IT Security Tip #14 – Work and Personal Surfing

IT Security Tip #14: Work computers and devices are only for ONE thing…

That is, work! Never mix personal web surfing and social media with company devices especially if you don’t have any form of professional or in-house IT management at your work.  If you want to check your Gmail account or Facebook page, do it on your personal device. Malware is lurking around ever corner.  It is especially prevalent on social or entertainment type sites and pages. Antivirus will not stop the ‘good’ stuff typically.

This number is probably low by now, but over 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked every day. Yahoo has been hacked multiple times that we know of. If you’re using a company device to access a compromised account, you’re opening up a door to cyber-criminal programs and applications which exist to steal or hi-jack information. What if that next link you click on the company computer caused the company server’s data to be held hostage (which is what ransomware does)? The IT company will know where it started…don’t let that be your computer! Keep company devices for company use and reserve personal browsing for your devices.

Terry is a pleasant, knowledgeable IT professional. He brought us up to date with modern technology and continues to manage our servers and systems. Terry is good at troubleshooting and problem-solving. When we need someone to respond or solve a problem, Terry and his team at Cole Informatics are always quick to respond. I would certainly recommend Terry to others that require help with IT in their business.”

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Beverly Murley, Executive Assistant, Jackson Housing Authority

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