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Tips on IT for employees

Posted on: May 17th, 2013

Tips on IT for employeesThe best way to offer tips when it comes to IT and web systems is by breaking them down into small chunks and offering them to users in plain and simple English. Most security professionals tend to divulge out way too much information and in their strive to tell a person everything, they end up saying nothing. A few of the best security tips on IT for the employees of a company are:

  • Personal information such as login details and passwords are called “personal” for a reason. They are not meant to be given out to anyone over the phone or the net. No IT department has the power to ask for a users ID and password over the mail or phone under any circumstances.
  • It is best to refrain from receiving or sending private information when using a public WiFi network.
  • If a laptop is lost, do not sit and drool over it. Report its loss immediately to the concerned IT department since it may contain confidential information of the company.
  • When in doubt, delete. Whenever an Email is received which seems suspicious or contains funny links, delete it.
  • Look, think, react. Do not end up clicking on every link that comes by in the Inbox. A few might contain viruses or malware as well. Ensure the genuineness of the sender before clicking on any link.
  • Security has no shame. Any breaking into or hacking of login credentials must be reported immediately to the IT department. There is no shame in it as these incidents are common all over the world.
  • It’s convenient to have a common password, but it is not safe. Do not be lazy and have a common password for all websites which require login credentials. Always have different passwords for different sites. This ensures that the rest of the information is safe even if one source has been compromised.
  • Lastly, a password should be a complex set of phrases. For example, it is ridiculous to keep your mobile number as a password since it would be the easiest to hack. An ideal password contains of a random mix of words, numbers and special characters. However, do not make it too random that you yourself forget the password.

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