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IN THIS ISSUE

SCAM ALERT
Ransomware Threat Demands Users Pay or Else
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Whidbey Telecom News
Making Your Experience at WiFire Even Better
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ
What's a Supercookie?
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Sites of the Month for February
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
How to Edit Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo
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Dear Valued Customer,

There's a lot to love about February. It's the month of Valentine's Day with all those heart-filled expressions of affection. We hope you get to share some sweet moments with loved ones; for a little celebration inspiration, check out the Pinterest section below.

Also in this issue, there's a ransomware warning. You'll learn how to avoid being ripped off by this online extortion as well as what to do if your computer has already been locked up by the virus. We share how the WiFire Coffee Bar is changing to enhance the customer experience. There's more learning in store in the FAQ and tutorial sections, where we teach you about supercookies and give you the steps for editing a Facebook timeline cover photo. Be sure to also watch this month's "just for fun" videos and browse through the featured websites for valuable content.

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 February eNewsletter:

  • SCAM ALERT - Ransomware Threat Demands Users Pay or Else

  • Whidbey Telecom News - Making Your Experience at WiFire Even Better

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

  • This Month's FAQ - What's a Supercookie?

  • Sites of the Month - Great Websites To Check Out In February

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

  • Short Tutorial - How to Edit Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team

 
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ONLINE WARNING

SCAM ALERT - Ransomware Threat Demands Users Pay or Else

A threat previously seen mostly in Eastern Europe has recently hit the United States. Known as ransomware, the scheme is essentially online extortion that involves infecting a user's computer with a virus that locks it. Users are told that the only way to get their machines back is to pay a steep fee -- usually a few hundred dollars.

Security researchers estimate that about three percent of compromised computer owners fall for the scheme and pay. Why? They act impulsively due to fear and panic. These cybercriminals flash messages claiming to be from local law enforcement agencies accusing users of visiting illegal pornography, gambling, or piracy sites. Users may also be told that if they attempt to unlock the computer on their own, it will lead to the deletion of all files, videos, photos, and documents.

Victims' computers most often become infected with ransomware after people visit compromised websites that download the program to their machines without so much as a click. Security experts warn to NEVER PAY THE RANSOM; you'll lose your money and probably get nothing in return. If you do fall prey to ransomware, a number of legitimate security vendors offer solutions for unlocking machines. Talk to a local computer technician you trust for more information.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Making Your Experience at WiFire Even Better

If you've visited the WiFire Coffee Bar recently, you probably noticed some exciting new changes designed to enhance your experience. We've enhanced our menu with new items and improved prices. We have also expanded our seating to accommodate larger groups of family and friends.

Stop by for lunch and try a fresh grilled Panini and a hot bowl of gourmet soup. For customers seeking a quick bite, our ready-to-go case is the perfect stop with a variety of wraps, salads, pasta bowls, and fresh baked goodies.

Speaking of fresh baked goodies, if your lifestyle includes gluten-free, come check out our ever-expanding menu of pastries & desserts. Some new items include:

  • Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies inspired by famed NYC chef, Payard
  • Orange-Almond Loaf
  • Italian Brutti ma Buoni – 'Ugly But Good' – Hazelnut Cookies
  • Cappuccino Brownies
  • Flourless Salted Peanut Butter Cookie

Gluten-free items aren't the only new edition to our pastry and dessert case. A few other delightful treats include:

  • Chocolate Orange Cake made with French & Swiss chocolate and fresh squeezed oranges
  • Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake
  • Banana Cream Pie Pudding with house-made vanilla wafers topped with house-made salt caramel sauce
  • Italian Almond Torte made from our own fresh almond paste (Customers have described the Almond Torte as the best cake they ever had!)

While enjoying one of these delicious selections, don't forget to take advantage of our blazing-fast FREE Wi-Fi. With download/upload speeds up to 48 Mbps, free Wi-Fi never felt so good!

If you're a Whidbey Telecom High Speed Internet customer, we've made access to our Wi-Fi even easier. To learn more about your free Wi-Fi access at WiFire and several locations on South Whidbey, please click here: http://www.whidbeytel.com/Internet/WhidbeyWiFi.ashx.

To stay on top of new items and daily specials, follow WiFire on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to serving you soon!

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Turn Tractor Seats Into Hardworking Stools
http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775847921673/

Candy Lips Create A Picture-Perfect Valentine
http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775847917583/

Heartwarming Sweet Treats On A Stick
http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775847917830/

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's a Supercookie?

Question: I'm familiar with the kind of cookie that tracks user preferences and browsing histories. But what's a supercookie?

Answer: Yes, there are many more kinds of cookies these days than chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin. As you correctly stated, a regular cookie is a bit of text stored on your browser that tracks user preferences and browsing histories. Cookies enable websites to "remember" information about you such as your name, preferences, and shopping basket contents.

Recently, some major online properties have been identified as using supercookies, also known as "Flash cookies" and "zombie cookies." Supercookies serve the same basic purpose as regular cookies, but are stored in different locations on a user's machine -- for example, in a file used by a plug-in such as Flash. This makes them harder to find and delete, especially since a browser's built-in cookie detection process won't remove them. Furthermore, some supercookies have additional capabilities, like regenerating regular cookies to prevent their removal by the user.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In February

Go Red For Women
http://www.goredforwomen.org
February is American Heart Month and 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women program. Check out this site to learn about heart disease, know the risk factors, and get heart-healthy recipes.

Learn From The Best
http://www.ted.com
TED originally stood for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but has since broadened its scope. It features riveting talks by remarkable people (some now famous and others who may be famous someday). You're sure to gain information and motivation.

Quirky Consumer Content
http://consumerist.com
When consumers and companies interact, strange and sometimes funny things can happen — like the Nebraska man who drove all the way into a pizzeria and then calmly ordered a pizza. If you're looking for fun fodder for conversation, look here.

Discounts Are Housed In This Cabin
http://www.couponcabin.com/
You'll find a comprehensive collection of coupon codes, printable coupons, freebies, and other great deals at this bargain-lovers site. Whatever you're getting ready to buy, it's worth stopping here first to see what you might be able to save.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2013/1302_VIDEO_A.htm

Precious Polar Bears At Play
A couple of curious and energetic youngsters explore the outdoors while their concerned mother keeps her watchful eye on them. You'll be able to relate to the family dynamics in this adorable polar bear video.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2013/1302_VIDEO_B.htm

Inside a McDonald's Photo Shoot
Ever wondered why the burger in a McDonald's ad looks different from the one you're eating for lunch? It's because the photographed burger has been primped for the camera by food stylists, as shown in this behind-the-scenes look.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How to Edit Your Facebook Timeline Cover Photo

On your Facebook timeline, your small profile picture is the picture that friends see next to your name everywhere on Facebook. Your cover photo, by contrast, is the large horizontal image at the top that offers an opportunity for you to feature an image that represents who you are or what you care about. For example, you might use a cover photo of a ski slope if you're a skier.

To keep your timeline fresh and interesting, it's a good idea to replace your cover photo regularly. Here's how to do it:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to your timeline.
  2. Hover over your cover photo.
  3. Click "Change Cover" at the bottom-right of your cover photo.
  4. Pick one of the options from the pop-up menu. "Choose from Photos" lets you pick a photo from Facebook, and "Upload Photo" lets you select a photo stored on your hard drive. You also have the option to Reposition or Remove your cover photo.
  5. Make your photo selections and save your changes.

The best Facebook cover photos tend to be original images that you took or created yourself. But if you'd rather get some help, a wide selection of Facebook cover template images are available online at stock photo sites.

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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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