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.

Before working with Terry, my business’s computer system had been a complete disaster. If it weren’t for him, I would have had to shut down my practice. Terry frequently does more than he’s asked for businesses, including working all hours when a problem arises. He has even tried to learn my software to help me out. I went through 3 different support people and none of them could help like Terry has helped me. Terry is trustworthy and reliable. I would highly recommend Terry and Cole Informatics to anyone facing challenges with their business IT.”

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Christie Patterson-King, Nurse Practitioner & Owner

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