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IN THIS ISSUE

SCAM WARNING
Fraudulent Rental Property Postings
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Whidbey Telecom Update
Time To Review Directory Listings
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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
How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Infected With Spyware?
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Sites to Check Out in June
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites
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Short Tutorial
Changing the Default Search Engine On Your Browser
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Dear Valued Customer,

Summer is now in full swing so it's time to enjoy everything the season has to offer. You'll find plenty of inspiration in the June Great Sites list, which includes recipes for backyard parties, travel ideas steeped in history, and a handy way to simplify car care. The fun continues with two videos sure to make you smile featuring a strong baby and almost-human dogs.

On a more serious note, this issue gives you a heads-up on fraudulent rental property postings that are scamming victims out of money and shares common warning signs of malware on your computer. The deadline for changes to our directory is near, so we let you know how you can update your listing. You'll also learn how to change the default search engine on your browser for a fresh look at finding information.

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

Here's what's inside our June eNewsletter:

SCAM WARNING - Fraudulent Rental Property Postings

Whidbey Telecom Update - Time To Review Directory Listings

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

This Month's FAQ - How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Infected With Spyware?

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

Short Tutorial - Changing the Default Search Engine On Your Browser

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team

 
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ONLINE WARNING

SCAM WARNING - Fraudulent Rental Property Postings

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently issued an alert after receiving many complaints from victims of rental property scams. The common theme in these scams is fraudsters using the Internet to try and capitalize on the desperation of people needing to find affordable rental property within a short amount of time.

Here's a typical scenario: You're searching online (on Craig's List or elsewhere) and come across an ad about a rental home in a great area at a great price. It appears to be legitimate so you start communicating with the "owner" by email. You're told the place is yours if you wire money to cover an application fee, security deposit, first month's rent, etc. You wire the money and then never hear from the "owner" again.

How does this happen? Scammers hijack legitimate home listings including the photos, change the contact information, and then list the modified ads on another site. Or they make up listings for places that aren't for rent or don't even exist.

Take these precautions to avoid becoming a victim:

  • If the rental price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Research average rental rates for similar properties in the area.
  • If you're communicating by email, check for common red flags like poor grammar, misspellings, character/spacing mistakes, and excessive capitalization.
  • Be suspicious if there seems to be an unusually strong sense of urgency to rent the property quickly or if the person insists on communicating only by email.
  • It's a red flag when the person says he/she currently lives overseas or is out of the country on business. Scammers often tell victims this to explain why they can't meet in person.
  • Never send money to anyone you haven't met or don't already know and trust.
  • Do your homework online. Search the rental address, the landlord's name, and any contact information used in the posting before you proceed.
  • Do not fill out a detailed rental application and return it to an unknown person either by email or postal mail. You put yourself at risk for identity theft.

Please be careful out there! You don't want that "home sweet home" to turn sour.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Time To Review Directory Listings

When was the last time you reviewed your directory listing?

The official Whidbey Telecom Directory is the local book our community uses. Please take some time to review your residential or business listing in the white pages of the current Whidbey Telecom Directory. Now is the time to request changes or additions! The deadline for listing changes to the 2012-2013 Directory is August 3, 2012!

For LISTING changes and additions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 360.321.1122 from South Whidbey, at 360.945.1122 from Pt. Roberts, or toll free at 866.548.7760. If you prefer, you may also contact us via email at wtccs@whidbeytel.com.

Do you own a business? Whidbey Telecom Directories are a leading source for consumer information in our market area! Please take some time to review all of your Company's listings and advertising in both the yellow and white pages of the current Whidbey Telecom Directory. The deadline for advertising in the 2012-2013 Directory is August 17, 2012!

For ADVERTISING needs, please contact your Berry Company representative at
866-235-1073 or via email at gatewaysalessupport@theberrycompany.com.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you!

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.enewsletterhome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/06/VIDEO_A.htm

Oh Baby! This Boy Is Strong!
At just 9-10 months of age, baby Jonas is already displaying an impressive combination of upper-body strength and determination. Take a look as he does chin-ups on the edge of the desk in order to try and see what's playing on the computer screen.

http://www.enewsletterhome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/06/VIDEO_B.htm

Delightful Dog Duo Dining
With a little help from four human hands, two dogs enjoy a meal at a busy restaurant. You can't help but smile as you watch them politely dab their mouths with napkins, eat from china bowls using silverware, and interact with each other and the waitress.

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ASK THE HELP DESK

How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Infected With Spyware?

Question: Lately, my computer has been acting strangely and I'm concerned that something is wrong. Is there a way to tell if it's infected with malware?

Answer: There are common warning signs (listed below) of the presence of malware and if your computer is exhibiting them, it could very well be infected. Keep in mind, however, that some of these symptoms could be caused by other reasons; for example, slow performance could be due to insufficient hard drive space.

