How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Online on Cyber Monday

Stephen Tullos

Cybersecurity is top of mind for many business leaders thanks in part to Ransomwares like WannaCry and HIPAA data breaches being in the headlines nearly every month this year. With that in mind and Cyber Monday around the corner, we put together this list of ways consumers can protect themselves from identity theft, hacked accounts, and cybercrimes.

Every method and piece of advice on this list is free, requiring consumers to take a step back or have a wary eye for small details.

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Topics: Data Protection

Productivity Improvements with iOS11

Perryn Olson

Apple’s new operating system, iOS11, is chock full of fun new features like gifs integrated in the Photo app and VR flyover cities. Instead of listing the 100+ changes, let’s focus on the twelves updates that can improve productivity for your business.

Top iOS 11 Productivity Improvements

  1. Transition Phones – Apple made it even easier to transition to a new phone (of course). You can now import all of your settings, preferences, and keychain passwords wirelessly just by having the two phones next to each other.
  2. Centralized & Customizable Control center – You can do more with fewer clicks and finger swipes because iOS11 has all the controls in one location and you can customize what is included via Settings.
  3. Simpler Notifications – The new interface also centralized notifications, making them easier to review and dismiss. You can also make a notification persistent, allowing it to stay visible until you’re done with that reminder.
  4. Do Not Disturb while Driving – A key, potential life-saving feature, allows you to disable texts and notifications while you’re driving so you can pay attention to the road. I expect many companies to require this setting for all their drivers, much like companies banning talking on phones while driving.
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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

AI Coming to Auto Dealerships

Patrick Leonard

If you’re in the auto industry, you undoubtedly have heard about autonomous vehicles; this is just one type of artificial intelligence (AI) that is disrupting the industry for auto dealerships. Nearly every car manufacturer is working on autonomous driving vehicles, including some newcomers to the industry, and AI shows up in other aspects of today’s “smart cars”. All that technology is making its way to auto dealerships too.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

Ask a Cyber-Risk Insurance Agent

Guest Author

After our post, Do I Need Cyber Insurance [For My Business], we received notes from clients and friends thanking us for bringing this to their attention. We also got a lot of questions. We asked insurance agents in the New Orleans area that we knew specialized in cyber risk insurance to help educate all of us. Bradley Nolan with Donnaway Insurance graciously agreed to do an interview with us about the topic.

My IT - How has the cyber-risk insurance market changed in the past 3-5 years?

BN - Many new insurers entered the market recently. Previously, the market had a handful of traditional carriers with over a decade of underwriting & claims experience. Now with new insurers playing in the market, there are untested policy contracts due to them having little experience dealing with cyber and data losses. These companies that are new to the sector do not have the claims support infrastructure and technology vendor network to investigate and assess claims immediately so their pricing, underwriting coverage, and claim response is largely unknown.

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Topics: Data Protection

Biggest Security Risk: Your CEO

Patrick Leonard

Research on Cybersecurity repeatedly shows that a company’s biggest asset is also their biggest risk, their employees. Companies are more susceptible and more likely to be attacked internally by an employee, whether malicious or accidental, than by a hacker outside the company. Furthermore, a company’s CEO and other C-suite executives are the biggest targets for hackers, which has led to a new term in cybersecurity – whaling. A whaling attack is a phishing attack or scam that targets a “big fish”, a company’s executive. (Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and financial records, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.)

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Topics: Data Protection

Lot Management Solutions Drive Profitability for Auto Dealerships

Patrick Leonard

We’re always on the lookout for ways to utilize technology to help our auto dealership clients increase their profitability. One way to protect their assets is to utilize a lot management solution, which takes geofencing to another level for auto dealerships. To learn more about this technology, we asked the experts, Dean Powery and Richard Boyce at Trifecta Dealer Solutions.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

Bots on the Construction Jobsite

Perryn Olson

The construction industry has been ripe for disruption and bots are one of the biggest catalysts in the Con Tech (Construction Technology) sector. While bots aren’t seen on every construction jobsite yet, and most are still in early beta and prototype stages, they are making their presence known. So far, we’re seeing bots laying bricks, autonomously printing buildings, excavate jobsites, managing and delivering supplies via drones, and now tying rebar.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Sending PHI via Mobile Devices – a Big HIPAA No-No

David Bourgeois

I rocked the boat with some of my medical friends when I emailed them my blog post, Can I Text ePHI?, which basically told them that they could NOT text or email patients without encrypting or securing the data. Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger. HIPAA states it is illegal to use unsecure networks and unencrypted communication methods like texting. Let’s dig further into why sending PHI via mobile devices is a HIPAA “No-No”, making it a hot button for doctors and the HHS (Health & Human Services).

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Topics: Healthcare IT

7 Technology Priorities for Every Auto Dealership

Patrick Leonard

It is hard to remember the days when auto dealerships weren’t chock full of technology. Many vehicles today have more technology in them then a typical auto dealership had just a couple of decades ago and faster internet than just 15 years ago. Technology is no longer something “neat” or an option; auto dealerships need to utilize technology to stay competitive and because customers demand it. If you whip out a typewriter for a loan document, you’ll see many customers cringe and some will walk out the door, not to mention that you’ll deter younger employees from working for your company. Auto dealerships need to make technology a priority in order to succeed in today’s marketplace.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

Cybercrime Myths Costing You Money

Stephen Tullos

Criminals make millions of dollars off naïve, unwittingly victims every year because of common myths regarding cybersecurity. The scariest part of cybercrime is that it is mostly preventable and affordable, but SMB owners and executives need to stop pretending like it can’t happen to them.

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Topics: Data Protection

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We believe an educated client is the best client, therefore, we share our knowledge with executives and business owners looking for a fair, knowledgeable IT firm that fits well with their company and objectives.

My IT helps companies to protect their data, become more efficient and productive, and to boost high-growth using technology. In our blog, we discuss these topics and our extensive expertise working with medical practices, construction industry companies, and auto dealerships.

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