April 2014
In this issue
Cleaning Out the Closet: Why Small Businesses Need Modern Technology
Maintaining mobile safety on your smartphone
Taking the Sting out of Password Pains
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote
Continuity Tip

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning sends nearly 20,000 people to the emergency room each year. Here are some tips and guidelines to keep you safe:

♦ Install carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms & other living areas. Replace batteries regularly.
♦ Never use a gas range or oven to heat a home.
♦ If using a generator after a power outage, keep at least 25 feet or farther away from your house.
♦ Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, dizziness, headache, nausea, or loss of consciousness.

For more tips and information, watch this short video from the CDC on carbon monoxide poisoning and prevention.

Quote for Today

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.

Will Durant (Historian)

Just for Laughs

Cleaning Out the Closet: Why Small Businesses Need Modern Technology
used with permission from MSFT for Work

Upgrading your technology is a lot like buying yourself new clothes. What you wear affects everything from your health to how you feel, and even what people think of you. The same can be said for technology: old technology can seem like tie-dye and bell bottoms to your customers. More than 90 percent of consumers say they would consider taking their business somewhere else rather than work with a company using outdated technology. When itís up-to-date it can better protect your business, help attract and retain customers and talent, and scale alongside your growing business. Being up-to-date isnít just cool-looking, itís critical. Hereís why:

Cover up!

If the lining of your winter coat fell apart or your rain boot had a hole, youíd replace them to help stay healthy. In the same way, technology is the protective layer between sensitive company data and security threats.  Older operating systems canít protect your business from todayís security threats, so upgrading your companyís technology is a way to prevent exposure and protect your business.

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Maintaining mobile safety on your smartphone
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Our phones play an integral part in both our everyday and business lives. But as more of us use these portable wonders, the potential for more problems increases as well.

Because cybercriminals are actively targeting mobile devices that lack sufficient protection,  keeping your smartphone safe is extremely important. This includes protecting both your software and hardware.

According to a 2013 report from Londonís Metropolitan Police, a staggering 70% of all personal crime is phone theft.* And if someone isnít trying to lift your device, it seems as if everyone else is trying to hack into it and steal your files.

Is there anything you can do to help protect your phone from theft? Is an antivirus app really necessary? What about safe usage of mobile phones and children? Letís explore all of these topics and get the answers you need.

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Taking the Sting out of Password Pains
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Too many passwords, so many devices ó how can you keep them all straight?

Password pain is spreading. Just look around and youíll see evidence everywhere: Post-it notes on desks, cryptic scribbles in wallets and purses, password-reset emails, and more. Isnít there a better way to remember the passwords we need to access the online sites we visit every day?

In todayís digitized the world, the amount and complexity of passwords is on the rise. With social media, gaming, shopping, entertainment, and banking almost exclusively conducted online, itís fast becoming a major headache to remember all the user names and passwords that keep us connected ó especially for sites that arenít frequented daily. Add in the fact that weíre also connecting with keyboard-less smartphones and tablets that have to be synched with our PCs, and that many accounts now require longer passwords with special characters for extra security, and itís no wonder we canít keep track.

Recent surveys* show how widespread the problem has become:

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