A sudden change in how your computer is running is often the result of malware. Watch for the following signs:

  • Slowness - Your computer suddenly takes much longer than before to run programs, access files or the Internet, or even shut down.
  • Freezes - Your computer frequently seizes up or you can't leave websites or close your Web browser.
  • Frequent pop-up messages - Be especially vigilant if these are warnings that you need to purchase software to remedy a security threat. (The software is generally fake.)
  • New browser homepage - Malware, once installed on your system, can change browser settings without your knowledge. A sign of this is an unexpected change in your browser homepage to a site you typically don't visit.
  • Mysterious messages - Your friends and family receive email messages from your account but you didn't send them. Or they notice status updates on Facebook or Twitter that couldn't possibly have been posted by you.
  • Automatic start-ups - Familiar programs on your computer (or ones you didn't know were there) start unexpectedly or you're randomly connected to unknown websites.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to malware so make sure you keep your computer's security software updated. Please contact us if you need additional information or recommendations.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In June

Fresh Recipes For Summer
http://food.com/recipes/summer
What's on the menu for your family this summer? If it's backyard entertaining, picnics in the park, and shopping at farmers' markets, you'll find new recipes here to fit the bill perfectly. Try the Chipotle Taco Burger, Creamy Corned Zucchini and Peppers, Greek Salad Skewers, or Frozen Cappuccino Bars.

Learn About Teen Challenges
http://notmykid.org
The challenges kids and families face today are complex and have the potential to devastate lives and derail futures. This site provides facts and resources on topics including substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, safe dating, bullying, and Internet safety. Learn the warning signs and find out how to take action to help your child.

History Meets Mystery
http://mysteriousplaces.com
Who made the head statues on Easter Island? How was Stonehenge constructed? Why did the Mayans build pyramids? You can explore sacred sites and ancient civilizations around the world by visiting this site. If you want an even closer look, check out the travel information to help plan trips to these exotic destinations.

Keep Caring For Your Car
http://carcare.org
To keep your car safe, dependable, and on the road longer, you need to keep up with recommended maintenance. This site can help by building a service schedule for your car when you enter the make and model. You can even have service reminders emailed to you. Also, be sure to check out the "Ask the Tech" and DIY sections.

Civil War 150th Anniversary
http://nps.gov/civilwar
Although 150 years in the past, the Civil War's causes and consequences still reverberate today. This new website from the National Park Service features an impressive collection of Civil War stories, photos, and illustrations as well as a timeline and map of battles. You can even get a firsthand account on Twitter by following @CivilWarReportr.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

Changing the Default Search Engine On Your Browser

Are you searching for a new twist to your computer routine? Perhaps changing your default search engine would do the trick. While Google remains number one in the search engine rankings, you may want to start regularly using one of the other popular options such as Bing, Yahoo! Search, or Ask. Simply follow the steps below for your browser and operating system.

Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 8
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

  1. With Internet Explorer open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the right side of the Search Bar (to the right of the magnifying glass) and select "Add" from the resulting drop-down menu.
  2. When the Manage Add-ons window opens, make sure "Search Providers" is selected and then click on the search provider of your choice. If you don't see your favorite search engine on the list, choose "Find More Search Providers" from the bottom of the window.
  3. Once you have chosen the new search provider, click the "Set as default" button and your new selection will be labeled "Default" in the "Status" field.
  4. Click the "Close" button to save your changes and close the Manage Add-ons window. The Search Bar will now show the name of your new search provider.

Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When 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 down arrow on the right side of the Search Bar (to the right of the magnifying glass) and select the icon of the search provider you prefer from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  2. If you do not see the icon of the search provider you prefer, click on the "Add" icon from the bottom-right of the drop-down menu.
  3. When the Manage Add-ons window opens, make sure "Search Providers" is selected and then click on the search provider of your choice. If you don't see your favorite search engine on the list, try sorting the list by selecting "most popular" from the top of the list.
  4. Once you have chosen the new search provider, click the "Add to Internet Explorer" button. You will have the option to make this your default search provider in the resulting pop-up window.
  5. Click the "Add" button to save your choice. The icon of your newly added search provider will now be available in the search drop-down menu described in step 1.

Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser: Mozilla Firefox*
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X

  1. With Firefox open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the left side of the Search Bar field and select one of the other search engine options from the resulting drop-down menu. If you don't see your favorite search engine in the list, choose "Manage Search Engines" to add even more.

Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser: Google Chrome*
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X

  1. With Chrome open, click your cursor arrow on the icon that looks like a wrench in the far right corner of the screen and select "Settings" from the resulting drop-down menu.
  2. The Basics window will open. In the "Search:" section, click on the down arrow to display other search engine options. Select the one that you would like to make as the default. If you don't see your favorite search engine in the list, choose "Manage Search Engines" to add even more.
  3. Close the tab to finalize your changes.

Changing The Default Search Engine In The Search Bar When Using...
Internet Browser: Safari*
Computer Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS

  1. With Safari open, click your cursor arrow on the down arrow on the left side of the Search Bar field (to the right of the magnifying glass) and select one of the other search engine options from the resulting drop-down menu.
  2. Alternatively, you can manage your default search engine on the "General" tab of the Safari Preferences accessed through the top Safari menu.

* Tutorial written for the latest non-beta version of the browser available at publishing time.

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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.

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