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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Multi-Factor Authentication Needs to Become the Gold Standard

Multi-Factor Authentication Needs to Become the Gold Standard

It’s no secret that passwords have long held center stage when it comes to data security, but if we’re to be honest, a password just isn’t sufficient to protect your business. Don’t get us wrong: passwords remain immensely important, but their role has diminished with the availability of other, more advanced security features. One of these features is something called multi-factor authentication.

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Passwords Still Give Small Businesses Trouble, Says LastPass Report

Passwords Still Give Small Businesses Trouble, Says LastPass Report

In today’s business environment, where ransomware strikes just as often as just about any other threat out there, you need to take as many precautions as possible so that your organization does not become another victim or statistic. All it takes is looking at reports from various security firms to understand just how important even the most basic of security measures—the password—is toward keeping businesses safe.

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Implement a Password Management Solution Today!

Implement a Password Management Solution Today!

With so many accounts required on an everyday basis, it’s no surprise that people often struggle with passwords and password security. One way that individuals try to manage the countless passwords used on a daily basis while keeping them secure is through the use of password managers. What does a password manager do, and why should you consider implementing one for your business?

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Choosing a Password Manager Can Help Keep Your Business Secure

Choosing a Password Manager Can Help Keep Your Business Secure

Do you use different passwords on every account you’ve created? Are these passwords sufficiently complex? Chances are at some point you have repeated at least one password. Remembering 35 different logins for 35 different applications is hard enough, so it’s not surprising that the majority of people will use the same password for many applications. Bad password practices are all too common. So, how can you fix this?

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Are You Taking Cybersecurity Seriously? 5 Lessons to Learn from Florida’s Water Plant Breach

Are You Taking Cybersecurity Seriously? 5 Lessons to Learn from Florida’s Water Plant Breach

Recently, a water treatment facility in Florida was the victim of a cyberattack. Fortunately, the attack was caught in time by an employee who was able to regain control. However, if it hadn't been, the result could have been thousands of residents made sick or worse. Take a moment to learn how a cybersecurity breach can have serious, even life-threatening consequences in today's connected business environment.

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Tip of the Week: How to Generate Strong Passwords That You Can Actually Remember

Tip of the Week: How to Generate Strong Passwords That You Can Actually Remember

Passwords are effectively the cornerstone of your business’ data security—if they aren’t up to muster, your protections could crumble. Unfortunately, many users shortchange their passwords to try to make them more convenient, also making them more convenient for cybercriminals. Let’s see how we could (and should) make passwords as effective as possible.

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Two Lessons Businesses Can Learn from the Spotify Data Discovery

Two Lessons Businesses Can Learn from the Spotify Data Discovery

Every so often, we come across a bit of news that helps to teach not one, but two cybersecurity best practices at the same time. With the recent news of a cache of hacked Spotify accounts, we find just such an opportunity. Let’s review the two lessons to be learned.

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Harden Your Security with a 2FA Authentication App

Harden Your Security with a 2FA Authentication App

Weak passwords are a huge problem, one that almost everyone is guilty of. Even if you think of yourself as being a diligent, security-minded person, you probably have at least one or two passwords that are common words, followed by a digit or two, followed by an exclamation point.

I’d be willing to bet that the digits in your password represent either your birthday, your anniversary, or your favorite football player’s jersey. With a little time, anyone could gain access to your account. That’s where two-factor authentication comes in.

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Improving Organizational Cybersecurity

Improving Organizational Cybersecurity

The nature of many of today’s businesses is building one product over and over and over. When you have that level of repetitiveness, it helps people find their niche, yes, but it can also result in the attention given to the task to suffer. While a disengaged employee is nothing new, they can cause some operational problems. By and large, a couple of staff hiccups won’t have a huge impact on your business, unless that lack of engagement impacts your cybersecurity. That’s because there are some threats out there that could absolutely cripple your business’ ability to sustain operations. Today, we’ll talk about how to get your staff to care about malware, hackers, and the like. 

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Start Off 2020 by Auditing Your Online Accounts and Passwords

Start Off 2020 by Auditing Your Online Accounts and Passwords

Let’s take a look at a real-world scenario that I ran into a few weeks ago with a family friend. For the sake of this story, let’s call him Bob. Bob lost access to a pretty important online account.

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Can Adding Spaces Increase Your Passphrase Simplicity?

Can Adding Spaces Increase Your Passphrase Simplicity?

Every year we see a rash of data breaches, the majority caused by compromised credentials. In response, KT Connections has been providing tips and best practices to help keep your users and your business safe. As the year winds down, let’s take one more look at credentials and learn another tactic to create secure and simple passphrases.

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How Google is Trying to Make Passwords Easier and Better

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Common opinion more or less states that passwords aren’t so much “necessary,” as they are a “necessary evil.” The best practices that are recommended to maintain the efficacy of passwords today can certainly feel excessive - which tempts many users into ignoring these practices, to the detriment of their security. Fortunately, many large companies - like Google - are trying to make passwords easier to manage.

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Why Passphrases Can Be Better Than Passwords

Why Passphrases Can Be Better Than Passwords

If you’re like many people, you likely find the prospect of remembering a password daunting - possibly daunting enough to cheat a bit when it comes to using a different one for each account? Admittedly, maintaining so many passwords can be challenging… so why not use a few tricks to make them easier to remember?

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Scam Claims to Have Compromising Video… of You

Scam Claims to Have Compromising Video… of You

Every business (and every individual, for that matter) needs to be wary of Internet scams and other online tricks. This is because those scammers are wily and have many means of finding a user in a compromising position… or so they claim in a recent scam.

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ALERT: Change Your Twitter Password, Says Twitter

ALERT: Change Your Twitter Password, Says Twitter

Twitter is recommending that all 336 million users change their passwords as soon as possible due to the discovery of an internal security flaw. While the issue has been fixed and no data breach seems to have taken place, Twitter is clearly taking this situation seriously.

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Make Data Security a Top Priority for Your Organization

Make Data Security a Top Priority for Your Organization

After 143 million people had their personal information put at risk in the Equifax data breach, it comes as no surprise that data security is an even hotter topic than usual. As much as you’d like to think that a breach like that would never happen to your business, this is an unrealistic hope that won’t do you any good if the threat of a data breach does come around. It is much better to be prepared.

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Nearly 50% of Data Stolen in 2015 Were Passwords and Email Addresses

b2ap3_thumbnail_stolen_data_400.jpgIn 2015, there was an incredible amount of information stolen from organizations all over the world. From healthcare companies to government institutions, nobody was safe from the endless onslaught of hacking attacks. Now, in the wake of these hackers’ destruction, it seems that most of the incidents in question exposed passwords and email address; important credentials that put many users’ security in jeopardy.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

Mystery IdentityYour identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Security firm ZoneAlarm put together some numbers in 2011 concerning identity fraud, and it even shocked us. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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