Business Safety Online: 4 Simple Best Practices

Whether your business is large or small, keeping it safe online should be high on the list of priorities. Keeping it safe from some of the latest online threats has become more and more complicated as technology evolves and improves. You hold confidential information online, as well as your business’ livelihood. So what are the most important things that you need to know to keep your business safe? Here are some top tips for keeping your business safe online.

Close Doors To Viruses and Malware

DAE remember Reboot? Yea. Like that.
DAE remember Reboot? Yea. Like that.

You wouldn’t leave the doors to your office or your company car unlocked overnight, right? But why do many businesses basically do just that, but for cyber criminals?

If your computer is not secure enough, then it only takes a few people in the know to hack your site and get the information that they need.

So to shield your business from malware and viruses, make sure you have a firewall set up. A lot of laptops and computers will come with something anyway these days.

But in many cases, this will not be enough to protect against all that you need it to. So getting additional cover is a good idea.

Outsource Help

Yes, exactly like Reboot.

Again, it doesn’t matter what the size of your business is. If you’re unsure and want some extra protection and peace of mind, then outsourcing your online fraud management processes could be a really good thing for your business.

Then while it is an ongoing concern, it allows you to get on with the growing and day to day running of the business. If you have an online store and are going to be handling people’s confidential information, then it can give you some reassurance that things will be dealt with.

With so many transaction going on each day online, there are bound to be some fraudsters, unfortunately. It sucks, but there are opportunities for unscrupulous people to act on unaware people. Like that letters you get saying your “domain is expiring!” that get people to send them money even when they’re not actually the domain registrar. (That just pisses me off!)

Create an Internet Policy

If you have employees and don’t have a specific policy in place, then you have nothing in place to help protect you and your business if things go wrong.

People can take advantage, and that could end up meaning things can spiral out of control. Require strong passwords that have to be changed every so often.

Have people lock their screen when not at their desks. Educate your team about emails, especially from unknown senders. What happens if the policy is not followed? All of this to think about but it will pay to think about it.

Use Social Media Wisely

Let’s face it; social media is here to stay. So you need to learn to be using it for your business wisely. Again, some kind of policy should be in place to make sure that the system is not abused. So you need to sit down and talk about it.

Don’t forget, if you have employees you have to set a good example!

Who will be sharing the information and how much will they have access to? Will you need non-disclosure agreements for people that will have access to vital business information?

Think about the tone of voice for social media and any blogs, as well as who you will allow as followers or ‘friends.’

#notjustSEO Ep.1 – Paddleboarding In Nashville

I am more than just a geek that loves to build websites and SEO campaigns. A little while ago I realized that I really didn’t have any true hobbys. While I could TRY argue that any father of a 2 year old doesn’t have hobbies there was a lot of time that I wasn’t “fathering”. So…What do I like to do?

#notjustSEO – There’s a Lot To Do In Nashville!

I’ve decided to explore this city that I moved to when I was hired by Raven Tools as their in-house SEO. But really, my most adventurous time was due to my playing Ingress and once I changed to a Windows Phone(Misssstaaaake) I stopped exploring.

I want to change that.

Taunted by Paddleboards

Big Willies paddleboards
This van parks at a house 3 spaces down. Taunting me.

I’ve seen these paddleboards everyday when I walk my dog. I finally decided to check out Big Willies Action Sports and get out on the River!

Paddleboarding on the Cumberland? Yes! Relaxing & beautiful.
Paddleboarding on the Cumberland? Yes! Relaxing & beautiful.

They load up their ancient van where Broadway meets the river, so I parked across the pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland for free. As I was walking, a random guitarist appeared and someone was asked a big question. #randomawesome I love this city!

This guy had just popped the questions as i strolled across the pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland
This guy had just popped the questions as I strolled across the pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland

A Night At FooBar

I’ve lived in Nashville for 3 years, but really have never heard a single show. #sacriledge I know! So me and my lovely wife decided to see our friend play in his band The Benders at an East Nashville’s Foobar.

FooBar. Onstage: The Benders
FooBar. Onstage: The Benders

Soooo. Yea. All in all a pretty good day!

I am still an SEO (you can even hire me, wink wink link link) but I’m not JUST an SEO.

A pledge to comment ON the blog posts I read.


I, Jeremy Rivera, being of sound SEO and marketing practices,
do solemnly swear,
to comment and participate,
on the blog posts I read,
with relevance and detail,
in follow and no-follow,
disqus, livfyre, or G+ blogger,
for as long as I do SEO

Do you take this oath to post comments to the blog s you read?

