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Commercial Risk Advisor – August 2018 - August 2018
Stop Hackers With Strong Password Management
One of the first things hackers do when they attempt to
infiltrate computer systems is to try using any common or stolen passwords.
And, if your employees aren’t careful to use effective passwords and change
them regularly, both they and your business can be exposed to data breaches,
phishing schemes and other costly cyber attacks.
Most people don’t manage their passwords effectively because
of the misconception that strong passwords need to be long and difficult to
remember. However, there are a few simple steps you can relay to your employees
in order to ensure that passwords are both hard for hackers to figure out and
easy to manage:
- Build passwords around familiar phrases. Long passwords are
harder for computer programs to guess, so using a long but familiar phrase, like
a favorite song lyric or quote, is a great start to making a password.
- Use a password management service. Many people write their
passwords down on paper or in a word processor, but keeping them anywhere
insecure makes it easier for hackers to access them. Instead, encourage your
employees to use a reputable password management service to keep all of their
login credentials safe.
Contact us today for more resources that can help improve
your cyber security, including our new “Employee Cyber Training - Passwords”
Making Mental Health a Priority in the Workplace
Over 300 million people suffer from depression around the
world, making mental health one of the most important but least discussed
workplace topics. Depression is also a leading cause of disability and can have
a negative impact on your employees’ morale and productivity.
To keep workers happy and healthy, employers need to
understand how company policies and procedures can have a direct impact on
mental health. Here are some factors that can pose a threat to your employees’
- Ineffective health and safety policies
- Poor communication and management practices
- Limited input on key workplace changes
- Limited employee support
- Inflexible working hours
- Unclear tasks or organizational objectives
Although it can be hard to improve something as intangible
as mental health, here are some activities that employers can try:
- Invite local, qualified mental health experts to speak at
your workplace to cover topics like nutrition, fitness and managing stress.
- Sponsor employees and allow them to take part in things like
charity events and fitness campaigns.
- Encourage employees to form a wellness committee.
There may be situations where your business isn’t equipped
to address serious mental health concerns. In these instances, it’s important
to seek the help of licensed mental health professionals.
For more help addressing mental health at your business,
contact us at (619) 297-3160.