Every company worth its salt has an IT team that are on the ball. IT is a big part of any business now, especially as technology is evolving at such a rapid pace. The trouble with the rise of the digital world, is that cybercrime is also rising. Criminals are becoming savvy to new business systems and software updates, and are taking advantage of companies in the worst way.
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If your business is one that gets hacked, you need to know how to recover from it. Every company that has a digital connection is a possible target for hacking, as hackers no longer only target high-profile organizations. Your business needs to create a plan so that in the aftermath of hacking, you know what to do. Consulting your IT team should be the first step, but we’ve put together a list for you of things you should be doing to make sure that you can recover quickly from someone hacking your confidential data. Check out the list below and be prepared, just in case it ever happens to your business.
- Identify. Most companies find identifying where the hacking has happened in their data to be difficult. It can take over a year to identify a security breach and to be able to detect it, you have to have a basic understanding of the operations of your business. You should have a fantastic IT team that can detect any issues in data. They should be looking for any anomalies in the network and the way people use it.
- Investigate. Once you have identified the breach, you need to investigate how many of your machines at work have been affected. You may need to call in professional agility disaster recovery specialists for this, as the professionals are trained to do more than your IT team can do and they’ll be able to identify and restore. They’ll be able to tell you whether it’s a targeted attack or one that was picked up simply by someone clicking an unsecure link online.
- Containment. After a cyberattack, your company needs to work quickly and efficiently to contain it. Before you go ahead and pull the plugs out of all the machines, you need to be able to track where the breach happened so that you can stop it from happening again. Once you’ve been hacked, pulling the plugs out wouldn’t help!
- Repair. Reinstalling programs, backing up your data again and repairing the systems that have been hacked by changing all your passwords again is a step to recovery after hacking. Your staff will also need to be retrained in internet usage, but you should also be mindful of who you share confidential passwords with. While you may trust your employees, the tighter you are on security the better off you’ll be.
- Communicate. There’s a chance that depending on the type of breach, you have a legal obligation to report it to your clients. Be careful and seek legal advice before you do this, as you don’t want to compromise your business unless necessary.
In the modern age, everything is transparent. Our internet searches and general movements are tracked by our smartphones, internet cookies and general patterns that can predict future behaviors. This isn’t cause for paranoia; it’s just the world we live in these days and will continue to live in as long as the internet exists.
However, it is worth knowing that sometimes, scammers or people of an unscrupulous nature can take advantage of this whole process. It’s important to identify how to supersede their attempts to steal information, or otherwise, act in a fraudful way that will affect your business and the end result the client experiences.
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These safety tips will help your business stay protected for the whole of its lifespan, however long that may be.
Jumio ID verification software allows your customers to easily authenticate who they are and give you the peace of mind that you’re not interfering with the normal user interaction of your online store. These processes are quick and easy, but allow your business to give confidential client information to the right people, and help prevent account hacking like some of the biggest firms are susceptible to. This will be adopted more uniformly in the coming years, so it’s best to get on the wagon early. Even government departments are starting to use voice authentication for their telephone support lines, so it’s not hard to see how close this trend is.
Email verification allows your customers to provide a secondary form of validity to the online accounts they create with your firm. This is standard practice in preventing spam or bot accounts to be created en masse, which can drive your support and IT departments insane trying to prune them all. Legitimate users are a benefit to yourself and other customers, so be sure to make sure all accounts that sign up to your service are who they say they are.
Web browser security certificates allow your firm to prove to the visiting customer’s PC or phone that your website is legitimate, and passes antivirus checks. This is a great way to show your customers that you are a company worth doing business with. If you can implement it, try and enact a ‘https’ web address prefix rather than a ‘http,’ as the former is encrypted and the second isn’t. Encrypted communications reduce the ability of those snooping on the website interaction.
Provide Confidential Billing
Allow your clients to opt for a ‘confidential’ option on the invoices you send, meaning that the client has the opportunity to be discreet if they’d like to be. This doesn’t need to only apply to purchases that are embarrassing, and people would rather want hidden. There are many reasons why a customer might want to be discreet about buying something. Afford them that opportunity.
