Free Wi-Fi: Customer Perk, Business Risk

Free Wi-Fi & Business Network Security 

As a small business owner, you know that you must keep both your business’ and your customers’ needs in mind. But how do you maintain your business’ security when the goal is to satisfy your customers? 

If your business has regular customer traffic, you may have Wi-Fi needs (i.e. free Wi-Fi network for guests) outside of your internal business operations. Other businesses may solely need Wi-Fi or wired networks for their internal business systems and employees. 

How many networks does my business need? 

No matter what type of business you run, your security goals remain the same: always keep your sensitive business, customer, client and employee data secure. Utilizing networks within your business properly can help you achieve both your business’ internal needs and keep your customers happy. 
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Anti-Malware Protection: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

The Need for Anti-Malware Protection 

The holiday season is an exciting time for both consumers and fraudsters. The hustle and bustle gives criminals ample opportunity for cyberattack, phishing and malware infections. 

It’s especially important that you’re prepared for the influx of phishing schemes and cyberattacks that you can expect this holiday season. No matter what time of year, we strongly recommend that you protect your computer and other devices with anti-malware or anti-virus software. In fact, security experts detected 172 million malware attacks just in Q2 of 2016 alone. 

Many of you may be wondering: “Who cares? Who needs anti-malware software?” This guide will walk you through the need for anti-malware protection during the holidays and year-round. Plus, see which free anti-malware programs are recommended to protect your devices without breaking your budget.   Continue reading

Small Business Saturday – Is Your Business Prepared?

Small Business Saturday 2017 

Small Business Saturday infographic

Small businesses far and wide are preparing for Small Business Saturday, a retail holiday that focuses on promoting small businesses during the holiday season. Even though Small Business Saturday can help your business increase sales, customer base and brand awareness, it can also leave you vulnerable to numerous identity crimes if you haven’t prepared for the potential risks. 

Since its inception in 2010, Small Business Saturday has gained attention from consumers across the U.S. Per the Better Business Bureau (BBB), an estimated 112 million customers shopped at small businesses during Small Business Saturday in 2016. Today, over 70 percent of U.S. consumers are aware of the retail holiday.  Continue reading

Small Business Security (Pt. 1): Employee Security Awareness

Employees & Small Business Security 

Let’s face it: without the proper employee security awareness and training put in place, your employees won’t be able to recognize and address the risks that are actively targeting your business. 

Between good password habits, data breaches and business email phishing scams, you have a lot to consider when it comes to your business security. Your employees’ security habits in the office (or lack thereof) can significantly impact your overall business security. 

Follow us through Part 1 of our Small Business Security series where we discuss three major security risks to your small business, and how your employees can make or break your business’ security.  Continue reading