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  Dear Valued Customer,

The goal of our monthly eNewsletter is to provide Internet information to our customers that is relevant and yet entertaining. You'll find information on real virus threats and annoying hoaxes, browser tips and how to's, answers to Internet related questions from users just like you, plus some really fun sites to visit. Also, look for information on computer classes and/or specials that we may offer from time to time.

We think you'll find the information contained in this eNewsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience.

We hope you enjoy our April eNewsletter. Here's what's inside:

SCAM ALERT - Avoid Online Travel Booking Scams

WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS - Improving Your Wi-Fi Experience

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

NEW! FEATURED APPS - These Three Are Well Worth a Look

SITES OF THE MONTH - Great Sites To Check Out In April

TWO TO VIEW - A Couple Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

THIS MONTH'S FAQ - How To Stop Videos From Auto-Playing On Facebook _______________________________________________________________________


Avoid Online Travel Booking Scams

Booking travel online can put you in a vulnerable position: you've got your credit card out, and the online travel world may be as unknown as the new place you want to visit. Some online travel deals may seem too good to be true, and some of them are. To be sure, consider following these tips:

Only book travel through reputable sites. Well-known travel sites like Orbitz or Priceline are good bets. If you're unsure, check the Better Business Bureau's review at

  • Carefully review reservation and cancellation policies before clicking the "buy" button.
  • For all-inclusive packages, understand exactly what's included and what's not.
  • Pay with a credit card, rather than a debit card. Credit cards offer protection against fraudulent purchases that debit cards may not.
  • Don't ever pay via wire transfer.
  • Don't respond to emails saying you've won a vacation -- especially if collecting your prize means traveling to claim it.
  • When booking through a one-stop-shop contact the individual entities (such as airline, hotel, car rental) to confirm the details of your purchase.

Finally, use common sense. If anything seems fishy, strange, or just plain off, do some research to find out if the vendor is legitimate or just move on to the next travel site -- there are plenty to choose from!



Improving Your Wi-Fi Experience

Wi-Fi is a great convenience that allows for the expansion of our modern world. We are no longer tethered to a wall or computer to stream movies, check email, surf the Internet, shop online, and many other tasks that seem so easy now that the world is going mobile and wireless. In fact, we've begun to rely on wireless connections so much, when it isn't working efficiently, it can feel like a huge inconvenience.

With Whidbey Telecom High Speed Internet service, we provide an effective Wi-Fi router that fits most customer needs. However, each home is different and there are many factors that can affect a wireless connection.

What can cause your Wi-Fi to perform below expectations? You may not realize how much of an impact many everyday items can have. Common household items like microwaves, older cordless telephones, baby monitors, and even compact fluorescent lamps/bulbs can cause your signal to drop or be unavailable as you move around your house. Your neighbor's Wi-Fi connection may cause interference if they are close enough. Also, older Bluetooth devices have been known to affect wireless signal strength.

So how do you cut through all the possible disruptions that may be affecting your Wi-Fi signal? First, we encourage customers to test the placement of their router around their home to avoid objects or too many walls that may be interfering. The most effective solution is to purchase an advanced Wi-Fi router, preferable one that is a dual-band. New enhanced routers can operate within a different set of frequencies for a stronger WiFi experience and avoid the same ones that microwaves or cordless telephones operate on.

If you do decide to purchase your own router, please touch base with our Tech Support Team at 360-321-TECH(8324) so we can disable the wireless feature on your current router. This will prevent it from possibly causing interruptions with your new device. You can also visit our Tech Retail center at 1651 Main Street, Freeland. We carry routers that complement our stock routers to maximize your wireless experience.



Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Fun, Yummy Cupcakes Look Too Good To Eat

Simple And Healthy Poached Egg Idea

Recycled Bedsprings Make Stylish Lamps

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started?
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These Three Apps Are Well Worth a Look

FYI Decision - FREE
This app, available for iPads and iPhones, can help you make both big and small decisions based on a set of objective, customizable criteria.

Takeoff Mode - FREE
Need something to help you relax during plane takeoffs and landings? Takeoff Mode is designed to do just that, with an engaging game and soothing music.

Autodesk Pixlr - FREE
Pixlr turns your phone into a darkroom, enabling you to edit photos with cropping, rotation, effects, overlays, borders, and more fun options.



Great Sites To Check Out In April

Ready, Set, Race!
Racing season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway starts on May 3, and this site can help you prepare. Whether you want to purchase tickets, find camping information, check out photos, or just learn more about events, you'll find it here. Visit the Get the Gear section for hats, t-shirts, and more.

Plant A Tree For Earth
Earth Day is April 22, and you're invited to celebrate by planting a tree. ForestNation has a goal of one billion trees planted on this day to give back to Earth and help stabilize its climate. When you buy your tree from ForestNation, the organization will plant another in a developing country.

Grow Your Fruit and Veggie Knowledge
The latest guidelines from the USDA suggest that Americans fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal. This site makes it easy to use these nutrition stars in your meal planning. Check out the Nutrition Databases for how to select, store, and prepare dozens of healthful foods.

Fun In The Sand
Remember how fun it was to play with sand when you were a kid? Now you can get the same experience, even if you're hundreds of miles from the nearest beach. This desktop application (that's also available for mobile devices) enables you to choose colors of sand and make your own artistic creations.



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

Kitten Goes Crazy For Reflection
Who knew the mirror could be a place to find a playmate? Watch what happens when this adorable kitten tries to attack its new "friend."

Vegetable Market is Right on Track
These veggie vendors in Thailand know exactly how to deal with a train running right through their market. Not so much as a mashed potato in sight!



How To Stop Videos From Auto-Playing On Facebook

Question: When I scroll my Facebook News Feed, every video starts playing automatically. Can I make it stop?

Answer: The short answer is yes! And you have good reasons to want to do so. All those videos can use up your computer's power and might not be appropriate for the environment where you're watching them (such as work). Not to mention, it can be just plain annoying. To turn off this feature in Facebook, follow these instructions:

  • From your Facebook home page, in the upper-right corner, click the down arrow, and select Settings from the menu.
  • On the next screen, in the left column menu, choose Videos.
  • Under Video Settings, next to Auto-Play Videos, click the down arrow, and select Off.

The process for turning off this feature on your Facebook app is similar. Tap the menu icon, go into Settings, and find the video option from there.


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.

©2015 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.


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