All Posts By Cristos Lianides-Chin

Cristos Lianides-Chin is the founder of Anchor-Buoy Software, a custom FileMaker development firm based in Portland, Maine. You can email him at Learn more about how Anchor-Buoy Software can help you turn data overload and messy workflows into software that is a delight to use at


Cybersecurity for Small Business


Going to work for yourself can be a hugely liberating experience. When I first made the shift, I came to fully appreciate the empowering distinction between the question, “Is it OK if I take Friday off”, and the statement, “I’m not available Friday”. But for every question that boosted my confidence, there was at least one causing a new worry. As a programmer, one of the biggest was, “What if I’m the victim of a data breach?” A recent report sponsored by IBM indicates that the typical breach can cost companies as much as $4 million per incident. Even worse, they estimate that 1 out of every 4 companies worldwide is likely to experience some kind of breach in 2017. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of work or money to improve your odds. At Anchor-Buoy Software, I’ve found spending a little time setting up good security practices buys a huge amount of peace-of-mind. What kind of data breaches should I worry about? There were two main types of security breaches that we were concerned with: Someone stealing data from a system and sharing or selling it. Someone stopping me from accessing my own (or a client’s) data. Although the […]

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