IT security needs to be taken very seriously.
Ginni Rometty - IBM’s chairman, president, and CEO
1. Check your backups.
We cannot stress backups enough to our clients. Backups will help you get up and running if something happens to your building but did you know it can also help you if your computer is lost or stolen. The holiday season can lead to a lot of traveling. If your computer was lost of stolen during your travels do you have a way of getting the information on it back? If the answer is no you need to seriously consider contacting us about backups before it is too late!
2. Be aware of email scams; don’t open any attachments from unknown senders.
Because of all the holiday sales this time of year your inbox might be more full than usual. If something looks interesting you might click on it, just be aware that people who do cyber crime for a living know how to make an email look enticing. If you do not know who the sender is do not open any attachments on an email. Remember if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
3. Don’t enter credit card information on a network you don’t trust.
We know that the holiday season brings plenty of running around but it is much safer to enter sensitive data on your home or work Internet network that you trust than the free Wi-Fi at your local café. Along with entering credit card information it is also safer to do any online banking at home.
4. Protect your technology with passwords.
Passwords are always a good thing. Good passwords are a better thing, and no, “password” does not count as a good one! A good password is a combination of letters (both lowercase and capital), at least one number, and at least one symbol (*, #, ! etc.). Try to avoid family names, birthdays, and pet names.
5. Make sure you have antivirus software.
It is a good idea to have reliable antivirus software all year long, but if you don’t have one now is definitely the time to find out about it. Antivirus software will also help you out with #2. If you have any questions about any of these tips don’t hesitate to give us a call. We offer solutions to all of these problems. Don’t let IT issues get in the way of enjoying your holiday season!