There are so many moving parts in a business and keeping your team on the same page and collaborating is one of the most important. So it stands to reason it is a part of your business that demands tools that can and will encourage collaboration and communication. In this article we outline 17 of the most common collaboration tools to help your business and its team members openly communicate and collaborate to get projects done easily and on time. Many of these tools are free for personal or small team usage and have plans for larger teams.
Every day in the news is another report on a security breach or password hack and, if you’re like most people, it makes you wonder just how good your passwords really are. Unfortunately, if you are like most people your passwords are not only easy for you to remember but easy for hackers to figure out too. So what can you do to make sure the baddies don’t get access to your sensitive information while still making the passwords easy to remember?
Any business using social media needs to create documentation that outlines and addresses how its employees are expected to act online. This document should not only outline how employees use social media for the business but also their personal social media profiles as well. We are not suggesting an Orwellian scenario where employers dictate what employees can do in their personal lives. However, employees should be fully aware that they represent the organization both at and away from work. Anything employees do on social media, good or bad, will reflect on your business.
We all knew it was coming eventually but the date is rapidly approaching, July 2018 to be exact, when Google Chrome will flag every website that does not use HTTPS encryption. Overall, this is a security measure that will help to protect your customers’ as well as your businesses sensitive data by providing end-to-end encryption when data is in transit between your users’ browser and your website’s server.
This action from Google Chrome is part of a process that has been ongoing for several years already. In 2016, Google Chrome started showing the ‘not secure’ warning for websites that asked for passwords and credit cards in order to alert users that their sensitive data could be stolen in transit by anyone spying on the website’s traffic. However, this next step will show the ‘not secure’ warning in the address bar for EVERY website that doesn’t have HTTPS in their URL regardless of whether sensitive data is collected or not.
It is a hard, cold fact that data breaches are a way of life now. There really is no 100%, fail-safe way to prevent a data breach from happening. Eventually the odds of your business experiencing a cyber-intrusion are going to run out. According to the 2017 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study, the global cost of data breaches was $3.6 million last year with more than 24,000 records involved and that number is rising steadily.
In 2016, the number of websites hacked increased 32% over 2015 and that number is expected to continue to increase every year. While a frightening statistic, there are many things you can do to ensure that your website is as secure as possible. Below you will find the top 10 ways you can decrease the chances of your website being hacked.
Every business, small to large, needs to have policies in place to make it crystal clear to all employees what is expected of them in various situations as well as specific tasks that need to be done and who is responsible for those tasks. However, many companies still do not have these vital resources in place. Why? Sometimes it is a simple oversight. Other times the thought of putting together company policies can be overwhelming or just too time consuming to do.
Regardless of the reasons, having formal policies in place ensure that your business keeps running smoothly and, in many cases, is protected legally should something not go according to plan. Below we will explore the basic policies that all businesses should have.
Being a business owner requires enough responsibilities and skills without having to be an expert in information technology too. However, in this day and age, every business owner must at least have a basic knowledge of technology and what is needed to run and protect their business. So here are a few important things you need to know to start 2018 on the right foot.
VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is something that almost all businesses will utilize at some point in their lifespan but what exactly is it? Voice Over Internet Protocol is technology that allows you to make phone calls using the internet rather than regular telephone lines.
Now even if you’ve never heard the term VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol before, it is almost a sure thing that you have either used this technology or at least know a VoIP service. The most common VoIP service in use today is probably Skype. Skype, like most VoIP services, allows you to make free voice and video calls to anyone, any where in the world using an app that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Espionage! The word sounds like some kind of Cold War reference. However, espionage within corporations is alive, well, and happening every day. Generally referred to as corporate or industrial espionage, it is the practice of gathering information about an organization. Many times that information is just that – ‘gathering information’. However, some forms of corporate espionage involve stealing trade secrets, client information, formulas or recipes, planning or marketing strategies and can involve activities like bribery, blackmail, and technological surveillance.