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3 Things you Need to Know about Amazon Sidewalk

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Today was an exciting day for me because I had my first guest spot on a radio show. If you're following me on   Facebook  or you live in the Rochester, NY area you might have caught me on 98.9 The Buzz. I have to tell you it was a lot of fun, and I was honored to be brought in to talk about Amazon's new sidewalk project, ransomware, and what the average Jane can do to stay safe. If you missed it, you can watch it now. TOP 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AMAZON SIDEWALK Your Amazon devices automatically opted in. If you want out, you have to take action. You'll be sending even more data to Amazon if you're part of the Sidewalk. No, your neighbor can't see what’s happening on your network, nor can you see what's on theirs. Do you have any Amazon devices? Are you opting out of the Sidewalk? Drop your comments below. Are you ready to reduce the risk of Ransomware attacks? Let's chat.  Book a complementary discovery session today.

How to Have a Cyber Secure Summer

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I don’t know about you, but it feels like summer is here. The weather is warm, the sky is blue, the days are finally longer, and ice cream would really hit the spot right about now. The other thing that announced the arrival of summer was the airports. I just got back from my first trip since COVID shut things down, and let me tell you the airports were packed. I saw full airport parking lots, long lines at check-in counters, and even longer lines to get through security - it seems people are ready to get out and about once again.   If you’re thinking about stretching your legs this summer, here are 3 tips for a cyber secure summer.   Skip the free Wi-Fi. Whether you’re hitting the coffee shop, the airport, or a hotel, stay safe and skip the free Wi-Fi. Here’s the thing about that free Wi-Fi - you really don’t know what or who is lurking around. They could look over your virtual shoulder, try to steal your passwords, or any number of other bad things. BUT… if you just can

This is why I keep talking about spam

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    Have you noticed that in addition to sharing cybersecurity tips I also spend a like of time talking about spam and email?   Are you wondering why a cybersecurity expert is spending so much time talking about emails and spam?   Here's why...   Email offers TWO enormous opportunities. One for cyber criminals to wreak havoc and another for businesses to reach their clients.   You see, there are over 4 billion emails users across the globe, and 95% of them are checking their email EVERY DAY . This makes email a very effective tool to reach people. If you can get your message into the inbox, there is a prime chance that they will see you and they’ll read your message.

Where does cybersecurity fall on your list?

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Are you a list person?   Do you enjoy making to do lists?   Do you enjoy checking things off that list?   Or are lists your superpower to make sure nothing gets missed?   Me?   When it comes to travel, I AM THE QUEEN OF THE LISTS. Especially when I first started travelling.   You see, I didn’t want to miss a thing. Whether it was items I’d need on my journey or places to go - I had to have it all down. My packing list was embarrassingly long and listed everything out in painful detail. It didn’t list five shirts - it described each individual shirt on the list. [This was also before I learned the power of traveling with carry on luggage only so there was an outfit for each day!] I spent weeks and weeks researching places in guide books for THE things to see and do. I’d make lists and lists of the possibilities. Ranking my favorites as well. Then I’d organize the lists by location in to cram as much as possible into one visit.   And cram I did. I drug my frie

The DarkSide attacks the pipeline - could you be hit with Ransomware next?

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The DarkSide takes down the Colonial Pipeline - could you be hit with Ransomware next? Yes. Yes, you could be. The DarkSide might not be coming for you, but another hacker is coming for you and your business. Especially if you're a small business. Here's the thing you need to know - hacking groups such as the DarkSide, REvil, and CLOP are opportunistic. That means they want to make an easy buck by attacking an easy target. Think of it as thieves looking for backdoors to houses that are unlocked and the residents are away. It's dark, no one's home, the door's unlocked, and the thief enters and snags everything valuable he can walk away with. All it takes is one click on one phishing emails and you could get a bad case of ransomware. Ransomware is more brutal than ever. Not only do you lose access to all your data because the bad guys encrypted it, they also stole a copy of all of your data. If you don’t pay up fast, they’ll leak your sensitive information. How ransom

The problem with passwords

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How do you feel about your passwords? Do you love them? Do you hate them? Are you always forgetting them? OR... Do you have ONE password that you absolutely love and use it everywhere?   I’ve got news for you… YOU’RE NOT ALONE.   78% of people have to reset their passwords regularly because they can’t remember them. 72% of people are reusing passwords. 91% of people understand the risks of password reuse. 59% admitted they do it anyway.   Those numbers are big reason why 80% of data breaches start with a compromised password. How can you do it better? Get a password keeper. Benefits of a password keeper. No more forgotten passwords Easily use stronger passwords and increases the security of your accounts Passwords are auto generated for you (that are strong and complex) Share passwords securely Save time. No more time wasted thinking of new and unique passwords.  No more time wasted resetting your passwords. If you’re not sure what makes a strong

If they aren’t replying to your emails

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Has this ever happened to you? You have this amazing coffee chat or discovery call with someone you’ve been looking forward to connecting with for quite some time. During the chat it becomes clear they're your ideal client, and they are ticking all the boxes of someone you’d love to work with! You share how you can help them, and they exclaim, "That’s fantastic! I’ve been looking for something like this. I’m in! Email me the details." Shortly after the call, you send over the details and then… CRICKETS You hear NOTHING back. No replies. No appointments. No payments.   You replay the conversation in your head over and over again.  You ask yourself, "What went wrong? I thought she was genuinely excited to work together... Why haven’t I heard from her?"   WHAT IF YOUR EMAIL GOT STUCK IN SPAM?   Maybe they’re not replying because they didn’t see your email. Maybe they’re not booking time with you because they didn’t know you emailed. Ma