Top Read eNews Blog Entries for 2016

It's always interesting and fun to look back on which Blog entries had the most views at the end of the year. Doing that gives us some idea what everyone is reading and helps us plan the content for the next year. Of course, there will also be plenty of material that "hasn't been invented yet" that we'll report on in 2017!.

Our eNews Blog content comes from The Computing Center staff, several of our manufacturer partners, and from assorted friends and other writers who make their content available to us to publish here. 

So, how did we do with you, our readers? Here are the Top 5 most viewed (and we hope read) Blog entries during the last 12 months:


Don't the Grinch Steal Your Identity

Tis the season. Lots of online shopping. Lots of in-person shopping. Lots of travel. All opportunities to have your identity stolen. Here are some basic tips to hand on to your identity so the bills you receive in January are for the items you actually purchased!

The holiday season is a time of merriment for one and all. That includes scammers, fraudsters, and thieves too. It’s the best time of the year for them to do their worst.

More people will be shopping, partying, traveling, and generally letting their guard down. This gives these criminals an avenue to unleash the Grinch in them.

As the years roll by, holiday-related crimes have evolved. Petty thieves who were once satisfied with pickpocketing or stealing a carelessly placed shopping bag have grown into more complex identity thieves. The few dollars in your wallet have little or no value to these criminals. However, your driver’s license, SSN, debit cards, and credit cards have far more value than you can imagine. The underground economy is a thriving playground for identity thieves.


How to Respond to a Data Breach

These days, data breaches seem to be daily occurances. Most of the time, we may be learning that the breach happened to someone else and the end users are being notified to act accordingly. But what if it happens to your firm or organization? This FTC article discusses the first steps to take and has links to additional information. Contact us as well. We can help. 

You suspect that your business experienced a data breach. Maybe an employee lost a laptop, or a hacker got into your customer database, or information was inadvertently posted on your website. Whatever happened, you’re probably wondering what to do next. 

The FTC’s new Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business outlines the steps to take and whom to contact. Here’s a glimpse of what’s inside.

You’ll need to move quickly to secure your systems. Some immediate steps include:

  • Secure physical areas potentially related to the breach. Lock them and change codes, if needed.
  • Stop additional data loss. Take all affected equipment offline right away, but be careful not to destroy evidence. Monitor all access points to your system. If a hacker stole credentials, you’ll need to change those credentials too, even if you’ve removed the hacker’s tools.
  • Remove improperly posted information from the web. After you clean up your site, conduct a search to make sure other sites haven’t posted the information. If they have, ask them to remove it.


Time to Retire Your Printer?

Is it time to retire your printer?

Your printer has been your trusty office partner for years, a diligent workhorse pushing out page after page of printed sheets signaling new deals, fresh marketing initiatives, and revised strategies. Day in and day out, your printer works—and perhaps even flawlessly so.

So why would your business consider investing in new printing solutions when the current office dynamo remains a steady, reliable force?


Protect Now or Pay Later

It's that time of year - shopping season!  An online is becoming a bigger and bigger part of it. Here's some reminders of what to do and NOT to do to keep your online identity safe.

What's a consumer to do in the age of online holiday shopping?

Where there's money there are thieves nearby. That's the biggest risk facing online shoppers today, whether through phishing, stolen credit cards, mobile malware, or worse, stolen identities.

It's only going to get worse, experts predict. In the next three years, online sales are forecasted to increase by more than 50% to $520 billion annually, according to Forrester Research. Consequently, we should expect to see at least an equal rise (if not more) in the number of attempted theft.

What's a consumer to do, especially as we approach what's expected to be another record year for online holiday shopping? Here are some helpful tips, according to the latest security advisories.


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