A little education goes a long way

With Cyber Crime taking the number one ranking for Global crime activity, it leaves little doubt as to why the internet can be a dangerous place. Until a few years ago, hackers, or cyber criminals, were motivated by malice, but they are now motivated by money. They achieve this largely with viruses, spyware, malware or other unwanted and unsolicited software. For technology professionals, cyber crimes are almost always avoided, but with a little education you can realize the same success.

We have all heard this before, but it is worth repeating.
• Don’t open email attachments or click on links from people that you don’t know.
• Don’t surf sites that are not reputable or well known.
• If your company uses social networking sites for marketing, be smart about the links you click on.
• Read posted information carefully and decide whether or not you feel the link is safe. If you are unsure about a link you see, do not click it.

A good practice for business owners or managers is to add an internet acceptable use policy to your employee handbook. Content filtering is available on most firewalls, which will prevent employees from going to sites that may harm their computers. Spam and virus protection is becoming more intuitive and reliable, making browsing the internet much safer. Even though technology is improving, the best protection is still education. Becoming more aware of your internet usage can prevent future harmful attacks on your computer. Educate yourself and your employees. Be safe and be smart.

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