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Protect privacy, check social media settings

Protect privacy, check social media settings

According to Pew Research Center, people are lacking confidence in how social media sites protect their personal data. BendBroadband is encouraging customers to review their social media privacy settings following several social media sites recently changing their privacy policies to track user data or make data more visible.

“Many customers continually express concern about internet privacy,” said DeAnne Boegli, national public relations manager at TDS Telecom. “One of the best ways they can protect their privacy is to consistently check and update privacy settings on all social media sites.”

Social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, regularly update their settings and notify customers. It is then up to customers to read the notices and take steps to protect their privacy. For example, Twitter recently changed its privacy settings for all users — automatically. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Twitter made the announcement with a screen overlay describing how the changes would make Twitter “more relevant” by connecting “your visits to (other) sites with Twitter content.” Any Twitter user who simply clicked “sounds good,” was also agreeing to the changes. The reason for the change, Twitter can now track user locations and the sites they visit and, in turn, be in a better position to send targeted advertising. To manage what the site can track, users should review settings / privacy and safety / personalization and data.

LinkedIn also updated their privacy settings this summer. The changes make user profiles more visible. While the settings were changed for all, members can easily turn them off in their profile settings.

BendBroadband also encourages customers to be cautious when engaging in online activities that can allow access to your data, such as taking Facebook quizzes with automatically-generated results. For example, when you “login with Facebook” to take a quiz, you are granting the site access to your personal profile. Facebook users can view and remove which sites have access to their profiles. The permissions can be found under Settings / Apps.

“Always watch for messages from social media sites, especially ones concerning privacy settings. Don’t disregard them until you fully understand what you are agreeing to or what is changing,” said Boegli.

By Mary Mulcahy, Public Relations Intern

BendBroadband features Sisters resident in TV commercial

BendBroadband features Sisters resident in TV commercial

Local internet, TV, and phone services provider BendBroadband has launched another installment of its internet campaign, this time featuring Sisters resident June Jaeger. Building on the company’s promotional series that highlights inspiring Central Oregonians such as Ultra Runner Max King, and chainsaw artist Skip Armstrong, Jaeger will be featured for her quilting. “We admire the artistry,… Continue Reading

BendBroadband sponsoring Sisters Quilt Show, July 8

BendBroadband sponsoring Sisters Quilt Show, July 8

BendBroadband is a proud sponsor of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™, one of the world’s largest outdoor quilt show and sale. This event brings locals, visitors, business members, sponsors and community supporters together to support the Sisters area through an engaging weekend of fun. Artists from around the world will be at the show on Saturday,… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband™ donated $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County. This is in addition to what employees pledged to their local chapters during the annual campaign last fall. “One of our missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO and president of TDS Telecom, which operates BendBroadband. “We encourage employees to volunteer with our… Continue Reading

BendBroadband’s Privacy Policy

BendBroadband is dedicated to providing superior customer satisfaction and are committed to protecting our customer’s privacy.  BendBroadband takes this responsibility seriously as a key component to earning and maintaining our customers’ trust. We do not plan to make any changes to our existing privacy policy. You are welcome to read our policy at https://bendbroadband.com/privacy.asp   Continue Reading

New VoIP product from BendBroadband now available to area businesses

New VoIP product from BendBroadband now available to area businesses

Technology combines internet, phone and mobile applications for efficient business solution Bend, Ore. (March 22, 2017) –– BendBroadband announces the availability of a new Voice over IP (VoIP) business communications tool, TDS® managedIP Hosted. With managedIP Hosted, businesses can converge internet, phone and mobile services to improve call handling and call routing. In addition, area… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Information about Fox contract negotiations

UPDATE: Information about Fox contract negotiations

UPDATE — JANUARY 3, 2017: We’re pleased to let you know that your Fox channels will not be interrupted. After much back and forth, BendBroadband and the Fox Networks reached acceptable terms that will keep Fox’s vast array of networks on the air for BendBroadband customers. Escalating network fees are the No. 1 threat to affordable cable… Continue Reading