How to Protect Your Personal Information on Facebook

Written By Robert Harrington

With up to 87 million Facebook users’ personal information harvested and passed on to Trump-affiliated political firm Cambridge Analytica, which used it to target voters in the 2016 presidential election, people throughout the world are scrambling to better understand how to protect their personal information on Facebook and other social media outlets. Before beginning to lock down your account, it’s a good idea to know whether or not your data was shared without your knowledge. This can be done either by waiting for the slow rollout of Facebook notifications that the company promises to post to your News Feed or you can check on it yourself through Facebook’s online Help Center. What You’re Sharing Your Information With After you’ve checked if your data was given to Cambridge Analytica, you’ll want to go ahead and see which apps and websites have access to your personal information. This can be done by going into your settings, and then clicking on “Apps and Websites.” Wired explains, “If you do find apps there that you want to remove—it’s amazing how many you can pile up over the years—keep in mind that they can still hold onto your data after you... Read More


3 Password Management Tools For Your Business

Written By Robert Harrington

This might sound obvious, but many people forget that secure passwords are essential to your business. Not only do you have the need to protect your company’s information but are often responsible for protecting client’s information. Failing to do either of these can be detrimental. Businesses, which often have more than one employee who needs to be able to log in to an account or program, have a unique issue when it comes to password protection. Your data is only as safe as the weakest password in the system. Though you might have no problem avoiding the most popular—therefore least secure—passwords of 2017, you might still want to go beyond your personal ability to create super-secure passwords and rely on a password manager for keeping your company on lockdown. The Equifax Data Breach, which exposed more than 140 million American users’ personal information (including social security numbers), inspired huge numbers of people to begin sifting through the dozens of password managers available for one that would work best for them. To simplify your own research process, here are the top three password management tools for your business. The LastPass(word) You’ll Ever... Read More


How to Create a Strong Password

Written By Robert Harrington

One of my quirks is an uncanny ability to create nearly impenetrable passwords. Are the passwords I create for my clients quick to type and easy to remember? No. But they offer the type of data protection I demand for my clients. When I received a report recently with the most popular passwords of 2017, I couldn’t help but shake my head. I have a feeling that, if you know anything about cyber security, you’ll have the same reaction. Here are the top 10, according to SplashData: 123456 password 12345678 Qwerty 12345 123456789 letmein 1234567 football iloveyou Number 16 on the list was an interesting addition for 2017, so it’s worth mentioning too. It was “starwars.” Now, I love Star Wars and football just as much as the next guy, and I can relate to the frustration of just wanting to get let in to an account, but to use these words and number series as a password is asking for trouble. If you’re tempted to steal from this list of passwords because they’re easy to type and remember, I urge you to think twice. Here are a few tips from yours truly, the password fanatic, on how to... Read More


How to Optimize Your Audio/Visual Technology for Meetings

Written By Robert Harrington

It’s common for non-techies to have trouble understanding how audio/visual technology works. They imagine it to be a daunting mess of cables and connections that only an expert can maneuver. How can a layman have attractive sound bites and visuals without the help of an IT expert? Technology is daunting on first glance. But, in-demand locations, such as restaurants and meeting rooms at fire stations, are often tasked with creating a welcoming environment suitable for hosting meetings, networking events, and fundraisers that’s also capable of showcasing the organizations they let in. Does this sound familiar? If your business opens its doors to outside community groups to hold meetings, it’s your responsibility to make it as easy to use as possible if you want to uphold your strong brand image and have repeat guests in your facility. It’s not an impossible job either. Here are a few tips for optimizing the audio/visual technology in your space. Standardize Your Business’s Technology You probably won’t be at your office every time a group sets up to hold a meeting – and you shouldn’t have to be. Your team should be able to help get a group going quickly and easily in... Read More


Making a Move in 2018? Here’s the Technology You Need in Your Office Relocation Project Plan

Written By Robert Harrington

Congratulations! Your business is growing and with that growth comes the need for a new office. The next step? Getting your office relocation project plan in place. There’s a lot to consider when you transition to or open a new office space. From the type of furniture you’ll use to the technology you’ll need to operate, you have a lot of decisions to make. I can’t make most of these decisions for you but I can help guide you on one aspect of your big office relocation – the IT side of things. Technology to Include in Your Office Relocation Project Plan You don’t have to have your office perfect for your ribbon cutting ceremony but you do have to be able to start and accept business at your new location. The technology you put into your project plan is critical to achieving this must on your to do list. Before you say an emphatic yes to everything that’s listed, there are a few things to consider: What’s your budget? IT ranges in cost, so your budget should be considered. Will you store your servers on site? If so, how many? How will you connect to the outside world?... Read More


