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Video Teleconferencing Hijacking (VTH) or Zoom Bombing Reported

Video Teleconferencing Hijacking (VTH) or what is now being called Zoom Bombing has started to increase with the numerous video calls being made due to the numerous states’ “Stay At Home” policies.  Zoom Bombing, as this has come to be known, is when an individual hacks into a video call to obtain proprietary information, disrupt

Think Before You Click: Beware of COVID-19 Scams

With the media consumed with COVID-19 information and the economic stimulus package passed by Congress, hackers are having a field day. What a great opportunity for hackers to engage with people during this stressful time. They are hoping to catch people off their guard and get them to click on a fake link or give out personal

Cyber-Security Tips for Working From Home

Over the past week, many agency owners have been searching for resources to setup their staff with a remote work environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of this process, we should take into consideration cyber-security techniques that will help to prevent a potential data-breach. Below are a few suggestions that should help your agency

Tech Tips: Windows 7 Is No Longer Supported – Here Is What You Need To Know

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System is no longer being supported by Microsoft. What does this mean for your agency?  Security Concerns First and foremost, Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to Windows 7. What this really means is Windows 7 will be vulnerable to potential hackers, because security

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October has been selected as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Over the past year, we have seen a rise in Ransomware attacks that have crippled hospitals, municipalities and even insurance agencies.  Ransomware attacks lock down your network preventing access to your data until a ransom is paid to the attackers usually via Bitcoin or gift

Tech Tips: What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Tech Tips will be a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. Recently, you might have received a request from a carrier or vendor asking

Tech Tips: Create a Strong Password Program for Your Agency

Tech Tips is a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. If there is one single thing any agency can do to better safeguard their data,

Do You Have a South Carolina Insurance License?

If so, new South Carolina regulations (that became effective January 1, 2019) may impact you! On May 9, 2018, South Carolina enacted the Insurance Data Security Act, which is modeled after the NAIC Insurance Data Security Model Law. Among other things, the legislation requires licensees (unless exempted) to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive written

Tech Tips: Securing Your Agency Data By Securing Your Agency Wireless Router

Tech Tips will be a regular feature on our blog, courtesy of IIANC Technology Consultant, George Robertson, CISR. George has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and technology industry, with 12 of those being a fellow independent agency owner. Many agencies are not aware that their own internal wireless router is not

Google Makes a Change in Local Search

7-Pack turns to a 3-Pack When performing a local search, Google used to display seven local businesses, now only three are displayed.  Consumers have the ability to select more local listings than the original seven by clicking on the icon at the bottom left of the screen. By reducing the 7-Pack down to a 3-Pack, this prevents