Link to Whidbey Telecom
 

IN THIS ISSUE

PHISHING ALERT
Watch out for emails claiming to be from a major credit card
READ MORE

Whidbey Telecom News
Enhancing Our Infrastructure to Better Serve You
READ MORE

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

This Month's FAQ
What's the story with Facebook's new privacy dinosaur?
READ MORE

Sites of the Month for May
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites.
READ MORE

Two to View
A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
READ MORE

Short Tutorial
How to use hashtags on Twitter
READ MORE

   

Dear Valued Customer,

What will you do in the month of May? Maybe you'll kick your outdoor exercise routine into high gear. Maybe you'll share celebrations with the mothers in your life. Or maybe you'll use your tablet to explore the world from your own home. Whatever May means to you, we are pleased to offer ideas here to enhance your experiences.

This eNewsletter issue starts with a warning about a fraudulent American Express email that's making the rounds. Take a minute to read about this phishing scam so you don't accidentally give away your account information. You'll also learn about the new dinosaur showing up on Facebook and get tips on how to correctly use hashtags on Twitter.

Have you seen our technicians working in your neighborhood? Check out the WTC News Section to learn more about what we're doing to improve our network and provide customers with enhanced services.

Purely for the fun of it, check out the springtime projects in the Pinterest section, browse around websites featuring everything from the moon to a museum, and view two incredible videos showcasing a natural wonder and man-made special effects.

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 eNewsletter!

 
  _______________________________________________________________________

PHISHING ALERT

Watch out for emails claiming to be from a major credit card

One of the latest phishing scams to turn up in many people's inboxes is one that claims to be from American Express. This email hoax tries to trick recipients into clicking on a link that will supposedly take them to a "secure encrypted website" to activate a security feature on the credit card. In reality, that link goes to a phishing site to gather personal account information.

The emails used in this phishing scam may look legitimate at first glance. However, upon closer inspection, you'll note that it contains no personal information - a red flag that it's not from American Express.

The company posted this information at www.americanexpress.com:

  • When you receive an email from American Express related to your account, the email will include the last 5 digits of your account number. If you receive an email regarding your American Express Card Account but it does not contain this information, it may be fraudulent. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of an email from American Express you can forward the email to spoof@americanexpress.com. If the email is fraudulent we will take the appropriate actions.
  • American Express offers a secure email channel for its Cardmembers to use if they have questions about their account. Simply log in to your account and at the Account Summary Page, click "Email" under the Contact Us section. Using this email channel will ensure that your personal information remains personal.

We can't repeat it too often: Do not click on links within an email unless you're absolutely sure it's from a source you can trust.

_______________________________________________________________________

WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Enhancing Our Infrastructure to Better Serve You

As our collective hunger for more broadband and faster internet speed grows, Whidbey Telecom is is striving to continue to create infrastructure that is proactive to these growing needs. In fact, you may have noticed our technicians hard at work in several areas around South Whidbey.

Most recently, our Technology Team has been working diligently to install new communication cabinets to better serve customers in the Useless Bay and Holmes Harbor neighborhoods. These fiber-optic fed cabinets will allow us to provide more advanced services, like WhidbeyTV, and download speeds as great as 50 Mbps! In addition to these areas, you can expect to see work beginning in Bush Point, Mutiny Bay, and Sandy Point in the coming weeks and months.

We are also expanding our Fiber footprint in downtown Freeland, as installers are nearly finished deploying fiber cable which will serve Freeland's business core. This new fiber infrastructure will strive to future-proof the business and financial hub of South Whidbey by providing customers with an incredibly robust data pipeline rivaling business connections in downtown Seattle. Fiber's near limitless capabilities will allow us to deliver wide-open internet speeds in excess of 500 Mbps, as well as dynamic and powerful business communication solutions such as Hosted PBX.

