Recently, a business suffered from a few attempted robberies. Luckily, security happened upon each attempt before they were able to make it into the building. However, one last attempt succeeded and resulted in a major loss to the company. The difference? The last employee out the door accidentally left the door unlocked.
Digital World vs. Real World
That “unlocked door” scenario happens all the time in the digital world. Employees often provide attackers with ways around even the best cybersecurity protocols. It’s the digital version of leaving the door open. This post will show you some doors to keep closed.
We recently posted about protecting your computer from cyber-attacks. They work hand-in-hand with the tips below. You should read it. Go ahead. We’ll wait. All done? Those tips apply to any device, including both home and business. Today, we’re taking that list and expanding it with additional tips specifically aimed at protecting your work computer and environment.
1. Use Strong Passwords
We have entire posts dedicated to passwords. The latest, How to Not Fail at Passwords, was just posted in September. In addition to those suggestions, don’t reuse the same password. Also, change your password from time to time. We know it’s a lot to keep track of, so we suggest you use a password manager like LastPass.
2. Make Backups
Hopefully, your company already backs up your data. Check with your IT provider. If they aren’t, watch our Tech Tip Tuesday episode about easily backing up Windows. All it takes is a flash drive. You should consider using a couple of flash drives and storing one of them securely offsite.
3. Be Careful Installing Anything
The software you need should be installed by your company or IT provider. Don’t try to install anything without getting it approved first. Some programs can create security risks. Even just running the installer can install malware.
4. Watch Out For WiFi
If you use a company device outside the office, be careful when connecting to any WiFi networks. Unsecured WiFi networks open your device to attack. Find out if your office has a VPN available. A VPN can keep your data traffic secure from prying eyes.
5. Keep An Eye On Physical Devices
Devices are designed to be more mobile than ever. Laptops, tablets, and phones let you work from practically anywhere. However, this also means that these devices are easily stolen. It’s nice working at your local coffeehouse, but don’t leave your laptop sitting alone on the table. Headed to the store? Leave your devices in the trunk and not on the front seat.
6. Social Media Signals
Social media provides great platforms for staying connected. Be careful how much information you share about your job, responsibilities, and company though. Unfortunately, scammers watch social media for information they can leverage. They use that info to craft believable emails and messages that look legitimate.
7. Speak Up
If you see anything suspicious or strange happening on your computer, let your IT provider know. If you fall for a scam (it’s easy to do), ask for help. Did you accidentally install ransomware? Don’t try to take care of it on your own. Let your IT provider know. This is what we’re here for.
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