10 Tips for Preventing Laptop and Mobile Device Theft

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For many people, the theft or loss of even a single laptop computer, cell phone or tablet can be devastating – unless you take some common-sense measures to mitigate the damage ahead of time. It’s not just the cost of the lost device itself. If there is confidential, proprietary or personally identifiable information on the device – or readily accessible through it – you could risk seeing your identity stolen. Here are some tips to help prevent mobile device theft: 1. Don’t let strangers “borrow” your phone or computer to look up directions or send an e-mail. There are cases…
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Protecting Yourself after the Equifax Data Breach

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At the end of July, data thieves successfully penetrated computer systems at Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, and potentially stole personal credit information on as many as 143 million U.S. customers. Compromised data includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. The thieves are also believed to have stolen credit card numbers on roughly 209,000 Americans, and some charge-dispute data, including personally identifying documents on about 182,000 U.S. residents. They may have stolen information on consumers in Canada and the U.K., as well. This data breach, which may affect as many as two out…
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The Hidden Construction Industry Threat: Cyber Risk

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Running a construction firm, you are certainly aware of the number of risks that you face every day from worker safety and protecting the worksite to contractual obligations. But, as your back office relies more on technology to keep your business going, there is an emerging risk for the construction industry that you need to stay on top of: the cyber intrusion threat. New machinery increasingly is computerized and wired, and most design, engineering and construction firms are using some form of cloud computing. As you know, by using multi-user platforms, contractors, designers and project owners can use and share…
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Covering Business Interruptions from System Failures, Cyber Attacks

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As businesses become more connected and rely on their networks, websites and outside cloud services to conduct their operations, failure on any of these fronts poses a serious risk. Your networks, websites and cloud services can all go down for various reasons like system crashes, hardware or electrical failures, or hacking and cyber attacks. Any of these can disrupt or completely freeze your operations, depending on how much your organization has gone digital. With these risks growing, you need to have plans in place for keeping your operations humming along should you encounter an incident. This is important because every…
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