Mobile Computing Makes For Risky Business
Here's one we all already know -- mobile computer users take more security risks than office-bound computer users. A new survey shows just how risky their behavior is.
Most Small Businesses Are Security Over-Confident
That's what a new study says, anyway -- 80 percent of small to midsize businesses don't block (or, by implication, monitor) employee use of computers for file-sharing or use of USB devices, three-quarters allow unfettered Instant Messenging, nearly half don't even have spyware controls installed, and a staggering percentage don't regularly update what security software they do have. Yet most feel confident that their companies are protected.
Shred up those papers and that trash! Or crooks can grab your business cash! And identities, trade secrets and anything else that's not micro-shredded or broken down into its component atoms.
Advice On Building A Better Password
We're always hearing that we need stronger passwords, but many people don't know how to craft a better, stronger password or they simply don't take the time to come up with some crazy complex string that they have no chance of remembering.
I was just talking with someone who gave me some great advice.
Weathering The Weather
Watch the news coverage of the Midwest floods and the toll they've taken on families, homes and holdings, and you can't avoid hearing -- and often -- from flood victims who discovered that their insurance didn't cover flood or landslide/mudslide damage. It's no great leap to extend those personal stories to small and mid-size business stories. How covered are you when a natural disaster strikes your business?
Facebook 'em, Danno!
Did you hear the one about how Facebook is costing the Australian economy $5 billion a year? And that's just lost productivity -- not the security risks Facebook exposes companies to.
Ready to Lock Up Your Employeesï¿¼ iPods?
If you thought that you had your companyï¿¼s security concerns under control, you may have to think again. The widespread success of Apple's iPod is creating new security concerns for enterprises. Because it is equipped with 1G byte (or more) of memory and includes software to synch with a local PC, the handy little device has become a new entry way for hackers. Chances are that it has become just that at your company; securi
Take That Thumb Drive Out Of Your...
employees' hands. Not really, of course, the big-storage/small-bucks devices are just too convenient, too portable, too easy to use. All of which makes them too dangerous to use indiscriminately.
Beware IE and Excel Users!
With the exception of email, there are two applications most of us can't live without: an internet browser and a spreadsheet. With Microsoft's latest release of security patches, one must ask will they ever get it right? How does a small business manage their IT environment without constant fear?
Steal This Notebook
I was sitting in a Chinese buffet restaurant the other day, dividing my attention between the potsickers on my plate and the activities of the businessman at a table across the room. We were the only two customers, although he was far from alone. Bluetooth-budded and Wi-Fi connected, he was carrying on conversations and speedtyping dat
Turns out that one of the biggest computer vulnerabilities is all in your head. And your employees'.
SMB -- Security Means Bucks
How much is your business spending on information/computer/communications security? Odds are it's more than last year, maybe lots more, and not just because of inflation.
PDFs: Not Mighty
I hate PDFs. Always have. Probably always will.
Actually, I don't hate all PDFs. Printed-out PDFs are fine. Printing is what PDFs are for. But on the Web, PDFs are almost always a poor choice of format.
I thought I was pretty much alone in my "PDFobia", but apparently I've got company. Chris Nerney at Datamation has his own reasons for despising them.
IBM Lost His Data... A Follow Up Story
George is an ID theft victim whose personal data was potentially exposed after an incident involving IBM. While IBM has graciously extended its hand to help fix the problem, George hasn't been completely happy with how things are turning out. His story may have lessons for the rest of us.
Bridge To Security
How many bridges, overpasses, tunnels do you and your employees drive over, under, through every day?
That's been on my mind the last couple of days as the Minneapolis bridge collapse and its physical infrastructure implications for other bridges, overpasses, buildings and everything dominated the news.