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10 Ways to Ensure You're Protected

Mar 7, 2019

Can you believe that it's March already? It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year. Times flies so quickly, it's easy to understand how certain things can be overlooked. Sometimes we need gentle reminders to make sure that we are staying protected.

 Take a moment to ask yourself: Is your home secure from criminals? Are you using the best security practices at your business? Check out the helpful tips below to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect your home and business.  

5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME

 1 - LOCK THE DOORS AND WINDOWS  

This might seem like a no-brainer, but a study from PRWeb shows that 34% of burglars walk in through an unlocked door. Remembering to lock your doors and windows will protect you from a home invasion and keep your valuables safe.

2 - LIGHT UP YOUR LANDSCAPE

Adding lighting around your home is a relatively inexpensive way to prevent unwanted guests from lurking around your property. Placing lights around sidewalks, garage doors, back patios, and other outdoor structures will lower your risk of a home invasion. 

3 - INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM 

Your home should have some form of a security system, whether it’s a basic system or a professional monitoring system with home automation.There are plenty of home security options for every budget and every level of protection. Studies have shown that placing a security sign in your lawn or having decoy security cameras can help stop criminals from breaking into your home. 

4 - SECURE YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK

Criminals can steal your personal and financial information after gaining access to your home network. Change your network name and keep passwords strong in order to protect your home from cyber criminals.

5 - CONSIDER GOING "SMART"

Turning your home into a "smart home" can be costly, but has many security benefits. Home automation can allow you to schedule and control lights, locks, security cameras, smoke alarms, and other safety devices. 

5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS

 1 - UNDERSTAND YOUR DATA  

Knowing what kind of data you have within your business is the first step in developing a security plan to ensure that financial data, customer or employee records are not compromised. 

  2 - MANAGE YOUR PASSWORDS 

Passwords are fundamental to every security system, keeping them organized is essential. We recommend using a system such as "LastPass" in order to manage all of your passwords in one secure place.

  3 - EDUCATE COLLEAGUES 

Educating colleagues on security policies is a great way of making sure that everyone working at your business is implementing the latest security procedures. 

4 - UPDATE FIREWALLS  

Making sure firewalls are up to date and working on your company computers protects against malicious viruses. 

5 - KEEP PERSONAL DEVICES SEPARATE 

Sometimes we have to do business on our personal devices, but it's not a good idea unless it's secure. Installing security features on personal devices allows for protection of confidential information. 

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