Technology Update 9/25/18 – Cyber Security

Small Business Spotlight
Before I get started with my feature for this week, I want to say that I appreciate your support of my small business.  In turn, I provide service to other small businesses and non-profit organizations.  From time to time, I want to use this platform to promote clients’ organizations that are doing good in our community.  This week, the Spotlight focuses on Jennings Smith and Associates (JSA).   Bill Smith and his team at JSA have been in the field of law enforcement and specifically private investigations for decades.   JSA serves law firms, business and individuals with full confidentiality and precision.  As many of my clients are connected to the legal profession, I have attached a professional brochure of JSA’s services specifically for this community.  Additionally, they offer a full menu of services for individuals that can be found at jsainvestigations.com .  Bill Smith is also the founder of American School Safety and has been a thought leader in this field for 20 years, having appeared numerous times on local radio and TV.    Should you need his assistance, please reach out to Bill directly at jsainvestigations.com
If you would like your organization to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight, let me know.
Cyber Security Tips for Ordinary Folks — That Means Us
** I was recently asked to prepare some talking points for a speaker at a community center event on cyber security.  Once I came up with this list, I knew I had to share it with you. : ) **
Passwords
-Create a separate password for each website you use
-No website should EVER have the same password as your e-mail account
-Ideally, you should use a password manager such as 1Password or Last Pass that will help you create long, randomized passwords.  Safari on the Mac also offers this feature and Google Chrome does as well.
-In lieu of letting a password manager create your passwords, think of an easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess, “base,” for all of your passwords, then put a unique identifier at the end of each specific password.  For example — your Microsoft account password could have the letters “ms” or “msft” at the end of your base.
Two Factor Authentication
-Wherever possible, enable two factor authentication with your online accounts
-This will require you to periodically enter a code in addition to your password to log into these services
-These codes are texted to your cell phone or provided by a code authenticator app
-It becomes significantly harder for a bad actor to log into  your account because they don’t physically have your cell phone or code authenticator
-Examples of websites that allow you to setup 2 factor authentication are — Apple / iCloud, Google, Yahoo, Outlook.com / Microsoft account, Bank of America, and many more
Credit Freezes
-Unless you are regularly applying for credit or having your credit bureaus checked — freeze your credit reports!
-Thanks to a new law – the  Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act — effective Sept 21st,  it is now free to freeze and unfreeze your credit reports with Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union
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