Network Security

Yes, Your WiFi Network Can Get Hacked

Does your business use a WiFi network? If you haven’t taken the proper steps to secure it, you may be vulnerable to attacks on your network. Because data in a wireless network is transported over the air, it is essential to put basic security measures in place. Here are some steps you can take to…

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Do You Test Your Data Backups? You May Want to Start

You may think that your small business’s data is safe, but you can’t know for sure unless a professional is regularly verifying that your backup solutions work. If no one is testing your restores, you may only realize that you can’t properly restore your files, applications, or other important data until it is already too…

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Are You Using a Bad Password?

Do you think your password is unique? A recent report by SplashData revealed a compiled list of 100 worst passwords of 2018. The top 20 include: 123456  password  123456789  12345678  12345  111111  1234567  Sunshine  Qwerty  iloveyou  Princess  Admin  Welcome  666666  Abc123  Football  123123  Monkey  654321  !@#$%^&*  While these passwords are some of the easiest to remember… they are…

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Disaster Recovery Plan – Is Your Business Prepared?

If a disaster struck your business now, would you be ready to handle it? According to FEMA, over 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. Almost all organizations rely on technology for daily operations, and the amount of data and information technology lost to disaster will only increase as time goes on.  So, what…

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Stormy Weather Ahead! Protect your Devices!

As severe weather approaches, it is essential to plan for what stormy weather often brings – power outages.   Weather-related power outages are common in Washington. Our state is well-known for beautiful green trees and rainy winter seasons. Unfortunately, combining these two often results in tree limbs falling onto power lines, resulting in local power outages. For local business owners, it…

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Are you disposing of your devices properly?

We talk about safely disposing of data on hard drives all the time. However, computers aren’t the only things with hard drives. Printers and fax machines need to be wiped clean before being disposed of. Printers and fax machines must have their hard drives completely wiped clean before being disposed of. These machines often keep…

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Use different passwords for different accounts!

Using the same password for multiple accounts could expose all your accounts following a single security breach. Be sure to use complex and unique passwords for each account. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, you increase your overall risk. The breach of a single account could potentially lead to the breach of…

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Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams

What are Phishing scams? Phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your university, your Internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed website or otherwise get you to divulge private information (e.g., passphrase, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use…

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When Was The Last Time You Updated the Firmware On Your Firewall?

Firewalls are powered by two things: the hardware inside them and the firmware that makes them operate. The firmware embedded on the firewall is the software that enables the device to filter traffic and prevent unwanted traffic on the network. Like any software, firmware can also be improved, bugs can be found and repaired, new…

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Why Is It Important To Change Your Online Passwords?

Your computers carry a lot of sensitive and important data, so keeping that data safe is a major priority! One security tip for computer users is to constantly change your passwords  to something new, but it may not always be   clear why you need to do so. Changing your password avoids several dangers, here…

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