IT Management Slideshow: Stupid Human Tricks: 11 Dumb Things Employees Do With Technology

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 07-18-2011

Where's the Password?

One of the first rules of PC, smartphone, or tablet protection is using a password to access it. The only issue is, employees don't often use passwords on their devices, making it easy for anyone to pick up a platform and see what they can find.

Where's the Password?

Oh, My Passwords Are All the Same

Employees are notorious for using the same password for all their accounts. So, the password they're using to log into their computer probably matches the password they're using for e-mail, enterprise applications, and even their bank account. Oh, the humanity.

Oh, My Passwords Are All the Same

Should I Click This Link?

Employees seemingly have a desire to open e-mails and click on just about any link without worry about what might happen when they do so.

Should I Click This Link?

But I Can Win $10,000!

If you haven't been using aggressive spam filters, beware that your employees might fall for spam or phishing scams that offer special prizes and easy money. If they fall for those traps, the security of your network could be compromised.

But I Can Win $10,000!

Who Needs This Hardware Lock?

If your employees are on-the-go, you may provide a lock that allows them to chain a device to some kind of immovable object to prevent theft. Don't bother. Employees rarely use such devices, and when they do, chances are they'll hook them up to easily movable objects.

Who Needs This Hardware Lock?

Policy? What Policy?

You probably have social-media and smartphone-use policies in place at your office. Do you know if your worker have ever read those policies and followed them? If you have policies, make sure there are consequences when employees fail to comply.

Policy? What Policy?

Trust, But Verify? No Thanks.

Employees believe that if a friend sends them a link on Facebook or over IM, it must be safe. There's no telling whether that friend's computer has been compromised by malware or if their account has been hacked. Verifying over the Web is always a good idea, but most employees rarely do this.

Trust, But Verify? No Thanks.

I’m A Downloading Machine!

We know you'd love to block employees from being able to download anything without your permission, but that's just not realistic. Employees will always find ways to get new apps on their mobile devices or games on their PCs. There's no way to know if the respective programs aren't carrying with them a malicious payload.

I’m A Downloading Machine!

There Must Be A Way Around This Filter!

You're likely filtering Web traffic in your company to ensure employees are not surfing sites that would cause trouble for your company. Employees like to try and find ways around those filters, and in the process, they'll go to drastic measures that cause even more problems. Filtering content is a double-edged sword, unfortunately.

There Must Be A Way Around This Filter!

Social Networks Are Always Safe

There's an impression among employees that anything they might come across on sites such as Facebook and Twitter is safe. It isn't. You'll need to make that clear.

Social Networks Are Always Safe

Backup? Tomorrow

If you can't force automatic backups from your employees' computers and mobile devices, and you rely upon them to backup, you'll quickly find that they rarely do so. In fact, there is a general mentality out there that they can backup "tomorrow." Disaster awaits.

Backup? Tomorrow