Cyber security is among the few areas that still hold opportunity for growth this year. We all enjoy convenience but as convenient as they seem, you may be leaving your door wide open to major privacy (and security) risks. Remember earlier this year when NIST tested forensics to retrieve data from damaged mobile phones? A damaged phone might not power on, and the data port might not work, but tools can be used to access the phone’s memory chips.

In short, here’s a few things to watch out for;

  1. Notice those sites giving you options to log into your account utilizing Facebook, or Google, etc? They allow Facebook and Google to track your activity with greater ease. It gives them more personalized data they can sell to advertisers.
  2. When you update or create a new password, most browsers ask if you want to save it. It makes signing into your accounts super-easy – but never say yes. This is NOT a secure way to store passwords, and it puts you at major risk.
  3. Websites now ask for your permission to “allow cookies.” Cookies are used for advertising and website personalization. But they’re also used to track your activity on the websites you visit. Every time you exit your browser, delete cookies first. It’s one small way to protect your privacy.

Unfortunately, we live and work in a time when you can no longer be reactive to cyber threats. Practically everyone is connected to the Internet and relies on a network to function. It’s the digital world we live in. We have to deal with hackers, data loss, equipment failure and everything else that goes with living in that digital world. Turn vulnerabilities into strengths.

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guidelines, to protect your client data? Because no set of safeguards is perfect, have an incident response plan and practice it. Those that fail to take these steps can expose themselves to an FTC investigation, and a violation under IRS Revenue Procedure 2007-40. The impact on your business from a breach of client data can be far worse. The key is to get started and do something. We can help. Email us at info@managedtek.com or by calling 707-205-3727. Make sure to mention our “Security Six Package.” Check out https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4557.pdf for more information on these and other controls.

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CISA (Cyber-security and Infrastructure Security Agency) encourages users and administrators to review the Microsoft Security Advisory and Microsoft Customer Guidance for CVE-2019-0708.