3 Tips for Keeping Your Passwords Safe

Last week we explained 3 tips for keeping your online information safe from hackers:

Safety concept: Contoured Shield and Password Security on comput1. Never use the same password on more than one website at a time.
2. Make sure your passwords include one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one special character (if permitted).
3. Change your passwords at least once every quarter.

Of course, this creates the question: “How do you remember all of these passwords and keep them safe?” There is no perfect way to do this and everyone has their own tried-and-true methods, but the experts state the following 3 ways are the best options out there:

  1. Use a password management program. These programs are created solely to keep your passwords safe… and you only have to remember the password to the program.
  2. Use a secured PDF file… again, you only have to remember the password to the file. Don’t forget to name the file something inconspicuous.
  3. Create a “key password”. In short, a “key password” is a password with the same base word, followed by certain numbers and letters depending on the month/year and website used. It is a great method for remembering your password and never having to record them. To learn more about “key passwords”, read what Forbes has to say.

3 Tips Regarding Cyber Security!

Cyber SecurityRecently a major news story has been circulating about Dropbox being hacked. With this story there have been many ups and downs: first it was stated that Dropbox WAS hacked and then Dropbox came back declaring they WEREN’T hacked, but outside servers were hacked and the passwords/usernames from those servers were used to log in to many websites, including Dropbox’s site.

While this story has created major panic, speculation, and confusion, we believe that it can be used as an educational experience in cyber security.

If thought about logically, it makes sense that hackers would grab usernames and passwords from one site and use them across the board. According to a 2013 study by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, 55% of online users use the same password for every website!

Therefore, we have 3 tips on how to keep your important* websites and information safe:

  1. Never use the same password on more than one website at a time.
  2. Much like the security measurements used on the HKA website, make sure your passwords include at least: one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one special character (if permitted).
  3. Change your passwords at least once every quarter.

Of course, this creates the question: “How do you remember all of these passwords and keep them safe?” Stay tuned for our next blog for 3 tips from the experts.


 

* When it comes to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, many people believe that their security is not as important. We disagree! Social media websites may not contain secure documents, but they do include something important: your reputation. And in today’s world, online reputation is an important aspect of your professional reputation!

 

Keeping track of your business expenses is a hassle; let HKA help make it as easy as possible!

Word on keyboard made in 3DOne of our goals at Hauk Kruse & Associates is to become a one-stop shop for all things tax. While this is quite a feat, we believe that we have come one step closer by creating an easy-to-use business expense manager within your HKA web account.

With our “bulk upload” option, it is easy to get started. All you need to do is upload your receipts to the business expense manager, select which categories they belong to, and you are good to go!

Don’t worry if you have an administrative assistant who handles all of your business expense management; we can set your assistant up with a “Business Expense Manager” account, giving them limited accessibility to your HKA web account and allowing them to view only your expenses.

If you would like to find out more about how the HKA business expense manager will benefit you, please call our office at 314-993-4285.

The new HKA website will be up and running tomorrow. Check it out at http://www.hkaglobal.com!

With our new website, you will always have your legal documents on hand!

legal docsHave you ever needed your legal documents, such as your medical power of attorney, will, or trust, but they were left at home in your safe or filing cabinet?

Most people don’t carry their important legal documents with them: not only are they bulky, but they also contain confidential information which would make losing them a nightmare!

With our new website, your legal documents will never be left at home again. After uploading them to the new “legal documents” section in your private web account, you will be able to access them anywhere that has internet access!

If you would like to find out more about how this amazing new feature will benefit you, please call our office at 314-993-4285.

The Hauk Kruse & Associates website will be under construction on September 17th.
Check out the new website on September 18th at http://www.hkaglobal.com!

Join us in the countdown to our new website.

 

new website

Here at Hauk Kruse & Associates we want the best for you. One way that we are doing this is by introducing a completely renovated website so that you have the most up-to-date tools at your disposal.

Your new web account will have multiple new features, including:

  • Bulk receipt uploading for business expense tracking
  • Access to your legal documents
  • Your business and personal documents all in one location
  • And much more…

Over the next two weeks, we will be sending e-mails highlighting our favorite new features. Make sure to keep an eye out for these e-mails and join us as we countdown to the new website launch.