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IN THIS ISSUE

MALWARE ALERT
Don't move out if you get one of these emails
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Whidbey Telecom News
Enhancing beloved community icons
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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 the story behind the new domain names?
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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
How to turn on private browsing on your browser
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Dear Valued Customer,

April begins with the silly practical jokes of April Fools' Day and there's no reason we can't continue that light-hearted attitude throughout the month. To help keep a spring in your step, check out this issue's cool-as-a-spring-breeze Pinterest pins plus websites featuring Earth Day, egg recipes, outdoor entertaining, and the Hope diamond. Learn about how we turned our pay phones into a beneficial community service. You'll also enjoy two amazing videos about a lucky tornado survivor and brave tower climbers.

Of course, it can't be all fun and games. We also include a heads-up about emails claiming to be from lenders or landlords with malicious attachments, educate you about new domain names, and teach you how to turn on private browsing on your browser.

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:

  • MALWARE ALERT
    Don't move out if you get one of these emails

  • Whidbey Telecom News
    Enhancing beloved community icons

  • Go Pinterest-ing!
    Cool stuff to pin on your Pinterest boards

  • This Month's FAQ
    What's the story behind the new domain names?

  • Sites of the Month
    Great websites to check out in April

  • Two to View
    Amazing videos you don't want to miss!

  • Short Tutorial
    How to turn on private browsing on your browser

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

 
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SCAM ALERT

Don't move out if you get one of these emails

One of the latest tricks from spammers involves threatening email messages about eviction. These emails claim that recipients have been evicted from their homes and must vacate their premises within a specified time frame or risk further legal proceedings and fines. Recipients are instructed to open an attached file to view more information about the eviction, and the message is designed to panic people into doing just that.

The attachments are not eviction notices or lawsuit letters but actually .zip or compressed files, which contain an executable .exe file. If you were to click on the .exe file, malicious malware would likely be installed on your computer. This malware could destroy your computer files, enable spammers to access and take control of your computer remotely, and expose you to theft of your personal and financial information.

Under NO circumstances should you ever open any .exe file sent to you from an unknown source. Today's virus programs can actually destroy not just computer files, but also hardware such as hard disk drives and motherboards. If an eviction notice email like this shows up in your inbox, do NOT open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Enhancing beloved community icons

A couple years ago, Whidbey Telecom had a decision to make regarding the pay phones throughout South Whidbey and Point Roberts. Many other public telephone companies are simply removing these underused facilities. Instead, we chose to save and revitalize our phone booths to provide a unique benefit to our community.

Every one of our 40 public pay phones was converted into a courtesy phone that allows anyone to make FREE local calls. Simply picking up the handset will let you dial any local number, call 1-800 numbers, access long distance through the use of calling cards, and of course to access 911 Emergency Calls.

We also recognize these icons of the past carry an intrinsic value to both locals and visitors. Many of our booths have become icons in our community and we're pleased to maintain the character they provide our towns.

Jim Larsen of the South Whidbey Record wrote a thoughtful piece on the impact of our pay phone conversion in 2012. We encourage you to read Jim's article here: http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/146004825.html

We are pleased to contribute yet another valuable service to our community.

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool stuff to pin on your Pinterest boards

"Toasty" Handwarmers Are A Slice Of Heaven
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850605038/

A Sweet Easter Treat: Eggs In Brownie Nests
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850605181/

This Craft Project May Be Your Cup Of Tea
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850613992/

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's the story behind the new domain names?

Question: For years, most website addresses ended in .com, .net, and .org. Lately, however, I've been seeing more variety in domain names. Why is that?

Answer: What you're describing is the expansion in the number of generic top-level domains, known as gTLDs. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided in 2012 that the 22 existing gTLDs -- including .com, .net, and .org -- weren't enough. So, ICANN decided to allow up to 1,400 new gTLDs. ICANN claimed, "These additional gTLDs will enhance competition, innovation and choice in the Domain Name space, providing a wider variety of organizations, communities, and brands new ways to communicate with their audiences."

As you've seen, new gTLDs such as .app, .sports, .club, and .healthcare have already started to launch. Many more of these domains are in the process of being brought to market; it's a long and complicated procedure that's designed to include protections for trademark holders and give average users a fair shake at getting the names they want.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In April

Unearth Earth Day Ideas
http://www.epa.gov/earthday/take-action.html
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. If you'd like to join the celebration, take a look at this site. You'll find ideas on how you can take "greener" actions at home, work, school, and stores as well as when you're on the road.

Get Cracking With Egg Recipes
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/healthy-5-star-egg-recipes-00400000048762
Eggs take center stage during the Easter season so don't scramble to come up with new recipes at the last minute. Instead, check out these top-rated egg dishes from Cooking Light. They include Mediterranean-Style Poached Eggs, Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese, and Double Vanilla Meringues.

Go Outside and Play
http://www.backyardsimple.com
Are you experiencing spring fever? The best treatment may be to throw an outdoor party for family and friends. This site is brimming with fresh ideas for backyard entertaining including easy Mason jar lights, grilling tips, serving sizes for a crowd, budget-friendly food, lawn games, and more.

Mystery of the Hope Diamond
http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/136360/mystery-of-the-hope-diamond
April's birthstone is the diamond and there's no more famous one than the huge, blue-gray Hope diamond. Take a sneak peak here at the Smithsonian Channel's documentary about the world's most celebrated jewel and learn about the legendary curse that's plagued its owners.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1404_VIDEO_A.htm

Happy Post-Tornado Surprise
This older woman in Oklahoma is being interviewed after a tornado destroyed her home in 2013, and she thinks her dog is gone. To her surprise and delight, the dog emerges from the rubble during the interview.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1404_VIDEO_B.htm

A 1,768-Foot Vertical Commute
Fair warning: If you're afraid of heights, don't watch this video! The rest of you will be fascinated by the footage of workers climbing a tower, step by step, in the open air to begin their workday on one of the world's tallest towers.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How to turn on private browsing on your browser

Private, or incognito, browsing is designed to keep your browsing history away from the eyes of casual snoopers. In other words, someone who jumps on your computer won't see where you've been online. Every major Web browser has private browsing. For instructions on how to turn on private browsing, click on the links below for your browser.

Internet Explorer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/Internet-explorer/products/ie-9/features/in-private

Chrome
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95464?hl=en

Firefox
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/private-browsing-browse-web-without-saving-info

Safari
http://support.apple.com/kb/ph5000

Opera
http://help.opera.com/Windows/12.10/en/private.html

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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.

©2014 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

 


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