3 Morning Habits to Kickstart Your Day

Posted under Fireproof Records by Fireproof on February 13, 2018

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Do you wake up every morning, ready to conquer the world? Or do you like to wake up leisurely, letting the day come to you at a slower pace? Whichever is right for you, starting your morning on the right foot allows you to finish the day on a positive note. These three small shifts in your morning routine can make drastic improvements to the productiveness of your day.

  1. Wake up earlier

Starting the day slightly earlier gives you time to complete all the important tasks of the day without being rushed. A little buffer of time in the morning provides opportunity to ease into your day. An extra hour could mean the chance to actually sit and enjoy your coffee, prepare a healthy breakfast, exercise, plan your day or more. Whatever time you currently wake up for that first meeting, try setting your alarm an hour earlier. While difficult at first, it will soon be a breeze and allow you ample time to check off your morning to-dos.

  1. Set goals and prioritize

Write down your goals for the day and set a game plan to maximize the hours you have. Keep in mind, not all lists are created equal. It is common practice to do a brain dump of your to-dos and then hope and pray you complete your list. However, without proper planning you end up staring at 90 percent of your list still incomplete at the end of the day. Be realistic with your list and your time and prioritize effectively. Is there anything more satisfying than crossing something off your to-do list? Pro-tip: If it has been on your list for over a month, DELETE it, or break it down into smaller steps. It is not going to get done in its current form!

  1. Eat the frog…so to speak

A famous Mark Twain quote states, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.” Move your toughest task to the top of your list and knock it off first. Then move on with your knowing that it is only going to get easier.

Your morning routine is crucial to ensuring a productive day. Whether you’re looking to perfect your routine or learn some new tips to kick start your day, these ideas can get you started in the right direction.

Click here to read “Break These 3 Habits in 2018” to keep your business running as efficiently as your day.




The Importance of Records Management

Posted under Records Management by Fireproof on February 7, 2018

Did you know that typical office workers can waste up to two hours per day looking for misplaced paperwork? Or that the average cost of recreating a one-page document is $180?! With numbers like these, the cost of not having a records management plan in place might be higher than you think.

Take a look at more records management facts and statistics below.

Is it time for you to put a records management plan in place? Contact sales@fireproof.com for more information, and a free, no-obligation quote.



ITsecurenow’s Tech Predictions for 2018

Posted under Security by Fireproof on January 31, 2018

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We are almost a full month into the New Year and, given all the happened in 2017, 2018 is already serving as a welcomed opportunity for added IT security.

ITsecurenow sets themselves apart from other companies in the industry with their state-of-the-art equipment and knowledgeable team members. We recently sat down with Network Security Engineer Paul Fields to get a better understanding of what happened in 2017 and what we can expect in 2018.

Paul works closely with ITSecurenow CEO, Lorne Sykora. He mastered the skill of adaptability working one summer as a dog fence installer and easily describes ITsecureNow as committed, collaborative and valuable. Here is what Paul has to say about his work, data security and what he expects to see in 2018!


What is the most unusual job you have had?
I installed underground dog fences for a summer.  Anytime you have pets and pet owners as part of your day to day work, interesting things are likely to happen!  Although many of the jobs were interesting, one in particular sticks out to me.  Usually when people want an underground dog fence it is for their yard.  However, I had a customer who wanted a fence installed in the crawlspace of her home so that her dog could only go into certain rooms of the house.  It was extremely complicated developing the layout for the wiring so that the dog could move freely in the rooms that he was allowed in while being prevented from entering rooms he was not.

What is one skill you would like to master?
If I could master the skill of effective communication my job would be much easier.  Understanding a customer’s point of view, needs, wants and pain points greatly determines what kind of direction ITSecureNow would recommend to them. 

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love the fact that I never stop learning new things.  I am always studying the newest technologies as well as learning about how companies do business.  The crux of my job is to figure out how to bring those two things together to accomplish our client’s goals.

What were some of the biggest developments you saw in 2017?
While massive breaches like Yahoo and Equifax dominated the headlines, in 2017 more than half of all cyber attacks were targeted at small to medium-sized businesses.  Attackers have started to wake up to the fact that smaller businesses have valuable information and usually fewer resources to protect themselves, making them an easier target.  Ransomware, phishing, and malware attacks continued to be the most effective ways that attackers gained entry into company networks.

Where do you think the security industry will go in 2018?
When it comes to information security, companies are starting to see the benefit in prevention.  The consensus is that more companies, large and small, will increase their security budgets to get out ahead of the curve.  Cyber attacks will continue to grow in both frequency and scale, especially in the small to medium-sized business market.  I see a trend of 2018 that information security will continue to become a “part of doing business” rather than something reserved for multinational corporations.  In return, the security industry should continue to move in the direction of trying to be more business conscious, helping companies to maximize productivity as well as security.

What is the best advice you can provide someone to protect himself or herself going forward ?

  1. Whenever possible, apply patches to your operating systems(Windows Updates), as well as third party software like Java, Chrome, Firefox, Adobe products, etc. 
  2. Do not use the same password for everything.  The danger in it is if one account is compromised then all of your accounts are at risk.  It is best practice to have a different password for every service that you use.  Password Managers are great in helping with this.
  3. In work environments make sure that administrative rights are limited to only those that absolutely need it.  End users that can install their own software are also capable of inadvertently installing malware that can cost your organization a great deal of time, money and reputation.
  4. Make sure to change any default passwords on devices that are on your networks.  This includes routers, switches, firewalls, etc.  IoT devices like wireless surveillance cameras, webcams, wireless thermostats, wireless speaker systems, wireless lighting solutions, and the like are notorious for having default credentials left intact, thus making them vulnerable to attack.

For more information about the state of the industry, take a look at our Cyber Security Infographic. For more information on our services, or to get started, contact the experts at ITsecureNow today.