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Welcome to the November 2015 Edition of Real Times

Well it's November and summer is over, but you wouldn't know it by the way the temperature was last week in the Northeast. We just fell back an hour to Standard time. Did you change the batteries in your smoke detectors? Make sure that this important safety item is protecting your home by changing the batteries at least once per year. You'll also save the aggravation of hearing that incredibly annoying, low battery beep at 3 o'clock in the morning.

Speaking of protecting important assets, check out this month's articles on emergency preparedness and business continuity.
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I'd like to extend best wishes from all of the team here at Real Time for a Happy Holiday Season and healthy and prosperous New Year!

John Azzinaro
And the Real Time Team

  November 2015
In this issue. . .
Welcome
What Is Spear Fishing?
Seasonal Changes Present Ideal Time to Review Emergency Preparedness
5 ways you're using the cloud - and didn't know it
Business Continuity Tip
Just for Laughs


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Just for Laughs

November Cartoon
Quote of the Month

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

- Mother Teresa
What Is Spear Phishing?
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Nadia Kovacs


Spear phishing isn't what you do when you're on vacation in Hawaii. It's a targeted attack on your personal information. An updated version of the old trick "phishing," where scam artists simply ask you for your password or other private information, spear phishing takes this trick to the next level, using social engineering. Before you respond to that email asking for you to verify your address or other personal information, read this article to protect yourself against spear phishing.

What Is Spear Phishing?

Spear phishing effectively uses all the data that's on the Internet about you to lull you into an inappropriate sense of comfort before attempting to get your personal information. Because this technique is so successful, it accounts for approximately 91 percent of all phishing in the United States today.

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Seasonal Changes Present Ideal Time to Review Emergency Preparedness
used with permission from SBA.gov
by Bridget Weston Pollack


As summer turns to fall, it's easy to get caught up in seasonal activities like choosing Halloween costumes, picking apples and pumpkins, or for small business, even getting ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

But if a disaster struck your business, would you be ready? Seasonal changes provide an ideal time to check your business's emergency preparedness plans, especially for weather-related emergencies. FEMA reports that between 40 and 60 percent of small businesses never reopen following a disaster. Blocking out some time on a quarterly basis to think proactively about unexpected and unfortunate events can help your business stay strong through difficult times.

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5 ways you're using the cloud - and didn't know it
used with permission from HP Technology at Work


In 2015, small businesses that moved to the cloud doubled their profits and achieved 25% additional revenue growth compared to their cloudless contemporaries.

Still for many of us, "the cloud" can seem more buzzword than reality: we may have a vague sense of what it means, but don't really understand what it means for our business. Isn't it complicated? Isn't it something only a global enterprise or savvy startup could really hope to harness?

Not any more. In fact, you're probably already using the cloud every day, without even realizing it. If you've been skeptical about the cloud in the past, read on to see the top 5 ways you're already using it—and what that could mean for your business.

You're probably using the cloud if...

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Business Continuity Tip
Looking Ahead to Winter

NOAA has released its 2015-2016 winter weather predictions. In summary, the report predicts the Southern portion of the US to be wetter and colder while the North should see warmer and drier conditions.

But as far as snow fall, forecasters are still unable to predict the time and severity of such systems. However, considering this years El Niño in addition to other seasonal factors at play, weather experts agree that the following scenarios are not out of the question:
  • California expected to get much needed mountain snow, which will help fill reservoirs for spring.
  • Texas up through the Appalachians could see significant snow fall.
  • Great Lakes area will see less lake-effect snow.
  • Interior Northwest will see little snow fall which could prolong drought.
Above all, forecasters are urging Americans to take these winter weather predictions with a grain of salt. Remember, it only takes one system to throw the forecast off balance. Make sure you're prepared for whatever winter brings your way by downloading this free Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist.
 
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