October is National Cyber Security Month and you may think that this \nhas nothing to do with you or your business, but how confident are you \nin your passwords or in the amount of information you share online? \nToday’s world can be challenging: we are surrounded by so much data and \nfiguring out who has access to it isn’t always easy. That’s a scary \nthought, isn’t it? That at any second someone could look you up on \nGoogle and know everything about you, your business and your family. \nThings are only more dangerous with the recent influx of scams. \nAccording to Forbes, in 2016 AT&T showed a 458% increase in hackers \nsearching for business vulnerabilities. While this can seem \noverwhelming, there are steps that can be taken to protect your personal\n information and your business’ privacy.Password security - Strong\n passwords are the starting point. Having a weak password system is a \nsimple way for hackers to gain access over your accounts. A weak \npassword is one that features a piece of personal information: \n(anniversary date, birthday, your pet’s name, your address etc.), is \nshort and lacks special characters along with a combination of upper and\n lower-case letters. Having secure passwords is essential to good \ninternet safety. Use upper and lowercase letters, number, and a variety \nof characters to ensure the password is difficult to guess. Even if you\n choose to pursue a password that is something close to you, use upper \nand lower-case letters, along with numbers, to up the passwords \nstrength. If you’re looking for a good way to create a secure password, \nuse a random password generator, free of charge.Private Browsing - Did\n you know that most browsers offer private browsing options? Private \nbrowsing options give you the chance to search the web without having \nany of your data stored in the browser’s memory. This means that once \nthe browser is closed, the search history, data and information are \ncleared. If your browser is hacked, no valuable information will be \nreadily available. To increase this security, you can use a VPN, or \nvirtual private network, to make your internet searches invisible.Don’t post your life on social media - This\n may seem obvious, but recently people have become more and more \ncomfortable putting personal information on social media. While this \nisn’t inherently a bad thing, posting too many details online makes you \nand your business an easy target for scammers. Public data such as phone\n numbers, credit numbers, personal addresses, and other sensitive \ninformation should never be featured on your social accounts. You want \nto cut back and think twice before pressing that send button.And \nif you have questions, you can call the BBB at 812-473-0202 and we will \noffer you more information on how to protect the most valuable \npossession you and your business have: your data.*********************************Cathy Eichele, our President and CEO, wrote the\n following article which appeared in the September edition of the \nEvansville Business Journal. We’d like to thank them for allowing us \nthe privilege of providing an article for the publication.