The Trusted Saskatoon Team LOVE a good contest!!
We really like surprises and get so much joy from making other people happy. If that supports our Trusted Saskatoon Partners that we promote and partner with, heck, that's a WIN-WIN!
In our latest contest, we are dusting off our Mystery Bags and packing them with amazing goodies from our partners.
Over 9 weeks we will be announcing 9 lucky Trusted Saskatoon fans as the weekly Winning Wednesday Winners.
Each mystery bag prize will have a value of at LEAST $300.00 and all prizes are from our very own Trusted Saskatoon Partners!
Unfortunately, we can't guarantee every one of our fans gets a prize, but we can guarantee that if you DON’T enter you definitely WON’T win!
MYSTERY BAG 2020 - 9 Weeks of Winning
Starting Wednesday from Oct 28th EVERY week a lucky Trusted Saskatoon Facebook Page fan will win!
All you have to do to be entered for the first 8 weeks is:
- Pick a mystery bag number: 1, 2 or 3
- Comment on the weekly post with your chosen lucky number.
Every Wednesday on Facebook we will reveal the mystery bag number of the week.
At that time we will randomly select a winner from the correct entries on the Mystery Bag Facebook post that week.
The weekly winner will be announced on Facebook and we will reveal the contents of the mystery bag they won!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...
On December 23rd's Winning Wednesday we have a special mystery prize.
To enter that draw you must sign up on the website BEFORE December 22nd here:
On Dec 23rd at noon we will randomly select a lucky winner from the website entries and they will win ALL 3 bags!! We will call the lucky winner and announce on Facebook live and reveal all the prizes.
Remember it ALWAYS pays to be a fan of TrustedSaskatoon.com
Supporting Saskatoon businesses, consumers and the community is what we do BEST!
TRUSTED CONTEST RULES
- 1 weekly Facebook entry per person - any double entries will disqualify you that week.
- 1 grand prize website entry per person - any double entries will disqualify you.
- Winners must pick up their prize IN Person and bring ID within 5 days of winning or they forfeit the prize.
Winners and Prizes!
WEEK 1 - Bag #1
WEEK 2 - Bag #2
Winner was Raelyn Dawn.
WEEK 3 - Bag #3
WEEK 5 - Bag #2
Winner was Fanterra Fisher- Belak
WEEK 6 - Bag #3
Winner was: Jaime Pitz
WEEK 7 - Bag #1
Winner was: Pearl Kapiniak
WEEK 8 - Bag #2
Winner was: Cindy Radcliffe
2020 GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS ...
The last bag - Community $2000 donation
The following partners donated :
JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs!
Is in-floor heating the right decision for your home? There’s no denying underfloor heating is the coziest way to warm your toes in our long Saskatchewan winters! See below on why the investment of in-floor heating may be the best one for you and your home.
What is Underfloor Heating?
In-floor heating, also called radiant floor heating or underfloor heating, is a luxurious home feature and a popular trend in new housing, as well as in renovations that focus on clean, comfortable, design-led living. It is a cost-effective way to warm your house.
What Type of Floor Can Heating Be Installed?
You are free to choose the floor type of your new home or renovation for underfloor heating as it works well with laminate, wood, tile, stone, or carpet.
In-Floor Heating is a Cost-Efficient, Long Term Investment
When making the decision to install heated flooring, the cost is the first factor. Installing in-floor heating, whether you choose water-based or electric, can require you to renovate your entire flooring as opposed to installing a furnace.
After the heating system has been fully implemented in a home, heating bills typically cost less as heated flooring tends to conserve more energy than traditional furnaces and heating systems, meaning it is run more efficiently and therefore costs less to run.
Retain Warmth Longer Than Traditional Heating Methods
Although in-floor heating may take a longer time to achieve the desired temperature that you want, once that temperature has been reached the heated floors will retain that warmth for a longer time than other heating methods. This warmth can then last into peak hours saving you money and helping the environment on reduced power.
Interested in installing in-floor heating in your home? Contact our trusted heating professionals at JOB Heating & Air Conditioning today.
JOB products and services include:
Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange, promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service. Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts and in their latest Saskatoon IT tip, Gareth provides 5 tips on how to safely secure data at your company.
GARETH'S 5 TIPS TO SECURE DATA AT YOUR COMPANY
Secure Data with Gareth’s 5 Tips for Your Company
Owner of Burnt Orange IT Solutions, Gareth McKee, provides his top 5 tips on how to secure data safely and improve the security of your data at your company. Watch the video below or read on.
