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Participate in the National Civic Hacking Day via a contest by the Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/contests/detectarobo #hackers   #innovators   #entrepreneurs  
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Are you an innovator who hates receiving calls from robocallers? If so, here is a contest for you   #technology   #entrepreneurs   #innovators  
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Euromonitor highlights the differences between impulsive buyers and slow buyers.
Great video by Euromonitor International
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It will be interesting to monitor the Reciprocal Market Access Act (H.R. 764) affecting Free Trade Agreements. If passed, it will allow the U.S. to suspend trade if a trade partner implements barriers for U.S. goods being sold in that country.  
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Are you trying to build a stronger presence for your business? Here are a few quick tips you can start doing right away! #smallbusiness   #independentretailers   #artisans  
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Does your business slow down during the holidays?
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Dear Business Owner:

Thank you for making my job so easy. Despite all of the warnings and news about computer breaches, you still haven’t taken any steps to protect yourself. Today was another great day for me as I sat in the local Starbucks hacking into your employee’s company laptop while he sipped his latte and signed-on to the free wi-fi. Little did he know, that even though I sat three tables away seeming busy with my own laptop, I was hacking into his computer, stealing passwords and downloading your company data. I wonder if your competitors would be interested in paying for the information I captured. If not, I know I can sell it on the black market without a problem. 

Speaking of company passwords, thanks for allowing your employees to have such easy-to-remember ones. Sometimes its laughable how many times an employee reuses the same password, or just one digit is changed. 

So when was the last time you actually updated your computer browsers or downloaded the security patches? I thought it was hysterical when you received a system warning that there was an intruder and your staff ignored it. So much for anti-virus software! Oh, the best one was when I contacted your receptionist telling her I was a vendor and needed some help. All I really needed was some additional information to steal an identity and she believed me. The information she gave me completed the file I had and now I have all the information I need. I told her how grateful I was for her assistance and excellent service. 

I also want to applaud you for saving your company money by refusing to send employees to those boring technology security seminars we keep reading about. What a way to save you money in the short time but help me make more money in the long term by being able to re-enter your system at will! 

And you thought you didn’t have to pay attention to cyber security, that it was only the large businesses that had to be concerned. Little did you know that we target companies we consider vulnerable which are small and medium sized businesses. A business just like yours.

Sincerely,

The Mad Hacker

P.S. Whatever you do, do not go to NIU’s Springboard (www.niu.edu/Springboard) where you will find ways to make my life harder.  Make sure your phone blocks calls to (815) 753-6927 where they will put you in touch with more strategies and experts to make your sites more secure.
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Interested in learning how to squeeze profits from your employment practices and benefit plans? Join us for a business education seminar on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 a.m. at NIU Naperville. RSVP at www.trustcoil.com/rsvp 
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Interested in becoming a Cloud Genius? Registration for your professional certification today. Classes will be in the Chicagoland area beginning the end of September. For more information, visit http://www.niu.edu/springboard/Cloud-Genius/index.shtml #cloudcomputing   #cloud  
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