Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 2813 Fall 2016 | with https:// versus the unprotected http://. For an SSL-encrypted site, a padlock icon will also appear at the top of your browser by the web address, signifying a safe space. 4. Protect your PC from malware. Sometimes, credit card swindlers don't wait for you to go to the coffee shop — they bring the attack to you. That's why it's important to protect your device against malware with regular updates to an anti-virus program. In fact, HTC offers all High- Speed Internet customers free protection through Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security — to learn more, visit 5. Utilize your resources. Many credit card providers offer a fraud alert service free of charge. Typically, this means your credit card company will call, email or text you when there is suspicious activity on your account. It may seem like an elementary step, but be sure you're making the most of any alert program your provider offers — it's an easy, effective way to keep tabs on your account and prevent fraud. 6. Monitor your statements. This one may seem obvious, but actively monitoring your transactions is key to preventing online credit card fraud. Almost all financial institutions offer this capability — most even have an app available for easy access. It's a relatively easy way to catch fraudulent transactions in enough time to take quick action. Ultimately, online shopping makes checking items off your gift list easier than ever. Because the holidays are a time when big-ticket purchases are made, it's especially crucial to double down on security measures. The key is to stay proactive — protect your own home network, stay aware of where and when you shop, and always use common sense. To learn more about how to protect your information and shop smart online, visit Improve your Wi-Fi experience As a telecommunications cooperative, we want to ensure you stay up to date on the latest technology trends, tips and information. Below are some helpful tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your home Wi-Fi network: Position — Place your Wi-Fi router/modem as close to the middle of your home as possible. Obstacles like walls, mirrors and metal furniture can make it hard for the Wi-Fi signal to perform properly, so avoid hiding it in “tucked away” places such as on the floor, in a closet or in a cabinet. Interference — Similar to positioning your router/ modem properly, keeping it away from signal disrupters like microwaves, cordless telephones, gaming consoles and baby monitors can improve your signal strength. An easy way to reduce interference is to avoid placing your router/modem near household appliances. Your Device — The age and model of devices may affect the performance of your wireless home network. Older devices can slow down other device connections in your home. And putting a number of devices on your Wi-Fi can slow down your network. Make sure you have an appropriate bandwidth for the number of devices you own, from smartphones to tablets and laptops. More devices require more bandwidth — it’s as simple as that! Channel Congestion — Wi-Fi networks can experience channel congestion from nearby networks. Like a busy highway, everything gets slowed down when too many people are trying to connect. HTC Technical Support can help you identify if there is congestion and configure your Wi-Fi channels for better performance if needed. For additional help with your Wi-Fi, call Advanced Product Support at 843-369-8745.