Beyond the technical security that your business must have to be secure it’s also important to ensure you and your employees don’t inadvertently click on insecure web sites or even give your personal or financial information to web sites that could be havens for hackers.
You can read more about overall secure tips in an article from Cindy Bates of Microsoft here or read an article, 8 Tips to Protect Your Business and Secure Its Data that I wrote for Symantec here and here’s one about backup and recovery that I wrote.
But back to the important issue of self education and employee education, in a recent survey by PC Tools, over half of you would give your credit card information to web sites about:
- An online prize
- Free anti virus software
- Get rich opportunity
- A free movie
This is why education, even simple awareness education, is so important. There are proactive and passive ways that thieves can steal from you. Proactive ways are ways in which they actively seek for ways to access passwords, financial information or personal information. Passive ways are creating a web site, hoping someone enters personal or financial information for some product.
Educate your employees so not only are the digital tools and your IT advisor helping you, but each employee also can become an extension of your network.
“Almost half (47%) of US respondents identified an online survey with a prize as either a scam or an attempt to get you to buy something later. However, when presented with the test scenarios, more than half (55%) of US respondents indicated they would be likely to provide their personal information to redeem a prize after completing an online survey,” said Richard Clooke, Online Security Expert, PC Tools.
You and your employees probably think you would never succumb to an online scam, but some scams are so convincing you don’t even know you’ve been “had”.