Tag Archives: security

Password Security Tips

This entry is part 1 of 15 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…)

PHISHY PHONE CALLS

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Data Security

In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. These calls may be phishing attempts and should be considered dangerous – but they can be tricky to identify and it’s important to be prepared to respond appropriately.

Here are 7 helpful tips to deal with phishing: (more…)

5 Reasons Your Business Needs Video Surveillance

Is your business as well-protected as it should be? Do you really know what goes on when you’re not there to see it firsthand? As a business owner you want to ensure that your investment is protected against loss from the public or from your own employees.

Due to their early and late hours and sometimes short staffing, gas stations, convenience and liquor stores are often subject to more crime and violence, which is a growing concern among many of Society’s policyholders. Other businesses such as restaurants, taverns, and grocery stores experience increasing numbers of slips and falls. Having an effective video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, and it can also prove valuable when trying to document crimes and injury claims by customers or employees. Many of the newer digital systems allow you to review your footage from a smart phone, even if you are not onsite.

So, is video surveillance really necessary at your business? YES. Here’s why: (more…)

Is Your Business a Target? Robbery Prevention Tips

As a former robbery detective in the Chicago Police Department I can easily see why a business would be a target for a robbery or hold up. Now that my career is in insurance, I know how important it is for a business to keep a “low profile.” Here are a few things you can do to make the bad guys pick another business as their victim:
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Don’t Be a Victim of Email Scams

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Data Security

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…)

Improve the Effectiveness of Your Alarm System

Business owners can lower the chances of large property losses, production delays, material loss, or even a total loss of their business with preventive measures. One such tool to lower the risk factor is the installation of an alarm system. An alarm system alerts those individuals on-site and it can send a signal to a monitoring service company. Alarm systems help deter potential break-ins, keep customers and employees safe during emergency situations, and provides quick notification allowing for faster response times. (more…)

Best Practices When Connecting to Public Wireless Internet

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Data Security

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…)

Hacked! How to Comply with Data Breach Notification Laws

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Data Security

Unfortunately, your business is never 100% protected from data breach crimes, so it’s important to be prepared to respond if you should become a victim. In the event of a data breach, businesses must comply with data breach notification laws. Although data breach notification laws vary by jurisdiction, generally businesses must notify consumers whose personal information has been compromised by a security breach.

Who is required to give notice? (more…)

6 Tips to Control Crime

This entry is part 10 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.

Crime can happen anywhere, but convenience and liquor stores are often subject to crime and violence due to their late hours and common short staffing. You can take measures to prevent crime, limit the severity, or, at a minimum, assist employees in knowing the hazards and how to address them. (more…)

Password Storage Solution

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Data Security

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…)