How To Keep Business Data Secure While Employing Remote Workers

Business Data Secure

Nowadays, many businesses are transitioning to a remote workforce. Employees benefit from the flexibility and convenience of working from anywhere in the world, and employers save on real estate costs. Although it is a mutually beneficial model, it does present some challenges for keeping business data secure. If you’ve already gone to great lengths to protect the data on your cloud-based system on your end, don’t ignore the measures you’ll need for your employees to follow suit.

Securing Devices

Employees’ smartphones and laptops become a security risk every time they are away from home with their devices. Portable technology can easily become lost or stolen, and prying eyes can glimpse sensitive files if workers aren’t vigilant about closing out of documents and locking screens while away from workspaces. Offering an online seminar about security is a great way to remind employees of the best practices for keeping physical property and company data safe.

Safeguarding Connections

With employees working off-site, the types of internet connections they use become paramount to securing sensitive business data. Using unsecured public networks is generally out of the question, but even when employees are working from home, their wireless routers must be properly configured with security in mind. Check with your technology provider or team for their recommendations, and see if they can help set up employees who need assistance.

Managing Passwords

Secure passwords are always essential, but consider increasing the frequency of required updates for employees working remotely. Not only will it tighten security on devices where workers frequently store passwords, it will also provide an added layer of protection if there is a data breach on employee login information as passwords will expire on their own.

Moving to a virtual workforce is a challenge for protecting company data, but implementing smart practices for employees will keep your business safe during these changing times.

Must-See Viewing: A New Generation of Superheroes

Being stuck at home (especially during a pandemic) can be really hard. Finding new and engaging things to do around the house can make you feel like you’ve been wandering the halls like a Victorian-era ghost.

But take heart: the nation’s most entertaining program creators are unveiling top notch new content during this endless quarantine. Especially noteworthy is DC’s Stargirl which originally aired on May 18, 2020, and currently has 10 episodes up and ready to be watched. There will be 13 episodes overall in the first season.

So what makes Stargirl worthy of your time? 

If you are a fan of the Justice Society of America and past work of Geoff Johns, the executive producer of Stargirl, you’ll find this a fresh and interesting new take on the superhero world.

The series revolves around Courtney Whitmore, a high schooler who finds a magic-imbued staff that once belonged to the famed Starman of the original Justice Society of America (JSA). After harnessing its powers, Whitmore realizes she needs to bring together a team of her peers and reestablish the decade-old JSA.

There’s one small problem though. The Injustice Society of America, which caused the downfall of JSA, is still out there and wants to stop the new Justice Society of America from being formed at all costs. Whitmore and her peers must master their powers, learn how to make hard decisions, and protect the U.S.A. from the Injustice Society of America. On top of all that, Whitmore is uncovering secrets about her family and their past, secrets that could change everything.

Fun for the whole family!

One of the best parts of Stargirl is that it appeals to a wide range of age groups. The main characters are teenagers, exploring young adulthood and how to make mature and sometimes uncomfortable decisions. The show is also peppered with characters from the older generation of JSA, characters which will grab the attention of parents and set the stage for family-bonding memories in front of the TV. 

Best of all, you don’t have to be a past fan because the story of the first Justice Society of America is told alongside the story of the new generation. 

Stargirl is a hopeful story that teaches about renewal, responsibility and the unbreakable determination of good to prevail over evil.

Find it on DC Universe, grab a bowl of popcorn, and delve into a brand new world of teen superheroes. 

3 Funding Sources for College Students

If you’ve always dreamed of going to college, you’re probably appalled by how expensive tuition and fees are, particularly at private institutions. Don’t let the high sticker prices keep you from applying to your dream school. Instead, use the following sources of funding to go to school without draining your bank account.

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Apply for Loans

Many banks offer installment loans Mississippi that are intended for educational purposes. The application process takes time, so fill out your paperwork a few months before your first payment is due. If you just finished high school, ask your parent or guardian to cosign on your loan to increase your chances of approval and lower your interest rates. Make sure that you do not borrow more than you expect to make in the years following graduation.

