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  Dear Valued Customer,

Happy New Year! If you plan on new resolutions in 2015, we've included links to help you stay fit and organized. Tax season is just around the corner, so it's an excellent time to get your finances in order and learn how big life events might affect your tax return.

Given all the high-profile security breaches last year, it's a great idea to stay educated on the ways you can keep your personal information secure. Learn about what we're doing to protect your personal data and familiarize yourself with common Facebook scams.

Of course, we also need to have some fun this year! Check out some great winter recipes, including an ice cream football sandwich that will be a big hit at your Super Bowl party. GO SEAHAWKS! And be sure to check out our new Featured Apps section that will highlight fun, interesting, and helpful mobile applications we think you'll enjoy.

Here's what's inside our January eNewsletter:

SCAM ALERT - Avoid the Top 5 Facebook Scams

WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS - Securing Your Call Data

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

NEW! FEATURED APPS - These Are Well Worth a Look

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

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

THIS MONTH'S FAQ - What Do the Terms "Digital Native" and "Digital Immigrant" Mean? _______________________________________________________________________


Avoid the Top 5 Facebook Scams

Online scammers may be unscrupulous, manipulative, and deceitful, but they're also smart. They know where to find victims for their schemes to steal valuable data, identities, and money. One of the richest sources of unsuspecting targets is Facebook because so many people use it to share so much personal information. But these ploys can only work if you cooperate by clicking on their fraudulent messages. There are numerous ways for scammers to "getcha" on Facebook. Here are a few of the most common "don't click" scenarios:

1. Profile Views and Blocks - You may see a message promising access to information about who has viewed your profile or who has blocked you from their profile. In reality, this information never has been and never will be available to Facebook users.

2. Profile Color Change - Facebook doesn't provide a way to change the color of your profile but these messages claim you can do just that. Don't fall for it!

3. Free Items - This scam's messages promise you will receive free gift cards, tickets, clothing, electronics, and other items if you complete a survey. You won't.

4. Facebook Security - As with your email account, you should never respond to supposed security representatives asking for your login credentials. Once they can get into your account, scammers can create any number of serious problems.

5. Celebrity News - Gossip messages about the rich and famous -- including fake death notices, sex tapes, and other "OMG" type stories -- are used as click bait. Steer clear!

As time goes on, Internet scammers are becoming more sophisticated, and so should you.



Securing Your Call Data

High profile database breaches are becoming increasingly common and cyber criminals are constantly testing systems and user accounts to find vulnerabilities. Our Technology Team is always monitoring and studying how to stay ahead of would-be hackers in order to keep your information safe. To ensure your data does not fall into the wrong hands, we're taking a few proactive measures to protect you.

One of the ways we're stepping up security is increasing the length and complexity of all passwords used to access the Whidbey Telecom SmartMail Portal. These new password requirements will help ensure that your call data and personal preferences stay private and secure.

We'll be communicating more information the coming days about the change, but here are a few things you can expect:

  • Coming soon, all current SmartMail Portal users will need to login and update their password
  • Users who do not update their password by the deadline will have their passwords automatically reset to meet increased requirements.
  • Users who do not update their password will need to contact Whidbey Telecom Support in order to retrieve their new password.

If you have any questions about this change in security to your Smartmail account, please contact us.



Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Quick Hot Chocolate For Cold Winter Days

Slow Cooker Dinners Make Dinner A Snap

Guests Will Get A Kick Out Of These Footballs

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started?
If so, go here:



These Are Well Worth a Look

Vine - FREE
Vine allows you to record and share six-second looping videos. Interact with friends, browse videos from other users, or share your creations on Facebook or Twitter.

Learn more here...

OverDrive - FREE
Love to read? Then you'll love this app, which lets you borrow thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and videos from your local library.

Learn more here...



Great Sites To Check Out In January

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When you're caught up in the joy of a baby, marriage, or new house—or in the challenges of divorce, bankruptcy, or a natural disaster—the last thing you're probably thinking about is taxes. But these types of situations can have a significant tax impact. Visit this site to learn more.

Tools To Get Fit, All in One Place
FitDay can help you meet your weight loss goals with several helpful tools: articles that focus on the challenges of weight loss, a dietician to create a custom health plan, a calorie counter to track calorie intake, and a mobile app to keep track on the go.

Secure Online Financial Tracking
Time to get your finances in order? With Mint, you can categorize and budget to achieve your financial goals. This online application allows you to see your cash, credit card, loan, and investment accounts all in one place. You can also organize your bills and get alerts when they're due.

Get And Stay Organized
From financial files to kids' toys to upcoming events, the Unclutterer can help you unclutter your life! This practical blog offers advice in numerous areas including kitchen, garage, and travel. For example, learn how to sort out your recipes, prepare yard tools for spring, or make the most of airport waiting time.



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

Discover The Secret Of This Optical Illusion
Here's a great reminder that things aren't always what they seem. The dots appear to be moving in circles but are actually moving in straight lines.

See How Wolves Transform A Landscape
This fascinating presentation shows how the reintroduction of just a few wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1995 dramatically changed its ecosystem and geography.



I've Heard Of Phishing, But What Is Whaling?

Question: I've heard the terms "digital native" and "digital immigrant" but I don't know what they mean. Can you explain?

Answer: The terms "digital native" and "digital immigrant" both refer to how much of their lives people have spent in the digital world. Digital natives are those who have been interacting with digital devices, and especially the Internet, all their lives and feel comfortable with this technology. Digital natives are usually people in Generation Y and younger.

Digital immigrants are typically people belonging to Generation X and previous generations, who experienced life before the Internet. These folks may have grown up with TV, video games, and early computers but were introduced to the Internet as teens or adults. They have adapted to the Internet and related technologies but the interaction isn't as comfortable as it is for younger users.


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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