How online businesses can learn from recent dating site hacks
It was the shock heard around the world. No, not really—however, those who belonged to famous (and let’s face it, a tad bit trashy) online dating sites such as Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men were most likely a little shocked to learn that their private information was hacked. After all, it’s one thing to be a part of such a culture when your membership is kept secret. But what happens when other people (i.e. friends and colleagues) learn that you belong to a network that promotes infidelity?
Not that we promote cheating at Business Review Canada, but hacking is a criminal act; we want to help online businesses protect themselves, their work and their clients. Therefore, we’ve put together a few tips that can help ensure privacy for business leaders or executives.
Avoid public computers
While avoiding public computes isn’t as necessary as avoiding public bathrooms, there are still certain actions that should never be done on a public computer, such as checking logging in and checking company emails. Hackers can add Keylogger to public computers at airports and cafes, which can grab your employees’ username and password.
Avoid free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi may sound appealing, but is it really free? Hackers can effortlessly hijack a user’s account and access email, social media and online banking.
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Avoid public email listing
If at all possible, employees’ email addresses should never be listed publicly. Cyber criminals have been known to troll for these email addresses and then hack into business accounts. In a sense, publically listing an employees’ email address makes it easier for a hacker to commit the illegal act.
Avoid using weak passwords
It’s important to create strong passwords, passwords that can’t be easily guessed. It’s just as equally vital to create different, unique passwords for different sites. Never use the same password more than once. In doing so, you are almost inviting criminals to hack every site you belong to.
Avoid sharing passwords
Okay, you’ve created a password, a strong password. Whatever you do, don’t share said password. Never share your password with anyone, including colleagues, friends and loved ones. Furthermore, never give your password to someone over the phone. Hackers have been known to call and impersonate law enforcement—don’t fall for it!
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.