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Are you ready to “Cut the Cord” and save?

Over 1.4 Million people have cancelled their cable TV this year.

Are you ready to “Cut the Cord” and save?

Cord Cutting is at an all time high. More and more people are cancelling their cable TV and Satellite TV subscriptions for internet based programming.

There have never been more options for programming and it seems there are new offerings every day. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and streaming services like the new OmniBox, that offers over 800 channels, the major networks, ESPN, ESPN2, for $29.95 per mo. You can get Showtime and HBO subscriptions online as well.

Another option for free programming is your local TV stations. The FCC mandated that TV stations install digital transmitters and now most Americans can receive 30 or more free local channels over the air with a simple antenna.

As millions say goodbye to the high cost of cable, there will be more and development of programming for cord cutters.

So how does all this work? What do you need to cut the cord?

It’s really not that complicated.

You need three things:

• A set top box, or smart TV that gives you access to internet based services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. Or maybe a streaming service like OmniBox TV.

• An antenna to receive your free local HD, over the air channels

• A high speed (10 Mb or more) internet connection with unlimited data.

Most internet connections from cable companies, DSL, and satellite based services have data caps. Moving all that video programming over the internet piles up the data usage quickly and if you don’t have an unlimited connection you could be in for a surprise when you get your monthly bill.
Seek out a company such as Bluebird Broadband, that offers high speeds and unlimited data usage, and stream away.

When you cut the cord with an unlimited data plan you may find that you enjoy the freedom to choose your programming and some really nice savings.

Cord Cutters Resources:

Cord Cutters News – Cord Cutting 101

Bluebird Cord Cutting Guide

Antennarecommendations.com

Bluebird LTE Unlimited

Press Release for FT Smith AR

April 27, 2016 For Immediate Release

(Ft. Smith, AR) – Bluebird Broadband Services, a premium independent Internet Service Provider and WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider), has acquired an exclusive, 30 year, FCC EBS spectrum lease in the 2.5 Ghz band from the spectrum owner, the Van Buren, AR School District.

Bluebird has been a local Internet Service Provider, headquartered in the Shreveport/ Bossier City, LA area since 2006. Bluebird has since expanded service to cover much of North and Central Louisiana as well as portions of North East Texas.   Bluebird serves customers with state- of- the- art Internet, telephone, and data center services, and we specialize in local, personalized, customer care.

Bluebird has now deployed a cutting edge 4th Generation LTE Broadband System in Van Buren and Ft. Smith, AR designed to deliver speeds up to 50 Mbps to residences and businesses throughout the metro area.   Bluebird’s LTE Unlimited is perfect for those wishing to “cut the cord” and move to Internet based television and entertainment since there are absolutely no data caps, allowing unlimited streaming to all the devices in your home or business.

Tony Downs, Bluebird’s General Manager said, “We are so pleased to expand our service to Ft. Smith and Van Buren and to realize our mission of delivering the fastest, unlimited streaming, wireless Internet network in Arkansas. Our customers in the Ft. Smith area will enjoy the latest technology at competitive prices, supported by a customer support team that will go the extra mile to make sure they have the best customer experience possible.”

About Bluebird Broadband

Bluebird Broadband serves business and residential customers with a variety of products including Fixed Wireless, Metro Ethernet, Hosted PBX VoIP Telephone, Data Center, and cloud computing services. Bluebird leases FCC licensed 2.5 Ghz Spectrum and technology. Bluebird is a Louisiana Limited Liability Corporation.   Please visit bluebirdbroadband.com.

 

Web Browsers and the Internet

A Web browser is your gateway to the Internet and all it has to offer. Unfortunately, while you’re surfing, hackers are constantly trying to get information and access systems for whatever reason. Sometimes it is for monetary gain, or to have a system they can log into for other hacking attempts, or even to prove to themselves they can do it. Hackers are always looking for flaws in your security namely your browser so they can snoop through your system; steal your identity, or worse.

Browser developers are constantly updating their software and patching vulnerabilities. It is recommended that you always surf with an up to date browser. Many have features that automatically download updates and patches. Enabling this functionality makes one less thing you have to worry about.

All popular operating systems come packaged with built in browsers. Internet explorer for Windows based systems and Safari for Mac users. However, these aren’t your only options.

There are several other browsers freely available on the web. Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are probably the two most popular alternatives. If you look over the shoulder of more experienced computer users you are likely to see one of these browsers in use. The reasoning for using these browsers is as personal as the type of soft drink that person prefers. However, the most common reasoning is that those browsers are constantly updated and adhere to web browser standards more closely than the browsers offered by the big operating system developers. Many times, features are available on Firefox and Chrome many months before other options.

If you have always used the browser that came with your computer give one of the other options a try. They are time tested and in many cases preferred by more savvy computer users. At the very least, your friends may think of you as a savvy user when they see you using a non-factory browser.

