When it comes to our businesses, most of us are diligent to stay on top of cyber security threats. We hire the best firms, install the latest security programs, and teach our employees how to best use the company computers. However, we tend to let our cyber security clock out when we do, leaving employees vulnerable in their personal lives.
Keeping your team happy and motivated is a key factor in increasing productivity. Therefore, making sure your employees know how to avoid cyber security breaches is in your business’ best interests. A little bit of education can go a long way toward boosting security on the web.
Here are three tips to pass on to your employees:
1) Public Computers
With laptops and smart phones, public computers are decreasing in use every year. That being said, there are still plenty of times when a public access computer is an easy alternative to bringing along a laptop—whether you are at a co-working space or a public library. When signed in to a public computer, make sure to never check the “remain signed in” button on any website, as the next user could easily access your information. Further, always log out, even if you think the computer will log you out manually.
While Bluetooth is great if you want to play a song on your radio from your phone, it is also an easy way for hackers to access your phone and, thus, your personal information. The simplest way to ensure hackers don't access your phone through Bluetooth is to turn it off whenever you aren't using it. It'll save your cell phone battery, and maybe your personal data.
Your email is at the center of everything you do online. If a hacker is able to get into your email, they can compromise the rest of your online identity in minutes—even resetting bank and work passwords. Make sure to fight this by using a strong and unique email password that combines letters, numbers, and symbols when possible. Change it at least every six months, just in case you have accidentally or incidentally given out your password to someone.