Category Archives: Self Help

Cyber security hint: Make passwords strong

Cyber security hint: Make passwords strong

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, BendBroadband is sharing blogs about phishing scams and this one below which reminds consumers to make your passwords strong and tough to crack. The tips below were adapted from the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Online Privacy Tip Card: Make your passwords/passphrases strong You can increase the strength of… Continue Reading

Online gaming: A possible security risk

If you, or someone in your family, enjoy the super-popular online games be warned: there are real-life security risks at play in online gaming. Take Fornite — three recently discovered security bugs would have allowed hackers to access account and payment information, and also listen to chats. Even more scary? All it would have taken… Continue Reading

E-mail Scam Alert

Dear BendBroadband customers, BendBroadband has become aware of a possible e-mail scam. Customers are receiving an email with a subject line: ‘Payment Declined’ and it states it’s from ‘TDS Billing.’  If you hover over ‘TDS Billing’, it actually shows an address of dobnflorence@wildblue.net.  Within the email it states the customer’s recent payment has been declined and… Continue Reading

Social Security Number scam on the rise

The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security Number and even your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, the FTC heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly… Continue Reading

People can figure out your password

People can figure out your password

Even if your password isn’t “123456,” “password,” “qwerty,” or “letmein”—some of the most commonly used ones out there—odds are good that other people know your password. That’s because of two reasons: Billions of leaked credentials have found their way online thanks to data breaches. The average person uses the same password in multiple places. Especially… Continue Reading

Hacking humans: dangers of social engineering

Hacking humans: dangers of social engineering

“Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people.”  —Bruce Schneier – cryptographer, privacy specialist, and author Social engineering is a new term to describe someone who uses psychological manipulation to get someone else to divulge confidential information or perform actions (e.g., click a link in an email or open a locked door). An older name for a social… Continue Reading