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The Top 5 Online Security Traps and how to Avoid Them

It only takes one malicious link, infected download or data breach to compromise the security of your business. The first level of defense against these threats is employee education. To help you get started, here’s some advice for you to share with your network users on five common online security traps.

Kevin McMurray April 25, 20127:20 pm

Rogueware is typically easy to spot for the educated user, but for basic users who simply know how devastating a virus can be by word of mouth, the popup saying there is an infection can be extremely effective. It’s important to make sure these users don’t feel ashamed about having a virus and try to handle it without contacting IT. Make sure they know you’re there to keep them safe, not to scold them for insecure web habits.

Elizabeth Fernandez April 26, 201210:25 am

Any business nowadays make use of the internet which became part of the daily routine either to connect, exchange ideas, and advertise. And this is why the time is now to put your IT personnel to use. Let them conduct orientation and workshops tackling on both the positive and negative sides of the online world. We are all aware how fast the internet has evolved. And with your IT’s information drive campaign, it will serve as a constant reminder to the rest of the employees in dealing with the World Wide Web. This move will also urge your IT department to study harder.

This video is in fact, a great example to start with. It is concise and used simple terms that can be easily understood even with the non-technical person.

Brian Magsy May 29, 20127:04 pm

It is not just important to orient employees of security traps and how to avoid them. It is equally important to CONSTANTLY REMIND them as humans are prone to forgetfulness.

Tacked reminders or posters splattered on walls all over the offices can certainly help especially since adults only retain 10% of what they’re told or oriented on. It is most likely that they’ll remember to be always on the safe side of things but will forget what are the different vulnerabilities there are.
Additionally, there should be punitive provisions for not complying with safe online behavior policies, lest you want your policies to be toothless.


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