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Slow Internet? Watch Out for High Bandwidth Consuming Apps!

Has your Internet speed suddenly become unusually slow? Have you asked your Internet provider to test your connection, but found no connection issues? One of the apps, on one of your devices (computers, smartphones, tablets, etc.), may be consuming all of your available Internet upload or download bandwidth.

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DSL Users Should Disable Windows 10’s Update Delivery Optimization

DSL users may find that their Internet connection seems much slower once they have upgraded a computer to Windows 10, or purchased a new computer with Windows 10. This may be due to Windows 10’s default settings for Windows Updates using what Microsoft calls Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

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Multiple Netgear Routers are Vulnerable (VU#582384)

According to US-CERT (part of the Department of Homeland Security), Netgear R6200, R6250, R6400, R6700, R6900, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, R8000, D6220, and D6400 routers, and possibly other models, are vulnerable to arbitrary command injection. If you use one of the vulnerable Netgear routers, we recommend that you apply an update provided by Netgear, or discontinue use and replace the vulnerable device.

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[Resolved] Dial-up Issues (Updated 12/19/2016)

Note: The most recent updates on the issues, described below, will be added to the bottom of this post.

There is, as of 12/9/2016, a known issue affecting some Dial-up Internet access users. This issue only affects Dial-up users. All other services, including Broadband DSL, are unaffected. Our dial-up carrier partner has provided the following update:

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HBO Streaming on Amazon Prime

Amazon Channels is now offering HBO Streaming to Amazon Prime members. Now, Prime members can add an HBO subscription to their membership. Free trials are available.

This is a great addition to Widomaker’s Residential DSL Value – Premium Internet service.

There are many reasons to subscribe to premium channels like HBO on Amazon Channels:

– No cable or satellite required
– Subscribe or cancel anytime, risk-free
– Easy to watch and manage your subscription all from one place: Amazon Video app and Amazon.com
– Watch anywhere on connected devices–Smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets, computers, and more
– Access all of HBO’s exclusive content, like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and much more

Click the link below for more information and to sign up…

Join HBO Free Trial

[Partially Resolved] Office Telephone Outage

Widomaker’s business telephone lines are experiencing intermittent trouble. This is frequently preventing us from making or receiving calls, or it causes call quality to be so poor that effective communication is not possible. Our telephone provider is aware of the issue and will, hopefully, have it resolved soon.

If you need to reach us during this time and your call is not answered, or if communication is difficult due to the poor call quality, please e-mail us, or leave a voice mail message, which we will return, during business hours.

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