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SCAM ALERT
Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team
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Whidbey Telecom News
Upcoming Planned Maintenance
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ
What Does the Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?
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Sites of the Month for April
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites
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Two To View
A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
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Short Tutorial
Save Time By Learning Keyboard Shortcuts
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Dear Valued Customer,

In April, we get to enjoy the color and fragrance of the first spring blooms. Among the flowers, however, there are often weeds and this applies to the Internet as well. A case in point: Your inbox will be a mixture of welcome messages and unwelcome scams. We begin this issue by warning you about fake Facebook Security Team emails that try to get your personal information.

You'll also find a "bouquet" of other fun and useful resources here. Check out the Whidbey Telecom News section for an important maintenance announcement. Get inspired by this month's Pinterest selections. Learn what the software term "Easter Egg" means. Check out cool sites including one to search for unclaimed property and another to pick out a tree for your property. Enjoy two charming videos starring a soft-hearted couple and three hard-working farmers. Then take a minute to pick up some timesaving keyboard shortcuts.

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 April eNewsletter:

  • SCAM ALERT
    Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team

  • Whidbey Telecom News
    Upcoming Planned Maintenance

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

  • This Month's FAQ
    What Does the Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?

  • Sites of the Month
    Great Websites To Check Out In April

  • Two To View
    Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

  • Short Tutorial
    Save Time By Learning Keyboard Shortcuts

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team

 
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ONLINE WARNING

FRAUD ALERT - Emails Claim To Be From Facebook Security Team

Cybercriminals are using fake Facebook Security Team emails to trick unsuspecting users into visiting a malicious page and entering their usernames and passwords. Check out this sample email to see how the scam works:

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Recipients are told their Facebook account is about to be suspended due to a violation of the social network's Terms of Service. The message includes a bogus link that takes users to a phony third-party Facebook application that asks them to enter their Facebook account name, password, and other information. If entered and submitted, this information is automatically sent to the scammers and used to hijack the account.

Scammers use official sounding page names, applications, and links to make their schemes appear legitimate to unsuspecting users. If you have fallen for the trick, try to access your Facebook account. If you are able to do so, change your password immediately. In the event you have already been locked out, report the compromise and Facebook will help you regain control of your account.

For information about other Facebook scams and how to protect your privacy and security, visit http://facecrooks.com.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Upcoming Planned Maintenance

We have important news about a planned system-wide maintenance upgrade starting in approximately one to two weeks. We are excited to continue to upgrade our infrastructure, as this enhancement will ready us for additional advanced service offerings to our customers.

The scheduled maintenance will take place between 2 AM and 4 AM in planned phases throughout South Whidbey. The process will upgrade 1-2 small local areas at a time, each morning, over several weeks. All areas we serve on South Whidbey will be upgraded. Services will be temporarily unavailable for up to 20 minutes in the local area being upgraded during this process.

We will be sending out notices through email and telephone messaging 2 days before your specific area is to be upgraded. Please keep an eye out for our next communications in your email or voicemail inbox. Action may be required on your part to complete the process. Please click the link below to read more about this maintenance upgrade and to find directions on how to power cycle your router.

Learn more: Planned Maintenance Upgrade Information & Instructions

If you have questions, please call 321.TECH (321.8324).

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Invite This Handy Hedgehog To The Party
http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775848252398

Sweet Cupcake Is Spring In Full Bloom
http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775848252898

Wrap Up Cute, Quick, and Colorful Vases
http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775848238669

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started?
If so, https://pinterest.com/join/signup/ click here.

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ASK THE HELP DESK

What Does the Software Term "Easter Egg" Mean?

Question: I've heard the term "Easter Egg" applied to software. I'm familiar with the chocolate candy variety I saw in baskets last month, but not this kind. What is an Easter Egg?

Answer: An Easter Egg is an undocumented function or inside joke hidden in software by its makers -- secret "goodies" found by word of mouth or by accident. They are in no way destructive and are usually placed there simply for additional fun and credits. The term was coined by Atari after a secret message was left by software designer Warren Robinett in the video game Adventure. This practice is similar in some respects to hidden signature motifs such as Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameo appearances in his movies and the "Hidden Mickeys" throughout the various Disney Parks.

In computer software, Easter Eggs are secret results that occur in response to an undocumented set of commands. These results can vary from a simple printed message or image to a page of programmer credits or a small videogame hidden inside an otherwise serious piece of software. Videogame cheat codes are a specific type of Easter Egg, in which entering a secret command will unlock special powers or new levels for the player. Easter Eggs can also be found in movies, TV commercials, DVDs, and CDs.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In April

Play Virtual Keyboard
http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/music/piano/strings.htm
Here's a way to add a musical note to your day -- try your hand at playing this virtual keyboard. Choose piano, organ, saxophone, flute, pan pipes, strings, guitar, steel drums, or double bass. Who knew you could sound so good?

Find Money That Might Be Yours
http://unclaimed.org
Billions of dollars are waiting in unclaimed property programs and some of it could be yours. Do a search at this site from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and Council of State Governments.

A Tree-mendous Resource
http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm
Arbor Day is celebrated April 26 in the U.S. and it's a great time of year to pick out and plant trees. You'll find all the help you need to dig into tree projects at this Arbor Day Foundation site. It includes a tree guide, nursery, care tips, forums, and more.

Creative Cakes Plus Cool Cash
http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/dessert-recipes/9-splendid-spring-party-cakes-107510
There are plenty of cake-worthy occasions in spring -- from graduations to showers -- so check out this sweet resource for celebratory cake recipes. While on the site, register to win $100,000 in the Goodbye Debt Sweepstakes.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

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Heartwarming Surprise Puppy
This video captures the touching moment when a man surprises his girlfriend with a pug puppy to help console her after the loss of her 10-year-old beagle to a brain tumor. It's nonstop tears, hugs, and canine cuteness that will make you smile.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2013/1304_VIDEO_B.htm

I'm Farming And I Grow It!
Who doesn't love a parody music video? This homegrown one was produced by the Peterson Farm Bros. and proudly spotlights the work of farmers. Since they "gotta feed everybody," they dance through crops, cattle, and combines.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

Save Time By Learning Keyboard Shortcuts

In today's fast-paced world, it seems we're all looking for ways to get more done in less time. One way to be more efficient while on the computer is by using keyboard shortcuts to do frequent tasks instead of moving the mouse and clicking icons.

To perform a keyboard shortcut, you press two, three, or sometimes four keyboard keys at the same time. If that sounds tricky, keep this in mind: You can press and hold the Control (CTRL) key first and then press the other key(s). If you're a Mac user, use the Command (CMD) key instead of the CTRL key for the keyboard shortcuts below.

Here are some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts:

CTRL+S (Save)
The first rule of computer use is to save your work often. You never know when the program you're using, or your entire computer, is going to crash. It's a good idea to use this shortcut after every few sentences you write.

CTRL+Z (Undo)
This shortcut lets you undo a mistake very quickly. Pressing CTRL+Z several times will often undo the last several changes.

CTRL+C (Copy)
CTRL+V (Paste)
If you do a lot of copying and pasting of text, these keyboard shortcuts will really save you time. Just use the mouse to select what you want to copy, press CTRL+C, click the mouse where you want to paste, and press CTRL+V.

There are hundreds of other keyboard shortcuts and, depending on your computer habits, you may want to learn more of them. For complete information, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449 visit this site for Windows or http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343 this site for Mac.

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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.

©2013 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

 


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