Who is responsible for your computer’s security?
You can expect your IT support folks (if you have them) to put security layers in place to protect you and your equipment, but if you bypass that security…. then who is responsible?
Yes, it is vital to install and maintain an antivirus solution on your device(s), and yes, SPAM filters can help by removing obvious SPAM emails before they reach your inbox, but that *does not mean* that everything that makes it to your computer and inbox is safe. Security must use a multi-layered approach, and the last layer is… you.
Take a moment to review the website or email message. Look for red flags. If you are unsure…. don’t click the link.
Cybercriminals are getting very effective at getting to your data. They’ve learned that the easiest way around your organization’s defenses isn’t hacking the network… it’s tricking you into letting them in.
If you are at all unsure about a file or email, don’t click on it. Find another way to confirm its safety. Perhaps by contacting the supposed sender through another means to confirm that they sent the email.
Clients often reach out to me to ask for help. They say that they were in a hurry, weren’t paying attention, and just clicked a link in an email, or downloaded a file. That’s all it takes for your device to get compromised. A momentary carelessness. We may or may not be able to fix the problem, but even if we can, the time it can take can put a strain on your organization.
Always remember to move slowly. The best antivirus solution is your brain.
If you have questions about this, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.