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IN THIS ISSUE

SCAM ALERT
Ransomware Senders Demand Money To "Fix" Files
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Whidbey Telecom News
5 Reasons To Shop Locally This Holiday Season
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ
What Causes Buffering When I Watch Videos?
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Sites of the Month for November
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 Keep Your Image Out of Facebook Ads
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Dear Valued Customer,

With fall in full swing, we've assembled some valuable information to help you fully enjoy the season. Since getting scammed would certainly put a damper on any beautiful autumn day, we begin by sharing how to avoid the online bad guys' latest trick -- CryptoLocker ransomware. Plus, we share some beneficial reasons for you to consider your local stores this Holiday Season.

You'll find inspiration in this November issue for getting into seasonal crafts, decorating, and cooking in the Go Pinterest-ing! section. You'll also learn about video buffering and Facebook privacy to take some of the trouble out of technology. For fun entertainment plus valuable advice, check out the amazing "bicycle band" and "money tree" videos and sites to help you beat the flu, stay safe when you shop online for the holidays, and much more.

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 November eNewsletter:

  • SCAM ALERT
    Ransomware Senders Demand Money To "Fix" Files

  • Whidbey Telecom News
    5 Reasons To Shop Locally This Holiday Season

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

  • This Month's FAQ
    What Causes Buffering When I Watch Videos?

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

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

  • Short Tutorial
    How To Keep Your Image Out of Facebook Ads

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

 
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SCAM ALERT

Ransomware Senders Demand Money To "Fix" Files

One of the latest ways for cybercriminals to try and get money from you involves infecting your computer with a virus that encrypts your valuable files (making these files unusable) then demanding a payment to decrypt them. This type of virus, called ransomware, can be installed on your computer if you open an attachment from a malicious sender.

A recent version of ransomware, called CryptoLocker, is often distributed via email messages that appear to come from reputable organizations or companies such as the Better Business Bureau, FedEx, and UPS. CryptoLocker can also be installed along with infected downloaded software.

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, like our Computer Solutions Techs, for more information.

Of course, the best solution is to not become a victim of ransomware in the first place. Be extremely wary of email attachments, even if they appear to be sent by someone you know. (Viruses are often sent via one person's email to others on their contact list.) Be particularly cautious about attachments other than typical office documents, especially ZIP or EXE files. Finally, be sure to have up-to-date commercial antivirus software active at all times.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

5 Reasons To Shop Locally This Holiday Season

Local businesses are the life-blood of our community and part of what makes living and working in our communities sustainable. Here are 5 great reasons to shop locally this Holiday Season!

1) Keep Dollars in Our Local Economy
For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 returns to our community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. That figure drops to $43 if spent at a national chain. Spend it online and nothing stays here.

Source: 3/50 Project - http://www.the350project.net/home.html

2) Help Protect Local Jobs
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in many cases, provide better wages and benefits than national chains. Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment.

3) Nurture & Sustain Our Community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in our community and are committed to investing in our community's future. They have a greater interest in getting to know their customers, who are also their neighbors.

4) Benefit from Local Business Knowledge & Expertise
Local business owners and employees possess a level of expertise and a passion for the products they sell that is unmatched by national chains. Local businesses choose products based on what their local customers need and desire.

5) Embrace What Makes Our Community Wonderful
Where we shop, where we eat, and where we hang out—all of it makes this our home. One-of-a-kind, local businesses are an integral part of what makes our communities a great place to live and attractive to visitors.

If you're looking for smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers, or other cool gadgets this Holiday Season, stop by our local Freeland Technology Store. You can touch, try, and learn about many of the year's hottest devices. We're also a Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, so we can get you connected with a great cellular and data plan for your new toys.

Freeland Tech Store  |  1651 Main St, Freeland  |  Mon - Fri: 9AM - 6PM  |  Sat: 9AM - 4PM

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Cute And Creative Idea For Pumpkin Decorating
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775849453893/

Chocolate + Espresso + Pumpkin + Caramel = Yum
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775849453907/

Dress Your Coffee Cup In Stylish Cashmere
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775849430599/

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

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ASK THE HELP DESK

What Causes Buffering When I Watch Videos?

Question: Sometimes when I'm watching a video on YouTube, it will stop and start or play in a choppy fashion. What could be causing this and what can I do about it?

Answer: What you're describing is called buffering. This means that the part of the video you're trying to watch is currently downloading. Buffering can be the result of many different factors including problems with the hosting site, the speed of your Internet connection, and the software and/or hardware of your computer.

YouTube suggests the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Clear your browser's cache and cookies.
  • Pause the video. Allow the gray loading bar to load completely to the end of the player. Once the video has fully loaded, try playing the video again.
  • Check your connection speed. You may want to increase it in order to have the best viewing experience.

Another possible reason for video difficulties is that the YouTube servers are experiencing high traffic. If this is the case, there's not much you can do but try again later.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In November

Time To Talk Turkey
http://www.butterball.com
Enter the "turkeysphere" to learn everything you need to know about choosing, preparing, and serving your Thanksgiving turkey. Helpful videos and text walk you through thawing, stuffing, roasting, the ever-popular deep-frying, and, of course, carving. For post-holiday meals and snacks, check out the recipe section for ideas on using leftovers.

What To Do To Beat The Flu
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm
Fall brings colder weather, the holidays ... and unfortunately, the flu. But you don't have to let flu get the best of you this year. Check out this website for valuable information including flu basics, how flu spreads, where to get a flu shot, and other things you can do to help avoid getting sick.

A-door-able Fall Adornments
http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/fall-wreath-door-decorations/#page=1
Visit this gallery to get inspiration for decorating with wreaths and other fall décor for your door, gate, or mantel. You'll find pretty and creative embellishments made with seeds, leaves, twigs, fruit, flowers, and much more. The site makes it easy to save, print, share, or pin your favorites!

Shop Safely Online During The Holidays
http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/protect-your-personal-information/online-shopping
It's always important to protect yourself online, and even more so during the holiday shopping season. The tips on this site may seem like common sense but you may not remember, for example, to print transaction details. It's worth a visit so you can stay safe while getting your shopping done.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2013/1311_VIDEO_A.htm

Behold A Bicycle Band
You've seen plenty of marching bands. But what about a bicycling band? This video captures some true multitasking as several marching band members play instruments (and do it well) while riding a tandem bike.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2013/1311_VIDEO_B.htm

Real-Life Money Tree
What happens when 100 one-dollar bills are pinned to a tree on a busy city sidewalk? Watch this video to see the various responses to this interesting social experiment. Spoiler alert: most people walk by without noticing the money!

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How To Keep Your Image Out of Facebook Ads

Have you noticed how if a friend endorses a company or product, you're more likely to make a similar purchase? Facebook certainly knows this and uses this bit of psychology to boost the effectiveness of what are known as social ads. The problem is that it does this without users' permission. For example, in your news feed, you may see a paid ad for a sushi place, along with a note that says, "Jane Smith likes this." If you don't want Facebook using your name or likeness in this way, follow these easy steps:

  • Within Facebook, click Settings (the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your Home page).
  • From the dropdown list, select Privacy Settings.
  • In the left column, click Ads.
  • In the Ads & Friends section, click Edit.
  • Next to the phrase, Pair my social actions with ads for, click the dropdown arrow and select No one.
  • Click Save Changes.

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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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