How Secure is Your Information?

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Internet privacy is becoming more and more important as the digital age continues to grow. Threats are becoming smarter and are finding new ways to hack in and steal your information. Staying up to date on the latest threats or using better practices can help reduce your risk.  Below are a few simple things you can do help keep your personal information safe.

Two-Factor Authentication

The addition of a second factor is another layer of protection when signing in to something rather than just a password. This could include a security question that only you know the answer to, a key fob or key card to get into a certain area or having a pin number on hand when accessing something of importance.

Password Complexity

Gone are the days of using the name of your favorite pet or a birthday as a password.  Strong passwords should include a unique combination of letters, numbers, and symbols with both uppercase and lowercase letters.  It is also recommended that passwords be a minimum of 8 characters and be changed every 180 days.  This type of password complexity makes it much more difficult for a hacker and their tools to try and steal your information.

Password Management

Given the vast number of accounts, a person may have, remembering multiple logins and passwords is a challenge for everyone.  This leads to people using the same password across multiple sites or accounts. Password duplication can make it very easy for a hacker to access all of your accounts at the same time. Today there are several applications that will allow you to remember just one Master Password and assist you in creating unique passwords for each site you need login access for.  Examples of these applications would be LastPass, RoboForm and Dashlane.

For more information and great tips visit thompsoninnovation.com. Technology integration you can rely on from the people you can trust at Thompson Innovation. Our contact information is:

Phone: 866-258-8462

Email: help@thompsoninnovation.com

Website:  thompsoninnovation.com

Four Steps to Build an Innovative Platform for your Business

TI_Logo-FINAL-01Thinking outside the box tends to be the best way to have that big breakthrough. Many ideas that you have could fail to take off, not because of bad ideas but simply because innovation depends on the success of the product just as much as the idea itself. This is why having an effective innovation platform will help you along the way. We have 4 steps that can assist you in your ventures.

Step 1. Understand why you should innovate. Markets in this economy are always changing so it is very important that you stay up-to-date with the latest trends. There are different types of innovation that you can apply to your business, these include: product innovation, process innovation, marketing innovation, and organizational innovation. These types of innovation can help you find your “why”.

 Step 2. Acknowledge ideas from any place. Whether its customer feedback, employees, partners, or the executive team, anyone can help give you that great idea. This means that you might have to monitor your customer service lines to hear feedback. Maybe you have a suggestion box in the office to hear from your employees. Host fun and friendly competitions with rewards around the office to boost and motivate your workers to be creative. All of these can generate the opportunity for an idea to be born.

Step 3. Hire or train new employees in different areas. If you see a gap in you company between growth and capability then it might be time to look outside for help or look to the veterans for their experience. Hiring outside help, even if it is a short-term contractor, can bring in a new perspective that your employees can learn and adopt. Look to your veterans who might not have previously voiced their opinion but can give you beneficial information on what they think would be better for the company. Sometimes people are too shy about speaking their mind, so you should ask. Who knows maybe the next big idea is sitting in your own building.

Step 4. Choose your processes and tools wisely. There are a couple different ways to go about doing this. Some of the processes are, closed innovation which is doing things all in-house. Collaborative innovation is working with your closest partners. Open innovation is being open to customer feedback and ideas. Lastly, a co-innovator is partnering with another business to develop something that you couldn’t do on your own. The tools are the structure and the methods you use to implement these strategies. Any type of innovation can involve risk but having a plan in place can make the process a lot smoother.

Thompson Innovation is here to help make your business more innovative. Contact us to learn more about ways to kickstart innovation and improve your operations.

Phone: 712-224-3800

Website: www.Thompsoninnovation.net

Exciting Announcement

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On May 22, 2018, Electric Innovations and its sister company Thompson Automation and Specialty Services were brought together as a stronger and even more dynamic technology integration company called Thompson Innovation.

Our strategic plan has always been focused on strengthening the technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions we can offer to our customers. This is another step in fulfilling our Corporate Mission: “To be the prime solution provider as recognized by our employees, customers and the communities we serve.”

Under the direction of General Managers, Tasha Barker and Jason Glover, Thompson Innovation will continue to passionately lead our solutions teams in:

  • Managed IT & Software
  • Life Safety & Security
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Electrical Safety & Preventative Maintenance

The addition of solutions previously provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs as one company. For more information contact Thompson Innovation at 712-224-3800 or visit us at www.thompsoninnovation.net

Thompson Automation Supports Technology Field Day at Loess Hills Elementary

 

Thompson Automation was excited to participate in a Technology Field Day at Loess Hills Elementary on October 26th.  The idea was born from a conversation between Kent Grange of Thompson and John Beeck the principal of Loess Hills.  As a technology-centric elementary school, it was a great opportunity to connect these young students with the technology used by Siouxland businesses.

A select group of local Siouxland Business’s presented to 5th graders as a showcase the various skills needed for different careers, with a large focus on literacy and technology.   “We were able to share with the students the different things that can be done with the programming and technology skills they are learning,” said Jason Glover of Thompson Automation.  “It was a really fun chance to help these students see what they do in school are the skills they will need in a career.”

The event was so successful that there is now talk about making the Technology Field Day an annual event.  Thompson’s participation was also part of a larger corporate program to be active in our communities and support local events.