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Scam Alert
Watch Out For Fake Charities During Holiday Season

Collecting Coats & Toys For Empty Stocking Fund

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

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In November

This Month's FAQ
Which Security Question Should I Pick For A "Forgot Password" Feature?

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

Short Tutorial
How To Save Interesting Items On Facebook

Hello West Central Internet Subscribers

Download Graphics to View November is the month when temperatures cool down and holiday preparations heat up. We've gathered seasonal content here to help you enjoy what makes November special (as well as avoid one of the month's potential threats). We start with a warning about the fake charity scams that turn up every fall, and we offer tips on how to avoid them.

Need recipe ideas for entertaining family and friends? Check out the hot cider and pumpkin doughnut recipes in the Pinterest section. Want to better understand your furry companions? Head for the fascinating dog site in Sites of the Month. Need inspiration for a building project? Watch a barn go up in minutes in Two to View.

This November issue also includes advice on how to pick a good security question as well as how to save interesting items on Facebook for reading later.

The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you'll find this information interesting.

To see what's inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!

- West Central Internet Services Team


Scam Alert – Watch Out For Fake Charities During Holiday Season

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Collecting Coats & Toys For Empty Stocking Fund

Empty Stocking Fund Life is full of sweet moments, especially at this time of year. From baking with grandchildren to celebrating with family, there are countless experiences that add warmth to the season. As you gather together this Thanksgiving, West Central Telephone encourages you to remember the many moments that have contributed to your grand feast. Phone calls to plan the menu. A lively day in the kitchen. The gathering of loved ones. It is an ideal time to give thanks for the many blessings we all enjoy, especially the simple things that mean the most to us.

In the true holiday spirit, we invite you to start a new family tradition of helping others. There are many people in our area without warm winter coats. We hope to help by collecting gently used coats, hats, scarves and gloves to distribute to families in need. From now until mid-December, WCTA will accept donations at the Sebeka and the Menahga offices. Gently used coats should be clean and in good condition. We are working with the Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, Inc. to distribute the coats; if you are in need of a coat you should contact your county office.

We are also collecting new toys and gifts for those in need, working with The Empty Stocking Fund. All donations of toys, games, gifts and money will be distributed to area families just in time for Christmas. Drop off your donations at either WCTA location by December 6th so that they can be wrapped, and matched up and delivered to families. The Empty Stocking Fund is a local organization that works with area churches and schools to help needy families at holiday time. Families in need may be working families with a lower income that just covers the basic needs, or a family that because of a tragedy can no longer afford Christmas presents. Let's help make Christmas morning special for everyone in our communities!

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

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Spice Up Fall With This Apple Cider Recipe
Pumpkin Doughnuts Round Out Breakfast
A Baby Donkey That's All Ears And All Too Cute

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

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

Try New Side Dishes For Thanksgiving – The main dish of turkey may be non-negotiable, but we bet there's room on your Thanksgiving table for a new side dish or two. Check out this mouthwatering collection of recipes from Southern Living including Bacon & Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cumin.
See The World Through Your Dog's Eyes – This fascinating site helps you learn how your dog's mind works. The Dognition Assessment uses science-based games to look at empathy, communication, cunning, memory, and reasoning. The results will give you a richer understanding of your dog's behavior.
Make The Most Of Your Money – Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer expert who shares ways for people to "save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off." You can watch recent video tips, listen to his radio show, and browse through information on everything from buying a car to negotiating a raise.
What's Trending In Holiday Decorating? – Using the same holiday decorations year after year can get boring. So before you deck the halls, pick up fresh ideas such as re-purposing vintage items and adding texture through burlap. You can also create a family page to share holiday photos, save recipes, and more.

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This Month's FAQ – Which Security Question Should I Pick For A "Forgot Password" Feature?

Question: Sometimes a website will ask me to choose a security question from a list or write my own. What makes a good security question for a "Forgot Password" feature?

Download Graphics to View Answer: The security question (and answer) that's associated with an online account enables you to be sent your password in case you forget it. In order to prevent someone not authorized to access your account from getting your password, it's important to use a security question with an answer that has these characteristics:
  • It should be difficult to discover through research. The answer to your security question should not be something that could be easily looked up online, such as, "What is my high school's mascot?"

  • It should be hard to guess. This means any question with a limited list of answers is not a secure one. For example, don't use any security question where the answer is a month, a color, or a day of the week. An intruder could probably guess with just a few tries the answer to a bad question such as "What color is my bedroom?"

  • It shouldn't change over time. The problem with a question such as, "What is your favorite book?" is that the answer may not be the same five years from now.
It's well worth your time to make sure your security questions and answers (along with your passwords) create a strong defense against hackers.

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

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This video catches moviegoers off guard as it dramatically shows what can happen when you quit watching the road to reach for your phone.
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See more than 10 hours of barn building in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Clearly, many hands do make light work!

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Short Tutorial – How To Save Interesting Items On Facebook

Tired of scrolling through a friend's Facebook news feed to find the link to that cool story you didn't have time to read when it was originally posted? Thanks to a new feature in Facebook, you can save interesting items to check out later.

Download Graphics to View To save something you see on Facebook:
  • From your News Feed: Click the down arrow icon and then select Save

  • From a Page: Click the three dots icon and then select Save

  • From an event: Click the bookmark icon Save
Note: You can't save photos or posts without links.

When you save things on Facebook, they'll appear in your Saved Items that only you can see.

To view the things you've saved:
  1. Go to or click Saved in the left column of your homepage after you've saved something.

  2. Click a saved category at the top or click a saved item to view it.
For more details, visit this link.

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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

The WCTA Communications Team
Internet Specialists

WCTA Sebeka
308 Frontage Road Box 304
Sebeka, MN 56477

1-218-837-5151 or toll free at 1-800-945-2163

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