Hack To The Future: 3 Ways to Avoid Being A Cybercrime Victim

Hack To The Future: 3 Ways to Avoid Being A Cybercrime Victim

More and more of us are back in the office, but there’s no denying that remote and hybrid practices have changed the landscape of how we work. We are relying on collaboration tools, apps, and websites that haven’t necessarily been approved by IT. For example, last year, a Samsung employee accidentally leaked proprietary information by entering it into ChatGPT. Yikes.

Furthermore, research shows that people are spending more time online with their devices and using social media to entertain themselves, which increases a) exposure to an exorbitant number of Real Housewives memes and b) the risk of potential cybersecurity threats.

More than ever, employees need information security awareness training. Here are 3 simple steps to follow to keep you and your employees from being the next victim of a malicious app, scammer, or hacker.

Don’t Get Click-Happy

It’s easy to get casual about security--and pants--when you’re working from home. Staff and infrastructure that once protected workers from viruses, malware, and phishing may not exist as it once did. Makers of malicious apps are preying (and no, that’s not hyperbole) on your phone features or tablet vulnerabilities. That seemingly harmless funny face filter app you just downloaded from a third-party app store may just be intercepting your texts and stealing your financial data.

Public WiFi = Cyber Risk Hotspots

If you think those ubiquitous “Free WiFi” door stickers are a safe place to get work done, you might also be the kind of trusting soul who accepts “Free Candy” from rusty vans with no license plates. Security experts have long advised people to avoid using public WiFi networks because of the risk of being hacked. Hackers can use an unsecured WiFi connection to plant infected software on your computer. Help prevent employees from falling victim to an attack--or a $17 triple-drip, avocado toast-infused latte--by making the risks of public WiFi easy to understand.

Don't Be Phooled

Before you dive into the virtual deep end and throw all your personal (and company) information to the sharks, verify who you’re talking to. While it’s possible your supervisor is emailing you from workboss79@insertyourcompanynamealmostspelledcorrectlyhere.net, it’s not likely. So, before you go handing out your secrets like free samples at Costco, take a minute to check who you’re actually talking to. Your digital dignity will thank you.

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