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How to Cut Costs on Your Cell Phone Bill

cell phoneMost everyone has a cell phone. For many, the cell phone bill is a significant cost every month, and can be a financial burden, even if it’s a necessary one.

Some cell phone users choose their cellular provider because of their location. If only one provider provides good signal to a location, then alternatives may not be available.

However, for cell phone users in areas that receive good signal from several providers, there may be more competitive options than many cell phone users realize.

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[Updated 6/6/18] Protect Your Router, Now (VPNFilter Malware)

routerCyber Actors Target Home and Office Routers and Networked Devices Worldwide

Note: Updates will be added to the bottom of this post. On, 6/6/2018, additional router models were added to the list of affected devices.

You may have heard, in recent news reports, about malware called VPNFilter, that has compromised “hundreds of thousands” of home and office routers.

It’s important that all Internet users take action to secure their Internet router to avoid very real negative consequences. The items below briefly describe what steps are necessary. For those who are uncomfortable with any of the steps, after step number one, please contact Widomaker, a local computer shop, or the Support Department of the manufacturer of your Internet router, for guidance.

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Plesk Web Hosting Server Network Issue on 12/11/17

As of about, 3:00pm ET, on Dec. 11, 2017, Widomaker’s Plesk web hosting server, that provides services to customers using their own domain names to host web pages and/or e-mail, is experiencing a partial network-related service issue. This issue only affects web hosting customers using Widomaker’s Plesk hosting server. The server and network provider has provided the following information:

We appear to be experiencing a partial network-related service issue that is service affecting for some customers. We are aware of the problem and are busy trying to get it to resolution. Our technicians will provide further details once the issue has been resolved. Our number one priority is completely restoring service to optimal levels for you and any other affected party. We sincerely apologize for any problems this issue is causing for you and want to assure you that we are on top of it.

Affected customers may be unable to open their web site, or access e-mail, until the issue is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the server provider resolves the network issue quickly.

[Resolved 10am] Mail Server (Wilma) Down Friday 12/8/17

Beginning around 9:00am on, Friday, December 8, 2017, one of our servers (Wilma) experienced unplanned downtime. We have contacted the server provider to investigate. We are waiting for an update.

The affected server handles e-mail for customers with widomaker.com (or tni.net) e-mail addresses. Access to e-mail is temporarily unavailable. It also handles Widomaker’s web page, which is temporarily unavailable.

Hopefully the server provider will have the problem resolved, shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience. Updates will be posted here (http://weblog.widomaker.com), as well as Widomaker’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

[Update 9:22am] Our server provider has responded to our trouble report:

We’re currently aware of and investigating an issue that may be impacting your service. We expect to have the service restored soon.

[Update 9:45am] The network issue affecting the Wilma server appears to have been corrected. E-mail access and access to Widomaker’s web page appears to have been restored. We are still waiting for another update from our server provider to let us know if the issue is completely resolved.

[Update 10:00am] The server provider has confirmed the issue is resolved.

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