You hire an IT guy to help ensure your secure. You install awesome software on your mobile computers, servers and desktop computer, you have sticky notes in public areas reminding people to not write down their passwords.
But you know you are still NOT as secure as you can be.
TeamViewer did a study which found that company workers (and owners) are doing some pretty bad things which are making their networks much less secure.
The most common thing they see is the browsing of social media websites (82%) followed by:
- Opening inappropriate email attachments – 57%
- Downloading games – 52%
- Plugging in unauthorized USB devices – 51%
- Plugging in unauthorized personal devices – 50%
- Illegal downloads (e.g. pirating movies, music or software) – 45%
- Looking for other jobs – 39%
And these bad habits have their share of repercussions. 90% of IT administrators say that they’ve witnessed problems to company equipment because of these actions including:
- Viruses – 77%
- Slow computers – 74%
- Crashed computers – 55%
- Mass popups – 48%
- Inability to open email – 33%
If you want to ensure your small (or large) network or individual computer are secure there’s several things you can do.
- Be very careful in opening any email – in fact do it slowly and with great thought and care
- Be careful in opening up emails – in fact have your images “off” by default
- Ensure your email provider and Internet Service Provider have built in security to scan email and protect your network
- Installed security software at all your end points – notebook, computer, mobile devices
- Be careful when using public networks.
- These are just a few things you can do to be more secure.