8 Tips to Maintain Healthy Cyber Security

In the current era of online communications, information security has become a high priority concern for all organizations. As they say, “Any chain is as strong as its weakest link.” Any non-compliance with information security policies could jeopardize your organization resulting in financial, regulatory, operational, and legal risks.

Here are 8 basic steps towards achieving the goal of robust Cyber Security for your organization without spending a fortune:

  1. Spear Phishing and Social Engineering attacks have started becoming more commonplace. Verifying the email headers like “To” address, “From” address, etc., would help in determining the authenticity of the emails.
  2. Follow the Security classification of emails. So, classifying emails with confidential information as “classified” is important. Do not download any suspicious attachments from emails.
  3. Offer basic information security training to your employees to educate them and avoid risky cyber behavior.
  4. Encrypt all the sensitive data before you store. There are plenty of free encryption tools available as well.
  5. Never share business Wi-Fi with guests. If you offer free Wi-Fi service at your business, make sure it is running on its own network, not your primary network.
  6. If your company has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, set strong application control policies and ensure that online encryption is provided.
  7. Have a Security Audit intermediately. Threats and risks constantly change and your business needs to adapt quickly to stay informed and ahead of the curve.
  8. Finally, the most basic, but vital control, is to have a strong password management practice.

 

Cyber Security is very important to a company. Not only do you have to worry about your own information, but you also have to protect your client’s information. It is not something that should be taken lightly. You have a responsibility to your clients to make sure you are backing up their trust in you and your company.

If you have any questions about cyber security, please contact Manasa Vangala at 314-576-1350 or mvangala@bwtpcpa.com.

Securing Your Financial Information

Are you worried about getting your identity stolen? Are you doing everything you can to make sure that your financial information is safe?

As your accountant, BWTP P.C. takes every precaution to ensure the safety of your financial information. Even the most strict security procedures cannot prevent all instances of identity theft, mainly because the majority of the vulnerability lies with you.

Here are some quick tips that will assist you in the prevention of identity theft:

Always Use Secured Networks When Accessing Financial Information

Logging into your bank account over a local coffee shop’s Wi-Fi is not recommended. These hotspots have lowered the security to make it easier to access the connection without much trouble. Consequentially, this gives the opportunity to individuals that can access your connection. Encrypted wireless networks or your mobile carrier network are recommended instead of unsecured networks.

Be Aware of Exactly What You’re Downloading

Take precautions on what information you download. Free software and files from an unknown source should be avoided. These programs and files can contain malicious software that can access your other files on your computer. This spyware, after being installed and run, can access your sensitive information and relay it to the host site. Download from trusted sources and making sure you have current anti-spyware software will help prevent these intrusions.

Do Not Fall for the Convincing Email Phishing

“Phishing” is the activity of defrauding an online account holder by posing as a legitimate company. Most of the time it is easy to spot a phony email trying to get pieces of sensitive information. Be wary of what institution the emails are coming from. Typically, no financial institution will ever ask for a PIN, password, or other sensitive information through email. Take the 30 seconds to research the sending if there is any suspicion. Also note, the IRS will always mail you a letter, they will NEVER contact you first through email or by phone.

Keep Your Passwords Secret and Make Them Strong

Do not keep your passwords stored on your computer and make sure they are strong and kept safe. If it is necessary to write the passwords down, keep them in a secure, private location. Using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols will also increase the security of your information. Avoid using easily-guessed information or details about yourself for passwords and PINs.

Be Sure to Shred

When disposing of any financial information, shredding the documents to avoid the dumpster-divers can be an easy deterrent. On top of being wary of emails and phishing, old-school dumpster-diving is still a threat today. Shred any documents that you are getting rid of to add another layer of security for your private information.

 

Please do not hesitate to call Clint Carder at (314) 576-1350 if you have any questions or concerns about the security of your financial information.

Five Lifesaving Gadgets for Business Travelers

For frequent business travelers, packing is part science, part art form — every inch of carry-on space counts. Whether you’re heading out for a one-day remote meeting or a week-long conference, streamline your system with these convenient gadgets.

1. Power on the Go: Mophie Powerstation Plus 8X

If you’ve ever been trapped on a long flight with a rapidly dying phone battery, you know the pain. Stay productive in transit with the Mophie Powerstation Plus 8X. This external battery pack features two connectors, so you can charge a phone and tablet simultaneously — even when there isn’t a power outlet in sight. With a capacity of 12,000 mAh, the 8X gives you up to 21 additional hours of smartphone battery life. Between uses, the cables fold away into the case for safe storage, and the lightweight Powerstation slips easily into a purse or laptop case.

2. Effortless Presentations: UO Smart Beam Laser Projector

Tired of lugging around bulky projectors and wrestling with complicated connections? Take the hassle out of remote presentations with the UO Smart Beam laser projector. Setup is a breeze — simply link the devices using Wi-Fi or Apple Airplay, and stream content directly to the projector. The Smart Beam packs HD video, focus-free technology and powerful built-in speakers into a cube-shaped package that fits into the palm of your hand. Choose screen sizes from 20 to 100 inches to wow clients in virtually any location.

3. External iOS Storage: Dash-i MicroSD Reader

For business travelers who use Apple devices, the Dash-i MicroSD reader is the ultimate solution to the infamous “not enough storage” message. This tiny device plugs into the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad and connects to the internal MicroSD card through the Dash-i companion app — no internet connection required. Use the Dash-i to access unlimited movies, photos and files, all without taking up valuable space on your device’s internal storage drive. The MicroSD card pops out for easy sharing to PCs, tablets and cameras. The Dash-i is available for pre-order now through Kickstarter.

4. Expandable Power Outlet: Monster Mobile Outlets To Go 300

When you’re in the airport or a tiny hotel room, it can be a challenge to find ample power outlets for all your devices. With the Monster Mobile Outlets To Go 300, you can charge your phone, laptop and tablet using a single outlet. The integrated three-prong port powers your laptop, while two USB ports connect directly to the charging cables for your phone and tablet. Slim and compact, the case fits easily beneath hotel nightstands or between airplane seats. If your travels take you out of the United States, the Monster universal adapter enables you to use the Outlets To Go 300 with any international power outlet.

5. Easy Organization: Knomad Mini Portable Organizer

Don’t waste time hunting through your bag for a wayward charging cable or your favorite gadget — keep all your technology essentials in one spot with the Knomad Mini portable organizer. This sleek folio holds an 8-inch tablet in a soft, scratch-free pocket. Cable ties keep your cords contained, while internal pockets hold phones, passports and power banks. Credit card slots enable you to ditch your wallet, and a fabric loop holds your favorite pen close at hand. The Knomad folio snaps shut for safe, comfortable carrying.

The right gear takes the hassle out of business travel — so you can stay productive or sit back and enjoy the ride. These compact and convenient gadgets enable you to remain connected and comfortable on the go.

Sleep Medicine and Social Media – Half Day Seminar!

Earn 4 CE credits at our half day seminar in St. Louis. Two seminars in one. Dr. Postol will discuss incorporating Dental Sleep Medicine into your practice.

MySocialPractice will discuss the Social Media tools available to effectively communicate to your new and existing patients.

Contact Angela Thomas at 877.253.5084 to register.

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Client Portal Training

In this video, Howard Brown, the Creator and Founder of Doc.It, walks you through using our secure Client Portal to transfer information to us or receive information we are sending you.  Enjoy!