Managing the Spike in COVID-19 Related Scams and Identity Theft

The huge shifts in society brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people in vulnerable situations. And unfortunately, scammers and identity thieves are quick to take advantage of difficult times. Many new scams related to the pandemic have popped up in recent months, robbing people who are already under immense stress of their finances and identities. To prevent …

What you should consider when hiring an information destruction firm

Destroying information that is no longer needed is nothing to take lightly. Your business, customers, and employees depend on security measures like document and data destruction to keep them safe and compliant. There is no question that using a professional shredding service is the most efficient and secure way to go about this, but what should you look for when …

Dos and Don’ts of Secure Hard Drive Disposal

Destruction seems like a pretty simple process—render something unusable by breaking it. When it comes to hard drive destruction and data disposal, however, there can be a surprising amount of room for error. Just because you destroy old hard drives doesn’t mean their data can’t be retrieved and used against you. Data disposal goes beyond wiping files, smashing a hard …

Windows 7 is defunct. Now what?

How to stay secure while transitioning away from old software. Earlier this year Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 for good. But what exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, Microsoft isn’t making any more updates or security patches for the operating system. This likely doesn’t mean your computer will stop working if you are running Windows 7, but it does …

The pandemic is changing just about everything, including the paper industry

Toilet paper is just the start. An unsettlingly familiar sight through the COVID-19 pandemic is empty grocery store shelves—especially in the toilet paper and paper towel aisle. It happened right away, social distancing was enforced, and the toilet paper started keeping its distance too. It seemed people were worried about being without and so they bought as much toilet paper …

How to Prevent Data Breaches Close to Home

We all hear about them.  Stories that hit the news about personal information that’s been breached.  They grab our attention, create anxiety and get us wondering how secure our data really is. Regardless of whether the company is local or national, a business we’ve interacted with or someplace we’ve never heard of we know data breaches affect millions of people. …

How to implement a secure clean-desk policy

Every business has confidential information. Employee data, client records, trade secrets—all must be protected. And because nearly every employee handles sensitive information every day, it can seem like a daunting task to keep that information safe. To protect your confidential information from unauthorized individuals—inside and outside your company—implement a clean-desk policy. A clean-desk policy requires employees to keep their workspaces …

How to safely dispose of old computers

Technology changes quickly—and becomes obsolete even more quickly. To keep up with this tech-driven era, it only makes sense to upgrade your organization’s computers, phones and hardware every few years as newer technology becomes available. But what should you do with unwanted electronics? While it may seem like useless metal and plastic, outdated technology holds a lot of sensitive information.  …

Maintaining data security with your work from home employees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The unprecedented, unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing thousands of organizations to send their employees home. Luckily, technology allows us to work from anywhere and maintain a relatively normal level of productivity. Still, this new, large-scale work-from-home migration creates several security challenges for individuals and businesses. Many of us are already making concessions and compromises to our …

3 ways to get your employees excited about information security

In this day and age, it’s likely that most if not all of your employees use a computer, smartphone or tablet for work. Unfortunately with these modern conveniences comes considerable risk.  Cybercriminals are excellent at finding ways to obtain confidential information and much of it happens to unsuspecting employees where they spend a great deal of their time—on employer-issued devices. …