Posts Categorized: Security

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 »

Protecting Your Payment Information Online During Holiday Shopping

Shop on-line safely and securely.

According to a recent Salesforce study, 63% of consumers reported that the way they obtain goods and services has transformed during 2020 and 58% percent of consumers expect to do more online shopping after the pandemic than before. This year, perhaps more than ever, many people will be doing their holiday shopping comfortably from their couches as we see a lasting increase in the popularity of online shopping. We’ve all grown intimately familiar with the… Read more »

Cybersecurity from OTELCO – Cloud Security for Your Business

An Anti-Virus as a Service Graphic of a laptop being protected by a virtual shield

We’ve all spent the past several months practicing staying safe in our daily lives, but don’t forget to transfer those safety precautions to your online habits as well – especially if you have a business to look out for. Here are our top cybersecurity resources for small businesses. Defendify Defendify is a comprehensive cybersecurity platform that ensures you have all your bases covered when it comes to security.  Cybersecurity coverage from Defendify goes beyond antivirus… Read more »

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 »