‘Tis the season to stay safe online!

Quick Tip: Be wary and alert while shopping online.

Why: It's Holiday Season for the bad guys too, but not the way you might think. Cybercriminals go into scam-overdrive mode and plan on getting rich with your money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for being the busiest online shopping days, but we bet you still have a lot of online shopping left to do.

Keep IT Safe

Confession time! How many of you manage your computer and online passwords in any of the following ways:

Use the same/similar password for everything
Keep all your passwords written on a slip of paper
Change your password by incrementing the number by 1
Keep a spreadsheet with all your passwords on your desktop

We see it all the time and have heard every reason you can think of as to why it’s “fine”. The most common of which is “I don’t have any data a hacker would want”. Nothing could be further from the truth! Have you ever thought about what a hacker could do with just your email password? With just access to your email, a hacker only needs to click the “I forgot my password” button for any of your accounts and will instantly have the keys to the kingdom.

Install Security Updates!

Quick Tip: Install all security, software, and Windows updates.

Why: Software updates have security fixes imbedded, making them more secure and less likely to be hacked. Outdated programs or software are more likely to be targeted by malicious attacks; but by installing the latest security updates, you can make sure all those loopholes are filled in.

Envisioning Contacts

There is a fun feature in Outlook that allows you to set up Electronic Business Cards for your contacts.  This is useful because it enables you to see a picture of your contact—putting a face to the name.
Adding a picture to your Microsoft Outlook contacts is easy

Go to the Outlook navigation bar and click the “People” icon
(the icon looks like two people standing near each other).
Under “Current View” click on the “Business Card” view.

Take Advantage of Multiple Monitors

When thinking of a PC with a multiple-monitor setup, it is easy to visualize TV shows and movies with the computer hacker in front of screens full of numbers and code.  However, the use of multiple monitors has become far more common in the workplace and is something that many people swear by.

Work computers and devices are only for ONE thing…

Quick Tip: Separate work and personal accounts/devices as much as possible.

Why: If you’re using a company device to access a compromised account, you’re opening up a door to a hacker who can then get into your company’s network via your email or PC. Bottom line, don’t use company PCs, devices, phones or internet for PERSONAL use.