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  Dear Valued Customer,

Spring is just around the corner and it's the perfect season to "spring clean" your diet. Learn about nutrition-packed fruits and veggies that shine in the Spring. It's also a great time start those outdoor projects. Check out our Pinterest and Featured Sites sections for helpful tips and inspiration.

We frequently offer warnings about scams that you should avoid. But a new type of online threat called "Malvertising" is infecting reputable sites in a way you might not notice. Our Scam Alert lets you know what you can do to keep from being infected. Plus, read our Q&A this month to learn about home Wi-Fi security.

Whidbey Telecom Voice customers, did you know you have the ability to check Voicemail messages online? The WTC News section introduces you to the Whidbey Telecom SmartMail Portal and shows you how you can gain better control over your Voice service.

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

SCAM ALERT - Beware of Malvertising

WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS - Getting To Know SmartMail

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 March

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

THIS MONTH'S FAQ - How Can I Keep Neighbors From Using My Home Wi-Fi? _______________________________________________________________________


Beware of Malvertising

Malvertising is one of the latest ways for bad guys to get bad stuff onto your computer. Here's how it works: You visit a website, click on an ad, and get directed to another site that tells you your computer needs an update and encourages you to download phony software that will "fix" the problem. The software then infects your computer with problematic malware or spyware.

Here's catch #1: Some malvertising doesn't require you to click on the ad. Just its presence on the site you've navigated to can give it access to your computer. Here's catch #2: This phenomenon isn't just happening on "sketchy" websites; it's happening on reputable sites such as YouTube and Reuters.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

1. Don't click ads that seem too good to be true, such as those that offer money, gifts, discounts, or anything else for free.

2. Ensure your operating system is up to date. Operating systems typically update automatically. When they do, be sure to follow the instructions to leave your computer on.

3. Set security settings on your browser to detect sites with malvertising. For example, in Chrome, in the Settings section, click Show Advanced Settings. Under Privacy, ensure the Enable Phishing and Malware Protection box is checked.

4. Disable Flash. There will be a different process, depending on which browser you use. For Chrome, go to Settings and click on Show Advanced Settings. Under Privacy, click Content Settings. In the new screen, under Plug-ins, choose Click to Play.



Getting To Know SmartMail

If you have Whidbey Telecom Voicemail, you have online access to your voicemail messages through our SmartMail Portal whenever and wherever you have an internet connection. This convenient online tool also allows you to access and configure other features associated with your Voice service.

With SmartMail you can:

  • Listen to voicemail messages through a computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • View missed calls.
  • Manage a contact list.
  • Set up rules to route your calls.
  • And more...

SmartMail works together with the Voicemail account that you typically access through a phone line, to enhance how you manage your Voicemail box and control your calls. The SmartMail Portal is not related to your Whidbey Telecom Email/Webmail account and has its own separate login.

The SmartMail online interface seamlessly launches from any web browser from our website, so your voicemail messages and call routing options are always available. Easily access the SmartMail Portal by clicking on the icon at the top of our website.

As you may have read in past issues, we're updating the security requirements for SmartMail accounts and requiring all customers to update their password. If you haven't done so, we'd encourage you to do that right now.

If you're a new user who hasn't logged into the SmartMail Portal before, currently you may log in using your phone number and the same pin number you use to access Voicemail from a phone line as your password. You'll then be prompted to create a new password. However, after midnight on March 23, you'll need to contact Tech Support to retrieve your temporary password.

Have questions? Please contact our local 24/7 Technical Support Team.



Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Sour And Sweet Treat Has Berries Galore

Adorable Dogs Find Cozy Sitting Space

Fun and Colorful Jelly Bean Tree

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



These Are Well Worth a Look

Candy Crush Saga - FREE
Download this sweetest of apps to test your skills at mixing up the tasty treats on the game board just right. Play with friends to have the most fun.

Learn more here...

Pinterest - FREE
If you love the desktop version, download the app so you can pin on the go. Newbies will also appreciate the fun visual discovery and sharing.

Learn more here...

Epicurious - FREE
Food lovers, take notice: This app allows you to search for recipes, make shopping lists, follow cooking instructions, and get a "recipe of the day."

Learn more here...



Great Sites To Check Out In March

Celebrate Women's History Month
Sponsored by the National Women's History Project, Women's History Month celebrates women's role in the history of our country. At this site, you can learn more about this year's theme, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives," find a performer or author to speak at your event, or purchase books and other resources.

Springtime Projects From Martha Stewart
Ready for some springtime projects? As usual, Martha Stewart has you covered. From egg ornaments to flower baskets to baby shower ideas, on this site you'll find step-by-step instructions to create them all. When you find something you like, it's easy to share with friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more.

Great Deals On Gym Memberships
This Consumer Reports article describes several practical ways to save money on a gym membership. It includes strategies like signing up toward the end of the month, joining with others, and negotiating a fee that excludes services you won't use. You can also watch updates from services like Groupon for membership offers.

Nutritious Springtime Produce
Every season has its best produce, and this site celebrates the nutrition-packed fruits and veggies of spring. How about some juicy strawberries for fiber and Vitamin C? A good source of plant protein, fresh peas are at their peak from April through July. Artichokes, rhubarb, and morel mushrooms round out the list.



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

Dashing Through The Snow
The power of nature and machines come together for an exciting display in this remarkable video. You might want to put on your ski goggles for this one!

Learn A Bunch Of Brady Secrets
Apparently even sunny Marcia Brady gets a little cranky when she's hungry. Watch fascinating footage of the making of the 2015 Snickers Super Bowl ad.



How Can I Keep Neighbors From Using My Home Wi-Fi?

Question: I suspect my neighbors may be using my Wi-Fi. How can I prevent this?

Answer: If you're a Whidbey Telecom High Speed Internet customer and using our Wi-Fi router, there isn't much you need to worry about. Our technicians setup a secure network for you. If you've shared your password with others and wish to change your password, please contact our local 24/7 Technical Support Team.

If you're using a 3rd party router, you're right to take precautions. Slow speeds and hacking can result from unauthorized persons using your Wi-Fi (this is known as "piggybacking"). There are many steps you can take to prevent it from happening. Here are three of the most effective:

  • Create a strong password - Go into the admin dashboard for your router and find the default password. Change it to something difficult to guess. The best passwords are long, random combinations of letters and numbers. Don't worry about having to remember your password -- you'll only have to enter it the first time you use a device on the network.
  • Encrypt wireless signals - This task also involves getting into your router dashboard. Once you're there, change your security mode to WPA2,
  • Reduce your range - Place your router in the middle of your home to restrict its range only to authorized 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.

©2015 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.


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