I love to write. The best part is getting to meet and talk to people. Followed closely by the opportunity to learn something new. In a writing career that's spanned 40 years, I've always found the chance to learn something and share it with others was challenging, fulfilling and great fun. These are some articles I've enjoyed writing for a variety of different reasons. I am happy to entertain freelance assignments for publication or your company's website or blog. Email me to start the conversation. Some of these links will download a pdf and others will take you to a website. Thanks for reading.
– Laura Haight
BI-WEEKLY COLUMN IN THE UPSTATE BUSINESS JOURNAL
The Digital Maven column focuses on technology for small business, specifically making technology understandable, relatable and actionable. The most recent 30 posts are here, but you can view and search the entire archive as well.
Coupled with the ever-present onslaught of new data breaches, security vulnerabilities, and data leaks, it’s not unreasonable to think that most of us would have a passing understanding of the social media risk-benefit equation by now. But we might be wrong about that.
The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook connection is complex, deeply flawed, and now, deeply damaging. But there is an important takeaway: Trusting third-party vendors is dangerous and wholly avoidable. Here's how.
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Business Intelligence is a process not a destination. Do you have the knowledge and the tools to maximize all the information you intrinsically have? We'll see.
Are you on social media? How's that working out for you? If you’re scratching your head on that one, we get you started with some basic analytics every small business and nonprofit can get their (free) hands around.
What's on the horizon? The EU throws down the gauntlet for security, states stake a claim to lead on cybersecurity, and virtual assistants may help make a 20-year-old promise a reality.
Government is investigating new options to manage citizens' identities. Lawmakers are launching new legislation to require even more businesses to collect and secure Social Security numbers. Guess who is caught in the middle?
If art imitates life, we have a lot of work to do to protect hospitals and medical practices from potentially lethal attacks. Yes, Virginia, a lot of the Gray's Anatomy episode is frighteningly real.
Sharing, reposting, retweeting across social media have blurred the lines of authorship, spurring the growth of plagiarism outside of academia. What's a business - pushed to become a content creator - to do to protect its intellectual property?
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Equifax's ginormous data breach pretty much puts an end to the question: Has my identity been exposed? Is there anything small businesses can takeaway from this? You bet: Size doesn't matter, but people do.
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Building a culture of cyber security in your business is a critical piece of any functional security. And if you don't know what that entails, October, national Cyber Security Awareness Month, is a great time to get started.
Crisis communication today goes far beyond a disaster or major business issue. It can be as small as a social media post gone viral. It can also be an opportunity. If you're prepared for it.
We are just not good at planning for the worst; instead we hope for the best. But sometimes stuff happens. If you haven't taken the time to do a full disaster recovery or business continuity plan, you can still take a few steps toward protecting your business when the creek does rise.
Breaking up with your IT professional can be painful. But it doesn't have to be. Prepare yourself with a few basic protections.
Every week, the average business person probably sits through at least 2-3 presentations at a lunch, on a webinar, in a meeting. And through them all, we wonder: Can't these be better? Yes, they can. Here are four steps to get there.
Hundreds of thousands of users wanted to cry after getting the WannaCry Ransomware variant. Still, there were protections out there and so there are some lessons to be learned.
Small businesses face a daily juggle - say 'yes' to one thing and 'no' to something else. Three common technology areas are often places where businesses choose to go cheap. In today's security climate, that's risky. Here's why.
What's the real impact of the Internet privacy rollback and what's next on the president's agenda? Strap in. It's going to be a bumpy ride. (Thank you, Bette Davis!)
On the face of it, all cloud providers kind of seem the same. But they aren't. Here are some conversation starters to help you find the provider who'll be the right fit for your business.
Few things are 100 percent foolproof, but business takes it on chin when the Internet laces up the gloves.
It was a good deed with a positive result, but it could easily have been a very successful and costly scam. So there are lessons to be learned from "the guy who walked into a bar".