When it comes to protecting your Apple ID, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You use this same account across multiple platforms, including FaceTime, iTunes, iMessage, and the App Store. Plus, your Apple ID account holds a fair amount of personal information and payment methods you wouldn’t want ending up in the wrong hands. If you’re wondering if you’re taking the right security measures, keep reading as we cover three easy ways you can secure your Apple ID. Read more
If you’re one of the 1.2 billion monthly active users of Gmail, your online life is probably heavily tied to Google. For many, the account is a primary email address or used with Google Drive for work, so it’s worth making sure that your account is as secure as it can be. Utilise these options to secure your Gmail account.
Easy Methods to Secure Your Gmail Account
New security threats emerge every day, and Google updates their defence options often to help you protect your data. Continue reading to learn how to defend your Gmail account.
Add Ways to Verify it’s You
One of the best ways to protect your Gmail account is to utilize 2-Step Verification, and yet, less than 10% of users enable it. 2-Step Verification means that for someone else to get into your account, they not only need to have your Gmail password, but also access to your unlocked phone, or similar. It only takes a minute or two to set up, and Google will walk you through the process.
It works by adding an extra layer of security onto your account, so when you sign in from an unfamiliar device, you’ll be prompted to enter a one-time use code. Google can send the code via a text message, give you a phone call, or utilise other verification options. After signing in, you can choose whether or not to remember that particular device. Turning off 2-Step Verification allows Google to recognize the device so that you’re only asked for your password the next time you sign in.
Run a Security Checkup
There are also steps you can take to make sure that your account hasn’t already been compromised. First, navigate to the security sidebar of your Gmail account. You’ll see several different sections to check, each one devoted to a different aspect of your account.
The top portion of the page will alert you to any potential weaknesses in your account security. Clicking’ secure account’ takes you to a menu that highlights common issues. Here, you can add or update account recovery options. Once you enter a phone number and recovery email, Google can alert you if there’s suspicious activity on your account, and allow you to recover your account if you’re ever locked out.
Google also lists new sign-ins, password changes, and added recovery options, as well as devices that have been active in the last 28 days. If you see anything you don’t recognize, Google will prompt you to change your password and sign you out of all devices except the one you’re using.
Monitor What Sites and Apps Have Access to Your Account
Finally, you can view and manage what platforms and pages have access to your account at the bottom of the security page. When you log in on another site using your Google account, it can request basic information, such as your name, email address, and profile picture. Other websites and apps can see and change almost any information in your Google account. In this section, you can see what platforms have access to your account, and remove any that you no longer use or trust.
Securing your Gmail account is quick and easy, and can save you from future problems. Consider adding these security measures or visit your local Computer Troubleshooters office for more help securing your data.
How many times has an employee or coworker struggled with a computer issue that renders them unable to do their work productively? When a file takes forever to open or when the wireless keeps disconnecting, work can become nearly impossible. The way business is done these days relies heavily on technology working well and sometimes a computer problem strikes when it is least convenient. Leaving the office to have a problem with a desktop or laptop can throw off your entire schedule, not to mention cut into your productive time at the office. 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
It is a no-brainer that your work and home computers, as well as your personal laptop, needs more than just an antivirus program in place. Eset Security is an essential tool to help keep your information protected, your devices safe from hackers, and your system’s software up-to-date. That’s why Computer Troubleshooters recommends ESET Security. Read more
On July 29th, 2015 Microsoft released the much anticipated operating system called Windows 10. With a goal to have more than 2 million devices using Windows 10 within two years, Microsoft immediately launched an aggressive marketing initiative that offered free upgrades on eligible devices using Windows 7 or higher. Microsoft’s generosity only goes so far, however, and the free upgrades will only be offered until July 29th, 2016. With the regular pop-up messages reminding users of this limited time offer, many people have been asking if this upgrade is right for them. The short answer is, it depends. Read more
As the Grand National weekend draws near, I expected to be drawing analogies between national hunt racing and IT managed services along the lines of planning, preparation and making sure your team is ready to overcome the hurdles and arrive successfully at the finishing post.
However we now find that we are bracing ourselves in anticipation of a new cyber threat Badlock. We are in the unusual position of being aware both of a vulnerability and of the fix becoming available on the same day – Tuesday 12th April. Read more
Your computer provides you with a lot of assistance in planning holidays and other trips throughout the year. Remember the hours you spent on various websites looking for the perfect holiday destination? How about all of the online comparison shopping you did to find the ideal Hawaiian resort? Remember that awesome discount deal you scored on those air tickets? How could you have planned your summer trip without your computer? Read more
It is 2014, and we all know that every business should have a backup (and a recovery plan) for their most critical data. The reality is that over 40% of Small and Medium Sized Business do not back up their data at all, and that 60% of backups fail when tested! Read more
Business technology support can generally be described as a range of services that deliver assistance to users of technology products such as computers, software and mobile devices within an office setting. Read more