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4 Reasons You Should Always Opt for Encryption

Posted by TimbukTech on May 23, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Encryption keeps your information safe, both personally and for your business.

You may take encryption for granted, but is important to keeping your sensitive data private. Without encryption, you have no protection against anyone that might wish to use your data or information against you.

Here are a few reasons to encrypt your data.


1. Move to the Cloud

The stigma of the cloud is that many people fear your data can accessed by anyone at any time.

This is not true.

The cloud stores your data in a space that nobody but you can touch. Encryption makes it possible for data to be safe by jumbling the data into something that nobody without the correct key can decipher. Then, when it is retrieved, the information is encoded so that you and only you can see what is stored within.

Encryption means that you can remotely store data in the cloud without concern.


2. Separate Data

Keeping certain types of data with key services can cause problems.  

In the short term, you lose data.

In the long term, you lose trust.

Separating your personal and professional data among multiple services ensures that your data remains secure. 


3. Regulations

Regulations maintain that you must use certain preventative measures to ensure the safety of user data through certain types of data storage and encryption.

If data from your company or customers was ever leaked, encryption would make it so anyone looking to exploit that data would have to use special programs to even attempt to decipher what they are seeing or try to find the right decryption key.

Ensure your company is following regulatory measures by determining what data should be encrypted.


4. Competitive Advantage

Using encryption gives you an edge over similar competitors. While they may be using safe data storage methods, you guarantee data safety through encryption and have the statistics to back up the statement. Encryption may help you increase revenue by storing more sensitive data and by meeting privacy standards. 

When it comes to encryption, we recommend to opt for it when you are given the opportunity. Secure data is necessary.

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10 Tips for Choosing Stronger Passwords

Posted by TimbukTech on May 17, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Passwords are essential in the modern world. They are used on nearly every site in order to protect the users from having their information stolen or their accounts misused.

However, most people use the easiest thing they can think of. They typically go with the password that is easy to remember and easy to duplicate. 

This strategy also opens you up to potential danger. If someone figures out your password through some malicious means, they now have a way to get into your account on many different sites.

To keep you extra safe, here are 10 tips on how to choose a stronger password that still sticks with you.


1. Consecutive Combinations
If you can roll your fingers over the keyboard in a straight line to enter your password, it is too simple and easy to crack. A combination like “jkl;fdsa” or “qwerty” is not a secure password.


2. Slang

Try and avoid slang terms, words spelled backwards, and even proper words. Simple password cracking tools can decode a password like that in no time at all.


3. Security Questions

Don’t make your password the same as the answer to one of your security questions. Anyone trying to get into your account has to inevitably take a peek at your security questions. If they manage to figure those out, they can figure out your password the same way.


4. Simplicity

The simpler the password, the easier it is to crack. The password “12345” is one of the most popular passwords in use. If your password takes you less than a second to remember what the password is or doesn’t require you to write it down, it may be too easy.


5. Reuse

You shouldn’t reuse the same password across multiple accounts. While it's easier for you to remember, someone who gets a hold of one password may now be able to access more than one of your platforms. 


6. Quotes

A strong password is one that you can easily remember but hard to guess. One such password is a quote formatted into unique characters.

Something like “2Bornot2B” is going to be much harder to guess than “walker45."

While both of these can be considered good passwords, the second one is more simple and straightforward, allowing hackers to access it more easily.


7. Personal Meaning

Another method is to make the password mean something to you. Make sure that it includes special characters.

Think about including your pet's name, a birthday, or something else that has meaning to you. Consider swapping out letters for numbers, or adding symbols where appropriate.

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Prevent Phishing: 6 Signs You've Received a Bogus Email

Posted by TimbukTech on May 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

One of the most common workplace accidents comes in the form of phishing.

Phishing is when you receive an email from a company that asks for personal information in an attempt to steal it from you.

You must be careful with giving out any sort of information, from usernames and passwords to alternate emails or even credit information.

As these can sometimes be tough to spot, here are a few of the signs that your received a phishing email.


1. Misleading or Mismatched URL

The first tip that an email is a phishing attempt can be in the URL. You should always hover your mouse over the top of the URL to see the hyperlink address since most phishing emails will disguise an offending URL behind text. The hyperlinked address will likely be different from the displayed address if it is a phishing attempt.

Also, if the domain name itself has a misleading beginning or ending, then it is most likely a phishing site or email.


2. Poor Spelling/Grammar

Another way to decipher whether an email or website is a phishing scam is to look at the spelling. Look for little details such as misspelled words, misused words, poor grammar, or talks of legality.

If it doesn’t look professional, it probably isn’t.


3. Personal Information

If the email is asking for personal information, that should immediately throw up red flags.

Websites typically ask for information in more secure ways than through email. They wouldn’t risk your data on the internet by asking for it over email, so you should never disclose it to anyone over email or instant messenger.


4. Too Good to Be True

If an email or website offer seems like a great benefit with no catch, be wary. Companies aren’t looking to help you make a profit off of their effort with no gain on their end.

If their email says that signing on with them can land you a certain amount of money, or if you just won the lottery without actually entering it, then it is most likely a scam.


5. Initiated Contact

Phishing schemes usually reach out to you.

They are trying to catch you off-guard in an effort to get you to disclose sensitive information.

