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Five reasons to invest in a password management system ASAP

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Five reasons to invest in a password management system ASAP Password management tools are software programs that put up enough security and safety mechanisms in place to ensure there’s no password breach. Your employees can use the program to generate random, high-security passwords as per the industry best practices. They don’t have to worry about remembering them either, because these tools have built-in mechanisms to store the passwords securely and retrieve them automatically when needed. All passwords are encrypted and stored privately, so no one, other than the authorized user has access to their passwords. It takes care of timely password update reminders and password reset, so you don’t have to worry about them. Password management tools make it easy for you to enforce role-based access permissions. For example, a data entry executive may be able to enter data into the sheet only once, and may need authentication from the manager to edit the data, or only someone at the manager

Eight common password mistakes to avoid

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Eight common password mistakes to avoid Research points out that more 80% of data breaches happen due to password hacking, meaning that poor password hygiene is responsible for a majority of cybercrimes that follow data breaches. To make sense of this statistic better, let’s first look at what constitutes poor password hygiene. Using simple passwords Often passwords that are easy-to-remember are easy-to-hack. Do you use passwords such as password, password1234, delta123, etc.,? If yes, then you should be changing them at the earliest to something less obvious. Repeating passwords across platforms As another solution for remembering passwords, people tend to use one, single password universally. This dilutes the password even if it is a strong one. Plus, there’s always the risk of the password being hacked at one place and putting the data stored at all other places also at risk. Unauthorized password sharing Unauthorized password sharing for the sake of getting things done faster is a

How to manage cookies effectively so they are not a threat to your data

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How to manage cookies effectively so they are not a threat to your data Avoid third-party cookies: Third-party cookies are primarily used for online advertising and retargeting, so you won’t miss anything significant by avoiding these cookies. So, whenever you see a cookie alert on any site, first, check if it is for third-party cookies and if yes, it’s best to ‘Not accept cookies’. As a business, don’t allow third-party cookies on your site. Secure sites: Make sure the sites you visit are secure (HTTPS) and have a valid SSL(Secure Socket Layer) certificate. The SSL certificate ensures that any data that’s exchanged is encrypted, meaning even if the hackers get access to the cookies, the information will be garbled eliminating any data leakage. As a business, make sure your site is secure and has a valid SSL certificate. Anti-malware software and security patches: Install antimalware software programs on your computers and make sure they are up-to-date. Install security plug-ins and

Understand your Cookie to manage it better!

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Understand your Cookie to manage it better! There are 3 kinds of cookies, each having different functions. One of them is session cookies. If it weren’t for session cookies, you wouldn’t be able to do any online shopping, banking, social media posting or any other activity that requires you to be logged in/identified. These session cookies are temporary cookies and they disappear once you log out of the website, thereby ending your session. It is the session cookies that enable the website to identify you and your actions and react accordingly. Without them, every click you make on the site, will be treated as a new one, unrelated to the previous action. For example, you logged into your bank account to transfer money to a friend. If you click on “Money Transfer”, without a session cookie, the bank’s website won’t recognize you from your log-in and you just won’t be able to proceed further. You will be stuck in an endless loop of log-ins. The second kind of cookies are called persisten

Everyone loves cookies--even cybercriminals

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Everyone loves cookies--even cybercriminals When you visit a site, probably for the first time or from a new device or browser, you will see an alert that mentions the site uses Cookies to offer you a more personalized experience and asks you if you are okay with it. Let’s admit it. A lot of us don’t even bother to read what the notification says before we click “Accept” and move on with our browsing. Cookies are tiny information packets that store data related to your interaction and behavior on websites. It is like walking into your favorite local diner and having them serve up the “usual” instantly. Cookies, track your digital footprint on a website and allow the site to offer you a more personalized browsing experience. For example, let’s say you visited Amazon.com and looked at some cameras, perhaps you put one into your cart as well, but never checked out, or added one to your wishlist on the site. The next time the camera is on a sale, Amazon app sends you a notification about t

Don’t let hurricanes blow your data away!

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Don’t let hurricanes blow your data away! “Life is not about sheltering yourselves from the rain, it is about learning to dance in the storm”, goes a popular saying. But, if you are a small business, you first need to shelter your assets from the rain, before you can afford to dance in the storm without a care in the world. Hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms can catch you off-guard resulting in losses worth thousands of dollars. Your inventory may be damaged, your place of business may be flooded and your critical business data lost. While most small businesses do take timely steps to ensure their inventory and place of business are protected from natural disasters, a lot of them tend to overlook the risk such natural disasters pose to their IT infrastructure and data. To many, it doesn’t seem to be that big an issue--and invariably, this is where they go wrong. Data loss due to natural calamity or any other reason can cause significant damage to a business, resulting in extreme c

Blog - Slappey Communications acquires On Technology in Taylor, Texas

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Slappey Communications Acquires ON Technology in Taylor, Texas We are so excited to announce the acquisition of the successful telecommunications company, ON Technology, in Taylor, Texas - making this the third acquisition Slappey has made over the past year. Acquiring ON Technology allows us to continue our growth further across the South than just our local market. “We are so excited to add ON Technology to our Slappey family. The added knowledge and expertise from ON Technology along with their tools and services will enable us to enhance our customer experience and support across the Southeast,” said CEO of Slappey, Will Slappey. Slappey is based in Birmingham, AL and has served the local market for the past 37 years. Now, alongside three new companies, and growing, we are able to provide more in-depth and experienced personnel, diverse tools and solutions, and better service and afterhours support to all customers. Slappey plans to continue to grow as the leading provider of tech