Take these small steps to stay safe online.
When setting the password for your home Wi-Fi router, ensure you use a strong password to protect your device. You want to keep it up to date and name it strategically, so hackers won’t know it’s in your home. When connecting to public Wi-Fi, confirm your connection is safe as hackers can hack your device and steal your personal information.
When entering your information online, be careful to notice what is and what is not necessary to disclose. Check the privacy and security settings on each device to your comfort level for information sharing. Know what data your devices collect and how it is managed and stored.
Sometimes having a unique password is not enough. Most hackers can guess your password or answer your security questions correctly. Instead, consider using a two-factor authentication that adds a second level of protection. You can increase your safety as well as the safety of your small business by using the Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID in your settings.
There are a few things you can do as an everyday user to protect your computer. Ensure your operating system is up to date with your anti-virus software. Be careful when opening attachments or links from someone you don’t recognize as it may be a virus. It’s not a good idea to leave your computer on 24/7 and disable automatic login as both of those make it easier for hackers to get into valuable information stored on your device.
Remember, once you post something online, it’s permanent. When using social media sites, be selective about what you share and who you accept friend requests or messages from. Don’t overshare on what you’re doing or where you check-in to. Sharing your exact location makes it extremely easy for predators and criminals to find you. It’s vital that we share these tips with our children as well.
The internet can be a great place to learn and have fun but can be equally scary and dangerous. By practicing these cyber security tips, you can become a vigilant online user. At Computer Troubleshooters, we offer a full suite of IT Security Solutions including anti-virus protection, spyware & malware services, spam controls, employee monitoring, router and firewall solutions, and mobile security services. To make sure your business is protected, contact Computer Troubleshooters today!
As a business owner, we know that you have other things to do besides worry about information technology support and services. You may even wonder what’s the proper way to go about managed IT business services. But as our dependence on technology increases, so must the way we approach IT-related issues.
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.
Cyber security hit the headlines again this week with several high-profile victims including the NHS having their data held to ransom with a demand to pay up $300 to get the affected files decrypted. You can learn more about this attack here.
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.
2016 saw the largest data breach in history. According to IdentityForce.com, Yahoo discovered a breach from 2013 that may have put as many as one billion Yahoo accounts at risk. With such big league companies falling victim to cyber security attacks, how do you begin protecting yourself? Though security software is always growing stronger and more protective, hackers are developing new strategies at a rapid pace, too. The best way to avoid a security breach is to plan ahead, and these tips for cyber security for your business are a great way to start building up your defence.
Nowadays it seems like everything is being stored in the digital cloud. From Apple’s iCloud for your music and photos to Google Drive for documents and spreadsheets, cloud storage is changing the way business is done.
For many business owners, the data that exists on your company’s servers is growing faster than you can store it. Internal servers are sluggish and get overloaded quickly by a large amount of data that is stored and accessed on a regular business day.
Cloud storage is an effective way to help solve the issues many businesses have with internal servers. From misplacing important documents to trying to share files, to large documents eating up minutes of your valuable time loading, servers can make you less productive at work. Thankfully, the professionals at Computer Troubleshooters have identified five ways that cloud storage can help your business get back on track with efficient digital storage.
Do you suspect your laptop or computer has a virus? Is it running slow or do random windows pop up as you browse the web? Your computer may have an infection, or two. The good news is this can be fixed with a few helpful tips and programs. During this four-step process, Computer Troubleshooters guides you through the actions you can take to remove these irritating computer viruses.
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.
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.