3 Easy Steps To Improve Computer Security

Posted under Security by Fireproof on November 28, 2017

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The Internet is a valuable tool. Employees are able to work in remote and home office settings and also stay productive on the road through the use of various applications and cloud-based services. Families are able to stay connected to loved ones far and near with the simple click of a mouse. It also provides an opportunity for criminals to easily gain access to critical information. Now, more than ever, it is important to stay safe online.

Various threats, including viruses, malicious software, and data breaches can compromise personal information and have devastating effects on individuals and businesses. While these threats can never be completely avoided there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being a victim of a cyber-criminal.

 

1. Amp up your password

Strong passwords are a cyber-thief’s greatest enemy. Be sure to use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols to make it more difficult. Never use a complete word; those are the easiest for hackers to guess. There are a variety of tools available online that will help generate random passwords for you to use. And be sure to use a different password for each website. If the same password is used for each place you login, it is much easier for a hacker to take over your identity online.

2. Set up two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication confirms your identity by sending a unique code to your phone or email to use before being able to login to a website. This improves security because the person trying to hack into your account would have to have access to both platforms to login successfully. While this does take extra time, it is definitely worth setting up to keep your account safe.

3. Keep up to date with system patches

Perform your computer or phone’s operating system update as soon as you are prompted to do so. These updates often fix bugs in the system and patch security flaws that can be exploited by malware.

 

Cyber-security is imperative to the protection of your personal information. For more information on how you can protect yourself from falling victim to the next security breach, read “Three Best Security Practices” on our blog and contact the security experts at ITSecurenow.

 

 


Fireproof Celebrates America Recycles Day

Posted under Fireproof Records by Fireproof on November 13, 2017

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America Recycles Day is celebrated each year on November 15 to promote the social, environmental and economical benefits of recycling. People across the country are encouraged to join the movement, increase their recycling habits and buy more recycled products to create a better environment today as well as in the future.

America Recycles Day started in 1997 and has educated millions of Americans on the benefits of recycling. As part of the National Recycling Coalition effort, volunteer coordinators organize events across the country to raise awareness and increase recycling. Thankfully, their efforts have paid off!

Now, more Americans recycle than ever. According to the EPA, in 2006 Americans generated roughly 4.6 pounds of waste and recycled about one-third or 1.5 pounds. Today, Americans recycle about 33 percent of their waste.

Everyone can participate in America Recycles Day. From individuals to businesses, small towns to big cities, recycling programs are making a difference. Here are some interesting facts about recycling and why we need to keep raising awareness on the importance of recycling every day!

  • More than 75 percent of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 33 percent.
  • Plastic takes 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill, but we only recycle 5 percent of our plastic.
  • Recycling a single ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil and 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Fireproof continues to support environmental programs with our Shred-Smart service. Shred-Smart allows businesses to dispose of expired documents with the assurance that information will be safely and securely destroyed. Our policy of baling our shredded materials and shipping them directly to a recycling plant to be turned to pulp allows us to keep our promise to support green office initiatives. For more information, and to learn how you can get started, visit our website and contact us now for a no-obligation quote!

 

 


Who’s Behind the Box – Warsame Mohamed

Posted under Fireproof RecordsurlWho's Behind The Box by Fireproof on November 8, 2017

At Fireproof, we take pride in the loyalty and dedication of our employees. Each year, we celebrate the Decade Plus Club, comprised of more than 40 members who have worked with us for over 10 years. Warsame Mohamed is our newest Decade Plus Club inductee. As a Warehouse Stocker and Retriever, we cannot say enough great things about his hard work. Here are a few things you should know about Warsame.

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