GSS’s Secure Zone Newsletter
Courtesy of Bill Davey
“By associating with wise people
you will become wise yourself. ” – Menander
Keep Your Company Safe from Online Threats this Thanksgiving
Did you know that hackers, spammers and other nefarious online individuals don’t take time off? That’s right, they “keep at it” throughout the year, even on holidays meant for family and friends, including Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, their devious efforts to infiltrate your system get even more manipulative as the holidays approach – after all, this is when people are spending and doing more than other times during the year.
One of the most common “tricks” used by these individuals is sending emails to individuals in your company with the subject line of “Thanksgiving.” Once opened, the email leads to a website that offers fake projection plans, lottery schemes and other similar topics. There are some that may even lead an unsuspecting worker to a fake retail site, encouraging them to make a purchase or take a certain action. If this is done, it all goes downhill.
While these threats are present for individuals, they can be even more damaging to your business if your unknowing employees happen to click on one of these sites through a business connection. In an effort to prevent serious harm, make sure to use the following precautions:
- Warn employees about fake and spam emails coming to them. Make sure they know to immediately delete any email that is not from a trusted source. Opening even one malicious link could lead to an entire system infection.
- Install a high-tech security solution. Work with professionals to install new protection software that may help prevent attacks.
- Encourage your workers to change their passwords often. One weak password can let hackers and spammers into your system.
While you may think that your company’s system is immune to online threats, this is simply not the case. According to statistics, more than 89% ow workers with internet access waste time on personal online browsing while on the clock. This puts your company at risk and you have to take action to prevent serious threats.
Urban Legends about Home Security: The Truth Revealed
There are urban legends about virtually anything you can think of, including home security. While this can be an emotive topic, it is time to shed some light on these misconceptions. Some of the most common home security urban legends – and the truth about them – can be found here.
All Break-Ins Occur at Night
Television has popularized the image of the cat-burglar, clad in all-black, climbing up into an open window and then scurrying around the home taking anything valuable in their handy knapsack all while you sleep, completely unaware of what is going on.
However, most burglars not only want to avoid being seen, but they also want to avoid running into a homeowner. This is why the majority of home break-ins occur during the day, when you go to work.
By installing a smart home security system, you can see what is going on at your house, at all times. You can install video cameras and motion sensors to ensure you know when nefarious activity is occurring.
If you Lock Your Doors and Windows, Your House is Safe
This myth is one that is wrong on several levels. For example, are you positive that you always lock up – every single door and window in your home? Also, a large number of break-ins are considered “unlawful entry.” This means that the burglar has used a door or window that was left open.
Additionally, almost three fifths of all burglaries are considered “forcible entries.” This can involve the person kicking the door down or even breaking a window to gain entry. This is easy to do and not something you can prevent by just locking up.
A great way to prevent both of these break-in methods is by installing a smart security system. In most cases, if a burglar sees you have protection in place, they are going to move on to an easier target.
Shocking Celebrity Deaths of 2017
While we still have two months to go this year, there is no question that it has been quite the tumultuous ride in regard to shocking celebrity deaths. Find some of the most unexpected events this year that have saddened many.
Best known as a stand-up comic who wound up finishing third in 2003 on the show “Last Comic Standing,” Ralphie May passed away on October 6th after suffering cardiac arrest at the age of 45.
A death that not only shocked and saddened the nation, but the entire world, was the unexpected passing of Tom Petty at the age of 66. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer passed away on October 2nd after he suffered cardiac arrest.
At the age of 91, Huge Hefner, the founder of Playboy passed away. While he had a long life, it was still a sad day for many.
Making up 50 percent of the famous country duo, Montgomery Gentry, Troy passed away at the age of 50 on September 8th after being involved in a helicopter crash.
After suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for many years, Glen Campbell passed away on August 8th at the age of 81. He is best known as an amazing entertainer and country singer having more than 50 million albums sold.
Tips to Help You Have a “Smart” Thanksgiving
Between turkeys in the oven, kids and countless guests, Thanksgiving has a tendency to get pretty hectic. The good news is, you can use your smart home to help make things a big easier. Some ways to help you do Thanksgiving “smarter” can be found here.
Open Up the House to Save Energy
Chances are you are going to be opening and closing your door quite a bit around Thanksgiving. From running to the store for the one last item you forgot, to welcoming new visitors, you are bound to give your heating system a workout. The last thing you want to pay for next month is “heating the neighborhood” because of your revolving door.
If you have installed a smart thermostat, you should consider using the “auto set back” feature. This alerts your thermostat to times your front door is open for long periods of time thanks to a contact sensor. When this alert is made, the thermostat will set back to help you save energy and avoid skyrocketing heating costs. When the door is closed, the thermostat will reset to the prior temperature.
Provide Your Guests with Anytime Access
Do you have plans to host several family members for a few nights? If so, consider giving them their own code to get into your front door. By providing unique user codes, you can allow your guests to come and go as they desire, without putting your home’s security at risk. You can also set the codes to expire on a certain date, to ensure you don’t have to remember to cancel them later.
Take a Proactive Stance Against Fire Dangers
Between deep fryers and log fires, there is typically an uptick in house fires on and around Thanksgiving. As a result, you need to make sure you protect your house. You can install smart smoke detectors that not only warn you of a fire, but also alert your monitoring station, which will dispatch the necessary help. If you don’t have any smart detectors installed, now is the time to do so.
With the tips here, you can use technology to help you have a smart and happy Thanksgiving.
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Bill’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Question
Question: Who was in the famous super-group
“The Traveling Wilburys” with Tom Petty?
Previous Month’s Rock n’ Trivia Question
Question: Lynyrd Skynyrd had a huge hit with what
song that was also made into a movie that starred
Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas?
(Answer) Sweet Home Alabama