You should always beware of emails from recognizable companies that you have never been in contact with before. There is a good chance that email is a phishing attempt.


6. Threats

A sign that an email is a phishing scheme would be its use of threats against you, in the form of money or legal action. Big companies generally don’t make monetary or legal threats in an simple email.

If someone in your business gets a threat like this, don't trust it.

Phishing scams are designed to dupe you. With these tips, you're more informed about how to protect yourself, your information, and your business. 

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What is Typo Squatting?

Posted by TimbukTech on May 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Typo squatting is a term that you may have never heard of, and rightly so, as it sounds like something you would hear to describe an English seminar or some strange way to wait for a new computer release.

The meaning behind it is actually much more sinister than it seems at first glance.

The internet is a vast resource that many people will go out of their way to exploit in some way, and sadly, this is one of those ways.

Businesses new and old need to make sure that their brand is protected and trademarked before they try to create a URL for their website, as typo squatting could happen to anyone, regardless of their success or station.

Typo squatting occurs when you type in the URL for a site, but accidentally misspell the URL, taking you to the wrong site, and potentially putting you at risk.

"That doesn’t seem very fair," you might think. "It was just a quick slip-up with one letter, how bad could it be?"

People buy the domains for sites that are spelled similarly to more popular sites hoping you accidentally go there instead. This ensures that they receive revenue from your mistake, while also potentially introducing your computer to malware.

Most typo squatters won’t actively attempt to put malware on their sites as these misspelled domains are a decent source of revenue for them. They want to avoid blacklisting their sites.

That being said, some typo squatters have set up multiple domains with malicious intent. Even if the sites are taken down, your computer may already have been damaged. 

Preventing typo squatting is easy: just double-check what you are typing in.

You are the best gatekeeper for your computer and only you can manage what sites you are going on, accidentally or otherwise.

Keep your wits about you and your fingers steady when surfing the web, and always be careful of what you type.

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5 Tips For Stopping Ransomware

Posted by TimbukTech on May 8, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Chances are that at some point in time you have been or known someone who has been the victim of a ransomware attack.

If not, then you are either very lucky or very prepared.

There are plenty of terrible people out there willing to hold your business hostage until they get what they want.

However, if you take the proper steps in preparing for the worst, they won’t stand a chance at even getting a glimpse of your data.

Here are some of the most important steps you can take to prevent or stop ransomware.


1.Backup

Your files are the lifeblood of your business.

You should be backing up your files constantly and storing this information somewhere offsite, if possible. If these are lost to thieves or some sort of disaster, you just lost weeks or months of precious information with no way of regaining it outside of paying the ransom.

Make sure that you are backing up your information as consistently as possible, and that it is stored somewhere out of reach from prying eyes. 

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4 Ways a Technology Partner Can Help with Security Awareness Training

Posted by TimbukTech on May 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A technology partner is someone who is invested in the success of your company and who helps you manage your present and future technology issues before they become serious problems. This means they are there to provide assistance with anything from future upgrades to safety preparation.

When it comes to safety, security awareness training is one of the most important steps on making sure your company is prepared for anything. After all, your worst enemy is ignorance in the modern era, so preparing for any and every hazard that you may run across is the smartest thing you could do.

Here are just a few of the ways that your technology partner can help with security awareness training.

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3 Critical Things a Technology Partner Can Bring to Your Business

Posted by TimbukTech on Apr 25, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Technology partners are important in a business setting because they are able to help you figure out things in the technology field that you may not know or might be lacking. You want to provide the best possible service, but you can’t know everything there is to know about technology; it’s just not possible. That is where a technology partner comes in. They are able to help you find the right solution to a problem or idea whenever you need it. They become the partner your business needs to thrive and they become invested in your work just as you become invested in their aid. Here are just a few of the best things a technology partner can bring to your business.

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TimbukTech Can Help Your Business Build a Technology Strategy

Posted by TimbukTech on Apr 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

A technology strategy for your business is one of the most important facets of running a business. You need to have a solid idea on what type of technology you need for your company to run smoothly and efficiently while also laying out a plan for the future when the tech becomes obsolete and needs a replacement. You need a technology strategy in place so that you aren’t backed into a corner when the time comes to make a decision, but finding the best option for you specifically can be difficult. This is where TimbukTech comes in. We can help you find the best possible strategy and help you make the tough decisions, all while backing these choices with facts.

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4 Signs It's Time to Reach Out for Help with Technology

Posted by TimbukTech on Apr 17, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Running a business can be difficult, it’s understandable. There is a lot of time and effort put in to make it your own brand and you want to make it successful yourself. But some people simply have a hard time grasping technology. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, even some experts in the field can get hung up on certain points or advances. There comes a time when you should reach out for help. As much as you hate to admit it, you can’t safely figure everything out yourself. Here are a few signs that you should start reaching out for help with technology:

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TimbukTech Understands Small Business: Why That Matters

Posted by TimbukTech on Apr 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Here at TimbukTech, we understand what it means to be a small business. We want to help you make a difference in the local community and we want to be there to help you through the tough times. Things can get rough and we know that. IT is a difficult field to get into or understand without prior knowledge or practice. We know how important you are and that’s what makes us different than other IT competitors.

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