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Working from Home? Use These Steps to Protect Yourself

Working from Home? Use These Steps to Protect Yourself

People have been working from home these past three months, and there have been many difficulties that have arisen with doing so. The biggest problem is cybersecurity. Cybersecurity doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of people’s minds until something inevitably goes wrong. With remote work becoming the new norm, businesses and individuals find the presence of cybersecurity threats to be at an all-time high. People working from home are especially vulnerable to these threats because they are using their personal, unprotected devices.

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The Top Five Health Care Data Breaches So Far

The Top Five Health Care Data Breaches So Far

Companies in any industry can be susceptible to data breaches. Despite the ongoing pandemic which has many people working from home, cyberattacks aren’t slowing. This goes to show that cybercriminals will stop at nothing to steal your information. At a time when people should be working together to combat a global crisis, there are individuals out there who see an opportunity to take advantage of others. 

Perhaps the most despicable of these attacks are carried out against health care companies, the very organizations that need the most support during a pandemic. Their workers are on the frontlines working incredibly hard to save lives and improve health outcomes. But where most people see a brave group of health care workers, others see an opportunity.

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Garmin Hacked: A Cybersecurity Lesson for Your Business

Garmin Hacked: A Cybersecurity Lesson for Your Business

Running a business poses many challenges, and while all need to be taken seriously, some are of greater importance than others. If, for instance, your company has cash flow problems, that’s urgent. In fact, it’s why 82% of small business failures occur. Just as urgent but more invisible to the naked eye is security. Security needs to be a top priority for any business because, like it or not, you’re already under attack. Cybercriminals don’t wait around. They don’t ask politely to see if you’re ready before they start sending phishing emails and trying to compromise your employees’ accounts. They also have no issue holding your systems hostage. Unfortunately, Garmin found this out firsthand. 

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Your Passwords Aren't Good Enough

Your Passwords Aren't Good Enough

Maybe you feel like choosing a strong password to protect your accounts is challenging, or maybe you have a different password for every account and find it hard to keep track of them all. Either way, managing your log-in credentials can be a frustrating task, and sometimes people crack. That’s how you get ridiculously bad password habits like these.

Out of all the possible password combinations out there, one out of every 142 created is '123456'. This may seem like a good idea at first since it’s easy to remember, but when you and 7 million other use the same sequence, you lose the unique, unpredictable nature a password must have to be secure. And yet, people keep doing it. The string ‘123456’ has been the most commonly used password for the last five years!

A password that’s easy for somebody to guess can’t do its job. That’s where practicing good password hygiene comes in. For starters, let’s just get this out of the way: Don’t use ‘123456.’ It’s short, it’s predictable, it’s insanely popular, and it’s just plain lazy. Ditch the ‘keyboard slide’ and shoot for more length…and we don’t mean ‘123456789.’

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What Happens to Your Pets When You Go Back to Work?

What Happens to Your Pets When You Go Back to Work?

Since the start of the pandemic, many people have had to change gears and work from home. Because of this, there has been an increase in free time, which has been a win-win situation for both us and our pets. After all, what better way is there to spend your free time than by walking or playing with your pet? 

It seems like others agree. One shelter in California, The Riverside County Animal Shelter, was proud to announce on April 8 that all their pets had been fostered or adopted, leaving rows of empty cages. (You can see their adorable video here.) This is great news for shelters which usually have far too many pets waiting for loving homes.  

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