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Stay Safe from Many Online Threats with Umbrella Defense

This online safety feature is included with every BCT Internet subscription.

Sep 1, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
#security #technology #company information #wifi #announcements

BCT has implemented Umbrella Defense - a cyber security solution from Cisco - to help protect internet subscribers. Umbrella Defense is a complimentary, included service that protects all subscribers on a BCT internet connection from accidentally visiting reportedly known websites that may...

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Watch out for emails from scammers posing as computer software company, McAfee. They’re fakes!

By Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Jul 26, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
#scams #technology #news

Have you received an email with the subject line "Thank you for your purchase!" that looks like it came from McAfee, a computer security software company? The email claims your account has been “re-approved” and your credit or debit card was charged hundreds of dollars. At the very end of the...

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June is Audiobook Appreciation Month

Rent audiobooks and eBooks for free with the Libby app

Jun 2, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
#news #technology #tips #community #wifi

Did you know you can use your local library card to rent audiobooks and eBooks for free on your smartphone or eReader? Download the Libby app on your phone or tablet, then log in using a card from a local library system like Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC). Once rented, you can listen to...

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Create and Store Strong Passwords with a Password Manager

May 5, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
#technology #tips #security

Let’s talk passwords – it’s World Password Day! We all know having strong passwords is important, but are you reusing the same one across multiple websites? This opens the door for vulnerabilities in the event of a data breach.  Image caption:  The LastPass password generator tool...

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On This Day: First Geocache Placed Near Beavercreek in 2000

May 3, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
#community #technology

Did you know that the international phenomenon of geocaching was first played on this day 22 years ago near Beavercreek in our neighboring region of Viola to the east? For those unfamiliar, geocaching is an outdoor activity where participants use GPS technology and other navigational techniques...

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Possible TV interruptions due to solar flares

Mar 3, 2022 | posted by Conner Williams
#tv #cable #news #technology #outage

During the upcoming Spring Equinox and the surrounding weeks, there is a chance that television services may see interruptions due to an increase in solar flares. This happens for about one week twice per year during the spring and fall equinox seasons and could affect the Cable TV feed.  A...

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Organize Your Computer on National Clean Out Your Virtual Desktop Day

Oct 18, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams
#education #technology #tip

Is your computer's desktop full of cluttered shortcuts that are difficult to navigate? Does the above image of a scattered desktop make you as uncomfortable as us? Today is a great day to organize your virtual life as it's National Clean Out Your Virtual Desktop Day!  To celebrate, consider...

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New System Launched to Help Block Unwanted Spam Calls

Jun 16, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams
#company information #technology #news #voice #robocalls

Tired of hearing about your car’s manufacturer warranty nearing expiration when you don’t even have one? How about that offer for a free cruise that’s completely real and not a very obvious scam? Well, we’ve got good news! As in, actual good news, not a scam claiming to have good news. Per...

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BCT technicians continue repairs from historic ice storm

There may be periods of short outages while repairs are made

Jun 4, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams
#company information #technology #outage #maintenance

Your connection is important! As your local communications cooperative, we know how vital it is to have reliable Internet, Video, and Voice services, especially during a time when so many now work, learn, and entertain virtually. The Beavercreek community was challenged when the historic ice and...

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Don’t pass by this password reminder

World Password Day is May 6, so use this as a reminder to update your passwords!

May 6, 2021 | posted by Conner Williams
#support #technology #tip

You've heard it before, but we'll say it again. It's important to have strong passwords and change them regularly to help keep your accounts safe. Here are the basics: Don't use personal information. This includes names of people in your family, your address, or birthdays, since this...

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Online learning resources for kids at home

Apr 21, 2020 | posted by Conner Williams
#news #covid-19 #community #technology

While school is out during the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, parents may be looking for some online resources to keep their kids engaged and learning. Here are three free resources available that all focus on educational opportunities.  1. Khan Academy  offers practice...

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Possible TV outages due to upcoming solar flares

By Conner Williams

Feb 26, 2020 | posted by Conner Williams
#technology #announcements #tv #outage

During the upcoming Spring Equinox and the surrounding weeks, there is a chance that television services may see interruptions due to an increase in solar flares. This happens for about one week twice per year during the spring and fall equinox seasons and could affect both EZVideo and cable TV...

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Looking back at the top tech innovations of the decade

2010-2019

By Conner Williams

Feb 25, 2020 | posted by Jason Nugent
#technology

With 2020 here, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most influential or game-changing technological innovations of the last decade. Since we are an Internet service provider, we thought it would be appropriate to include a list of items that all rely on or have something...

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What's the difference between a modem and a router?

A modem is your home's gateway to the Internet, while a router allows devices to connect wirelessly (WiFi) to the Internet

By Conner Williams

Aug 5, 2019 | posted by Conner Williams
#technology

It can be easy to mix the two terms up since both pieces of equipment are necessary to provide an Internet signal to your home. A modem is essentially the middleman between the source of Internet from a provider like BCT and your home’s network. It allows the signal that comes from BCT’s...

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Gadget Review: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

$49.99 MSRP – Available on Amazon.com and other retail locations and websites

By Conner Williams

Feb 19, 2019 | posted by Conner Williams
#technology #review

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a great addition to the Fire TV family as it adds two features users have long been anticipating: volume and power control. The power button has been added to the top-left while the volume buttons were added to the bottom of the new next-gen Alexa Voice...

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How to care for electronic devices in the cold

By Conner Williams

Jan 14, 2019 | posted by Conner Williams
#technology

Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, don't like cold weather. When a lithium-ion battery is exposed to cold temperatures, it can drain faster than normal or indicate it has ample power remaining and then suddenly go dead. Low temperatures can also make a device's glass surfaces more...

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Keep in touch with loved ones this holiday season with video calling applications

By Conner Williams

Nov 30, 2018 | posted by Conner Williams
#technology

There is now the capability to place a video call to someone at almost any time, any place as long as you’re connected to the Internet via a BCT connection or your wireless carrier’s data plan. Virtually all mobile devices and laptops now have front-facing cameras, so all you need is an app...

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Tech Support Question: Why Does Restarting My Computer Fix Many Problems?

By Conner Williams

Oct 4, 2018 | posted by Jason Nugent
#technology #support

Question:  It seems like every time I contact  a knowledgeable friend or a  professional about a computer  problem, the first thing they say is, "Did you try  rebooting?" Does rebooting (the technical term  for restarting) really solve that many problems and,  if so, how? Answer:  Yes,...

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Gadget Review – Drones

By Marcus Jones

Oct 4, 2018 | posted by Jason Nugent
#technology #review

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are finding their way into many aspects of everyday life. Next time you look up, don’t be surprised if you see a drone. They also have a wide variety of uses today - contractors use them for geographical surveying and law enforcement uses them to combat...

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Tech Support Question: What’s the best way to keep track of all my passwords?

By Jason Nugent

Sep 5, 2018 | posted by Jason Nugent
#technology #support

Answer: Write them down in a secure journal or use an online password manager. If you have only one password that you use universally, it's time to make a change. Using the same password for multiple accounts and services can compromise your online security and allow hackers to access...

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What Is the Cloud and Why Do I Need It?

By Jason Nugent

Jun 25, 2018 | posted by Jason Nugent
#technology

It might be time to think about backing up files to a Cloud service to ensure that you will never lose  important information if you currently save everything to a local desktop or flash drive.  Saving important documents to an external flash drive in addition to a local laptop or desktop...

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