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

As cyber-attacks continue to evolve, every individual must improve their online security protocols to avoid becoming victim to the next cyber-attack. It’s October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month. And, an opportune time to talk about the importance of cybersecurity and take measures to stay safe online.

Cybersecurity is a broad term used to describe different protective measures you can take to keep your computer and personal information safe. It encompasses a number of different topics, from being aware of malware and phishing to securing your home network and more.

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are three tips, from TDS Telecom, to help protect yourself from a cyber-attack.

  1. Keep a clean machine. Regularly update your security software and scan your internet-connected devices for viruses. Keeping your device free from malware and infections makes the internet more secure for you and everyone around you. If you suspect your computer is infected, immediately take steps to remove the malware. Then, change your password and ensure your operating system, web browsers, and anti-virus software are up–to-date.
  2. Protect your passwords. Don’t make passwords that are too simple or easy to guess. Instead, create passwords with at least eight characters and incorporate a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. When given the option, always choose to enable stronger authentication. It’s also important to use different passwords for different accounts so that if an attacker is able to guess one password, they won’t gain access to all of your accounts. 
  3. Connect to secure networks. Before connecting to any public Wi-Fi network—like at an airport, hotel, or coffee shop—confirm the name of the network and login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure the network is legitimate. You should avoid doing sensitive activities, like online banking, while using an unsecured public connection. When possible, use your personal hotspot instead of free Wi-Fi—it’s usually a safer alternative.

Don’t let the threat of cyber-attacks spook you. Stay vigilant and prevent attacks, beginning now, during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and throughout the year.

Media Contact: Sydney Kelly | Communications Intern | TDS Telecom | 608-664-0902 | sydney.kelly@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. In 2018, TDS was recognized in Forbes list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. The TDS family of companies, which includes TDS Telecom, is listed at 190 out of 250 top employers in the U.S.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to more than six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs more than 9,900 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated October 2018

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