Category: Tip of the week

We hope people find some of these helpful, we all have a lot going on and we are trying to summarize tips to make life easier.

Start Using A Password Manager In 2020

Jun 13, 2020 by Tony

Passwords

Welcome to the digital age, and we do everything online. While some things are now more convenient, we have all run into another nightmare. Too many passwords! Websites usually require the following: an upper and lower case letter, a number, special character, and minimum 8 characters! Are you the person who uses the same password everywhere?

Are your sharing passwords with staff? Many companies are moving work to the “Cloud” suddenly staff needs access to websites and shared passwords. Is your level of frustration rising each day?

If you own a smaller company your employees are probably reaching out asking for a password to access something. Once you have shared your password, you have now put your data at risk. Will you remember to change it? Is it one of those easy-to-remember passwords that one employee can recite to the next employee? No one was ready for the current crisis. Most businesses did not have a plan in place for twenty (or 50 or 100) remote employees.

You do need something better than your favorite sports team’s name followed by a number. Remember there is not some guy is not locked in a dark room trying to guess your password. Today it is a computer trying to guess your password, a computer can  manage permutations of numbers fast!

So, what is the solution? The best option is multi-factor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication. Unfortunately, not all cloud providers utilize MFA functionality. A good alternate solution is a password manager or password vault.

Take some time today and Google “password manager.” There are plenty of great options, one I like to use is called LastPass. Managers are nice, you need to remember one password to access the vault and you can access from many different devices. A password manager can store more than just your passwords, they can store information like credit card and drivers license numbers. Hopefully, you are not the person who uses the same password for everything.

Download a password vault today and start using it today. A vault will easily generate complex passwords, store links to the sites you use, and auto-fill usernames and passwords. Best feature vaults encrypt your data, so it is a whole lot safer than writing them down or reusing them.

Do you Assume Apps Are Secure?

May 16, 2020 by Patrick

Don’t Be Fooled. Your Phone Has Tremendous Power to Track Your Every Move – Including Watching You and Listening in…

Without doubt, you’ve seen the TikTok videos popping up across every social media platform during the national quarantine.

Maybe you have made one yourself…or you have employees or friends making them…after all, they help pass the time…

But as it turns out, TikTok is owned and operated by Communist Chinese party members…assume they DO NOT abide by security regulations in the United States.

Which led the United States Department of Defense to warn Americans not to use the app, stating that TIKTOK has the ability to “convey location, image and biometric data to its Chinese parent company, which is legally unable to refuse to share data to the Chinese government”

Apparently, TikTok has the ability to track EVERYTHING you do on your phone…not just inside the app itself, but down to your keystrokes, the other apps you’re using, and even your data (content you post and more).

SCARY STUFF!

Especially since everyone you work with is at home using their personal devices to access and move company data – and they’re sitting next to their TIKTOK-ADDICTED TEENAGERS…

We assume, if an app is available in the app store, it’s ok to use it…don’t be fooled. TikTok is claiming that they’ve resolved the security issue…the Department of Defense isn’t taking them at their word…

Make sure you know the location of your data, who is accessing it, and from where!

What is happening with your Browsers and security?

Apr 28, 2020 by Tony

With the release of the Corona virus the world has been turned upside down in the past 2 months…

Like most people, you have probably sent your employees home to work on their home devices (in-home network). 

Your data is online (you are not alone so is everyone else’s) – which is super convenient for everyone. Have your employees been trained properly to be well  EQUIPPED to handle your company data SECURELY?

Protection of your online data can be as simple adjusting the settings on your browser. 

The issue of not being able to get to your data when you need it, a security issue referred to as AVAILABILITY.

As a business owner, lack of AVAILABILITY and virus related SCAMS should be on a list of concerns.

Two things to think about…

  1. Are your employees putting data in places you CANNOT access, such as home computers and personal email? What happens if you let them go or they leave the company for your competition, your data will be lost – INACCESSIBLE or UNAVAILABLE. 
  2. Be on the look out for  scams – especially sites with pop-up windows to trick you into changing your home page or opting into something you don’t want (like a malicious browser plug in)…Or an infected site offering Corona Virus updates or something else in the news!

For more information, CHECK OUT these 9 common browser problems here you can see a few simple solutions to keep your employees on track, and your data safe.  

In addition, you will want to make sure someone is watching the data coming in from your home users remember, they probably do not have much in the way of HOME NETWORK SECURITY (e.g. Firewalls, updated antivirus software, or policies for their kids to follow as they connect with all sorts of gamers and TIKTOK enthusiasts around the world).