IT Management Slideshow: Holiday Shopping at Work: Nine Rules to Set for Employees

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 12-20-2011

Use Only Reputable Sites

The last thing you need is for employees to think they've found a great deal on a product featured on an unknown Website, only to discover that their personal information has been stolen and your network breached. Going to reputable sites means the difference between safety and trouble.

Use Only Reputable Sites

The Same Goes For Mobile Apps

Remind your smartphone users that they should only download applications they've heard of before or that come from a reputable source. Too often, employees get coaxed into downloading a malicious application. Don't let that happen to you.

The Same Goes For Mobile Apps

Don’t Trust Email

During the holiday season, emails promoting too-good-to-be-true deals on hot products are everywhere. Teach your employees to not trust any emails, no matter how appealing their offers might sound.

Don’t Trust Email

Social Network Pitfalls

With social network use hitting all-time highs, malicious hackers and cybercriminals are taking to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media to target users. It's difficult to completely block access to social networks, so inform employees that clicking on links in Facebook or Twitter can cause serious trouble for your company and for them.

Social Network Pitfalls

Productivity Still Matters

Be sure to tell your employees that they still have a job to do. So, as much as they might want to do all their holiday shopping at work, they need to first get their jobs done. Only after that should they even consider surfing to shopping Websites.

Productivity Still Matters

Remember Use Policies

Give your employees a refresher course in what your technology use policies are. Explain to them (again) why these must be followed.

Remember Use Policies

Secure Networks Are Just A Start

Your employees might think that just because they're in the office and the network is secure, they don't need to worry about sharing their credit card information over the Web. That's a mistake. Secure networks will help out with only half of the connection; the other half relies upon the security of the site the employee is visiting.

Secure Networks Are Just A Start

We’re Watching You

A little fear isn't a bad thing. Tell employees what you expect of them, and inform them that you have the ability to see what they're doing online. If they're surfing to the wrong sites, or not getting work done because they're shopping online, let them know there will be consequences.

We’re Watching You

Do It At Home

If you really want to play it safe, tell your employees that online shopping is not welcome at work, and attach real consequences if your policy is ignored. The security threats are real. And the last thing you need is a network breach because an employee couldn't resist that email offering a great deal on an Apple iPad.

Do It At Home