Posts Categorized: Privacy

Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing: Protecting Yourself from Phone Scams

A few weeks ago, I was at the Poke Salat Festival in Arab, AL, when a customer approached me to ask why OTELCO was selling phone numbers to telemarketers. She said she would receive these calls from local OTELCO numbers, answer the call assuming it was someone in town trying to reach her, and then get accosted by some scammer. OTELCO is not selling numbers to telemarketers, but what that customer was experiencing is something… Read more »

Cloud and Managed Services Brunch ‘n Learn
Featuring Arctic Wolf’s Marc Keating

At OTELCO's Cloud and Managed Services' Brunch'n'Learn attendee's will learn about our exciting new services.

The largest threat to most businesses in today’s digital world is a potential data breach, but there are ways to protect your network and your customers against such a threat. Marc Keating, a Sr. Sales Engineer and technology strategist from Arctic Wolf Networks, is our featured guest at our upcoming Cloud & Managed Services  Brunch ‘n’ Learn on December 10. Marc will share with attendees some of the most interesting attacks Arctic Wolf has protected… Read more »

Facebook, Your Information, and User Agreements

Facebook has certainly had its share of press lately. People seem shocked that the social media platform might be sharing their personal information. Jim Fossel in the Portland Press Herald comments; We Users are not the Customers, but the Products.  Hmmm, where have we heard that before? Even if you don’t use Facebook, according to this letter to the editor, you could still be affected. You’ve heard that Facebook states that users give permission for… Read more »

Avoid a Raw Deal: 5 Tips for Online Shopping Security

Man holding credit card in hand and entering security code using smart phone on laptop keyboard, online shopping concept.Cropped image of man inputting card information and key on phone or laptop while shopping online.

Trying to get the hottest gift on Black Friday used to require getting up at the crack of dawn, racing to the nearest mall and struggling through a crowd of desperate deal seekers, only to leave with an incomplete shopping list and a serious lack of holiday cheer. Now, thanks to online shopping, gone are the days of risking life and limb to make sure that your little one gets their Turbo Man figure in… Read more »

LAN WAN or OTELCO SiteLink? What’s right for your business?

Do you need a LAN WAN or something else to connect your business? A LAN, or Local Area Network is a private computer network that connects computers in small physical areas such as a single building or a business, university, or hospital campus.  A WAN, or Wide Area Network, is a network that connects computers in different geographical locations over the public Internet. Sometimes LANs and WANs are used together.  An example is a state… Read more »