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.

“Cole Informatics designed the network based on our operational requirements, ordered the equipment and licensing for us and delivered exactly what we needed. They provided our remote offices with access to the main server, which we had before, but not in the capacity they were able to provide. As far as designing the network and meeting our needs, they came through on that!”

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Tom Noland, Procurement Officer – Biloxi Housing Authority

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