Even before the coronavirus outbreak began, telecommuting has been on the rise. There’s been a 159% increase in remote work since 2005. While studies suggest that this trend is beneficial to both employees and employers, it does come with some challenges in terms of online security. Although it’s easier than ever to bring work into the comfort of home, there are more opportunities for breaches in both personal privacy and company security. In this article, we unpack cybersecurity tips for remote workers. Read more
Recent reports from Trustwave reveal that despite companies spending $96 billion on cybersecurity initiatives this year, 100 percent of all web applications continue to be vulnerable to attacks. To protect your company’s data from threats, it’s increasingly critical that employee cybersecurity training takes place in the workplace.
Tips for Employee Cybersecurity Training
Cybersecurity for your company starts with your employees. Utilize the following tips to secure your data and conduct employee cybersecurity training.
- Include All Staff Members
No one is immune to hackers and cybersecurity attacks, so ensure all team members complete training. Don’t forget to include upper management, as well as IT department staff.
- Review Signs of an Attack
One of the most important lessons in cybersecurity is recognizing signs of an attack. Review common signs that a device or network is under attack such as:
- Systems running slowly
- Abnormal activity on the corporate firewall
- Access logs showing unusual login times and locations
- Frequent pop-ups
- Device freezing or crashing
These are just a few ways that attacks may be happening in your office. Encourage employees to alert you if they notice any of the above, or other unusual autonomous activity.
NOTE: Ensure employees that there’s no such thing as a silly question. It’s better to report a problem and it be a false alarm, than to go without reporting a problem and compromise your entire company network.
- Explain Password Policies
One simple way that employees can safeguard their information, as well as company data, is using secure passwords. An employee’s password should contain a combination of various letters, symbols, numbers and capitalisations. No two programs or websites should have the same login credentials.
As you can imagine, remembering all of these long, unique passwords can be difficult. Consider investing in password management software like Dashlane for your business to help employees keep track of their secure passwords.
- Go Over Preventative Measures
In addition to explaining the importance of password management, your employee cybersecurity training should include information on measures to prevent attacks and security breaches altogether. Provide your employees with the following tips to prevent attacks:
- When accessing company data remotely, implement multifactor authentication.
- Keep your operating systems, browsers, and antivirus and security software up-to-date.
- Regularly update your passwords.
- Never open attachments or click on links from an unknown sender.
- Never share sensitive information via email.
- Back up critical business files and data using cloud services.
For more tips on cyber security, utilise the National Cyber Security Centre’s advice for small and mid-size businesses.
By helping employees understand the threat landscape and how to prevent network vulnerabilities, you are able to make cybersecurity a part of your company culture. For more information on how to protect your business from cyber attacks and to conduct employee cybersecurity training, contact your nearest Computer Troubleshooters office.
It’s no coincidence that Halloween and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month fall together! Phishing and fraud efforts peak over the holidays, starting in October and continuing through January. While data threats are undoubtedly spooky, these tips from Computer Troubleshooters can help you boost your personal cybersecurity! Read more
With billions of emails sent every day, there’s a huge opportunity for malware and viruses to find their way into your inbox. While the percentage of emails containing dangerous attachments is relatively low at 2.3 percent, keep in mind that translates to millions of emails. The best defence against malicious content delivered to your inbox is knowing how to quickly spot a threat. To help keep you safe from harmful attachments, phishing scams, and more, keep these tips in mind to identify a dangerous email. Read more
Everyone experiences some level of stress, however, learning how to manage day-to-day stressors is essential in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Although technology can sometimes create anxiety, it can just as easily be utilised to de-stress. Computer Troubleshooters has compiled a list of the best ways to use technology to reduce stress.
How to Use Technology to De-Stress
While research suggests technology may cause anxiety, other studies argue technology could help manage everyday stresses. Continue reading to learn how to take advantage of today’s technology in order to relax.
- Download Stress-Relieving Apps
While using technology can make some feel stressed, others find relief in certain apps that are designed to help users unwind. According to Statista, there are about 2 million apps to choose from in the App Store. From mood tracking to squeezing a virtual rubber duck, there’s an app for almost any type of stress relief you’re searching for. Instead of scrolling through social media and creating more negative energy, utilise apps such as Personal Zen, which contains a series of games focused on reducing anxiety levels.
- Practice FitBit and Apple Watch Breathing Exercises
Most of today’s technology has built-in stress-relieving features for our benefit. If you own a FitBit or Apple Watch, try the breathing exercise features to relieve stress. Wearable technology can track when you’re stressed so you can learn to anticipate negative emotions and use features such as breathing exercises to calm down. If you don’t own a wearable, search for apps in the App Store or watch videos on YouTube to simulate breathing exercises.
- Follow Fitness Videos
Exercise is a popular stress-reliever and is easier than ever to add to your routine due to the availability of virtual fitness classes. Working out releases endorphins, which lowers stress levels. Try following videos of fitness classes such as Zumba or yoga to find the perfect workout and let off some steam.
- Create a Smart Home
Building a smart home can reduce the time you spend worrying about chores and keeping up with daily tasks. Create a chore chart with Amazon Alexa to keep track of what’s already been done and what still needs to be done around the house. Smart devices are created to connect to other smart devices to make your life easier. From turning off the lights to helping you find your phone, creating a smart home can help eliminate everyday stress.
