How to Educate Users on Proper Computer Security

How to Educate Users on Proper Computer Security

These days most businesses use computers, almost everyone is online and criminals know this. The internet has connected the world in ways that were not possible decades ago but this progress has come with security risks.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, even the White House's computers were hacked and private information about President Obama leaked!

Needless to say, knowing computer safety guidelines is a must. Making your business secure on the internet can be challenging but it is possible if you and the users of your network are consistent about it.

Here are some security solutions for keeping your business safe when using computers.

1. Realize That There are No Exceptions

Sometimes, people think cyber crimes can't happen to them, this is a big mistake and criminals will take advantage of it. The first step to safety is coming to terms with the fact that everyone is at risk.

Let the users of your computer network realize that "everyone" includes them and the first basic step they need to take is to have strong passwords.

They should not use the same passwords for all websites and passwords should be a mixture of upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and characters. Users should be made aware that they are never to write down passwords or share them with others.

2. Never Leave Computers Unattended

Let the users of your computer network know that they should not leave computers unattended without shutting them down. This is especially true if it is a company laptop that they are allowed to carry with them.

They should also be made aware that using public networks such as those found in coffee shops, hotels or other public places is dangerous. It puts their laptop at risk for hackers because these networks are not private which means that sensitive business information could be leaked.

3. Connect Carefully and Update Regularly

Ask users to be careful about what they plug into computers. It is easy for an external device to become infected with a virus. Especially if it is used in computers outside your network.

Ideally, devices such as thumb drives should only be used on your company computers which should have the latest anti-virus software. You should also ask users to ensure that they download all the latest version of software when updates are available.

Often users may put off updating software thinking that they can do it at another time. More often than not they forget and this puts their computer at risk because computer hackers count on these loopholes in order to steal information.

Final Thoughts on Security Solutions

Keeping the computers in your network safe is of utmost importance. In order to keep your network safe, all users must be aware of the security solutions available and adhere to them.

Educating users is the first step. However, they must take action to implement the security measures necessary to protect your network. These days cyber threats are at everyone's door and no one can afford to believe that it cannot happen to them.

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