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IN THIS ISSUE

SCAM ALERT
Take precautions against data breaches
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Whidbey Telecom News
Protecting your link to the world
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ
How cold is too cold for gadgets?
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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
Cheat sheet for effective searches
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Dear Valued Customer,

We hope you love this February issue, which shares Valentine's Day inspiration and gives you a helping hand with timely challenges. It begins with a look at the Target data breach, since education is at the heart of what we do here each month. Be sure to read what steps you can take to fight back against hackers. Also learn about our new program that protects your home wiring and your wallet.

If February means cold weather where you live, don't miss the warnings about what freezing temps can do to your devices. This issue also includes handy tips on how to quickly find the content you're searching for online. Speaking of searches, if you're looking for a cute classroom Valentine idea, check out the Pinterest pins. And as always, enjoy the fun videos and fascinating websites we've selected for you.

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:

  • FRAUD ALERT
    Take precautions against data breaches

  • Whidbey Telecom News
    Protecting your link to the world

  • GO PINTEREST-ING!
    Cool stuff to pin on your Pinterest boards

  • This Month's FAQ
    How cold is too cold for gadgets?

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

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

  • Short Tutorial
    Cheat sheet for effective searches

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

 
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FRAUD ALERT

Take precautions against data breaches

The recent Target data breach made everyone sit up and take notice. Initially, news reports said about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected when hackers broke into the point-of-sale (PoS) systems and stole credit card information and PINs from the swipe pads in Target stores. The investigation later determined that the stolen information -- acquired through malware in the PoS systems -- included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses for up to 100 million individuals. What's more, Target is not alone. Adobe and LivingSocial are among other businesses that also experienced major data breaches in 2013.

What's the takeaway from the Target data breach? Security experts suggest the following:

  • On a daily basis, go online to check your credit card statements for unfamiliar purchases as well as your bank account for fraudulent transactions. Report any problems immediately to your bank. (Your bank should contact you if your credit card was part of the Target breach. You'll get a new credit card account number and won't be held liable for unauthorized charges made using your credit card number.)
  • Check for suspicious activity by reviewing your free credit report at www.AnnualCreditReport.com. You should also report suspected fraud to law enforcement or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.
  • Plan for the worst and take preventative steps. Create strong passwords that would be hard for hackers to guess should they steal your account numbers. Also, do not use the same password for every account.

Target says its guests will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach and is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests who shopped its U.S. stores. More details are available at www.target.com/databreach.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Protecting your link to the world

Whidbey Telecom now offers WireGuard Protection Plans for our customers. WireGuard provides a cost-effective solution if repairs to customer-owned inside wiring is needed.

Whidbey Telecom maintains cables and equipment from our office to your home. We repair and restore service at no cost to you if the problem occurs in Whidbey Telecom's outside wire. If an issue does occur with your customer-owned inside wiring, Whidbey Telecom customers with our WireGuard solution can have a cost-effective alternative to standard repair charges. Having a WireGuard plan on your account means we'll come repair your customer-owned lines and jacks inside your home at no additional cost. This small monthly fee could equal savings of over $125 per repair call!

WireGuard covers any customer-owned wiring that delivers Whidbey Telecom services. This includes our High Speed Internet, Voice services, WhidbeyTV, and even Security & Alarms systems and monitoring. Click the link below to learn more about WireGuard.

www.whidbeytel.com/products-services/technology-solutions/wireguard

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool stuff to pin on your Pinterest boards

Make Yoda Valentines With Glow Sticks
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850075096/

Pumpkin Spice Waffles & Butternut Bacon Syrup
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775849430548/

Have A Ball With A Cool Disco Ball Planter
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850074886/

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

How cold is too cold for gadgets?

Question: I sometimes want to leave my laptop or tablet in the car. Is it safe to do that when it's very cold outside?

Answer: No, it isn't safe to leave devices outside in very cold weather. That's because when a device is exposed to cold temperatures for too long, its battery will die and its LCD screen will likely start having issues. What's more, if you leave it in the cold and then bring it into a warm room quickly, you can cause condensation to build up inside the device, which has the potential for more long-term damage.

Generally speaking, bring your device inside when temperatures are below freezing. For more detailed recommendations, check your device's manual for the manufacturer's recommended temperature ranges for both operating situations (when it's turned on) and non-operating situations (when it's turned off). If you can't find the manual, look for it at www.manualsonline.com.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In February

Celebrate Black History Month
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history-month
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions of black Americans. This site features videos on Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, and more as well as an interactive Black History Timeline.

The Almost Invisible Man
http://www.kleinsungallery.com/artist/Liu_Bolin/works/3891/#!3881
You have to see this to believe it. Liu Bolin is an artist who painstakingly paints his face and clothing in order to blend into the background. Check out this gallery of his work and see him virtually disappear in a grocery aisle, in front of a statue, in a forest, and in assorted other scenes.

Is Your Password As Unique As You Think?
https://telepathwords.research.microsoft.com/
Microsoft Research created Telepathwords to help identify an easy-to-guess password so you can create a stronger one. Start entering your password and Telepathwords will try to guess the next character before you type it. If it's able to guess lots of the characters, so could hackers!

Mingle With The Stars
http://oscar.go.com
The Oscars will be broadcast on March 2, 2014, and if you're a movie buff, it's must-see television. Get prepared in February by visiting this star-studded site. Check out the Oscar buzz, relive the 2013 red carpet, test your knowledge of Oscar trivia, see a preview of the coming Academy Museum, and much more.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1402_VIDEO_A.htm

Three Miles Beneath The Atlantic
Join the adventure as Remote Operated Vehicles recover Apollo F-1 engines three miles beneath the Atlantic. The scene is described as an "underwater wonderland" and "an incredible sculpture garden."

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1402_VIDEO_B.htm

The World's Smallest Movie
As you may recall from science classes, an atom is the smallest particle of an element that can exist either alone or in combination. So it's a big deal that they were able to make this tiny movie: A Boy and His Atom.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

Cheat sheet for effective searches

Want to find online content even more quickly and easily? Use the search tips below:

  • Wildcard - Insert an asterisk to get variable results in a phrase. Example: "parents pay * for *" This returns results about many different things parents pay for and how much they pay.
  • Word Exclusion - Exclude what you don't want by typing a minus sign before a term. Example: "Drum -ear -oil" avoids results that talk about eardrums or oil drums.
  • Rare Words - Use the most uncommon word or words possible. Results are more likely to address the intended topic.
  • Answer vs. Question - Search engines are more likely to share information in the form of answers than they are questions. So type the query in the form of an answer. Example: The phrase (with quotes) "What is red dye made from?" will refer you to nonsense pages. The phrase (with quotes) "red dye is made from" gets the answers you want.
  • Synonyms - Use a tilde mark (~) in front of a word to search for its synonyms.
  • Similar Content - To search for webpages that have content similar to a given site, type "related:" followed immediately by the website address.
  • Stop Words - The most common words are ignored by most search engines to make the search function faster. This includes words like "the," "and," "a," "to," "of," and "is." Usually it doesn't matter that these words are left out of the search. However, if it's important for the search engine to recognize a stop word in your search, include it within a phrase surrounded by double quotes. Some search engines will recognize the stop word if you type a plus sign before the common word.

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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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