The Courtland Cache – February
February is officially upon us, which means that it is National Senior Independence Month. We have a fantastic handful of senior center clients, so we are going to highlight OCCOA as our client of the month. Before you begin reading, if you want, you can scream “OCCOA” at the top of your lungs right now and it would be pretty intimidating to your coworkers. However, we prefer to think of them as the Otsego County Commission on Aging. Pulled straight from their expertly built site, OCCOA’s mission is promoting the independence and well-being of the older adults of Otsego County and supporting family caregivers. Courtland prides itself on providing services to those that help others, and OCCOA is a shining example of an organization that makes a difference in their community.
OCCOA began as a volunteer organization in the 70’s. They started small, with the noble goal of assisting the older adults in the Otsego County area when they were able to. Over time, through different growth strategies and partnerships, OCCOA was able to expand into the multi-faceted organization that it is today. Not only do they offer programs like personal care, housing assistance, and “boomers bootcamp”, they also offer a plethora of services to their community, including community-based clinic involvement for personal health, meal & transportation services, and home-based care. With a whopping 27 partnerships in their area, OCCOA can truly make a positive impact to the elderly while keeping things fun and engaging.
If you would like to learn more about OCCOA, or possibly help them with their cause, check out their site today! And feel free to scream “OCCOA” one more time for good measure.
February 11th is Safer Internet Day, so we wanted to discuss firewalls as our featured add-on of the month. Most of us have at least heard the term, but some don’t know what they are, and even fewer understand how they work. Like home buying for millennials or Tik Tok for boomers, a little knowledge can go a long way. To most, a firewall is the theoretical night club bouncer that keeps the ruffians (hackers, bad data, etc.) out so that everyone inside (your valuable information) can have a good time. Or you could interpret this literally as a wall of fire that protects your computer, which is also an awesome visual. Both are fair assumptions, but we’d like to dig a bit deeper so that you walk away knowing a bit more.
Firstly, what is a Firewall? A firewall is a network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing traffic on the internet that permits (or blocks) data packets based on predetermined filter settings. Essentially, firewalls can guard traffic at a computer’s port, or entry point, which is where the exchange in information occurs. Firewalls guard your computer by utilizing its wall of code that analyzes each individual packet of data to determine whether it’s allowed to pass or not. There are additional benefits to utilizing firewalls aside from traffic monitoring of course. They help stifle hackers, block keyloggers, and stop trojans; and you don’t even need a large wooden horse filled with Greek soldiers.
Hacking seems to be the “it” word when it comes to cyber security, and for good reason. Breach Level Index reports that hackers steal 75 records every second, and according to Forbes, 30,000 new websites are hacked every single day. Fortunately for you, we’ve got you covered. Courtland partners with Sucuri to provide our clients the sophisticated and agile protection that they need on a day to day basis. In our almost 30 years, we’ve not had a single client hacked. Furthermore, when we did notice some suspicious activity on one of our larger sites, we were able to set them up with Sucuri’s hack cleanup services to ensure that they were protected once the hacking attempt was thwarted. It is this forward-thinking strategy that makes Sucuri such a trusted partner of ours.
In short, a firewall is an inexpensive way to help ensure your personal information and your devices are safe and secured. If you would like to learn more about adding Sucuri’s services we encourage you to give us a call.
Meet Our Support Team
Meet Holly, Melissa and Greg, our support team!
In honor of National Pizza Day on the 9th, they shared their favorite pie toppings with us!
And as always, a special thanks to our wonderful partners. We encourage our readers to check them out and take a look at all the wonderful things they do!