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IN THIS ISSUE

HACKER ALERT
Another Data Breach At a Big Retailer
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Whidbey Telecom News
SWHS Falcon Sports On WhidbeyTV
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ
Can the Facebook Messenger App Take Control Of My Phone?
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Sites Of the Month
Great Sites To Check Out In October
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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 Correctly Make a Hashtag
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Dear Valued Customer,

It's October, which means pumpkins are showing up all over. Before you start carving festive designs for your home, carve out a few minutes to review this issue. It begins with an overview of a massive retail data breach. Make sure you're reviewing your payment card accounts regularly!

We're excited to tell you about a new partnership with South Whidbey High School to broadcast sports and events through the school year. Check out Whidbey Telecom News for more.

To really get in the spirit of October, check out the easy-to-make fall centerpieces in the Pinterest section, pumpkin recipes and costume ideas in Sites of the Month, and the time-lapse video of a giant pumpkin growing.

Speaking of growth, it's important to keep learning more about social media and other online topics. This issue includes an explanation of the recent brouhaha surrounding the Facebook Messenger app and teaches you what to do (and not do) when making a hashtag.

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 October eNewsletter!

 
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HACKER ALERT

Another Data Breach At a Big Retailer

Last month, Home Depot announced that hackers had broken into its in-store payments systems in what could be the largest known breach of a retail company's computer network. The total number of card numbers stolen at Home Depot from April to September 2014 could top 60 million. By comparison, the 2013 breach at Target affected 40 million cardholders.

How can this happen? Hackers scan merchants' networks for ways to gain remote access, such as through outside contractors who have access to a computer network. Once they find that opening, they install malware that is undetectable by antivirus products. The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service estimates that more than 1,000 U.S. businesses have been infected with malware designed to siphon payment card details from cash registers in stores.

Home Depot is offering free identity protection and credit-monitoring services to any customer who used a credit or debit card at any of its affected stores. Read more from Home Depot at this link...

https://corporate.homedepot.com/MediaCenter/Pages/Statement1.aspx

Retailers, banks, and card companies have responded to the breaches by speeding the adoption of microchips in U.S. credit and debit cards. That technology helps make transactions more secure. Home Depot says it plans to have chip-enabled checkout terminals at all of its U.S. stores by the end of this year.

As a matter of routine, closely monitor your payment card accounts and report unusual activity to your issuing bank.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

SWHS Falcon Sports On WhidbeyTV

Our expanding lineup of local programming now includes South Whidbey High School Falcon sports!

We're very excited about a partnership with the high school to air SWHS events like football, basketball, volleyball, band, and theater throughout the school year. In addition, we have the pleasure of working with aspiring high school students through an independent mentorship program to help film each event. These students are provided the opportunity to learn real-world application skills in camera and filming techniques unavailable to them in the classroom.

You can read more about this mentorship program in the South Whidbey Record: http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/278079711.html.

Starting with football season, you can catch Falcon home games on WhidbeyTV Channel 1 & 501HD every weekday at 6 AM, 1 PM, and 7 PM, starting the Monday following a home game.

With our WhidbeyTV Local programming, our goal is to deepen each person's appreciation and connection to our community. Do you have an interesting video or idea that you would like to share and see on WhidbeyTV? Please contact us at 360.321.6988 or WhidbeyTV@whidbeytel.com. You can also upload videos to us at any time by visiting WhidbeyTV.com/Share.

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Retro Calculator Adds Up To Cool Memories
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775852262622/

You'll Fall For These Festive Fall Centerpieces
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775852262680/

Coconut Hot Chocolate & Whipped Coconut Cream
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775852262723/

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

Can the Facebook Messenger App Take Control Of My Phone?

Question: I've heard some people have privacy concerns about the standalone version of the Facebook Messenger app. Can this app really take control of my phone?

Answer: In mid-2014, Facebook rolled out the Facebook Messenger app, a standalone version of that social network's instant chat feature, which users accessed separately on their mobile devices (i.e., without launching the full Facebook app). That rollout prompted renewed interest in a December 2013 article by Sam Fiorella (circulated widely in August 2014) that warned potential Facebook Messenger users that the app's Terms of Service (TOS) "requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and direct control over your mobile device." Rumors started circulating that Facebook could use the app to surreptitiously take over users' smartphones to take photos or even make phone calls.

According to Facebook, those fears do not reflect reality. "If you want to send a selfie to a friend, the app needs permission to turn on your phone's camera and capture that photo," the company said in its message to users. "We don't turn on your camera or microphone when you aren't using the app." In other words, the Facebook Messenger app absolutely CANNOT do these things without YOU initiating them. It needs the permission in advance so that when you ask it to do these things, they work.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In October

Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it easy to check whether any vehicle recalls apply to you. Simply enter the model year, make, and model and do a quick search. You can also enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to get more detailed repair information.

Sweet And Savory Pumpkin Recipes
http://allrecipes.com/recipes/fruits-and-vegetables/vegetables/squash/winter-squash/pumpkin/
Pumpkin is the "in" ingredient this time of year, so join the fun by browsing through this collection of pumpkin recipes. You'll find Harvest Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Turkey Chili, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake, and more.

Easy Costumes For Kids
http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/easy-homemade-halloween-costumes-for-kids/pictures/index.html?i=1
If you haven't yet figured out what your kids will be for Halloween, you should be able to scare up some great ideas at this site. The costumes are adorable and can be put together pretty easily, even if you aren't the crafty type.

Advice That's Right On The Money
http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/
It pays to know as much as you can about money and you can learn a lot here. This site offers financial advice and information for all stages of life including calculators, quizzes, articles on hot topics, and an extensive resource library.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1410_VIDEO_A.htm

Watch A Giant Pumpkin Grow
Check out this incredible time-lapse video that shows a pumpkin grow from a small seedling to become a 636-pound entry in a fair.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1410_VIDEO_B.htm

Apple Ad Parody From IKEA
Get ready to grin! This very funny commercial for the printed IKEA Catalogue describes it as a "bookbook" with amazing new technology.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How To Correctly Make a Hashtag

A hashtag is a phrase or keyword that is preceded by a pound (#) symbol and used by the micro-blogging community to create a thread of conversations around a specific theme or topic. Its purpose is to categorize topics, bring ideas together, inspire exchange, and encourage others to join in.

When you make a new hashtag, follow these guidelines:

  • Keep it brief. You only need to add a # before a word to make it a hashtag. The best hashtags are those composed of a single word or a few letters. Twitter experts recommend keeping the keyword under 6 characters.
  • Use only numbers and letters in your keyword. Hyphens and dashes will not work.
  • Don't use spaces. Hashtags do not support spaces. So if you're using two words, skip the space between them.
  • Don't use special characters. Hashtags only work with the # sign. Special characters like "!, $, %, ^, &, *, and +" will not work.
  • Don't start with or use only numbers. For example, hashtags like #123 or #123yo won't work. Numbers can be used at the end, as in #SXSW14.

In addition, don't use more than two hashtags in your post. It goes against social media etiquette.

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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.

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