Equifax Security Breach: The Top 3 Ways to Protect Yourself

In another cybersecurity breach, 143 million U.S. consumers may have had their identity information stolen from Equifax.

The identity thieves make money selling your information to people who could potentially take out credit cards or loans in your name.

Take action to protect yourself and those you love.

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Here is what we recommend for every consumer to protect themselves from this theft:

1)    Check to see if your information was known to be stolen. Check your name at Equifax on the web or call 866-447-7559.

2)    Take action to protect your identity.  To be the most secure, many recommend placing a “credit freeze” on your credit report with Equifax, Innovis, Experian and Trans Union.

a.     See the Federal Trade Commission's Credit Freeze FAQ

b.     Check out some free services Equifax is offering to help. 

3)    Stay alert. Keep an eye on bank accounts for suspicious activity. The hackers got information because Equifax was insecure.  It was not something you did. While, it was not because of a phishing attack, phishing remains one of the top ways to have identity information stolen.

If you want to know what should be on your Cybersecurity Roadmap, schedule a free consultation now.

 

Password Manager Breach – How do you know you are secure and What to do about it? (OneLogin)

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The recent OneLogin breach is very serious. When a password manager gets hacked, it's not as though you only have your user login and password to worry about. Password managers store more than just basic password information. They include login information, identity, credit card, health information and more.  Cloud service providers use these password managers. So, with the OneLogin breach, it's not just their passwords that are on the line, it is all of their clients information. (Including yours if you have a service provider that uses them)

It seems like there is no one immune to a hack. It's just a matter of time. 

How much trust should we place in password managers to store this information?

What companies can we trust out there?

Here's what you can do to protect yourself:

  1. Use a password manager, but only one that offers two-factor authentication AND encrypts data locally (e.g. Lastpass)
  2. Select Cloud Service Providers and Managed IT Support with a Cybersecurity plan that uses two-factor authentication AND encrypts data locally 
  3. Ensure that your IT partners have Cybersecurity and Data breach insurance

Password managers are a great tool to protect yourself and your company. It is technology that protects your purpose. Remember, there is no way to be 100% secure online.  If you store information online, it may become public someday.

If you need help with a Cybersecurity Technology Roadmap, find out more.
If you want to get a free month of Premium Lastpass, click here.

3 Tips for the Uber-busy to Keep Improving

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For the uber-busy, keeping up with personal development is difficult.

Even though we may have the best intentions togrow,  personal development can often get sidelined.

Here are a 3 ways you can keep improving even when you're maddeningly busy:

(and my favorite mental improvement app)

 

1) Leverage your time - When you need a break, be intentional. Read a book that will help you develop. Listen to an audiobook when you're in the car or working out.

2) Focus on your bookends - Work to improve your greatest strength and minimize damage from your greatest weakness. This can be incredibly motivating. When you stop the bad behavior, you make greater progress. When you strengthen what you're good at, you can enjoy your work more.

3) Learn as you go - Keep in mind your greatest strength and greatest weakness as you work. Look for opportunities to learn in the flow of what you are doing. Purpose is the mother of invention after all. If you have a will, you can find a way.

There's plenty of technology that can help you as well. One of my favorite apps is Elevate. Ithelped me to to dramatically accelerate my reading speed to 520 words per minute.  Because of Elevate, I am faster at every day math. I write greater clarity and simplicity.

Take advantage of these tips every day and you will find yourself gaining momentum toward what is most important to you.

May the Fourth be with you - 5 Great Star Wars Technologies

When Star Wars came out in 1977, it shocked the world with amazing space battles, realistic special-effects and mind blowing sound.

The desire to create and make better movies, pushed the technology.

The imagination and drive of George Lucas, and his team, created many new technologies that made the story come alive on screen.

A STAR WARS DAY MESSAGE FROM NASA

Here are 5 of the technologies they created: (according to Rotten Tomatoes)

  1. The Dykstraflex - This special camera allowed filmmakers to replicate repeated camera movements for amazing space battles.
  2. Computer animation -  Star Wars gave us 3D wireframe animation.
  3. Go Motion - Better than stop-motion, go-motion used computer controlled puppets to mimic more realistic movement.
  4. THX sound - THX sound has become an industry standard for movies.
  5. Blue screen – The blue screen provided much greater realism than fake-looking rear projection. Blue screen set the bar for special effects in the modern era.

Let your inner George Lucas out and get to your mission faster with great technology.

The technology makes the purpose possible.