7 Strategies to keep smartphones safe

In the span of a day, you probably do most of the following with your smartphone:   Go through your inbox and respond to emails (and unsubscribe from the annoying ones) Check your bank account balance, breathe a sigh of relief, and purchase an item with your credit card Send a text message to a friend, or two, or ten, or twenty—group texts are the best! Play a game, get frustrated, and proceed to purchase an item within the game to move you along faster Download a new application Take a picture and send it to a family member or…

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Simple tips to help your business avoid Ransomware

Simple tips to help your business avoid Ransomware   Ransomware is not something you can resolve with a few clicks of the mouse.  You can’t install a new anti-virus solution and expect it to work its magic.  And you can’t call up your IT Provider and hope some nerdy tech will make everything new again within the hour, unless you have a solid backup solution and they can roll back to pre-ransomware data. Ransomware doesn’t work that way. Your business will be stuck.  There will be downtime; there might be lost data, and there will probably be some angry clients…

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The 5 basic requirements of a culture of security

The 5 basic requirements of a culture of security Securing your network and data isn’t just about a strong antivirus solution.  It’s a lot more than that. It’s about employees.  It’s about leadership.  It’s about thought processes.  It’s about how all of these things tie into each other to create, support, and encourage a culture of security.  When you integrate these elements into your cyber-security strategy successfully, your business will be better off, and you’ll have a legitimate chance to fight off cyber-threats. So then the question naturally becomes: Does your preexisting security solution take into consideration the human element…

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Reusing a password is dangerous, but most everyone does it

Reusing a password is dangerous, but most everyone does it.   91% of people understand the risk of reusing a password.  Yet, 61% of people still use the same password or a similar password from one account to the next. Why is this? Well, according to LastPass, you can blame Cognitive Dissonance for that.  “You know it’s bad for you, but you do it anyways.”  Maybe you rationalize this behavior because you believe that no one would ever want to hack your accounts.  You’re nothing special…  Or maybe you rationalize this behavior because you think you’re way too organized to…

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Protect the data on your mobile devices

Want to protect the data on your mobile devices? Remember these 4 tips.   Data is a valuable thing for any business. Within it, is the past, present, and future of what your business is, what it does, and who it does it with. And there are pieces of this story that should never be shared with others. But unfortunately, sharing is just way too easy these day – especially when you consider that your business data can go anywhere, with anyone, on any device. Just one of the many perks of modern mobility. So for the sake of privacy…

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3 areas you should include in your cyber-security strategy

3 areas you should include in your cyber-security strategy It’s no secret… most small to medium-sized business don’t have a very elaborate cyber-security strategy. They might have a few areas covered, maybe a handful of items listed in the very back of the employee handbook, and probably a decent anti-virus solution installed to protect their workstations. But that’s where things end, and considering things didn’t go very far, that’s not a good sign. So if you’re going to make strides to improve your cyber-security strategy this year (which you probably should), here are three critical areas you should consider. Training…

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9 Reasons Employees Are Your Biggest Security Threat

9 Reasons Employees Are Your Biggest Security Threat   With more and more data breaches happening to companies each year, many organizations are surprised to find out their weaknesses came from the inside. Your employees are hard workers with more than enough experience to get the job done. So where’s the problem? Here are nine reasons your employees are potentially your biggest security threat.   The use of private devices. These days, it’s almost impossible to keep employees from using their personal devices. Everyone stays connected, whether through a wearable or smartphone. But these devices can be a serious security…

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4 reasons your business will get hacked

Businesses get hacked all the time. At this point, we expect hackings to happen. But… this doesn’t mean we necessarily accept them or that we forgive a business when they become a victim of a data breach or fall upon a security misfortune. This being said, it’s important to know which weaknesses will get your business hacked, so you can avoid these things at all costs. Here are a few things that will most certainly throw your business into a world of hacking.   You aren’t training your people. Usually, technology is pretty smart, and for the most part, it…

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Why Security-Savvy Staff Can Upgrade Your IT Security Services

While IT security services plays a HUGE part in keeping your data safe from cybercriminals, your employees are equally responsible when it comes to proper online procedures. Programs work to keep attackers out, but your staff has the ultimate power to let someone in. This is why security-savvy staff can easily upgrade your IT security services from basic to advanced. And you don’t want to leave a single stone unturned when it comes to protecting your business. Below are ways to find out who these knowledgeable people are, how to get them on your team, and what they bring to…

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