These considerations will allow your business to be a secure business worth transacting with.
Personal Injury claims have really boomed over the last few years. Any business owner with staff runs the risk of being hit with a personal injury case if an employee suffers a work-related accident. Therefore it has never been more important for businesses to know the best way to protect themselves from these expensive legal situations.
Identify High-Risk Areas
Personal injury claims can severely damage your reputation and deplete your bank account so the first place to start, by trying to avoid them is to identify any specific areas where an accident is likely to happen. Hallways with slippery surfaces, that get wet very easily when it rains, are a melting ground for slips and falls so make sure you have this area covered and safe whenever there is bad weather. Think about signs or caution cones, that you can put up in an area like that to pre-warn people of the slippery surfaces
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Hidden steps that are easy to miss are also a major place that people can have a nasty accident. A lot of personal injury claims come from the most normal and average of areas, but because the potential hazard has not been highlighted then simple accidents happen, that could very easily have been avoided.
An office with boxes, files, and clutter lying around is presenting a whole host of potentially hazardous situation. Slips, trips, and falls can come from all sorts of office clutter left hanging around so make sure that you are being really strict with your staff about keeping their desks, communal areas and pathways clear and clutter free. Also, you will want to make sure that any potentially hazardous cleaning practices, like mopping the floor, is left until after working hours, when all employees have left the building.
Display Safety Certificates
It’s a good idea for any office to place all business licenses and certification in a public place. Any safety certifications, regarding safety, are really important and they should be placed somewhere where your staff can see them. Not only does this let your staff know that you are doing everything that you can to keep them safe on the work premises but also they will also know that you have fully protected yourself from any legal case as you have all the correct licenses and insurance.
All staff should receive training on basic health and safety and also training on the use of their machinery and equipment that they operate. Ensuring that staff are properly trained in whatever they are doing means that you can drastically reduce a number of accidents that happen with staff, second guessing what they are supposed to be doing or trying to figure out how something works.
Organize regular meetings with your staff. A united and harmonious team is far less likely to want to go legal on any minor accidents. Staff that feel disconnected and that there isn’t a tight-knit community at work is far more likely to feel ok suing the company that they work for. So make sure that you are promoting a strong, healthy and happy team and that you organize regular weekly meetings to make sure your team feel listened to and that any issues that come up for them, can be discussed with you in an open and supportive way.
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Have you watched some sport on the TV and thought “how can anybody watch this? It’s boring!” You might not be inclined towards sports at all, but there is a sport for everyone out there. The best sports rejuvenate, relax, and get you focused and fired up! There are plenty of sports that aren’t very sexy or cool, but it’s not about whether it’s boring to watch. If you don’t like watching it, that’s one thing, but playing it might be a completely different story. For a relaxing sport like golf, it may be as dull as ditchwater to watch, but playing it has been shown to appeal to your Jack Nicholsons and Will Smiths of the world, believe it or not! There are some sports that are pretty cool underneath the surface, and here are three to pep up for yourself!
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Yes, sitting for 12 to 18 hours to catch a guppy the size of your pinky might not sound like the most interesting of ways to spend a weekend, but that’s because you’re doing it wrong! Fishing is all about strategy, not just patience. You can place a line into the water and hopefully catch something, or you can combine it with something like drones! Now, fishing and drones might sound like a weird combination, but to eradicate that sense of boredom and to get a better chance of catching something, you can use a drone to fly the rod out further. Depending on where you want to fish, you will want to find the best drones for fishing based on your budget. But if money is not an issue, you can use a drone to search for fish, help with the catching of the fish, and even film your efforts! If you become such a keen fisherman (or fisher lady), then you can make your own videos and put them online and show people that fishing isn’t actually that boring!
