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  • Corporate information has never been more in danger. In addition to keeping a tab on sharing habits of employees, companies also have to deal with a large variety of document security threats, ranging from new vulnerabilities to purposeful breaches and sponsored infiltration. It is critical that organisations communicate efficiently within and outside the company, with its consumers and clients alike. However, a growing level of communication brings along with it the dangers that classified corporate data could be handled recklessly, thus making it fall into wrong hands. For some organisations, sharing confidential data in documents via paper, free file sharing services or emails are not viable options as it could result in data infringement, hacking, or unintentional exposure. Likewise, with almost every employee using smart devices to access corporate information, it is critical now, more than ever that data security reaches beyond the periphery of the company. What must organisations to when it comes to document security and sharing of files? What must they do to ensure their companies do not feature in data breach headlines of tomorrow? At the end of the day, data breaches are becoming an increasing menace to businesses than cyber hacking, as a number of companies in recent months have been fined for unintended data mismanagement and loss. Unfortunately, these continue to take place thus causing greater embarrassment for organisations. Document security is a must on the desktop or mobile devices so that documents are kept secure at all times. Here are some basic best practices for protecting documents. Do not open unsolicited documents or attachments. If you do not recognise the sender of a document or an attachment, do not open it. If you are not expecting a known person to send you a document, do not open it. Virus emails and phishing frauds...
  • With awesome features like GPS, video and wireless capabilities, you can now turn the average smartphone into a handy security device. Whether you are trying to locate a missing car, suspect that there’s an intruder in your house or are walking home alone at night, you will find an app that will make you feel more secure. Photo courtesy of Activedia via Pixabay Allow bSafe to keep you company The free personal safety app bSafe is worth having. Available in both Google Play and iTunes, this app includes an amazing array of personal safety features. You can use it to send private alerts to friends, informing them that you have arrived at your destination. The app will also let you send information about your changing GPS location, and make a fake phone call should you want to escape from an uncomfortable date or other such situations. If you find yourself in a more urgent situation, bSafe can provide an audible alarm that also immediately broadcasts video captured by your phone as well as your GPS location. The app continually collects and records information that is shareable with the police. You can activate the alarm using the Follow Me Timer mode or manually. The timer mode will automatically send an SOS message if you fail to check in before the set timer is over. This feature is ideal for late night runs or for early morning jogs when you want to disturb people only when there’s an emergency. A small drawback for the app is that family and friends designated as your guardian will have to download it as well and create a profile of their own. Photo courtesy of JESHOOTS via Pixabay Allow Kitestring to check on you Kitestring’s features are more limited. A web-based service, the app checks in...
  • Can your small business take a hit and recover from losing $256,000 on a moment’s notice? That is what a single cyber-attack could cost a small business according to cybersecurity experts . The past year saw a major spike in cybersecurity attacks with Ransomware infections attacking the Danish shipping company Maersk and the US pharmaceutical giant Merck. The Equifax data breach showed the unfathomable levels of destruction a data breach can cause with an approximated 143 million US citizens having their SSNs stolen plus other sensitive personal information. Now, many SMBs owners think their enterprises are too inconsequential to matter to hackers. They are wrong! Why? Because cyber criminals  like to pick on the little guy. In fact, this report by Ponemon Institute and Keeper Security revealed that over 50% of the small guys were breached during the past year. However, smart SMBs owners understand the current data-security trend and know their enterprise is at risk; this why they budget for data security. As an SMB owner, you need to do the same. Here’s why. Cybercriminals anticipate loopholes in small enterprises. Hackers are making bread because they expect SMB owners to be reluctant or lazy in matters regarding data protection. Unfortunately, they are often right. In fact, a Towergate Insurance infographic revealed that 82% of SMB owners do not feel they are subject to cybercrime. Business size does not matter to hackers Understand this; hackers are only interested in data. So if your small joint has quality data, you may as well paint a bull’s eye on your logo. Thus, if your establishment has lots client contact information, valuable intellectual property, health data, or credit card data, you should weigh your stance on data protection. You may inadvertently lead criminals to a larger businesses data A lot of cybercriminals are...
