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Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro’s at Burnt Orange Solutions Owner Shares 5 Tips To Secure Data

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:

https://www.saskatoononliinetrucks.com/saskatoon/cheapestdeals/buytoday

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,

Be automated,

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:

  1. Managed Networks

  2. Backup and Recovery

  3. Data and Network Security

  4. Hosted Services

  5. Telephone Systems

  6. Secure WiFi Networks

"IT Support You Can Trust and Understand"

Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Share What Steps to Take After an Accident

Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. 

They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients... and to help out, they also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In their latest ‘Auto Body Tips with Monty,’ owner of Superior Auto Body shares information on the steps to take to repair your vehicle after being in an accident.

WHAT STEPS DO YOU TAKE FOR VEHICLE REPAIR AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT?


AUTO BODY TIP FROM MONTY AT SUPERIOR AUTO BODY

You’ve been involved in an accident. Now what? Monty explains in the video below the steps to take to repair your vehicle after you have been in an accident.


After you have been in an accident, the first thing you have to do is call SGI. Be ready by having all the information available such as your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and the information from the other party that you were involved with in the accident.

You do not need to book an appointment for your estimate with SGI. Rather you can have the insurance adjuster forward the information to our local team of collision repair experts at Superior Auto Body and we can handle all of your repair needs. When you bring your vehicle to Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon, you receive a FREE courtesy car while your vehicle is in the shop.

If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today where we are a Trusted Saskatoon auto body and collision centre.

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"When we get through it's just like new".

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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Pros Superior Auto Body Share Information on SGI Options

Superior Auto Body Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and we have been an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require our services. 

They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for our clients... and to help out, they also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest ‘Auto Body Tips with Monty,’ owner of Superior Auto Body shares information on your claim and estimate options while discussing the SGI write off process for your vehicle.


AUTO BODY TIP FROM MONTY AT SUPERIOR: SGI WRITE OFF OR VEHICLE REPAIR?


SGI WRITE OFF OR VEHICLE REPAIR? 

A scenario that happens a lot is when customers have been in an accident and they take their vehicle to SGI, SGI will tell them that their vehicle is a write-off. But what if you don’t want your vehicle to be a write-off? Monty explains in the video below what you should do if this happens to you!


If your vehicle is able to have repairs rather than an SGI write off, there are a few things you can do. After speaking with SGI, bring your estimate and your vehicle to Superior Auto Body where their professionals will take a look at the estimate and your vehicle to evaluate what needs to be done. They may be able to lower the cost of the estimate that SGI provided and do the needed repairs at the shop.

When you bring your vehicle to Superior Auto Body in Saskatoon, you receive a FREE courtesy car while your vehicle is in the shop.

If you’ve been involved in a collision and are looking to restore your vehicle back to its original form, contact the team at Superior Auto Body Today where we are a Trusted Saskatoon auto body and collision centre.

For more Superior Auto Body Tip & Articles Click here.

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"When we get through it's just like new".

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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Mystery Shop!

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team is thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about Marla Janzen Real Estate!


Mystery Shop - Marla Janzen Real Estate


Name of Shopper: Janice G.


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Warm, professional, and prompt. 

2. Product/industry knowledge of staff?

I felt very confident in her knowledge.

 

3. Overall experience 1-10

10 


4. Would you recommend them to a close friend?

Yes, absolutely! I already have should they ever need her services. 


Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 

Marla, although extremely busy, was very communicative, supportive, and engaging as a professional. Her efforts in research, showings, and the real estate transaction itself were exemplary. Her experience and knowledge are a great asset to her clients. 

CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop MarlaWe are thrilled to have such amazing Realtors like you on our Saskatoon's directory of excellence!



Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!

Marla Janzen is a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor®

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Specialist Phobia Auto Mystery Shop!

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team is thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about Phobia Auto Repair.


Mystery Shop - Phobia Auto Repair 


Name of Shopper: Scott W.


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Friendly and promptly. 


2. Appearance of the store, staff, and showroom?

The client area was neat and tidy. 

3. Product/industry knowledge of staff?

Very good! Melissa impressed me with her industry knowledge. 

 

4. Overall experience 1-10

10 


5. Would you return/recommend?

Yes - very much so!


6. Did anyone stand out as exceptional?

Both the tech and Melissa at the counter were friendly and helpful. 


Did they uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees? 

  1. Provide the service and quality promised: 10
  2. Complete the job on time: 10
  3. Change the price quoted with no surprises: 10 + (Less than I expected)
  4. Communicate.honestly and be responsive to customer needs: 10
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind: 10

Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 

Overall, a tremendous first impression. I came in for one concern, a secondary problem which was minor in nature, was repaired for no charge. Definitely will return.

CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop Phobia Auto Repair! We are thrilled to have such amazing Auto Repair & Service Specialists like Phobia Auto Repair on Saskatoon's directory of excellence!


 Stop second-guessing your engine. Contact their team today! 

Phobia Auto Are Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair & Service Specialist.  


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