Tag Archives: computer

Password Security Tips

This entry is part of 9 in the series Data Security

A recent study analyzed 10 million passwords leaked in various data breaches throughout 2016. The most common password, once again, is ‘123456.’ A whopping 17% of users trust ‘123456’ to safeguard their online accounts! The study also found that four of the top 10 most common passwords were six characters or less. Brute-forcing techniques will have those passwords cracked in seconds.

Don’t fall into this trap. If your passwords are common and easy for you to remember, they’re likely to be easy for hackers as well. Use these password tips to keep your data secure. (more…)

Don’t Be a Victim of Email Scams

Email is commonplace in the business world, with over 108 billion emails sent and received per day. The fact that emails are circulating in big numbers makes them a good target for scammers. We all need to be careful when opening emails.

Consider this scenario that was recently brought to my attention: (more…)

Best Practices When Connecting to Public Wireless Internet

Technical skills are important for success in this day and age, and wireless internet access is available almost anywhere to help us stay connected on the go. In many cases, this service is provided for free or for a small fee. Some examples include hotels, airports, and businesses such as coffee shops and restaurants. Although having wireless internet accessible anywhere and anytime is very convenient, it also presents certain risks.

Follow these tips to help keep you and your computer safe when connected to a public wireless network: (more…)

Password Storage Solution

Do you need a password storage solution? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, it’s time to look for better way to secure your passwords:

Have you written passwords down on something and then put that something where you can always find it at your desk?  Is it stuck under your keyboard?  Is it in an unlocked desk drawer?  Or simply stuck to your monitor?  I hate to let these secret spots out of the bag, but unfortunately everyone knows that people “hide” passwords in these areas.

Many of us deal with confidential information on a daily basis – whether it is our own personal data or a customer’s.  It is important that this information be kept secure.  One of the cornerstones of protection is keeping login credentials and passwords safe and private. (more…)

6 Tips to Reduce Workstation Aches and Pains

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Safe With Society

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Computers have made us a more productive workforce, but employees who sit or stand all day in front of a computer workstation may suffer from aches and pains caused by poor body mechanics. Poor posture causes muscles to work harder when they are held in prolonged positions, such as sitting at a desk all day or standing in one position for several hours at a time. When poor body mechanics are matched with an incorrect workstation set-up (i.e. equipment that is too high or too low) aches and pains can be the result.

In most situations, these six simple adjustments to the workstation can reduce or eliminate the stressful position: (more…)

Password Best Practices

Many people agree that passwords are a major pain. Many people also agree that passwords are a necessary part of day-to-day business and life. After all, passwords are the first line of defense when protecting our information both at home and at work.

It’s manageable if you only have one or two passwords to recall but as technology now touches most aspects of our life, many of us need to keep track of login information for several accounts. We walk a fine line of making sure our passwords are difficult enough so that they can’t be hacked, yet easy enough so that they don’t have to be written down on a sticky note at our desk. (more…)