5 ways to secure personal info
you are a small business owner or manager you are likely the person that
everyone turns to when things are going well, and not so well. One problem
you may face is a security breach, where private information is stolen or
leaked. If this were to happen, you will likely be asked questions and
maybe even held accountable. Therefore, it is advisable to take steps to
ensure that the personal information in your systems is secure.
October is Cyber Security month in the US, it’s the perfect time to take a
look into ways you can make your business and systems more secure. One of
the best places to start is to look at how your company stores and protects
personal information. Here are five tips that can help you protect personal
information in your company.
1. Change your passwords
of the weakest links, in terms of security, is not the programs, networks,
or systems, it’s actually the passwords used to
access these. You should ensure that your passwords are strong – at the
very least use a mixture of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and
special characters like ! or
@. This makes passwords harder to crack.
is a good idea to change your passwords on a regular basis. You should
change them at least once a year, but far preferable is to change these every 90 days. This will minimize the chances of
your password being hacked and likely increase overall security.
2. One password shouldn’t
rule them all
number of password protected systems and sites that we
use on a daily basis is increasing and it can be tempting to have one
or two passwords for all of these systems. This is not a good idea though
because if one password is compromised, a hacker could gain access to all
of your systems and the personal information stored on them.
best solution is to have a unique password for each system and one that is
as different as possible. Using a password manager like Dashline
or LastPass might be worth looking into but just
be sure to use a separate password to access to this system as well!
3. Don’t keep everything
passwords are a common way hackers can access systems, another popular way
they get in is through malicious links in email, social media posts or
online advertising. These links can be viruses and trojans
that install backdoors to systems, allowing hackers access to files and
potentially sensitive information.
order to maximize security, you should look at every link and ensure it is
legitimate before you click on it. The best way to do this is to look at
the sender’s email address and ensure there are no spelling mistakes or
weird characters. Look for any strange spelling, and if possible check
there is https:// at the beginning of all links. This indicates that the
page is legitimate. If a link seems even remotely suspicious, simply delete
4. Don’t react immediately
especially in online ads and emails, often urge you to click immediately.
Pause for a moment, inspect the email or links and try to verify them. As a
rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Therefore, think
first and don’t click the link.
5. Develop policies
order to secure your systems and protect information stored within, you
should develop a policy for all staff to follow. Be sure to look at how you
plan to protect information, where it is stored and how it is stored, as
well as who has access to it, how can it be accessed, and what happens when
the policy is breached. How do mobile devices/devices brought in by
employees fit into the plan?
you have developed a policy, communicating it to your employees and
ensuring that they are all on the same page in following it is essential.
We know it can be challenging to develop an effective policy, so why not
contact us? We may be able to help not only secure your private information
but also develop a sound policy that is workable.
How to block
calls on Android
The problem with technology allowing us
all to be so instantly accessible is that there is a danger that people you
don't want to reach you actually can. However, in business, it's vital to
be constantly connected and not being reachable is not an option. So how
can you filter who gets hold of you? If you have an Android device, one
option at your disposal is to block calls.
There are actually a number of different
ways you can block calls, and it really depends on the type of phone you
have. For most devices, call blocking options can usually be enabled from
the contact app on your device. Here's how you can access and enable call
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The Internet is by now an essential part of our daily
lives. From connections at home, to our mobile devices and the office, many
of us spend almost all of our waking hours connected and online. The thing
is, not all Internet connections are the same. Are you aware of the
different kinds of Internet connection available?
Below is a
brief overview of the three major types of Internet connection available to
Dial-up uses a modem that is usually in your computer and connected to a
phone line which in turn is connected to other modems. When you connect,
your modem dials the other modems, which are usually owned by the phone
provider, and establishes a connection, allowing you to access the
business in 5 ways
Most computer users, including business
owners and managers, know that while computers are incredibly useful, they
can pose a security risk. While a security breach for personal users can be
serious, it is potentially even more so for businesses. This is why, when
it comes to company use, those in charge want to make sure that their
systems are secure. The problem is that this is seen to be not only expensive
but a drain on time and other valuable resources. In truth though it
doesn't have to be.
Here are five low-cost things you can do
to ensure that your business is secure.
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