Category Security

Hackers Embrace Spear Phishing and Your Business is the Fish

Spear phishing: a new term where a hacker at his computer replaces the bad guy in a wetsuit and spear gun in a 007 movie. Hackers and their ransomware aim at small and medium businesses because it pays handsomely and often. Ransomware expands as a significant threat this year. Even if you back up data […]

Will Your Business Benefit from Accepting Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency sounds a little creepy and mysterious. Not something a small business wants to tackle. But as virtual currency matures, it offers small business’ opportunities especially those selling to consumers. One advantage of this new currency includes lower transaction fees. Payments are direct from customer to the business. No go-between is taking a bit off […]

How To Defend Your Cookie Jar from Thieving Hands

A friend of mine works for a small business which contracted with another small company to handle the bookkeeping.  The bookkeeping service embezzled money and fled, leaving my friend to pick up the pieces for her employer. A painful experience for both her and her employer. A 2016 insurance survey indicated 80% of embezzlement cases […]

Why You Need to Pay Attention to GDPR

Yes, another acronym we need to understand. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. Enforcement is coming to the EU in May 2018. The most significant update of data regulation in the EU in 20 years. But, it only applies to the EU, right? Not exactly. If your business collects personal data or preferences from […]

One Way to Solve the Data Compliance Puzzle

SOX, FINRA, FERPA, HIPAA, and PCI DSS can be as indecipherable as they sound. They’re tricky to deal with if you’re a small to medium business.  Keeping track of the myriad regulations can be a full-time job for one person. All these acronyms revolve around data security compliance regulations. They differ from industry to industry […]

Surviving a Breach by Forging a Path

In a previous blog, How to Keep Out the Bandit, https://goo.gl/fKu3Am, we discussed how small and medium businesses attract hackers, too.  Studies show over 50% of attacks aim for companies with less than 100 employees. That’s a scary thought for a small to medium business. Hacks send your public relations into a downward spiral and […]

Remote Workers Give Your Company A Boost

Your marketing manager requests a more flexible schedule and mentions telecommuting four days a week. Otherwise, she’s going to need a three-week vacation right now in the middle of trade show season. Ten years ago, this request would have seemed ludicrous. But now close to 50% of the workforce telecommutes on a regular basis. And […]