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IN THIS ISSUE

Whidbey Telecom News
Upcoming Webmail Changes
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Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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Sites Of the Month
Great Sites To Check Out In Decemberr
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Scam Alert
Threatening Ransomware Is Going Around
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This Month's FAQ
I've Heard Of Phishing, But What Is Whaling?
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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 Delete Or Edit a Facebook Comment You Posted
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Dear Valued Customer,

There's always a little magic in the air during December, whether it's from glistening snowflakes or simply the sparkle of the holidays. Our gift to you is an issue filled with ideas for making this season even more magical.

In the Pinterest section, find inspiration for a whimsical Christmas tree cupcake, a fragrant stovetop potpourri, and a dazzling centerpiece made from old bulbs. In Sites of the Month, check out holiday presents to make in your kitchen and too-cute photos of snowmen (and snowwomen) to create in your yard. In Two to View, take a minute to enjoy a heartfelt love song performed by a husband for his wife.

This December issue also contains more serious Internet-related information. We'll be making a few enhancements to our Webmail soon. Read WTC News to see how you can get a sneak peek of the new Webmail interface. Plus, take a few minutes to read the warning about CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware, discover the difference between phishing and whaling, and learn how to delete or edit your Facebook posts.

We think you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience. Look to the links on the left to see what's inside this month's edition.

We hope you enjoy our December eNewsletter!

 
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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Upcoming Webmail Changes

In the coming weeks, you will notice some new enhancements to the Webmail interface you use to access Whidbey Telecom email through your browser. Keep reading to learn how you can get a preview of the new changes and test out the new interface with your current inbox.

Firstly, this update provides a cleaner and easier navigation interface. Our improved Webmail client is fast, responsive, and feature rich without any clutter or ads. Manage your Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks all from one clean and intuitive screen. Or easily sync to Outlook, your iPhone, and many other desktop and mobile applications.

In addition to an enhanced interface, here are a couple new key features to enjoy:

  • Folder Manager - Organizing your folders just got easier. You can access Folder Manager by clicking on the cogwheel settings icon at the top right of the folder tree. The Folder Manager interface allows you to add, edit or empty your folders and subfolders.
  • Right-Click Support - Great news for those of you who love to use the right-click to save time on tasks. Webmail now supports right-clicks on your email list, your folders in the left-menu, and on the message lists when in 2 or 3 Pane views. This gives you quick access to actions such as replying, forwarding, moving messages, and adding sub-folders.

Go ahead and give the new Webmail a try! Preview the beta version at the link below and let us know what you think. Simply click the link and login using your Whidbey Telecom email address and password.

https://webmailbeta.whidbey.com

Here are a few quick answers to common questions about the Beta Webmail version:

Is this my real inbox or a duplicate inbox?
The Beta Webmail interface is a new way to view your existing inbox. This is not a duplicate inbox, so anything you do in the beta interface may affect your messages in any other mail client you use.

Will this change affect other mail clients on my desktop or mobile device?
No. The new Webmail interface is only an upgrade to the Webmail client accessed through a browser. It will not impact how your other mail clients interact with our servers.

When will the new Webmail Beta interface become permanent?
We'll be taking your feedback and answering any questions you have about the Beta version through the month of December. The transition to the new interface is tentatively scheduled for early January 2015.

Do you like the new changes? Do have questions about the new Webmail interface or some of the new features? We want to hear from you! Please contact our Technical Support Center:

South Whidbey | 360.321.TECH(8324)
Point Roberts | 360.945.TECH(8324)
Toll Free | 800.880.0886
Email | support@whidbey.net

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Christmas Tree Cupcake Will Light Up Your Table
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775852864293/

Stovetop Potpourri Makes Scents For The Holidays
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775852864056/

Turn Burnt Out Lights Into A Dazzling Centerpiece
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775852864382/

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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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In December

Smart Year-End Tax Moves
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/10-year-end-tax-moves-to-make-1.aspx
Before you ring in the New Year, set aside some time to see if there are tax moves you should make before the end of 2014. This site covers 10 such moves including deferring your income, being generous to charities, and adding to your 401(k).

Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen
http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/gifts-from-kitchen-recipes
Food always makes a welcome gift and when it comes from your kitchen, it's even more meaningful. Take a peek at these 16 delicious recipes, ranging from Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee to Peppermint Stick Cocoa in a jar.

Escape To A Calming Oasis
http://www.calm.com/
When the hectic holiday pace leaves you feeling frazzled, this site offers soothing images and music. You can use the timer to set the number of minutes you'd like to enjoy the scene or choose a timed "guided calm," which offers a voice-guided relaxation session.

Creative Ideas For A Snowman
http://www.hallmark.com/winter/ideas/how-to-make-a-snowman/
Want to make a snowman packed with personality that will capture the attention of your neighbors? Browse around this site and get ready to impress. You'll find a list of handy tools, inspiring photos, and step-by-step instructions.

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SCAM ALERT

Threatening Ransomware Is Going Around

What is CryptoWall 2.0? It's a form of ransomware, which means malware that infects a computer and then perpetrators demand the victims pay a ransom in exchange for the decryption keys necessary to make the computer useable again. If victims don't pay, and they don't have backups of their files, those files will be lost.

CryptoWall 2.0 is a revision of a previous product named CryptoWall, which itself is a derivative of CryptoLocker and CryptoDefense. If your computer has been infected with CryptoWall 2.0, you'll see a pop-up after the malware has encrypted your documents.

How does CryptoWall 2.0 infect computers? Cybercriminals send an email that contains a zip or PDF file, which is disguised as an invoice, purchase order, bill, etc. Once the victim double-clicks on the fake zip or PDF file, the ransomware is downloaded and installed on the computer.

After the ransomware is installed, it scans the machine for data and encrypts the data; then a notepad window opens to display instructions on how to pay the ransom fee and access the decryption service.

To protect yourself, NEVER open any zip or PDF files without verifying the sender. If you do receive a suspicious message, simply call the sender and verify prior to opening the attachment. Keep in mind that ransomware is designed to bypass firewalls and antivirus software. In addition, make sure your files are backed up and recoverable, in order to guarantee accessibility in the event of an infection.

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THIS MONTH"S FAQ

I've Heard Of Phishing, But What Is Whaling?

Question: I've heard of phishing, where scammers masquerade as a trustworthy entity in an email and try to get my usernames, passwords, or other personal data. But what is whaling?

Answer: Whaling is a specific form of phishing that's designed to target upper-level managers in private companies. A whaling email is designed to look like a critical business message sent from a legitimate business authority such as the FBI or the Better Business Bureau. The scammers often use the person's correct title, direct line phone number, and the names of other key people in the business - information probably bought from other criminals online.

The message is designed to trick the recipient into clicking on a link that will compromise the recipient's computer, potentially giving the criminal access to confidential company information on their hard drives. Since the target is a "big fish," this scam is called "whaling."

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://creativity-online.com/work/cascadian-farm-bee-friendlier/37515

Boosting Bees By "Flower Bombing"
This beautifully crafted short film shows organic food brand Cascadian Farm use a crop duster to spread wild flower seed balls in an agricultural community to help increase its bee population.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1412_VIDEO_B.htm

Marty Brown On America's Got Talent
Get your tissues ready for this touching expression of love on the stage of America's Got Talent. Marty Brown sings the same Bob Dylan song he regularly sings to his wife at home.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How To Delete Or Edit a Facebook Comment You Posted

You meant to post "thing" and it ended up "thong." Mistakes happen, including on Facebook. But don't worry if you realize your Facebook post has a typo or an embarrassing auto-correct situation. You can easily delete or edit your Facebook posts using the steps below.

To delete a comment on Facebook:

  • Hover over the comment and click.
  • Select Delete.
  • Click Delete.

To edit a comment:

  • Hover over the comment and click.
  • Select Edit.
  • Edit your comment.
  • Press Enter or Return to post your updated comment, or Esc to cancel.

When you edit a comment, you'll see a note under your comment showing the time it was edited. Anyone who can see your comment can see that it was edited and click the link to see what was changed.

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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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