- Stream Relaxing Music
Listening to music is one of the most common ways to relieve stress since it requires minimal effort. Listen to your favorite songs to de-stress, or listen to the top 10 relaxing songs ranked by scientists if you’re in need of immediate relaxation. For some, silence increases anxiety levels, but for others, too much noise can create more stress. If a room filled with music causes chaos for you, try using a white noise machine or streaming white noise online. Using white noise to block out any unnecessary and loud noises can also increase productivity as well as reduce stress.
- Ensure Your Data is Secure
While keeping your data secure may not be one of your main stressors, taking steps to ensure your personal information is safe can be reassuring. New viruses and threats emerge every day, so make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date on your computer and change your passwords to all of your online accounts at least once a year to avoid getting hacked. Keep stress at bay by taking steps to keep you and your family’s or business’ information safe.
If technology is causing you to stress instead of helping you de-stress, enlist the help of your local Computer Troubleshooters office! Our tech professionals are ready to help secure your network to ensure you won’t stress over technology.
As more consumers and businesses alike embrace the on-the-go mentality, finding a public WiFi hotspot is easier now than ever before. While there are plenty of hotspots available – about 362 million to be exact – remember that not every hotspot is trustworthy. Be sure you’re staying safe while using public WiFi with the following tips from Computer Troubleshooters. Read more
Choosing a new laptop can be difficult as there are so many aspects to consider and options to choose from. Competitors’ products and features overlap one another making deciding which computer even more problematic. Computer Troubleshooters will break down the most important things to consider when buying a laptop.
5 Things to Consider When Buying a Laptop
These guidelines will help you confidently choose the laptop that’s right for you.
Before you begin thinking about specs and pricing, you should determine how portable you need your laptop to be. Ask yourself how often will you be using it, where you will you be using it, and if you need to carry it from place to place on a regular basis. Take a look at how we define laptop display sizes:
- 11 – 12 inches: These are most likely the lightest and thinnest laptops coming in at about 2-4 pounds.
- 13 – 14 inches: This is a good medium sized laptop that delivers a balance of portability and usability. This size usually weighs around or less than 4 pounds.
- 15 inches: This is a fan favourite, the most common sized laptop that weighs about 4-7 pounds. It is a decent choice when you are not planning on carrying your device as often.
- 17 – 18 inches: A laptop of this size is ideal for a permanent or semi-permanent workspace. It offers an excellent processing power for workstation-level productivity.
If you intend to keep your computer in a stationary desk setting, the battery life should not affect the decision-making process, as you can readily use a nearby outlet. Otherwise, when buying a laptop, you want to choose a device with sufficient battery life. One that will last 7-8 hours is fitting for work days on the go. Although manufacturers proclaim estimated battery life, you should further research reviews from consumers on their experiences with a specific device.
The amount of storage space you need is a personal preference and may not be a big concern for you. It is customary to store most of your data in the cloud instead of filling your laptop with music, videos, and large files. SSDs (solid-state drives) are an option, or you can always purchase an upgrade. However, those options can get pricey. Note that many light and thin laptops mean not as much storage space so you’ll most likely have to rely on the cloud.
Some consumers only prefer a particular brand whether it be Mac, Dell, Microsoft, and so on. It may depend on the operating system you favor or what purpose you will be using this device. Other buyers want their devices to sync by using the corresponding operating system such as Apple iOS. But to help make this decision an easier one, consult this buying guide by Digital Trends, The Best Laptop Brands.
When it comes to buying a laptop, you want to choose a device that meets your needs but also your budget. Price is a significant factor because if you can’t always afford the superior laptop with all the features you desire, so you may want to consider choosing a more suitable alternative.
Did we miss any key aspects that you consider when buying a laptop? Share them in the comments below! Remember, if you are exploring security services for your new device or need data backup and recovery for your current device, Computer Troubleshooters offers business and residential IT services that are tailored to meet your needs and budget. Contact a CT location nearest you!
You’ve likely heard the term “malware” used when discussing cybersecurity; but what is malware and how does it impact your computer? Continue reading to learn all about the various types of malware and how each affects your computer.
What Is Malware?
Malware, also known as malicious software, is software that compromises your computer’s performance. There are various types of malware that wreck havoc on devices including adware, ransomware, spyware, and bugs. Each type of malware impacts your computer and your online security differently. Read more
How Can It Impact My Business?
Many questions arise when it comes to mobile device management. What happens if an employee loses their device or leaves the company? Is your company’s information safe, secure and backed up? Can employees work from anywhere at any time using this service? According to www.webopedia.com, mobile device management is a type of security software used to monitor, manage and secure employees’ mobile devices that are utilised across multiple mobile service providers and operating systems. With mobile device management, there are so many opportunities to take your business to the next level. You have the ability to oversee company-issued devices and control how devices are used within your office. Take a look at the benefits of mobile device management and the reasons why your company needs it now. Read more
While Microsoft launched the cloud version of their popular applications and productivity products in June of 2011, most small businesses are still trying to figure out what this product means for their company. Should they continue to pay for and use the premise based software as they have always done, or should they move to the subscription based cloud offering? Unfortunately, the answer to that is not any clearer today than it was in 2011 and requires research and guidance. Read more