Monthly Archives: April 2020

Fixing Your Weakest Link: Your Employees

You can have every piece of security hardware in the books: firewall, backup disaster recovery device, and even anti-virus. However, your employees will still be the biggest vulnerability in your organization when it comes to a phishing attack. How do you mitigate as much risk as possible? Create and Strictly Enforce a Password Policy Passwords should be complex, randomly generated, and replaced regularly. In order to test the strength of your password go to howsecureismypassword.com. This is a perfectly safe service sponsored by a password protection platform that tells you how long it would take a hacker to decode your password. When creating a password policy, bear in mind that the most prevalent attacks are dictionary attacks. Most people utilize real words for their passwords.Read Full Article


Support Local Businesses: Roux Royale and Southern Paws

For those who can, it is urgently important to support local businesses. Today we’ll showcase our clients, Roux Royale and Southern Paws. Both shops are locally owned and are located in the French Quarter. Let’s do our part to make sure as many of these boutiques survive as possible. As its website boasts, Roux Royale, in the heart of the French Quarter, offers a variety of unique and useful items to enhance any kitchen, dining room, or party. Let us help you find the perfect gift by capturing the art of New Orleans style entertaining. You will find items such as elegant serving pieces, stylish dish towels, favorite New Orleans’ cookbooks, wine and cheese plates, gourmet foods and candies, fabulous aprons, local art, and much, much more. We are especially drawn to theRead Full Article


How to Spot A Phishing Attack

Would you know if you were the subject of a phishing attack? Many people claim that they’d be able to tell right away if they received an email from an illegitimate source. There had been 1.5 million new phishing websites every month. A 65% increase in attacks in one year! However, it has gotten much, much worse. According to this article, “Google says it saw more than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 scams just in the past week.” How do you spot a phishing attack and avoid falling victim yourself? Look for these red flags: Sender Email Address: Always check to make sure that the email address is legitimate. Amateur hackers will send things from Gmail or Hotmail accounts and hopeRead Full Article


What Is Phishing & How Are Hackers Using It?

While the number of people falling for sending personal information to the crown prince of Nigeria in hopes of receiving his promised wealth and riches seems to be dropping, phishing remains a major issue. In fact, the number of phishing campaigns pursued by hackers around the world increased 65% in the last year. And as you may have read, the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated hackers to be even more aggressive since they know everyone is receiving more emails than ever before. They know that people are filing for unemployment, checking on stimulus checks, filing for CARES Act relief, and more. And they are taking advantage of the fact that personal information is being submitted and confirmed online on a daily basis. What exactly is phishing? HackersRead Full Article


5 Tips to Keep Your Children Safer Online

Now more than ever, it is crucial to ensure that your children are as safe as possible when they are online. And though our advice presumes that you are introducing your child to technology, we know that’s not your reality. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reevaluate your child’s online activity and then reset. Start over using these tips as a guide for their online safety. There are so many reasons that keeping your kids safe online is important. They range from future job prospects, to bullying, inappropriate sites, making purchases without permission, etc. Training your children to be safe online starts at an early age and continues until they are fully grown. We hope this tips are helpful. 1. Sit with them. When they’reRead Full Article


Client Spotlight: Royal Praline Company

There has never been a better time to support small local businesses, which is why we are delighted to tell you about our client Royal Praline Company. Royal Praline was established in 2007, and its cute shop is located on historic Royal Street. And while the shop is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still order their gourmet treats online. And right now, they are even offering free delivery! Of course the New Orleans-based shop sells pralines; it also offers sweet glazed pecans, Roman Candy, Mississippi Mud, coffee, spices, mixes, hot sauces, and even cookbooks. Consider these items for yourself, or spread some joy and send them as gifts. Right now small businesses are struggling. Many won’t survive this pandemic. According toRead Full Article


Financial Advice Amid COVID-19

In these uncertain times, access to financial advice is crucial. Randy Brunet, of Brunet Wealth Management, offers these top two tips: 1) Filing deadline for IRS and Louisiana income tax is moved to July 15, 2020.  No extension necessary until then.  If you are due a refund, file your return ASAP as to receive your refund sooner. 2) Small businesses may be entitled to an SBA loan to help funding payroll and other essential expenses.  Check with your bank for requirements, as this is what is recommended by SBA. Many of us may put off filing our taxes because it is often an overwhelming process. Hiring a professional gives you peace of mind. You may also find that you receive a larger refund than ifRead Full Article


Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank

Now more than ever, our most vulnerable citizens need our help, which is why we want to promote the JLNO’s Diaper Bank. Diapers are very basic necessities. Here are the statistics, according to the National Diaper Bank Network: 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need. 5 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families. Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby. No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers. Most childcareRead Full Article