Category Archives: financial advisor technology

Centaurus Technology Review: Windows 10 Upgrade – Don’t Do It (yet)

By Robert Castaneda, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Centaurus Financial, Inc.

Microsoft’s repair job for Windows 8 has just arrived and it’s called Windows 10. The good news is that if your device (desktop, laptop, all-in-one, tablet) currently runs Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, the upgrade is FREE and you have 1 year to take advantage of this offer. While Windows 10 includes several cool new features including the return of the “start menu”, here’s my advice:

DON’T UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 (not yet anyway)

Protecting Customer Data and Your Computers (Part 1)

Savvy financial adviosors know that “bad things can happen” on the internet. As a trusted professional, you must take steps to safeguard your computers and your customer data [particularly their Non- Public Personal Information (“NPPI”)] from unauthorized access and potential loss. The SEC has mandated that for Registered Representatives and Registered Investment Advisors, establishing unique user accounts, using complex password protection and maintaining appropriate anti-virus software are all required computer protection procedures. Additionally, you must also maintain a “firewall” on all internet-connected computers. Simply put, without a firewall, your computers sit “naked” on the internet and are exposed to any potential threats.