  • Security cameras are becoming more in demand today. Many homeowners and business owners are apparently incorporating different variations of CCTV and surveillance cameras into their respective security systems. Due to its efficiency and effectiveness to provide security and monitor activities, users largely depend their security needs on security cameras. Another factor why many consumers patronize security cameras is because they are also pretty much convenient to use and install. But while they are quite easy to set up, they are also susceptible to hacking. In fact, you could learn it on your own by utilizing the world of the internet. And it only shows how it’s easy for someone to hack a security camera. As ironic as it may seem, security cameras are easy for hackers to access. Using the right programs, tools, and knowledge, a hacker may tap, watch, and even broadcast the footage you are monitoring or recording, especially today that the technology provides countless of avenues for someone to pick up the right ways and tools. The most apparent type of security cameras that are seen to be the attraction of hackers are the ones that are configured online for remote access. They are considered to be the most vulnerable of all. Now, when a security camera has been compromised, it can be very subtle. Owners and users wouldn’t even know that they are being watched or hacked already. So, how would you know if your security camera has been compromised? Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to know when a camera has been hacked. But there are actually signs that show hacking activities in a certain camera. And if you want to remove the threats and risks, you should be aware of these signs. The Strange Noises Have you ever encountered strange noises from your camera? If that...
  • As a business owner, you want to believe that your company is safe and that the physical space you occupy is going to remain intact and out of harm’s way. You don’t want unauthorized access to your premises, or theft of physical inventory or office equipment. You want to protect yourself and your employees from fires and other potential hazards. In order to assist you in getting your space in top shape, here are four tech solutions to the biggest physical security risks businesses face today. 1. Burglar/Intruder Alarms Break-ins are the most obvious physical security risk that businesses face today. No matter what kind of industry you are in, or whether you have an office, a store, or some other site for business operations, your space is susceptible to criminals wanting to take a piece of the pie. If you don’t have a burglar or intruder alarm, then you are even more vulnerable to theft. Having this kind of technology not only means that you will be alerted to any suspicious activity in and around your space; it can also work to deter criminals from attempting anything, as they will notice the alarms and look elsewhere to commit their crime. Having an alarm system as well as CCTV protection is the most effective approach to discouraging and decreasing the likelihood of theft or other criminal activity. 2. CCTV Protection Combined with burglar alarms, having CCTV protection on your premises helps to keep criminals at bay and catch those who make an attempt. It also aids you in observing your office or store’s productivity and increases the accountability of your staff, as workers are more prone to perform their tasks more efficiently and to a higher standard when they know they are being watched. You know your space the best,...
  • June 26, 2018

    How Payment Gateways Work

    In all probability, you’ve benefited from a modern payment technology, perhaps without even knowing it. If you’re launching an e-commerce business, you’ve heard about payment gateways and how they’re essential to your operations. Here’s how payment gateways work. Payment Gateways in a Nutshell Think of them as a bridge over which you’ll securely transfer information from a website server — or a physical store’s point-of-sale (POS) machine — to a payment processor. Gateways provide screening tools to enhance security. These include: Address Verification System (AVS) Delivery Address Verification Card Verification Value (CVS) Identity Morphing Detection Geolocation Computer Finger Printing Technology In addition to fraud-prevention, payment gateways accomplish the following actions. Payment Encryption: For payment data on your server to be securely transmitted to your bank, payment gateways encrypt all the information they send. This helps protect online transactions protected from cyber criminals. Authorization: Payment gateways also act as a sleuth, confirming the validity of a transaction. In addition to transactions being securely sent to a merchant bank for processing, the gateway also sends the data to a card issuer, such as Visa, or MasterCard. Note: This is how credit card companies make a hefty sum on processing fees. The credit card’s issuing bank is also sent the transaction data, choosing either to approve or deny the transaction. In the latter case, a reason will be included such as “insufficient funds,” or “suspected fraud.” Holds or freezes on the credit card can also cause a transaction to be denied. Finishing the Order: After getting authorization from the payment processor, the payment gateway is again responsible for interpreting and securely sending this information back to the server. This is where the payment page thanks your customer for your order. In most cases, all of this happens in three seconds or less. You...
