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Reminder to Be Safe Online and Protect Your Computer

by Monte_Beck on ‎06-25-2010 06:43 AM

1195i1E2AEB3FE004FD5AIt’s coming to the end of Internet Safety month and while we are careful not to casually share personal information over the Internet; I want take this opportunity to remind small businesses about the importance of protecting your computer from viruses, spam, malware and other issues which could potentially disrupt your daily business operations.

 

While I suspect many small businesses still think their business is too small to be targeted – think again.  Federal authorities have said cyber criminals are increasingly targeting small- and medium-sized businesses.  Why?  Because many of these small- and medium-sized businesses typically don’t have the resources or neglect to update their computers’ security.

 

Many of these cyber criminals steal whatever they can get their hands on -- most in demand are credit card numbers, personal information, and social security numbers.  While it’s a no-brainer for a small business owner to secure a store or business office with locks, alarms and perhaps even video surveillance – some still neglect to secure their computer.

 

There are many Internet security solutions in the marketplace and Verizon offers a simple- to-install and affordable solution to help protect your computer.  Here at Verizon we offer the Verizon Internet Security Suite (VISS) for small businesses.  There’s no hardware, the software is downloaded straight from your computer and it updates frequently.  VISS helps guard against known computer viruses, detects and eliminates a broad range of spyware, and provides a host of other features.  Verizon’s VISS for small businesses is very affordable starting at $5.99 per month and covers three computers (PC or Macintosh).  Of course, I’d advise that a small business get the Data Protection Premium solution which includes VISS, Verizon Online Backup and Sharing (every business should have their data backed up in case their computer crashes), Verizon Encrypted Mail and Encrypted Docs (starts at $9.99 per month).

 

Businesses regardless of their size handle sensitive information all the time and with strict HIPPA and Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines encrypting the emails you sent or the documents you craft would help ensure that only the intended recipient have access to these information.

 

No matter how you choose to protect your computer, Verizon’s in-house security expert said, “An organization needs to address their IT security throughout their company at every layer.  While cost cutting is what every company – particularly, the smaller ones – strives for these days, it’s important to not cut security.  It’s a surefire way to kill a business.  We can work with small businesses to help them make the most of their existing and limited resources to secure their information assets and to help protect their business.” 

 

We do try to make things simple for our small business customers.  Feel free to share any security breach or related stories below.

 

 

Comments
by shopmama on ‎07-07-2010 06:56 AM

I recently recieved what I believe to be a phishing email as shown below. Is this phishing or for real?

7/2/2010

Dear Valued Customer:

At Verizon Wireless, we know you rely on us to provide your company with exceptional wireless service and products.

Protecting and keeping accurate account records is critical to providing exemplary customer service. In an ongoing effort to improve order-processing accuracy and efficiencies, as well as maintaining the highest level of account security, we are asking you to confirm the account information we have on file.

Verizon Wireless only allows the authorized individual(s) assigned to your account to place and approve orders. Occasionally, we will contact these individuals to authenticate that our information is still accurate.

To validate the information that we have on file, please complete the Corporate Liability Authorization Form. You may add more than one authorized account contact, or request to have account contacts removed.

We appreciate and recognize you as an important business partner, and strive to make sure that we are providing the customer service your company deserves and expects from Verizon Wireless. If you have any questions about this request, please contact our Business Support Center at 1-800-922-0204.

As always, thank you for choosing Verizon Wireless!


Sincerely,

Verizon Wireless Business Support Team


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