We reached out to our partners, LastPass, and are sharing their great holiday shopping tips to keep you safe with cybersecurity. A big “Thank You” to their blogger, Katie Petrillo.”
3 Ways to Make Your Holiday Shopping a Breeze–
and Keep You Safe
As Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and gift-giving season approach quickly, we’re sharing best practices for using LastPass to make online shopping fast, easy, and most importantly, secure.
Cybersecurity is a top priority for many consumers after yet another worrisome year where Yahoo announced all 3 billion accounts had been comprised in the 2013 breach and over 145 million Americans had their information exposed in the Equifax breach.
Here are our tips for using the new, improved LastPass to keep your personal information secure, while also making it easy and quick to get your online shopping done this holiday season.
Adding New Items
You’ll be inputting lots of information as you shop for loved ones this holiday season. From your personal information to shipping and billing address to credit card numbers, that’s a lot of typing, and it should be as seamless as possible. Before you do any shopping, get everything into LastPass by adding these items using the new structure in your vault. Here’s how:
Click the LastPass icon in your browser and select “Open My Vault.”
Select the + icon in the bottom right and choose “Add Item.”
On the menu, select the type of item you want to add (Payment Card, Address, etc)
Enter your information and click “Save” so you can access it later when you need it.
Do this for all of the information you’ll need throughout the holiday shopping season. Don’t forget each of your shipping addresses — your home, work, your parents or in-laws — so you can quickly fill it in when you need it.
Creating New Accounts
When you’re buying for others, you’ll find yourself on sites where you don’t already have an account, and you need to create one. The last thing you want is to take too much time creating those new accounts, so use LastPass to quickly fill your personal information (via the items you added above) and generate strong passwords. Here’s how:
Click the icon in the empty account information field (Name, email address, etc).
In the drop-down menu, click the item that corresponds to your personal information, and it auto-fills for you.
In the password field, click the icon to show the password generator (which has a modern look and feel). You can “Fill Password” to use the auto-generated one, or choose “More Options” to change the requirements, such as length, complexity, and characters.
Click “Fill Password” where it will populate both password fields, and submit the entire form.
In the top right, a card will ask if you want to add the new site to your vault. Click “Add” and you now have the new account saved and easily accessible if you need to go back and track your order or contact support.
Filling Your Credit Card & Addresses
Perhaps one of the more tedious aspects of shopping online is typing in your address and credit card – endlessly. LastPass eliminates that process and reduces it to one click, and is the tool you’ll use most often throughout the upcoming holiday season. Here’s how to fill your information for purchases:
Ensure you added your payment cards and shipping/billing addresses to your vault, as noted in “Add Items” section above.
On the online checkout page, click the LastPass icon in the empty address field. You’ll see a drop down menu of items you added to your vault. Click the one you want and LastPass automatically fills in the form.
In the credit card fields, again click the LastPass icon and select the payment card you want to use to automatically fill the credit card number, expiration date, and security code.
Just like that, you’ve made the online shopping process a series of clicks rather than a frustrating, time-consuming process of finding your credit card number and filling in your addresses. This holiday season, use the new look and feel of LastPass to make online shopping quick and easy, but without compromising your personal online security.
This event, hosted by Radcliff CPA, a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider, covers Ramsey’s playbook for creating work that matters; building a group of passionate, empowered team members; and winning the race with steady momentum that will roll over any obstacle.
20 bucks with lunch (it’s $49 at the Ramsey site with just a virtual sandwich).
Kirkham.IT has partnered with Duo Security to provide Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) to desktops and remote access users. Security as well as ease-of-use are very important in our evaluations, and after considering offerings from multiple vendors, we selected Duo.
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So, we have this new thing. An ebook actually, that we think will help guide businesses in the right direction in selecting an IT Service Provider.
It’s not just the difference in “paying-as-you-go” versus a monthly fee. This manual discusses the whys and hows of these approaches as well as the differences amongst Managed Service Providers, and why it is important for a business to select the right service provider.
Often, companies only switch providers when the situation has already gotten hairy. Concerns aren’t being addressed and expenses are high. There’s no need to wait for an IT disaster before making the transition to a new provider, especially if your current one is less than ideal.
But these tech-savvy geniuses have all of the company credentials and you’re not sure how to break it to them that you’re moving on. You can skip the flowers and candy. The process is easier than you might think.
