Don’t Get Locked Out!

Keep Your Recovery Email Up to Date!
It happens to the best of us.  Sometimes when we type our password our finger strokes get jumbled up.  Or…  sometimes that darn “NumLock” key has unknowingly been pressed and we end up entering our password incorrectly too many times—reaching the maximum number of attempts—and finding ourselves locked out of our account(s).

Thankfully, we have a solution for getting back in—our recovery email!

This is all well and good, but what if your recovery email is invalid or no longer accessible?  Often, we forget what recovery email is even connected to our account.

Keep Emails Short

Quick Tip: Keep Emails Short

Why: Many of us don’t like reading emails and find ourselves quickly scanning for relevant information. Your best bet is to keep your emails concise and to the point. And, it’s good practice to always summarize the main point of the email in the subject line.

Use Rules to Filter Emails

Quick Tip: Use Rules to Filter Emails

Why: Many email programs have the functionality to automatically sort incoming emails. You define the sources and keywords, and it does the rest. This helps prioritize which emails may need your attention first.

Turn OFF Email Notifications

Quick Tip: Turn Off Email Notifications

Why: It’s a major distraction! Every time you get a ping that you received an email, it pulls your focus away from what you were doing. Over the course of a day, you might get several pings, equating to a lot of wasted time.

Test Your Backups Regularly!

Quick Tip: Test Your Backups Regularly!

Why: Data is the lifeblood of every business.  Unfortunately, the risks and threats to the protection, privacy and usability of that data are endless.  Follow the 3-2-1 method for backups:

3 A minimum of three unique copies of your data,
2 A minimum of two available locally and
1 One off-site or in the cloud.

‘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.