  • Sometimes tech just functions poorly — but sometimes it functions poorly because it has been compromised by malicious programs or hackers. Bringing your computer back to normal after an attack isn’t easy, and you shouldn’t have to struggle to right malware wrongs if you don’t have to. Thus, before you begin a crusade to rid your machine of corruption, you should be absolutely certain that something is seriously wrong with your device. This guide should help you confirm that your computer is no longer safe and identify what has gone wrong, so you can more efficiently clean and secure your computer against threats. Signs of Infection Unfortunately, some of the signs of infection are also signs that your machine is simply getting old. For example, if your computer is running slow, there might be malware hogging all your processing power — or your hard drive might be failing. Additionally, if programs are crashing often, a malicious program might be causing malfunctions — or your video card might not support the advanced graphics and audio you are trying to run. However, you can watch for a few other good indications that a digital creepy-crawly has found its way onto your device. Here are some good signs that there’s something sinister lurking on your computer: Pop-ups. Thanks to the popularity of ad-busting browser apps, pop-ups aren’t all that common on the web, but they remain popular symptoms of a strain of malware called adware. Involuntary changes. If you notice changes to your presets — to include your desktop background, your bookmarks, your file organization and more — you might have malware, but you should check with anyone else who has access to your computer before you act. Independent messages. Malware often spreads its infection through compromised messages to your saved contacts. Emails,...
  • Cybercrime can strike at any time, so it pays for businesses to take preventative action if they want to avoid falling foul of common security complications. Here are just five tips on how to protect your organization against many of the common threats and avoid becoming one of the 12.5 per cent of firms hit by an attack each year Update Software Hackers typically rely on the ability to exploit flaws in software to gain access to systems and data. The key to counteracting this is ensuring that you update any platforms and programs used within your business so that these vulnerabilities can be patched. This applies not only to desktop computers, laptops and server hardware, but also to mobile devices, including those personal smartphones belonging to employees which are used for work purposes. Some Android handsets have even been found with malware installed prior to shipping, so the scale of this issue is significant. Embrace Cloud Storage Data is the lifeblood of any business, no matter its size, so if information is lost or stolen for any reason then you need to be able to recover it quickly and efficiently. Cloud-powered storage solutions are increasingly common and affordable, although they are not completely immune to hacking in their own right, according to research from the National Cyber Security Centre. Ultimately a cloud provider will be better equipped to cope with the ever-evolving criminal threats than any of its business clients, so backing up data remotely in this way is still worthwhile for security purposes. Test Security Measures Any good cyber security guide for businesses should point out that it is not simply enough to invest in systems designed to protect your organisation’s digital assets; you also need to check that they will actually work when faced with a genuine...
  • As body-worn cameras (BWC) become more prevalent among police forces and the military, there has been a rise in the number of private security personnel using them. From bouncers at nightclubs to prison officers, more and more private firms are seeing the benefit of body-worn cameras for preventing incidents before they happen, capturing incidents that do occur and even holding security staff accountable for their own actions. But this change has been a long time coming, and it is not a change that many private security firms are quick to embrace. In this article we look at the rise of BWCs, their adoption by a segment of the private sector and some of the reasons why others are slower to embrace the technology. A brief history of body-worn cameras BWCs are nothing new. They first came into the public consciousness with Google’s brief flirtation with Google Glasses; a device which could live stream video from a camera within the glasses. But police in the UK have been using BWCs to record their daily activities as far back as the mid-2000s. The trials were deemed successful enough for cameras to be issued to over 22,000 Met frontline officers in 2016. The tipping point for BWCs in America came in August 2014 when the unarmed Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson. Prior to the shooting only a few dozen smaller departments had implemented body-worn camera programs. By September 2015 the US Department of Justice had released $23 million to 73 agencies in 32 states to expand the use of body-worn cameras. Washington, D.C, New York and Los Angeles were among the first to start their own pilot programs. Success and controversies Over the last few years, body-worn cameras have really come to prominence due...