Connections.com Releases Free Business Guide to Avoiding Identity Theft

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Connections.com, a leading provider of technology solutions and managed IT services for local businesses, today began giving away free copies of its newest eBook: “What Every Business Owner MUST Know to Protect Against Online Identity Theft.”

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I’ve read a lot about identity theft protection over the past few months, but the materials in this Connections eBook are by far the most direct, succinct, and easy-to-understand

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. For small business owners, the stakes are incredibly high, because identity theft results in more than just poor credit – it can also result in the loss of their business.

Connections.com, a leading provider of technology solutions and managed IT services for local businesses, today began giving away free copies of its newest eBook: “What Every Business Owner MUST Know to Protect Against Online Identity Theft.”

“All too often, the companies that come to us for managed IT services have previously been victims of identity theft that could – and should – have been prevented,” says David Bennett, President of Connections.com. “This new eBook is an extension of our managed IT services, and it’s our way of reaching out to small- and medium-sized businesses, giving them the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves from identity thieves and other hackers.”

Jonathan Garber, VP of Business Development was one of the first outsiders to read the eBook. “I’ve read a lot about identity theft protection over the past few months, but the materials in this Connections eBook are by far the most direct, succinct, and easy-to-understand,” says Mr. Garber. “I’ve already made it required reading for all our employees who have access to our computer systems.”

In writing the 15-page eBook, author David Bennett drew on a combined total of over 100 years of experience delivering managed IT services. Their easily readable, comprehensive text explains the nature of identity theft and then describes three common ploys used by hackers to access personal and business information, as well as ten emails that are commonly used for the purpose of identity theft. The authors also describe how social networking sites like Facebook are being used to perpetrate new scams.

“In writing this eBook, we focused on the most common mistakes we’ve seen small business owners make with their computer and network security,” says author Bennett. “The best way business owners and their employees can protect themselves is to understand what makes them vulnerable and then implement the best practices we describe in our book, making sure they don’t give the identity thieves what they’re after.”

According to Mr. Bennett, businesses of all sizes make several common mistakes that put their personal information and identity at risk of being stolen. In the book, he cites multiple examples of how employees have inadvertently given away their passwords to internet criminals. “When that occurs,” he says, “they’re basically giving away the ‘keys to the castle,’ usually without any awareness of what has happened.”

The eBook can be downloaded at no cost at Managed Services Miami. The website also contains additional information about the authors of the eBook, Connections.com and its managed IT services.

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