Bluebird Broadband provides high-speed Internet solutions for homes and businesses located in Ft Smith and Van Buren Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana, East Texas and Alexandria. We offer customized solutions for small businesses and large businesses seeking high-speed Internet. Our high-speed business Internet is cost effective, and unlike a cable connection, our network is unaffected by varying weather conditions. We deliver low-latency and guaranteed bandwidth required by today’s businesses for Internet hosted cloud applications! For more information about all of the Internet and Voice solutions we can assist you with, contact us today!

 

Microsoft Edge is the New Browser for Windows 10

If you have owned a computer within the last 20 years, you most likely have used Microsoft’s Internet Explorer at some point.

Over the years many serious bugs have plagued Internet Explorer. Which has deterred many users who wish to stay safe while browsing. Consumers have gone towards new options such as Google Chrome that now has a market share of about 43%, while Internet Explorer is crawling in around 11%.

It is no surprise to hear that Microsoft has decided to discontinue Internet Explorer. Which marks the end of that little blue “e” in your start menu. It has been confirmed that Internet Explorer will not be part of the new Windows 10 update.

This doesn’t mean Internet Explorer will stop working as your current browser, but it would be wise to check into other options. If you decide to go with a newer generation browser such as Google Chrome, it will walk you through importing all of your bookmarks, and other browser settings you made for Internet Explorer.

Microsoft has now launched a new browser known as “Microsoft Edge” that is available on the new Windows 10. It is a nice change of pass from the original “exploration” that Microsoft started on.

With new age features, and the well needed security settings “Microsoft Edge” should easily surpass its two decade old predecessor.

Bluebird Broadband offers high speed Internet solutions for business and residential needs in Shreveport, Bossier City, & Alexandria Louisiana contact us for more information on how we can help your business or home today!

Burglars and Social Media

1. Location Sharing Applications 

Checking in at different locations may be a simple way to let your friends and family know how you’re doing, but they aren’t the only ones checking in on you. Criminals use location sharing services to gather information for potential victims. With a rough idea of where you live and access to Google Street view, criminals can begin to plan a break in.

Many applications have location sharing features that may communicate with other applications on your device, some having less security. A way to avoid any unwelcome guests into your privacy would be to go through your applications and fully understand the privacy and location settings. Many social media applications have a way for you to adjust these settings to your desired security level.

For example you can check your Facebook privacy settings to see who is able to see your post, and then adjust accordingly.

Being aware of which applications use your GPS automatically is a great way to avoid any security surprises. Not only can they leave you vulnerable to prying eyes, but they also have been know to drain battery life.

2. Hidden Media Data 

Being able to share your media content with friends, and family is one of the greatest parts of social media. Unfortunately the wrong people may also be taking a glimpse at the content as well, and using that information to target you.

Every picture you upload online has many different pieces of information. Such as where the picture was taken, the time stamp of when, and on what device.

It is known as EXIF data. There are a few sites that help to remove this data from your upload automatically, such as Facebook. While many other sites do not. Any criminal who knows how to find this information can use it to your disadvantage.

Fortunately EXIF data is not something that cannot be removed.

It is still wise to remain cautious when making a post even if the EXIF data has been cleared. It is not very difficult for someone to find your location based on landmarks, street names, or personal information you may have posted.

3. Too Informative Posts 

It is understandable to have the urge to alert the masses about you having an amazing time while on vacation. Yet it may not be the wisest idea to do this while it is happening in real time. Nothing ruins a good moment like an unwanted guest.

A better way of expressing yourself would be to wait until you are home safe and sound. You may even decide to be a little more private with some things than others. Sometimes it is best to keep those moments between you and the people who made them. Using private photo sharing applications like Flickr, or Google Photos would be a great way to make sure the memories are shared with those who appreciate them.

 

4. Reverse image search

When posting pictures to multiple sites you become vulnerable to reverse image searches. This type of search can show all of the sites that the image has been uploaded to.

How it works is if you post an image onto multiple sites, it creates a way for criminals to track it from site to site. All it takes is downloading that image and then putting it through a simple Google search to find all of the sites that it is posted to.

While doing this a criminal could find out your name and then use that information to do another search to then possibly find even more information.

Remaining cautious with where, and how you upload photos can help to prevent this type of intrusion.

Bluebird now has access to the latest generation Internet satellite and the service offerings are far better than any that have been available in the past.  With speeds up to 12 Mb x 3 Mb and much higher data caps, this service was created to meet today’s demand for streaming video and large downloads. Contact us for more info.

Bluebird Multipath

Was your business adversely affected by the recent Comcast outage?

If so, Bluebird Broadband has the answer.  With Bluebird’s MultiPath service we bring in a secondary internet connection and provide a router that is configured to have your internet automatically fail over to it in the event  your primary connection goes down.

If your business depends on the internet, you can depend on Bluebird to keep you up and running.  Bluebird Broadband, your local business experts for business class internet and telephone services.  Call Kevin Willey at 318-780-9721 for the details.