“Lucky Charm” Keeps Hackers Out

luckybroRalph’s been a good employee for you. Shows up on time. Gets the job done. Doesn’t hassle anybody.

He’s also a porn addict. When nobody’s looking, he’s visiting sites – on your network – that you’d be appalled to see. IF…you knew about them. Without careful monitoring and filtering, this kind of Internet use on your network can remain hidden.

Shocking? Hard to believe it could happen at your company? A survey by International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed that 70% of all web traffic to Internet pornography sites occurs during the work hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ralph’s little visits may seem harmless, but they’re adding a serious level of risk to the financial health and security of your company.

Here’s how. A visit to an adult website can be tracked. And if a logged-in user’s identity is leaked, it can be embarrassing, to say the least, to that user. The user may even become a victim of “sextortion” or blackmail. Just ask any of the people who used Ashley Madison, a dating site for illicit affairs. When the site was hacked, users were suddenly at risk of having their indiscretions revealed. This gives cybercriminals a powerful lever to pressure an employee into revealing sensitive company data. Considering that 60% of security breaches start from within the company, you have to wonder what someone at risk of being exposed might do to keep their little secret, well…secret.

Let’s face it, if you’re not carefully monitoring and managing how your network is being used, your company’s data could be in serious jeopardy.

Content Filtering In Today’s Web 2.0 World

Whether you’re already monitoring user activity on your network or not, you need to stay vigilant about evolving risks. And content filtering is key.

If your business is like many, you may already be doing some filtering. But is it enough?

As technology evolves, hackers drum up ever stealthier ways to invade your network.

Cloud-based filtering, for example, becomes a must when mobile devices tap into your network. The old concept of a static, location-based “firewall” just doesn’t cut it anymore when your staff goes mobile.

Then there’s social media. It’s like a big window into the personal lives of your personnel. It lets cybercriminals “case the joint” before breaking in. For instance, when users log in to a personal Facebook account at work and posts about vacations, favorite hangouts or weekend activities, hackers can use that information for social engineering and other ploys.

The number of ways your network is exposed to potentially damaging content grows daily. It’s no wonder that 90% of companies and government agencies surveyed by IDC detected computer security breaches within the previous 12 months. Eighty percent of those organizations acknowledged financial losses due to these breaches.

With odds like that against you, an up-to-date content filtering system could well be THE “Lucky Charm” that keeps your company, and your data, safe from all kinds of harm.

FREE Web Usage Audit Instantly Reveals If You Have A Problem

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At no cost or obligation on your part, we’ll come by and install a special diagnostic program that will expose lurking threats due to inappropriate employee use of websites, e-mail and instant messaging.

I’m making this offer because I’d like to give you a bite-sized sample of our extraordinary customer service and proactive approach to protecting you and your organization.

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The five minutes you invest could save your company thousands of dollars in lost productivity, potential lawsuits and company resources.

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Solve It By Sundown

The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. This worldwide broadcasting system can disseminate information without regard to geographic locations at the speed of a “click,” and therein lies a BIG PROBLEM.

The speed of a “click” has now conditioned us to how fast we expect things. If you want a book, you just download it (CLICK). If you want a movie, you just download it (CLICK). If you want a song, you just download it (CLICK). If you want information about something, you just go to Google, type in the info you need and CLICK. We are all being conditioned to getting INSTANT service and information. That being said, it should be no surprise to you that your customers are becoming more and more demanding at getting whatever they
want…NOW!

Right now, there are some of you who have already received a few text messages while you are reading my article, and people are expecting an instant response. There is no turning back or slowing down when it comes to technology; there is only speeding up and moving forward. Therefore, the companies that will succeed are doing everything they can to please their customers in a manner their customers expect…which happens to be…NOW!

I would, therefore, recommend a simple slogan, mantra or motto for all employees of your company to live by…Solve “IT” by Sundown…because if you don’t, you have just opened the door for your competitor to do so. I used to work with an IT company that sent out my weekly articles; if I ever had a problem with their service, their standard response was “We will get back to you with a resolution in 72 hours.” The third time that happened I changed companies. My new IT company had me up and running in one hour and I have been working with them for years.

Anytime you push off a customer to fix something tomorrow (or in 72 hours), you are giving them the opportunity and incentive to go find someone who would be willing to fix the problem today. Your customer is thinking, “If they can fix it tomorrow, then why can’t they fix it today?” Now, sometimes you don’t have the part(s) or person available to fix it today and you tell the customer that. Well, my question to you is this: Does your competitor? Remember the Internet: a few typing strokes and clicks on a computer, and I will have a list of your competitors available to ask that question, and if they can fix it, YOU ARE GONE, FINISHED, TOAST.

The brilliant man Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” I don’t believe Mr. Franklin ever envisioned the Internet, but he sure understood how to be successful. If you want to set your company apart from your competition, then I would do everything I could to establish a culture that understands…

WHEN AT ALL POSSIBLE – SOLVE IT BY SUNDOWN.

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Shiny New Gadget Of The Month:
Handheld? Console? No, It’s…Switch!

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Nintendo’s long-awaited new gaming platform Switch should be available any day now, if it isn’t already. It combines the best elements of handheld
games with a home console. Handheld, the gamepad is the screen. Slip it into its dock and it plays on your TV.

The gamepad comes with two detachable “Joy-Cons.” One player can hold a Joy-Con in each hand, two players can each take one, or bring in more
Joy-Cons and multiple people can play.

If you’re on the go, pull out the “kickstand” on the back of the gamepad and prop it up on an even surface for easy viewing. There’s a slot on the side for game cards and a USB-C port for quick charging.

Because it has greater processing power than the Wii U, you’ll have no trouble playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario and a host of your other favorite Nintendo games.

Lent’s Progressive?

keepcalmSome people think of Lent as some medieval hangover where people should be flogging themselves in the streets and shouting out “mea culpa!” and couldn’t conceive of anyone who has become ‘self-actualized’ engaging in its associated practices. If you see Lent this way, you’re totally missing the mark.

I love Lent. Yes, you read that correctly. It is my favorite time of year. Before you start thinking it’s because I like pain (I mean I have 4 kids, so maybe that’s true), its actually because I see Lent as what it was always meant to be: a time of re-centering and renewal.

In my Tradition (Byzantine Catholic), we also call the time before Easter “The Great Fast” or “The Great and Holy 40 Days.” During this time we are called to slow down from the hustle of everyday life and turn inward for reflection, to shed things of this world and put on things of the spiritual world. There are a variety of practices we engage in to accomplish this including Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer.

Now you’re totally wondering why I’m giving you a theology lesson on the back of a business newsletter, right? Because interestingly enough, our faith has been ‘progressive’ long before ‘progressive’ became the buzz word it is today.

If you look to the spiritual and mindfulness gurus of our modern world, you find them preaching that we are so consumed with consumerism and ourselves, and that we need to focus more on living with less (FASTING), giving to and sharing with our neighbors (ALMSGIVING), and adding practices such as meditation (PRAYER).

And they are totally correct. Our world has us so focused on the next ‘like’ or email to arrive that we miss the important things. We NEED to take the time to rejuvenate ourselves if we want to continue to be top producers of important products and services for the world, and the leaders our companies need us to be.

Take this time to enter into the Lenten Spring with me so you can also feel recharged to lead your teams, have a kick ass 2017, and for my fellow Christian friends, be prepared for Easter. To your continued success,

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Daylight Saving Time was originally dreamed up by whom, and why?

a)  Sir Isaac Newton
b) Franklin Delano Roosevelt
c) Benjamin Franklin
d) Thomas Edison

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