Don’t let cyber-attacks haunt you: Tips from TDS to stay safe

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) is taking the month of October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, to educate consumers on how to avoid being a victim of online crime. 

“To limit the threats to your data, always be aware that scammers never stop attempting to infect your devices or trick you into giving up sensitive and personal information like passwords or social security numbers,” said TDS’ Vice President of Information Technologies Karl Betz.

“It’s also important to remember that the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here and while this new technology offers so many great benefits, bad actors are using it as well to replicate voices and create deep fakes which can effectively deceive people,” said Betz. “The best way to fight against enhanced threats posed by AI is to remain vigilant with good internet security practices and overall awareness of these risks.”

Here are four internet security practices to help you stay safe online:

1.    Use Strong Passwords

Strong passwords are long (at least 12 characters), random, unique and include all four-character types (uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols). Password managers are a powerful tool to help you create and store strong passwords for each of your accounts.

2.    Recognize and Report Phishing (email), Vishing (voice), and Smishing (text)

Be cautious of unsolicited messages asking for personal information or asking you to respond quickly and by a deadline. Avoid sharing sensitive information or credentials with unknown sources. Report phishing attempts to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at and delete the message. Do not trust everything you see on the internet, especially social media, and be cautious about clicking on links as they may be infected with malware.

3.    Update Software

Ensuring your software is up to date is the best way to make sure you have the latest security patches and updates on your devices. Regularly check for updates if automatic updates are not available.

4.    Turn on Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

You need more than a password to protect your online accounts and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked. You will see this with most financial institutions that text a code to your mobile device.  Enable MFA on all your online accounts that offer it, especially email, social media, and financial accounts.


Please note: Karl Betz is available for media interviews. To set up an interview time, please contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom |

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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