Solutions for Business Spring 2023

SPRING 2023 7 SOLUTIONS We’re starting a new recurring feature in our Solutions for Business magazine. Business Tech Tips will pass along advice from one of the technicians on the Panora Fiber team—based on common questions they hear from businesses or issues they see local businesses facing. In this issue, IT Technician Zach Davis chose to focus on the topic of passwords, since he’s concerned that too many businesses are lax about their password procedures. Davis said, “It’s all too common to see spreadsheets around an office with passwords listed.” Here are his top password tips: 1. Use a password manager. It will store all your passwords securely, so you don’t have to worry about remembering them or writing them down. 2. Create strong passwords. They should be long and contain alphanumeric and special characters. 3. Make sure your computers are up to date. This goes for both Windows and 3rd party applications. There are a variety of ways for hackers to discover passwords, and one of them is through brute forcing. Check out the Hive Systems chart below for some eye-opening numbers. WHO’S MINDING YOUR BUSINESS? Zach Davis IT Technician Davis joined the Panora Fiber team in June 2016, after earning aManagement Information Systems (MIS) degree from Iowa State University. As an IT Technician, he has a variety of job responsibilities. Davis said, “I work with our local busi- nesses in many capacities, whether it be addressing issues with their workstations, servers, managed services, or networks or improving their cybersecurity posture. I also get to work with our residential customers and help them set up new computers and clean infected machines. If a Panora Fiber customer needs something done, I can likely assist.” What does Davis like best about working for Panora Fiber? He replied, “No two days are ever the same. This forces me to keep up on current tech- nology trends. It’s also enjoyable to work inandaroundour communities. There aren’t a lot of local options when it comes to technology assistance, and I’m proud to be able to help.” When not working, Davis enjoys hanging out with his wife, Katherine, and their one-year-old, Emmett. Take Passwords Seriously BUSINESS TECH TIPS