Firewalls are necessary even in small businesses, better yet a UTM (Unified Threat Management) type firewall provides a deeper level of security. Contact us if you are unsure of your companies defenses. Hackers managed to steal about $81 million from Bangladesh Bank thanks to the bank’s use of $10 network switches and a complete lack of firewalls, Reuters reported. It is one of the largest amounts stolen from a bank at once in history. The theft happened in February when the hackers got into Bangladesh Bank’s systems, grabbed credentials, and then made dozens of requests from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to move money from Bangladesh to accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Read more http://mashable.com/2016/04/22/bank-hackers-firewall/#ZgIkhgCF4aqP
5 Simple Ways to Stay Secure Online - Keep you, your devices and online accounts secure. 1. Hook up to a network that you know. Free Wi-Fi is tempting, but be sure that you consider who is providing the connection. Public connections at the local coffee shop are usually unsecured and leave your machine open to outsiders. While these networks provide a convenience, there are risks to be aware of. 2. Bank and shop with caution. Shopping from familiar websites is a good place to start. Stick with the reputable sites that are tried and true – like Amazon or eBay. Also,
Tired of remembering dozens of passwords, or always going thought the tedious "forgot password" process? Maybe it's time for a password manager. This tool safely saves all of your passwords in one spot. You will need to create, and never forget, your master password. Once you have that created, you can generate complex and unique passwords for each login. An example of a weak password is "name123". As you probably know most sites require a minimum of 8 characters, 1 number and sometimes a special character. A few simple rules to remember is, the more characters the better, phrases are the best. ex: "MoreCharacter$theBeTTer!". Next, adding capitalized and special characters throughout the phrase strengthens the password. And including a number or series of numbers makes a short phrases more complex. Ex. "MoreCharacter$778899" Try remembering and updating a complex password for your most used website/service. Grade it here http://www.passwordmeter.com/ then instead of using the same password (very bad idea) for each of your sites, try a password manager. We have used Lastpass.com for years, passwords are encrypted, cloud based, and available on multiple devices. Another business grade password manager is Tek8 http://www.tk8.com/safe/ the service is NOT cloud based, but is portable via USB thumb drive or cloud drive. This is important if you want to only keep the password on your computer, or 1 thumb drive only in your possession. Thoughts?
Using DropBox in your business? Let me start out by saying that DropBox CAN be the perfect solution for many small businesses - IF it's the solution to the right problem! There's an old saying among people who work with their hands: Use the right tool for the right job. When you use the wrong tool, either you injure yourself or you do a really crumby job. Either way, more than likely, it shows. Note also that you have to do the right job. That means even the best tool can be used the wrong way. Cloud services absolutely CAN be secure and keep you inside the law. But that doesn't happen by accident. You can't just put your important company data anywhere you want and assume someone is taking care of it.
Ransomware is not going away, it is only getting stronger. Here are tips for keeping away from this nasty attack. Backup, Backup, Backup. Have 3 copies of your data. Firewall security, preferably a subscription based UTM (Unified Threat Management) device. Always up to date antivirus. Do not open attachments from unknown senders, even if you know this contact, call them to ensure they sent an attachment. This is the minimum to protect yourself and your company. If you are not doing all of the above, contact our office for a risk assessment. More info about recent Ransomware http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/04/technology/ransomware-cybercrime/
Any geek that has used Linux will tell you multiple desktops has helped them organize multiple projects. Email and browsers open in desktop#1, your marketing projects all open in desktop#2, and your boss calls and wants to go over the next week of meetings. Add a new desktop, and open everything you discussed in Desktop#3. The list goes on. Here's a how-to article by Cnet. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-multiple-desktops-in-windows-10/#!