Fiber vs. Cable: Is Fiber Really Faster?
You can’t cut cable, but you can cut the copper cord
Fiber internet is gaining popularity, and you may be wondering what all the buzz is about. Unlike traditional cable, which relies on copper wires, fiber uses light waves to transmit and receive signals. Translation: the speed of light waves far exceeds that of copper wire.
We’ve researched both options, and identified five impressive reasons fiber internet stands out. Keep reading to find out:
5 Advantages to Fiber Internet:
With speeds almost as fast as light, fiber internet is unmatched on this front. If you have a large team, use several devices simultaneously, or regularly download files, you’ve met your match. Fiber internet can download a two hour movie in under a minute! For reference, fiber is up to 20x faster than traditional cable internet!
Fiber internet offers enhanced security not just because it’s incredibly fast, but also more difficult to hack. Pro tip: hackers beware, fiber cables don’t use electric signals- making it impossible to tap.
Wonder who would win the battle of the broadbands? Fiber! Fiber is stronger than copper, and you can expect far less interruptions. Thanks to its super speed, you can enjoy all your favorite Netflix series with no frozen screen. Highly trafficked times don’t have squat on fiber!
If you rely on the internet, particularly for work or streaming, you know how important bandwidth is. If you’ve ever experienced slow internet due to several devices on the same connection, you know how frustrating the lag can be. Fiber boasts much higher bandwidth than cable, and is rarely impacted by high traffic.
Equal Upload and Download Times
Symmetrical bandwidth. A phrase you may be unfamiliar with, but not for long. Upload time refers to how long it takes for you to do just that, upload something to the internet. Perhaps it’s adding a new picture of your pup to Facebook, or uploading a post to your new blog. Download speed refers to how quickly your internet loads webpages. In an ideal world, the internet should offer the same upload and download speed. This ideal world is possible through EIN, if you choose fiber internet!
Several companies are dealing with a data breach. According to Reuters, Sears and Delta announced last week that 7.ai, which the companies use, was the victim of a cyber attack back in September of last year. And according to CNET, Kmart and Best Buy were also affected.
Payment information for less than a hundred thousand clients of 7.ai was compromised, Reuters reports. They also note that although the credit card information was “exposed,” Delta has said that doesn’t necessarily mean it was actually used. And Sears has said that their stores themselves weren’t affected and that Sears cards weren’t part of the breach.
CNET also mentions again that no companies have actually said that this payment information was stolen. At this point, what’s clear is that there was a chance for the information of thousands of people to be taken. The period of the cyber security attack was just a couple of weeks—from the 26th of September to the 12th of October (at which point the breach was taken care of).
Despite not knowing whether the information was stolen, Best Buy, at least, is taking action to try to reassure customers. CNET reports that Best Buy plans to provide credit monitoring free to anyone who’s concerned. They’ve also tried to lessen fears by making it clear that purchases made using stolen information won’t hit the person whose information has been stolen.7.ai was quick to make their statement and make clear they were taking the issue seriously. In their statement, they said their service was safe and secure and said they were working with law enforcement and their clients to take care of the issue and any fallout.
Until more information is released, it’s hard to know whether any information was actually taken and used. As a precaution, be sure to keep a close watch on your card statements if you made purchases at these stores.