Gigabit Internet:
What is it? Do I need it?

Some of you may be familiar with the term Broadband or Bandwidth Envy; it’s simply anxiety caused by not having the fastest Internet speed available.  (It’s like the feeling you get when you realize that Apple has released a newer iPhone than the one you just bought.) Anyway, the current buzz in Internet speed is Gigabit service.  Gigabit Internet service transmits data up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) — or 1,000 megabits per second. … Read more »

Cybersecurity from OTELCO – Cloud Security for Your Business

An Anti-Virus as a Service Graphic of a laptop being protected by a virtual shield

We’ve all spent the past several months practicing staying safe in our daily lives, but don’t forget to transfer those safety precautions to your online habits as well – especially if you have a business to look out for. Here are our top cybersecurity resources for small businesses. Defendify Defendify is a comprehensive cybersecurity platform that ensures you have all your bases covered when it comes to security.  Cybersecurity coverage from Defendify goes beyond antivirus… Read more »

Why Working with a Managed Services Provider Should be Included in Your 2021 Budget

A graphic of an IT team, working on computers, representing the Cloud and Managed Services team

We know many businesses are mapping out their 2021 IT budgets over the next several weeks, and if you haven’t already incorporated working with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) into your budget for the new year, now’s the time to consider how this addition might benefit your business. Expertise and support You have enough on your plate without staying on top of the latest trends in technology. When it’s time to upgrade systems or invest… Read more »

Evolution: Digital – Our Top Five Episodes for International Podcast Day

Looking to catch up on season one of Evolution: Digital? Now is the perfect chance! Wednesday was National Podcast day, and in honor of the holiday, we are looking back at Evolution: Digital’s five most popular episodes from season one. Robbie McAlpine of Alpine Advertising In episode five, Evolution: Digital host Tracy Scheckel interviewed Robbie McAlpine of Alpine Advertising and WCRL radio. In the episode, Robbie took Tracy through the evolution of his career and… Read more »

Why Internet Explorer is a Security Risk and How to Replace It with a New Browser

A graphic that represents the insecurity of Internet Explorer

In 2016, Microsoft stopped supporting most versions of Internet Explorer.  Since then, they have stopped pushing updates and patch deployments. In last week’s blog, How to Clear Your Browser Cache and Data, OTELCO touched on this fact and encouraged our readers to stop using the aged browser. This week, we will discuss why and how you should switch from Internet Explorer to a new browser. Why you should stop using Internet Explorer Continuing to use… Read more »