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5 Reasons To Shop Locally This Holiday Season

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Sites Of the Month
Great Sites To Check Out In November

Scam Alert
Watch Out For Fake Charities During Holiday Season

This Month's FAQ
Which Security Question Should I Pick For a "Forgot Password" Feature?

Two To View
A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss!

Short Tutorial
How To Save Interesting Items On Facebook


Dear Valued Customer,

November is the month when temperatures cool down and holiday preparations heat up. We've gathered seasonal content here to help you enjoy what makes November special (as well as avoid one of the month's potential threats). We start with some great reasons you should consider local stores first this Holiday Season. Also watch out for the fake charity scams that turn up every fall, and we offer tips on how to avoid them.

Need recipe ideas for entertaining family and friends? Check out the hot cider and pumpkin doughnut recipes in the Pinterest section. Want to better understand your furry companions? Head for the fascinating dog site in Sites of the Month. Need inspiration for a building project? Watch a barn go up in minutes in Two to View.

This November issue also includes advice on how to pick a good security question as well as how to save interesting items on Facebook for reading later.

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 November eNewsletter!



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 -

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 - 5PM  |  Sat: 9AM - 4PM



Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Spice Up Fall With This Apple Cider Recipe

Pumpkin Doughnuts Round Out Breakfast

A Baby Donkey That's All Ears And All Too Cute

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Great Sites To Check Out In November

Try New Side Dishes For Thanksgiving
The main dish of turkey may be non-negotiable, but we bet there's room on your Thanksgiving table for a new side dish or two. Check out this mouthwatering collection of recipes from Southern Living including Bacon & Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cumin.

See The World Through Your Dog's Eyes
This fascinating site helps you learn how your dog's mind works. The Dognition Assessment uses science-based games to look at empathy, communication, cunning, memory, and reasoning. The results will give you a richer understanding of your dog's behavior.

Make The Most Of Your Money
Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer expert who shares ways for people to "save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off." You can watch recent video tips, listen to his radio show, and browse through information on everything from buying a car to negotiating a raise.

What's Trending In Holiday Decorating?
Using the same holiday decorations year after year can get boring. So before you deck the halls, pick up fresh ideas such as re-purposing vintage items and adding texture through burlap. You can also create a family page to share holiday photos, save recipes, and more.



Watch Out For Fake Charities During Holiday Season

People tend to feel especially kindhearted and generous during the holiday season, which is why scammers take full advantage of this time of year. In order to not fall victim to a fake charity email or website, take these precautions:

  • Stay suspicious. Look for telltale signs that an email or website may not be legitimate, such as low-resolution images, misspellings, poor grammar, or odd links. Also be aware that some fake charities may look real at first glance, taking on a name similar to a legitimate charity.
  • Think before you click. Don't click on any links in emails or text messages from people you don't know, and if you come across a shortened URL, use a URL expander, such as, to see where the link is directed to before you click.
  • Do a background check on charities. Before donating, research a charity thoroughly. You can enter the name of the charity at to get information from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.
  • Beware of charity requests by email. Most legitimate charities don't use email for their solicitations so there's a higher likelihood that an emailed request for donations is a scam. (Some legitimate charities, however, will email people who have donated to their organization before.)
  • Take control of your giving. The best way to avoid charity scams is to decide in advance of the holiday season which charities you'll support and contact them yourself.

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Which Security Question Should I Pick For a "Forgot Password" Feature?

Question: Sometimes a website will ask me to choose a security question from a list or write my own. What makes a good security question for a "Forgot Password" feature?

Answer: The security question (and answer) that's associated with an online account enables you to be sent your password in case you forget it. In order to prevent someone not authorized to access your account from getting your password, it's important to use a security question with an answer that has these characteristics:

  • It should be difficult to discover through research. The answer to your security question should not be something that could be easily looked up online, such as, "What is my high school's mascot?"
  • It should be hard to guess. This means any question with a limited list of answers is not a secure one. For example, don't use any security question where the answer is a month, a color, or a day of the week. An intruder could probably guess with just a few tries the answer to a bad question such as "What color is my bedroom?"
  • It shouldn't change over time. The problem with a question such as, "What is your favorite book?" is that the answer may not be the same five years from now.

It's well worth your time to make sure your security questions and answers (along with your passwords) create a strong defense against hackers.



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

See Why Not To Text And Drive
This video catches moviegoers off guard as it dramatically shows what can happen when you quit watching the road to reach for your phone.

Amazing Amish Barn Raising
See more than 10 hours of barn building in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Clearly, many hands do make light work!



How To Save Interesting Items On Facebook

Tired of scrolling through a friend's Facebook news feed to find the link to that cool story you didn't have time to read when it was originally posted? Thanks to a new feature in Facebook, you can save interesting items to check out later.

To save something you see on Facebook:

  • From your News Feed: Click the down arrow icon and then select Save
  • From a Page: Click the three dots icon and then select Save
  • From an event: Click the bookmark icon Save

Note: You can't save photos or posts without links.

When you save things on Facebook, they'll appear in your Saved Items that only you can see. To view the things you've saved:

1. Go to or click Saved in the left column of your homepage after you've saved something.

2. Click a saved category at the top or click a saved item to view it.

For more details, visit this link.


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.

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