I can’t remember the last time I didn’t rely on the Internet to answer one of life’s great mysteries…How do I get to that new restaurant? What was that song I heard on the radio? What likes did I get on my latest Facebook post? Did the check I wrote last week get cashed? We have become so accustomed to using the internet as a daily tool that we rarely stop to think about the presence we are creating online.
Behind the scenes of every website you enter, there is a door or port. These ports are spaces where hackers can secretly spy on you if you’re not in a secure website. (To know if you are using a secure website, the web address should start with https://) Almost as if they were a Peeping Tom, hackers can see information, like credit card numbers and addresses, you input on a site. Does this make you feel vulnerable?
At work, we balance personal and work-related moments. Let’s be practical; the average person typically spends over eight hours a day at work! Even if you’re just using the Internet at work to order lunch from your favorite restaurant, someone out in cyber land could be watching…and seeing more than they need to about you AND your company.
So how do you keep your employees from opening your work network up to “Cyber-Peeping Tom”? First, set up a good defense. Establish and install Firewalls, Filtering Software, Anti-viral Software, SSL Certificates, Encryptions and more to keep your information private and secure. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on who is snooping around. Monitor your network to see where the gaps are. Once you’ve established a good internal defense, make sure that your employees are not at threat when they are working remotely. Public Wi-Fi, while convenient, leaves you very vulnerable. Make sure your company is using a VPN or other cloud computing software to keep your documents contained and private.
Does this sound overwhelming? It doesn’t need to be. Finding a Managed Network provider with program experts, like Phillips, can leave nitty gritty details to the professionals and your company to function as normal. Remote, non-intrusive, and skilled IT staff can manage your networks and technology needs. One employee or a thousand, start-up or established business, having a trusted set of eyes on your network can be the difference between a productive and functioning organization and an exposed one. There’s no need to hide from the Internet, instead, let knowledgeable IT planners shut the blinds on Cyber-Peeping Toms.