Posts Categorized: Security

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 »

The Importance of a Professional Email Domain

Is your business utilizing a professional email domain or are you still using a basic Gmail account for your business? While not inherently “bad,” the absence of a professional domain could be costing you business. Securing a professional domain for yourself and your team is important for a number of reasons, and well worth the investment. Read on to learn more about why we recommend professional email domains for all businesses. It Lends Credibility To… Read more »

Five Email Security Tips for Your Business

Email security is something all businesses should be prioritizing. Email is the lifeblood of so many organizations, from schools to startups. It is also one of the top ways cybercriminals will infiltrate a network. Keep the data of your employees, customers, and business safe with these email security best practices. 1.Establish Strong Password Practices A strong password is the first level of defense against cybercriminals who might want to gain access to an email account…. Read more »

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 »