Chuck

How are you protecting your data? Here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself

In this episode we discuss how to preserve your company’s data.  That is, your key information on your customers, including not only the basic contact information such as name and address, but also any historical notes you’ve had with them as well as images, photos or documentation. You need to ask yourself these the following three questions to make sure your data is protected:

  1. How is your data stored?
  2. Who has access?
  3. What happens if you need to move it?

Make sure you’re asking yourself these common-sense questions and follow the best practices for keeping your data safe and within your control.

An interview with Amazon’s Alexa – Are voice-enabled wireless speakers like Alexa and Google Home secure?

In this episode we discuss what you can do to feel a bit safer when using voice-enabled wireless speakers like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home or Apple’s upcoming Homepod. 

 

1.       Consider where you place the device(s) and mute when not needed

2.       Delete recordings if you’re concerned

3.       Make sure your wi-fi network is secure

 

Follow these steps, use common sense, and know that the device makers are doing everything they can to ease your mind and help you feel safer when using them.

Shop safer online with these four strategies

In this episode we discuss how you can shop a bit safer online with some common-sense tips to keep you one step ahead of hackers and identity thieves. 

  1. Make sure the site is secure
  2. Be careful what you share
  3. Watch out for fake sites or Apps
  4. Never shop on public wi-fi

 

Following these 4 strategies will help minimize your risk when shopping online. Remember that hackers are always trying to use new methods to steal your identity. Be smart, use common sense and stay one step ahead this holiday season.

Three things to keep your website from being held hostage

In this episode we discuss what you need to do to make sure you have control of your website, in the event of a crisis such as a server down, a disappearing developer or a transition to a new development team. It’s far too common for a company to spend thousands of dollars on a website, but give control to an outside vendor. Everything may seem just fine for awhile but when it comes down to changing or moving their site the company is left hanging and unable to move forward. Here are 3 things you can do to keep your public website from being held hostage. They are:

  1. Own your domain
  2. Own your code
  3. Own your data

 

Three actions you can take to help keep your website safe from hackers

In this episode we discuss what you need to do to help keep your website safe from a hacker attack. While no one can guarantee a 100% hack-proof site, you can take these three steps to help reduce your chances of an attack:

  1. Keep your website code up to date
  2. Keep an error log
  3. Test your website for vulnerabilities

 

Free online tools include:

  • Scan My Server
  • Qualys
  • Web Inspector

(Search the internet for “web application vulnerability scanners”).

Three things you can do right now to reduce your risk of a Cyber attack

In this episode we discuss the three best practices for keeping you, your employees, and your critical data safe from hackers.

  1. Cybersecurity Policy
  2. Password best practices
  3. Backup your data

Cybersecurity is the process of keeping your digital files and assets safe from theft or attack. A Cybersecurity Policy is basically a formal set of rules for staff to follow to help prevent theft of information assets.

Passwords must be changed on a regular basis and must be strong/complex. Making them memorable is a big help, but never share them or write them down. Instead use a password manager, such as LastPass or Dashlane.

Backup your data automatically on a continuous basis. Online services such as Crashplan, Carbonite, BackBlaze and MozyPro are available which encrypt your files for safety. But be sure to verify your backup system works!