October 2013
In this issue
Got Backup?
Facebook Privacy Settings
Safety is an Active Verb
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote
Continuity Tip
Preparing for the Unthinkable

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the Washington, DC community after the tragic shooting on September 16. It's always shocking to to hear of events like this and to think that a place you considered safe and secure could turn life-threatening. Although infrequent, the impact of these events has far reaching effects.

So what can you do to prepare yourself, your office, and your employees? Download the Department of Homeland Security's Active Shooter Poster. Share it with your employees, hang it in your office, and openly talk about your response plan should a situation like this occur.

Quote for Today

No medicine cures what
happiness cannot.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Just for Laughs

Got Backup? Finding the Best Backup Option for Your Small Business Data
used with permission from SBA.gov
by Caron Beesley

How are you backing up your small business data? If you are like most small businesses, you could be compromising your business and its data on a daily basis.

A 2011 survey by Carbonite, a provider of online backup solutions, found some facts about data loss that may surprise you:
  • Forty-eight percent of American small businesses with between two and twenty employees have experienced data loss, up from 42 percent in 2010.
  • Top causes of data loss include hardware/software failure (54 percent), accidental deletion (54 percent), viruses (33 percent) and theft (10 percent).
  • Thirty-one percent of business owners surveyed think backing up company data is a hassle.
Scary, huh?

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Facebook Privacy Settings Got Your Down?
Here's a Guide!

Rik Ferguson: Making the Most Out of Facebook's Privacy Settings

Facebook’s privacy settings – opaque at best to even the savviest users and constantly changing – can seem like a hurdle even when you’re strongly motivated to lock your account down. Rik Ferguson, Vice President of Security Research at Trend Micro, has written a helpful guide on how to configure your Facebook account’s privacy settings. His tips include
  • keeping snoopers out of your account
  • controlling which people and apps can see and use your content
  • safeguarding your data from advertisements
  • restricting who can post to your timeline
  • dividing your friends into lists for different access levels
  • managing followers and events
Check out the guide here!

Safety is an active verb
used with permission from Microsoft
by Kim Sanchez

When we are young, we are taught to brush our teeth in order to develop healthy and preventative habits. Hopefully by the time we reach adulthood, the act of brushing every morning has become second nature. Yet, when we go online, we don’t always take the same preventative measures with our personal information. Perhaps it’s because we haven’t placed enough importance on developing this healthy habit? Microsoft released the US results of the third Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI). Designed to gauge consumer online safety habits and behaviors, the Index reveals that the US score has decreased year-after-year since it was first launched in 2011.

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