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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Out of nearly 160,000 reported cyber incidents affecting businesses in 2017, 93 percent could have been prevented by following basic security measures such as regularly updating software, blocking fake email messages, using email authentication, and training employees, a new report claims.

Calling All Computer or Credit Card Users...

Calling All Computer or Credit Card Users...

Top cyber security expert offers up his best advice for online holiday shopping and year round caution. Get the answer to questions like: How do criminals get credit card and personal information? What's the first thing I should do when making an online purchase? 

What Steps Businesses Should Take In Order To Be GDPR Compliant

What Steps Businesses Should Take In Order To Be GDPR Compliant

"American companies are not exempt – GDPR applies to any business that processes consumer data belonging to EU residents, even if the company is outside the EU and even if the data is collected, stored, secured, and processed outside of outside of the EU."

4 Experts' Tips For Improving Your Small Business Cyber Security

4 Experts' Tips For Improving Your Small Business Cyber Security

How’s your cybersecurity these days? If you’re like most small businesses, it’s probably not that great.

In fact, recent statistics show that fewer than one-fifth of small businesses report their cybersecurity as highly effective. That’s a problem, given that over half of respondents say their small business has undergone a cyberattack or a data breach in the past year.

Password Panic- How to Better Secure Yourself

Password Panic- How to Better Secure Yourself

Do you use the same password for multiple accounts? A recent report from TeleSign shows roughly 3 out of 4 of us do so AND have not changed said passwords in over 5 years.  It should not come a shock, then, to learn that around 40% of people polled have had a “security incident” in the past year (meaning an account was hacked, a password was stolen, or personal information was compromised).

3 Simple Steps to Help Prevent Your Social Media from Being Hacked

3 Simple Steps to Help Prevent Your Social Media from Being Hacked
  1. Enable two factor authentication on each platform (e.g., require a login password AND a code to be entered that is sent to your phone via text).  This will enable you to use the same password for all social media sites, although I do recommend to change passwords periodically. 
  2. NEVER, I mean NEVER, click on links.  Social media is one of the most widely used platforms for phishing and a fake email from Facebook sometimes looks like a real email.
  3. Turn on automatic updates for your computer.  Patches fix bugs that hackers exploit.
  4. OK...I know I said 3 steps but this one is more difficult to follow.  Assume someone is always watching, stay off public wifi (i.e., coffee shops), or at the very least don't do sensitive tasks while on public wifi.

There are no guarantees in life but proper cyber hygiene helps.

Tool to Help Delete Personal Information off the Internet

Tool to Help Delete Personal Information off the Internet

Did you ever delete that Myspace profile you created in 2005?  When is the last time you logged in to your MSN Messenger account?  If you are like me, you probably have way too many accounts out there for websites you don't use anymore.  Now I'm not suggesting to go completely off the grid, and it's true you can't delete everything off the internet, but it is good practice to reduce your online footprint where possible.  Companies don't want you to break up with them, so some make it very difficult to delete your account.  Account Killer helps you delete personal information off a wide rage of websites.