Ashley

We are excited to introduce you to Ashley Sherwood! As The Prewitt Group’s receptionist, Ashley is the smile welcoming you to our office and the voice greeting you on the telephone. She keeps our office running smoothly by ensuring incoming calls and correspondence are routed to the appropriate agent in addition to supporting our accounts payable team. To learn more about Ashley, check out this Q&A:

Q: What’s your favorite part of working for The Prewitt Group?

A: Being a member of the accounting department is the most enjoyable aspect of my position. We are a close-knit group that strives to support one another. Plus, we have a good deal of fun along the way.

Q: What brought you to Birmingham?

A: I am originally from Slocomb, Alabama. I moved to Birmingham from São Paulo, Brazil to be closer to family and expose my son to the English language for a portion of his childhood.

Q: Who’s your biggest role model?

A: Ruth Bader Ginsberg is definitely my biggest role model.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: Be the voice for the voiceless.

Q: What are three words that describe you?

A: Resolute. Meticulous. Tenderhearted.

Q: What’s something most people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I have fished my whole life. I spent most of my childhood either deep sea fishing a hundred miles offshore, preparing to go fishing or traveling somewhere to go fishing. There is nothing more centering than standing on the bow of a boat as you look out at the place where sky meets sea, the place where you see nothing, yet see everything.

Q: Favorite quote?

A: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” –attributed to Edmund Burke

Q: Favorite travel spot/vacation?

A: I love to visit the seaside towns along the coast of Brazil, specifically Ilhabela where my husband and I spent our honeymoon.

Q: Movie buff, bookworm or Netflix binger? What are you currently reading or watching?

A: I am a bookworm all the way. I am currently reading Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell. It is a memoir on how a group of non-combat trained WWII nurses survived as prisoners of war in the Pacific.

Q: Favorite spot to hang out in Birmingham?

A: We have a 2-year-old son who loves to be outdoors, so we spend a lot of time at Aldridge Gardens. Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe is also a favorite.

Q: Hobbies?

A: I love cuddling with my little boy and reading him stories. I can also be completely absorbed into research on an enlightening topic for hours. Travel, by necessity as we are an international family, is always something I am excited about as well.

Q: Anything you want to add about family, pets or personal life?

A: I have a wonderful husband and a cherished little boy. I am doing my best to savor every moment of this stage of my life. I am so blessed and deeply thankful.

Cybersecurity While Traveling

Traveling this summer? Whether it is for business or pleasure, traveling makes you a prime target for cybercriminals.

In fact, IBM Security reported that “the transportation industry has become a priority target for cybercriminals as the second-most attacked industry—up from tenth in 2017.” Plus, a new survey revealed that 70 percent of travelers are engaging in high-risk behaviors while on the road. These risky behaviors include connecting to public WiFi, using a public USB station to charge a device, or enabling auto-connect on your devices.

While our mobile devices provide convenience while traveling, they also expose travelers to cyber threats. So, it is up to travelers to be aware and protect themselves from cybercrime. As you travel this summer, keep these do’s and don’ts in mind:

Do:

  • Update your mobile software. Keep your operating system software and apps updated to improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.
  • Back up your information. Back up your contacts, photos, videos and other data with another device or cloud service before traveling.
  • Think before you click. Use caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links, delete emails that are suspicious or are from unknown sources and review the details of an application before installing.
  • Pack a backup battery: Cybercriminals can hijack public USB connections to download data from your phone or install malware without your knowledge. Bring your own battery bank to recharge your phone when you’re low or use traditional wall plugs instead of USB ports.
  • Protect your mobile device. Because our mobile devices store so much personal information, it’s vital to keep them secured while traveling to prevent theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information.

Don’t:

  • Share your location. Many apps and devices use geotagging and location sharing to broadcast your location publicly. Make sure that these settings are off to prevent criminals from knowing where you are.
  • Trust public Wi-Fi. Many public places, resorts and hotels offer free Wi-Fi networks. These are usually not very secure and can allow cyber criminals access to your Internet-enabled devices. When connecting to free Wi-Fi, avoid doing any online banking or shopping while on a public network.
  • Leave your device unlocked. Locking your device with a strong PIN, password, or fingerprint ID will help keep your data safe.
  • Post your location on social media. Checking in to places that you are visiting, posting updates mentioning your location or sharing photos from your journey compromise your privacy. Be careful about what you share and double check your privacy settings on social media sites to make sure strangers can’t see your posts.

Ultimately, the more we travel, the more cyber risks we face, but you can minimize the risk by following these guidelines.