1. Secure Data with the Use of Strong Passwords
According to Forbes, in the last 6 months of 2019 over 4 billion records were exposed by data breaches. Included in these records were over 1 billion passwords retrieved.
The top 5 easiest passwords to hack are:
#1 – 12345
#2 – 123456
#3 – 123456789
#4 – Test1
#5 – Password
But they are not always the easy ones to crack by hackers, as shown here:
#21 – princess
#30 – monkey
#48 – chocolate
#97 – babygirl
So, what do we learn from this? There are ‘bots’ and phishing scams active every day on the internet, looking to gain access to your network, steal your data or encrypt it to extort money from you.
What Does a Strong Password Look Like?
Strong passwords need 2 things: length and complexity. Both are really easy to achieve with a little imagination. Let’s firstly achieve the length. Rather than think of a passWORD, think of passwords (plural) or a passPHRASE.
One solution is to think of 4 unrelated words such as:
#Potato plastiC either strong!
The above is 30 characters and notice I have added the # and ! to make it a little more complex.
Or, you can use a phrase such as:
!Theres a m00se 0n the 100se#
The above is 29 characters. Replacing letters with numbers can be a good way to achieve complexity (for example, changing O’s to zero’s).
The best solution is to use a password manager, which is a secure app that remembers all your complex and long passwords for you so all you have to remember is the 1 password to the manager.
2. Secure Data by Locking Your Computer
How easy would it be for someone to walk past an office, walk-in and steal data from an unlocked PC? This happens more often than you think, and whether it is a disgruntled employee or a stranger who has walked into your building, it is so easy to steal data in this way.
The solution is to have your PC lock itself after a certain amount of inactivity. This is easy to achieve, simply decide the length of inactivity before allowing your PC to lock. I recommend 5 minutes.
Looking after a network properly can be a difficult and time-consuming job so to make your life easy, engage with a local, professional IT Security company such as Burnt Orange IT Solutions. You will find that the money spent on network security is easily recovered by staff efficiencies.
3. Receive a Suspicious Email? Call the Sender Before You Click
Email spoofing costs businesses millions of dollars every year. I am sure you can remember Saskatoon City Council being duped in 2019 to the price of $1 million.
If even a known client emails you asking to transfer money, providing you with new banking details, large orders, or asking you to click anywhere, call the client to ensure the information has come from them directly. A quick phone call can save a lot of money, embarrassment, and is a way to secure data. This should be a standard practice in your office. If you don’t have an Acceptable Use Policy or User Best Practice Policy in your organization, contact your best local IT company. They can help you achieve the best practices in your business.
4. Take a Breath
We all have 10 hours of work to complete in an 8 hour day, but just by taking 1 second to look at an email can save a lot of heartache. Hovering over an email address or a web link can show you where it is actually directing the click. Just because the link reads www.rbc.com, this does not mean it will direct you there.
Also, hackers often send a link which looks real, but is slightly misspelt, for example:
if you look closely there are two ‘i’s in online. In a busy day that may be easy to miss, you navigate to a website with a virus, allowing it to download, the virus waits a day and ultimately encrypts all the data on your server. Not a good day for you or your company.
The accepted solution here is to put DNS protection in place. This service scours the internet all day, looking for dangerous websites, whether they are legit or not, and if a dangerous website is found, the service will stop you from accessing the website. If you can’t access the website, you cannot download the virus. Simple as that! Professional IT companies offer this service for a fraction of the cost of the downtime experienced should a virus be download by accident. Contact your local IT company for help.
5. Back Up Your Data
Even in a small office where there is no ‘real’ server, it is always a good idea to treat one of the PCs as a file server. Have all the data held there, back up that PC, and only that PC. This makes the backup and recovery activity simple and easy. Impose a rule that all data must be held on that PC. Configure each PC to share to that PC. Complete this task and you have just saved yourself days of non-productivity in a recovery situation.
The best backup solutions today backup to the cloud. They will:
Encrypt your data before it leaves your PC,
Be password protected,
and YOU will test it, at least once per month to ensure the data can be recovered.
A backup that does not work when you need it is as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Test it before you need it. As with all the problems discussed, your local professional IT security firm can help you with all these tasks, and for much less than you think.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Burnt Orange IT Solutions.
We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.
Burnt Orange IT Solutions Products & Services:
Backup and Recovery
Data and Network Security
Secure WiFi Networks
"IT Support You Can Trust and Understand"
Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts