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Digital security tips for small businesses

Monday, August 17th, 2020 by

Keeping sensitive information secure is important for everyone but there are some specific considerations required for small businesses. Not only is the personal information of staff involved, but also that of customers, financial transactions, proprietary data… the list goes on and on! As such, it may come as no surprise to learn than cyber criminals often see Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) as easy targets in scams.

Compared to their larger counterparts, SMEs typically have a limited budget, which means that they don’t have a dedicated IT resource for their security system. That means there may be fewer obstacles between a hacker and the payoff of a quick scam to get access to private information and other valuable data.

So, what can you do to keep your small business safe? We’ve put together some tips for best practice in digital safety that can be used by any small business. You won’t need to shell out for expensive consultants – just some time well spent.

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Are you internet awesome?

Friday, September 13th, 2019 by

Digital safety can be a tricky subject to tackle, especially with kids. We all know how important it is to stay safe online, but when it comes to making a game plan for how to introduce basic digital safety to our kids, many of us may be left scratching our heads on where to start! After all, the subject is a little more complicated than the good old-fashioned “look left-right-left” when crossing the road.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a digital whiz to help young ones learn how to stay safe on the web. Google’s Be Internet Awesome program gives you access to a range of resources that will help teach the kids how to use the internet safely. If you’ve got young ones who are ready to start exploring the internet, this program is the perfect way to get started!

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How to stay safe on public WiFi

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 by

Did you know that February 5th is Safer Internet Day? This worldwide event aims to draw attention to the ever-important issue of online safety, including cyberbullying, digital security and even offensive or illegal content. This year’s theme, ‘Together for a better internet’, encourages individuals to create a better internet by working on the ‘4 Rs’: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience. We decided to pitch in by shining the light on one aspect of the internet that may slip our minds until we need it – public WiFi networks.

Public WiFi networks can be a blessing – whether you’re quickly taking care of some business on your laptop while you have a coffee, or you’re sending some holiday snaps home while on a trip abroad. However, as convenient as that free WiFi access is, there can be security risks associated with using public WiFi networks that you should know about. You don’t need to stop using public WiFi altogether but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you connect. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you stay safe while you surf the ‘net – all you need is a little bit of reasoning and resilience.

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