Ten ways to keep your data private

The Internet has blurred the lines between real world and the virtual one. Technology is barreling into our hands through smartphones at an unbelievable pace. This is good for productivity and progress, but it makes it easy for thieves to do their job. The anonymity and location independence that comes with the Internet muddles the moral character of even the most ethical person. There’s no assuming your phone and the information it stores is safe from the malicious intentions of the human mind. Remember, the first line of defense in protecting your data is you. Learn about new threats, stay…

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Survey reveals customers crave digital experiences

More than ever before, customers want to interact digitally with businesses in the same way as they do with friends and family; through social media and mobile devices. These insights are revealed through a recent Microsoft survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers that uncovered shifts in the ways customers want to hear from businesses. Given that the ability to acquire and retain customers is perhaps the single most important factor for small business success, it’s critical that business owners can deliver on these digital experiences. Below are key ideas to keep in mind when implementing digital experiences into your business….

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How do firewalls prevent computer viruses?

You’ve likely heard the word ‘firewall’ used to describe a measure of prevention against cyber criminals. But that doesn’t mean you know how a firewall actually works, does it? Don’t worry—the truth is that most people don’t how a firewall works; they just expect it to do its job. But it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. Once you learn a little more about firewalls, you might feel more confident about installing one on your home computer, if you haven’t already. If you’re already using a firewall to prevent cyber attacks, perhaps learning more about how it works…

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Is password security awareness dead?

Is there ever a bad time to talk about password security awareness? With the discovery of GoldBrute and its penchant for forcing its way into some 1.5 million RDP servers, we think not. Are RDP servers not a concern for you? Perhaps the five million attempts to hack into an IP cam near you will pique your interest. Creating a strong password can protect you from more digital heartache than just about any other single security measure. This fact naturally leads to two important questions: What makes a password insecure? How can you use that knowledge to make a resilient password? What’s in a…

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The wild world of 3D printing

As you may have heard, 3D printers are going beyond the simple plastic creations we’re already familiar with. Way beyond. Scientists, engineers, doctors and creative makers are developing printers for advancements in health care, city planning and space travel. Oh, and now you can print sneakers and pizza, too. Here’s a roundup of the latest and greatest developments in the 3D printing world. Medical treatments A variety of 3D printing techniques are being used to create more customized medical care and treatment plans for patients. The FDA has approved the first 3D-printed drug: Spiritam, which controls seizures brought on by…

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See ya later, passwords

Google has announced that by the end of this year they plan to replace digital passwords with biometrics. Their “Trust API” will monitor things like location, typing patterns, speed and voice patterns, facial recognition, and more. “We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them. Why couldn’t it just know who I was, so I don’t need a password? I should just be able to work,” Dan Kaufman, head of ATAP at Google, said at the company’s I/O conference in May.1 It’s something consumers are clamoring for. According to new research, 80% of users who are…

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Five Strategies for Winning at Working Solo

Eighty percent of all U.S. small businesses have no employees. The number of non-employee businesses is expected to grow in coming years, due in part to the expansion of the gig economy. Eighty percent of all U.S. small businesses have no employees. The number of non-employee businesses is expected to grow in coming years, due in part to the expansion of the gig economy (e.g., Uber, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack) and favorable economic conditions. Being in business with no employees means you don’t have to deal with payroll, minimum wage rules, and other employer-related responsibilities. But it doesn’t mean you are relieved of…

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Online security tips for working from home

Teleworking during the Coronavirus outbreak? While working from home can help slow the spread of the virus, it brings new challenges: juggling work while kids are home from school; learning new software and conferencing programs; and managing paper files at home. As you’re getting your work-at-home systems set up, here are some tips for protecting your devices and personal information. Start with cybersecurity basics. Keep your security software up to date. Use passwords on all your devices and apps. Make sure the passwords are long, strong and unique: at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols and capital and…

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Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them

Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might seek unemployment benefits to ease financial pressure. The risk? You could become the victim of an unemployment scam. Newly idled Americans have filed millions of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 outbreak. Calls to state employment insurance services have at times overwhelmed phone lines and websites. That’s created opportunity for fraudsters. How? In some cases, scammers are pretending to represent government entities. Their goals include stealing claimant’s benefits,…

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Top 10 Reasons to Move Your Business to the Cloud

Here is  Top 10 List to Move Your Business to the Cloud: 10. It’s the future: Whether we like it or not, and whether you want to or not, your business will be moving to the cloud. Of course, you already do email in the cloud, but it is just as easy to move your other business applications there as well, be it is document storage, security, office applications, backup, finances & accounting, sales & marketing, or what have you. 9. It’s safer: Cloud services are housed in remote servers, servers that have the best security systems available, and which…

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