Posts Categorized: Smart Home

The Best Tech Gifts of 2019

It is that time of year again, where we all rush to get the best deals on the most popular tech gifts of the season. There are so many great choices out there today, but deciding what to buy can be hard. This year, OTELCO wants to lend a helping hand, with our 2019 Tech Gift Guide. Right in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! OTELCO’s Top Tech Gift Picks Make Sure You Have… Read more »

How Much Speed Do You Need: 2019 Update

How Much Speed Do You Need: A brother sits on top os his little sister as they watch TV on the Couch

If there is one thing we know about the Internet, it is that it is continuously changing. In 2015, we published a “How Much Speed Do You Really Need” post. This week we are giving that post a face-lift, so welcome to “How Much Speed Do you Need: The 2019 Edition.” How We Use Bandwidth: Then and Now It used to be that most residents were mainly using the Internet for downloading. They were surfing… Read more »

OTELCO’s Cyber Security Round Up

Cyber security covers everything from smart devices to ransomware.

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? To celebrate, OTELCO has collected our top five Cyber-Security blogs to help you, your family, and your business safe from cyber-criminals. Password Best Practices: Keeping Your Online Accounts Secure At this point in the digital age, we all have a lot of online and accounts and just as many passwords to go with them. As cumbersome as they can be, passwords are your first line… Read more »

Be Smarter Than Your Smart Devices: Consumer IoT Security Tips

Updated Fall of 2019 Our recent post on creating a Smart Home by using connected devices brings us to a related and critical aspect of keep your smart devices secure. Given the myriad IoT options, as a consumer, you need to be smarter than your smart devices. There are numerous helpful resources and tips available on the topic of security. Here are our top four: Establish A Secure Home Network. Security starts at the base… Read more »

How smart is your home? 3 Ways Home Automation Helps Your Family

A “Smart Home” may sound like a thing of the future, but with today’s home automation technology and a high-speed Internet connection, you can be well on your way turning your house into your very own Smart Home. What exactly does that mean? A Smart Home is one that utilizes the Internet of Things (i.e. all of the devices in your home that are connected to the Internet with the ability to communicate with each… Read more »