January 2016 Newsletter
Happy New Year!
With the cold weather
here and snow in the forecast, please remember these safety tips.
- Never leave a space heater unattended.
- Always run a generator outside and never in a closed
- When shoveling, don't forget to clear around your dryer
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never hesitate to contact us about any security or safety issues,
residential or commercial.
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We tackle various
security topics that you may be thinking about. If you have any ideas for
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How Employees May be
Compromising Your Network Security
For many businesses,
big and small, the most concerning issue they face today is securing
their commercial network. Unfortunately, today’s risks don’t just come
from the outside. Some of the biggest threats a business face is from
those who are entrusted to protect it, it's
This does not mean all
workers are intentionally trying to compromise the business’s data and
networks. What it does mean, is that they may not have received adequate
security training, or that the security policies in place are not being
Some of the ways
employees may be putting an entire commercial network at risk without
even realizing it include:
- Creating weak passwords: A single employee using a password, such as “password”
or “123456” can allow a hacker to access sensitive company
information. In fact, it takes the average hacker less than 10
minutes to crack a password of six characters. With a few
capitalized letters it will only take 10 hours. This is why it is
essential the company creates a policy that requires strong
- Using social media at work: Social media links often carry malware. If this is
downloaded to a single office computer, it can quickly spread,
compromising the entire network. It is important that employees do
not engage on social media from the office or during work hours, and
this is a policy that needs to be strongly enforced.
- Losing devices: From time to time everyone loses an electronic device,
this is simply a fact of life. However, to ensure that no sensitive
data is leaked when this occurs, it is important to ensure each
device is encrypted. This means the data is protected regardless of
who finds it.
There is no question
that having physical means of protection in place is important, such as
security cameras and alarms. However, educating employees about how
thieves may try to steal information is also crucial.
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When is it Time to Change
There is no question
that the best way to protect your home, valuables and family is by
installing a quality home security system. However, a security measure that
is often overlooked, but also important, is changing the locks on your
If you are like most
homeowners, you probably don’t give much thought to purchasing new or
re-keying your current locks. This does not mean you have to change them
as frequently as you would the batteries in your smoke alarm, but that
there are times when you should consider rekeying or replacing the locks,
- When you move: When you
purchase a new home, or move into an apartment, this is the perfect
time to change the locks. In some cases, the previous tenants and
owners will still retain copies of keys, even though they are
supposed to turn them all in. They may have also given a copy to
someone else in the past. When you install a new lock, you will have
complete peace of mind that your keys will not fall into the wrong
- If you lose or misplace your keys: It is important to
always rekey or replace your locks if you have lost a set of keys,
or if they are stolen.
- If someone broke in: If you have experienced a break in, the criminals may
have found your spare keys lying around. This is why it is essential
to have the locks changed, or rekeyed, before they have the
opportunity to return.
- After a break-up or divorce: Ending a relationship or a marriage can be difficult.
In some cases, if the break up is not amicable, you should ensure
your safety by changing the locks that your ex may have a key to.
If you want to ensure
that you, your home and your loved ones are protected, you should install
a home security system and be ready to change the locks if any of the
highlighted life events occur.
Is Your Business Ready
for Biometric Security?
Walking through any
average office building you will find login passwords stuck to computer
screens or sitting on desks. Much like leaving a key in the file cabinet,
writing down a password provides a thief to a large amount of sensitive
news is, there’s technology now available that offers a solution to this,
as well as a number of other security weaknesses that may be present in
your business – biometric security.
In the past, access to a secure building or a computer
system was given based on something you had in your possession, such as a
key card. However, the biometric security device uses a unique
physiological characteristic, which is used for authenticating you.
There are a number of
different forms of biometric technology, but the most commonly used is
the fingerprint scanner in a laptop. This fingerprint method can be used
on a USB device and even integrated into portable storage devices. While
there is also the option to use retina scanners, the fact is, not many
businesses can justify the cost of these devices.
Selecting the best
biometric device will be based on your needs. A fingerprint reader is
typically portable and small, ideal for use on an office desk. They are
ideal for the identification of a single user. These are affordable, but
typically can only be used for up to 100 different people.
The commercial iris
and retina scanners can cost between $2,000 and $10,000 each and
considered somewhat invasive. However, they have the highest accuracy
rate of any product on the market.
It is important to
consider all the options prior to making a choice. This will help ensure
the best possible one for your business is selected.
ROCK & N' TRIVIA
Whose childhood hit
A) Michael Jackson
B) Stevie Wonder
C) Justin Timberlake
D) Elton John
Previous Month's Rock n' Trivia
What was the inspiration behind the
Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?”
A drawing by John Lennon’s son Julian
B) A planetarium visit
C) Too much eggnog
D) A special ring
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