When work is more efficient through computers, it is important for any boss to be fully aware of the possible dangers to the company’s cyber security. When data is often the target of criminals it takes more than just good software to keep them out. Today, we discuss five PC security tips that you can share with your employees.
Always log out
This is one of the most overlooked tips that can protect any company’s cyber security. A lot of employees and even bosses are guilty of this. We’ve all become quite accustomed to the convenience of not having to login after coming back from yesterday’s shift or even from a short break. In the amount of time that you’ve left your details in your computer, you would have granted access to anyone who might have physically sneaked unto your computer or even to those who hijacked the PC to control it remotely.
Leaving your details in not only leaves the data stored vulnerable but it also leaves your employee’s details vulnerable as well. There’s 85% probability that the password that an employee uses for work is also the password they use for personal accounts. So to avoid that risk, always log out of all accounts whenever you’re not at your post.
Be alert and aware
This is particularly true with remote workers. If your employees have the freedom to work in co-working spaces or coffee shops, you need to tell them to always be on guard. Employees should maintain awareness of their surroundings. Employees need to keep a sharp feel out for anyone that might be watching over their shoulders or eavesdropping on any work calls.
Remind them to never leave any devices or documents that pertain to work unguarded. This means that employees must not leave their bags, parcels, laptops, and other mobile devices in their cars as well. It’s ultimately better for employees to have devices and documents under their custody at all times. Or at least, place them in a secure place when they’re not there.
Avoid using the same password
This can be applied to personal accounts as well as professional ones. For company emails, it’s best to assign generated passwords and to replace those passwords every 3 months. While it may come off as a bit of a hassle, it’s ultimately best to not get too attached to a particular password. Having impersonal and randomly generated passwords will come off as stronger and harder to guess.
Actively read up on new vulnerabilities and attacks
An employee that is armed with knowledge makes them less likely to fall pray to a cyber attack. As a boss, you need to ensure that your employees are suitably aware and educated about the different sort of online scams or attacks through an email or a link. Bosses also need to encourage their employees to be aware of new modus operandis that pop up. Subscribing to a website which discusses cyber security would more than likely always be updating on new types of attacks and scams.
A company whose employees are proactive in their defense make a good front line of defense when it comes to their cyber security.
Never download unauthorized software
Many system threats are disguised as programs that are free to download on the Web. As a boss, it’s your job to make sure that employees know that they should not allow this sort of potential threat onto network devices and terminals. Better yet, lock down the enterprise systems so that users do not have the ability to install them in the first place. Requiring admin permissions before anyone can download anything is a pretty safe security measure to take.