Micro Tech October 2018

Keep Your Small Business Secure

HOW YOUR BUSINESS IS BEING THREATENED BY HACKERS

The internet has created endless opportunities for small-business owners, connecting them to an array of customers — and unfortunately, hackers as well. It’s common to feel safe from hackers as a small-business owner, given the consistent news stories about intrusions occurring at big companies. But scammers and hackers just want information and benefits for themselves, and they are willing to even step on “the little guy” to get there — especially if it’s easy.

You should support employee education and keep your business safe by offering security awareness training. Teach workers about methods that hackers use — such asking for verification on passwords and email addresses — and continually train your employees as the ever-growing digital landscape continues to expand and scammers become more advanced. Encourage pausing and asking questions upon receiving suspicious “verification” emails. Business owners also need training of their own. Programs and software designed to protect against an attack — such as malware or antivirus programs — can only do so much of the work. You also have to monitor your systems.

Most cyberscammers and hackers have become skilled in manipulating people and using small, unnoticeable tactics to hurt an entire business. Security can be compromised by a variety of sources, including through employees and old techniques.

Checking failed logins on your system and keeping track of who is accessing your data will give you insight into who is in your digital system. Having to constantly

keep track of this information may seem exhausting, so contracting an IT expert who is well-versed in monitoring these systems will give you the peace of mind that your data is being safeguarded. If you’re looking for more cybersecurity for your small business but are not sure what you need, contact MicroTech by calling (208) 345-0054 or visit Microtechboise.com to get started.

Employees who think they are being helpful by verifying email addresses, or poorly trained employees who give out passwords and codes, are just allowing your business to be compromised by its own people.

Have a Laugh!

Spiced Pumpkin Seed Crunch

Ingredients

Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine

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1 large egg white

1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon light agave syrup 1/2 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Directions

1. Heat oven to 300 F. 2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. 3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg white, agave, salt, and spices. Add nuts and seeds and toss until evenly coated. 4. Using a slotted spoon, strain spoonfuls of mixture over bowl and transfer to baking sheet. Discard excess egg white mixture. 5. Bake 20–25 minutes, tossing once. 6. Let cool and serve.

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