Are Mobile Payments Right for You? Stay Safe When Paying with Your Phone

Using Your Phone as Your Wallet

If you are a frequent Starbucks visitor, you may have been an early adopter of the Starbucks app and been quickly introduced to mobile payments, or the “pay with your phone in-store” concept, when it was launched in 2011. A report by eMarketer says you were not alone, and today there are more than 23 million consumers using the Starbucks app for in-store purchases at least once every six months. Continue reading

There’s No Expiration Date for Your Data on the Dark Web

Frozen Clock represents No Expiration Date Data Dark Web

With data breaches impacting organizations on what seems like a daily basis, there’s a very good chance that your personal information has been compromised — and once it is leaked onto the Dark Web, you are vulnerable forever. According to the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, the total number of data breaches decreased in 2018, however, the number of stolen records climbed more than 126 percent. Not only is that a significant increase in the amount of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) that is now in the hands of cybercriminals, but it is also an indication that breaches have become larger, exposing more pieces of data per incident. Continue reading

Does Your Business Plan Include Data Protection?

Business Data Protection

It’s always something …and so long as you plan for that reality, you’re on the right path. This is as true in personal life as it is in business. Except in business, owners have the added consideration of impacting the livelihood of their employees and the needs of their customers. Even the smallest business has the potential for a wide-reaching effect — will yours be a positive contribution, or a negative one? Continue reading