Early detection key to managing data theft risk

Monitoring is an important part of preventing data theft.

Monitoring is an important part
of preventing data theft.

Every business, large or small, should consider the growing exposure to loss or theft of personally identifying information of customers or employees and be prepared to respond to an unfortunate event. Data security is one of the top risks that any organization faces.

Based on a Trend Micro-sponsored Ponemon Institute study, more than 78 percent of organizations have suffered at least one data breach over the past two years.

We discussed some basic steps that any organization can take to protect sensitive data and to control technology practices in our blog last year: Protect your business from data theft.

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First aid for frozen pipes – steps to prevent more problems

Take steps to prevent frozen and burst pipes.

Take steps to prevent frozen and burst pipes.

With winter not even a month old, there’s plenty of cold weather ahead of us – enough to freeze pipes, causing costly water damage at your home or business.

If you suspect you have a frozen pipe – you’ve turned on the faucet, but no water comes out – call a qualified plumber immediately. Shut off the main water valve, and leave the faucets open until repairs are made.
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How to protect yourself from fraud

contractor-working

A reputable contractor will not mind if you check credentials.

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but disaster can if you fall victim to unscrupulous contractors. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that insurance fraud accounts for about 10 percent of all property casualty claims. While the majority of contractors are trustworthy, some take advantage of vulnerable policyholders, and the added expense can result in higher insurance costs for all consumers.

Protect yourself from scams by considering these tips on what to do when someone offers services:
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