Back 2 School

The day some dread, others look forward to as soon as the school supplies hit the retail store shelves.  Yes, it is Back to School time.  Time to discover.  Time to Learn.  Time to purchase notebooks, pencils, calculators, and more. Time to watch the next generation develop those life-long learning skills. One of those skills is learning how to conduct research. The Internet has made research easy compared to my high school days where we had to go to the library, search for books, journals, newspapers, and magazines looking for any information regarding a specific topic. So how do we find the information we are looking for on the Internet.  First, you must select which search engine you are going to use—Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com, etc.  A search engine is a web-based tool that enables users to locate information via the World Wide Web. Google is the most popular and commonly used search engine.  Simply go to Google search and type a keyword, phrase or question.  You can even use the Internet to access resources and apps to help you study. To conduct research on the Internet, you need a device—computer, laptop, tablet or smart device.  If your back to school shopping list includes a new computer or laptop, please give ReadiTech a call.  Our technical support specialists can assist you with the purchasing of a new device that is just right for you and your family.  We can custom order machines.  ReadiTech also has laptops on hand for those who need a device immediately. A computer/device with Internet access is an awesome tool not only for students but...

Your Personal Information is Safe With Us

No matter what you use for a news source, you hear or read about data breaches on a daily basis.  This past week, the news has been filled with stories about Facebook and how it allowed a third party data collection agency to gather and use information about its Facebook users. According to Breach Level Index, there have been 9,740,567,988 data records lost or stolen since 2013.  That equates to 59 records every second! In today’s world, it is not a matter of if a business or individual will be affected by a security breach but when. ReadiTech has several measures in place to protect the cooperatives data information as well as that of its customers.  And, we adopted a mindset that fundamentally changes the way we protect our organization.  This mindset is that cyber security is real and an ongoing project, one where we have to always be preparing for potential attacks and data breaches. Today, I would like to address how we use the data we collect from our customers. ReadiTech is compliant with the FCC rules and regulations regarding the collection of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI).  Federal law allows us to use the information from your current records to market and advise you of new products and services that may satisfy your communication needs, unless you notify us otherwise. The information we collect or have access to regarding your services, address, phone numbers, date of birth, social security number, etc., is confidential.  Not only is it the law, but it also our duty to protect that information.  We do not share nor sell any of...

A Safer Holiday Season

All through the house, not a creature was stirring except for the mouse. The computer mouse that is! Yes, it is that time of year when people are busy online shopping and writing Christmas letters. As the number of days dwindle before Christmas, the hustle and bustle and perhaps even panic attacks increase! “I have only 15 days to find the perfect gift for that hard to buy for Aunt Ann.” After spending hours of visiting the local stores (because we all know how important it is to shop local first) and you still did not find the perfect gift. You decide to look online. Online shopping can be convenient as we can shop at all hours of the day and even in our PJ’s. However, there are some tips I would like to share with you to help minimize identity theft and credit card fraud. When making purchases, choose to use your credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards offer protection from identity theft that debit cards don’t. Also dedicate one credit card for online purchases. Many website offer you the ability to save or store your credit card information on their servers to speed up the shopping experience. Although, it is definitely faster, I don’t recommend this. If you allow your information to be stored there, you are putting your personal information at risk. Take the time to input your personal and credit card information each time you make a purchase. Make sure you are shopping or purchasing items from a web store that offers secure shopping. Look for the small lock icon in the...