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Passwords ensure the security and confidentiality of data that is stored on various workstations and servers throughout your business. Some of this data includes financial information and employee names and addresses, social security numbers, and more. It is your responsibility as a user, to make sure that all your account passwords are as difficult to guess as possible.

Did you know that…

A weak password can allow a virus to help worm its way deep into your network Weak passwords are easily deciphered by algorithms that hackers to gain access to a system Verizon has found 63% of confirmed data breaches involved the usage of weak stolen or default passwords

Choosing the right password

Don’t use…
  • previously employed passwords or variations of them
  • proper names,
  • words from the dictionary,
  • common character sequences such as “123456”, mar2004
  • derivatives of user-IDs,
  • personal details such as variations of your own name, your spouse’s and pet’s names, license plate numbers, social insurance numbers, and birthdates
Do…
  • create passwords that are at least 10 characters in length
  • create passwords that are difficult to guess
  • use at least three of: alphabetic, mixed case, numeric and punctuation characters when creating a new password
  • vary the case of the letters such jSno34Rt

Need some help with Password Management?

NTS offers scheduled reminders, as well as assistance with a suite of additional options to help guarantee your data is safe! Contact us today at 231.881.3123 or email [email protected] to request more information or to schedule your FREE consultation.    
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Ransomware, this is a scary word that you may hear on the news, or floating around the internet. So you are probably wondering, what is Ransomware, and why should you be worried?
Ransomware /noun: a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid

Why is your business a potential target?

Here are a few reasons as to why you could be in the crosshairs of a cyber attack.
  • Because that’s where the money is;
  • Because attackers know that a successful infection can cause major disruptions, which will increase their chance of getting paid
  • Because small business are often unprepared to deal with cyber-attacks and have a relaxed BYOD (bring your own device) policy
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How does a Ransomware attack begin?

The most common methods that can lead to a Ransomware infection is:
  • Spam emails that contain malicious links or attachments
  • Security exploits in vulnerable software, or non-updated equipment
  • Legitimate websites that have been potentially corrupted with hidden code
  • Non-legitimate websites that have been specifically created to mislead you
  • Spoof software downloads that look like something you may need or will protect you
The worse part of an attack, once it breaches your first lines of defense, and one device falls victim, your whole entire network could soon come next!
The best protection, is prevention, and that is where we come in!

5 Ways to Prevent an Attack

With Ransomware threats on the rise, some of the best ways to proactively protect against major disruptions caused by ransomware are actually easily.
  1. Don’t store important data only on 1 PC
  2. Have a backup! Whether using an external hard-drive, or a cloud system
  3. Ensure your software and operating system are up to date
  4. Use safe on-line practices
  5. Partner with an IT Firm to help protect and prevent cyber-attacks

To Conclude

The cyber-attacks are rising, and the attackers are getting smarter and wittier everyday. We at Northern Technology Services always suggest, the best way to help prevent an attack, is to be cautious and pay attention to what you are doing while using your devices within your business. Do not think that just because you are a small local business located in Petoskey, Charlevoix, or Boyne City Michigan that you are not at risk! Every device across the globe connected to the internet is a potential target for cyber-criminals.

Let us offer you a FREE Network Security Evaluation!

Contact us today at 231.881.3123 or email [email protected] to request more information or to schedule your FREE consultation.    
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