Posts Tagged: security

Best Practices for Passwords

Passwords are the frontline of defense against cyberattacks. No matter how extensive your other security measures may be, if your password policy is weak, you will be extremely vulnerable. While nobody likes password policies, they are necessary until other means of authentication (such as biometrics) become universal. Until that time, companies need to be aware of what strengthens a password and what can weaken a password. Here is a summary of some of the best industry practices for developing passwords. Avoid Common Passwords Did you know experts have discovered that 30% of users have passwords from the list of the most common passwords? That means that almost 1 in 3 users has a password that can easily be cracked, because hackers are going to try those common passwords. According to Keeper Security, the 25 most common passwords of 2016 were: 1. 123456 2. 123456789 3. qwerty 4. 12345678 5. 111111… Read more »

What are Ransomeware Attacks and How Can You Avoid Them?

Any cyber security expert worth their title can tell you that malicious ransomware attacks are on the rise. To date, several government entities have been hit with ransomware, a particularly nasty attack that hackers can use to extort huge sums of money from their targets. In January of this year, for example, the St. Louis Public Library system was brought to a virtual standstill when more than 700 computers at 16 branches were rendered inoperable thanks to a ransomware attack that effectively halted checkout and computer services. Threats from ransomware are present at every level of society. From your personal information to your business’s trade secrets, the possibility that someone might be preying on your most sensitive data is solid. That’s why it’s important to understand how you can protect yourself from these hostile intrusions, so you don’t find yourself on the receiving end of a ransomware attack. What Is… Read more »

Costs and Benefits of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Workplaces

One of the newest trends in company management is BYOD, or bring your own device. This policy is becoming so popular among corporations that 74 percent of polled companies are either using BYOD or planning to make the switch in the near future. Some estimates put the BYOD industry at around $181 billion by the end of this year. If you’re running a company and you’re in need of a cost-effective, morale-improving technology strategy, then BYOD just might be the perfect solution. What Is BYOD? Essentially, BYOD means that a company allows its employees to either use their own computer or cell phone or buy something for the job. You’re going to be buying technology for your employees, anyway, right? Why not invest that money in a program that allows employees the freedom to work using the electronics they love? Of course, BYOD isn’t quite that simple. While there are… Read more »