Posts Categorized: Smart Home

How the Internet has Changed our Homes: Smart Home Technology

From Alexa to Google Home and Ring, smart home devices are much more accessible than we once thought possible. In fact, smart homes are on the rise and forecasted to surpass 300 million by 2023. We’re all spending a lot of time at home these days, something made easier by these varied technologies that are available at our fingertips. You Don’t Have to be a Millionaire It wasn’t that long ago that Bill Gates spent… Read more »

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

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

It used to be that most residents were mainly using the Internet for downloading. They were surfing the web, streaming content, and cruising through social media. Today, the average resident is uploading much more than ever before.  For the most part, that can be attributed to telecommuting, though online education and telemedicine are playing significant roles as well. Between the rise in telecommuting and the complete domination of smart devices, Internet use just isn’t what… 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 »