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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Watch out for fake smartphone apps

Wynn Obermeyer
The holidays are here and the scammers are out in full force. Their latest trick involves fake apps. Starbucks started the first "retail app", and many retailers have followed their lead.   But scammers are now creating fake apps, tricking you into downloading them to your smartphone or tablet, and then they ask you to load your credit card information into these apps.  You can guess what happens next and it is not good.   Here are 5 things to think about: 1. Be very cautious in deciding what ...
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Topics: Security Threats

Don't let cybercriminals cash in on your business this holiday

Angela Wight
Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year! The holiday spirit abounds—time with family, friends and special events. And yet, for businesses it’s also a time to watch out for criminals looking to take advantage of vulnerabilities at the holidays. Some security basics to implement now:   1. Warn employees to watch out for phishing scams, fake-outs, phony websites, and malicious ads. There are all sorts of phishing emails this time of year. Seemingly coming from UPS, FedEx, USPS, or other legitimate ...
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Topics: Security Threats

Ward off intrusions with two-factor authentication

Wynn Obermeyer
I recently came across a website with some great information on two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA or TFA). You've more than likely experienced two-factor authentication at one time or another when logging into a Microsoft or Google account, and yet, should you consider it for your business? Yes, definitely.    Protecting your business Although an additional security step in the login process, two-factor authentication is quick and worth it. Two-factor authentication is being widely ...
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Topics: Security Threats

6 reasons to train your staff on security basics

Chris Vilim
Owner to owner, I have some advice for you…stepping up training on security basics is one of the most important training sessions you can send your staff to this year. And here are the six strong reasons why…   1. Speed up recovery time and save money You are not only avoiding security threats by training your employees on the importance of security, you’re also providing them with the knowledge of what to do if their system becomes compromised. For example, if an employee makes the mistake of ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

Does your Omaha business need a firewall?

Vee Figueroa
Do you lock your front door? I assume your answer is yes. Just as you lock your front door to keep intruders out and your valuables in, you should do the same to keep your company’s data secure. Your company’s version of a deadbolt is called a firewall and it is one of the best ways to keep your data safe. What is a firewall? A firewall is a security system that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and controls. It permits or blocks traffic based on predetermined security rules. ...
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Topics: Security Threats

Why criminals target small businesses

Brooke Nielsen
As a small to midsize business (SMB), cybercriminals would never take interest in our organization, right? – Wrong! In recent years, smaller businesses have become the focal point of hackers interests. In fact, just last year it was reported that 43% of worldwide cyber attacks were against small businesses with less than 250 employees. These attacks usually involve hack attacks, ransomware, denial of service attack, or CEO fraud. With fewer day-to-day operations and smaller pay offs than larger ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach

Dark Web, Deep Web -- What's the difference?

Vee Figueroa
So how many of you watched the series CSI: Cyber before it was cancelled? Like many other detective dramas, they often talked about the “DARK WEB” (dramatic music playing in background). Sounds scary, right?? Then they throw in the term “Deep Web” to really confuse us. Although I have begun to grasp the idea of what the Dark Web is, there is still a bit of mystery to it. What I do know is that when my data was stolen from a large insurance firm I was told that my personal information was being ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

Payment card security for small businesses

Wynn Obermeyer
The recognized industry standard for payment card security, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), recently launched a new set of payment protection resources for small businesses which is appropriately called PCI Payment Protection Resources for Small Merchants. This is a timely launch, considering that small businesses around the world are increasingly at risk for payment data theft — and nearly half of cyberattacks worldwide in 2015 were against small businesses with ...
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Topics: Security Threats, PCI

Protect yourself from ransomware (crypto) and other threats

Travis Gordon
The data thieves are preying on us and ransomware is a predominant threat. Following the simple guidelines below, at work and at home, will go a long way to protect your data. Before we start in though, what is ransomware? It is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Be suspicious The best way to avoid viruses is to be aware that most infections occur through social engineering. This means an attacker relies on a person, and ...
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Topics: Security Threats

BEC fraud: The threat you can't afford to ignore

Brooke Nielsen
Business E-mail Compromise (BEC), commonly known as “CEO fraud,” is a rapidly increasing concern affecting companies’ financial and data security today. What exactly is BEC? It has been defined as a scam that targets businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly use wire transfer payments. Scammers skillfully gain access to and impersonate company executives, attorneys, or suppliers through e-mails to fraudulently authorize the transfer of company funds. Payments ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Data Breach