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Cyber Security March 2017: Encryption

By Business Insurance, Specialty Insurance

Encryption is one of the most difficult subjects in computer science. Simply because, it never stops getting more difficult. As computers become more and more powerful, our simple passwords are easier to crack. Not only that, but communications become easier to break into. Yet, encryption keeps everything we hold dear private, whether we willfully encrypt it or not. Browsers today do their best to keep the data you are sending encrypted, some phone apps encrypt simple text messages, and those cloud storage solutions are encrypted (most of them). So what is encryption, and can I bring more of it into my life?

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Small Business

Do I have to provide Health Insurance?

By Business Insurance, Employee Benefits

As a small business owner, you may be asking, “do I have to provide health insurance to employees?”. With all of the recent talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, or even just defunding parts of it, this is a confusing time for small business owners and health insurance. While the debates, budgets, and studies continue, the law is still in effect. Here is a fairly easy way to understand whether your business must provide insurance or not, and stay tuned for more updates as the congressional debates continue!

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Cyber Security Newsletter

February 2017 Cyber Security Newsletter

By Business Insurance, Specialty Insurance

All about Anti-Virus

What is it?

Anti-virus programs such as Avast!, Webroot, or Windows Defender are programs that protect your computer from other software. That other software is often referred to as viruses, or malware. There is many different names for malware that you have probably heard of: Trojans, Worms, Viruses, Ransomware, or Spyware. There are actually many different terms out there for the different types of malware. Read More

Winter Tire Tips

Winter Tire Tips

By Business Insurance, Personal Insurance

Do You Need Winter Tires?

You know it’s coming. Snow and slush. Freezing rain. Maybe even black ice.

But do you know if your tires are ready for all of that?

When driving in Indiana in the wintertime, your tires just might be the most important safety feature on your car. The right ones can get you to your destination safely. The wrong ones? Well, just look over in the ditch during the next storm.

So how do you figure out what’s best for your vehicle? Here are five things to know about winter tires:

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Cyber Security Newsletter

Are you prepared for a DOS/DDOS attack?

By Business Insurance

Denial of Service (DOS) attack hits major DNS provider -ArsTechnica

Most industry experts recognize that denial of service attacks are on the rise. In September of 2016 one of the largest recorded Distributed-Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks took place against a cybersecurity reporter, Brian Krebs. The attack was over 600 GIGABITS PER SECOND! This was not a normal sized attack, and introduces an extremely scary new attack vector: The Internet of Things. Smart watches, Wi-Fi enabled cameras, even smart refrigerators are now all available for attackers to use as pieces of their botnets. Read More