Posts Categorized: Privacy

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.

Updated Fall 2019 Trying to get the best 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… 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 »

Can a Home VPN Protect Your Internet Privacy When the FCC Won’t?

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A home VPN is one way to ensure your privacy on the Internet — especially now that the government has ended privacy rules governing ISPs. A Virtual Private Network or VPN is exactly what its name says.  It’s a secure private network in the cloud, meaning it’s virtual.  Many businesses employ VPNs to provide network security and ensure that employees can securely work from remote locations. A home VPN alters your Internet footprint. Without a… Read more »

Restoring Regulations for Internet Privacy in Maine

Rob Souza Internet Privacy in Maine

That is what Maine Senator Shenna Bellows is proposing to do with LD 1610.  The bipartisan legislation will essentially redo what the FCC has recently undone and establish rules for Internet privacy in Maine. Last November we shared information about the FCC taking steps to ensure consumer privacy on the Internet.   Last month we told you about the FCC repealing those rules before they were enacted. Now along with several other states, several members of… Read more »