I DO

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An Adventure Time GIF Letter to my wife

When I saw you dancing at the club
Damn girl, damn girl, damn girl!
You make me feel so floopy
Our love is unstoppable!
Which lead to the kind of activity that lead to…
 us then finding out you were pregnant
 Even though you were on birth control! (DRAMA BOMB!)
 LET’S DO THIS!
 Should have know when you started craving unusual food
and not keeping it down
It was hard for you and for me at times.
But look at her!
 
She’s beautiful!
She’s our tough tootin’ baby
 I just love holding her, I know you do too
I love you Bunny.You’re a fantastic mama, and a wonderful wife.

Why?

Content is for your visitors!

Don’t lose site of the reason why you are providing this information in the first place. Your visitors! If you use multiple sources, and creatively create your own unique and interesting content, then you will have successfully informed your visitors. This will make it easier to convert them to return users, customers or subscribers!

I Support Prison City Derby Dames

So I have found a new challenge and exciting venue in my life, Roller Derby! It started because of a trip my wife and I made to Long Beach with some friends at the last minute to see the Long Beach Roller Derby Championship match. The next day Bunny had bought her own skates, and I’d broken out some “moon boots”/Inlines and headed off to practice at a local rink. Unfortunately we didn’t find a home there, but a month later we headed out to meet the Prison City Derby Dames who immediately made us at home as freshies, me as a newbie ref and Bunny as a newbie skater. Since then we’ve grown, and pushed ourselves in ways that we didn’t think possible. If you’re thinking of getting into roller derby do it! Come see an upcoming bout between Angel City Roller Girls: Rocket Queens and Prison City Derby Dames or come to a practice and get rolling! Look forward to seeing you get on four wheels!

If you’re already a fan of PCDD, then show your support! I’ve created some images and badges for your blog, twitter and Facebook!

A Conversation With John Welch

On memorial day 2009, I was at my wife’s grandfather’s house and had a conversation with him about his service in World War 2, and got involved in a conversation with him talking about his life and his family.

John Welch was an airplane mechanic stationed in Papa New Guinea during World War 2. He survived a pretty horrific bombing raid on his airport and went on to have a long distinguished career in civil avionics. He lived well into his 80s. He raised a family and had several grandchildren among them my beautiful wife. I am grateful to this man for his strength and character and for accepting me into his family before his death.

Super Modern Art Heroes: Interview with Josh Rogan

Artist Josh Rogan brings us a terrific set of highly stylized that mix Cubism, Superheroes, wit and humor in his Modhero painting series. I had the opportunity to ask him a couple of questions about his work, creative inspiration and artistic style.

Do you work from sketches that you scan or do you work all digitally?

I do the majority of my work using Adobe Illustrator. I carry a sketchbook to scribble down thumbnails, as well as do more traditional drawings, but to be true, a lot of what you see went straight from my head to the computer screen.

You have very stylized pieces, do you have specific artists or artistic movement that you use as a reference point for your work?

I’m inspired by all sorts of art. Some pieces develop from me just playing with shapes, but others have more specific influences. For example, The Excalibur one was adapted directly from a Lacoste ad campaign that took my breath away. Havok & Polaris are inspired by tango dancers and sci-fi B-movies. I recently did a personal commission that directly referenced the work of Georges Seurat.

Constructivism, cubism… it’s all loosely juggling around in my head during the process, and may serve as a jumping-off point when I sit down to draw, but it’s often just me free-associating and my biggest inspiration is the character.

I noticed a tongue in cheek attitude, especially in your pieces featuring Wonder Woman flying her invisible plane and Robin getting his own “Bat Signal”. Were those from request that you’d taken or your own brand of humor?

The characters themselves are often requested by fans, but the concepts and stories going on in the pictures are of my choosing. Sometimes it’s a funny or ironic aspect of the character I want to highlight like Wonder Woman or Emma Frost. Sometimes it’s an intense moment in their continuity I want to underscore (whether it happened on-panel or not) like The New Mutants. And, sometimes, I just want to make them look really cool. 🙂

Netflix via Nintendo Wii

I’ve had a subscription to Netflix for years, and have recently been enjoying the instant streaming. I was always sad that i couldn’t use this stream on my TV, I had seen the streaming for Xbox 360,  and PSP3, but since I am only the owner of a Nintendo Wii. Fortunately, a month ago I saw a notice on the Netflix site that they would be sending out disks to allow the Nintendo Wii to stream movies. Just 3 days ago that disk arrived, and for the most part it’s been a great experience.

The interface allows you to browse through the primary categories, and pick up where you left off easy enough. The only problem is that those categories are limited in how many movies are listed, and you can’t search for a specific movie through the Wii. You have to go to the Netflix site, search for your movie and then add it to your Instant Queue before you can watch it through the Wii.

http://www.netflix.com/InstantStreamingDisc?device=Wii