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

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A Watchdog Worth Watching
This little dog has some big courage! Watch as it defends its territory by chasing away not one, but two bears twice its size.
  Humans Teach a Pelican to Fly
This bird lost its parents but found some great friends. They give us a unique view of its progress as it learns to fly.

Whidbey Telecom News - Ways to Improve Your Wireless Internet Speed

At times, wireless High Speed Internet service quality can be affected by factors both in and out of your home. However, there are some simple adjustments you can make that will improve the performance of your Internet service. Below are a few things you can check yourself or give our 24/7 LOCAL Support Center a call for help:

Reposition Your Router
Your Wi-Fi router works best if it's out in the open. Wi-Fi doesn't work well when a router is behind a brick wall, in a bookshelf or next to a metal filing cabinet. Get your Wi-Fi router out in the open and try not to put it next to a window either. Much of your signal will go...out the window.

Change the Channel On Your Router
Your Wi-Fi router may be on the same channel as your neighbor. This can be a bit technical, but have no fear. Give our Local Support Center a call and we can adjust your Whidbey Telecom router's channel for you! If using your own router, we recommend using the "Automatic" setting to find the best channel for service.

Remove Interfering Devices
Old cordless phones, microwaves, wireless security cameras, compact fluorescent bulbs, and other devices that operate on radio waves could be interfering with your Wi-Fi. We recommend moving these types of devices away from your router. You can also check to see if one of these types of devices is between the router and the device you're using.

Turn Off Devices or Turn Off "Wi-Fi" When Not In Use
Too many devices using one internet connection can bog down speeds. Even when you're not streaming Netflix or playing online games, your devices may still be connecting to your router and using some of your data. Turning off the Wi-Fi connectivity, or turning off the device all-together, will prevent any unwanted data hogging.

Scan Your Device For Viruses and Malware
Unfortunately, the most common reason behind slow internet is a computer infected with spyware and/or viruses. We highly recommend keeping an anti-spyware program and keeping it up to date to keep your computer clean. Make sure you allow updates from Windows too. Such updates can include security upgrades.

Boost Your Signal With a Third-Party Router
It's also possible in certain situations, the addition of a third-party router may be necessary to provide the signal strength you desire. Third-party routers often have capabilities to cut through types of interference the Whidbey Telecom complimentary routers cannot.

Our goal is 100% service satisfaction. If you ever feel like you're not receiving the highest quality of service, we want to know! Please utilize our 24/7 LOCAL Support Center. This highly trained and dedicated team is here to assist any time you're not 100% satisfied with the performance of your service. We can assess your service, identify any issues, and walk you through any solutions.

Featured Apps – These Three Are Well Worth A Look

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This fun app allows you to make slideshows, musical videos, lipsyncs, stop-motion movies, and more--all set to music you love.

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Google Maps
The new Google Maps helps you navigate, avoid traffic jams, find places to go near your location, and virtually visit others far away.

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Santa's Bag for iOS
Holiday shopping? Naturally, there's an app for that! With Santa's Bag, you can create a gift list, set budgets, and track or share your progress.

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Fraud Alert - Scams Targeting Nannies, Babysitters, and Caregivers

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

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Fall Squash Soup

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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In November

Thanksgiving's Rich History
plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history – If you think of food and football when you hear the word "Thanksgiving," you might want to check out this site, which describes the fascinating history of the holiday. The practice of setting aside a special day to give thanks goes all the way back to traditions from the 1600s.
Loyalty Made Easy
points.com – Loyalty programs for airlines, hotels, shops, and credit cards are great, but if you have more than a few, they can be hard to keep track of. The free Points service allows you to manage all your programs in one spot, move points between programs, and even reward yourself with gift cards.
The Reluctant Gourmet
reluctantgourmet.com – The name says it all: some of us want to be great cooks, but don't know where to start. Now you do! This site offers everything from cooking tips, to information on cooking tools and ingredients, to meal planning strategies and -- of course -- delectable recipes.
Learn About Life on Mars
mars.nasa.gov – Mars has been in the news a lot lately - because scientists have discovered water there and because of the new movie, The Martian. Want to know more about the Red Planet? This site has videos, images, articles, and much more. Don't miss the updates on the Curiosity Rover, which is there now!

Short Tutorial / FAQ – How Do I Stay Safe When Using Public Wi-Fi?

Question: I've heard it can be dangerous to use public Wi-Fi, but sometimes I need to connect when I'm out and about. Are there steps I can take to do it safely?

Answer: Before you even get to a Wi-Fi location, take these three steps: make sure your software patches are up to date; set up two-factor authentication on services (like Facebook) that allow it; and make sure all your passwords are complex and difficult to guess.

Then, when you get to the Wi-Fi location, verify with someone at the establishment that the network you're using is legitimate.

Next, turn off file sharing for your device (how you do this will depend on which operating system you use).

Once you're on the network, check for "https://" at the beginning of URLs to ensure you're using secure websites.

Finally, when you're ready to log off, set your device to not "connect automatically" to the network again.

We hope you found this eNewsletter to be informative and entertaining. 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!

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