Ensure Employees Are Cyber Aware
With more electronic gadgets able to connect to the Internet, it’s more important than ever to protect your company from phishers, spyware and other things that can compromise your privacy. In order to keep your company safe from cyber breaches be sure your employees are aware of the following:
Internet phishing utilizes phony email or pop-up messages as bait to hook unsuspecting Internet users into divulging personal information, such as credit card numbers and account passwords, to be used for identity theft. Phishers’ phony emails can be very persuasive and believable. To help you avoid getting reeled in by a phishing scam:
- Be extremely wary of urgent email requests for your personal or financial information
- Email personal or financial information only if the site is secure (sites that start with https://)
- Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date on all company computers
- Watch our recent video with cyber expert Jay Shelton on the Google Doc phishing scam
Are your employees downloading free media files or other shareware from popular websites? If so, they may want to think twice before clicking the download button. Freeware actually comes at a price—it often includes software (adware) that tracks your internet activity. While legitimate adware companies disclose the data collected, some adware also identifies your personal information, which is sold to a third party without your knowledge. If you’re concerned about protecting your online privacy, look for anti-spyware software.
When you visit a web page, a “cookie” is placed on your computer as a unique identifier. Cookies allow a web server to store information on your computer and later retrieve it. If this information is personalized, your surfing is no longer private. To combat cookies, you can reconfigure your browser to accept, block or individually approve cookies. You can also use cookie management software for your company.
Most people consider spam, or electronic junk mail, to be annoying but harmless. Most computer viruses are caught via email. To reduce the amount of spam finding its way to employee inboxes, consider using one of the commercial anti-spam products on the market. Some products filter unwanted spam and often come with added features such as firewall protection.
For more ways to minimize your risk of cyber-attacks, contact us.
- Cyber Liability E-Book
- Cyber Series Part 1- Risk Mitigation
- Cyber Series Part 2- Coverage and Claim Management
- Educating Employees on Cyber Security
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