9 Cyber Security Mistakes You Cannot Afford

A 2016 Internet Security Report showed that 43 percent of cyber attacks targeted small businesses. This rate has more than doubled in the past 5 years. It is not a matter of if your business will be targeted but when. You have a duty to your business and your clients to understand the threats and find ways to reduce and manage risk.

1) “We really didn’t understand the risks.” Attacks come in many forms, such as viruses, malware, cyber extortion and data theft.

2) “We all use the same password.” Your business is only as secure as your weakest password.

3) “We didn’t know how to set up security tools and utilities.” Protect your network with a firewall.

4) “We didn’t install the security update.” You should complete software updates in a timely manner.

5) “We didn’t protect our smartphones.” It is important to treat security on your smartphone as you would on a desktop at work.

6) “Our data wasn’t backed up.” Having an offsite backup service will help shorten recovery time from a cyber-attack.

7) We didn’t have a cyber security policy.” A cyber security plan should set clear and concise ground rules for your employees and managers.

8) “Our employees don’t know about our cyber security policy.” Once you have a plan in place you must pass that knowledge on to your employees.

9) “We didn’t know cyber security insurance was available.” Not everyone needs cyber security insurance but it may be worth investigating depending on your business.

Deb Myers
Independent Associate/Director
Ph# 847-338-5788

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How often should you replace eyeliner and mascara?

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how often to replace eyeliner and mascara.

Answer: If you have had an infection or similar problem, change them immediately. When used normally without any issues they should be replaced every 3 months. Even though you are the only one using it bacteria builds up on the eyeliner and the mascara wand and can cause issues with your eye.

If anyone borrows either product, gift it to them.

Flo Crowley
Mary Kay Advanced Color Consultant

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The Miracle of Hylaronic Acid

Have you heard about hyaluronic acid (HA)? It’s often what people have injected into their knees for relief from arthritic pain. As you age, you lose HA in your body, and as a result, the cartilage in your joints lose its cushioning. HA, in gel form can be injected into the knee to temporarily help ease the pain of arthritis.

HA has also started to become available orally. Taken as an oral supplement, HA becomes available to all parts of your body, adding moisture that helps your joints, your eye health and can even stop your gums from receding. Of course, different kinds of oral HA are assimilated into the body to different degrees so it’s important to learn about the clinical trials that the various kinds have undergone.

Evidence has shown that daily intake of HA can promote healthy aging. Check out this great video about the Japanese city of Yuzihara, where HA is a staple of their diet.


Sarajoy Pickholtz

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Professional Hair Color vs Box Color

Today I had a client at the salon who asked me the difference between professional hair color and “box hair color” that you do yourself, at home. I explained that professional hair colorists are able to add undertones to make the look more natural. I told her that there’s also a big difference in the quality — professional hair color has many more color molecules to stop fading and it has more conditioning agents. Box color has very generic components. I’m happy that she decided to let me color her hair — it came out beautifully rich and very shiny.

Terry Carlson
Roberta Williams Salon

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‘Tis the Season for Credit Card Theft

Credit card fraud takes place every day in a variety of ways and especially at this time of year. You can’t always prevent it from happening, but you can create some obstacles and make it tougher for someone to get hold of your cards and card numbers. Treating your credit cards and account numbers like cash — that is, very carefully — is one way to head off potential misuse.

How Does Credit Card Fraud Happen?
What Can You Do?
Report Losses and Fraud.

Learn more here.

Deb Myers
Independent Associate/Director
Ph# 847-338-5788


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