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You Need A Password Manager…

Writing them down isn’t working…

The age of digitalization is here, and that means everything is in the cloud. While some things are suddenly more convenient, another administrative nightmare has been born. Too many passwords! And now the experts are telling you you need lower case, upper case, special characters, and at least 8 characters!!!

The truth is, you really do need something better than your dog’s name followed by a number. It’s computers that try to guess your password, not some guy locked in a dark room. And computers can process permutations of numbers fast!

The solution? Well, the best solution is two factor authentication. However, that may not be available where you work or on all the cloud services you use.  The next best thing is a password manager…or password vault.

Take a minute today and Google “password manager”.  There are lots of great options. Some sync to your phone or across all of your devices. Password managers can store lots of information including driver’s license numbers, social security numbers for your family, and the thousands of passwords you carry in a notebook (or are you one of those who uses the same password for everything – which is a really bad idea).  Download one and start using it. A good one will allow you to easily generate new (complex) passwords in a moment, as well as storing links to the sites you use, and auto-filling them. The best part is, these programs encrypt your data so it’s a whole lot safer than writing them down or reusing them.

P.S. The first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://lnkd.in/ecBTk-R

App Traps – Think Before You Download!

This article was published in The Wall Street Journal – which you may not have access to (without a subscription), however the topic is important, and we are keeping an eye on this for you right here! App Traps: How Cheap Smartphones Help Themselves to User Data.

In this report, the author uncovers an interesting trend with burner phones – which may come with preloaded apps – written by who knows who. Lots of people use these for privacy,  travel, etc. However, today’s phones have the ability to listen to you, track you, and watch you! It’s only our trust in the vendor controlling that apps that gives us a sense of security…and when that disappears, there’s no telling what your phone is doing!   

My recommendation? Stick to known carriers, know brands, and make sure you phone security is set up properly – including malware protection (especially on Android).

P.S. The first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://lnkd.in/ecBTk-R

 

These New Cyber Attacks Have the Power to Destroy You…

Are you ready?

They’re called Gen V (generation 5) attacks…multi-vector, meaning they come in from different places all at once…including your cloud vendors! Mobile phones, wireless, home computers…simple firewalls and passwords don’t stop this sort of thing. However there are some things you can be doing. Most attacks take some time – so having a detection / response security program in place, much like monitoring the alarm you might use in your home with a service like ADT. When the hacker starts – detection alerts you, giving you (or your favorite 3rd party security monitoring company) warning to block their attempts. This is the new world we live in…

Read More About it Here…

P.S. The first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://troe.clickfunnels.com/8waysemployeesenablehackers

The 10 Biggest Computer Hacks – Disasters We Can Learn From

Hacker History we should all know – safeguarding data has a lot to do with learning from those who have been hit in the past and not repeating their mistakes.  Every hack I can think of involves at least one mistake made by company leadership or their end-users (not well educated on safe data handling practices)… 

P.S. The first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://lnkd.in/gSiA9VA

5-Minute Phone Break-In

When she fires up the “baby crying soundtrack” you know it’s GAME OVER! Social engineers are smart – often doing things you’d never be able to predict or prepare for.

P.S. The first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://lnkd.in/ecBTk-R

Watch This Guy Break in…in Only 5 Minutes!

How long does it take someone to take over your computers? Watch this guy gain access with a simple email, URL, and phone call to tech support. Notice, firewall technology is not involved in this attack…no coding, no drawn out planning, just a simple call to ask someone to click a link – check this out:

P.S. Remember – the first step is understanding your company’s risk – if you don’t have my pdf, 8 Ways Employees Enable Hackers, this may help you identify points of vulnerability within your business – download it here: https://lnkd.in/ecBTk-R

Beware Of These Phishing Scams

According to an article in Business News Daily entitled “Cybersecurity: A Small Business Guide”, phishing is “the most commonly deployed form of cybertheft”. Essentially, phishing is an attempt, via email, to collect sensitive information from the email recipient, such as his/her usernames, passwords and credit card information. The email usually contains a link to a fraudulent website. Oftentimes, both the email and the website look legitimate enough for people to fall victim to the scam.

To protect you and your company, here are the most popular phishing examples that you might come across, and how to respond to them if you do.

 

 

Customer Lists as Trade Secrets

“Customer lists are often one of a business’s most valuable assets”, as stated by this article. In California, some customer lists are recognized as trade secrets, according to the California Uniform Trade Secret Act (CUTSA). Thus, CA courts require businesses to take reasonable steps towards “maintaining the secrecy of its customer list”.

Cyber criminals realize how valuable customer lists are to businesses; which is why customer lists are the main targets for hackers. This article offers steps to ensure that customer lists qualify as trade secrets, which are protected by law.

How To Prepare For A Data Breach

Does your SMB have a data breach response plan already in place? If your answer is no, you should come up with one ASAP. One of the worst cyber security habits is to have a lax attitude about cyber security. Small and medium sized businesses often think that their chances of getting hacked are so low. However, SMBs are prime targets for hackers because of their vulnerability, which happens to be the result of them not having data breach response plans.

This article in Small Business Trends discusses the 10 Things Your Small Business Data Breach Response Plan Must Have. After reading this article, contact Tru Technical Partners and learn how we can help formulate your data breach response plan.

SMBs Also Fall Victim to Ransomware Attacks

Equifax, HBO, Deloitte: all are large organizations that had recently been hacked. It seems like every week, we learn about another huge company falling victim to a data breach. But what about the little guys or the not-so-big guys? Just because you don’t see SMBs in the news for getting hacked, it doesn’t mean they’re not targets. In fact, SMBs are hackers’ number one target.

This article from TechRepublic discusses how managed service providers (such as Tru Technical Partners) reported that “ransomware is becoming more and more frequent for their SMB partners.” It also explains that the financial strain caused by ransom, downtime, data loss, and class action lawsuits can be too catastrophic for some SMBs to recover from. Read on to find out what industries of SMBs are most targeted by cybercriminals.

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