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Archives May 2024


Keep Your Fingers on the Pulse

Are your systems running slow? Is your IT constantly causing downtime? It’s time to get a pulse on things.

Your business growth depends on the efficiency of your IT ecosystem. 

Identify and resolve issues in real time by leveraging our top-notch solutions and experts. Send us a message to get started.


Unmask Ransomware Threats

Want to keep your employees from falling into a ransomware trap? 

We can help you hunt down and unmask a sinister plot before it can harm your business. 

Reach out today to quickly identify and prevent malware, phishing and unauthorized access attempts. 


Protection From All Angles

Your IT team works tirelessly to keep you safe. They understand that one mistake can have severe consequences for your business.

Why not empower your IT pros to do more with less stress?

Contact us to leverage our IT-as-a-Service offering to improve your IT productivity and efficiency.


Bring Your Endpoints Into Focus

Cyberattacks are rampant. Even a single weak endpoint could spell trouble for you. 

Can your business afford to take that risk? 

Cover all your bases. Drop us a message and we’ll show you how to keep a watchful eye on all your endpoints.


Keep a Spotlight on Your IT

Cybercriminals never take a day off. They work tirelessly, ready to exploit any sign of weakness in your endpoints.

That means you need to stay on top of things 24/7/365. 

Send us a message to find out how we can help prevent cyberthreats by closely monitoring endpoints. Achieve a high level of protection and gain real-time visibility into security events and vulnerabilities.

National Password Day (May 2, 2024)

10 Password Best Practices

With the business world heavily reliant on digitalization in this day and age, the use of technology in your organization is unavoidable. Although technology can undeniably give your business an advantage in increasingly competitive markets, there are many troublesome areas to keep an eye on. This is why interest in cybersecurity has risen in recent years.

Password protection is the best place to start if you want to ramp up your cybersecurity. Setting a password to secure an entity’s data is called password protection. Only those with passwords can access information or accounts once data is password-protected. However, because of the frequent use of passwords, people tend to overlook their significance and make careless mistakes, which could lead to breaches in security. 

This makes it imperative for businesses to devise strategies to educate employees about best practices when using passwords. 

5 Password Don’ts

Protect the confidentiality of your passwords by following these five password “don’ts”:

1. Don’t write passwords on sticky notes.

Although you may feel that writing down passwords improves password protection and makes it more difficult for someone to steal your passwords online, it can make it easier for someone to steal your passwords locally.

2. Don’t save passwords to your browser.

Web browsers are terrible at protecting passwords and other sensitive information like your name and credit card number. Browsers can easily be compromised and a wide range of malware, browser extensions and software can extract sensitive data from them.

3. Don’t iterate your password (for example, PowerWalker1 to PowerWalker2).

Although this is a common practice among digital users, it is unlikely to protect against sophisticated cyberthreats. Hackers have become far too intelligent and can crack iterated passwords in the blink of an eye.

4. Don’t capitalize the first letter of your password to meet the “one capitalized letter” requirement.

Out of habit, most of us tend to capitalize the first letter of our passwords to conform with the “one capitalized letter” requirement. However, hackers are aware of this, making it easy for them to guess the capitalized letter’s position.

5. Don’t use “!” to conform with the symbol requirement.

However, if you must use it, don’t place it at the end of your password. Placing it anywhere else in the sequence makes your password more secure.

5 Passwords Dos

Protect the confidentiality of your passwords by following these five password “do’s”:

1. Create long, phrase-based passwords that exchange letters for numbers and symbols.

For instance, if you choose “Honey, I shrunk the kids,” write it as “h0ney1$hrunkth3k!d$.” This makes your password harder for hackers to crack. 

2. Use multifactor authentication.

It’s your responsibility to do everything in your power to keep nefarious cybercriminals at bay. One of the best approaches is to barricade them with multiple layers of authentication.

3. Always use passwords that are longer than eight characters and include numbers, letters and symbols.

The more complicated things are for hackers, the better.

4. Always use a different password for every account.

If you use the same password across multiple accounts, you are handing cybercriminals a golden opportunity to exploit all your accounts.

5. Use a password manager.

A password manager can relieve the burden of remembering a long list of passwords, freeing up time for more productive tasks. 

Need a password manager? We can help. 

Adhering to password best practices requires constant vigilance and effort on your part. As a result, it is best to work with an expert managed service provider (MSP) like us who can help you boost your security and put your mind at ease. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.