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When the FBI released this article on defending your email, we felt it was worthy of sharing with our customers. It’s in your best interest to be proactive regarding email threats. Call us with any questions on how to implement these suggestions. Email protection

 

Building a Digital Defense with an Email Fortress

Businesses Beware—Fraudsters want to cash in on digital data, and your vulnerable e-mail account can give them the keys to the kingdom. One of the biggest dangers lurking in your in-box is a version of a phishing scheme.

In this case, the fraudster sends you what appears to be a legitimate e-mail. He may have hacked someone else’s e-mail account to get to you, or he may have “spoofed” an e-mail address making it look real.

Either way, his goal is to get you to give him access to your company and/or your cash. In this phishing scheme, an embedded link is the hook with which he will attempt to catch you.

Once you click on that link, the fraudster is able to download malware onto your system that potentially gives him access to user ID’s, passwords, customer records, financial information, and data files.

Phishing schemes are often just the start -- leading to potential ransomware attacks, business-e-mail-compromise scams, and more.

So -- how do you protect your company? From the lowest level employee up to the CEO, your e-mail system needs to be a fortress filled with defenses.

* Don't use free web-based e-mail accounts for your business. Establish your own domain and create e-mail accounts based on that domain.

* Ensure that your firewalls, virus software, and spam filters are robust and up-to-date.

* Immediately report and delete suspicious e-mails, particularly those that come from people you don't know.

* If you receive an e-mail from someone who appears to be a legitimate contact; but you are wary, make sure you “forward” it back to the sender. Do not hit “reply.” That way you can manually type the known e-mail address or find it in your established contact list to confirm authenticity.

* Don't click in a moment of panic. Fraudsters often use social engineering to stress you out so you will act quickly without thinking. Check before you click.

* Consider two-factor authentication for employee e-mail. This would include something you know (such as a password) and something you have (such as dynamic/changing PIN or code.)

* Create a security system that flags e-mails with similar -- but incorrect -- formatting. For instance, you may regularly do business with Joe at ABC_company.com, but are you going to notice if one day the e-mail comes from Joe at ABC-company.com?

* Make sure your e-mail is encrypted in-transit if you are putting sensitive information into it.

Bottom line -- build the e-mail fortress tall and wide to protect your business.


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NDS and CDC join forces

Northwest Data Services (NDS) is proud to announce its new subsidiary: Control Designer. An extension of a successful Orlando‐based company, Control Designer is a full‐service custom electronics, design and integration firm that provides residential and commercial automation services. Control Designer specializes in smart homes, networking and automation systems that control audio, video, lighting, energy, heating, shades, security, cameras, door locks, entry gates, and more. They utilize the latest technologies to make homes and businesses cost‐conscious, energy‐efficient, and easy‐to‐use.

But what are smart homes anyway? You may have heard of smart ovens, smart refrigerators, and smart washing machines, but what makes an item smart? And what determines whether or not you live in a smart home? Control Designer can tell you that smart home automation isn’t about connecting your coffee machine to the Internet but it’s when you can turn all the lights on, lower the shades and adjust the thermostat at the same time with your phone. Let Control Designer be your guide to smart technology.

cell phone home controller“We're really excited about this endeavor because it's a fantastic marriage of complementing talents,” says Jon Quinn, Chief Operating Officer for NDS. An information technology company, NDS specializes in personalized technology solutions for residences and businesses. NDS has 20 years of IT support experience and, according to Quinn, “the biggest technical support team in the region, plus a ton of commercial wiring experience for network and phone systems, including professionally installed structured wiring and fiber optic solutions.” Control Designer brings 15 years of expertise in commercial and residential building automation and custom audio‐visual‐lighting and media systems to the relationship. Curtis LeMaster, Senior Designer and Programmer for Control Designer, says they “look forward to creating the perfect systems for both residential and commercial with a strong network backbone to provide immediate support and reliability.”

Both Quinn and LeMaster have experienced the convergence of their fields over the last several years. LeMaster states “the partnership between our companies seems almost natural due to the huge demand for a robust network at the heart of the home automation system.” According to Quinn, networks and media are now irreversibly intertwined and the new partnership “will leverage the best of both worlds and provide our customers with end‐to‐end technology support.”

As a green building advocate, Control Designer designs new homes, or remodels existing homes, to meet the needs and cell phone home controller 1comforts of today’s residents while maintaining environmental integrity and considering the requirements of future generations. Control Designer works closely with its clients to reduce their energy usage through home automation, help them save money, maintain environmental sustainability, and provide for our future world citizens.

For more information, contact us today at:
www.controldesigner.com
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970‐744‐4444

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Together, we look forward to helping you transition into the automated world of smart homes and mobile control!

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Is your data safe?

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Chances are you have a lot of important stuff on your computer like financial documents, email, digital photos, music and more. Unfortunately, computers are vulnerable to hard drive crashes, virus attacks, theft and natural disasters, which can erase everything in an instant.

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