Online Security Why Should You Care

When you’re at work, you’re probably focused on
your job. Data security—both yours and your
company’s—should be left to the IT department, right?

Of course not. Big companies get attacked by hackers all the time and a successful attack means losses in the millions, thousands of customers affected and, potentially, employees getting fired. Are these attacks at the hands of some whiz kid crunching numbers all night in some dark warehouse? No, more likely they’re run by a crafty attacker who bought an automated malware kit and just needed to trick some employees into opening a link or a file they shouldn’t have.

Don’t be that employee! Here’s how you can start learning how to stop the bad guys from putting your data—and maybe even your job—at risk.

5 Online Tips for Protecting Your Data—
and Your Company’s

1. Passwords Are Like Kleenex: Don’t Reuse ’Em

Everyone is sick of dealing with passwords, but there’s one important thing to remember. Using the same password across different sites and applications dramatically increases the chances your accounts can be compromised in one fell swoop. It’s like having the same key for your office, your home, your car, and your safety deposit box.

2. Beware Of Online Storage Services

Using online file-sharing services like Dropbox can turn into a security nightmare for your company. Maybe you just want to bring a document home to work on, but putting it in a less-secure, unencrypted environment can cost you and your employer plenty. There’s a good chance your company doesn’t want those sensitive documents leaving in any form. Make sure you understand your company’s policy and follow it.

3. TMI Social Syndrome Can Get Ya Hacked

Most people give away a lot of information about themselves on sites like Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter. But bear in mind anything you share can and will be used against you by online hackers. Attackers gather intelligence about their victims on these sites to guess answers to your password challenge questions, confirm a job title to know what kind of corporate data you have access to and design a spearphishing email to convince you to open up malicious links. Don’t accept friend requests from just anyone.

4. That Message Will Self Destruct—And Blow You Up With It

Fake email attachments and links booby trapped with malware are one of the most common snares set by online attackers. The curiosity can get overwhelming, but don’t ever open an email attachment you weren’t expecting, especially if it’s advertised to have juicy information like coworkers’ salaries inside. The same goes for links sent out by strangers, or even suspicious links that seem to be from friends.

5. Is Your Codec Out Of Date? Not likely!

Sometimes, a non-work-related website might ask you to install a codec or driver or patch before sending you to a video or other content. Don’t be tricked. This is a favorite way for attackers to convince users to start downloading virus-laden files. Odds are, this is one area that IT has handled. Let them install patches and update your software.

Remember, it’s your company and your job. It’s also your responsibility to do your part to protect the company’s sensitive data.

Armed with a lot of caution, a little extra knowledge, and a sense of common purpose, you can make your company a tougher target while protecting your customers and yourself at the same time.

Check out the below videos for more cyber security tips that will help you protect your personal information and your company’s.

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