We often take information security for granted. As long as all systems are a “go” we don’t worry much about the inner workings of our systems or network. The sharing of information within a business, however, makes it necessary for IT security to continuously be analyzed to avoid leaking of information or a system-wide meltdown due to viruses or internal errors.
We’re all a little guilty of this, right? We take our laptop computers to bed, either to relax while we get work done or just to watch our favorite show before bed, but the fact is taking your laptop to bed can cause a myriad of health problems for you and tech problems for your laptop.
Sensitive information in the wrong hands could lead to identity theft, which is why financial institutions are held to a high standard when it comes to protecting customers’ personal, financial information. Likewise, when it comes time to make a hardware or software change, federal mandates require the proper destruction of this information. This leave several business owners and operators wondering how to best go about disposing of old computer and hardware that have personal, financial information.
Pop quiz: Do you know when hurricane season is? Many people associate hurricanes with the warmer weather months, but the fact is, September is only halfway through the season, which runs through the end of November.
Our home hubs in Charleston, Columbia and Baton Rogue that service clients all along the east coast, are no stranger to inclement weather, so it is important for these businesses and those like them to have a business continuity plan.
Your business is your livelihood, and the locks that protect it are your passwords. We’ve already written about why a hacker may be trying to hack your small business, and this is a very real threat, as business moves towards a more digital platform.
Let’s first start with the basics, and then move on to more advanced solutions that will help keep your accounts and information safe.
When you think of the term “hacker,” what pops into your mind? If you’re like most people, it is the classic Hollywood image of a man in a back room, steadily typing away, or a secret military operation.
While large-scale hacking attempts do exist, and international cyber hacking by national governments is making the news, the truth is small and medium-sized business are prime targets for hackers.
Imagine this: you’re standing in line at your favorite coffee shop, waiting to get your morning caffeine. Then you remember that today is your turn to pick up lunch for the office. You take out your cellphone and search for your favorite, local restaurant. Once the site loads, you find that it is difficult to navigate—you are constantly scrolling up and down, left and right, to view the menu and find contact information. Frustrated, you decide to go with another option, and besides, by now it is your turn to order a morning latte.
Where did the restaurant fail? They did not have a responsive design for their website.
The average lifetime of a desktop computer is five to seven years. A laptop? Four to six. Of course, we all know that many don’t even make it that far. As technology barrels forward, you may find yourself purchasing a new computer every two to three years for software and hardware updates—or maybe you’re just keeping up with The Jones’ (we understand that, too).