The armchair sport to rule them all! Back in the 1980s, snooker was all the rage, and people like Alex Higgins drank and smoked his way through to world championship trophies. Flash forward, and the sport is considered slow and sleep-inducing. As an observer, the game can be at a snail’s pace, especially when you compare it to fast sports like rugby, football (soccer or pigskin), and anything where fists are involved. But snooker doesn’t have that cache, it’s controlled calm, and incredibly pressurizing! But the only way to get an appreciation for the game is to play it yourself, and you’ll see that it’s not like your 8-ball pool, the table is huge, and there’s a massive margin of error. Snooker is an incredibly addictive sport because of the rounds, or “frames,” played. If you were to go toe to toe with an amateur competitor, it would take you days to complete. The stamina involved in snooker isn’t about the physical, it’s the mental exhaustion that can occur. One little mistake can cost you the whole game in professional circles, and this is something that is overlooked by the casual observer. It is a massive mental challenge, and as far as the toughest mental challenge is concerned…
Much like snooker, chess isn’t the sexy sport you see on the TV. In fact, chess isn’t televised anymore. The last time it was considered to be a popular sport was back in the 1970s, when people like Bobby Fischer were the key proponents of the game. And looking at Fischer as a player, he worked out mentally and physically as if the next game was a fight. And this is the allure of chess, it’s a real fight, it’s Monopoly, Risk, and Tetris all in one! And then some! It’s a game of endless possibilities, and there will never be the same outcome. Chess is considered very off-putting for the reason that it’s too difficult and can’t be learned in one session, yet this is the rewarding nature of the game. That is what will keep you coming back, and the more you play, the more you will learn about how your own brain works. Looking at it from one perspective, if you were to play against someone, they have their own method or sequence, and once you’ve figured that out, that is how you can beat someone. It isn’t just pieces on a board, it’s a real test of lateral thinking. Even people like Arnold Schwarzenegger are big into chess, and this is because it’s something that you will never get bored of!
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Are you feeling like your career is yet to take off in the way that you would have liked it to? There are lots of reasons why this might be the case. But there are some things that hold people back all the time, in all kinds of different careers and industries. You need to make sure that you don’t get held back unnecessarily by these things. It will only reduce your life chances and stifle your opportunities. Don’t let that happen for a second longer.
A Lack of Confidence and Self-Belief
The first thing you need to do is believe in yourself and your ability to progress in life. If you can’t even do that, why would anyone else believe in yours. A lack of confidence holds so many people back. Even if they are good enough to succeed and clinch a promotion, they can hold themselves back by not grabbing the potential opportunities that come their way. That’s something that you should be aware of and try to avoid if you can.
Not Enough Drive and Ambition to Go the Extra Mile
Going the extra mile is not just another cliche. It actually means something, and you have to be willing to do it if you want to go further in your career. There are so many people out there who want to do what you’re doing. If you let them go further and do more than you, it will be no surprise that your career doesn’t develop in the way that you would like it to. Find a way to tap into the drive and ambition that can push you on and help you go that extra mile. When you do that, you will be in a position to succeed and grow.
A Closed Mindset Rather than an Open Approach to Life
If you are the kind of person that doesn’t like new things and new challenges, you probably won’t see your career develop very much. Of course, everyone is different, and we all have different priorities in life. That’s just the way it is. But rather than letting that hold you back and determine how far you go in life, you should try to make sure that you be open-minded and willing to do things that you have never done before. Effortless English courses can help you if you want to move to another country and learn the language. And there are always other things to help you, so don’t stay confined.
Limited Skills and No Training or Development
If you fail to undertake extra training and develop the skills you have, it will be all the more difficult for you to develop your career. Employers want to hire people and give promotion to people that have something new and unique to offer. If you have fewer skills and abilities that the people around you, you will just get passed up again and again. Take on new training when the opportunity comes your way. And if it doesn’t come your way, seek out those chances for development and learning yourself.
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Don’t let your career missteps hold you back any longer. You simply don’t need to be limited by the things discussed above. Take a new approach and change your mindset that you can go as far as you want to do in life.