None of your passwords are “password,” right? If any are, you’re not alone but you should really update your passwords to protect your information and security of your organization.

I made a short PSA(Public Service Announcement) post about making sure you do not use default username and passwords on websites about a week ago.  And then I came across an interesting article this morning, Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit. We can learn from their mistakes and create strong passwords to keep your cyber data safe. 

Learn more about why you need cybersecurity expert help for your business and how you can protect what matters most.

You Need Marketing AND Cybersecurity Experts for Your Website

Companies usually hire the most creative marketing-focused people to build their website, not cybersecurity experts.  And that is a good thing, if cybersecurity experts designed websites, it would look stark. Keep hiring creative people for websites, it’s good for business but have the website checked by an outside cybersecurity firm, it’s good for business.

Support Your IT Department with Expert Cybersecurity 

The people you hire to run your systems and computers, IT, are there to run your systems and help you they are not cybersecurity experts. These are two different functions.  I know that everyone loves their IT department and everyone in it is uber-smart, but it is OK and recommended to verify the security externally and have outside help in patching weak spots. 

It doesn’t mean that your internal IT is bad, more likely they are awesome but overwhelmed with day to day responsibilities. Technology is so large that no one can specialize in all aspects of technology and companies usually are in excess of 1000 employees before they can afford to have internal cybersecurity expertise personnel.

Protect What Matters Most and Grow Your Business

Businesses are more vulnerable than the consumer when it comes to cybersecurity. The rules for businesses when it comes to fraud and banking accounts are not the same for businesses as they are for the consumer.  As a business, if you believe there is a fraud on an account, you may have as little as 24 hours from the time of the incident to report it to the bank before the money is gone. 

While insurance is important, it does not restore your image or take care of your customers while you are trying to resume operations. This is why it is important to have a proactive approach to cybersecurity.  

Unfortunately, one small company hit by ransomware was unable to help its customers for two weeks while operations were restored. The cost of not being able to serve its current customers or gain new ones hurt this company. The good news is that there is a way to avoid this situation.

Utilizing expert cybersecurity support as you grow your business is critical to not lose momentum on what you have built and develop a strategy to protect your critical data to stop cyberattacks before they happen.

Custom Cybersecurity Support 

Trust but verify, it’s your company you are protecting. We help businesses just like yours by creating a custom cybersecurity strategy with a proactive approach. Start the conversation and learn how we can help your business thrive by contacting us or sending us an email. 

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About VanBo

VanBo is committed to helping enterprises protect themselves. We start with Cybersecurity Training to raise your employee awareness. VanBo has extensive experience in the areas of training, best practices, evaluating cybersecurity, and more. VanBo is located in Sussex, WI, USA. For more information, visit vanbo.tech

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When browsing on my iPhone this morning on a popular social media application, I saw a headline that I wanted to read. I was surprised when clicking on the link. It warned me website not secure and that I should go back.

In a recent study of 500 websites we determined 45% will get this kind of pop-up message. Is your website one of them?

If you do not want your customers to get these kinds of messages when visiting your site, let us help you.

Contact or email us today.

If you found this article interesting, you may enjoy this one – Criminals are Still Lazy

About VanBo

VanBo is committed to helping enterprises protect themselves.We start with Cyber Security Training to raise your employee awareness. VanBo has extensive experience in the areas of training, best practices, evaluating cyber security, and more. VanBo is located in Sussex, WI, USA. For more information, visit vanbo.tech

Contrary to popular culture, most cyber security criminals are not sophisticated. As Peter Ellis said in a tweet “This is one of my pet peeves: every attack is described as “sophisticated”. Even if it involves downloading a db backup from a public box.”

Most criminals are just opportunists. How do you have your purse or wallet stolen? Leave it around in public unprotected and unwatched. Leaving it on the back of the chair or laying on a table in a crowded train station while you go to the bathroom is a pretty sure way to have it disappear. While, like in the movies, an occasional person steals a purse or wallet while someone is clutching it tightly, more often, it is the ones laying around unprotected and unwatched that are taken.

Yet, this is what people do with their business, they leave it laying around uprotected and unwatched. And like your purse/wallet, you can probably eventually replace everything in your business that was stolen but your business, and you, may never be the same.

The Europol Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report notes “It should be noted that the majority of reported attacks are neither sophisticated nor advanced. … many forms of attack work because of a lack of digital hygiene, a lack of security by design and a lack of user awareness.”

You don’t have to be faster than the bear, just faster than the person next to you. Make your company and employees “faster” than the companies around you so that criminals have to work harder if they want to steal your business. Start by training your employees on good Cyber Security hygiene. Next, secure your business, put SSL and other security measures on your website. Use a secure email system, stay away from consumer emails systems as money is usually spent first on protecting business level email systems. Monitor and update all your computers and servers actively. Also, and this is not last, backup your data offsite. Again, slowly and loudly for the ones in the back of the room. BACK UP YOUR DATA. Make sure you keep a copy offsite in a secure location. It can make the difference between resuming operations after an incident or closing your doors.

Summary, criminals are lazy and will go after the easiest targets, make your business a harder target by starting the journey of cyber security.

About VanBo

VanBo is committed to helping small and medium enterprises protect themselves.We start with Cyber Security Training to raise your employee awareness. VanBo has extensive experience in the areas of training, best practices, evaluating cyber security, and more. VanBo is located in Sussex, WI, USA. For more information, visit vanbo.tech

“Wise Health Systems (WHS) in Decatur has notified 35,000 patients that their personal information may have been disclosed in a data security breach.” – WHS Suffers Security Breach by Kristen Tribe

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… The hackers were traced to Africa, and Browder said because no money was stolen, the FBI would not investigate further.

“They have reports every day of over $100,000 being stolen in cases like this where it did work,” she said …


There were 1244 reported breaches in 2018. This begs the question how many are never reported or never discovered. This is why VanBo launched the Dark Web Monitoring offering for companies and individuals. Contact us today.

About VanBo

VanBo is committed to helping small and medium enterprises protect themselves. VanBo has extensive experience in the areas of Cyber Security Training, best practices, evaluating cyber security, and more. VanBo is located in Sussex, WI, USA. For more information, visit vanbo.tech