The Best Gift for Your Small Business in 2018? Cyber Security Consulting

Written By Robert Harrington

‘Tis the gift giving season. While you might be busy checking others off your holiday list, it’s important for you to remember one very deserving recipient – your business. On this year’s hot list for small businesses: Cyber security consulting. How secure will your business be during the clinking of champagne glasses and singing of Auld Lang Syne? Will all of your sensitive business data continue to be securely stored when you arrive at work in the New Year and in the 52 weeks to come? If you’re not sure how safe your business intelligence is, now is the time to think about putting a big red ribbon an important and potentially money saving gift this holiday season. Here’s why. 78% of Organizations Have Suffered a Data Breach That shocking statistic from Ponemon Institute and TrendMicro proves that companies of all sizes are vulnerable. It also shows just how active hackers are these days – and the matter is only getting worse. A few months ago, the Equifax data breach struck people around the world causing many business owners to freeze their credit reports and keep a laser focus on what went in and out of their bank accounts.... Read More


What You Need From Your Business Computer Support Services (It Might Surprise You)

Written By Robert Harrington

When you think of computer support services, you probably envision a geeky looking guy showing up at your business doorstep to fix a problem when you call. This approach – waiting until a problem arises to reach out for help – might seem like the least expensive option but in the long run, it could cost you thousands of dollars more in money. It could also cost you hours more in downtime. And it might even cost you your business if you’re not careful. I don’t say this to scare you but rather to shed light on a common misconception. Computer support services don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) something you employ as soon as a problem arises. Here’s what you should look for when finding a company to help you repair any computer issues now and keep them running smoothly in the long run. On-Site and Off Site Support On-site computer support is what’s traditionally thought of when business owners think about what this service looks like. Although many problems can be remedied by having someone come out to repair the damage when it happens, especially hardware issues, such as with printers or copiers, on-site support is... Read More


What to Look For in Camera Installation Companies

Written By Robert Harrington

Congratulations. You’ve made the decision to have security cameras professionally installed in your business. Now you’re faced with the daunting task of sifting through the various camera installation companies near you. There’s more than meets the eye when choosing a contractor for the job. Before you select the first business that pops up in your Google search, consider the following. Why Are You Installing Cameras in Your Business? Before you can find the best company to install cameras in your business, you need to get clear on why you’ve chosen this route to securing your office(s). Perhaps you’ve had a problem with ongoing theft. Or perhaps you’ve heard more reports about break-ins in the area. Maybe you’re simply trying to cut back on your insurance costs and cameras will offer you the discount you need. Understanding your primary motivation behind the project will work as your beacon to finding the best system for your business. That reason, in turn, will also help you find the right contractor for the job. Let’s take a closer look at why. What’s the Right System for Your Unique Needs? Sure, you could research the many, many security networks available... Read More


Small Business Tech Support Services Are There for More Than Just Problem Solving

Written By Robert Harrington

This is a common call we get at Harrington Technologies – “Help! I got into work today and my computers aren’t working. I’ve been limping them along but it looks like they finally bit the dust. When can you come in?” I’ll be honest. We have a love/hate relationship with these calls. We love them because we’re here to help and these types of calls let us work our magic to get fellow business owners back up and running (read: back to productivity and money-making status). But we hate them because we could’ve helped earlier. And the earlier help typically translates into money saved and fewer hours of downtime. Yes, small business tech support services are about solving problems, but there’s so much more to them that you need to know about if you want to keep your costs low and keep your business operating at maximum efficiency. Here’s what that looks like with our managed IT services: Cyber Security Software Reduces the Risk of Attacks With the migration of your business from the offline world to the online world, you’ve become more productive. You’ve also become a little more vulnerable in new ways. Instead of worrying about data... Read More


What Successful Business Owners Do to Protect Company Data

Written By Robert Harrington

Protecting company data is one thing that many businesses tend to ignore until it’s too late.More than a third of small businessesdo not take the necessary measures to protect their business intelligence. Aside from the fact that having a simple backup plan could save your business thousands(if not millions) of dollars, your customers rely on you having this security measure in place too. Consider this: Whenever a customer gives you their private information to complete a transaction or application, they expect you to keep their information safe. The data is the business’s responsibility and in the event it is leaked, the business will be held liable. Can your company afford to lose thousands of dollars in lost productivity and be held liable for your customers losses too? Small business owners in particular are guilty of brushing off thoughts of cyber attack asking, “Why would someone target small businesses when they can get more money from bigger businesses?” Unfortunately, about 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses, with 60% of these businesses closingwithin 6 months after the attack. What’s worse? 80% of these breaches could’ve been prevented. Those are... Read More