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Reminders about Data Privacy

With today’s technology, keeping your private information safe can be quite a challenge. No matter what you do online, whether it’s using social media sites, banking, shopping, gaming, or streaming, your personal information may be used in ways that you are not aware of.

Today is the perfect day to review your privacy settings and be aware of how and where your information is being shared. This international annual holiday focuses on raising awareness about the importance of protecting personal information online and promoting best practices for privacy and data protection.

Take a moment to review these four easy tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) that will put you on the path to privacy:

  • Secure your devices: To protect your mobile phone, PC, or laptop, create strong passwords and passcodes. When available, use Touch ID or Face ID features to lock your devices. If your devices are ever stolen or lost, these measures can help protect your information.
  • Say “yes” to updates: Viruses and malware can also threaten your mobile device. Regularly check to make sure you have the most up-to-date web browser, operating system, app and security software to protect your devices and private data.
  • Backup your data: Data can be lost in many ways, including theft, viruses, or spyware. Don’t risk losing your family photos by not having a secure backup. Make copies and choose the hardware or location you’d like to store your backups. Then be sure to safely store the device or drive that has your backed-up files.
  • Think before you say “allow”: Social media apps, gaming apps, and online shopping apps all ask for your personal information. Think before you allow an app to access your location, contacts or other private data and how it might be used by the app. To safely use the apps you need and love, be mindful of how your information is being used. If you’re unsure of how to change your settings, use these resources from Stay Safe Online on how to manage your privacy settings.
  • Be picky about Wi-Fi: Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, meaning that while connected, anyone with some basic technical skills could see what you are doing on your mobile device. To protect against this, limit what you do on public Wi-Fi. Avoid logging on to financial services accounts or email. If possible, use a personal or mobile hotspot or a virtual private network (VPN) to connect in public.

Increasing your online presence and activity can make it more difficult to protect yourself against data breaches or hacks, but this does not mean you have to leave the online world. Instead, read up on online safety tips from resources like Stay Safe Online.

Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

Some of you are celebrating your second COVID-19 vaccination with the giddy enthusiasm that’s usually reserved for weddings, new babies, and other life events. You’re posting a photo of your vaccination card on social media. Please — don’t do that! You could be inviting identity theft. Your vaccination card has information on it including your… Continue Reading

1Gig internet speeds now available in Madras and Prineville, Oregon

BendBroadband, a TDS company, announces faster speeds for Central Oregonians Bend, Ore. (February 26, 2021) – BendBroadband is now offering 1Gig internet speeds in Madras and Prineville, Oregon. Residential and business customers can now go faster than ever with a variety of high-speed internet packages from BendBroadband. Customers can receive up to one gigabit internet… Continue Reading

TDS named ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality’

TDS (BendBroadband’s parent company) one of 14 Wisconsin-based firms to receive perfect score TDS Telecommunications received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for being a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” TDS joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks… Continue Reading

Working at Home: Do it right

Working at Home: Do it right

Some people work better with ambient noise or chatter, while others work best with less distractions. If you happen to fall in the latter camp, then you might enjoy taking advantage of flexible work options. Working at home doesn’t just require an employer who gives you the opportunity to do so, it also requires a… Continue Reading

Does your business need a digital upgrade?

Does your business need a digital upgrade?

Over the past few decades as technology has advanced at a rapid rate, businesses have learned to adapt digitally, out of necessity to remain relevant and provide the best service possible. This undertaking by businesses to stay up-to-speed with technological advancements is the basis of digital business transformation. But before you can adapt to the… Continue Reading

The Value of Consulting a Trusted Advisor in Making Telecom Decisions

The Value of Consulting a Trusted Advisor in Making Telecom Decisions

Why are we profiling a business in Tennessee? Because this business recently installed TDS managedIP Hosted, the VoIP system that BendBroadband now offers its customers in Bend, Redmond, and Sisters. See what the phone, chat, video, and smartphone app combination did for this Bend-like community’s Chamber of Commerce. Communication technologies have changed dramatically in recent… Continue Reading

The Different Types of High Speed Internet for Business

The Different Types of High Speed Internet for Business

When people talk about high speed internet, what are they really talking about? When you’re researching for a business high-speed internet  connection, undoubtedly the price is a huge deciding factor. Fiber will cost more than most types of internet connections. But let’s take a step back from thinking just about the price and see what… Continue Reading

7 LinkedIn Tips

7 LinkedIn Tips

They say, “It’s all about who you know,” when it comes to landing a job. With LinkedIn, the network of “who you know” only gets larger. That’s why it’s increasingly important to make sure you’re representing yourself accurately and professionally online. Working with a TDS Talent Acquisition Specialist in Human Resources, we came up with… Continue Reading