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Internet Safety Tips: Working From Home during a Pandemic

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jun 27, 2020
While there are many benefits to working from home, remote work also comes with unique challenges, especially during a Pandemic like COVID-19. Compared to office workspaces, remote work environments tend to have fewer safeguards against cyber threats, so it’s important to know a few basic internet safety tips when working from home...
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Say Goodbye to Slow WiFi: 10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Connection

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 28, 2020
Can we all agree that slow WiFi is the pits? Waiting for your connection to catch up with you is like watching paint dry - ten times over. We’re so used to immediate response rates from devices that the second we experience a swirling load icon, we clench up. So, let's discuss a few simple (and free!) ways to maximize your internet speeds with these 10 easy tips.
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Do’s and Don’ts of Video Meeting Etiquette

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 26, 2020
Working from home is far from instinctual. There’re a lot of nuances everyone has to learn before flying solo. One of those being how to conduct yourself in virtual meetings. It’s not so much an art as it is common courtesy, but in case you need a refresher, here are our top do’s and don’ts of video meeting etiquette...
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Basic Internet Safety When Working from Home

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 26, 2020
While there are many benefits to working from home, remote work also comes with unique challenges, particularly around information security. Compared to office workspaces, remote work environments tend to have fewer safeguards against cyber threats. New risks emerge when employees leave the veil of IT protection and take computers offsite, so it’s important to know a few basic internet safety tips when working from home. Here are four Internet Safety Tips to keep you Safeguarded at Home:
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5 Tips to Stay Productive While Working from Home

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 26, 2020
Whether by choice or due to COVID-19, working from home comes with both perks and drawbacks. Perks: You save money (goodbye lunch dates and long commutes), and you save time (hello wiping out house chores on break). Drawbacks: The lack of separation between work and home can make it difficult to stay focused. To help, here are five tips to stay productive, accountable, and engaged while working from home.
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Meet the Faces Behind Team GVTC

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 25, 2020
Across GVTC’s service area, our team members continue to connect and support local communities - providing essential communications services that keep us safe and whole during these times. It’s work that requires all hands on deck - or telephone poles? Either way, we’ve never been prouder and more grateful for #TeamGVTC. Nominated by peers, we’re introducing a few star-studded contributors making a difference. Meet some of the team keeping you connected.
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Record-breaking Capital Credits Coming in 2020

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 22, 2020
In a unanimous vote by the current GVTC Board of Directors, we’re excited to announce that GVTC members are to receive record-breaking Capital Credits this year. In addition, members will be issued their credits in a new, more efficient, way.
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GVTC Member Dividend Program Going Strong

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 18, 2020
Since June 2018, the GVTC Board of Directors has approved trimming active member payments by 20% every month, on qualifying services, simply for being a loyal member of the co-op. See if you qualify today!
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7 Easy Ways to Secure your New Home

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 09, 2020
Shopping for furniture is definitely more fun than installing a security system in your new home. But, with reports of one burglary occurring every 25.7 seconds in America, home security should be a top priority. To help speed things up, here are 7 easy ways you can secure your new home from the get-go....
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How to Join a Zoom Meeting

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 07, 2020
Many people are using platforms like Zoom for the first time these days, whether to virtually hang out with friends and family or continue their work from home. Luckily, joining a meeting call is easier than you may think.
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Malicious Tagging on Facebook

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 07, 2020
Scammers know how much time people spend on Facebook, so that's where they use many of their tricks. Have you ever received a random direct message or timeline post on Facebook from an old "Friend" you haven't talked to since high school? Sometimes, it's genuine curiosity which leads them to reach out. However, more times than not, it's not them at all - but rather an online scammer trying to hack your device or account for information they can use against you. This is known as "malicious tagging."
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How The GVTC Foundation helps its Community

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 02, 2020
Founded in 2006, The GVTC Foundation strives to be the leading local supporter of our service area. To do that, we partner with 100+ nonprofits, schools, and businesses throughout the Texas Hill Country each year to award grants, event sponsorships, and scholarships to those in need.
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GVTC Extends Pledge to Keep Americans Connected

by Paula Novodvorschi | May 01, 2020
GVTC first committed to the FCC’s “Keep America Connected Pledge" on March 23, 2020, to ensure every American had access to the internet. This effort was initially planned to run through May 31, 2020, however, in light of current events, it's clear that more work is still to be done. That's why we're extending out pledge further.
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Top 5 Video Games to Play with Friends Online

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 28, 2020
We can all remember what it’s like to go toe-to-toe with your grandma at a good old fashioned game of Wii Tennis. Stakes are high, and if you don’t move the living room lamp to get a full swing, you could throw the whole tournament before even starting. But what about today, when social distancing requires us to remain apart from family and friends? We’ve got a few ideas on how to have fun....
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Join a “Netflix Party” While Social Distancing

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 28, 2020
Everyone knows the hype of “movie night” comes from getting to experience it with friends and family. And while everyone is social distancing, people are scrambling to reconnect with loved ones any way they can. That’s where Netflix comes in to make us whole again.Introducing: Netflix Party - the new way to binge your favorite shows and movies with friends online.
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5 Virtual Hangout Ideas to Pass the Time

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 28, 2020
If you’ve started counting sheep mid-day to pass time, or are driving around the neighborhood to “get out,” it’s time to spice things up. Practicing social distancing by staying home sounded glorious at the beginning, but it turns out being a couch potato is only fun for so long. That’s why we’ve created a list of 5 virtual hangout ideas to pass the time with friends and family.
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What Makes GVTC a Cooperative?

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 24, 2020
You hear us say things like, "We’re a Co-op!" and "You're a member-owner!" all the time. But what exactly does that mean? And why should you care as long as your services run great? Let's dive in.
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How to Pay a Bill on the GVTC Start App

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 21, 2020
The GVTC Start App allows customers to manage and access their accounts from their mobile device, anytime, anywhere. No more booting up your desktop computer, mailing in a check, or calling customer support to pay a bill. You can now do it from your phone! On the couch, if you'd like. We're not judging.
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GVTC Closes the Homework Gap for Area Students

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 20, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, GVTC has established 13 free WiFi hotspots across its service area to bridge the homework gap for area students and community members alike. The increasing demand for essential services such as the internet inspired an effort that may help hundreds of locals currently experiencing hardships.
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Why Customers Receive a 1099-DIV for MDP

by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 18, 2020
Last year, GVTC introduced the Member Dividend Program (MDP) to show our appreciation and commitment to active members. It was a big initiative that we believe our customers deserve and will benefit from for many years. In response to inquiries about recent IRS Form 1099-DIVs sent out in January, we want to explain this program and help resolve any confusion customers may have.
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