Maybe a better question is, “Do passwords matter?” I’ve seen password requirements become more and more painful through the years at the same time that the number of security breeches has skyrocketed. The reason is that investing time in hacking into the online application database is far more rewarding than brute-force hacking a single end user’s password. In other words, all the secure passwords in the world won’t do any good when a hacker (or state-sponsored team of hackers) can simply siphon my data out the back end. Providers and online vendors should care more, and we should make
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Let’s face it, the internet has an absolutely hypnotic effect on people. Many employees sit at an internet-connected computer all day. Only the most disciplined can steadily do their work and keep from straying into endless internet abyss.
They don’t call it the World Wide “Web” for nothing!
Many organizations lock out popular websites through centralized network controls and filtering. There are two basic ways of accomplishing this. An on-premises hardware device such as a barracuda web filter will give you lots of lock-down controls on web surfing. The second option is software that sits on each employee’s computer, again pretty much providing the same web-surfing “handcuffs.”
If you listen to the radio, watch TV or read a newspaper, you have likely heard the term Internet of Things (IoT). As a matter of fact, you’ve probably heard it over and over and over in the past few months. I’ve heard the term floating around for a few years but it was really amped up during this past holiday season so I thought I’d check into what I’m being pushed into now. I figured that, whatever it is, they are wanting us to buy into it in a big way.
Even companies with the tightest security standards are beginning to yield to the pressure of the new BYOD trend. Many are seeing it as inevitable and are now rushing to get policies in place to protect their proprietary data. Most small businesses are already allowing BYOD whether they’re familiar with the term or not.
Dropbox is a free service that more than 100 million of us worldwide have used at least once. It’s a quick and handy tool for sharing files with friends and colleagues. The real beauty of Dropbox, however, is that it is free if you don’t require more than 2 GB of storage. So that’s the good news.
In case you haven’t heard, there has been a recent surge in broad daylight auto break-ins to steal laptop computers. It seems that is becoming common for thieves to brazenly smash car windows and grab computers, often in full view of onlookers.
My best advice, which I am working hard to put into practice myself, is to put your laptop in your trunk when you have to leave it in the car. While the rest of this article pertains to what can be done if the above advice isn’t followed, putting your laptop in the trunk is probably the best take-away.