A recent study stats that 98 percent of employees use social media for personal use. Smartphones, which are many users’ go-to devices for accessing social media, are vulnerable to viruses that can pose threats to other computers or cellphones using the office’s Wi-Fi network. If your employee’s device gets infected on their personal home network, then their device can pose a threat when they connect to the office network.
The best way to avoid such problems is to share the risk of using social media quizzes with employees. Here are some security tips to share with your workers:
- Run security software on all devices, even phones, and tablets. Many effective antivirus software solutions are free or inexpensive.
- Make sure all devices’ and computers’ software are up-to-date.
- Password – change any default passwords and set a challenging password. Utilize two-factor authentication if available.
- Do not store important data like passwords—especially work-related passwords—on your devices.
- Properly recycle and remove data before discarding old gadgets.
- Remove temp files and cookies.
- Remind employees not to engage in social media quizzes or personality tests that ask for a lot of information.
Of course, none of this is a guarantee that an employee won’t accidentally give out vital information, which can jeopardize your data. That means you need to be constantly backing up your data off-site. Should a cybercriminal manage to attack your facility with ransomware brought in inadvertently by an employee, you’ll at least have your most recent data available.
For more information on cybersecurity or to keep your employees up to date on the latest cyber threats, contact Vanguard Resources.