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What Actually Is Blockchain, and Do I Need It?

By | January 14th, 2018|Categories: Technology|

If you've heard of blockchain but don't know exactly what it is and whether or not you need it, you aren't alone. Here is what it is, in a nutshell: A blockchain is a decentralized, digitized ledger of any of transactions. The most recent transactions in your ledger are made of completed blocks. They are recorded and added [...]

Security Tips for Taking Online Payments

By | December 27th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: |

This holiday season, you may experience the best sales of the year. People are shopping for unique gifts to bestow upon their loved ones and you might have exactly what they are looking for. You may be feeling a bit giddy at the thought of all the business you are about to bring in, but don't [...]

What the Lack of Net Neutrality Could Mean for Small Businesses

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: |

Briefly, net neutrality rules were put in place so that cable companies and other internet service providers (ISPs) couldn’t adjust speeds or charge customers more than their monthly bill to access certain sites or content. Those rules are not gone yet, because the ruling must be voted upon by Congress before being enacted, but many people are anxiously [...]

2018 Cyber Security Trends to Be Aware Of

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , |

Our world is connected in ways in which it has never been. With the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger, you can speak or meet with people from different cities and even different countries. For small business owners, this has contributed to success. For people from any walk of life, it means [...]

Is Cyber Liability Insurance Worth It?

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: |

A report was released earlier in 2017 that said of businesses that are breached due to cyber attacks, more than three-quarters employ under 100 people. Once a customer's record is compromised, it costs an average of $141 to notify, settle and otherwise handle the breach. Consider that this is a per customer cost, not a per [...]

Best Practices for Cyber Security

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: |

If you run a small business, cyber security is more important than you may realize. You need to protect both your company and your customers. Without the right measures in place, you are at risk, and so are the people that purchase your goods or services. Here is a brief outline of today's best practices for [...]

Why Your IT Department Should NOT Be Your Cybersecurity Solution

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: |

In the burgeoning days of technology, an efficient IT department was often enough to thwart cyber security issues. Today, an IT department simply isn't enough. An IT department and a Cybersecurity department should be thought of as two separate entities. Depend on Your IT Department for Daily Operations When you have an IT department, or even [...]

7 Cost-Effective Cyber Security Tips for Small Businesses

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: |

As a small business owner, you have a lot to worry about. Profits are slim (if they exist at all), paperwork has to be filed for employees, vendors are a hassle, clients are ever-demanding… the list goes on and on. The last thing you want to worry about is a cyber attack. And for many small [...]

Small Business Sites are Often Attacked – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: |

A recent report from SiteLock indicates that 99 percent of websites that are hacked belong to small businesses, nonprofits and blogs. There is an attack discovered 22 times each day on average. We often don't hear about these attacks because they aren't high profile. It doesn't mean they aren't happening. As a small business owner with [...]

5 Tips for Creating Effective Passwords

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Technology|Tags: |

Type "123456" into someone's password bar and you just may get in. Why? Because plenty of people still use that password for a variety of websites. It's easy to remember, after all. Thankfully, while you could get into someone's account with that ill-created password, it won't be the majority of accounts. People today have been trained to [...]