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4 Most Common Ways Departing Employees Steal Data

March 2nd, 2020

Most businesses carry a value that can be sold or manipulated in some way. If you store data from past transactions or collect personal information as leads, then these sources can be easily tapped into and extorted for financial gain.

Many people believe that hackers are the primary source of data breaches. However, according to IBM’s 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Study, just under 50% of all data breach cases are caused by an insider threat. 

One type of insider threat that you should be worried about occurs when employees are leaving your company. Departing employees can make mistakes that leave holes in your company’s firewall, but often times departing employees steal data as deliberate theft and do so for financial gain and future career development.  

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How to Successfully Combat an Insider Threat

February 24th, 2020

Combating an insider threat can often present a more complicated problem than malicious online attacks. Insider threats are typically your own employees, the people you are required to trust to complete daily tasks. What happens when one of those trusted employees goes rogue?

It can be difficult to detect an insider threat, and many businesses don’t recognize the threat until a breach has already occurred. However, fifty percent of all malicious attacks are from an inside attacker, and they could cost your company up to $2 million dollars in time and assets.

Your employees are capable of completing a malicious attack on your company either by opening up your firewall to allow access or by physically stealing data. It is vital to set up precautions in network security and the physical security of your business.

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Efficiency

February 17th, 2020

As a class C level executive or the owner of an SMB, you may be curious where your employees’ time has gone. 

From the top-down, it would appear that your company’s numbers are dropping and you frequently see employees hanging around the office. It can be devastating to watch your ROI drop and to see negative trends in missed sales and customer retention. 

There are many reasons why employees become unproductive. As a business owner, it’s important that you address this lack of productivity head-on. Among a change in workplace culture, monitoring software can drastically improve employee efficiency. 

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How to Keep Employees Focused and Productive

February 10th, 2020

Encouraging productivity in the workforce is a task that many businesses struggle with. A lack of productivity can come about when your company is going through times of change like management transitions, or, it can be more systemic and one of the reasons why your company does not succeed above the competition.

According to the Harvard Business Review, an unproductive workforce during uncertain times is normal. But, as you may be asking, what does it mean when your workforce is not productive and times are, well, normal?

Whatever is happening at your company, you recognize that your employees need to improve their ability to focus and get work done.

What steps should you take? How do you keep employees focused and productive? 

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TS Monitor 6.1 with adjustable frequency of screenshots

February 6th, 2020

SoftActivity releases an update to TS Monitor software for monitoring users in terminal server sessions. Upgrade is recommended to all customers.

What’s new version in version 6.1

  • new: Change screenshots capture frequency on Screen tab:
    • Admin can adjust how often screenshots are recorded.
    • Reduced storage space requirement on the server, compared to the previous versions.
    • Admin can increase frequency if more detailed logs are required.
  • new: shows estimated space required for screenshots, at the bottom of Screen tab.
  • improved IntelliSnap smart mode of taking screenshots based on users actions.
  • new: Copy and Paste buttons in Agent Properties on Privacy and Files tabs in the lists, for easier editing of long lists.
  • a lot of improvements and minor fixes.

Web console:

  • new: added Keystrokes column to CSV export.
  • multiple bug fixes and improvements.
  • new: added Japanese localization (switch languages in bottom right corner)
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SoftActivity Monitor 12.1 with less storage space used by screenshots

February 5th, 2020

SoftActivity is glad to announce new version 12.1 of SoftActivity Monitor, its leading employee monitoring solution that helps organizations improve staff performance and security.

Screenshots recorded by the software now take much less storage space on customer’s server. Admins can now adjust snapshot frequency depending on how much details their organization requires for record keeping.

Upgrade is recommended to all users.

What’s new in version 12.1

Desktop app:

  • new: Change screenshots capture frequency in Agent Properties – Screen tab.
    • Admin can adjust how often screenshots are recorded.
    • Reduced storage space requirement on the server, compared to the previous versions.
    • Admin can increase frequency for some users if more detailed logs are required.
  • new: shows estimated space required for screenshots, at the bottom of Screen tab.
  • improved IntelliSnap smart mode of taking screenshots based on users actions.
  • new: Copy and Paste buttons in Agent Properties on Privacy and Files tabs in the lists, for easier editing of long lists.
  • new: added Japanese localization of the software thanks to our new partner in Japan, Technoblest https://www.softactivity.jp
  • a lot of improvements and minor fixes.

Web console:

  • new: added Keystrokes column to CSV export.
  • multiple bug fixes and improvements.
  • new: added Japanese localization (switch languages in bottom right corner)
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Computer Monitoring Software and Why You Need It

February 3rd, 2020

Malicious attacks on large and SMB business data are increasingly on the rise and will cost your company potentially millions of dollars. Not only will investing in computer monitoring software protect your company against malicious insider threats, but it can also support your company’s short-learn and long-term productivity goals. 

Not sure what computer monitoring software is? We understand. As a business owner or IT response member, it can feel kind of invasive using computer monitoring software to monitor employee operations. We want you to feel comfortable knowing that this software’s aim is to protect your company, while still respecting the privacy of your employees.

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