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Have you considered using a VPN (Virtual Private Network)? 

Here are two options to consider:

Private Internet Access (According to PIA: "Private Internet Access is the only proven no logging consumer VPN service and has been PC Mag's Editor Choice for years running")

Pure VPN (According to PureVPN: "A complete 360° solution that creates encrypted VPN tunnels, restricts malware, viruses, annoying ads and filters unwanted content")


Have you tried a Password Manager?  Convenient way to generate strong passwords and keep them safe!

Here are two options to consider:

Keeper (According to Keeper “We won the Global Telecoms Business Award for Consumer Innovation with Orange. Also we have pre-load agreements with partners and carriers including Samsung, America Movil, Orange and HTC”)

Dashlane (According to Dashlane “We are the only password manager with a completely zero-knowledge security architecture. We received best app of 2015 by both Google and Apple”)


Or maybe you just want to create a random password "on-demand" - check out this nifty Password Generator tool. Password Generator:  Create a complicated, random password

How secure is your password anyways?  This site will tell you. 


Do you use a backup service?  Its a great way to make sure you don't loose your stuff

iDrive (According to their site, they are a three time winner of PCMAG.com "editor's choice" award) In addition to the link, you can also use the promo code "findmecybe" to sign up.  


Need help updating your internet browsers & apps? Check out Ninite 


Here are two free (or low cost) solutions to prevent you from visiting websites that might have malware and helps you know what websites to trust = OpenDNS + MyWOT


...more to come!

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EDUCATION

 

Educate yourself and employees. Make them aware of the risk and what precautions to take.

 

ANTI-SPYWARE

 

Explore Anti-Spyware programs - but like all things, make sure it is offered by a reputable company

(perhaps the same place you purchase anti-virus software).

 

UNATTENDED LAPTOP

 

When you aren't using your laptop, don't simply leave it around and available for others to use.

 

PASSWORD POLICY

 

Establish a password policy for you and your employees - passwords should be strong, random and it is wise to change them frequently.

 

PAPER FILES

 

Buy a shredder - remember, it is NOT just digital files that are susceptible to cyber crime!

 

ANTI-VIRUS
SOFTWARE

 

Make sure you have an anti-virus program installed and it is kept up to date.

 

DOWNLOADS & LINKS

 

Be careful what you download and what links you click!  This is most important for your employees.  

 

PASSWORD PROTECTION

 

Consider password protection of your computer, key files and wireless (WiFi) connection. 

 

VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK

 

Consider using a "Virtual Private Network (VPN)" to ensure that all your traffic is encrypted when you are on a public wireless network. VPN solutions are available for personal computers and mobile platforms.

 


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Who are the key players? Cyber security stakeholders

 

There are many people with something to lose in the cyber-security game. However, the level of risk that each person faces will vary, depending on the type of operation that you're running and the type of customers that you serve. But regardless of these details, your business definitely has a lot to lose, in the event of a cyber attack or data breach.

 

 

Customers 

Every business faces the responsibility of safeguarding customer information that's stored in their databases and computer systems. This can be a complex process, depending on how your business interacts with customers, and what kind of information customers share with your business.

 

Employees 

Your employees are a double-edged sword when it comes to cyber security. Their actions can either reduce or increase the level of cyber risk that your business faces. Employees' personal information is also at risk when a data breach occurs, as employee data is increasingly becoming the primary target of cyber-criminals.

 

Business  Partners 

Third-party companies that your business shares information with can also be at risk, in addition to their customers, when your business falls victim to a data breach.  Doing business with partners and affiliates may create an additional liability, for any financial damages and losses which may incur, as a result of a data breach at your company.

 

Business Owners 

The liability that you face as a business owner, as the result of a data breach, can impact your income, your credit, your livelihood and your lifestyle for years to come. As a business owner, you face the ultimate risk in the cyber-security game: losing everything that you've worked so hard for, through lawsuits, bankruptcy and a ruined business reputation.

Here are some other things to consider...


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Awareness is still key:

We have said this before, and we will say it again.  Being aware is essential to ensure that you and your employees are fully protected :

 

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Oh, You may want to consider...

  • Talk to friends about what they do.
  • Post tips at your office (home or building) to remind yourself or employees of the importance of Cyber Safety.
  • Be careful what you share on social media - need need to advertise every detail of your life to make it easy for "bad actors" to have more research to hack your life. 
  • Network with people in IT/Technology.
  • Ask "stupid" questions.  Unless you are a professional, there is no shame in not knowing!.
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