Protect Your Network, Protect Your Family!

Not all disasters are environmental. There’s no end to the ways scammers will try to steal personal information, including children's 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. Learn More


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! Also important, teach kids to use robust passwords for their online games, social media and more. Learn More


Run Those Updates:

Whether it’s a computer, smart phone, 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!

Make it a habit to walk your kids through their own social sharing and in-game chat histories. Show them how information from different sources could be used if it got into the wrong hands.


On the Go, Beware the WiFi:

If you hand your kid a smart phone, tablet, or portable gaming device to keep them occupied in public, watch out! Using a public or open WiFi has inherent risks. 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.

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Tips for Parents on Raising Privacy-Savvy Kids

The last two years have seen more kids, and younger kids, spending more time online than ever before. Between remote learning, remote socializing and streaming entertainment, children’s screen time has doubled to a whopping 7.7 hours a day.

With all that time online, helping kids protect their personal data has never been more important. There’s a lot parents can do to help their kids learn good online hygiene from modelling safe behavior to talking to their kids about online activities.

Some tips to get you started

BECOME A PRIVACY CHAMPION

Visit StaySafeOnline.org to learn more about Data Privacy Week and how you can help your kids, friends, family, coworkers and community stay safe online.

Data Privacy in a Growing Internet of "Me"

As people bring more of their lives online, the amount of personal data we share has grown exponentially. Fitness trackers, music subscription services, WiFi thermostats, payment apps, smart TVs, personal assistant devices and more all collect data on their users. This goes far beyond the information you entered into a form to sign up for a new service. Think about what a bad actor could learn about you, your family and your life simply by seeing the data collected online. It can be alarming.

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Making Your Remote Office Secure

It Was the Best of Times...It Was the Worst of Times

It may be hard to think about any benefits from COVID, but more companies implementing work-from-home polices is perhaps one of them.

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Whose Text Message Is That Anyway

Is that text from Mom or...?

We all know about phishing scams, right?

When a scammer uses a text instead of an email, it’s just another kind of phishing attack called a “smish,” short for SMS phish. “SMS” stands for “short message service” and is the technical term for the text messages you receive on your phone.

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Top 3 Cybersecurity Tips

Consolidated Communications' Network Security Director Offers Top 3 Cybersecurity Tips




 


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