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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” video.

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’ emotional well-being:

  1. Ineffective health and safety policies
  2. Poor communication and management practices
  3. Limited input on key workplace changes
  4. Limited employee support
  5. Inflexible working hours
  6. 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.