Posts Categorized: Technology

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 »

How to Clear Your Browser Cache and Data

Clearing your browsing cache and accumulated browsing data is often an easy way to speed up your browser. In this blog, we will clarify the difference between your browser cache and browsing data, explain why and how you clear it. What is a browser cache? Simply put, your browser cache stores information you accumulate from websites. Mainly, it stores information from websites that doesn’t change, also referred to as “static assets,” so that the page… 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 »

How to Get the Most Accurate Results from Speed Tests

Speed tests are a great way to ensure you are getting the right amount of bandwidth through your connection. However, many experts have found that speed tests are too often inaccurate. According to Lifewire, these inaccuracies are usually caused by an overlooked detail, like a poorly placed router or a full browser cache. These tips can help you catch all the little details that might throw off your test so that you can get more… 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 »