7 simple steps to protect yourself from hackers

‘Shark Tank’ investor Robert Herjavec: 7 simple steps to protect yourself from hackers

It’s tempting to deal with the threat of a hacker stealing your digital data by simply hoping, or assuming, it will never happen to you.

“People assume that they’re exempt from the risks of cybersecurity,” Robert Herjavec, founder and CEO of cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group, and a star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” tells CNBC.

“Similarly, businesses assume it will never happen to them,” says Herjavec. “It will! Cybersecurity risk is everywhere and no matter the size of your business the data you process and ingest can be exploited for financial gain.”

Malicious or “black hat” hackers steal and then sell information.

“Not to be morbid, but we are all targets,” says Herjavec. “Today’s hackers are after information which they are using as a weapon for political and financial gain. It can be identity information, corporate IP secrets, passwords, payment information — no matter what it is, they’re either putting it up for sale on the deep dark web, holding files for ransom or leveraging the data to influence markets, politics and business.”


By 2021, the cost of online crime will be $6 trillion annually, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to a report from Cybersecurity Ventures, a leading market research firm.

The rise of digital currencies like Bitcoin have made it easier for black-hat hackers to demand payment anonymously. That has only made it more possible for them to do harm.

“There is no effective law enforcement for financial cybercrime today,” says Herjavec. “Organizations need to increase their defenses and become more resilient because there is no end state in sight for this growing cybercrime epidemic.

“So long as there is a way for cybercriminals to get paid, with limited risk, attacks will continue.”

Robert Herjavec at Iconic in Seattle on April 5, 2016.

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Robert Herjavec at Iconic in Seattle on April 5, 2016.

Unfortunately, the only way to be safe from cyber crime is to live completely offline. “There is no such thing as perfect security,” says Herjavec.

That said, there are steps you can take to decrease your likelihood of being attacked, the first of which is understanding that you are vulnerable.

Here are the best ways for consumers to minimize that vulnerability, according to Herjavec.

Avoid public wi-fi

“Public wi-fi is exactly that: Public. Don’t do your personal banking or private stuff in a public place,” says Herjavec. In particular, do not complete financial transactions on public wi-fi.

Look for “https://” if you are doing anything financial

If a url begins with “https://” rather than “http://,” then that connection meets the basic “SSL certification” level of encrypted security.

Be suspicious when asked to reveal personal information

“For any website or app, don’t give away key information that you don’t think is relevant,” says Herjavec. For example, “If a camera app asks for financial data, be cautious and don’t download it.”

Exercise extreme caution in opening emails

Don’t open emails or attachments from strangers. “Hackers are also evolving phishing emails to make it seem like they are coming from someone you do know,” says Herjavec. “Don’t input any personal information on links from emails you’re not sure about.”

And even if you recognize the sender, if you think an attachment is suspicious, don’t open it before double-checking with the person the email is supposedly from.


Here are best ways for small business owners to minimize their vulnerability.

Educate your employees

Particularly if your business requires employees to work on their own technology, training employees is critical, says Herjavec.

Set cybersecurity rules and practices

Entrepreneurs “should also put in place proper cyber etiquette from the very beginning so that as the business grows, their cybersecurity program can continue to scale,” says Herjavec.

Grant security clearance conservatively

“For small businesses, make sure only employees who need access to certain data have it, especially if employees are wearing more than one hat,” says Herjavec. “This is a good way to mitigate insider threat risk on smaller teams.”

Source- http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/28/shark-tank-investor-robert-herjavec-7-steps-to-protect-from-hackers.html

How To Archive

Hello and welcome to this Winworks Tech Series Blog
In this Post, I will show you how to archive your work orders so you can keep your databases running fast and smooth.

So after you run an End of Day process, you may see this screen. That means it is time to archive. No need to panic. This is an easy process.







Step 1- Is to get onto the main computer or the server.

Step 2- Make sure everyone is closed out of Winworks AutoShop.

Step 3- Run a backup. Go to Options then Backup Files. Make sure you have the right drive letter selected and hit ‘Backup Now’ and wait for the backup to complete. It is important that no one interrupts this process by logging into Winworks.

Step 4- Once the backup is done close out of AutoShop and open Winworks Applications.

Step 5- Open the Archive Utility and log in with admin credentials

Step 6- Click ‘Create New Archive File’

Step 7- Now the utility will run and if you look right here you will see how many total work orders need to be archived. The larger the number the longer it will take to archive. So plan your archive accordingly, as you cannot stop the archive once it is started. If you only want to archive 300 Work Orders click no. But if you want to archive all the available work orders click ‘Yes’

Step 8- Click Begin Archive Creation, then wait for the archive to complete.


You can also watch the video on how to do this here-

Helping Shop Owners Since 1993

Winworks Software was founded in 1993 to address the growing needs of service writers and shop owners throughout the country for better management software solutions for their businesses.

The History of the Winworks AutoShop Management System
In the early 1990s, software for automotive repair professionals did little more than write work orders and provide some basic reporting using a DOS interface. Winworks engineers worked closely with local shop owners to re-design the work order writing experience from the ground up. Special care was taken to the flow of work for the service adviser and the growing need for comprehensive management information for owners. The result was the Winworks AutoShop Management System introduced in February 1995 to an overwhelming response. Since that time, we have continued the process of carefully listening to our customers, continuously improving the software to increase the efficiency of service writing while also providing valuable insight into business information. Providing the key information in innovative ways has allowed our customers to increase not only efficiency but profitability. We have also introduced multiple work order formats and a custom format option to allow service advisers to communicate the work done and the pricing in an effective and streamlined way. Our engineers are continually addressing new technologies and improving the Winworks AutoShop system with new parts catalogs, online ordering and text messaging to name a few.

The Philosophy of Winworks
It is our customers that measure the quality of our software and our technical support services. Our loyal following is a testimony of our determination to serve each customer providing them the best experience possible with our software. Our technical support has earned high ratings because we will take the time to remotely connect and solve your issue in the most efficient way possible while keeping our technical support rates among the lowest in the industry.

Database Maintenance

Hello everyone in this post I will show you how to do database maintenance. Running this utility will help keep your databases lean and able to run at peak performance. It only takes a few minutes to do. Here is how you do it.

Step 1- Make sure you are on the main computer. and that you have done a backup- If you want to learn to do a backup, click the link in the description below.

Step 2- Make sure all users are out of Winworks AutoShop. And Clock on Winworks Applications.

Step 3- Click Database maintenance

Step 4- Now there are 4 main databases in Winworks, 5 if you are a premium user. AutoShop, ShopData, MgmtData, W_Orders. So now click AutoShop, and then click ‘Repair and compact’ Click ‘Ok’ Through the next prompts. Go through all the databases. Once you are done with the 4 or 5 databases. You are done with database maintenance. This should not have to be done all that often. Occasionally, it may be needed.