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Greene County Security Company Celebrates Grand Opening of New Bellbrook Office

In Business, Dayton Ohio News, National News, Technology, Uncategorized on April 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

April 11, 2019 – Bellbrook, Ohio – Safeguard Data and Security, LLC, has announced a public ribbon cutting and open house event at their new office, 5:30-7:30 PM, Thursday, April 25, at 70 Bellbrook Plaza, downtown Bellbrook, Ohio. The event will include an official ceremony to dedicate the new space immediately followed by an open house with free refreshments and a door prize drawing.

Safeguard Data and Security, LLC, was founded March 22nd of last year by Mike Pearson and Christina Pearson of Bellbrook. The firm specializes in residential and commercial video surveillance, alarm systems, 24-7 monitoring, access control, network cabling and more.

“We have been working hard to open an office and showroom space where customers can see for themselves the variety of security products and services we have to offer,” said Christina Pearson, co-owner and director of finance. “We specifically chose Bellbrook because we wanted to support and be more a part of the community where we live and where our kids go to school.”

Safeguard’s new showroom will include different versions of available Closed-Circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, home automation, and responsive lighting and alarm systems. Attendees of the grand opening will have the opportunity to win a number of door prizes, including a grand prize of a video doorbell system. This will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the company’s comprehensive offerings and dedication to the community.

Co-owner and president, Mike Pearson, said, “We offer our customers a vast knowledge of state-of-the-art products and personalized service,” he said. “We pride ourselves on providing an affordable solution for just about any security need, whether it’s an alarm inspection or a full security system for your commercial property.”

For more information, call Safeguard Data and Security, LLC, at 937-725-4204 or email info@safeguardyourworld.com.

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Back to school open house focuses on computer security

In Business, Children and Family, Dayton Ohio News, Education, Technology, Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

CT_BEAVERCREEK_TRUCKBEAVERCREEK, OH – On Saturday, July 26, Computer Troubleshooters of Beavercreek (CTB), located at 3792 Dayton-Xenia Rd. Beavercreek, Ohio 45432, will host a free open house from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to promote student computer security. The event is free, open to the public and will include refreshments, door prize drawings and special deals and information related to keeping student computers secure on campus this school year.

As part of an international network of independently owned franchises, Computer Troubleshooters provides complete information technology (IT) support for residential and commercial clients. Services range from basic, home computer repair and managed business services to cloud computing for advanced medical documentation.

Cliff Brust, president of Computer Troubleshooters in Beavercreek suggests that students are at some of the highest risk of technology theft and data loss. “We’ll be providing information and some free offers with purchase of new hardware,” Brust says. “But most importantly, we want to help parents and students understand how vulnerable their data is to loss and hardware to theft.” Brust offers a few tips in the meantime.

“First, lock up your laptops and smart phones, and don’t leave them unattended – anywhere.” he says. “Many laptops include a slot designed to accept a special cable lock. Wrap the cable around something big and hard to move, insert the lock into the laptop and turn the key or combination. A determined thief could still get the device loose but only by damaging the unit and diminishing its value. Remember, it’s generally the cash from resale of the unit that the thief is interested in, not the data.”

“Next, always use password protection,” Brust advises. “Yes, it is fast and convenient to turn on your computer and have it go right to the desktop, but it’s not safe. You have to password-protect your user account and disable the guest account. When you step away from your computer a quick press of the Windows Key and L will lock your user account. Be sure to manage your passwords also, and keep track of them. Don’t use the same one for everything.”

Brust also reminds students, “Protect your email, don’t share sensitive log-in information with anyone and always keep antivirus and anti-malware software up to date and running.” His final suggestion relates to the use of public wireless Internet hot spots.

“Whether you’re using the school’s network or a free Wi-Fi in a coffee shop your connection could be snooped. Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) will protect your connection and let you surf anonymously. There are plenty of good free VPN clients to choose from so use one and protect yourself.”

Brust hopes the open house will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about keeping computers and smart phones safe and secure, on and off campus. “Planning and prevention are the keys to protecting your devices and your data,” he says. “Protection plans and keeping security software up to date can go a long way towards keeping important files from being lost. We can help people with the right solution for their needs.”

Computer Troubleshooters is located just west of N. Fairfield Rd., situated between Knollwood Garden Center and Capitol Dry Cleaners. For more information about computer security, call (937) 458-2000 or visit them online at http://www.ctbeavercreek.com.

 

U.S. Stalking economy is likely here to stay.

In Business, Dayton Ohio News, Economy, Media, Opinion, Technology on December 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

DIH LOGOIf you shop online or use social media on a regular basis, you’ve probably wondered how the ads you see seem so perfectly suited to your own interests. That’s because you told them. Really, you did, but it’s unlikely you were even aware of having done so.

Some experts refer to this practice as just another component of today’s ever advancing “stalker economy,” referring to constant surveillance for what you buy, talk about and “LIKE” online. It’s all being monitored by websites and social media pages on which the transaction occurs. The data is collected, analyzed, and regurgitated into useful information and sold to future advertisers.

No longer do advertisers need to track ‘cookies,’ those tiny bread crumbs of data left behind when you visit a website that lay a clean, detailed trail of your online pathways. Instead, they just get the information directly from you – in many different ways.

While there is so-called, “do not track” legislation designed to regulate companies which monitor and customize ads based on a user’s experiences, the laws are mostly toothless. Much of the existing legislation makes compliance voluntary. Plus, if a user does not want to be tracked, the information is still collected but no personalized advertising will be generated. Why even bother having the laws in the first place?

Today’s “stalking economy” is unlikely to change but rather get progressively more invasive and nosey because of the explosion of mobile devices and enhanced cellular communication options. According to the CTIA-The Wireless Association, 89-percent of people living in the United States have mobile broadband subscriptions.

The CTIA’s research shows that, “The U.S. wireless industry is valued at $195.5 billion, which is larger than publishing, agriculture, hotels and lodging, air transportation, motion picture and recording and motor vehicle manufacturing industry segments.”

It might sound like just a lot of meaningless industry trivia until you consider how much goes into its infrastructure and operation. From website and app development to marketing and advertising strategies, hundreds of thousands are employed in the business of keeping you connected to your favorite things. And the advertisers sell to millions that way.

Many experts still believe the mobile and web-based media industries are still just in their infancy! Think of it, just five years ago most cell phones were barely capable of sending a text message, today people can do their banking, video chat with their children away at college and watch the TV show they missed the night before.

Learning to capitalize on America’s obsession with the web has made tracking essential, but still relatively unwanted. Of course there are those who simply don’t care if their online activity is being monitored. If anything, these individuals believe they’ll be of the first to know about a new product or service and be in on version 1-point-0, trend-setting from the ground floor.

Most websites allow a user to opt-out from receiving advertising material, but that won’t stop them from keeping an eye on them. So what’s the good side of the “stalker economy” to the consumer? Over the long haul, consumers are more frequently introduced to products and services they wouldn’t have otherwise known about and in a much shorter time period than would have been possible otherwise.

The consumer also wins because advertising to a highly focused target market will cost less to execute. Since marketing is one of the most expensive parts of selling a product, this will help the merchant maintain affordability.

It’s doubtful that people will ever be completely free from electronic snooping, at least the kind that keeps a running list of our Amazon purchases. But you can do some things to limit what they see. First, read everything; every single line presented to you on a website regarding your account or how your information is used. The rest is due diligence. Keep a running record of websites you use for social media, shopping, whatever. Make sure they have what you want them to have and no more. In any case, it’s up to you to decide how much to put out there. Keep it as little as possible.