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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 The Travelers 2017 Risk Index is out, and for the fifth year in a row, fewer American consumers, business owners and executives think the world is becoming a riskier place. This year, 52% of consumers say they believe the world is getting riskier, compared to 56% in 2016 and 63% in 2013 when the study was first conducted, as shown in the chart below from Travelers. READ MORE >>
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Under the cover of the dark web, cyber criminals are refining their sinister methods. And they’re only getting more sneaky and destructive. Here are three of their most common tricks and how you can avoid getting fooled. You get a dreadful call that your computer is infected READ MORE >>
Friday, October 13, 2017 More people today access the Internet from smartphones and tablets than from desktops or laptops, and many times this use is through downloaded applications, better known as “apps.” U.S. consumers spend five hours per day on mobile devices and 85% of that time is spent on apps. READ MORE >>
Monday, October 2, 2017 Your phone can be compromised in a surprising number of ways. Because mobile phones are so valuable to hackers, new exploits are always being discovered. Here are the most frequent dangers and what you can do to protect yourself against them. What hackers value READ MORE >>
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Trust and loyalty are desirable traits in family structures and in business; however, these traits can also leave a family business vulnerable. In fact, family businesses are especially vulnerable to fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) 2016 Global Fraud Study. READ MORE >>
Thursday, July 27, 2017 Many people agree that passwords are a major pain. Many people also agree that passwords are a necessary part of day-to-day business and life. After all, passwords are the first line of defense when protecting our information both at home and at work. READ MORE >>
Thursday, July 27, 2017 Have you written passwords down on something and then put that something where you can always find it at your desk? Is it stuck under your keyboard? Is it in an unlocked desk drawer? Or simply stuck to your monitor? READ MORE >>
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. READ MORE >>
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Email is commonplace in the business world, with over 108 billion emails sent and received per day. The fact that emails are circulating in big numbers makes them a good target for scammers. We all need to be careful when opening emails. Consider this scenario that was recently brought to my attention: READ MORE >>
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
A quickly spreading ransomware attack that affected more than 200,000 computers globally seems to have slowed its spread, although most security experts expect a quick resurgence in a new form.
Businesses and computer users around the world were confronted with a message on their screen st... READ MORE >>