Tag Archive | online security

Join the #LockItDown Twitter chat, 4/23

BlXLEgcCUAIoyk2

Get tips on how to secure your business credentials and personal accounts at the same time!

Join the #LockItDown Twitter chat on Wednesday, April 23rd at 830pm ET.
Hosted by: @ADLupher & @ArmyWives101
Sponsor: @LionLockDC

Prizes: $150 in Visa gift cards

Why are passwords so important anyway?

Image

Why are passwords so important anyway? For your online accounts, the only door protecting Joe Schmoe from getting to your private information is your username & password. Usernames identify who you are. Passwords validate your identity.

In some cases, it may seem like passwords are totally unnecessary (say for coupon sites or downloading free pictures…come on, seriously?)! But this security is very important for online accounts that store private and controlled information (like your company’s social media profiles, e-mails, files in DropBox, online payments, website hosting, etc.). And what is the only thing ensuring the control and confidentiality of this information? Your password.

With this in mind, here are 10 questions to ask your team right now.

  1. Are any of your passwords written down on paper?
  2. Does every account have a unique password?
  3. Do you keep passwords saved in your browser?
  4. Do you change all of your passwords regularly?
  5. Are passwords ever known by more than one individual at a time?
  6. Which passwords do you need to have memorized?
  7. Do you use strong, randomly generated, passwords?
  8. Do you use the same passwords between work and home?
  9. Are you using your personal e-mail address for any work accounts?
  10. Do you store passwords in a secure encrypted location?

LionLock will not only store your passwords, but help generate complex and unique passwords for all of your accounts. By using our secure and encrypted vaults, you can ensure that your team’s passwords are protected and there for you anytime you need them!

5 Solid Online Safety Tips for the Business Traveler

work-on-vacation

For the travelling entrepreneur, there are times when you just cannot afford to unplug. Sometimes we just have to squeeze in that last e-mail and check back in to our social media accounts to make sure our pre-scheduled posts have gone live! So whether with family or for business, make sure you’re exercising these tips to stay secure this travelling season.

1. Use public Wi-Fi with caution

Using public Wi-Fi is a lot like swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is vast, there are tons of other creatures, and there are sharks lurking in places that you cannot see! Think about how many people have accessed your local Starbucks or Airport Wi-Fi network today alone!

“It takes zero hacking skills to surreptitiously monitor and/or hijack communications over a public Wi-Fi network. Widely available freeware makes eavesdropping on emails and web browsing as simple as pressing a button.” (Source: Forbes)

Just remember, each time you use public Wi-Fi, you must do so with the premise that everything you do is visible to others connected to the network.

2. Use Two-Factor Authentication

Using Two-Factor authentication extends the log-in process, but it adds an extra layer of protection to your accounts. Adding an extra factor makes it much harder for unauthorized users to access your accounts.

Facebook, for example, has a two-factor authentication setting to link your account with your mobile device. This can be enabled so that anytime you try to log-in to your Facebook, you must also enter a unique pin code that they send to your mobile phone via text message.

3. Avoid over-sharing on social media

Birth dates on Facebook. Occupation on LinkedIn. Location check-ins on FourSquare. With social media embedded in our lives, all of this information is not only available. It is easily accessible. Though it can be exciting to share your Spring breaks and work vacations, think twice about the information you reveal to publicly. If you must share that picture of the beautiful sunset or snow-capped mountain, be sure to keep your privacy settings as high as possible.

4. Use common sense

Protecting your belongings and privacy is not a product you can simply purchase. It’s a practice.

  • Lock all of your devices when they are not in use.
  • Take advantage of the hotel safe to store your belongings.
  • Tone down your volume when discussing business or personal matters over the phone.
  • Place a name tag on your luggage, laptop, and any important valuables so that they can be returned to you, should they be lost or stolen.

5. Check credit score and bank statements

Staying up to date with your bank statements will help you identify any unauthorized purchases and suspicious activity. For those that travel often, paying extra attention to your statements and credit score is vital, as you are more likely to make sporadic purchases.

7 Tips for Cyber Monday/online shopping

Grinchcreditcard

December 2nd marks Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. Before kicking off your holiday season shopping, be sure to strap on your helmets! Here are our 7 Tips for shopping online:

1. Shop on sites that you trust
One benefit of online shopping is how easy it is to find the cheapest bargains. When hunting for the best deals, be sure to stick with brands and merchants you trust. If you’re shopping on e-commerce sites like e-Bay or Etsy, always look into your merchant’s website to confirm the seller’s physical address and phone number to validate their authenticity.

2. Use strong passwords
If you need to create an online account, create a strong password–at least 8 characters, with a combination of numbers, symbols, and upper and lower case letters. Use unique passwords for each site, and never share your passwords with anyone. (hint: LionLock helps you generate strong passwords and stores them so you never have to worry about memorizing them!)

3. Shop with a credit card
Unlike debit cards, credit cards are protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act which protects you from unfair billing practices/errors and goods not delivered as agreed. In the event that your credit cards numbers are stolen, many card issuers also have a “zero liability” under which the card holder pays nothing for unauthorized purchases.If you are going to shop on classifieds web sites like Craigslist, never wire money and only buy locally. (hint: LionLock stores Credit Card information, too!)

4. Secure your online transactions – look for the “S”
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a technology to encrypt the credit card information that you send over the Internet. When submitting your financial information online, be sure the website address bar in your browser reads “https” (not just http). The “s” stands for “secure” and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted. If there is no “s”, avoid the transaction altogether and stick with a secure website.
https

5. Check your receipts & credit card statements
We recommend checking your bank statements daily or weekly. This will keep you on top of transactions posted to your account and help you monitor suspicious activity. You can also set up banking alerts to notify you when large transactions have been made to your account. You should also keep a paper trail of all of your receipts.

6. Beware of phishing e-mails & pop-ups
Set your browser to block pop-up messages. If you get an e-mail or pop-up message that asks for your financial information while you’re browsing, don’t reply or follow the link. Legitimate companies won’t ever dispute your transaction through e-mail and certainly won’t request financial information in a pop-up message. Should one of these “phishy” alerts arise, go with your instinct; click NOTHING and delete the e-mail or close out of the pop-up message.

If you’re unsure of the e-mail’s authenticity, BBB recommends calling the contact number on the website where the purchase was made to confirm that there really is a problem with the transaction.

7. Do NOT shop on public networks or computers
Public Wi-Fi is inherently unsafe for online shopping, as everything you do is visible to a third-party stranger with access to that network. Likewise, public computers may contain malicious software that steals your personal and credit card information when you are placing an order online. Our advice, shop from home on your own password protected network.

Do you have any other tips for shopping secure online? Comment below!

Source 1: BBB (Better Business Bureau)
Source 2: USA Today – Free WiFi? Beware of security risks