Identity TheftA generation ago, the only theft risk that a company need worry about involved physical theft. Today, data theft represents the most severe risk for businesses. Symantec reports that the United States has the highest cost of breaches in the world at a marker of over five million dollars.

That said, how can you minimize the threat of cyber piracy?

Secure Your Wi-Fi

When your company needs to connect mobiles, laptops, and tablets to a central Internet line, it’s necessary to have an open wireless connection that allows everyone to tap in. When that line isn’t secured, however, you run the risk of a thief piggybacking onto the network and downloading whatever contents they can find. PC World notes that specific types of file hosting services, such as File Transfer Protocols (FTPs), can be read directly over an unsecured network by anyone since they show up in plain text. Lock down a Wi-Fi network in order to make sure that anyone walking by with a signal finder cannot prey upon your vulnerability.

Password Protection

In the digital age, there’s only one gatekeeper to sensitive data like credit card information and Social Security numbers: our passwords. Despite the password representing the first and last line of defense against cyber criminals, far too few people understand the importance of creating complex, constantly-changing passwords in order to safeguard their information. SplashData notes that the most common password is still the word “password”, with “123456” coming in second place. You can make a password nearly impossible to crack by making it longer than eight letters, with capital and lower-case letters sprinkled in along with numbers and symbols.

Comprehensive Protection

Companies have every reason to encourage their employees to bring their mobile devices and laptops to work with them. A BYOD policy encourages higher morale and greater productivity. When a company fails to provide comprehensive protection for all company-linked mobiles, however, a single lost or stolen phone can bring down the entire network. Consumer Reports notes that over one and a half million cell phones are stolen annually, more than car thefts. In order to provide a safeguard for your business, you may need to ensure security over employee-owned devices. Research ways to provide fraud protection for individuals and secure the entire group. Services such as LifeLock monitors business credit and can help keep your important information safe from cyber criminals. With every individual taken care of, there’s no singular weakness for outside threats.

Trust Who You Work With

ID Theft Center created a comprehensive list of all the sources of data breaches. Their number one category, unsurprisingly, was hackers, but in second place came third-party contractors. While no business is an island and every company must work with other companies to create a successful products, knowing who you are working with can mitigate the risk of being ripped off once you pass over a company check for payment. Run background checks on whatever contractors your organization works alongside in order to make sure that they can be trusted with access to your company’s sensitive data.

Small Business You find yourself on the road more often than not for your small business, securing new contracts, networking at trade shows, and scouting out new product lines. You stuck with your laptop for mobile computing for some time, but you see more tablets popping up around you. Pew Research reports that 34 percent of adults in the United States own a tablet, a number that’s doubled since its report in 2012. Tablets represent a strong niche on their own, but they’re also capable of replacing a laptop computer entirely for a small business owner.

Mobile Data

Relying on a mobile broadband hotspot device, smartphone tethering, or the quality of hotel Wi-Fi is not the most efficient way to ensure data access when you’re away from the office. When you look at tablet options, like the Apple iPad Mini, wireless data service is included with your tablet. This gives you reliable 3G or 4G data without utilizing a smartphone or paying for an additional mobile broadband device.

Cloud-Based Applications

Cloud-based applications bring your tablet the software and functionality it needs to work as your mobile battle station. If you already use cloud-based apps on your desktop and laptop computers, chances are you have a compatible app available for the tablet. If an app isn’t available, you still have the option to access cloud-based services through the website itself. Venture Beat reports that cloud-based apps are particularly useful for tablets because you can sync data between your mobile device and your home base network, you don’t lose your data if your tablet goes missing, and it also shoulders most of the processing power burden.

Docking Stations

If you like the tablet concept but you’re not a big fan of typing on the touchscreen all the time, look into docking stations. PC World recommends a few Android tablet-compatible plug in keyboard docks that turn your tablet into a pseudo laptop, such as the Asus Transformer TF101 mobile docking station.


The iPad is at the top end of the tablet price range, going up to $900 range in certain configurations. However, many tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are significantly cheaper than the majority of laptops on the market, outside of netbooks and Chromebooks. When you’re working with a limited IT budget and want your money to go as far as possible, a tablet comes out ahead of a business laptop in almost every situation, barring software.

Battery Life

Most laptops fall well short of tablet battery lives. Cnet found that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Google Nexus 7, and Microsoft Surface 2 all have more than 10 hours of battery life. Few laptops compare with that, and the all day charge is critical for small business owners who don’t get a chance to stop and sit during their busy day.

Today’s iPads and smartphones offer plenty of innovative ways to creating and make business presentations. If you are willing to branch out from the customer PowerPoint slides, a world of exciting new apps for your tablet or phone await.

A little experimentation can lead to faster presentation creation and more interesting, effective presentation graphics – plus the mobility and easy of use that today’s mobile devices offer. If you want to break with tradition and start impressing clients and bosses, look into apps like these:

1. Mighty Meeting: Mighty Meeting is a presentation app that helps you quickly share and display your slides whenever you need too. The app includes compatibility with both tablets and smartphones for full presentation control. You can store PDFs and PowerPoints in the cloud and pull them out whenever and wherever you need them, solving many compatibility issues that presentations often suffer from.

Mobile Devices

If you are working in a team, it lets you share slides and whiteboard drawings with any people through a system designed to be platform compatible. This is also particularly useful when it comes to video conferences. Two levels are available based on how many features you want.

2. Infographics: If you have a lot of statistics to present and want to show them off in the best way possible, look into apps like Apple’s Infographics, which gives you templates to develop easily shareable infographics to explain things. Choose your template and then use Keynote to fill them in with a flowing explanation of numbers and their impact, plus all the visual tricks you could want.

3. SlideRocket: SlideRocket is like an advanced version of SlideShare, an app designed to replace old slideshow creators with an advanced version that allows you to important slides from Google or PowerPoint and develop them in a more flexible web space.

This is a great option for those with more graphic design talents who really want to customize their presentations for the best possible effects. Expects a lot of tools, features, and media integration with YouTube and Flickr. You can also share and collaborate on projects. Both desktop and mobile versions of the software are available.

4. Grafio: Grafio is an app for the fast-paced business world. It is a vector diagramming app, a fancy term for software that makes it easy to map out ideas, create quick diagrams, and develop graphs with data. Its unique, user-friendly features make it easy to whip out presentations within minutes no matter where you are at. If you frequently give presentations at work and have tight deadlines, consider using it.

5. Prezi: In some ways, Prezi is the opposite of Grafio. It is an in-depth presentation designer for the modern world. Instead of slides it uses zoom in/out technology to take viewers on the 3D journey through a beautiful graphical interface. This allows the audience to “discover” text, graphics and stats in flowing, mesmerizing environment. Sound, video, and many other media options are available. Desktop and iPad creators are available, and an iPhone viewer option is also available.

6. MindMeister: MindMeister works best for interactive meetings when you are not only presenting but also asking for ideas and thoughts. Like the website itself, the app version allows you to quickly map out and streamline brainstorming thoughts. You can create idea maps, share them, protect them, and use a variety of tools to encourage free thinking or add media to the best ideas.

7. Presenter Apps: Presenter apps allow you to control presentation slides with your phone. Advanced options include the ability to control sound or respond to specific gestures. Plenty of options exist for all platforms, typically under the name “Presenter” or a variant thereof. You should search for a presenter app designed to work specifically with your presentation software.

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Sara Wells is a tech writer who keeps up with the latest gadget news and writes on behalf of companies such as iPhone 5s insurance brand.