Below is the nitty-gritty on migrating IT providers so that you can avoid the awkwardness and get back to optimal company efficiency.
Ask to see a comprehensive onboarding process.
You’re already experiencing recurring issues that disrupt your day-to-day business operations with your existing provider, whether it’s failed backups, frequent server crashes or something else entirely, so you don’t need any more headaches. An onboarding plan that lays out exactly how the new provider will bring in your account quickly and easily is required for a smooth transition. These onboarding plans should be old hat to the company you choose.
Have the new provider do the heavy lifting.
Experienced managed service providers know how to make the onboarding process seamless for everyone involved. Once credentials and documentation are provided, services should be up and running with minimal downtime and without exposing critical company data.
Make sure the cost of the new provider matches the benefits you will receive.
Increased response time is an essential element to selecting a new IT company. If an error occurs, you need to know your company will be protected and able to get back to business as soon as possible. Ask the provider to send relevant testimonials or a similar client’s contact info to make sure the claims made are accurate.
Receive an IT infrastructure that facilitates company innovations and growth.
Your IT partner needs to prioritize the issues that are crucial to your particular business operations. The provider should have a solid understanding of your environment, policies, procedures, employee and vendor networks, support agreements, documentation and more. Customized solutions are the best solutions.
With the right partner, you’ll find that change isn’t nearly as bad or scary as your current IT pains. Increased efficiency, decreased risk and a relationship that makes you feel comfortable is all worth the adjustment. IT support and custom security from an experienced managed service provider will protect your business, your clients and your employees with an ideal response time and your business goals in mind.
Kirkham Systems handles transitions quickly, easily and respectfully. Finally, discover reliable and responsive IT support with an onboarding process that is painless. Kirkham has you covered with business continuity, preventative maintenance, security, backups, and a great help desk. Browse our Managed IT Services to see if we’d be a good fit or contact us so we can help you make the switch.
To learn more about selecting an IT service provider, check this out:
Do you know if your company is digitally secure? Doctors, lawyers, architects, accountants and other professionals in private practice are targeted most often. Developments in security and information technology are constantly evolving, so it’s best to be proactive and implement security procedures before something goes wrong.
As an experienced professional, you already know that from basic credit card information to legal documents to medical records, highly sensitive client materials should be handled with the utmost care. You wouldn’t have made it this far without your concern for protecting clients. However, there may be ways you’re making client data more vulnerable than you realize.
Below are signs you may need to beef up your IT security:
1. You haven’t hedged the physical space of your office to cover devices and files.
This is the most straightforward of security issues but is no less important. Keeping your physical assets secure looks like having procedures in place for who has access to certain office areas and devices at any given time. It also looks like ensuring every internet-capable device is protected with strong passwords and, where applicable, separate servers.
2. There’s only one location for data storage.
Whether it’s nightly, once a week or monthly, back up your data often. Make sure your backup server is in an off-site, secure location. Backups are the lifeblood of security, and a bad backup is as good as no backup. They also need to be tested frequently to ensure they’re running smoothly.
3. Your office never updates its software or devices.
Maintain computers and data storage systems by updating antivirus software, operating systems, apps, plugins and browsers with the latest versions to eliminate potential threats. System security is an ongoing process that requires continuous monitoring, evaluating and adjusting.
4. User access to client information hasn’t been limited.
Employees should only be able to see the minimum data required to function in their respective positions. Role-based security groups can be quickly set up with proper permissions for client and staff access. Remember to store sensitive client data in a place that’s separate from less sensitive documents. Plus, reviewing document sharing practices is always a good idea. End-to-end encryption and portals or temporary file 1 exchange options can add a lot of peace of mind.
5. There’s no plan of action for server failure, compromised servers or a security breach.
An experienced managed service provider will analyze your business plan and offer customized IT solutions for your particular needs. Implementing services like cloud backups, business continuity planning, network security and stabilization, vulnerability assessments and more should all be a part of the deal for the most comprehensive coverage.
You shouldn’t have to piece together data security on your own. You have enough on your plate. IT security from the right managed service provider will protect your business, your clients and your employees and will give you one less thing to worry about.
If you need a reliable IT Support and Computer Services company, take a look at Kirkham Systems. We provide customized IT solutions for highly effective businesses and organizations all over the Northwest Arkansas area.