Why you need a VPN and how to choose one

Why you need a VPN and how to choose one

Back in the day, simple antivirus software was all you needed to stay safe from security threats. Nowadays, it takes more than that to protect your online privacy. Whether you’re sending emails or chatting up a friend online, chances are your Wi-Fi connection can be intercepted. This is why you need a virtual private network […]

Your password may be poor — update it now

Your password may be poor — update it now

For years, we’ve been told that strong passwords include three things: upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. And why wouldn’t we when the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) told us they were the minimum for robust passwords? Here’s why not and how it involves you. The problem The issue isn’t necessarily that […]

3 Types of hackers you should know about

3 Types of hackers you should know about

What do you call someone who hunts for security gaps in computer hardware and software? A hacker, right? What about someone who presents their findings to vendors to help them improve the quality of their products? There is more than one type of hacker, and understanding the difference is important. A complicated history In the […]

CIO Corner: Would you have fallen for this spear phish?

CIO Corner: Would you have fallen for this spear phish?

Perhaps you think you’re an expert at avoiding phishing, but scammers are getting cleverer and cleverer. “Spear phish” emails especially can seem quite legit, as they are personalized just for you. This checklist—which every user should know by heart—will help you avoid getting scammed!

Would you have fallen for this?

This happened recently to a client user who shall remain nameless, and to whom we will refer with the gender-neutral “they”: They received what appeared to be an email from the firm’s owner requesting their personal cell number, to “discuss something”.

They opened the email on their mobile phone.

Cloud migration made safe and secure

Cloud migration made safe and secure

While many IT providers tout the revolutionary benefits of the cloud, very few address the security aspect of it. The fact is, when you’re using a cloud service, you’re moving information out of your hands and into a third party. So doesn’t it make sense to take precautions? Dropbox alone has had the accounts of […]

6 Tips to keep your Mac computer safe

6 Tips to keep your Mac computer safe

Although it is important, security is something that some Mac users overlook. That’s fine if all you do is watch YouTube videos or experiment with Photo Booth, but not if you use your computer for day-to-day business operations. Prevent internal and external threats from harming your device with these tips.  The basics First, let’s start […]

4 types of hackers to watch out for

4 types of hackers to watch out for

Why do hackers attack? Is it for money, notoriety, or political reasons? As a business owner, you should always try and find out the motive behind an attack to help you determine whether or not you’re a target and what data you need to protect. Let’s take a closer look at four different types of […]

Beware of these social engineering tactics

Beware of these social engineering tactics

The Rio Summer Olympics took place years ago, but the hackers who infamously used social engineering to exploit the event are still with us. Although business owners may think that their systems are safe from malware, they may not be prepared for social engineering. This strategy can be used to steal personal information from unsuspecting […]

5 Easy tips for preventing data breaches

5 Easy tips for preventing data breaches

Keeping your personal and professional information safe from cybercriminals is not easy. It takes constant vigilance and frequent training. There are dozens of simple tools and tips to help people with almost zero expertise stay safe online, but these five are our favorites. 1. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) This tool earns the number one spot on […]

What are the risks of BYOD?

What are the risks of BYOD?

The “bring your own device” (BYOD) strategy lets employees use their personal devices for business purposes. While staff like this and it saves you money, it also introduces potentially serious security risks which you should mitigate with an appropriate BYOD policy.