Use different passwords for different accounts!

Using the same password for multiple accounts could expose all your accounts following a single security breach. Be sure to use complex and unique passwords for each account.

If you use the same password for multiple accounts, you increase your overall risk. The breach of a single account could potentially lead to the breach of all your accounts, because when a hacker knows your username (or email) and password on one service, he or she will try the same login information on other services.

Instead, use unique passwords for every account you have and change them often. Email addresses, personal banking, web services, mobile devices, and work computers should all have separate passwords.

Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams

What are Phishing scams?

Phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your university, your Internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed website or otherwise get you to divulge private information (e.g., passphrase, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft.

What Can I Do?

Be cautious about all communications you receive. If it appears to be a phishing communication, do not respond. Delete it.

Do not click on any links listed in the email message, and do not open any attachments contained in a suspicious email.

Do not enter personal information in a pop-up screen. Legitimate companies, agencies, and organizations don’t ask for personal information via pop-up screens.

 

Transmitting Confidential or Sensitive Information over Email May Expose Data to Risk.

The transmission of confidential, private, sensitive, proprietary, or valuable information through email or IM may represent a significant security risk. Email and IM channels may not be encrypted, allowing anyone to intercept or view this information. If you need to send sensitive data for business reasons, contact Kitsap Networking Services to find out more about transferring data or sending encrypted data.

Safely Dispose of Old Computers

It’s important to erase all personal information from old computers before disposing of them

Simply reformatting a hard drive or reinstalling the operating system does not guarantee the old data is unreadable. You must physically destroy the hard drive or use a special “wipe” program. At Kitsap Networking we use government compliant data destruction software to permanently destroy all the data on each drive.

Contact Kitsap Networking Services for more information and pricing for data wipes.

Should I get an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?

Believe it or not, a UPS is one of the most important investments you can make when you purchase a computer. Not only does it protect your hardware investment, but prevents data loss as well! When the electrical current going to your device is not steady, it can have serious consequences for your PC and networking equipment.
A UPS is a device that provides consistent backup power during inconsistent power issues. The UPS can protect both data and the computer equipment connected to it by stabilizing the voltage passing through. Not only can it stabilize the power, but if power goes out it can provide enough power for you to save and close files safely.
At Kitsap Networking, we recommend all PCs and servers be connected to surge protectors and UPS devices if available! If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Kitsap Networking Services!

Stormy weather ahead!

As severe weather rolls in here are a list of good websites and phone numbers to be familiar with!

Power out? Check PSE’s website for outages in your area and estimated time service will be restored:

Puget Sound Energy: 1-888-225-5773
https://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/Outage-Map.aspx

Internet out after a power outage? Try rebooting both your router and your modem. This can be done by unplugging the devices for 30 seconds and plugging them back in! If the internet is still out after a couple minuets reach out to your Internet Service Provider! Below are links to outage maps for Wave Cable, Century Link and Comcast, as well as phone numbers to report your outage!

Wave Cable: 1-866-928-3123
http://downdetector.com/status/wave-broadband

Century Link: 1-877-837-5738
http://internethelp.centurylink.com/internethelp/centurylink-outage-map.html

Comcast: 1-877-338-5965
http://outage.report/xfinity

For more information about how to prepare yourself for severe weather please contact Kitsap Networking Services!

 

When Was The Last Time You Updated the Firmware On Your Firewall?

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Firewalls are powered by two things: the hardware inside them and the firmware that makes them operate. The firmware embedded on the firewall is the software that enables the device to filter traffic and prevent unwanted traffic on the network. Like any software, firmware can also be improved, bugs can be found and repaired, new features can be added. Whenever a manufacturer releases a new firmware update for one of its firewalls, it is always a good idea to ensure that you update it as soon as possible.

Also – Did you know manufacturers now have options for subscription based firewalls? Much like subscription based anti-virus, a subscription based firewall can actively analyze unknown threats, including malware, and websites. It also delivers automatically created protections and intelligence back to subscribed firewalls all over the world for proactive global prevention. We recommend our clients use Sonicwall Firewalls for their HIPPA/Government compliance, reasonable pricing, and dependable support.

For any questions please contact Kitsap Networking Services.