IT Management Slideshow: Bad Tech Habits: 8 Things Employees Don't Want You to KnowBy Don Reisinger | Posted 04-03-2012
Computer Lock? What Lock?
How many computer locks have you handed out to keep laptops from getting stolen from desks or tables? How many of your employees are actually using them? Too many employees see these locks as just another IT annoyance.
Friends Dont Let Friends Share Smartphones
You have probably told them repeatedly not to share their corporate mobile device. Yet, if someone wants to make a call, most workers will quickly hand it over. And every time they do so, they potentially put corporate data at risk.
Connect to Insecure Networks
When employees head to a local coffee shop to work, they could be connecting to unsafe networks. Remember: they don't necessarily know that it's an issue. Be sure to educate them early and often before they head out on the road.
Who Cares About Passwords?!
We want password protection on computers and smartphones for a reason: It helps keep hackers out, and discourages anyone who might walk over to a laptop to peek around. However, in too many cases, employees leave their computers unattended and without their passwords on, allowing anyone to find out what they're doing. When they do bother with passwords, chances are that they're woefully weak.
The Social Web Is A Dangerous Place
Social networks are all the rage among today's employees. From Facebook to Twitter, they want to engage while working. Your best bet is to educate them about the inherent risks of clicking on links in social networks that could end up jeopardizing your network.
Accessing Corporate E-mail From Personal Devices
One of the most important things you can do is limit corporate e-mail access to only those devices you can control. However, employees might want to use their own devices to access e-mail. And even if you don't let them, many can be resourceful and find away around that barrier. Keep that in mind.
Click A Link, Any Link
Despite years of being hit with spam e-mails and other worrisome threats, employees continue to click on malicious links. You might have sent out memos asking them to not click links in Twitter or Facebook, but in too many cases, they don't listen. Employees should be reminded frequently that links should always be considered potentially dangerous.
How many filters do you have in place to ensure employees don't go off the Web's grand beaten path? More importantly, how many filters do you have that have been circumvented by resourceful employees? Filters are great, but they have holes. And your employees know it.