At Integrated Axis, we specialize in helping companies use best practices with their network security and other issues involving IT health. You might not think of your personal identity when considering your organization’s security. The truth is that your employees are the asset that makes you most vulnerable to breaches.
According to recent data, employees cause at least 40% of security issues in companies — from simple negligence to more malicious theft. When you consider the uptick in ransomware attacks, teaching your employees best practices to protect their identity online is essential.
Identity Protection Online: Tips and Tricks
Whether you’re interested in learning more about protecting your own identity or you want to offer better support for your employees to follow, these best practices can help:
- Common Sense.People mistakenly believe that hackers are some nefarious and brilliant computer geniuses who can hack into any system and steal all of your information. In most cases, hackers get in through rudimentary con artistry. They trick real people into allowing them access. While there are hackers who do use very advanced skills to get around programming, in most instances, you’re handing them the keys by clicking into bogus links or using passwords that are easy to guess. Some best practices to avoid these scenarios will keep your data safe from the vast majority of online identity theft.
- Password Protect All Devices. Your phone, iPad, and laptop all hold a wealth of information. They’re also easy to steal physically. Once a thief has your device, they have access to everything in every app. Using a sophisticated password to protect your devices will keep that information secure, even if your physical device goes missing.
- Be Aware of Phishing Scams. Phishing scams are one of the most common ways that hackers gain information. As a rule, don’t click on links through email of companies you don’t know or trust. A better rule is to go to the site independently. Your bank will never send you a link to click. Neither will most entities where you need to use financial information.
- Don’t Ever Offer Information.When someone calls you or contacts you, never give them any information, especially passwords or access to your computer. This is a common scam. If you have questions, look up the company’s contact information and call them yourself. That way you’re certain you’re speaking to a real representative.
- Careful with Social Media.Social media is a fun way to pass the time, but many people share more personal information than they should. Those fun little quizzes are a treasure trove of information for hackers. You’re answering most of your security questions in those quizzes and giving them hints at possible password combinations.
Looking for More Tips to Help Protect Your Network or Identity?
Integrated Axis knows the best ways to protect your entire IT network from malicious attacks and ID theft. If you’re looking for the best practices to protect your company, employees, or personal information, contact us today. Our experienced staff is happy to help create the perfect best practices for your company and individual needs to prevent data breaches on your important information.