5 Ways to stay safe online
One of the biggest business technology trends of the past half-decade
or more is the increasing amount of business that is conducted online.
These days, many businesses have integrated online solutions into daily operations
and have reaped the benefits. The downside to this is the on-going threat
to online security. With an ever-increasing number of online attacks, it is
important that you take steps to ensure that you remain secure. Here are
five tips on how to maintain security while working on, or browsing, the
1. Use two-factor authentication whenever possible
authentication, or two-step authentication as it is also known, is the idea
of using two pieces of information to log into accounts: Your usual
password and a code that is usually sent to a mobile device or generated by
a code generator.
By utilizing this
safety feature, you can further increase the security of your accounts,
largely because the chances of someone getting their hands on both the
generated code and your password are slim.
Some sites don't
use a code and instead ask a question that needs to be answered every time
you log in. If this is the case, make the question something that is
difficult for a hacker to guess. For example, use your address from 10
years ago instead of your current address.
2. Audit who has access to what data
Between all of
your online accounts and social media profiles you will likely be surprised
at just how much information about you can be found online. There are a
multitude of scare stories online, where someone has had their accounts
hacked and identity stolen, largely because they had left pertinent
information online without even thinking about it.
It is a good idea
to audit what information you have online. This includes looking at the
contact and personal information you have on social media profiles, account
information, etc. Ideally, if it is not necessary information, then it
shouldn't be shared. As for social media profiles, make sure only the
absolute basic personal information is online and limit who can see this
3. Watch what is posted on social media
Because of the
nature of social media, we often feel the need to share our whole lives
online. This can often lead to oversharing, and even sometimes oversharing
of personal information. There are stories online of thieves monitoring
social media for businesses posting about how they are going to be closed
for a holiday, with all staff gone. Once a thief finds this information,
they then break into the business without worrying about people being
If you are going
to share information online, be sure to limit the potentially sensitive
information that you post, especially if the content is shared with the
4. Change your passwords regularly
It seems like
almost every week news breaks of a password or account information breach.
What this translates to is the fact that your accounts are always facing a
potential risk. Therefore, you should make it a habit to change your
passwords on a regular basis.
recommend at least once every three months, but if there is a breach where
your account information may have been leaked then naturally change your
To ensure maximum
security, you should use a different password for each account, and keep
these as separate as possible.
5. Work with an IT partner who can offer enhanced Internet
Ensuring that your
business is secure online can be an on-going battle that you will likely
not win easily. One of the best steps to take is to work with an IT partner
like us. We offer a variety of Internet security solutions that can help
stop malware intrusions before they infect your systems, block access to
potentially harmful sites, and even scan Internet-based email solutions. In
other words, we can help improve your overall online security.
If you are looking to learn more about how we can help your
business be secure online, contact us today.
5 Signs you
need to upgrade
tech blog for a couple of months and it quickly becomes apparent that there
are new devices, systems, and hardware introduced on a near daily basis.
Because of this, it can be tempting to feel pressure to rush out and
upgrade your hardware on a regular basis. As a small business this can be
prohibitively expensive. The problem is, how do you really know when it's
time to upgrade your systems? Here are five tips that could help.
Replacement parts are difficult to find
Computers, servers, and even mobile devices are made up
of a number of different parts of hardware that rely on other parts in
order to operate properly. If one breaks down, there is a good chance that
the whole system will stop working.
Luckily, for many newer pieces of hardware and systems,
replacements are easy to come by. But, if something breaks and you are
having trouble finding replacement parts then it might be a good idea to
consider upgrading. The reason for this is because parts that are more
difficult to find are usually going to cost more when you can actually find
them. While this may be ok for one system, if you have more than one system
using the same components there is a good chance that these will also need
to be replaced, leading to increased costs.
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9 and goes straight to 10!
At the end of September,
Microsoft held their now annual Windows event, where they announced the
next big version of Windows - Windows 10. While it seems a little odd that
they are skipping 9 completely, from what we can see, 10 is shaping up to
be the best version of Windows to date. Here is a brief overview of what
you can expect from the latest version of Windows.
When first announced, many
eyebrows were raised regarding Windows 9 being skipped. In the tech world,
missing out a number with a sequence is not the norm, yet Microsoft stated
that they believe that the next version of Windows will be such a drastic
improvement over Windows 8 that calling it Windows 9 would not do it
justice. From what we can see of the new system, there really are some drastic
5 Posts you
should be sharing
media has come to play an important part of an overall marketing strategy
for many small to medium businesses. An essential component to any social
media plan, regardless of the platforms you use, is the creation of content
to post onto these networks. When it comes to content, many businesses tend
to rely on 2-3 different types, which can get a little boring. To help,
here are five types of content you should be sharing on social media.
The 2013 "word of the year", according to the
Oxford English Dictionary, has become so popular it's no mean feat to avoid
it these days. Truth be told, the selfie is popular for a reason: It is a
quick way to get people to engage with your content.
The key here is to know when to take a selfie for your
social media sites. What you want are selfies that make your company look
more human, for example a group lunch meeting or after-work game night that
shows people having fun. When done in the right way, selfie posts can
increase interaction. Just be sure to limit the number you post, as too
many could lead to you being perceived as being too focused on your company
and not your customers.
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