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Blog // Connect South Carolina

5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online

By CSC Staff

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online: 1. Look at a Website’s privacy policy - Before submitting your name, e-mail address, or other personal information on a website, look for the site's privacy policy. 2. Look for evidence that your information is being encrypted - To protect attackers from hijacking your information, any personal information submitted online should be encrypted so that it can only be read by the appropriate recipient. 3. Do business with credible companies – Work with websites certified by an Internet trust organization such as BBBonline, TRUSTe, or...

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5 Tips for Securing Your Personal Computer

By CSC Staff

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online: 1. Keep your firewall turned on: Firewalls provide protection against outside attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary Internet traffic. 2. Always use good passwords for your PC: • Don't use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed • Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language • Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords • Use a combination of lowercase and capital letters, numbers, and special characters • Use...

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27% of South Carolina Businesses do not use Broadband

By Wil Payton

Broadband is a powerful, enabling technology that is fast becoming the engine of economic growth in America. Increasingly, businesses seeking to open or expand operations look to see not only whether a community has robust broadband access, but also whether potential workers have digital literacy skills and tools. The 2010 Connect South Carolina Business Technology Survey finds that while nearly three out of four South Carolina businesses use broadband, some sectors still lag behind in broadband adoption. Statewide, 73% of all South Carolina businesses subscribe to broadband. This means that approximately 29,000 South Carolina...

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Tightening your data belt can save you money

By CSC Staff

From PETER WAYNER | The New York Times Published: October 5, 2011   The economics of an all-you-can-eat buffet are pretty easy to figure out. The restaurant makes money as long as most of the diners don’t have big appetites and enormous capacity for engorgement.   It hasn’t taken Internet service providers very long to conclude that their all-you-can-eat pricing isn’t as profitable as charging those who use more bandwidth streaming videos and music more money than those who pop on for a quick Facebook chat. Many are adopting flat-rate pricing or pricing tiers. The more you use, the more you pay. Many are even imposing limits on...

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