With the ever-increasing reliance on mobile and cloud based applications, businesses in Freeland will be able to receive a connection designed to provide high-end cloud storage, backup, interconnectivity, and collaboration. Not only will this enhancement benefit current customers, but it will help attract new businesses - big and small - which require a robust communication and data network.

We're proud to provide our local community with these enhanced services and give new and existing customers the opportunity to choose a local communications company with a reputation for outstanding customer service and top-rated technical support.

BACK TO TOP
_______________________________________________________________________

GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool stuff to pin on your Pinterest boards

Make A Splash With Dog-Activated Fountain
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/173951604331655466/

Help Mom Relax With Bath Salts Just For Her
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850917876/

Brighten Breakfast With Vanilla Bean Doughnuts
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645275765581/

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

BACK TO TOP
_______________________________________________________________________

ASK THE HELP DESK

What's the story with Facebook's new privacy dinosaur?

Question: When I was on Facebook recently, a "Privacy Reminder" pop-up window showed up with a dinosaur on it. Can you explain what's going on with this dinosaur?

Answer: Facebook is testing this pop-up reminder to encourage users -- who are about to make public posts that all the world can see -- to pay attention to who they're sharing with on its platform.

For those of you who haven't had a visit from the privacy dinosaur yet, its message reads, "Sorry to interrupt. You haven't changed who can see your posts lately, so we just wanted to make sure you're sharing this post with the right audience." It then asks the user to click on Friends, Public, or Options (for more choices).

It's a good reminder for all of us to think before we share on Facebook so we don't overshare with the wrong group of people.

BACK TO TOP
_______________________________________________________________________

SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In May

If The Moon Were Only One Pixel
http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html
Just how vast is the solar system? It's difficult to wrap your head around it so this site does its best to explain. It uses a scale model based on "if the moon were only one pixel." To explore, scroll through using your keyboard's right arrow key. Please be patient; you have many miles to cover!

Dive Into Delicious Distractions
http://foodgawker.com
In a nutshell, this is like Pinterest just for foodies. What you'll find is photo after photo of the most amazing food, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. We warn you: This site is guaranteed to make you hungry, so think twice about visiting if you're on a diet!

Stay Home and Visit The British Museum
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours.aspx
For the 36th year, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around May 18. In honor of this, take a look at many online tours offered by The British Museum. Its collection is dedicated to human history and culture, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.

Looking For Government Benefits?
http://www.benefits.gov
Many Americans receive government benefits at some point during their lives, from career development assistance to Medicaid/Medicare to Social Security. This site features the Benefit Finder, a questionnaire to make it easier to find out which benefits you may be eligible to receive.

BACK TO TOP
_______________________________________________________________________

TWO TO VIEW

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

http://player.vimeo.com/video/34678075

Boardwalk Empire Special Effects
Take a fascinating, piece-by-piece look at how Brainstorm Digital puts together many separate images to create complete scenes in the popular HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. What's real? What's not?

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1405_VIDEO_B.htm

Inside an Active Volcano
Thanks to the drone, KJI Phantom, you can get a very close (yet safe) look at the fiery eruption of an active volcano. This is the Yasur volcano on the remote island of Tanna in Vanuata.

BACK TO TOP
_______________________________________________________________________

SHORT TUTORIAL

How to use hashtags on Twitter

The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Check out this advice on hashtags from the Twitter Help Center.

Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword:

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet - at the beginning, middle, or end.

Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics. An example is the hashtag #FF. Users created this as shorthand for "Follow Friday," a weekly tradition where users recommend people that others should follow on Twitter. You'll often see this topic trending on Fridays.

Using hashtags correctly:

  • If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet.
  • Don't #spam #with #hashtags. Don't over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than two hashtags per Tweet.)
  • Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.

BACK TO TOP
_______________________________________________________________________

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.

 


Whidbey Telecom
14888 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260 | 360.321.1122 | www.whidbey.com

You're receiving this newsletter because you are a valued customer of Whidbey Telecom.
Not interested in receiving our newsletter? Simply click Reply and write "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.