The recent years have seen an incredible rise in cyber crimes. No matter how robust an organization’s security systems are, it can always be a victim of data breach. Anthem, Experian and the IRS are some of the big shots that fell prey to data breaches in 2015.
Keeping employees safe from these sorts of attacks has been a major concern for business owners. From details about your company’s assets to your customer’s private information, a lot is at stake. Let’s take a look at some ways you can educate your employees to stay safe while online:
Ask Them to Look Out For Questionable URLs
Fake URLs contain a slight deviation from the real one and if your employees are not wise enough to detect it, it can lead to security issues. The URL will seem familiar to the users and they may enter their personal information which can be used for quite ominous purposes.
Encourage Them to Use the Security System
You may have installed the latest anti-virus, anti-spyware or firewall on your office’s computers, but if your employees are not regularly running them, these security systems will be rendered useless. Make sure you stress the use of these software. Also, keep them updated as you don’t want an outdated security system fighting advanced malware infections.
Discourage Downloading From Unknown Sources
Criminals use botnets, viruses and Trojans to attack computers. Clicking and downloading from insecure sources can prove to be a threat for your employees’ data. Your employees should be educated about these software with malicious intent, so that they remain safe while online.
Ask Them to Keep Varied Passwords
While your employees may think that keeping a simple password will help them remember it better, it has been found that trying an easy password is one of the first things that hackers do. Encourage them to keep longer and unique passwords. Passwords with personal details, such as social security number or date of birth may not be a good idea. Finally, there should be a different password for each of the accounts.
Create a Separate VPN
A VPN or a Virtual Private Network allows you to create a network of secure connections without wires. With a public WiFi hotspot, the chances of criminal activity largely increase. A VPN makes sure that the connections are secure and encrypted.