Author: Beth

mental illness
Feb 06, 2019

Casual for a Cause 2019-2020: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Safety Net associates voted in January and chose National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as our Casual for a Cause partner for this year and next. Each Friday, employees can wear jeans and make a small donation. The company will match each donation dollar-for-dollar. We will also meet with representatives from NAMI to learn how […]

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Dec 14, 2018

Intentional Technology for Startups

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 edition of the Traverse City Business News. I’ve been there. There are probably only a couple of you and only so many hours in a week. I vividly remember watching Saturday parades go down Front Street from the window upstairs, our baby boy napping in his Pack […]

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Nov 26, 2018

Disposable USB Thumb Drives

“That’s right, disposable USB drives, a.k.a. thumb drives.” “Wait, isn’t that environmentally un-friendly?” “Yes. So is throwing away latex gloves in hospitals, but aren’t we glad they do?” “Wouldn’t this cost money?” “A lot less than a security breach!” It amazes me how many organizations, especially hotels and conference centers, still instruct people to bring […]

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multiple schedules
May 03, 2018

Doodle poll alternative: Share Calendar Availability in O365

The Doodle poll has helped relieve email back-and-forth when trying to schedule a one-time event, but what if you’re trying to schedule many meetings over time? Office 365 (O365) Outlook calendar share to the rescue! This tool can be very useful when you’re working with outside resources, like auditors or consultants, on a long-term project.  Or […]

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Apr 23, 2018

A Tight Ship With a Big Heart

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks on defining our company’s core values more clearly than we have in the past. Or as Zingerman’s likes to call them, Guiding Principles. We kind of knew what they were, but it’s a cool process to get everyone involved in giving them a […]

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Feb 08, 2018

Are Facebook Quizzes Safe or a Security Risk?

Safety Net Senior Network Engineer Jeff Mertz was recently interviewed by Traverse City NBC affiliate TV 7&4 on the question of whether social media quizzes are innocent enough to fill in. We know you’re dying to identify your inner-Disney Princess or figure out which dog breed is best for you based on five simple questions.  […]

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Sep 07, 2017

The 1 “Don’t” and 3 “Do’s” When Sending Sensitive Info

Mortgage lenders, medical assistants, engineers, legal secretaries, benefits administrators and HR generalists. What do these professions have in common? They all regularly handle sensitive information. Whether it’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) like a client’s Social Security number, intellectual property like drawings of a proprietary product, or your company’s bank account details, failing to secure the […]

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notpetya protected
Jun 27, 2017

Yes, there’s another one! What you should know about NotPetya

You may have already heard in the news about another widespread ransomware attack taking down large companies, hospitals, and transportation systems around Europe and the U.S. Labeled “NotPetya” by security authority Kaspersky Lab, it uses the same Windows vulnerability that the Wannacry ransomware did just a few weeks ago. The Safety Net team, including Senior Security Engineer Jeff […]

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fiber internet
Jun 05, 2017

Fiber Internet Benefits Businesses

“I already have wi-fi in my office, cable internet at home, and 4G on my smartphone.  Web pages load most of the time, and my weekend Netflix binges usually go off without a hitch!  Why does our area need fiber internet?” What is Fiber Internet? Think of a fiber network as a system of highways […]

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Jun 07, 2016

The Latest Phishing: Watch for “.co” Addresses

An email phishing scheme we’re seeing more of lately is where the criminals actually may register your company’s domain name, but with a “.co” extension instead of the “.com” you probably already have. Then they send emails from that domain using a known username from the company’s leadership, which, if someone isn’t watching closely, can […]

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