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Walnut Communications, Small Town…Big Tech ISP

Annual Walnut Antique Show As I drove into Walnut, Iowa (pop. 773), many people were out and about. Businesses were busy preparing for customers. There was an unexpected buzz in the air. That weekend, over 40,000 antique aficionados would descend upon this small town and enjoy one of the biggest antique festivals in the Midwest. "The whole town gets involved," said Bruce Heyne, General Manager at Walnut Communications, an Internet Service Provider (ISP). 100 Years of Service Walnut Communications has been one of the pillars of this small farm community since 1915. As technology progressed, so did they. Heyne proudly pointed to…
OTWAdmin
July 18, 2016
Security

Defend Yourself Against Ransomware: Email Attachment Filtering

We recently noted the increase in ransomware attacks that OXEN Technology has dealt with. As a follow-up, we want to make you aware of a tool that helps protect your network environment against these types of file-hostage attacks. This tool allows for email attachment defense and filters email attachments that are able to enter your environment. Why Email Attachment Filtering? Why does filtering email attachments defend against ransomware attacks? Because infected document attachments have become an easy method for cybercriminals to use. The cost to create and deliver them is small and the opportunity is large. Unsuspecting users click on…
OTWAdmin
July 12, 2016
Announcements

OXEN Strong: Handcrafted by our team member

Here at OXEN Technology, we’re still finding and replacing items with our old company name (did you hear? We recently changed our name!), and that means many of our signs and office artwork will be exchanged with new ones this year. Our Harlan office is excited to have a new artwork sign – made by our own OXEN engineer Nate Paxton! He used his own two hands to make this sign, and we wanted to share it with you too. Look at that detail! We think he had fun making it and telling us the story of its creation, which…
OTWAdmin
July 1, 2016
Business Productivity

Get to know Windows Control Panel: Using the Sounds settings

Sometimes you’ll have a problem with your computer’s audio playback, or wonder why your sound is recording at too low a volume. This tip will show you how to find the Sounds options in Windows Control Panel, where you can check your settings and make adjustments. Go to Control Panel. (What is Control Panel? How do you find it?) If you’re viewing by Category, go to Hardware and Sound > Sound. If you’re viewing by icons, go to Sounds. The Sound window will appear. There are four tabs across the top (Playback, Recording, Sounds, and Communication). Playback: Setting default speakers…
OTWAdmin
June 27, 2016
Security

Warning: Rise in Ransomware “Troldesh” Attacks

OXEN Technology has seen a significant increase in activity by a malicious ransomware software called Troldesh. Our engineers are currently working with several clients to resolve the issue for them, and we wanted to warn you regarding this potential threat. We have recognized that systems that are not actively managed or have no system access management policies are exceptionally susceptible to the current version of ransomware. What is Ransomware and Troldesh? Troldesh is a form of malicious software called ransomware. If infected, your data, and often every fileshare on your network is encrypted and you will be asked to pay a…
OTWAdmin
June 14, 2016
Announcements

We Took the Leap: HTS is OXEN Technology Now!

At Heartland Technology Solutions we’re proud to say we’ve been a consistent pillar for our clients over the past 31 years. It’s with our future in mind that we recently navigated a brand refresh. In this process, we wanted to be true to our roots, firm in our beliefs and clear in our mission so that we can continue to serve our clients with excellence. With that said, we’re excited to announce... Heartland Technology Solutions is now OXEN Technology! (more…)
OTWAdmin
May 25, 2016