Hunter Communications Launches Hunter Shield in Alignment with National Bullying Prevention Month 

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The internet has become more than just a convenience; it’s an essential part of our lives. But as our dependence on the internet has grown, so have the threats and dangers associated with its use. Recognizing this challenge, Hunter Communications, the fastest-growing internet provider in the northwest, is going beyond delivering top-notch internet service. To ensure the digital safety of the communities they serve, they are introducing Hunter Shield: a comprehensive package of internet security solutions.

Michael Wynschenk, CEO of Hunter Communications, passionately expressed, “This is very personal to me, my family, my employees, and our customers.  There is nothing more important for parents and grandparents than keeping our children safe no matter where they are.” 

Here’s a closer look at what’s included in Hunter Shield:

HunterIQ App: Bundled with Hunter Wi-Fi and a provided router, this app lets users easily manage their Wi-Fi, view connected devices, set up guest networks, run speed tests, and change passwords.

Hunter Protect: Available with HunterIQ, this feature boosts home network security by blocking viruses, malware, and harmful websites.

Hunter Control: For $5/month, customers can enhance their network security. Set rules, create profiles, filter content, block apps or sites, and set time limits for devices.

Bark Parental Control App: In partnership with Bark, Hunter offers this essential tool for parents. For just $14/month, Bark monitors digital content, alerts for bullying and online threats, manages screen time, filters websites, blocks specific content, and tracks child location.

With October being National Bullying Prevention month, the introduction of Hunter Shield couldn’t come at a better time.  According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, student-reported cyberbullying has risen 55% since 2015 and tripled since 2007. Almost half of middle and high school students have been cyberbullied, with female teens three times more likely to be targeted than males.

Reiterating Hunter’s dedication, Wynschenk continued, “If we are going to provide internet to the communities we serve, then it is our responsibility to help our customers keep their families safe. That is why we have also made Hunter Control and Bark available to our employees at no charge, because this isn’t just a business decision for us, it’s a personal one.”

Hunter employee Lane Yerman explained what the Hunter Shield security products have done for him and his family. “I’ve had a great experience with Bark. My child has received a few unwelcomed messages, and Bark notified me right away.  It’s been a reliable ally against cyberbullying, giving me alerts that we can address quickly as a family.”

For more information on the Hunter Shield suite of internet security products, please call 541-772-9282 or visit

By Hunter Communications Press Release

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