scams on Craigslist

Craigslist, an online collection of location-based classified ads, can be great for finding sofas, apartments, and even jobs. But as with all online activities, there is the potential for misuse. Scammers can be found virtually everywhere, including Craigslist, and they're out to get your money in any way they can.

Some popular tactics include listing items that don't actually exist and getting you to pay for them; getting you to pay for your purchase through a phony escrow account; getting you to pay for items through Western Union or another service that doesn't trace the receiver; getting you to reveal bank account or other financial information; and offering to pay more for an item that you've listed, then getting you to send a refund that reveals your banking information.

Craigslist offers several tips for avoiding these scams, but the #1 piece of advice that will prevent 99 percent of all scams is to deal only with local folks, and meet them in person. Here are a few more rules:

  • Never send funds via a wire service such as Western Union or Moneygram.
  • Beware of fake cashier's checks and money orders.
  • Don't believe any guarantees "from Craigslist," since Craigslist is not actually involved in any transaction.
  • Never purchase an item or rent a living space you haven't seen.
  • Refuse to submit to credit or background checks until you know the potential employer or landlord is legitimate.

Source: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

For added protection, trust your instincts. Be wary of ads that look as though they were written by someone who does not use English as their primary language (check for spelling errors and awkward usage). Also make sure you are really on Craigslist; it's easy to make a typo and end up on a site that looks like Craigslist but is really a scammer site.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Community Classroom Makes Technology Easy

Whidbey Telecom is committed to simplifying technology for our customers. One of the new ways we're making technology fun and easy is our Community Classroom located in our new Customer Experience Center in Freeland.

On Jan 25th, we will be holding the first of many computer and technology classes. They are designed to help you understand new and current technology, as well as make better use during your everyday activities. These classes are perfect for the beginner who wants to learn the basics, as well as the intermediate user who wants to learn new things and brush up!

This first class – Managing Your Email – is tailored to individuals who are reasonably new to this type of communication and have common questions about how to use their email. We've already received a tremendously positives response from our customers on this first class. In less than 24 hours we filled all available time slots.

However, there will be much more to come. Many additional classes are in the works, with varying subjects and skill levels. We're excited to let you know our next class is scheduled for the end of February and will focus on 'Untangling the Web.'

Where can you hear about new Community Classroom offerings? The quickest way to hear about these new classes will be to follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Email announcements will also go out to all our South Whidbey customers a few weeks prior to each class. You can also look forward to schedules being posted on our website and in the Freeland Customer Experience Center.

Please watch for new announcements regarding our February class. We look forward to seeing you there and experiencing technology together!

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.enewsletterhome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/01/VIDEO_A.htm

Splish, Splash, Giggle, Giggle
You just can't go wrong when you combine an adorable baby, bath time, and the family dog. More than two million people have checked out this incredibly sweet video, no doubt smiling along with the baby as they watched.

http://www.enewsletterhome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/01/VIDEO_B.htm

Flash Mob In Times Square
Take a look at this popular video of a six-minute surprise celebration in New York City. The talented performers create one singular sensation as they sing and dance to music including the famous song from "A Chorus Line."

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ASK THE HELP DESK

What's the Best Way to Transfer Files to My New PC?

Question: I'm planning to get a new computer with Windows 7 and will need to transfer my files over from my old PC. What's the best way to do this?

Answer: The best way to transfer your files is to use the Microsoft tool designed specifically for this task, Windows Easy Transfer. With this tool, you can easily transfer user accounts, files and folders (including documents, photos, and music), and other information (such as Internet favorites, email messages, and program settings).

With Easy Transfer, you can decide how you want to pull the data from your old computer over to your new computer. Your options are:

  • Through a network connection
  • Using a CD or other removable media
  • With a special cable (called the Easy Transfer cable) that you can order online or pick up at an electronics store

You'll need to start Easy Transfer on both computers, choose what information you want to transfer, and follow the instructions to complete the task.

Keep in mind you will still need to install applications on your new computer, such as the Microsoft Office suite, financial software, and any other programs you may have on your old system. Also note that transferring data can be a lengthy process; the actual time will vary depending on the method you choose (network, media, or cable) and the amount of data you have.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Windows Easy Transfer page. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In January

Healthy Snacks
http://realsimple.com/healthysnacks
Love to nibble between meals but worried your snacking habit will ruin your New Year's resolution to lose weight or eat healthier? This site serves up over 40 snack recipes that are low in calories and fat, yet high in fiber and protein. And good news--you'll be pleased to see some of your favorites here including cookies, popcorn, and even a latte.

