Posts Categorized: Security

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

Internet modem

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 »

Phishing Scams Can Happen to Anyone of Us – IF We Let Them!

If you follow LinkedIn, or use Google Mail, (that’s probably about 90% of us) you’ve probably heard about this latest phishing scam.  It made its way to my OTELCO inbox yesterday. I received an invitation to view a document in Google Docs from a person I know at the Bangor Daily News.  In my position, Marketing and Public Relations, a relationship with the paper is part of the job.  With the Maine legislature in session… Read more »

FCC Rule Changes Repealed Before They Were Enacted

FCC Rule change

Back in November we talked about the FCC rule changes regarding Internet privacy and we explained the Telecommunications Act. We concentrated on how the act protects the privacy of telephone customers’ network proprietary information (CPNI).  Providers like OTELCO were minimally effected by the FCC rule changes because they strongly reflected the existing Telecommunication Act rules.  The ISPs who are not bound by telephone privacy requirements were the most effected by the change. FCC?  FTC? –… Read more »

Four Case Studies from a Managed Service Provider

A couple of weeks ago, we provided you with an example of a generic real estate office that might benefit from the services of a managed service provider.  This week we’ll look at real businesses. We have selected one from each of the four business sectors who benefit most from OTELCO’s Cloud and Managed Services. Healthcare Company Background This healthcare analytics firm serves both subscribers and providers. Analytics examine health care costs and financial risk, regulatory… Read more »