Cautionary Tales: Security Breaches of 2020 and How OTELCO Can Help Avoid Them

This year, businesses saw a whole new host of security threats as more companies than ever before made the transition to operating virtually. Remote workers, varying levels of home security, and hackers ready to capitalize on these new vulnerabilities made it a challenging year for many big names. The good news – we can put these cautionary tales to use as we plan for the safest way to transition into 2021. Here are some of… Read more »

Looking for Streaming Christmas Movies?
Here are our picks

Streaming Christmas Movies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to hunker down with some snacks and your favorite holiday flicks. We’ve curated a list of some of our favorite family-friendly holiday films into two categories including some musicals and heartwarming traditional classics and some more humorous, but equally heartwarming contemporary classics: Traditional Classics It’s a Wonderful Life Frank Capra’s 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, while contemplating ending his life, is visited by… Read more »

Social Engineering:
Don’t fall for it!

Social Engineering

Social engineering is nothing new, but it is much more common as so many are telecommuting, distance learning and shopping on-line due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Social engineering attackers use stress inducing methods to prey on us.  The stress that we’re all already feeling during the pandemic creates a foundation that makes it easier for attackers to take advantage of us. By definition, social engineering is a psychological attack where the attacker manipulates you… Read more »

VDSL Explained:
How does it differ from DSL?

VDSL Networking

What is VDSL Technology and how is it different from DSL We all know that DSL refers to digital subscriber line and it’s a way to access the Internet using copper telephone lines. So, what does the V stand for in VDSL? Simply put, the V stands for Very High Bit Rate digital subscriber line. How are DSL and VDSL the same? Copper wire transmits data to and from the service subscriber’s location Data speed… Read more »

Our favorite fun tech gifts for 2020

When the holidays roll around, we’re always excited to take a look at the hottest tech gifts of the season. This year, we’re going beyond some of our typical favorites (we have a great list from last year that includes streaming subscriptions, virtual assistants, smart TVs and more) to include some more unconventional items that might not be on your radar. Here are a few of our favorites you can keep in mind for Black… Read more »