Ready For a New Security System?

Whether home or away, you want to know that your home is secure. Home security systems can be complex, but they don’t have to be. At Whidbey Telecom, we try to keep it simple. With new smart security and home devices being introduced all the time, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the options. Plus, installation can be a big challenge to getting everything …

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Drink in the New Year

From fine wineries to craft breweries and distilleries, Whidbey Island boasts some of the best to quench your thirst in 2021! Remember, when you support local businesses, you are supporting the local economy and community.

Looking for Turkey Takeout?

Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year. With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, many people are choosing to stay closer to home, nixing their travel plans and opting for smaller gatherings in place of large turkey day blowouts. Restaurants across Whidbey Island are handling the 2020 holiday season a little differently, too. While many …

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Hot Topic: WiFi Hotspots

If you’ve ever tried to answer an email or surf the web from your mobile device in public, chances are you connected to a WiFi hotspot. Not only is this connection highly convenient, you also didn’t have to use your smartphone’s data. Not surprisingly, public WiFi hotspots are becoming an essential part of public infrastructure—especially …

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How Do Your Devices Affect Your Internet Speed?

Nowadays it feels like everything connects to the internet in some way—from computers and smartphones to baby monitors and security cameras. All these devices in your home share your bandwidth. Every device on your network decreases your bandwidth a portion, especially over WiFi.  Think of it like traffic on the highway. During rush hour when there’s a lot of traffic, …

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How to Recognize and Avoid Spam and Phishing Emails

Spam email is annoying at best. At worst, it can include scam offers or malicious computer viruses that cost you time and money. The FTC reports a significant increase in email scams and phishing attacks. Cyber criminals are also targeting remote work technologies, such as video conferencing services. A remote worker’s home network is likely …

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Behind the Lines: Get To Know Your Local Support Team

Whidbey Telecom is, and always has been, committed to providing high-quality customer care to the communities we serve. When you contact us, whether by phone or online, you are interacting with your neighbors. Your customer service reps and technical support team live and work in the communities we serve. Technical Support is available 24/7 to …

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Best Tools & Apps for Working from Home

Whether you work remotely for your side hustle or you have decided to do a little social distancing and work from home, technology has to be your friend, not foe. The keys to successful remote working are a good internet connection and the right combination of apps. Share the load. File sharing is critical for …

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Suddenly Homeschooled: Fun & Free Ways to Learn From Home

Many of us have suddenly become homeschooling parents, and that’s frankly quite terrifying! My children have always gone to public school and we’ve always been fortunate to have caring, attentive teachers. And now I realize that the little gifts of appreciation we give them once a year aren’t enough. A $20 coffee card? I should …

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Home, Smart Home: A Guide to Smart Home Devices

Your home is getting smarter and smarter. Not just computers and smartphones, but everything seems to be connected to the internet now: clocks, speakers, lights, TVs, doorbells, cameras, vacuums. The list goes on. Nearly everything in your home can be connected to the internet and be remotely controlled with a mobile device.  Smart home devices provide convenience, especially …

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Safety Tips for Snowbirds: Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away

We all agree that Whidbey Island is an amazing place to live and work. We also agree that it can get pretty cold and grey in the winter! Sometimes you just want to be someplace warm. Whether you’re “flying south” for the winter, closing up your summer residence, or just planning to be away for a sun break, you’ll want to keep your home …

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Bridging the Divide: Why Rural Broadband is So Important

The internet isn’t all about Twitter and cat videos. It’s about doctors researching new techniques and coordinating records to save lives. It’s about local farmers acquiring national data on crops and supply and demand. It’s about students studying other countries and expanding their knowledge beyond the pages of a textbook. It’s about you reading interesting blog …

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