Millennial Entrepreneurs Beware: How to Keep Your Company’s Data Secure

Study Finds Millennials Most at Risk For Online Scams– Here’s What You Can Do About It

If you had to guess which demographics were most vulnerable to online tech-support scams, who would it be? A recent survey by tech giant Microsoft yielded some surprising results. According to security expert Juan Hardoy, Millennials and Gen Z-ers are among the most likely to fall for online scams. Researchers suggest that Millennials’ overall tech savviness may lead them to feel overly secure online, leading them to engage in riskier online behaviors than older generations.

As a millennial entrepreneur, keeping your (and your company’s) data secure is absolutely essential. What can you do to make sure your data stays secure?

  • Call in the IT experts to make sure your company is protected
  • Follow basic online best practices

Millennial entrepreneurs have a lot on their plates– managed IT services can help make sure data security doesn’t fall through the cracks.

Managed IT Services are the Easiest Way to Keep Your Information Secure

As an entrepreneur, you have to budget for products and services carefully, which typically means anything you can do yourself doesn’t make the cut. When it comes to your data security, it’s best not to take any chances.

Hiring an IT company that provides managed IT services takes the issue of security off your plate. Rather than trying your best to get it right in the limited time you have to spend on data security (because let’s face it– an entrepreneur’s schedule is jam packed), you’ll have IT experts on hand to identify potential risks before they slow you down as well as deal with any issues that may occur.

It saves time and gives you greater peace of mind– what more could you ask for?

The cybersecurity basics are the basics for a reason– these simple strategies go a long way towards keeping your data secure.

Get Back to the Cybersecurity Basics

You’ve been hearing the basics of cyber security since you were a kid learning about technology in “computer class.” There’s a reason for that– taking a few basic data security precautions can go a long way towards keeping your information secure.

In addition to bringing in IT experts, make sure you’re following these best practices:

  • Actually change your password. Unless they’re forced to, most people don’t change their passwords as often as they should. Make sure each of your passwords is strong (contains a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols) and is totally unique. That means no repeats! I know, I know… it’s a pain. But it’s worth it.
  • Back it up. Make sure all of your data is backed up regularly so that, if something were to happen to your information, you could minimize the damage done to your productivity.

Keep an eye on your devices. Your entire professional life can be accessed from your work desktop, your laptop, and even the tiny supercomputer in your pocket. Make sure all of your devices are password protected, and never leave them unattended while you’re logged in.

Don’t let online scams get in the way of your company’s growth. Follow these tips and keep your company’s data secure.

Just because Millennials and Gen-Zers are more likely to fall prey to online scams doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to unsecured data. Millennial entrepreneurs can easily protect their data by hiring an IT company and following a few simple best practices for data security.

What do you do to keep your company’s data secure? Leave a comment and let us know!

Millennial Makeover: 3 Steps for Success

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Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. Labor Force and that number will just keep growing. The stereotypes of being narcissists, fickle and poor communicators are mostly true, but there’s too much emphasis on the problem and not enough focus on solutions.

I’ve worked with Millennials both as a volunteer and paid basis for the past 20 years and here is what works:

1) Teach/Model Communication Skills: As technology increases, communication skills decrease. With texting, social media and various apps, verbal communication isn’t practiced much. Young professionals can multitask quickly, but are slow to respond to emails, lack professionalism and avoid conflict. In order to turn the tides give them opportunities to speak in public, network at events and define professionalism. Rarely is a new hire ready to do their job independently. That doesn’t mean they’re not capable, it means you need to teach them what they lack. The only way to improve skills is to practice. Stop complaining about their faults and show them how to do it.

2) Give Frequent Feedback: Millennials crave coaching. Since we’re stereotyping here for brevity purposes, Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers aren’t the greatest managers. Most supervisors move up in rank because of seniority, but the technical skills mastered are far from leadership skills that are needed to develop emerging candidates. Frequent means daily or at least weekly feedback. Yes, Millennials tend to dislike criticism, but that doesn’t mean you stop giving it. No, I’m not an advocate for micromanaging, but if someone isn’t performing to standards, they must be informed. This goes both ways too. Leaders should be secure enough to ask how they can serve their workers better. Praise is welcome, but make sure it’s specific, not general like “good job.” If you’re going to be generic in your feedback, do everyone a favor and don’t bother opening your mouth. Start at the end. Performance evaluations shouldn’t be a surprise to any worker if feedback is being given constantly.

3) Reward Intraprenuership: Millennials are the most innovative generation in history. If they don’t see the market fulfilling a need, they create it themselves. Corporate culture should welcome mistakes. We all learn best through trial and error and the most successful people in the world deal with failure better, not success. New projects are a great way for Millennials to take initiative, collaborate and test market products/services. If you ask most young professionals what matters to them most at work, you’ll usually get the response: make an impact in the world or opportunities for growth. Rewarding intrapreneurship satisfies both desires if planned well. Responsibility happens when ownership is taken. The quickest way to teach that is by delegating tasks, trusting people to get it done and holding them accountable for the results. Don’t worry about retention as much, instead foster an entrepreneurial culture and it becomes your most effective recruiting tool.

Generational differences cause a lot of problems at work, but if you choose to focus on the strengths of Millennials instead of their weaknesses, you’ll see positive results in your ROI much sooner than later.