Why You Need to Think Twice Before Using Lensa AI & Other Self-Portrait Apps

Why You Need to Think Twice Before Using Lensa AI & Other Self-Portrait Apps

Lensa AI is the latest self-portrait app that generates several fantasy selfies of you by mapping your facial features after uploading about 10 photos. While the app can be downloaded for free, there are several pricing tiers for its avatar packs and membership access. However, the cost comes from the data privacy rights you’re giving up. Once downloaded, the app can track your phone activity across websites and apps owned by other companies, collect data points, and even modify, distribute, and create derivative works of your uploaded images. To protect your data privacy, it’s essential to read an app’s terms and conditions and restrict its data collection features. You can also use your phone’s privacy and security settings to turn off data sharing and request the company to delete your data from its servers. Get a device privacy checkup to safeguard your personal information.

Microsoft Forms: One of the Handiest Freebies in Microsoft 365

Microsoft Forms: One of the Handiest Freebies in Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365, one of the most widely-used cloud platforms in the world, has experienced continued growth thanks to its suite of cloud tools, including Microsoft Forms. This survey and form-building tool is one of the handiest apps you can access with a Microsoft 365 subscription, and it’s free. With Forms, you can easily create drag-and-drop forms, quizzes, and surveys and send them out via a link. Once respondents complete the survey, the results come into the software instantly, and you can view the collated results in the software, chart them, and export them to Excel. Forms is included in Microsoft 365 subscriptions, saves time, is easy to use, and offers charted results automatically. It’s perfect for conducting customer satisfaction surveys, employee security awareness quizzes, event registrations, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our Microsoft 365 support services and get more out of your subscription.

8 Reasons Every Company Is Now a Technology Company

8 Reasons Every Company Is Now a Technology Company

In today’s world, technology is the backbone of any business. From selling shoes to running an accounting firm, every company relies on technology to operate. With the growing demand for digital tools, companies must adapt to the latest software, payment systems, computers, Wi-Fi networks, and mobile devices. The reliance on technology is so great that even farmers use it to check commodity prices, sell livestock, and keep their books. Additionally, customers expect an excellent digital experience and employees need devices to drive productivity. AI and automation help companies stay competitive while generating information digitally at a dizzying pace. To keep up with the competition and continue growing your business, you must employ the smart use of digital tools. Companies that aren’t employing backup systems are at significant risk, and business continuity needs to be a top priority. Contact us today for help with your innovation roadmap and taking the burden of using technology securely off your shoulders.

Is That Really a Text from Your CEO… or Is It a Scam?

Is That Really a Text from Your CEO… or Is It a Scam?

Learn how employees fall for phishing scams and how to avoid them. Scammers use social engineering tactics to manipulate emotions, such as creating a sense of urgency and the desire to help, to get employees to fall for their scams. In one example, an Illinois woman lost over $6,000 after receiving a fake email request from her company’s CEO. To avoid falling for phishing scams, always double-check unusual requests, don’t react emotionally, and get a second opinion. Proper employee phishing awareness training is crucial to keep your team safe from these increasingly sophisticated scams. Contact us today to schedule a training session and protect your company from costly phishing attacks.

The Pros & Cons of Tracking Your Employees’ Every Digital Movement

The Pros & Cons of Tracking Your Employees’ Every Digital Movement

Remote work has become increasingly popular since the pandemic, with cost savings and increased productivity among the benefits. However, concerns about cybersecurity risks and ensuring employees are working as they should have led to the rise of employee monitoring software. Such software can track digital movements, from clock-in clock-out tracking to taking screenshots of an employee’s computer several times per hour. While it can help managers understand how employees spend their day, reduce non-work activities during working hours, and be an easy way to track time for remote workers, it can also hurt employees’ morale and productivity. Employees may feel betrayed, lose company loyalty, and be treated like a number instead of a person. Finding a balance between tracking too much or too little is essential, along with considering what features are necessary and getting expert advice on the best tools for your business.

Mobile Malware Has Increased 500% – What Should You Do?

Mobile Malware Has Increased 500% – What Should You Do?

Mobile malware attacks have surged by a staggering 500% in the first few months of 2022. This is a serious concern, not only due to the scale of the problem, but also because many people do not protect their smartphones adequately. While smartphones have become increasingly powerful, they are not secured as well as computers, making them highly vulnerable to digital fraud. Over 60% of digital fraud now occurs through mobile devices, which is a significant risk for users who do not follow proper safeguards. To improve your smartphone’s security, use mobile anti-malware, avoid downloading apps from unknown sources, be cautious when checking emails, beware of SMS phishing, remove old unused apps, keep your device updated, and use a VPN when on public Wi-Fi. It is time to start thinking about your smartphone as a mini-computer and keeping it just as secure. Contact us for automated solutions that can help protect your device, accounts, and data.