Apply for Scholarships

Scholarships are just as plentiful as loan options, but they do not have to be repaid. Your institution probably offers some based on financial need and academic merit. These scholarships are helpful, but you should not limit yourself to them. Nearly every company has a scholarship program that helps people who meet certain requirements. These range from majoring in a specific area to playing the banjo to being left-handed. Do a quick Google search to get ideas, and then prepare to write plenty of essays.

Apply for a Job

Working during college is overwhelming at first, but lots of students find that it helps them manage their time better. Whether you work in your school’s cafeteria or at a local bookstore, the extra money will help you meet your day-to-day expenses, such as food and school supplies.

Affording college may seem impossible when you first look at your school’s price. However, with the help of loans, scholarships, and a job, you can afford a four-year degree.

Jobs That Don’t Require Sitting at a Desk all Day

Sitting at a Desk

There’s a lot to think about when choosing a career. If you’re someone that likes to be moving around a lot, a desk job probably isn’t right for you. Here are a few fields you can get into that will help ensure you aren’t behind a desk all day. 

Transportation

Although working in the transportation industry does involve a lot of sitting down, you get to travel and see places you wouldn’t normally get to. Hopper bottom jobs give you the chance to see all sorts of things as you drive across the country. If you’re more interested in being a pilot, you can spend time in the cities you fly to. Flight attendants are also in the transportation industry and don’t sit down nearly as much as other jobs. 

Medical

Doctors and nurses are on their feet for most of the day. In fact, if you become a surgeon you’ll spend most of your time on your feet. The medical field also includes physical, occupational and speech therapists who are constantly moving around during the day. Even ultrasound technicians are always up and about. 

Education

Teachers spend most of the day on their feet. They move from student to student helping small groups and individuals when they aren’t standing in front of the class teaching. Classroom aides are also constantly moving around. Although principals and vice principals are at their desks some, they are frequently roaming the school and interacting in the classroom. 

The good news is that these fields have a lot of variety, which gives you a wide array of jobs to choose from. Do some research and talk to people who are in the profession you’re interested in. After all, your career is a big part of your life, so you want to make sure you’re doing something you love. 

Tips for Effective Elevator Maintenance

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Because they facilitate movement between floors for a number of key individuals, including delivery personnel, residents, employees and repair workers, elevators must receive regular maintenance. Prior to choosing an elevator service company, building management should develop and implement a maintenance plan. Then, the facilities administrator should negotiate a maintenance contract. Finally, managers should investigate elevator innovations to improve efficiency, address potential issues and communicate elevator repair and downtime with its users.

Maintenance Plan

State and local governments require that elevators receive regular upkeep. Maintenance plans encourage the proactive identification of potential and future repair needs. For example, even regularly maintained elevators may have computer disruptions, hydraulic damage, door failures and damaged cables. Early identification prevents these minor failures from becoming major issues, enabling their repair during regular business hours and preventing expensive emergency calls.

Your plan should also include details about the manufacturer’s warranty. If you experience issues and your elevator is outside the manufacturer’s stated elevator lifetime, you should expect to replace part or all of the elevator system.

Contract

Building managers should negotiate initial and annual costs, hourly and overtime rates and repair costs. Maintenance requirements, such as upkeep and repair time, contract coverage, building needs, lubrication, performance and communication testing, as well as priorities, should also be discussed.

Your contract may also include elevator overhauls or complete replacements when necessary. You may discuss higher-priced repairs, such as new rail installation or the replacement or addition of an entire elevator system.

Innovations

Building managers should investigate new elevator technologies. For example, sensors may signal changes in the operation of the elevator. In addition, the software may monitor and control functionality through tracking of noise level and speed data.

Communication

Facilities personnel should maintain open communication with elevator users concerning maintenance and repair, including the time the elevator will be out of service and the repairs being completed.

Develop a maintenance plan, negotiate your contract and research innovations, but keep your building’s elevator users informed about any service disruptions or concerns.