Allen Rowand, Vice-President of the Foster Area Business Association and owner of Gray Dog Digital gave a talk on Cyber Security Basics at the Portland Mercado on May 9. In addition to the in-person audience, more than 70 people checked in live on Facebook to follow the highlights of the talk.
Watch this page for a link to the full video and audio from Allen. In the mean-time, here are some main points to implement in your cyber security plan”
- Your password should be 8 or more characters with uppercase and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Use a different password for every site. Get a password manager like LastPass, Keepass, or others to help you
- Whenever possible, use two-factor authentication
Two factor authentication:
1. Something you know (password)
2. Something you have/are (smartphone/fingerprint)
- Do regular updates to keep your security strong
- Buy software that will let you do remote deletes in case hardware is stolen
- Never install anything via a random notification
- Remove any software you don’t need
Gray Dog Digital on Backups:
- Backup, backup, backup!
- Always keep backups in at least 2 locations and at least 3 different formats
- CrashPlan, Carbonite online are easy to use, but it takes days to restore
- Crashplan will let you backup to another computer on the system, this is the fastest to restore
- Give everyone that works with you their own logins and passwords
- Different employees have different levels of access to your data and systems in accordance with their responsibilities
- This makes it easy to protect your data if one person is compromised, or the relationship ends
- If you experience a theft the employee log-in that was used can help with the investigation
Go to https://graydogdigital.com/ for more information.