Microsoft consistently has something new and exciting up its sleeve. Last month, Microsoft did not disappoint during this annual conference, Ignite, which they virtually hosted. Ignite is typically one of the venues where new announcements and enhancements are revealed. This year, these announcements spanned multiple products and business needs and are sure to provide assistance in your office.
The holiday season has officially started for most of us, and thus the shopping has also begun. In addition to our increased shopping habits, those looking to take advantage of you are also kicking their season into high gear with scams that target shoppers, travelers, and just about everyone else. With last year being a record $9 billion Black Friday, a lot of money moving is as tempting to hackers as is that extra piece of pumpkin pie.
Last week we spotlighted the Dark Web. We focused on what it is and why it is dangerous. The Dark Web is where credentials end up if your data is compromised. If your data was compromised - even one account, your credentials need to be attended to immediately. The first thing you should do is change your passwords for all accounts you may have used that same password. Passwords should be complex and a combination of at least 8-10 letters and characters. It would be best to consider making your strong password a passphrase, a sequence of words meshed together. In addition to the primary step of changing your password, let’s take a look at what you should be doing continuously to keep your data as safe as possible.
The Dark Web is only accessible via unique browsers or software that allow the users to remain anonymous. Imagine the Dark Web as an unlit, hidden alley. You can’t see the face of anyone when you peek inside; transactions are happening between people that aren’t being seen, and individuals are moving freely, anonymously, and without a trace. Search engines like Google or Bing track nothing. Encryption hides identities, and to get into these secret areas, you need to have special software. Like that "dark alley," this is where dishonest behavior can thrive. If your information and identity are being exchanged on the Dark Web, you need to know so you can remedy things quickly.
There is a common misconception out there. Many small to midsized businesses think that they are “too small” to be a target for cybercrimes. We wish that were the case, but unfortunately, cybercriminals do not care who you are or the size of your business. If there is data to be stolen, you are a target. When you take a closer look at the data, a small or midsize business is more likely—not less—to face a cyber-attack compared with large enterprises.
As Cyber Security Awareness Month comes to an end this week, don’t let the momentum you’ve created dwindle or diminish. Take the foundation of awareness that you’ve been establishing with your business and keep the drive going. To help keep the movement moving in the correct direction, we have included four essential topics to help everyone get refreshed.
A story was recently shared with us about a college student and her experience in finding a job. The student is in graphic design and has a portfolio. When she came across a well-known company that creates sports-branded gear that was hiring, it was something she decided to pursue. She sent the company her portfolio electronically, and they set up an interview using a chat forum. They asked a few questions and then asked her to fill out forms that were going to put her in the queue to begin receiving work from them. She completed each one and recommended this to friends, who were all excited about this opportunity. Everything seemed normal until one of her friends paused when he was asked to give his social security number, address, date of birth, and banking information for payments rendered.