Posts Categorized: Privacy

Current Online Scams & Tips For Protecting Yourself

As our lives become more and more connected digitally, we’re increasingly vulnerable to online scams. Unfortunately, these scams are ever-evolving and aren’t going away anytime soon. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular scams we’re seeing right now and ways you can protect yourself below. Coronavirus Scams There are a number of different ways scammers are using the global pandemic to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. As they have during past disasters, charity scams… Read more »

Most vulnerable rooms in your smart home: How hackers can sneak a peek on you and your family

This week’s blog on smart home security is a collaboration with The Zebra, the nation’s leading insurance comparison site. By Guest Blogger: Taylor Covington (Author Bio at the bottom). All infographics are from The Zebra.  While the Internet of Things (IoT) has offered plenty of convenience for homeowners through Smart Home devices, they’re also more susceptible to hackers. Vendors may manufacture these devices without knowledge of how to connect them to the internet securely, or… Read more »

Keep Your Home Network Secure with Six Easy Steps

There is a common misconception that we don’t need to worry about securing our home-networks from cyber threats because cybercriminals only care about stealing data from big companies. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. According to The Department of Homeland Security, “if a network connects to the internet, it is inherently more vulnerable and susceptible to outside threats.” Clearly, we need to protect all our networks, be they home or business. Keeping your home… Read more »

Password Best Practices: Keeping Your Online Accounts Secure

In 2019, we store everything online. All of our email, bank accounts, credit cards, and so many other sources of personal information can be accessed online. The flexibility of logging into these accounts from virtually anywhere is a huge perk, but as you streamline your digital accounts it’s important to make sure you’re not sacrificing security. One way to keep things secure is to make sure the passwords you’re using for your accounts aren’t easy… Read more »

Internet Safety: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Over 45 million children use the Internet, and with summer vacation coming up, they will have even more free time to do so. Now is the time to learn how to keep your kids safe online, because the Internet is not going away, and neither is your child’s obsession with it. This week, OTELCO shares our top tips for keeping kids safe online. Teach Your Kid About Online Safety Making sure your kids know not… Read more »