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Equifax Data Breach: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself
By Connected Nation
Last week, another large data breach affected nearly half of all Americans. Equifax reported that hackers obtained personal information from 143 million U.S. consumers. Though details on the extent of the breach are still coming out, it’s a reminder of the risks that consumers and businesses face each day due to data breaches, and the steps that each of us can take to protect ourselves. Hackers were able to get names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Many experts are labelling this data breach as possibly one of the worst and most severe to date. A credit card can be canceled. A password can be reset. But your social security number and birth date are for life. If you are a victim, your information may no longer be protected. Are you a victim of the Equifax data breach? Find out at Don’t go to the site unless you are using a secure computer and Internet connection. If the...
Teleworkers: It’s Time to Leave the House
By Jessica Denson
The Loft, a co-working space, recently opened in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and those behind the nonprofit venture are inviting you to expand your workspace. “I’m a fairly new full-time resident to the Harbor Springs area, and I’ve been a remote worker in a number of positions throughout my career,” said Bill Mulder (pictured left, center), a board member of Harbor, Inc. “Working from home can be productive and effective, but it can also be lonely and isolating. The Loft invites people to get out of their basements and into a social, fun working environment, especially on dark, winter days.” The Loft is located at 152 East Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. The 1,400 square foot space sits on the second floor and offers high-speed internet, a friendly, open space to network, and places to telework, including three stand-up desks. Rachel Smolinski (pictured left, in red) is the Executive Director of Harbor, Inc. She’s been kicking around...
Internet 101 Series: The Computer Components and Hardware
By Connected Nation
The following is part of our "Internet 101 Series," intended to explain the basics and jargon that everyone should understand when it comes to broadband (high-speed internet) expansion.  Our previous blog explained the basics of how the internet works and how data is transferred through the system. A major component of that system is the hardware supporting it—from the vital parts inside your computer to the devices which transmit data, to the cables physically connecting the internet. The Client The device using an internet connection is called a client. Whether it’s a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or an Internet of Things (IoT) device like a smart TV or smart refrigerator, it all falls under this designation. These devices are outfitted with physical components and written programs that allow them to access and interact with the internet. Random Access Memory (RAM) Random access memory, or RAM, is the hardware inside the device (client)...
The Digital Divide: It’s About to Get Personal
By Connected Nation
For more than a decade I have worked alongside my Connected Nation teammates to reduce the Digital Divide. Reducing the Digital Divide in all of its forms is an important cause. And, along with my Connected Nation team, I believe everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. But for me, it’s personal. In addition to my work with Connected Nation, I am a fourth generation farmer in rural Kentucky. Some of my work for Connected Nation is done from the farm. From our farm, I raise and sell crops, and I get to help close the divide across the country. I just can’t close the Digital Divide across my living room. The closest stoplight from my home is five miles away. Our farm is beyond the reach of fiber and cable. A locally owned fixed wireless company provided a 4 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload signal to us until recently. Their service requires a clear line of site between our home and the local utility company’s water tower that hosts the wireless provider’s equipment....