Practical Travel Search
http://hipmunk.com
Sure, you can sort flight options by the usual categories of price, duration, and arrival and departure times. But in addition, this travel search site lets you sort by "agony." A visual timeline makes it easy to see your choices from least to most agonizing, and to sort by other criteria as well. Use the hotel function to find details on hotels and their surroundings.

Discover New Entertainment
http://tastekid.com
Here's an easy way to discover new music (as well as books, movies, and TV shows). Just enter one of your favorites and get back a list of others you might like. You can even do "cross-searches" such as getting music suggestions by entering your favorite movie. Click the links to learn more about each suggestion, then comment, search for additional recommendations, and share on social media.

Creative Project Funding
http://kickstarter.com
On Time magazine's list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011, Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Browse the site to learn about ventures that just might be the next big thing in art, fashion, film, or music. Check out the featured projects, or search by category or city. If you see an interesting project, you can contribute as little as $1 to its development.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

Manually Clearing Your Browser History

Your browser history is a handy tool when you want to quickly return to a recently visited webpage. But it can also become a privacy issue, which is why browsers provide the option of clearing your history. It's also a good thing to do regularly to help prevent the slowdown of your Internet and computer speeds due to the accumulation of cookies and offline webpages. To clear your browser history, simply follow the steps below for your browser and operating system.

Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 8
Computer Operating System: Windows XP

1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options" from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. The Internet Options window will open and the "General" tab should be selected. In the "Browsing history" section, click on the "Delete..." button.

3. The Delete Browsing History window will open. By default, some of the selections will be checked. Once you are satisfied that the appropriate selections have been made, click on the "Delete" button.

4. The "Delete Browsing History" progress box will appear to show you the deletion status.

5. Click the red X in the upper right corner to close the Internet Options window.

Internet Explorer 8 also gives you the option of automatically deleting your browsing history upon exiting from the program. To do this, simply follow these steps:

1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options" from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. The Internet Options window will open. While on the "General" tab and in the "Browsing history" section, check the box next to "Delete browsing history on exit."

3. Next, click on the "Apply" button to save your changes and then click on the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.

Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9
Computer Operating System: Windows Vista and Windows 7

1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the button resembling a gear or cog on the right side of the tool bar, drop down to the "Safety" menu, and select "Delete Browsing History..." from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. he Delete Browsing History window will open. The box next to "History" should be checked. Uncheck any other items you do not want to delete, like Cookies.

3. Click on the "Delete" button. The "Delete Browsing History" pop-up box will appear showing you the progress of deleting your history and will close automatically when the process is complete.

Internet Explorer 9 also gives you the option of automatically deleting your browsing history upon exiting from the program. To do this, simply follow these steps:

1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the button resembling a gear or cog on the right side of the tool bar and select "Internet Options" from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. The Internet Options window will open. While on the "General" tab and in the "Browsing history" section, check the box next to "Delete browsing history on exit."

3. Next, click on the "Apply" button to save your changes and then click on the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.

Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser: Mozilla Firefox 8.0.1
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X

1. With Firefox open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" menu and select "Clear Recent History..." from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. The Clear Recent History window will open. Click the down arrow next to "Details" and verify that the box next to "Browsing & Download History" is checked.

3. From the drop-down menu next to the "Time range to clear:" field, choose from the five items listed: "Last Hour," "Last Two Hours," "Last Four Hours," "Today," or "Everything."

4. Click on the "Clear Now" button.

Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser: Safari 5.0.5
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X

1. With Safari open, click your cursor arrow on the "History" menu and select "Clear History" from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. A pop-up box will appear asking, "Are you sure you want to clear history? You can't undo this action." There is also an empty check box next to "Also reset Top Sites." Check the check box and then click on the "Clear" button.

Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser: Google Chrome 16
Computer Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6

1. With Chrome open, click your cursor arrow on the "History" menu and select "Show Full History" from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. When the "History" window opens, click on the "Edit items..." link to the upper right.

3. Click the "Clear all browsing data..." button at the top of the list of links in Chrome's history.

4. Close the window when you're finished.

Manually Clearing Your Browser History Using ...
Internet Browser: Google Chrome 16
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

1. With Chrome open, click your cursor arrow on the "Tools" icon that is shaped like a wrench on the right of the menu bar and select "History" from the resulting drop-down menu.

2. When the "History" tab opens, click on the "Edit items..." link to the upper right.

3. Click the "Clear all browsing data..." button at the top of the list of links in Chrome's history.

4. Close the tab when you're finished.

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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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