TDS launches Hacker Alert in its cable markets

A new tool for added internet security

TDS Telecom® and BendBroadband® have launched a new security tool in its cable markets that resides on the network, analyzing internet traffic for security threats that anti-virus software may miss. Hacker Alert provides an additional layer of protection for customers’ home network by identifying these threats that can lead to identity theft, cybercrime, and more.

“We’re proud to invest in our network to give customers added security for their home networks so they can browse, game, and work securely,” said Julie Maiers, vice president of Marketing and Product Development for TDS.

Because the technology is embedded in the TDS and BendBroadband network, customers won't need to install or upgrade their service, and it cannot be disabled by virus or malware infections on devices.

With Hacker Alert, when there is an alert, customers will be notified via email, text (SMS) or through the Hacker Alert portal, depending on their preferences. Customers will then be given step-by-step instructions for fixing the problem to protect their home networks from harm.

The Hacker Alert portal helps customers manage their notifications and take action on any suspicious activity. One subscription covers all connected devices in the home and is complementary to any anti-virus software already in place. Plus, it won't slow down internet-connected devices.

Customers can add Hacker Alert to their TDS internet account for $3.95 per month, and no term agreement is required.  TDS customers can order Hacker Alert by calling: 1-855-696-8368 or

BendBroadband customers can order Hacker Alert by calling 1-541-803-8087 or click here.



Media Contacts:  Cheryl McCollum | TDS Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 |; and Mike Wanta  | BendBroadband Communications | 608-664-1096 |

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 3,600 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. 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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