Protect Your Network, Protect Yourself!

Not all disasters are environmental. There’s no end to the ways scammers will try to steal personal information. That’s why Consolidated employs best in class network security measures and works hard to educate customers and employees on data security best practices.

In addition, Consolidated Communications urges individuals to take proactive steps to stay safe online.


Beef Up Your Passwords:

The longer, more complex the password, the harder to crack it! Use special characters, avoid using actual words, names, dates or repeating numbers and letters, and aim for longer password. Each additional character increases the complexity for password crackers. Try to avoid using the same or similar passwords for everything!


Run Those Updates:

Whether it’s a computer, smart phone or video game system, run security and operating system updates when they are available. These are your best defenses against malware and viruses. Best bet: set up your systems to automatically update.


Learn to Spot Phishing:

If an email seems a bit off, it probably is! Spelling errors, threats if you don’t act fast, sender email addresses that look a suspicious are all classic signs of a phishing attempt. If you’re being asked to provide or confirm passwords, logins, or provide personal information through an email, you’re probably being phished! 


Careful What You Share:

Look at all your social media profiles together. Between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and more, how much could a stranger find out about you or your family? Scammers can find out a LOT about you just from your postings on social media. Names, birthdays, even the café you like to visit can be used by scammers to target you or your loved ones. Keep your information private and be cautious of what you share publicly!


On the Go, Beware the WiFi:

When logging on in public, avoid any sensitive online activities, like entering passwords, or accessing banking and financial information. Scammers can pull data from unsecured networks.