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While attending college, I was married and had three children (yes, I was a little late…not with children…school!). My wonderful wife was the president of the children’s organization for our church and because of this was involved in a Thanksgiving service project for those in our congregation who were struggling financially. She asked me to help her and other leaders put together boxes of food and turkeys—I thought it was a wonderful service project!

My feelings changed a day later when one of the boxes ended up on our doorstep. It wasn’t until years later that I understood that gratitude isn’t only a gift that you give, but it also brings with it additional gifts that you can receive including: Perspective, Energy and Guidance. Each of these gifts can help your team and business succeed—keep reading to see how!​

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Shopping Online Securely

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After enjoying Thanksgiving this week, we begin the Christmas countdown and the frenzy that comes with it! More and more shoppers are looking to the convenience of shopping from home--choosing to scroll through websites instead of standing in lines. But online shopping is not without risks. Check out this month’s issue of OUCH from the SANS Institute to learn how to navigate the online experience safely.

We will be closed on November 23rd and 24th

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Want to Know How Secure Your Data Is? Answer These 7 Questions.

This is the third in a series of articles focusing on practical ways to block key Cyber Crime Gateways.

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Data is the key to any organization’s success--yet many business owners neglect to implement basic best practices for data security. How are you doing? Can you answer these 7 questions? Do your answers coincide with best practices? If there is room for improvement, give us a call. We can help.

1. What data do you have?

Identifying sensitive data is the first step to keeping it safe. Take a look at all the data you hold, build the most comprehensive list of data possible, and record where it is stored. Consider data held on central servers, laptops, staff computers, smart phones memory sticks, CRM’s or project management systems. What data is stored in the cloud or stored outside your business by third-party vendors such as your website host?

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November Security Tip

While working with confidential data be aware of your surroundings.

  • Prevent others from seeing data without your permission through visual hacking or shoulder surfing.
  • Lock confidential printed documents in a secure location when not in use.
  • Close your computer when you leave your desk.
  • Close any unrelated windows on your computer before entering an online meeting.

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