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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How Businesses can use Social Media Effectively

How Businesses can use Social Media Effectively   Social Media Is considered to be the future of digital marketing, but how to plug in to this massive new movement is a genuine business concern. A lot of businesses still struggle with understanding how to use social media effectively.   As a business owner, it can be tempting to want to jump right in and establish profiles on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. After all, social media can be a great way to attract and convert new customers.   But in order to be successful on social media, you have to…

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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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4 communication apps to help your team work together

  4 communication apps to help your team work together Communication is the key to a solid team.  However, finding an effective way to communicate with your coworkers can seem like a daunting task. But only at first. We live in a time where apps rule supreme, and if apps are good for anything, it’d be communication.  So here are a few to get you started.   Slack   If you’re looking for the ultimate communication hub, then Slack might be it.  Keep all your conversations in one place, share files, and integrate with other apps – like Twitter,…

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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…

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3 reasons technology changes are good for business

3 reasons technology changes are good for business There are very few things that can positively affect multiple facets of your business at once. Usually, the impact of changes made to your business is segregated by department, function, position, or service. In other words, these changes don’t have what it takes to influence other areas of your business. However, this isn’t always the case with technology. With simple changes to your technology, you have the potential to make a large impact – an impact that will affect more than just one department, one person, or one function. A change as…

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It’s time you start thinking like a smooth criminal.

It’s time you start thinking like a smooth criminal. Let’s get one thing straight here right off the bat. Annie’s not ok. She’s worried about the security of her data. With the threat of hackers looming over her head, she’s concerned about keeping her client information safe and her business financials secure. So she invests the time in creating a business continuity plan and implements safety precautions to safeguard her existing technologies. Things are going great until a higher level executive steals an external hard drive containing confidential client information from the accounting office. What went wrong? How did this…

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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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